Alien Vs. Predator

Alien Vs. Predator

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Director: Paul W.S. Anderson

Cast: Paul W.S. Anderson, Sanaa Lathan, Raoul Bova, Lance Henriksen

     
 

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Alien vs. Predator crashes to Earth in this full-screen edition of 20th Century Fox's long-awaited intergalactic boxing match. With a full-screen image and both 5.1 Dolby and DTS tracks, the look and sound are impressive, offering a fitting presentation of the film's best qualities -- its dark photography and loud soundtrack. Extras on the disc begin with aSee more details below

Overview

Alien vs. Predator crashes to Earth in this full-screen edition of 20th Century Fox's long-awaited intergalactic boxing match. With a full-screen image and both 5.1 Dolby and DTS tracks, the look and sound are impressive, offering a fitting presentation of the film's best qualities -- its dark photography and loud soundtrack. Extras on the disc begin with a director and actors commentary, featuring Paul W.S. Anderson and his stars Lance Henriksen and Sanaa Lathan. Sadly, even if you stand by the film, you still might be annoyed at the level of praise that gets thrown around throughout the track. From Henriksen waxing Anderson's car every other second to both of them going gaga over the very un-incredible Lathan, the talk feels more like a bubbly love session than anything else. The other commentary comes from visual effects supervisor John Bruno and creature effects designers/creators Alec Gillis and Tom Woodruff Jr. and it's informative as to what effects are what, but good for little else. Not only do you have to put up with both sets of effects people competing over credit for certain shots, but there's also a bit of ego-driven babble from Gillis as he continues to hold his mantle as the official Alien actor (this being his third film in the monster's shoes). The rest of the extras begin with an extended version of the film, though don't be expecting the R-rated violent cut of the film, which Anderson was rumored to have been made to cut down weeks before the release. Instead, you get an extended opening scene of a Predator hunting down an Antarctic colonist in 1904 that is about 90 seconds long -- and that's it. You wonder why they didn't file that just in the deleted scenes section, which isn't too much to call home about in the first place. A 22-minute making-of is also supplied, though even that is basically made up of footage already released on the web before the movie's release. Other than that, only one other feature stands out from the rest of the extras, including a ridiculous Superbowl spot and other Fox TV trailers, and that is the gallery of Alien vs. Predator comic covers from Dark Horse Comics. With 35 covers inside the gallery, this ode to all of the various mini-series is one of the most comprehensive things on the entire disc, which in a way, sums up this entire release in a sad kind of way.

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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Ed Hulse
These brawling beasties give new meaning to the phrase "celebrity smackdown" while melding the two Hollywood franchises -- already videogame costars -- on film for the first time. In this corner we have Aliens, the snarling, slimy creatures that gave Sigourney Weaver countless bad days in the Alien films. In the opposite corner we have heavily armored extraterrestrial Predators, one of whom matched wits and muscles with Arnold Schwarzenegger in one of the most memorable sci-fi action films of the '80s. As this film's story has it, a group of Predators is deliberately breeding Aliens within a pyramid-like, Aztec-cum-Cambodian compound beneath the Antarctic ice, using captured humans to incubate them in the familiar stomach-stretching manner. Why? For sport, of course. But the thrill of the hunt is lost on the human explorers who get caught in the middle of this centuries-old grudge match after penetrating the underground lair. The Predators, whom one critic likened to "Rasta samurai," have a clear technological edge over the slime-spewing Aliens, but we're not prepared to place any bets on who'll win. Despite the in-dead-earnest performances of the cast -- which includes Lance Henriksen as the billionaire industrialist leading the humans, and gorgeous Sanaa Lathan as one of the scientists -- Alien Vs. Predator is about as silly a monster movie as we've seen since King Kong Vs. Godzilla. But it is fun, moves briskly, and provides all the thrills and chills one expects from that sort of movie. Don't ask too many questions; just go with the flow and you'll have a good time with this one.

Product Details

Release Date:
01/25/2005
UPC:
0024543157175
Original Release:
2004
Rating:
PG13
Source:
20th Century Fox
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Full Frame]
Sound:
[DTS 5.1-Channel Surround Sound]
Time:
1:40:00

Special Features

Closed Caption; Alternate beginning never shown in theaters; Full-length audio commentary by director Paul W.S. Anderson and actors Lance Henriksen and Sanaa Lathan; Full-length audio commentary by visual effects supervisor John Bruno and creature effects designers/creators Alec Gillis and Tom Woodruff Jr.; Deleted scenes; Making-of featurette; Dark Horse Comics AVP cover gallery; DVD-ROM content (PC only): First-edition AVP comic book, AVP background study, and exclusive preview of the upcoming AVP graphic novel

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Sanaa Lathan Alexa Woods
Raoul Bova Sebastian De Rosa
Lance Henriksen Charles Bishop Weyland
Ewen Bremner Graeme Miller
Colin Salmon Maxwell Stafford
Tommy Flanagan Mark Verheiden
Joseph Rye Joe Connors
Agathe de la Boulaye Adele Rousseau
Carsten Norgaard Rusten Quinn
Sam Troughton Thomas Parks
Ian Whyte Scar
Tom Woodruff Grid
Petr Jákl Stone
Pavel Bezdek Bass
Kieran Bew Klaus
Carsten Voigt Mikkel
Jan Filipensky Boris
Adrian Bouchet Sven
Andy Lucas Juan Ramirez
Liz May Brice Supervisor
Glenn Conroy Technician
Eoin McCarthy Sacrificial Maiden
Karima Adebibe Sacrificial Maiden
James Brett Conductor

Technical Credits
Paul W.S. Anderson Director,Original Story,Screenwriter
Alex Berner Editor
Debbie Birch Stunts
Nancy Bishop Casting
Karl-Heinz Bochnig Special Effects Supervisor
James Brett Musical Arrangement
Edward Brett Asst. Director
Richard Bridgland Production Designer
Martina Burgetová Production Manager
Gordon Carroll Producer
Raymond Chan Art Director
Chris Symes Co-producer
Miloslav Cisar Costumes/Costume Designer
Isabel Cody Animator
Frantisek Copf Translator
Ferran D-Gutierrez Animator
John Davis Producer
Jean-Claude Deguara Animator
Stephen Dobric Art Director
Stefan Drury Producer
Jakub Dvorsky Camera Operator
Mark Egerton Asst. Director
Jakub Eliasek Translator
Michael Elson Executive Producer
Simon Emanuel Asst. Director
Brian Eyre Animator
Gerd Feuchter Special Effects Supervisor
Petr Forejt Sound Mixer
David Giler Producer
Grace Gilroy Associate Producer
Wyck Godfrey Executive Producer
Tom Goodenough Animator
Lawrence Gordon Co-producer
Michal Grun Stunts
Magali Guidasci Costumes/Costume Designer
Rene Hajek Stunts
Thomas M. Hammel Executive Producer
Rob Hemming Animator
Walter Hill Producer
Petr Hnetkovsky Stunts
Michal Holubec Sound Mixer
Jana Hrbkova Production Manager
Kamil Jafar Special Effects Supervisor
David Johnson Cinematographer
Miroslav Khotka Stunts
Heiko Kiesow Stunts
Harald Kloser Score Composer
Milena Koubkova Art Director
Jan Kovarik Translator
Leslie Lamont-Fisher Makeup
Miroslav Lhotka Stunts
Angelica Lisk Stunts
David Listvan Stunts
Charlotte Loughnane Production Manager
Goran Lundstrom Animator
Eliska Malikova Translator
Craig Mepham Animator
David Minkowski Co-producer
Henning Molfenter Associate Producer
David Motl Stunts
Catriona Naismith Animator
Craig Narramore Art Director
Dan O'Bannon Original Story
Keith Partridge Cinematographer
Craig Penn Animator
Jan Petrina Stunts
Eliska Petrskovska Translator
Andrew Pilling Camera Operator
Thierry Potok Associate Producer
Mike Richardson Executive Producer
Neil Roche Animator
Andrew Schaale Camera Operator
Jaromir Sedina Camera Operator
Ronald Shusett Original Story
Joel Silver Producer
Suzanne Smith Casting
Matthew Stillman Co-producer
Peter Talbot Cinematographer
David Listvan Tomas Stunts
Gang Trinh Animator
Martin Vackar Art Director
Justin Warburton-Brown Art Director
Rachel Ward Animator
Jason Wen Animator
Ian Wingrove Special Effects Supervisor
Gabrielle Zuccheli Animator

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Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Something in Sector 14
2. Weyland's Offer
3. Below the Ice
4. The Better Chance
5. Three Simple Rules
6. Razorback Point
7. The Tunnel
8. Going Down
9. The Pyramid
10. Awakening
11. First Blood
12. Chosen Ones
13. The Sarcophagus
14. The Spawning
15. Prey
16. Death Maze
17. Battle Zone
18. Weyland's Last Stand
19. Gods and Monsters
20. The Enemy of My Enemy
21. Alone
22. Allies
23. The Nest
24. The Fire Down Below
25. Blood of the Kill
26. The Bitch Is Back
27. A Warrior's Token
28. End Titles

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