Alien Quadrilogy (9 Disc Complete Box Set) -
The Alien Quadrilogy is a nine-disc box set devoted to the four Alien films. Although previously available on DVD as the Alien Legacy, here the films have been repackaged with vastly more extras and with upgraded sound and vision. For anyone who hasn't been in hypersleep for the last 25 years this series needs no introduction, though for the first time each film now comes in both original and "Special Edition" form.
Alien (1979) was so perfect it didn't need fixing, and Ridley Scott's 2003 Director's Cut is fiddling for the sake of it. Watch once then return to the majestic, perfectly paced original. Conversely the Special Edition of James Cameron's Aliens (1986) is the definitive version, though it's nice finally to have the theatrical cut on DVD for comparison. Most interesting is the alternative Alien3 (1992). This isn't a "director's cut"--David Fincher refused to have any involvement with this release--but a 1991 work-print that runs 29 minutes longer than the theatrical version, and has now been restored, remastered and finished-off with (unfortunately) cheap new CGI. Still, it's truly fascinating, offering a different insight into a flawed masterpiece. The expanded opening is visually breathtaking, the central firestorm is much longer, and a subplot involving Paul McGann's character adds considerable depth to the story. The ending is also subtly but significantly different. Alien Resurrection (1997) was always a mess with a handful of brilliant scenes, and the Special Edition just makes it eight minutes longer.
On the DVD: Alien Quadrilogy offers all films except Alien3 with DTS soundtracks, the latter having still fine Dolby Digital 5.1 presentation. All four films sound fantastic, with much low-level detail revealed for the first time. Each is anamorphically enhanced at the correct original aspect ratio, and the prints and transfers are superlative. Every film offers a commentary that lends insight into the creative process--though the Scott-only commentary and isolated music score from the first Alien DVD release are missing here--and there are subtitles for hard of hearing both for the films and the commentaries.
Each movie is complemented by a separate disc packed with hours of seriously detailed documentaries (all presented at 4:3 with clips letterboxed), thousands of photos, production stills and storyboards, giving a level of inside information for the dedicated buff only surpassed by the Lord of the Rings extended DVD sets. A ninth DVD compiles miscellaneous material, including a Channel 4 hour-long documentary and even all the extras from the old Alien laserdisc. Exhaustive hardly begins to describe the Alien Quadrilogy, a set which establishes the new DVD benchmark for retrospective releases and which looks unlikely to be surpassed for some time. --Gary S Dalkin
Customer reviews (av rating: 4.5):
Their behind you : This film when first released in the late 70s set the boundries for sheer fright and tension, And also introduced graphics which we had never seen before, Sigourney weaver proved to be a worthy hero in these films which is pleasing to see, now the boxset which has so much unseen footage and extras it will take you a good while to get through it, value wise its a steal and i would recommend this to all as each film is very well made.
Review from Karl Marshall PAIGNTON : This is my mates Feedback on Alien Box set:
"Alien the first Brillant,Love the Directors Uncut and love the Extra Features (Alien 2) Fantastic (Alien 3) Good But There Could of done a bit more on the Specail Edition more Bloody and more Action
(Alien Rection)Brillant 10/10 the best Graphics and like the way of the new Alien and shame there didnt carry on making more"
alien is good : In this box set is 9 disc set of all 4 alien films (excluding alien verses predator). Included are alien aliens alien3 and alien resurrection.
Now easily the best two films in this collection is alien and aliens the plots are very decent and the special effects are amazing.
This box set also includes 5 bonus discs packed with special features that will make the price also well worth it.
However the 3rd and 4th films are big letdowns
(Hence the three star rating) this is due to both the plot and the characters (in alien 3 almost all the original cast from aliens are killed off before the titles are over!!)
All in all I would recommend this DVD to any sci fi fan.
A tip rather than a review! : If, like me, you are a true fan of the Alien series & love hearing all about the technical details i thought this would be helpful to you;
If you by it new, as i just have, you'll find there is more on the Alien reserection special fetures disc. The old box set (pictured above) shows the disc holder as yellow but if you buy it new it should be clear plastic, as mine is, & that's the one with more extras!
I haven't watched all 9 discs yet so there might be more!
Hope that's helpful to someone.
Comprehensive. : This boxset has such an array of extras it's difficult to know where to start. Each extra disc gives you another insight into the Alien films and philosophy. Then with subsequent viewings you can't help but see the extra details with a fresh eye. The films are great and the extras are superb. An excellent value-for-money boxset, giving you way more than many other boxsets of a similar or greater price.
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