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Alien Anthology [6 Discs] [Blu-ray]

  • SKU: 1253546
  • Release Date: 10/26/2010
  • Rating: R
The Alien legacy is more vivid than ever before in this six-disc Blu-Ray collection featuring Alien, Aliens, Alien 3, and Alien: Resurrection as you've never seen them before. In addition to offering the theatrical versions of each film, the "Director's Cut" of Alien, and the "Special Edition" versions of each of the other films are also included.
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    Overall Customer Rating:
    100% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (732 out of 739)

    Special Features


    • Production notes
    • Historical facts
    • Audio commentaries for all movie versions
    • Unseen dailies
    • Deleted scenes
    • Behind-the-scene featurettes
    • Over 12,000 photographs and artwork stills
    • Isolated score, including alternate and unused cues, archival documentaries, test footage, tv specials, multi-angle studies

    Synopsis


    Alien Resurrection
    Two centuries after Ellen Ripley's death, doctors aboard the space station Auriga clone her using a blood sample taken from Fiorna 161, in hopes of harvesting the queen embryo that was incubating inside of her when she was trapped on the remote penal planet. Finally succeeding after numerous attempts, they remove the alien and repair the clone for further study. Before long, the Ripley clone has gained consciousness, and displays superhuman capabilities that suggest it possesses alien DNA. When Ripley discovers that General Perez (Dan Hedaya) is keeping the queen in a heavily fortified room of the space station, she warns the military man and his scientists that the creature cannot be contained no matter how hard they try. Meanwhile, General Perez has hired a crew of space pirates to deliver the cryogenically frozen bodies of another ship to the Auriga so they can be used to breed more aliens. The leader of the pirates is Johner (Ron Perlman), a gruff mercenary who engages Ripley to no avail. When Call (Winona Ryder), one of Johner's crewmembers, admits that she was sent to assassinate Ripley, General Perez attempts to have the pirates executed. The result is a tense standoff between the pirates and the military men, with the aliens causing havoc after breaking free of their containment cells. Attempting a daring escape, Ripley and the pirates discover the lab where she was cloned before being forced to swim through the mess hall, which has been submerged in water during the aliens' escape. Discovering a carefully guarded secret about Call's past, Ripley attempts to convince her to alter the Auruga's course, which was set to Earth when the ship went into emergency mode. With the fate of mankind hanging in the balance, Ripley is captured by the aliens and taken to their nest, where she comes face to face with the mutated results of the scientists' experiments. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi

    Alien
    "In space, no one can hear you scream." A close encounter of the third kind becomes a Jaws-style nightmare when an alien invades a spacecraft in Ridley Scott's sci-fi horror classic. On the way home from a mission for the Company, the Nostromo's crew is woken up from hibernation by the ship's Mother computer to answer a distress signal from a nearby planet. Capt. Dallas's (Tom Skerritt) rescue team discovers a bizarre pod field, but things get even stranger when a face-hugging creature bursts out of a pod and attaches itself to Kane (John Hurt). Over the objections of Ripley (Sigourney Weaver), science officer Ash (Ian Holm) lets Kane back on the ship. The acid-blooded incubus detaches itself from an apparently recovered Kane, but an alien erupts from Kane's stomach and escapes. The alien starts stalking the humans, pitting Dallas and his crew (and cat) against a malevolent killing machine that also has a protector in the nefarious Company. ~ Lucia Bozzola, Rovi

    Alien ³
    Crash landing on a barren penal-colony planet with an unwelcomed visitor in tow, Ripley (Sigourney Weaver) contends with a group of hardened convicts while using nothing but her wits to battle a terrifying new breed of alien. The sole survivor of her crashed escape pod, Ripley is rescued from the craft by the remaining inhabitants of Fiorina 161, a group of rapists and murders who chose to repent for their sins in deep space after the penal colony was officially decommissioned. When remaining warden Andrews (Brian Glover) announces Ripley's presence to the inmates, their spiritual leader, Dillon (Charles S. Dutton), begins to fear that her presence will stir up trouble. As a result, Ripley is placed in the care of prison doctor Clemens (Charles Dance), and restricted to the infirmary until a rescue ship arrives. But Ripley isn't the only new visitor on Fiorina 161; an alien stowaway survived the crash as well, and it has planted its seed in a feral dog. Before long, a new breed of alien has burst from the dog's chest, a stealthy hunter that moves on all fours and can navigate the darkened prison corridors virtually undetected. When the inmates start to disappear, the remaining survivors must fight for their lives without weapons to defend themselves. The only person who knows the alien well enough to beat it is Ripley, and while her plan to corner and kill the creature just might work, a horrifying discovery reveals that her fight is far from over. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi

    Aliens
    Big-budget special effects, swiftly paced action, and a distinct feminist subtext from writer/director James Cameron turned what should have been a by-the-numbers sci-fi sequel into both a blockbuster and a seven-time Oscar nominee. Sigourney Weaver returns as Ellen Ripley, the last surviving crew member of a corporate spaceship destroyed after an attack by a vicious, virtually unbeatable alien life form. Adrift in space for half a century, Ripley grapples with depression until she's informed by her company's representative, Carter Burke (Paul Reiser) that the planet where her crew discovered the alien has since been settled by colonists. Contact with the colony has suddenly been lost, and a detachment of colonial marines is being sent to investigate. Invited along as an advisor, Ripley predicts disaster, and sure enough, the aliens have infested the colony, leaving a sole survivor, the young girl Newt (Carrie Henn). With the soldiers picked off one by one, a final all-female showdown brews between the alien queen and Ripley, who's become a surrogate mother to Newt. Several future stars made early career appearances in Aliens (1986), including Lance Henriksen, Bill Paxton, and Reiser. ~ Karl Williams, Rovi

    Cast & Crew


    • Sigourney Weaver
      Sigourney Weaver - Ellen Ripley
    • Winona Ryder
      Winona Ryder - Annalee Call
    • Ron Perlman
      Ron Perlman - Johner
    • Dominique Pinon
      Dominique Pinon - Vriess
    • Michael Wincott
      Michael Wincott - Elgyn



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    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Aliens on Blu-Ray - Everyone will hear you scream!

      Posted
      FrankNJ

      Personally, I think 20th Century Fox knocked it out of the park on this DVD set! If you are a bog fan of the Alien series this is thee DVD set to own! All of the movies have been cleaned up and remastered for Blu-Ray so all of them look incredibly crisp and clear but I noticed this more on the first two films, Alien and Aliens. The care and effort they took in cleaning up the films and bringing them to a whole new level was incredible! If you are one of those people that really notices the difference between standard DVD and Blu-Ray you will notice how much clearer the picture looks between the different formats! If you already bought the Alien Quadrilogy [9 Pack] on standard DVD then a majority of the special features and extras will not surprise you because a majority of them are re-used from that set. BUT, if you're getting this for yourself, or even as a gift for another person, and they don't own any of the movies on DVD they are going to be BLOWN AWAY by all the special features, behind the scenes footage, deleted scenes ... all the extras are incredible! So ... should you buy this? If you are a hardcore Alien fan or don't already own an Alien DVD collection ... ABSOLUTELY! However, if you already own the Alien Quadrilogy [9 Pack] DVD set then you'd basically be buying this set for the Blu-Ray aspect. My opinion is that the Blu-Ray REALLY sharpens and clears the movies up ... but then again I really notice the differences between standard and HD definition movies and television ... but if you don't or can't then this may not be the way to spend your money. I hope this review helped you!

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    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Blu-ray's Best

      Posted
      ksteeno
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      I have to say that I am a brand new inductee to the Alien franchise. I'm twenty years old, and after loving Prometheus in the theatre this past summer I immediately bought this set as soon as it went on sale. (I got away with it for $30.) Getting four Blu-ray movies (with their respective special editions included - hint, hint Peter Jackson) for that price is a steal in and of itself. And boy have I been missing out on some stunning movies. Alien has jumped to my Top 5 list at the very least. Aliens is a great follow-up, although I'd say the two are completely different in genre. The last two are certainly weaker but still enjoyable in the same way watching deleted scenes from a movie makes them more enjoyable. Speaking of, this set comes with a hefty, hefty supply of bonus features. I still haven't slogged through all of them (I keep wandering back to my Prometheus Blu-ray) but they are certainly comprehensive. The bonus discs, however, are in standard DVD definition. The picture, though markably better on the first two in the quadrilogy, is beautiful. Particularly in Alien, the blacks are inky and deep and the edging is razor sharp. Sound is equally robust throughout all four films. It's designed to make you jump - and it will. The packaging itself is very eye-catching without being ridiculous. I prefer the book-style packaging here to the fold-out style so that was a definite plus. This allows for much more enjoyable box art and a more sleek looking design. Removing the discs is a little weird, though. Blu-rays are designed to be scratch-resistant, so I have no problem sliding the discs in and out of the book. However, I'm much more cautious doing so with the DVD bonus discs. This was definitely the find of the year for me. Way to go. New Alien convert 100%.

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    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Jaw-jutting...er, -dropping set

      Posted
      MogwaiJesus
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      I'm up to 100 Blu-ray sets; "Alien Anthology" remains my favorite. That should tell you something right there, but I'll elaborate anyway. Nothing new can be said about the films themselves...the first two are genre masterpieces, and the latter two are imperfect but interesting genre exercises. Horror, science fiction, action, dystopia, industrialism, human sexuality, gender, sociology - these are among the genres, themes, and concepts that the various Alien films play with to one degree or another. So, the films themselves are well worth checking out at least twice apiece (once standing on their own, a second [or third, in Alien's case] time supplemented by the fabulous audio commentaries). And then there are the extras. Docs and pods and storyboards, oh my. You could lose yourself for a week if you wade into the bonus material in the Alien Anthology. Each film garners a feature-length-plus documentary that covers everything from the first seed of an idea to the reaction following release from critics and audiences. Go check out a professional review of the set somewhere to get the gory details, but for now, suffice to say that there isn't a single aspect of the four Alien films left uncovered by the Alien Anthology. Truly a comprehensive set, this puppy should be in every film fan's collection. Oh, and a note on the packaging: it's a digipack with sleeves, which is moderately annoying, but given the endurance level of the coating on a Blu-ray disc, it's fine as long as you're being careful sliding the discs in and out. Bonus points for a supremely sturdy and attractive package.

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    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      The Definitive Alien Purchase

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      Sheng
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      Contents: 6xBluRays (4xMovie, 2xBonusExtras) Absolutely beautiful packaging. The six discs are housed in a superb quality, full color hardcover book with exclusive beautiful photos on every page and interesting blurbs/intros on every other. The first four discs contain the first four Alien films; each disc contains a Theatrical Cut and a Special Edition/Director's Cut with the exception of Alien 3. Alien 3 is a special case- its disc contains a Theatrical Cut and an Assembly Cut. Most people thought Alien 3 (Theatrical Cut) was atrocious, but that was because the director was treated with heavy distrust and producers interfered with his vision every step of the way. However, the person in charge of putting together this anthology found the diary of the director along with countless unused footage and decided to piece together Alien 3 as faithfully to the director's original vision as he could. Thus, the Alien 3 Assembly Cut was born- trust me, it's a very different movie (imo a much better one) from the Theatrical Cut as whole plotlines and radical elements are added. The last two discs are pure bonus/extra/behind the scenes. There are a PLETHORA of extras and take up literally more than two days to get through, so resr assured, fans will not be disappointed. I have not personally watched through them all, so I can't say more. This is the definitive purchase for the Alien franchise. It is the absolute perfect gift for an Alien fan or anyone who loves SciFi and Horror. What are you waiting for? Grab it ASAP!

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    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Terrific Combo Pack!

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      FastDen
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      The "Alien Anthology" Blu-Ray set is one of the most beautifully packaged sets I've ever owned, which is fitting giving how spectacular the cinematography is in (most of) the films. Formatted as a hard-bound book in a slipcase, the discs are lodged in individual pages, with a Viewer's Guide to the films and extras in a pocket on the inside rear cover. Beautiful metallic full-color that evokes the films is used throughout the packaging, and the quality of the Blu-Ray transfers is excellent as well. This is certainly the perfect gift for the sci-fi fan in your life! As for the individual films themselves, there is no question that "Alien" is one of the great sci-fi films of all time, and holds up remarkably well 35 years (!!!) after it was made. The sequels, "Aliens" and "Alien 3", are both good films made by great directors (James Cameron and David Fincher, respectively), but IMHO the less said about "Alien Resurrection" the better. Still, as part of the entire four film anthology it is worth watching- try watching all four in a marathon session! Oh, and lest we forget: Sigourney Weaver is a goddess!

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    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      What a great set - packaging not so great

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      KevinV
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      I had the same set from the UK that I bought when it first came out. I bought it because it had a chubby blu-ray case in a slipcase and I don't like these "book" formats. I had a lot of issues with my PC Blu-ray player playing the UK version (it is formatted to play on US player and no issues with my PS4, but PC Blu-ray couldn't read it). So, I picked this up when it was on sale and yes, the disc plays fine on my PC player. That being said, the set is wonderful and aside from no digital copies, everything is perfect (tons of extras, multiple versions of the movies, etc). I do not like the packaging, but thankfully blu-rays have a coat on them that keeps them from scratching like dvds. Had this been a dvd set in this packaging, they probably would look terrible by now, but no issues so far. Still, I knocked a star off because I prefer the UK packaging with an actual blu-ray case. The discs are harder to get out of this set.

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    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Finally all together on Blu ray!!

      Posted
      mssunyt1
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      I have all 4 Alien dvds, but now they are all together on blu ray with lots of extras!! What a difference to watch on blu ray, with high hd tv & a home theater system. It reminds me of actually seeing them when they came out in the movie theater, except without the very long lines.I love what each director & writer brings to each movie and yes...Joss Whedon wrote one of them; wonder why Ron Perlman is so funny?? Joss wrote alot of humor in "Serenity" and some of that shows up in Alien Resurrection",but of course having a French director didn't hurt. I prefer "Alien" 1st ; it just blew me away from the "usual" sci-fi flicks of that era. Dirty, gritty & realistic.... However, "Aliens" was just as entertaining and I am so glad Sigourney Weaver got nominated for an Oscar. How often does that happen in sci -fi???!! I wish "Alien 3" was as good, but it did open the door to a sequel. Ripley's DNA was gonna come back & bite someone.

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    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Worth every penny!!!!

      Posted
      AstroZombie1978

      Alien being one of my favorite films of all time, I am a bit partial. The Blu-ray upgrade is amazing. If you are a fan of the franchise or just the first two like so many say, this set is for you. The original Alien is one of the best restorations I have ever seen. Sound is perfect!! Having two versions of each film (just like the Alien Quadrilogy dvd set) is worth shelling out the cash for a set that raises the standard for Blu-ray anthologies. The Terminator franchise needs this type of attention...especially T2!!! The Alien Anthology on blu-ray has spoiled me from this point on....my expectations for restorations on blu-ray are now so high they outmeasure the deep reaches of space......where noone can hear you scream......

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