"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
Great movie. Debatable whether the sequel is better. The 4K transfer is stunning. Never looked better. Now let’s just get Aliens on 4 Blu Ray and we’re good. Did not come in a slip cover which was disappointing.
This movie is always worth a watch, and now to have it in 4K is excellent. This is the best it’s ever looked, and looks like it was filmed last year. Great picture quality! Slip cover looks awesome also.
To begin, the review score is based solely upon THIS version of the blu ray. It's important to note that while the review shows up for the blu ray version of Alien, (because it IS) it is NOT what was promoted.
If you're looking for a blu ray version of Alien, of course, it's recommended, but as it was promoted- both in the ad and on floor displays- a "collector's art edition", it feels lazily put together. (attempting to place an image with this review).
As a HUGE Alien fan, seeing a "Collector's Art Edition" of Alien on blu ray at $7.99, I was excited to add this to my collection of Alien/ Aliens movies and memorabilia. (Also grabbed the Predator blu ray- another movie I'm crazy about).
The fact is, both art pieces offered are actually pretty cool, and at $7.99, I didn't expect anything extra beyond the art- but in both cases, while the art was simply printed on a thin piece of cardboard, given a touch of stickem in the center, then applied to the respective movies. The stickem itself wasn't even enough to hold it to the blu ray case. The cardboard the art was printed on was too big to either slide inside the wrap around the case, or be inserted within the blu ray case to take the place of the basic "regular" art of the standard blu ray within.
So, was left with a piece of cardboard with beautiful art that wasn't in any way attached to the blu ray case whatsoever, or able to be inserted into the case. Ended up having to use a dab of super glue on each corner of the art and apply it myself- which, unfortunately, gives a stain through the white part of the cardboard (in Alien's case, the entire art is white).
Now, as a reference point to this, Fox released a Collector's Edition art variant of Alien exclusive to Comic-Con 2014, along with a small handful set aside for online ordering- a version I eagerly grabbed up, at only $20. (Included a limited edition (of #500) 11"X17" wall art of that blu ray cover, as well). In that case, the CE Variant was a completely new wrap/ insert for the blu ray case.
For some, if you're looking for Alien on blu ray, this is wonderful. You can, if you don't care about the variant cover being on a piece of cardboard that's not going to stay attached to the case- there's no reason not to own this.
But, if you're like me, (and, probably who this art variant was geared towards,) you need to be aware of this before purchasing. Perhaps consider framing the cardboard art or hanging it on a wall, but if you want it to remain a part of the actual blu ray, you're going to have to do some work on your own- and find something other than glue- as I said, it left a discoloration through the cardboard- it's not atrocious, but it was upsetting that this wasn't taken care of on the production of this to begin with- and it was encountered on both movies I purchased with the art variant.
Note: Alien DOES include a digital HD version to add to your cloud movies- Predator does not, so there was a little extra value in the Alien blu ray.