Alien vs. Predator [WS] [DVD] [2004]

Alien vs. Predator crashes to Earth in this widescreen edition of 20th Century Fox's long-awaited intergalactic boxing match. With an anamorphic 2.35:1 widescreen 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 forced 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, which include 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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Overall Customer Rating:
Rating 4.35 out of 5 stars.
4.4
95% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (143 out of 152)

Special Features

  • 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
  • Closed Captioned

Synopsis

Alien vs. Predator
Directed by Paul W.S. Anderson, Alien vs. Predator follows billionaire Charles Bishop Weyland (Lance Henriksen) and his team of drillers, scientists, and archaeologists, to an obscure pyramid site in Antarctica. Among the icy ruins, allegedly, lies the proof of an empire predating humankind. Once there, however, the group finds more than ancient sarcophaguses and hieroglyphics; rather, their discovery consists of dismembered human skeletons and fossilized remains of the alien creatures that appear to have violently burst out of their chests. Even more horrifying is the evidence suggesting that the aliens may still exist. Indeed, there are aliens below the pyramids, but an equal threat looms above: three Predators, all on the verge of manhood, are engaged in a gruesome rite of passage -- every hundred years, young Predators must travel to Earth and take on a hunting ritual in order to complete the transition to adulthood or die in the process. Before long, the humans find themselves battling for their own lives as the Predators and aliens continue their fight for superiority. The film also features Sanaa Lathan, Raoul Bova, Ewen Bremmer, Colin Salmon, and Agathe de la Boulaye. ~ Tracie Cooper, Rovi

Cast & Crew

  • Sanaa Lathan
    Sanaa Lathan - Alexa Woods
  • Raoul Bova
    Raoul Bova - Sebastian De Rosa
  • Lance Henriksen
    Lance Henriksen - Charles Bishop Weyland
  • Ewen Bremner
    Ewen Bremner - Graeme Miller
  • Colin Salmon
    Colin Salmon - Maxwell Stafford

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4.4 out of 54.4
152 Reviews
95%of customers recommend this product.

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