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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Ratings & Reviews


Overall Customer Rating:
94% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (149 out of 159)

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



Customer rating

4.4
94%
would recommend to a friend
  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Not that bad

    Posted
    Anonymous

    Because of some great action and unintentionally hilarious moments, this is a very likeable movie if you are not a fan of the original series where each creature originates. This is a great B movie trying to be a blockbuster. It tries to put an interesting, serious back story to the Predators that we never heard from the old movies. Apparently the predators taught the early civilizations of man to build and in turn we worshiped them as our gods. This movie is greatly hilarious in moments where I believe the director and actors were trying to be serious. A friendship between a predator and a human... much bullet time face-hugger sequences... among other laughable things. This movie has enough to keep it enjoyable and probably one of the best B-movies out there today, I did not think that the production team would try to make a sequel based on the reception of this one but... alas... they did, and it turned out much the same.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 1 out of 5 stars

    Just Horrible

    Posted
    TheeReviewerCritic

    The move is horrible. It has cheep effects, a story that ignores the movies on which there based, acting weak, the charters’ purpose is to just to die and you don’t care when they do. You seen it all before done much better. The movie made to play off nostalgia of the Predator and First Three Alien movies that were good, and to steal your money and time. This should be rated a Zreo but can't put that. Please people stop going to these and buying these horrible movies like this. Maybe then studios will try to make something at least that showed some effort then to trick you out of and every other movie goers time and MONEY!

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Good movie

    Posted
    mad10jen
    • Top 250 ContributorTop 250 Contributor

    This was a good movie. As a fan of the predator I thought they looked really cool and had some awesome new weapons. It takes 45mintues or so before the Predators arrive and the movie starts to get good. They only send three Predators to fight thousands of aleins and two of them get killed off pretty early. So as a Predator fan I was disappointed in that. I think they could made it alot better but it still is part of my collection and I love it. The action and the fighting are definatley sweet. The special effects are great you will be glad you purchased this movie

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Mindless entertainment presented in beautiful BD

    Posted
    vespa55
    • Top 500 ContributorTop 500 Contributor

    If you're up for a deal on some mindless action and entertainment, this AVP package is for you. Granted, it is what it is, mindless entertainment --- but the bottom line is it's entertaining despite the poor acting, storyline and plot. The timeline throws everything off because the Alien movies were all based in the future and apparently the Aliens were discovered accidentally in the future. These movies are set in the present. Totally off and contradicting timelines. Oh well, entertaining nonetheless.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great movie

    Posted
    FirstOfficer
    • My Best Buy® Elite Plus MemberElite Plus Member

    The creepiest creatures from two epic thrillers face off in the ultimate showdown in this film directed by Paul W.S. Anderson. The fun begins when scientists and explorers (played by a cast that includes Sanaa Lathan and Raoul Bova) discover an ancient pyramid in Antarctica. But the structure isn't the only behemoth in the ice. A battle between two otherworldly populations is threatening to destroy the region and its inhabitants for good.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Dream Come True

    Posted
    HighHurdles
    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
    • My Best Buy® MemberMember

    This is what I have expected for years. The origin story of the Predators and the Aliens have crossed the same timelines. There are plenty of twists and turns in the movie. The acting is Great and the Aliens battle for screen time with the Predators as being "Top Dog" in this movie as well as their universe. However, human beings are still a focal point of this movie. Buy it and enjoy the merging of this franchise.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Excellent

    Posted
    mavick

    This movie was a real treat for me because it has both my favorite alien creatures in it. I remember watching alien and being so scared to go to bed at night. I loved predator and all the predator movies. So this movie was such a great thriller because it include both this creatures fighting for superiority. It is such a great movie! Alien vs Predator: On which side are you on?" Would you recommend this product to a friend?: Yes

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    100% Thriller

    Posted
    corporateanalysis365

    This movie was a real treat for me because it has both my favorite alien creatures in it. I remember watching alien and being so scared to go to bed at night. I loved predator and all the predator movies. So this movie was such a great thriller because it include both this creatures fighting for superiority. It is such a great movie! Alien vs Predator: On which side are you on?

    I would recommend this to a friend




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