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Alien Anthology Blu-ray

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DigiBook / Alien / Aliens / Alien³ / Alien: Resurrection 20th Century Fox | 1979-1997 | 4 Movies, 8 Cuts | 532 min | Rated R | Oct 26, 2010

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English: DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 (48kHz, 24-bit)
French: DTS 5.1
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Portuguese: Dolby Digital 5.1
German: DTS 5.1
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Alien Anthology Blu-ray delivers great video and superb audio in this must-own Blu-ray release

Brace yourself for a whole new breed of Blu-ray: Four powerful films...eight thrilling dazzling, terrifying, high-def clarity with the purest digital sound on the planet. Two bonus discs and over 65 hours of archival and never-before-seen content, including the totally immersive MU-TH-UR mode feature, makes this definitive Alien collection!

For more about Alien Anthology and the Alien Anthology Blu-ray release, see Alien Anthology Blu-ray Review published by on where this Blu-ray release scored 5.0 out of 5.

Starring: Sigourney Weaver, Lance Henriksen, Tom Woodruff Jr., Tom Skerritt, Carrie Henn, Charles S. Dutton
Directors: Ridley Scott, James Cameron, David Fincher, Jean-Pierre Jeunet

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Alien Anthology Blu-ray, Video Quality

  4.0 of 5

So, is this the set we've all been waiting for, visually speaking? The definitive presentation—for this current technological generation, at least—of the Alien Anthology? With a few minor caveats, I say yes. My high expectations for the picture quality of these four films were met and quite frequently surpassed. To start with, I never dreamed that Alien could look as good as it does here, courtesy of an all-new 4K master and 1080p/AVC encode. The print is immaculate, film grain is fine and intact, and clarity is greatly boosted in comparison to the standard definition DVD. We get a better sense than ever of the architectural details of the Nostromo—both the full-scale interiors and the exterior miniature model work —and the creature design, in close-up, is truly a thing to behold in high definition. What I was worried most about—in a film filled with dark hallways— was the transfer's ability to balance deep black levels with revealing shadow detail. My worries were completely unfounded. Blacks are inky and dense —there's no overly apparent chroma or compression noise—and contrast is perfect. Color is weighty as well, and while the film's palette is often intentionally bleak, there are moments of vividness, like the insanely red blood during the chest-bursting scene, the orange fire from Ripley's flamethrower, and the blue laser light that skims the surface of the fog when Kane discovers the alien eggs. Alien is simply stunning on Blu- ray, and I honestly can't imagine it looking much better than it does here.

The look of James Cameron's Aliens, comparatively, may be slightly divisive. Fans will no doubt remember the director's remarks, a few months ago, concerning the film's remaster:

"It's spectacular. We went in and completely de-noised it, de-grained it, up-rezzed, color-corrected every frame, and it looks amazing. It looks better that it looked in the theaters originally. Because it was shot on a high-speed negative that was a new negative that didn't pan out too well and got replaced the following year. So it's pretty grainy. We got rid of all the grain. It's sharper and clearer and more beautiful than it's ever looked."

The statement understandably got people—videophiles especially—riled up, envisioning Aliens DNR'ed into oblivion, much like the recent Predator: Ultimate Hunter Edition. Well, rest easy—not all of the grain has been removed. There are scenes where it's definitely apparent that some noise reduction has been used, but most of the time the image still appears natural and filmic. That is, grain isn't "frozen" in place, and there's none of the smeary, blurry quality you normally associate with heavy-handed DNR. There are a few shots where faces take on a mildly waxy look, but these are thankfully rare. In this case, noise reduction has been used selectively and—for the most part—unobtrusively. The film certainly looks better than it ever has. While fine detail is sometimes limited by the graininess of the original high-speed negative, the leap in clarity from DVD to Blu-ray is immediately appreciable. Black levels aren't quite as tight this time around, but color is strong and there's a nice sense of depth in the 1.85:1-framed picture. (Aliens was the only film to be shot in this ratio. All the others are in 2.39:1.) A solid presentation, overall, but not quite as impressive as Alien.

The same could be said for the final two films in the franchise, which see tremendous upgrades from their DVD counterparts but aren't as dazzling as they potentially could be. Both Alien 3 and Alien Resurrection seem a hair softer and more inconsistent than their predecessors, overall, and I think it's safe to assume that less money was poured into the restorations of these moderately less popular entries. Still, I'm more than satisfied; the grain structure of both films is stable, color is nicely balanced, and there are no overt compression problems to report. (This goes for all four films.) Alien Resurrection is arguably the more eye-popping of the two, if only because of Jean-Pierre Jeunet's richer, high contrast color palette, a directorial trademark.

If forced to rate each of the films on our 5-star scale—which values accurate representation of a film's intended appearance—I'd give Alien an unhesitant 5/5 and the remaining three films not-quite-perfect-but-definitely impressive 4/5s. As a whole, the Alien Anthology is a stunner on Blu-ray and well worth the wait. There are some minor PQ issues here and there, but you should feel no qualms about swiftly retiring your DVD copy of the quadrilogy.

Alien Anthology Blu-ray, Audio Quality

  4.5 of 5

The flying leap in picture quality is reason alone to upgrade from the DVDs, so consider the lossless DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 surround tracks to be aural icing on the Blu-ray cake. I thought about writing a separate audio analysis for each film, but I quickly realized that I'd become redundant, reusing bombastic, room-shaking, immersive, and explosive in each paragraph. Let me keep it simple for you. The quadrilogy's audio presentation on Blu-ray is fantastic. (Worthy of the italics, even!) Alien, which is more of an outright horror film than the later, action-heavy sequels, starts the set off right with creepy, unsettling sound design. The deep hush of space contrasts against the hissing pneumatics inside the Nostromo, skittering noises dart through the rears, chains clank, water drips, and sirens peel ominously. As a kind of foundation, the LFE channel frequently outputs an atmospheric, chest-vibrating throb. (The low-end power and clarity across all four films is impressive, especially anytime a spaceship passes by on screen.) When we get to James Cameron's bigger-faster-louder-more sequel, the dread-instilling audio of the first film is overtaken by an all-out sonic onslaught, with gunfire peppering the rear speakers and massive rippling explosions. The sentry gun sequence—in the 2003 extended cut—is especially brutal. The theatrics are toned down somewhat for David Fincher's darker Alien 3, but fans will be glad to know that the audio problems previously present on the restored workprint version have been fixed here, as Sigourney Weaver and others returned to provide additional ADR. Alien Resurrection taps back into the action-heroics vibe, with gunshots galore and some effective cross-channel movements, like when the evac pod explodes. Dialogue is effortlessly balanced across all four films, and the scores—by Jerry Goldsmith, James Horner, Elliot Goldenthal, and John Frizzell, respectively—sound as clear and dynamically full as you'd hope. Crank up your receiver, sit back, and enjoy!

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Amazon's Blu-ray Gold Box Deal of the Day affects Alien Anthology, which includes Alien (1979), Aliens (1986), Alien 3 (1992), and Alien: Resurrection (1997). The Blu-ray box set is available, today only, for a total of $19.99 (a 72% markdown from its SPR).

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