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Alien Quadrilogy - 9 Disc DVD Boxset - Special Editions - Ridley Scott / James Cameron

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The Alien Quadrilogy is a nine-disc box set devoted to the four Alien films. Although previously available on DVD as the Alien Legacy, here the films have been repackaged with vastly more extras and with upgraded sound and vision. For anyone who hasn't been in hypersleep for the last 25 years this series needs no introduction, though for the first time each film now comes in both original and "Special Edition" form.

Alien (1979) was so perfect it didn't need fixing, and Ridley Scott's 2003 Director's Cut is fiddling for the sake of it. Watch once then return to the majestic, perfectly paced original. Conversely the Special Edition of James Cameron's Aliens (1986) is the definitive version, though it's nice finally to have the theatrical cut on DVD for comparison. Most interesting is the alternative Alien3 (1992). This isn't a "director's cut"--David Fincher refused to have any involvement with this release--but a 1991 work-print that runs 29 minutes longer than the theatrical version, and has now been restored, remastered and finished-off with (unfortunately) cheap new CGI. Still, it's truly fascinating, offering a different insight into a flawed masterpiece. The expanded opening is visually breathtaking, the central firestorm is much longer, and a subplot involving Paul McGann's character adds considerable depth to the story. The ending is also subtly but significantly different. Alien Resurrection (1997) was always a mess with a handful of brilliant scenes, and the Special Edition just makes it eight minutes longer.

On the DVD: Alien Quadrilogy offers all films except Alien3 with DTS soundtracks, the latter having still fine Dolby Digital 5.1 presentation. All four films sound fantastic, with much low-level detail revealed for the first time. Each is anamorphically enhanced at the correct original aspect ratio, and the prints and transfers are superlative. Every film offers a commentary that lends insight into the creative process--though the Scott-only commentary and isolated music score from the first Alien DVD release are missing here--and there are subtitles for hard of hearing both for the films and the commentaries.

Each movie is complemented by a separate disc packed with hours of seriously detailed documentaries (all presented at 4:3 with clips letterboxed), thousands of photos, production stills and storyboards, giving a level of inside information for the dedicated buff only surpassed by the Lord of the Rings extended DVD sets. A ninth DVD compiles miscellaneous material, including a Channel 4 hour-long documentary and even all the extras from the old Alien laserdisc. Exhaustive hardly begins to describe the Alien Quadrilogy, a set which establishes the new DVD benchmark for retrospective releases and which looks unlikely to be surpassed for some time.

¥ Alien Evolution
¥ Experience In Terror: Promotional Featurette '79 Ridley Scott Q&A
¥ Alien Teaser Trailer
¥ Alien Theatrical Trailer B
¥ Alien TV spots
¥ Alien Theatrical Trailer A
¥ Aliens Teaser Trailer
¥ Aliens Domestic Trailer
¥ Aliens International Trailer
¥ Aliens Production
¥ Aliens TV spots
¥ Alien 3 Trailer A
¥ Alien 3 Trailer B
¥ Alien 3 Trailer C
¥ Alien 3 Trailer D
¥ Alien 3 Trailer E
¥ Alien 3 TV spots
¥ Alien 3 Advance Featurette
¥ Alien Resurrection Theatrical Teaser
¥ Alien Resurrection Theatrical Trailer
¥ Alien Resurrection TV Spots
¥ Bob Burns Alien Collection: Interview With James Cameron
¥ James Cameron Interview/Film Footage
¥ Ridley Scott Interviews
¥ Alien Production Footage
¥ Alien Post Production Footage


Special Features
Disc 1: ALIEN

_ 1979 Theatrical Version
_ 2003 DirectorÕs Cut with Ridley Scott Introduction
_ Audio Commentary by Director Ridley Scott, Writer Dan O√ïBannon, Executive Producer 
Ronald Shusett, Editor Terry Rawlings, Actors Sigourney Weaver, Tom Skerritt, Veronica 
Cartwright, Harry Dean Stanton and John Hurt
_ Audio Commentary (for Theatrical Cut only) by Ridley Scott
_ Final Theatrical Isolated Score by Jerry Goldsmith
_ ComposerÕs Original Isolated Score by Jerry Goldsmith
_ Deleted and Extended Scenes
_ MU-TH-UR Mode Interactive Experience with Weyland-Yutani Datastream

Disc 2: ALIENS
1986 Theatrical Version

_ 1991 Special Edition with James Cameron Introduction
_ Audio Commentary by Director James Cameron, Producer Gale Anne Hurd, Alien Effects 
Creator Stan Winston, Visual Effects Supervisors Robert Skotak and Dennis Skotak, Miniature 
Effects Supervisor Pat McClung, Actors Michael Biehn, Bill Paxton, Lance Henriksen, Jenette 
Goldstein, Carrie Henn and Christopher Henn
_ Final Theatrical Isolated Score by James Horner
_ ComposerÕs Original Isolated Score by James Horner
_ Deleted and Extended Scenes
_ MU-TH-UR Mode Interactive Experience with Weyland-Yutani Datastream

Disc 3: ALIEN3

_ 1992 Theatrical Version
_ 2003 Special Edition (Restored Workprint Version)
_ Audio Commentary by Cinematographer Alex Thomson, B.S.C., Editor Terry Rawlings, Alien 
Effects Designers Alec Gillis and Tom Woodruff, Jr., Visual Effects Producer Richard Edlund, 
A.S.C., Actors Paul McGann and Lance Henriksen
_ Final Theatrical Isolated Score by Elliot Goldenthal
_ Deleted and Extended Scenes
_ MU-TH-UR Mode Interactive Experience with Weyland-Yutani Datastream

Disc 4: ALIEN RESURRECTION

_ 1997 Theatrical Version
_ 2003 Special Edition with Jean-Pierre Jeunet Introduction
_ Audio Commentary by Director Jean-Pierre Jeunet, Editor Herv≈Ω Schneid, A.C.E., Alien Effects 
Creators Alec Gillis and Tom Woodruff, Jr., Visual Effects Supervisor Pitof, Conceptual Artist 
Sylvain Despretz, Actors Ron Perlman, Dominique Pinon and Leland Orser
_ Final Theatrical Isolated Score by John Frizzell
_ Deleted and Extended Scenes
_ MU-TH-UR Mode Interactive Experience with Weyland-Yutani Datastream

Disc 5: MAKING THE ANTHOLOGY

In addition to over 12 hours of candid, in-depth documentaries, you now have the ability to go even 
deeper into Alien Anthology history with nearly five hours of additional video Enhancement Pods 
created exclusively for this collection, presenting behind-the-scenes footage, raw dailies and 
interview outtakes from all four films. At topical points in the documentaries, you may access these 
pods to enhance your experience, or watch them on their own from the separate Enhancement Pod 
index.

The Beast Within: Making ALIEN
i. Star Beast: Developing the Story
ii. The Visualists: Direction and Design
iii. Truckers in Space: Casting
iv. Fear of the Unknown: Shepperton Studios, 1978
v. The Darkest Reaches: Nostromo and Alien Planet
vi. The Eighth Passenger: Creature Design
vii. Future Tense: Editing and Music
viii. Outward Bound: Visual Effects
ix. A Nightmare Fulfilled: Reaction to the Film
_ Enhancement Pods

Superior Firepower: Making ALIENS
i. 57 Years Later: Continuing the Story
ii. Building Better Worlds: From Concept to Construction
iii. Preparing for Battle: Casting and Characterization
iv. This Time ItÕs War: Pinewood Studios, 1985
v. The Risk Always Lives: Weapons and Action
vi. Bug Hunt: Creature Design
vii. Beauty and the Bitch: Power Loader vs. Queen Alien
viii. Two Orphans: Sigourney Weaver and Carrie Henn
ix. The Final Countdown: Music, Editing and Sound
x. The Power of Real Tech: Visual Effects
xi. Aliens Unleashed: Reaction to the Film
_ Enhancement Pods

Wreckage and Rage: Making ALIEN3
i. Development Hell: Concluding the Story
ii. Tales of the Wooden Planet: Vincent WardÕs Vision
iii. Stasis Interrupted: David FincherÕs Vision
iv. Xeno-Erotic: H.R. GigerÕs Redesign
v. The Color of Blood: Pinewood Studios, 1991
vi. Adaptive Organism: Creature Design
vii. The Downward Spiral: Creative Differences
viii. Where the Sun Burns Cold: Fox Studios, L.A. 1992
ix. Optical Fury: Visual Effects
x. Requiem for a Scream: Music, Editing and Sound
xi. Post-Mortem: Reaction to the Film
_ Enhancement Pods

One Step Beyond: Making ALIEN RESURRECTION
i. From the Ashes: Reviving the Story
ii. French Twist: Direction and Design
iii. Under the Skin: Casting and Characterization
iv. Death from Below: Fox Studios, Los Angeles, 1996
v. In the Zone: The Basketball Scene
vi. Unnatural Mutation: Creature Design
vii. Genetic Composition: Music
viii. Virtual Aliens: Computer Generated Imagery
ix. A Matter of Scale: Miniature Photography
x. Critical Juncture: Reaction to the Film
_ Enhancement Pods
MU-TH-UR Mode Interactive Experience to Access and Control Enhancement Pods

Disc 6: THE ANTHOLOGY ARCHIVES
ALIEN
_ Pre-Production
i. First Draft Screenplay by Dan OÕBannon
ii. Ridleygrams: Original Thumbnails and Notes
iii. Storyboard Archive
iv. The Art of Alien: Conceptual Art Portfolio
v. Sigourney Weaver Screen Tests with Select Director Commentary
vi. Cast Portrait Gallery
_ Production
i. The Chestbuster: Multi-Angle Sequence with Commentary
ii. Video Graphics Gallery
iii. Production Image Galleries
iv. Continuity Polaroids
v. The Sets of Alien
vi. H.R. GigerÕs Workshop Gallery
_ Post-Production and Aftermath
i. Additional Deleted Scenes
ii. Image & Poster Galleries
_ Experience in Terror
_ Special CollectorÕs Edition LaserDisc Archive
_ The Alien Legacy
_ American Cinematheque: Ridley Scott Q&A
_ Trailers & TV Spots

ALIENS
_ Pre-Production
i. Original Treatment by James Cameron
ii. Pre-Visualizations: Multi-Angle Videomatics with Commentary
iii. Storyboard Archive
iv. The Art of Aliens: Image Galleries
v. Cast Portrait Gallery
_ Production
i. Production Image Galleries
ii. Continuity Polaroids
iii. Weapons and Vehicles
iv. Stan WinstonÕs Workshop
v. Colonial Marine Helmet Cameras
vi. Video Graphics Gallery
vii. Weyland-Yutani Inquest: Nostromo Dossiers
_ Post-Production and Aftermath
i. Deleted Scene: Burke Cocooned
ii. Deleted Scene Montage
iii. Image Galleries
iv. Special CollectorÕs Edition LaserDisc Archive
v. Main Title Exploration
vi. Aliens: Ride at the Speed of Fright
vii. Trailers & TV Spots

ALIEN 3
_ Pre-Production
i. Storyboard Archive
ii. The Art of Arceon
iii. The Art of Fiorina
_ Production
i. Furnace Construction: Time-Lapse Sequence
ii. EEV Bioscan: Multi-Angle Vignette with Commentary
iii. Production Image Galleries
iv. A.D.I.Õs Workshop
_ Post-Production and Aftermath
i. Visual Effects Gallery
ii. Special Shoot: Promotional Photo Archive
_ Alien3 Advance Featurette
_ The Making of Alien3 Promotional Featurette
_ Trailers & TV Spots

ALIEN RESURRECTION
_ Pre-Production
i. First Draft Screenplay by Joss Whedon
ii. Test Footage: A.D.I. Creature Shop with Commentary
iii. Test Footage: Costumes, Hair and Makeup
iv. Pre-Visualizations: Multi-Angle Rehearsals
v. Storyboard Archive
vi. The Marc Caro Portfolio: Character Designs
vii. The Art of Resurrection: Image Galleries
_ Production
i. Production Image Galleries
ii. A.D.I.Õs Workshop
_ Post-Production and Aftermath
i. Visual Effects Gallery
ii. Special Shoot: Promotional Photo Archive
_ HBO First Look: The Making of Alien Resurrection
_ Alien Resurrection Promotional Featurette
_ Trailers & TV Spots

ANTHOLOGY
_ Two Versions of Alien Evolution
_ The Alien Saga
_ Patches and Logos Gallery
_ Aliens 3D Attraction Scripts and Gallery
_ Aliens in the Basement: The Bob Burns Collection
_ Parodies
_ Dark Horse Cover Gallery
_ Patches and Logos Gallery
_ MU-TH-UR Mode Interactive Experience