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Alien Resurrection

Collector's Edition
Genre: Science Fiction

Reviewed In Issue 81 (Feb 2004) Of Widescreen Review®

Sigourney Weaver, Winona Ryder, Ron Perlman, Dominique Pinon, Dan Hedaya, J.E. Freeman, Brad Dourif, Raymond Cruz, Kim Flowers, Gary Dourdan, Leland Orser & Michael Wincott

WSR Review Scores
WSR Picture Rating: 4.5
DD Sound Rating: 4.5
DTS Sound Rating: 5
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Critics' Composite Score: 3.5
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Special Features
Along with "Alien Resurrection" on Disc One -- which is available in the 109-minute 1997 theatrical edition (with a deleted/extended scene index) and the 116-minute 2003 Special Edition (with a Jean-Pierre Jeunet introduction and deleted footage marker) -- is a group audio commentary track with director Jean-Pierre Jeunet; editor Herv

 DVD General Information

(Studio/Distributor): 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment
(Catalog Number): 2009862
(MPAA Rating): R
(Rating Reason):

Rated R for strong sci-fi violence and gore, some grotesque images, and for language.
(Retail Price): $26.98
(DVD Type): Two Discs: DVD-9 x 2
(Widescreen Edition): Yes
(Full Screen Edition): No
(Anamorphic Widescreen): Yes
(Running Time In Minutes): 109/116
(Color Type): Color
(Chaptered/Scene Access): Yes
(Closed Captioned): Yes
(Regional Coding): 1
(Theatrical Year): 1997
(Theatrical Release): Yes
(Direct-To-Video Release): No
(DVD Release Date): 01/06/04
(THX® Digitally Mastered): Yes

 Credits Information

(Director): Jean-Pierre Jeunet
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Special Notes:
Also available in the nine-disc "Alien Quadrilogy" DVD set. Individual editions also available in a version with a French-language alternate soundtrack.

Story Synopsis:
"Alien Resurrection" is the fourth in the landmark Alien motion picture series. An unholy combination of human and alien genetics is discovered, made possible by an uneasy alliance between a renegade band of smugglers and a zealous cadre of scientists and officials. One subject is familiar, a woman horrifically linked to the alien species that now elicits so much scrutiny. Ripley is back and all is not what it seems. To combat the alien menace, Ripley must join forces with the smugglers, including an enigmatic mechanic named Annalee Call (Ryder), who may be the instrument of Ripley

DVD Picture:
The anamorphically enhanced 2.35:1-framed DVD exhibits a picture that is very similar to the previously released DVD (Issue 33), though an effort has been made to clean up the picture a bit. Flecks of dirt apparent on the previous edition are all but absent on this DVD. Color fidelity is virtually the same, with lots of browns and golds, blown out whites, and blacks that drop off with little delineation. It is a harshly stylized picture that is often extremely dark, at times appearing a bit pasty. There is some edge enhancement noticed at times, but nothing that is too obtrusive. Pixelization and loss of finer details are also occasionally noticed. (Suzanne Hodges)

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