Alien Anthology

Featured In Issue 151, November 2010

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The Alien Anthology is a truly unique home entertainment experience. For the first time ever, Fox has united the material from every home video release of the Alien saga, including the 1991/1992 LaserDisc releases, the 1999 "Legacy" release, and 2003's groundbreaking Alien Quadrilogy release, into one complete Blu-ray Disc™ collection. All four films in the Alien series have benefited from all-new 4K masters and released in the 1080p AVC format. The set also includes two versions of each film and over four hours of previously unreleased exclusive material, unseen deleted scenes, thousands of still photographs from the Fox archives, previously unseen original cuts, and much, much more. The six-disc collector's edition includes the 1979 theatrical version of Alien, the 2003 Director's Cut of Alien with Director Ridley Scott's introduction, the 1986 theatrical version of Aliens, the 1991 Special Edition with Director James Cameron's introduction, the 1992 theatrical version of Alien3, and the 2003 Special Edition (Restored Workprint Version); the 1997 theatrical version of Alien Resurrection and the 2003 Special Edition with Director Jean-Pierre Jeunet's introduction; the "Making The Anthology" documentary; and "The Anthology Archives." Those who pre-order the Blu-ray Alien Anthology Comicon (Egg Package) at will receive the Limited Edition Fox 75th anniversary Alien Poster FREE (while supplies last).

The Alien series' sound design played an important role in the effectiveness of all four films. Any science fiction film requires an array of original sound effects to create an other worldly environment, and this series is particulary rich with both complexity and startling realism. The scores by Jerry Goldsmith, James Horner, Elliot Goldenthal and John Frizzell capture the senses from the vast emptiness of space and grisly human terror. These four DVD soundtracks are newly remastered in lossless DTS-HD Master Audio and sound clear and dimensionally engaging.