2010 brought us the Alien Anthology box set on Blu-ray much to the delight of home theater and movie enthusiasts. The six disc set includes Alien (disc 1), Aliens (disc 2), Alien 3 (disc 3), Alien Resurrection, (disc 4), Making the Anthology (disc 5), and The Anthology Archives (disc 6). You can order the box set from Amazon for $43.99
Overview of the movies:
The debut film, Alien, directed by Ridley Scott , starring Tom Skerritt and Sigourney Weaver, (as Ellen Ripley), was released in 1979 and became an instant classic upon its release. The crew are on board their spaceship, The Nostromo where an alien egg is found. After hatching and attacking a member of the crew, this creature ends up grows to a monsterous eight foot creature and starts its rampage on the crew. Seven years later, in 1986, James Cameron was brought in to direct the sequal, Aliens. Ellen Ripley is the only surviving member of the crew from the debut film. After waking up on a different spaceship, from a 57 year hypersleep, she accompanies the Marines to take on the creature that killed her fellow crew members.
1992 saw the release of Alien 3, directed by David Fincher, and the return of Ellen Ripley. An escape pod she’s in crash lands on a prison planet, once again she is the only survivor. Another egg was on board the pod she was in and hatches in a prison where it then starts its killing spree. Ellen finds out she has an alien queen growing inside her. In 1997, Alien Resurrection was released. Directed by Jean-Pierre Jeunet and set 200 years into the future. Ellen Ripley returns as a clone and the alien queen from the previous movie is removed from her body. In this film, the military wants to breed aliens for study purposes. However the aliens escape their confinement and Ellen Ripley tries to destroy the alien ship as it approaches Earth.
“Brace yourself for a whole new breed of Blu-ray: Four powerful films…eight thrilling versions…in dazzling, terrifying, high-def clarity with the purest digital sound on the planet. Two bonus dics 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” – Amazon
The first four discs contain two versions of each film, (the theatrical and extended version). Disc 5 is made up of four documentaries on the making of each film and disc 6 has the pre-production, production, and post-production & aftermath of all four films. Disc 6 contains lots of rarities such as images, deleted scenes, trailers and TV spots, storyboards, and numerous other extras. With Dolby, DTS Surround Sound, and the aspect ratio of 2.35:1, the Alien Anthology has improved the quality of all four movies, especially the first two. The packaging is also fabulous as you will find inside the slipcase, a hardcover book which includes pictures from each film and movie notes.
We highly recommend owning the Alien Anthology to enjoy in the comforts of your home theater. Give us your feedback on this or any other home theater related experience. We would love to hear it.
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