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Alien Quadrilogy R1 offical announcement

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  1. bowenjones

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    Available Dec. 2nd.
    Here are the specs......

    Fox Home Entertainment have officially announced the Region 1 DVD release of the Alien Quadrilogy box set for 2nd December 2003 with a retail price of $99.98. Featuring 45 hours of never-before-seen footage, the Alien Quadrilogy includes the original theatrical releases of each of the four films in the franchise plus alternate versions of each film and out-of-this-world bonus features including new director commentaries, original screen tests and production footage. A ground-breaking initiative from Fox Home Entertainment, the significant under-taking marks the first time a studio's home entertainment division has finished a theatrical film (Alien3). Working closely with Directors Ridley Scott, James Cameron, Jean-Pierre Jeunet, original film editors, and teams from Fox Restoration, Fox Sound, Visual Effects houses, TCFHE and the DVD producer coordinated the restoration of original footage, reconstruction of original audio, new visual effects and foley work, and much more to allow fans to experience the Alien franchise as never before.

    All films will be presented in English 5.1 Dolby Digital (except for Alien and Alien Resurrection, which are also presented in English 5.1 DTS), French Dolby Surround (Canada only) and Spanish Dolby Surround (U.S. only) sound. All films are anamorphic widescreen with their original 2.35:1 aspect ratios (except for Aliens, which is presented in its original 1.85:1 aspect ratio) and THX certified.

    Following the 2nd December box set release are individual two-disc sets of each film on 6th January 2004 with a retail price of $26.98 each. Features will be identical to those found in the box set, though the ninth 'bonus' disc is exclusive to the Alien Quadrilogy.

    ALIEN

    The original 1979 theatrical version of Alien and the 2003 Director’s cut

    An introduction by Director Ridley Scott

    Brand new commentary by Director Ridley Scott, Editor Terry Rawlings, Writer Dan O'Bannon, Executive Producer Ronald Shusett, Actors Sigourney Weaver, John Hurt, Tom Skerritt, Veronica Cartwright, and Harry Dean Stanton

    Nine brand new documentaries: “Star Beast” On developing the Alien story; “The Visualists” the direction and design of the film; “Truckers In Space” Casting the movie; “Fear Of The Unknown” Behind the scenes at Shepperton Studios in 1978; “The Darkest Reaches” Developing the Nostromo and Alien planet; “The Eight Passenger” Creating the Alien; “Future Tense” Focusing on the music and editing of Alien; “Outward Bound” Peering into the film’s visual effects; “A Nightmare Fulfilled” Reaction to the film’s opening

    A Multi-Angle Scene Study on the Chestburster sequence with optional commentary by Ridley Scott and the production team

    Sigourney Weaver’s original screen test with optional commentary by Ridley Scott

    Seven deleted scenes with a deleted footage marker and deleted scene index

    The first draft of the screenplay by Dan O’Bannon

    Ridleygrams Original thumbnails and sketches by Ridley Scott

    Storyboard Archives

    The Art of Alien including a cast portrait gallery, production gallery, the sets of Alien, H.R. Giger’s Workshop, continuity polaroids and VFX gallery

    The original theatrical posters and stills from the premiere

    ALIENS

    The original theatrical version - available for the first time ever on DVD - and James Cameron’s special edition version of Aliens

    An introduction by Director James Cameron

    Brand new commentary by James Cameron, Michael Biehn, Jenette Goldstein, Carrie Henn, Terry Henn, Lance Henriksen, Gale Anne Hurd, Pat McClung, Bill Paxton,Dennis Skotak, Robert Skotak and Stan Winston

    James Cameron original treatment

    Nine brand new featurettes: “57 Years Later” - Continuing the saga; “Building Better Worlds” - From concept to construction; “Preparing For Battle” - Casting and characterization; “This Time It’s War” A look back at Pinewood Studios, 1985; “The Risk Always Lives” - Weapons and action; “Bug Hunt” Creature design; “Beauty And The Bitch” Power Loader vs. Queen Alien; “Two Orphans” Revisiting Sigourney Weaver And Carrie Henn; and “Aliens Unleashed” Reaction to the film

    The Art of Aliens including conceptual art portfolio, cast portraits, production gallery, continuity polaroids, Stan Winston’s workshop, VFX gallery and premiere stills

    Deleted footage marker and deleted scene index

    Multi-angle videomatics with optional commentary by Miniature Effect Supervisor, Pat McClung

    An Easter Egg

    ALIEN 3

    The original theatrical version and a restored pre-release version with more than 30 minutes of never-before-seen footage

    Brand new commentary by Cinematographer Alex Thompson, Editor Terry Rawlings, VFX Designers Alec Gillis and Tom Woodruff Jr., Visual Effects Producer Richard Edlund, and actor Paul McGann

    11 new featurettes: “Development” Concluding the story; “Tales Of The Wooden Planet” Vincent Ward’s vision; “Pre-Production III” The making of Alien 3; “Xeno-Erotic” H.R. Giger’s redesign of the Alien creature; “Production: Part One, Part Two, and Part Three” Behind-the-scenes on the production of the movie; “Adaptive Organism” Creature design; “Optical Fury” Visual effects; “Music, Editing And Sound”; and “Post-Mortem” A reaction to the film

    E.E.V. Bio-Scan A multi-angle vignette with optional commentary by Alex Gillis

    The Art of Alien 3 including conceptual art portfolio, production gallery, and visual effects

    Furnace construction time lapse

    Storyboard archives

    ALIEN RESURRECTION

    The original theatrical version and an extended cut with alternate opening and ending sequences

    An introduction by Director Jean Pierre Jeunet

    Brand new commentary by Director Jean Pierre Jeunet, Herve Schneid, Alec Gillis, Tom Woodruff Jr., Pitof, Sylvain Despretz, Ron Perlman, Dominique Pinon and Leland Orser

    First draft of the screenplay by Joss Whedon

    11 new featurettes: “From The Ashes” Reviving the story; “French Twist” Direction and design; “Under The Skin” Casting and characters; “Death From Below” Underwater photography; “In The Zone” Basketball scene; “Unnatural Mutation” Creature design, “Genetic Mutation” Creature design; “Genetic Composition” A listen to the music; “Virtual Alien” Computer generated imagery; “A Matter Of Scale” Miniature photography; and “Critical Junction” A reaction to the film

    Multi-angel rehearsal footage

    A Mike Carro photo gallery, a conceptual art gallery, VFX gallery, a promotional photo archive and continuity polaroids

    Storyboard archives

    An Easter Egg

    BONUS DISC

    A brand new Q&A with Ridley Scott

    “Experience in Terror” A promotional featurette from 1979

    “Alien Evolution” Channel 4 U.K. exclusive documentary on Alien

    A complete laser disc archive of Alien and Aliens

    Original theatrical trailers and TV spots from all four films

    “Aliens In The Basement” Inside the Bob Burns ALIEN Collection

    Dark Horse cover gallery Anthology of 11 issues of the ALIEN comics

    DVD-ROM feature Script to screen comparisons
     
  2. sonny

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    I don't suppose you know if all this will also be on the R2 release?
     
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  4. bowenjones

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    Over at the digitalbits they have just started reviewing the
    entire set.
    Currently, they have the review for the first two discs and will
    complete the box-set in the next few days.
    There is a lot of detailed information here, probably because
    they spent a lot of time with the production team in charge of
    creating the Quadrilogy.
    From what I've read so far, I think it's time to upgrade my Legacy
    box-set!
    Anyway, here's a link to the first part of their review.......http://www.thedigitalbits.com/reviews3/alienquad00.html
     
  5. bowenjones

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    Sonny, untill the specs have been announced for the R2 it's
    anyone's guess. I would have thought that the sets will be
    similar spec wise though barring any intervention by the bbfc.
     
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    excellent news
     
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    It appears to have no input from David Fincher for Alien3. I assume that either he wasn't asked or didn't want to get involved.

    Still a definite purchase though.
     
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    "The original theatrical version - available for the first time ever on DVD - and James Cameron’s special edition version of Aliens".

    Eh? Isn't this on the last R2 boxset that's been out for years? Or was it just the Special Edition only?

    Futhermore, what's new in this boxset that wasn't in the last one I want to know. (Then we can do a little cost/benefit analysis to see if it's worth it.)

    StooMonster
     
  9. bowenjones

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    StooMonster,
    I don't think that anything on the Legacy box-set has been
    carried over to this set. All the extras are new (barring the
    trailers) and, even if the two sets contain the same version
    of the film there is also alternate versions of the films on the
    Quadrilogy ( Aliens was only in it's Special Edition form on the Legacy). Even the picture and sound has been totally
    re-mastered for this set.
     
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    Can't bloody wait!!

    I have wanted the original version of Aliens for ages, I liked some of the *new* footage, but not all of it...

    I think David Fincher has completely walked away from Alien 3 in disgust at the way it/he was treated by 20th Century Fox.
     
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    Anyone want to buy my "Alien Legacy" boxset?
     
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    Is there somewhere we can read all about this feud, Lex. It seems to have completely passed me by...
     
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    I have heard him discuss it in past interviews and articles, but I don't have any links I'm afraid. I am sure if you search some of his many fan sites you will find something.
    I think basically 2oth Century Fox would not let him make the film the way he wanted to - they changed the original (William Gibson) script quite drastically, and then forced numerous re-edits, cuts, re-writes, changes etc... I think he very nearly walked away from the film at the time... Shame as he has since proved himself to be a brilliant director and I am sure Alien 3 would have been a whole lot better had they let him do it his way. :thumbsdow
     
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    I seem to remember a big interview in empire with him

    he said he would never again be involved in a big franchise where the studio had so much control

    It would be very interesting to see the alien3 he wanted to make
     
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    Agreed. I was really hoping that this was what we were going to get when the Quadrilogy was first announced. :(
     
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    Thanks Foxmulder & Lex. I'll do a surf and see what else is out there. I quite like the 3rd film. OK it's not as spangdangular as the 2nd, or as suspenseful as the 1st, but it has it's good points plus a really dramatic ending - never thought Ripley would do that!
     
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    It didn't stop him making Fight Club with them, David Fincher completely ruined the Alien saga and for that I wll never forgive him.
     
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    while liking out of the whole franchise the second one i thought that 3rd film was pretty good cos its got BRIAN EFFIN GLOVER IN :mad: :mad:
     
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    Alot of the extras for the Region 2 release are listed on the BBFC website and nothing yet had been cut or altered so fingers crossed it will be exactly the same.
     
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    I had hoped this directors cut version would be just that, but it looks like it is really just a 'Fox Home Entertainment Edition'.
     
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    for me the most mis-cast actress was Winona Ryder in Alien 4.

    Terrible actress, even worse film.
     
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    I used to think that too, but I think in fairness it was really Fox who screwed it up by picking the wrong script/story. Had Fincher been allowed to make the film he wanted (with the Monks instead of the prisoners etc) I think it would have been much better. I still think Alien3 is a good film, just not a good sequel to Alien/Aliens...
     
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    Yeah. But still, she has her plus points! :) :devil:
     
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    So the version of Aliens 3 on this disk is not the one everyone wanted?

    I see it has 30 mins extra footage is that gona change the film atall? i agree with Lex i still quite enjoyed it but will this version make it a better film?

    I am very tempted by this box set
     
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    I was hoping Fincher was involved with the re-editing of Alien3 and that DTS sound would be included on all 4 films although i did like Alien3 and still do (( hate resurrection don't really want it )).

    Its interesting to note that Ridley Scott is really only editing Alien and calling it a directors cut so he can make the next Alien, it was a way to get his foot clearly in the door and was a bargaining tool, i like the long panning shots of the spaceship which have been cut from his new version and the cocoon sequence will probably slow the film down near the end so i'm very glad we have the option still of watching the original cinema version.
     
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    Alien 3 is one underrated film, i put it behind Alien in my fav's, i liked it because he attemped not to take the easy step of following on in Alins direction of a shoot up type of film, seqals like the Alien series needs diversity, otherwise the interest would have been lost and we wouldn't be discussing it!
     
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    If we order the r1 version, when can we expect it to ship?
     
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    HI,

    I bet pounds-to-pennies, the Region 2 release will NOT contain all the same material as the Region 1 version! I'm going to stick with the R1 edition, simply because I know I will then get the original and alternate versions of each of the 4 films, plus the bonus disc as well.

    Why should I pay mard-earned money, for an inferior product, e.g. "The Indiana Jones Collection"? :mad: :confused:

    Pooch
     

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