TCFHE Press Release: Alien Anthology (Blu-ray)

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  1. Ronald Epstein

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    The Ultimate Collection Featuring All Four ALIEN Films Hatches On

    Blu-ray from October 25 With Never-Before-Seen Bonus Material And The Debut Of The Exclusive and Groundbreaking Interactive Experience, MU-TH-UR Mode


    Fans Have A Chance To Board The Nostromo During Comic-Con At Booth #3528 And Enter The Hibernation Chamber Of The Doomed Intergalactic Crew


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    LOS ANGELES, CA(July 15, 2010) – Sometimes, the scariest things come from within. Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment presents one of the most successful and terrifying film franchises of all time when ON BLU-RAY, EVERYONE WILL HEAR YOU SCREAM


    the ALIEN ANTHOLOGY debuts on Blu-ray for the first time ever from October 25 internationally and on October 26 in North America. All four ALIEN films have been reinvigorated for an intense Blu-ray high-definition viewing experience. The release also marks the debut of
    MU-TH-UR Mode, a fully interactive companion that takes the extensive materials in the
    ALIEN ANTHOLOGY and puts them in the user’s hand – connecting fans to special features on all six discs and instantly providing an index of all available ALIEN content, including over 60 hours of special features and over 12,000 images.




    The ALIEN ANTHOLOGY is a truly unique home entertainment experience. For the first time ever, the studio 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 collection. The set also includes two versions of each film and over four hours of previously unreleased exclusive material such as original screentests of Sigourney Weaver prior to filming the original ALIEN, unseen deleted scenes, thousands of still photographs from the Fox archives, the previously unseen original cut of “Wreckage and Rage: The Making of
    ALIEN3,” and much, much more.




    The ALIEN ANTHOLOGY will be available for a suggested retail price of $139.99 U.S. / $179.99 Canada. Prebook is September 22.



    The ALIEN ANTHOLOGY is just one aspect of Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment’s
    yearlong campaign to honor the studio’s 75th birthday. This year the division will debut several select fan-favorites on Blu-ray for the first time ever including The Rocky Horror Picture Show, William Shakespeare’s Romeo + Juliet, Moulin Rouge!, The Last of the Mohicans
    and The Sound of Music.





    DISC ONE: ALIEN

    • 1979 Theatrical Version

    • 2003 Director’s Cut with Ridley Scott Introduction

    • Audio Commentary by Director Ridley Scott, Writer Dan O’Bannon, 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

    • Composer’s Original Isolated Score by Jerry Goldsmith

    • Deleted and Extended Scenes

    • MU-TH-UR Mode Interactive Experience with Weyland-Yutani Datastream



    DISC TWO: 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

    • Composer’s Original Isolated Score by James Horner

    • Deleted and Extended Scenes

    • MU-TH-UR Mode Interactive Experience with Weyland-Yutani Datastream



    DISC THREE: 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 FOUR: ALIEN RESURRECTION

    • 1997 Theatrical Version

    • 2003 Special Edition with Jean-Pierre Jeunet Introduction

    • Audio Commentary by Director Jean-Pierre Jeunet, Editor Hervé 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 FIVE: 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

    • Star Beast: Developing the Story

    • The Visualists: Direction and Design

    • Truckers in Space: Casting

    • Fear of the Unknown: Shepperton Studios, 1978

    • The Darkest Reaches: Nostromo and Alien Planet

    • The Eighth Passenger: Creature Design

    • Future Tense: Editing and Music

    • Outward Bound: Visual Effects

    • A Nightmare Fulfilled: Reaction to the Film

    • Enhancement Pods



    Superior Firepower: Making ALIENS

    • 57 Years Later: Continuing the Story

    • Building Better Worlds: From Concept to Construction

    • Preparing for Battle: Casting and Characterization

    • This Time It’s War: 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: Sigourney Weaver and Carrie Henn

    • The Final Countdown: Music, Editing and Sound

    • The Power of Real Tech: Visual Effects

    • Aliens Unleashed: Reaction to the Film

    • Enhancement Pods



    Wreckage and Rage: Making ALIEN3


    • Development Hell: Concluding the Story

    • Tales of the Wooden Planet: Vincent Ward’s Vision

    • Stasis Interrupted: David Fincher’s Vision

    • Xeno-Erotic: H.R. Giger’s Redesign

    • The Color of Blood: Pinewood Studios, 1991

    • Adaptive Organism: Creature Design

    • The Downward Spiral: Creative Differences

    • Where the Sun Burns Cold: Fox Studios, L.A. 1992

    • Optical Fury: Visual Effects

    • Requiem for a Scream: Music, Editing and Sound

    • Post-Mortem: Reaction to the Film

    • Enhancement Pods




    One Step Beyond: Making ALIEN RESURRECTION

    • From the Ashes: Reviving the Story

    • French Twist: Direction and Design

    • Under the Skin: Casting and Characterization

    • Death from Below: Fox Studios, Los Angeles, 1996

    • In the Zone: The Basketball Scene

    • Unnatural Mutation: Creature Design

    • Genetic Composition: Music

    • Virtual Aliens: Computer Generated Imagery

    • A Matter of Scale: Miniature Photography

    • Critical Juncture: Reaction to the Film

    • Enhancement Pods


    • MU-TH-UR Mode Interactive Experience to Access and Control Enhancement Pods



    DISC SIX: THE ANTHOLOGY ARCHIVES


    ALIEN

    • Pre-Production

    • First Draft Screenplay by Dan O’Bannon

    • Ridleygrams: Original Thumbnails and Notes

    • Storyboard Archive

    • The Art of Alien: Conceptual Art Portfolio

    • Sigourney Weaver Screen Tests with Select Director Commentary

    • Cast Portrait Gallery

    • Production

    • The Chestbuster: Multi-Angle Sequence with Commentary

    • Video Graphics Gallery

    • Production Image Galleries

    • Continuity Polaroids

    • The Sets of Alien

    • H.R. Giger’s Workshop Gallery

    • Post-Production and Aftermath

    • Additional Deleted Scenes

    • Image & Poster Galleries

    • Experience in Terror

    • Special Collector’s Edition LaserDisc Archive

    • The Alien Legacy

    • American Cinematheque: Ridley Scott Q&A

    • Trailers & TV Spots



    ALIENS

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    Pre-Production
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    Original Treatment by James Cameron
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    Pre-Visualizations: Multi-Angle Videomatics with Commentary
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    Storyboard Archive
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    The Art of Aliens: Image Galleries
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    Cast Portrait Gallery
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    Production
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    Production Image Galleries
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    Continuity Polaroids
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    Weapons and Vehicles
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    Stan Winston’s Workshop
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    Colonial Marine Helmet Cameras
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    Video Graphics Gallery
     
  2. WillG

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    HOLY SHIT! I haven't even read the whole thing yet, but the uncut Alien3 doc (although it seems they have changed the title to "Wreckage and Rage")!!!! Also, finally the Burke Cocoon sequence.


    So Psyched.


    Edit, now that I have read the whole thing, this truly seems to be the most comprehesive set for a series of films ever (at least as far as I can think of).


    One questions though, I thought it was reported that Sigourney recorded new commentaries for all four films. Did that never materialize?
     
  3. Nelson Au

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    Our cup runnith over!

    Reminded me of the days of laser disc where a release like this could have cost $500.00. So this will be a fantastic deal considering what the street price will be.

    In reading the press release, I thought one of the extras was a 1950's or early 60's sci-fi film I once saw on Creature Features because Bob Wilkins who hosted it thought the plot was identical to Alien. A creature on board is killing the crew.

    This is like the Blade Runner set in a way! There's going to be a large SciFi overload this spring with so many cool releases coming. And it was interesting to read the press release say The Sound Music is coming too.

    As Vasquez would say, "Let's rock!"

    I hope a similar set is planned for The Terminator film series.
     
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    Very excited. Just preordered my copy through Amazon.
     
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    Definitely looking forward to this.
     
  6. Nelson Au

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    Hey Thanks Paul!


    That's the one, It! The Terror From Beyond Space. I'd like to get a copy of that.


     
  7. Kevin EK

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    I too am wondering about the Sigourney Weaver commentaries that I had thought she was recording for this release.


    And there is still one element not carried over from the 1999 20th Anniversary DVD of ALIEN. While it looks like they included Ridley Scott's commentary from that edition, I don't see the "Production Audio Track" which I really enjoyed from that release. I hung onto that DVD for that reason - I'm glad I did so.


    But I have to say, these people are trying to bankrupt me this fall! Between this, Rocky Horror, the Criterion releases, I'm going to have to start selling lemonade on the corner. And get a new bookshelf...
     
  8. oscar_merkx

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    truly outstandig release indeed plus Back to the Future as well
     
  9. Kevin EK

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    Bill Hunt has included a note in his update on this that the Sigourney Weaver commentaries were not recorded. Sigh.
     
  10. Jeff Robertson

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    There's only one thing that bothers me:


    All four ALIEN films have been reinvigorated for an intense Blu-ray high-definition viewing experience.


    Hopefully, "reinvigorated" is not another term for "digitally remastered" :)


    Pleeeeease, fox, keep these films away from the DNR machine.
     
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    Wow!!!!!


    Just some random thoughts:


    -I see they retitled the Alien 3 documentary "Wreckage and Rage" instead of "Wreckage and Rape" (which was taken from a track on the soundtrack)... no big deal


    -I noticed the "Parodies" section... the BBFC cleared clips from Spaceballs and Family Guy but I'm hoping they were able to get the "Alienses" parody sketch from the 1986 season premiere of SNL which was hosted by Sigourney Weaver... it was hilarious!


    -Hopefully all the still galleries will remain intact... the Ridleygrams gallery was incomplete on the Quad set


    -The Quad set featured two (at least) Easter Eggs: Van Ling on Aliens talking about his home-made power loader costume and David Prior on Resurrection talking about playing a background alien... hopefully these will be carried over


    -Two isolated scores on Aliens? I was aware that Horner's work was fiddled with but I guess we'll see the extent of the damage come October


    -No deleted footage markers but I never used them anyway (and the interactive mode might solve that)... no big deal


    -I'm eager to find out more about the Alien 3 audio restoration!
     
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    Disappointed by the lack of Sigourney Weaver commentaries we were all expecting on this set, but they definitely made up for it with the extra deleted scenes and uncut Alien 3 doc. Plus there's isolated score tracks on ALL the films. That's a big deal for us soundtrack fans since Goldenthal's full Alien 3 score has never been released on CD.
     
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    coverage: http://www.homemediamagazine.com/fox/alien-anthology-blu-ray-boasts-60-hours-bonus-content-20024
     
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    This coming out has absolutely made my YEAR. My all-time favorite movies, with my all-time favorite scores, on my all-time favorite format. The set looks simply amazing. I really cannot wait. Just wonderful!
     
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    I really don't need the fourth film, but what the hell... this is a great release.
     
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    Great release. Can't wait to dig into it. Lots of great new stuff, and the films in high def...spectacular.
     
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    Whoa!! Now THAT'S an Alien mother lode!!!! Not much to complain about from me, this is a must have.



    While it's far from being a classic Alien Resurrection has grown on me since I first viewed it at the theaters. It's leagues better than the two craptastic AVP films, of which I'm relieved they didn't include.
     

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