Alien Anthology On Blu-ray
Out this week on Blu-ray is Alien Anthology (20th Century Fox), an impressive collection featuring all four Alien movies with never-before-seen bonus material. Ridley Scott's Alien (1979) was a clever update of the 1958 film It! The Terror From Beyond Space. The space crew of the Nostromo get a distress signal and are led to an alien planet where they are attacked and bring a creature aboard that escapes into the air shafts and begins dispatching the crew one by one. With a solid cast including Tom Skerritt, John Hurt, Veronica Cartwright, and Sigourney Weaver as lieutenant Ellen Ripley, it was an elegant scare machine. The ship and creature design care of HR Giger were memorably surreal. Aliens (1986) was James Cameron's amped up sequel which many believe to be superior to the first. Alien 3 (1992) was directed by David Fincher (The Social Network) which suffered from much studio interference, and then there's Alien Resurrection (1997) by Jean-Pierre Jeunet (Amelie). This box set looks amazing and has alternative versions, great high-definition and incredible audio. "On Blu-ray everyone will hear you scream" is appropriately advertised on the box.