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Alien Quadrilogy (Alien/ Aliens /Alien 3 /Alien

Action & Adventure and Science Fiction & Fantasy movie directed by David Fincher, James Cameron, Jean-Pierre Jeunet, and Ridley Scott

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Best Collection Ever

  • Sep 10, 2006
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+5
Well, maybe the best except for the LOTR collector's sets, but I had to buy each of them individually. Do your favorite Alien fan a favor and get them the Quadrilogy for Christmas or their next birthday, they'll love you forever. Having all four movies in two formats, the theatrical releases and extended versions, along with an astounding assortment of extras for all the extras lovers, is enough to put a movie lover in movie heaven for several days. The +5 rating is for the Quadrilogy, not a comment on the individual movies contained within. (Though technically it's 4.5. I take .5 off for the endless foldout format of the disc storage folders, which is difficult to handle with so many discs.)

I won't bother going into great detail for each of the movies, since that's all been done before. I will say that Aliens is my favorite of the series, like it is for most people, mostly because of more time allowed for character development. Aliens is an action/thriller, whereas Alien is a classic horror film, much scarier with greater tension building, and arguably, a better movie. I doubt anyone who saw Alien in its original release before all the hubub was raised will forget the chest bursting scene. I would argue it's the single most shocking moment in cinema history. Hearing the cast talk about doing that scene was very interesting. Other than that, not much more to say about these two classics.

I know that a lot of fans consider the first two movies to be the only two "real" ones and the third and fourth movies are duds to be ignored as complete embarassments. While part of me totally agrees with that assessment, being the fan I am of the series, I am still ecstatic to own the entire set in this wonderful collection and usually watch all four of them, not just the first two. (Technically five when AVP is included.)

There's no doubt that the third movie suffered from some very serious flaws. It was very interesting to me to watch the extras included in this set which explain a lot of the reasons for that. For those who haven't had a chance yet, I highly recommend watching the extended version of the third movie. It doesn't rescue it completely, but it is much better than the theatrical release and may raise your opinion of the movie a notch. (Just overlook the very poor special effects. The FX we take for granted now were in their infancy then and it shows.)

As for the fourth movie, there were some things about it that I really liked, and some I really didn't. I thought the cloning idea and Ripley being a sort of hybrid was a daring and interesting twist to the series. It's one of the things I appreciated most about Alien Resurrection, probably because it was so unexpected.

I also found it interesting to have the intelligence of the aliens explored. In previous movies they were mostly just killing machines and little was indicated either for or against how intelligent they are. The fourth movie still doesn't answer that completely, but gives more food for thought.

On the other hand, I really didn't like the weird alien baby and I felt that the movie really lost it towards the end and almost felt as if it was part of a different movie that frittered away any positives that had been built up in the first two thirds or so.

The Alien Quadrilogy is a must have for any Alien fan, even those who are less than complementary about the second two movies. They may just find something of worth there after all when they have a chance to review this outstanding collection. And if not, they at least have the pleasure of owning the entire series in a format that serves as an example of how such collections should be designed and released.

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I'm not gonna go into the whole rundown of the movies. Others here have already done a fine, fine job. I just need to vent about two things.1) I just got the darn 4-DVD box set about six months ago on ebay, and I thought I was in hog heaven then. Extra scenes, some added footage, small documentaries. I thought I had the definitive DVD set! Imagine if next year, they come out with a 7-DVD set for THE GODFATHER after we've all bought the 5-DVD set, thinking we had the definitive version! I just hope …
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TheAlien Quadrilogyis a nine-disc boxed set devoted to the fourAlienfilms. Although previously available on DVD as theAlien Legacy, here they have been repackaged with vastly more extras and with upgraded sound and picture. For anyone who hasn't been in hypersleep for the last 25 years, this series needs no introduction, though for the first time each film now comes in both original and "special edition" form.

Alien (1979) was so perfect it didn't need fixing, and Ridley Scott's 2003 director's cut is fiddling for the sake of fiddling. Watch it once, then return to the majestic, perfectly paced original. Conversely, the special edition of James Cameron's Aliens (1986) is the definitive version, though it's nice to finally have the theatrical cut on DVD for comparison. Most interesting is the alternative Alien 3 (1992). This isn't a "director's cut"--David Fincher refused to have any involvement with this release--but a 1991 work-print that runs 29 minutes longer than the theatrical version, and has now been restored, remastered, and finished off with (unfortunately) cheap new CGI. Still, it's truly fascinating, offering a different insight into a flawed masterpiece. The expanded opening is visually breathtaking, the central firestorm is much longer, and a subplot involving Paul McGann's character adds considerable depth to story. The ending is also subtly but significantly different. Alien: Resurrection (1997) always was a mess with a handful of brilliant scenes, and the ...

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Genre: Action, Sci-Fi, Adventure, Fantasy
DVD Release Date: December 2, 2003
Runtime: 145 minutes
Studio: 20th Century Fox
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