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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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This Tetralogy rocks!!!

  • Dec 21, 2003
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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 THIS IS IT!!!

2) ALIENS 3 is just NOT a good movie...no matter how you slice it or reedit it. It's got atmosphere to burn, and lots of great-looking sets and sweaty character parts. But when the pedal hits the medal and all heck starts breaking loose with the alien...the action becomes incomprehensible. Lots of shots of men running around and looking scare as they slam doors shut. I still have no real clear concept of just WHAT all these guys did. The climax just TOTALLY disappoints in every possible way. David Fincher went on to direct some great movies, but this ain't one of them.

But, even with that big flaw, it's still great to have this set available. Many more years of debate over which is the best (ALIENS) lie ahead, but although there is no definitive answer, this SHOULD BE the definitive set...I hope!

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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 …
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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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