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ALIEN QUADRILOGY:
BONUS DISC

Just when you think you have seen just about every bit of supplemental material that Fox could put together for their wonderful ALIEN QUADRILOGY DVD release, they hit you with a rather nice bonus disc of material that they couldn’t shoehorn into the first eight discs of the set. The menus are divided into four primary sections that allow one to access these additional ALIEN QUADRILOGY supplements on a film-by-film basis. Starting things off under the ALIEN section is the Alien Evolution documentary. Produced by Channel 4 in the UK, this program runs a few minutes over an hour and features informative and entertaining interviews with the cast and crew of ALIEN. While it covers a lot of the same ground as some of the previous supplemental material for ALIEN, the documentary proves to be well organized and quite enjoyable. Next is Experience in Terror, a seven-minute featurette produced to promote the original theatrical release of ALIEN. Also provided on the disc is a fifteen-minute Ridley Scott Q&A session from the American Cinematheque screening of ALIEN at Hollywood’s Egyptian Theatre on September 14th, 2001. Additionally, there are two trailers and two TV spots included in the ALIEN section. Lastly, the ALIEN section contains a Laserdisc Archive of text and other material that was featured on the 1992 Laserdisc release.

The ALIENS section features the complete Laserdisc Archive of materials that were featured on the 1991 Laserdisc release. Like the Laserdisc Archive for ALIEN, theses archival materials for ALIENS can either be accessed individually or in such a was as to recreate the original Laserdisc experience. Four theatrical trailers (both domestic and international), plus a TV spot close out the ALIENS section. Under the ALIEN3 section, one will find a featurette to promote the release of ALIEN3, as well as five theatrical trailers and seven TV spots. The ALIEN RESURRECTION section includes two theatrical trailers and four TV spots. Also featured on the bonus disc is Aliens In The Basement: The Bob Burns Collection. This seventeen-minute program features cinema historian/collector Bob Burns and all of the props form the Alien movie series that are now in his care. Another interesting item is the Dark Horse Comics Cover Gallery which features the comic book cover art, along with credits and summaries for the issues featured. Finally, the DVD-ROM section of the set includes a script-to-screen option for all four films.

After investing countless hours wading my way through 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment’s ALIEN QUADRILOGY, I can honestly say that I am more than impressed with this DVD release. Each and every one of the films looks better here than they have in the past. Additionally, the supplemental materials are genuinely excellent and very thorough (although, I would have liked more dirt on ALIEN3). The ALIEN QUADRILOGY is indeed one of the premiere DVD releases of the year, and as I have stated in the preceding four parts of this review, this collection is absolutely recommended.

The nine-disc ALIEN QUADRILOGY featuring ALIEN, ALIENS, ALIEN3 & ALIEN RESURRECTION, plus all the supplemental material is available for an SRP of $99.98.

ALIEN QUADRILOGY Review- Part 1: ALIEN, Part 2: ALIENS, Part 3: ALIEN3, Part 4: ALIEN RESURRECTION, Part 5: BONUS DISC 

 

 

ALIEN QUADRILOGY: BONUS DISC 


The Alien Quadrilogy (2003)

ENHANCED FOR 16:9 TELEVISIONS 


DVD reviews are Copyright © 2003 THE CINEMA LASER and may not be copied or reprinted without the written consent of the publisher.
THE CINEMA LASER is written, edited and published by Derek M. Germano.


 

 

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