Rumour Control, here are the facts: the ALIEN QUADRILOGY Box Set (pictured above) is an absolute must-own, worth every last penny.
Thanks, Brian, couldn't have put it better myself...
Anyone interested in the sci-fi/horror phenomenon no doubt has their own favourite ALIEN movie. In my case it has to be the first, the one where the acid-for-blood, exo-skeletal chestbursting creature makes his jaw-droppingly spectacular debut (might as well start as you mean to go on, I suppose). And yet, whilst fully delivering on what is nowadays referred to as 'genre expectations', Ridley Scott's ALIEN still manages to be the model of restraint, a 'less means more' approach to storytelling and is, consequently, the best film in the series.
In complete contrast (and necessarily so), James Cameron directs his ALIENS with all the subtlety of a migraine attack. It's a brilliantly staged affair that - once you get over the gung-ho Uncle Sam histrionics - provides a very exciting continuation of the story, throwing into sharp relief the terrifying link between Ripley and the Alien Queen (the dual parallels of surrogate motherhood being a particularly strong and bloody motif throughout). An excellent film, sponsored by Neurofen.
It's only with hindsight that David Fincher's ALIEN 3 can be assessed with a degree of rationality. In 1991 it seemed a disappointing mess in comparison with what had come before but now, thanks to the extras, we can at least understand why the production was so troubled. Yet there were many good elements in that second sequel, some of which clearly fell under the radar of disappointment first time around. A long-overdue revisit to Fiorina Fury 161 therefore may be a pleasant surprise - it certainly was for me. For further information and insight check out THE ALIEN QUARTET by David Thomson, published by Bloomsbury. (see review)
Jean-Pierre Jeunet's ALIEN RESURRECTION is, to my mind, the most controversial of the quad. Part European Art-house, part formulaic actioner, it never quite gels in the way it should. Certainly, it has the overall feel and texture of everything that's gone before but there's a chill vein running through the centre of this film that fails to warm up even as the story heads back to Mother Earth. Good, but it could have been so much better.
The extras for ALIEN QUADRILOGY are by themselves reason enough to purchase. Directors, producers, screenwriters, actors, modelmakers, composers, designers, set-decorators...all talk candidly about every aspect of the four films. Fox deserves huge credit for not stepping on studio-critical opinions and, as a result, there is a genuine sense of good and talented people doing the best they can in often trying circumstances. As to the importance of certain individuals' contributions, ask yourself this: how would the ALIEN series be regarded now if RIDLEY SCOTT and H.R. GIGER hadn't been involved? It's a very refreshing look behind the scenes and renders the featurettes (of which there are many) totally engrossing.
Picture and sound quality is excellent throughout and the packaging clearly shows that Fox have pride in their product. It's an inspired way to show off each 'Director's Cut' to its best possible advantage and, short of a Hi-Def alternative, there is no better representative of the ALIEN franchise currently available.
Get a hold of this now, and then let it get a hold of you. You won't be disappointed.
VERY HIGHLY RECOMMENDEDb