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Alien Quadrilogy - Region 1 Announcement

Fox Home Entertainment have officially announced the Region 1 DVD release of the Alien Quadrilogy box set for 2nd December 2003 with a retail price of $99.98. Featuring 45 hours of never-before-seen footage, the Alien Quadrilogy includes the original theatrical releases of each of the four films in the franchise plus alternate versions of each film and out-of-this-world bonus features including new director commentaries, original screen tests and production footage. A ground-breaking initiative from Fox Home Entertainment, the significant under-taking marks the first time a studio's home entertainment division has finished a theatrical film (Alien3). Working closely with Directors Ridley Scott, James Cameron, Jean-Pierre Jeunet, original film editors, and teams from Fox Restoration, Fox Sound, Visual Effects houses, TCFHE and the DVD producer coordinated the restoration of original footage, reconstruction of original audio, new visual effects and foley work, and much more to allow fans to experience the Alien franchise as never before.

All films will be presented in English 5.1 Dolby Digital (except for Alien and Alien Resurrection, which are also presented in English 5.1 DTS), French Dolby Surround (Canada only) and Spanish Dolby Surround (U.S. only) sound. All films are anamorphic widescreen with their original 2.35:1 aspect ratios (except for Aliens, which is presented in its original 1.85:1 aspect ratio) and THX certified.

Following the 2nd December box set release are individual two-disc sets of each film on 6th January 2004 with a retail price of $26.98 each. Features will be identical to those found in the box set, though the ninth 'bonus' disc is exclusive to the Alien Quadrilogy.

ALIEN

  • The original 1979 theatrical version of Alien and the 2003 Director’s cut
  • An introduction by Director Ridley Scott
  • Brand new commentary by Director Ridley Scott, Editor Terry Rawlings, Writer Dan O'Bannon, Executive Producer Ronald Shusett, Actors Sigourney Weaver, John Hurt, Tom Skerritt, Veronica Cartwright, and Harry Dean Stanton
  • Nine brand new documentaries: “Star Beast” On developing the Alien story; “The Visualists” the direction and design of the film; “Truckers In Space” Casting the movie; “Fear Of The Unknown” Behind the scenes at Shepperton Studios in 1978; “The Darkest Reaches” Developing the Nostromo and Alien planet; “The Eight Passenger” Creating the Alien; “Future Tense” Focusing on the music and editing of Alien; “Outward Bound” Peering into the film’s visual effects; “A Nightmare Fulfilled” Reaction to the film’s opening
  • A Multi-Angle Scene Study on the Chestburster sequence with optional commentary by Ridley Scott and the production team
  • Sigourney Weaver’s original screen test with optional commentary by Ridley Scott
  • Seven deleted scenes with a deleted footage marker and deleted scene index
  • The first draft of the screenplay by Dan O’Bannon
  • Ridleygrams Original thumbnails and sketches by Ridley Scott
  • Storyboard Archives
  • The Art of Alien including a cast portrait gallery, production gallery, the sets of Alien, H.R. Giger’s Workshop, continuity polaroids and VFX gallery
  • The original theatrical posters and stills from the premiere

    ALIENS
  • The original theatrical version - available for the first time ever on DVD - and James Cameron’s special edition version of Aliens
  • An introduction by Director James Cameron
  • Brand new commentary by James Cameron, Michael Biehn, Jenette Goldstein, Carrie Henn, Terry Henn, Lance Henriksen, Gale Anne Hurd, Pat McClung, Bill Paxton,Dennis Skotak, Robert Skotak and Stan Winston
  • James Cameron original treatment
  • Nine brand new featurettes: “57 Years Later” - Continuing the saga; “Building Better Worlds” - From concept to construction; “Preparing For Battle” - Casting and characterization; “This Time It’s War” A look back at Pinewood Studios, 1985; “The Risk Always Lives” - Weapons and action; “Bug Hunt” Creature design; “Beauty And The Bitch” Power Loader vs. Queen Alien; “Two Orphans” Revisiting Sigourney Weaver And Carrie Henn; and “Aliens Unleashed” Reaction to the film
  • The Art of Aliens including conceptual art portfolio, cast portraits, production gallery, continuity polaroids, Stan Winston’s workshop, VFX gallery and premiere stills
  • Deleted footage marker and deleted scene index
  • Multi-angle videomatics with optional commentary by Miniature Effect Supervisor, Pat McClung
  • An Easter Egg

    ALIEN 3
  • The original theatrical version and a restored pre-release version with more than 30 minutes of never-before-seen footage
  • Brand new commentary by Cinematographer Alex Thompson, Editor Terry Rawlings, VFX Designers Alec Gillis and Tom Woodruff Jr., Visual Effects Producer Richard Edlund, and actor Paul McGann
  • 11 new featurettes: “Development” Concluding the story; “Tales Of The Wooden Planet” Vincent Ward’s vision; “Pre-Production III” The making of Alien 3; “Xeno-Erotic” H.R. Giger’s redesign of the Alien creature; “Production: Part One, Part Two, and Part Three” Behind-the-scenes on the production of the movie; “Adaptive Organism” Creature design; “Optical Fury” Visual effects; “Music, Editing And Sound”; and “Post-Mortem” A reaction to the film
  • E.E.V. Bio-Scan A multi-angle vignette with optional commentary by Alex Gillis
  • The Art of Alien 3 including conceptual art portfolio, production gallery, and visual effects
  • Furnace construction time lapse
  • Storyboard archives

    ALIEN RESURRECTION
  • The original theatrical version and an extended cut with alternate opening and ending sequences
  • An introduction by Director Jean Pierre Jeunet
  • Brand new commentary by Director Jean Pierre Jeunet, Herve Schneid, Alec Gillis, Tom Woodruff Jr., Pitof, Sylvain Despretz, Ron Perlman, Dominique Pinon and Leland Orser
  • First draft of the screenplay by Joss Whedon
  • 11 new featurettes: “From The Ashes” Reviving the story; “French Twist” Direction and design; “Under The Skin” Casting and characters; “Death From Below” Underwater photography; “In The Zone” Basketball scene; “Unnatural Mutation” Creature design, “Genetic Mutation” Creature design; “Genetic Composition” A listen to the music; “Virtual Alien” Computer generated imagery; “A Matter Of Scale” Miniature photography; and “Critical Junction” A reaction to the film
  • Multi-angel rehearsal footage
  • A Mike Carro photo gallery, a conceptual art gallery, VFX gallery, a promotional photo archive and continuity polaroids
  • Storyboard archives
  • An Easter Egg

    BONUS DISC
  • A brand new Q&A with Ridley Scott
  • “Experience in Terror” A promotional featurette from 1979
  • “Alien Evolution” Channel 4 U.K. exclusive documentary on Alien
  • A complete laser disc archive of Alien and Aliens
  • Original theatrical trailers and TV spots from all four films
  • “Aliens In The Basement” Inside the Bob Burns ALIEN Collection
  • Dark Horse cover gallery Anthology of 11 issues of the ALIEN comics
  • DVD-ROM feature Script to screen comparisons



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