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Alien Quadrilogy: Alien/Aliens/Alien3/Alien Resurrection (DVD)

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  • Actors: Sigourney Weaver, Tom Skerritt, John Hurt, Michael Biehn, Winona Ryder
  • Directors: David Fincher, James Cameron, Jean-Pierre Jeunet, Ridley Scott
  • Writers: Dan O'Bannon, David Giler, James Cameron, Joss Whedon


The Alien Quadrilogy is a nine-disc boxed set devoted to the four Alien films. Although previously available on DVD as the Alien 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 special edition just makes it eight minutes longer.

The Alien Quadrilogy offers the first and fourth films with DTS soundtracks, the others having still fine Dolby Digital 5.1 presentation. All four films sound fantastic, with much low-level detail revealed for the first time. Each is anamorphically enhanced at the correct original aspect ratio, and the prints and transfers are superlative. Every film offers a commentary track that lends insight into the creative process--though the Scott-only commentary and isolated music score from the first Alien DVD release are missing here.

Each movie is complemented by a separate disc packed with hours of seriously detailed documentaries (all presented in full-screen with clips letterboxed), thousands of photos, production stills, and storyboards, giving a level of inside information for the dedicated buff only surpassed by the Lord of the Rings extended DVD sets. A ninth DVD compiles miscellaneous material, including an hourlong documentary and even all the extras from the old Alien laserdisc. "Exhaustive" hardly beings to describe the Alien Quadrilogy, a set that establishes the new DVD benchmark for retrospective releases and looks unlikely to be surpassed for some time.
Movie MPAA Rating: Nr
Genre: Sci-Fi & Fantasy
Movie Studio: 20th Century Fox
Run Time (minutes): 527
Format: DVD
Language: English
Street Date: October 7, 2014
TCIN: 16584713
UPC: 024543985334
Item Number (DPCI): 058-23-1306
Origin: Made in the USA
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Estimated ship dimensions: 8 inches length x 6 inches width x 1 inches height
Estimated ship weight: 0.48 pounds
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Q: What are the runtimes of each of the films, and if you know or not, are they the theatrical cuts?

submitted by Nico - 4 years ago
  • A: Hi, Nico! Regarding your question about the Alien Quadrilogy: Alien/Aliens/Alien3/Alien Resurrection (DVD): This is for the release in 2014, it has the theatrical versions of Alien, Alien 3, and Alien Resurrection, though it does have the Director's cut of Aliens. If you have any additional questions, please do not hesitate to contact Target.com at 1-800-591-3869 every day, between 7am-11pm CST.

    submitted byTaylor - 3 years ago
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4.7 out of 5 stars with 11 reviews
87% would recommend
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3 out of 5 stars
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BG4NYC608 - 1 year ago, Verified purchaser
Alien and Aliens both keep turning off in mid play. Not returning as was still easiest/cheapest way to get a copy of Alien Resurection
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5 out of 5 stars
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jkr018 - 7 years ago, Verified purchaser
My husband and I love these movies. I had to buy this when I saw that all four were together.
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5 out of 5 stars
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Becky - 8 years ago
Was very quick to purchase and get ready, was able to pick up an hour after I bought it. The emails came very quickly. The movies were in perfect condition. No scratches nothing.
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Alien Quadrilogy

5 out of 5 stars
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Jason - 8 years ago
This was a great movie set for the price.
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Awesome movies

5 out of 5 stars
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Ev - 8 years ago
Love the movies, price and quick purchase!
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Alien movies

5 out of 5 stars
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Pancreasguy - 8 years ago
Discs are hi quality
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love them

5 out of 5 stars
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crittter831 - 8 years ago
I love the movies. It's great they are all together. Excellent deal
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Quadrilogy for $10 - can't go wrong!

5 out of 5 stars
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Jojola42 - 8 years ago
I have loved this series forever! My husband wanted to get HD but I'm fine with this for $10- looks great to me!
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