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Alien Gift Set

Sigourney Weaver , Tom Skerritt , David Fincher , James Cameron    R (Restricted)   DVD
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An interesting feature of Alien, Aliens, Alien 3, and Alien Resurrection, worth watching together if only for the chance to see how different directors handle essentially the same idea. The results are decidedly mixed. Ridley Scott's Alien is the most traditional of the bunch, essentially a haunted-house picture set on a space freighter, where a monster is picking off crew members one by one. James Cameron's Aliens is the all-out adrenaline bath, a pulse-pounding action thriller from start to finish. It plays a little like a Western in outer space, where the settlers are waiting for a cavalry that never comes--and the Indians are acid-veined aliens. And David Fincher's Alien 3 is the rock-video version, in which substance and storytelling are sacrificed to editing and imagery, as the aliens attempt to take over a space penal colony. --Marshall Fine

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Includes The Alien Legacy, a behind-the-scenes look at the making of Alien.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars David Finchers negative critics, GET A LIFE June 24 2005
By dandy w
You dont understand why David Fincher did'nt contribute on Quad?????? tell me what would you do?????,I own Alien Quad region 1 and 4 (Australian and US version)and also Alien Legacy (region 2 UK, 5 disk limited edition)i came up with this crazy idea to experiment with my multi-region player and to compare the difference in these box sets (obviously one has to be a mad collecter to do this). And yes even though the 2 Quads are almost the same in material (Legacy has material Quads don't have), they all differ in different ways, and i have had a ball comparing and collecting, and i have bonus material coming out of my ears, not a bad way to recover from 2 time consuming operations.
Result: Alien Quad region 1 US Rules
Region 1 Picture and sound quality is better
Region 1 has a deleted scene marker, region 2 and 4 do not.
Region 1 has deleted scenes in Theatre release menus, region 4 does not.
Region 4 jumps, pauses, flashes, all by a spit second (not a big deal)
Region 4 has a great and safe box design and artwork, region 1 is bigger has more artwork BUT is vunrable to fall apart although i have'nt had the problems other people have had, my advise is look after your box and be gentle and it should last.
Region 2 Alien Legacy has a great 5th disk (material not seen in any Quad boxes)and cool original cases. Region 1 US RULES and im Australian.
All you people critizing David Fincher for not contributing on commentary's for Alien 3, do some research with the crap he had to put up with so you know what you are complaining about(no wonder he did'nt want to show up, and tell me what would you do???????)
David Fincher negative critics GET A LIFE, for positive or nasty remarks you can email me on taylor5821@hotmail.com
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4.0 out of 5 stars The "ALIEN" drops a jobby on it's saga Oct. 21 2002
By slider
I've watched all four films and I have to say the first two were the best. The first, Alien, was a fantastic (for it's time, 1979)Sci-Fi Horror movie, with a great plot and ending. Yes, it's graphics and special effects are not up to par with the modern day Digital graphics and million dollar explosions that seem to dominate today's movies, but it takes a creative script and equally good acting/directing to make a movie like this work. That's why Alien succeeded and has such a large fan following to this day.
The sequel, Aliens, directed by James Cameron (Terminator I & II, Titanic) continued the saga of Lt. Ripley and the "Alien" in fine style. It is my favorite of the four and has an excellent supporting cast. I'm not going to tell you about it; Just watch it!
So, I've had nothing but good things to say about the first two movies. Why only four stars? Because the third movie really went down compared with the first two. I dont think it's because it was really bad, but more because the first two were sooo good, and my expectations for the third episode were high. It turned out to be slow and a little boring. The first two movies were 5-star material; this one only gets 2.5 stars from me.
Unfortunately, the final movie, Alien Resurrection, fails to improve much on the previous movie. Yes, there's definately more action, but Ripley's clone comes infected with the Butch/Slut gene, and makes her character less likable. The script takes much of the blame here. I dont think she was as comfortable in this role. Winona Ryder should have stayed away from this one. Her character softens the plot and generally weakens the whole movie. I struggle to give it 3 stars.
For my money, I would buy Alien and Aliens, instead of the entire legacy. They are two of the best Sci-Fi movies EVER! The last two, I'm sorry to say, are not worth the extra money.
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4.0 out of 5 stars stunning collection Jan. 4 2003
ive aged since these movies have come out. and my thoughts on them have changed. when i saw aliens in the theater (i was 13), it was incredible. when i saw alien3 in the theater (i was 19) i wasnt too impressed. now im 30 and have reversed my opinions.
we all agree that ridley scott created something special with the first installment. it was a breed apart, created its own subgenre, and was entertaining as all hell. sigourney weaver shaped a hero unlike any other at the time. 30 years old, female, getting her hands dirty while maintaining her feminity, classic and irreplaceable.
cameron's aliens is to me the weak link. is it scary? yes. does it hold to the alien theme? yes. but it was in essence bland. one dimensional characters with guns. weaver plays ripley with all the maternal fear, love, and rage she can muster and does it well. but otherwise, just goons and guns. acceptable hollywood fare, but the series begs to be more.
like i said i originally wasnt smitten with fincher's alien3. but since then ive dug seven, and fight club, so i was stoked to give this one another chance. and it blew me away. fincher is creative in his camera work, but only to the benefit of the movie. the characters have histories, some of which we learn, others we dont. granted, a number of them hardly have lines so its hard to care about them, but the primary cast of players deliver a movie with wit, depth, humanity, and of course, fear. weavers ripley plumbs new depths of character and pushes what shes established even further. a 42 year old female hero with sensitivity, and calloused knuckles is a rare find and welcome. fincher made some bold moves with this one. many of which were cut in the theater but returned in the dvd release.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Nice and simple box set.
This is the much older Alien Legacy box set containing the oldest DVD editions of the four Alien movies and offers little of anything new in terms of DVD extras. Read more
Published on July 11 2004
5.0 out of 5 stars Alien Legacy
The Alien Lagacy is my favorite sci-fi horror saga! It contains four fantastic videos and The Alien Legacy, the behind the scenes look at the making of Alien. Read more
Published on Sept. 8 2003
1.0 out of 5 stars If you already own this....
...then you have my sympathies.
I own this set, but found out today that Fox are going to be re-releasing another Alien box set with each film getting the 2-disc super duper... Read more
Published on Jan. 28 2003 by Christopher Cox
5.0 out of 5 stars An Absolute Classic !
Excellent DVD set to add to your collection. The quality is perfect! With plenty of features and great graphics it only adds to this already perfect collection. Read more
Published on Jan. 14 2003 by M. DelaPena
5.0 out of 5 stars aliens one of the best sets ever
If your a huge alien/aliens fan like i am, then youll love this box set, plenty of extra stuff, artwork and all types of other things. Read more
Published on Jan. 3 2003
3.0 out of 5 stars Widescreen???
Be warned: The original 'Alien' movie does NOT come in widescreen in this collecton, despite the description.
Published on Dec 18 2002 by Paul Norton
4.0 out of 5 stars Forced to Buy Four when only Two rule!
This review applies only to the boxed set! Because if the original 1979 DVD Alien were available separate I would only own the one, the only, original ALIEN! Read more
Published on Dec 17 2002 by Kundalini
2.0 out of 5 stars Fox's attempt to make us buy two films we don't want.
I'm not going into detail about what I thought about each of the four films, this review is regarding the boxed set. Read more
Published on Nov. 28 2002
5.0 out of 5 stars If you like Alien predators, this is as alien as they come!
This unforgettable saga of a space marine's struggle against the most dangerous freak of nature ever to shed blood in the universe is the pulse-pounding king of sci-fi horror! Read more
Published on Nov. 25 2002 by Karl Simon Scriba
4.0 out of 5 stars Foundation of steel, tower of sticks
I've been a slobbering Alien fanatic since age six, and Aliens made its theatrical debut. Mmm, I can still recall the thrill of every slapped ammunition clip, every morbid hiss... Read more
Published on Nov. 16 2002 by Philippe M Newman
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