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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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4.0 out of 5 stars Foundation of steel, tower of sticks Nov. 16 2002
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 and the wicked cacaphony of machine gun fire.
Anyway, personally, I bought this because - well duh - its the Alien series. The pros are that I have my prized DVD collection in a nice little box. The cons are that it came packaged with a lump of [poo] called Alien: Resurrection. Personally, I've always looked down on people for their dim view on Alien 3. It made a perfect circle, I thought, to the series. Everything was fairly nicely wrapped up in an intriguing and fittingly depressing conclusion. The fourth film, however, was such a pathetic attempt I wish it hadn't been made. The impressive cast aside (although it certainly wasn't Ron Perlman's pinnacle as an actor. "So, like, what'd you do?") there were very few saving graces, and Buffy's Joss Whedon needs to check his head if he even thinks for a second that he's ever going to be Aliens material. He needs to stick where he belongs: television.
Anyway, given that this is only the price of 3 DVDs, you're basically getting the fourth one for free, so I strongly suggest it, just as I strongly suggest burning the fourth installment and sending it to Joss Whedon with a picture of his dog being sodomized by a kimodo dragon.
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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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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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5.0 out of 5 stars Nice and simple box set. July 11 2004
By A Customer
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. The Quadrilogy is far superior on every level.
Alien: This 1979 classic is my second favorite with the crew of a research ship being killed one by one by a menacing alien.
Aliens: This 1986 sequel is even better!
I love all four movies and this is highly recommended if you have spare change.
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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. 15 2003 by M. DelaPena
4.0 out of 5 stars stunning collection
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. Read more
Published on Jan. 4 2003 by Mark T. Schlipper
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. 26 2002 by Karl Simon Scriba
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