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So-so film with a legendary Blu-Ray release
on May 11, 2017
Prometheus is a well made movie that should never have been made. After the four film Alien series was completed, Fox of course still wanted to milk the franchise even more. They hired Ridley Scott, the director of the original Alien, to make a prequel about the origins of the alien creatures. Not really necessary to know that, is it? Oh well, we do now. Ridley Scott and his crew admittedly made some good creative choices, namely to have this film take place in a different time period and a different place in this universe, finally dropping the Ripley character. It really makes it feel different from the classic films. The story instead follows a team of scientists trying to discover the origins of humanity, who (SPOILERS) were indeed created by the so-called "Space-Jockeys" from the first. So frustrating. We don't need to know the origin of the giant dead guy in the derelict spacecraft. That was the point: it is mysterious and we don't know what it is. Now we do, and it is dreadfully superfluous. It also ruins the atmosphere of that fantastic sequence in the original, because there is no mystery anymore. Not to mention that this revelation makes no sense, and we need a sequel(s) to explain all the goings-on in this movie. Nothing is carefully explained, and at two hours the film feels much too short for all the questions raised. That being said, it is an interesting watch, and it poses some cool questions about the origins of humanity. It is always thought-provoking when a sci-fi examines things we still haven't figured out. The idea that we were created on purpose by a superior species, and that they have become dissapointed with our outcome is cool and very disturbing. These all-powerful aliens are now heading to earth to end us all, giving us the white-knuckle climax of the movie. It's a cool idea, and this movie is full of them. It looks great, too. The ship is more clean and polished than the Nostromo, but that is the point. It is supposed to be high-class. The effects are good, the practical creatures being the best looking. I liked some of the characters, although there were too many. I only really cared about maybe three or four of the massive crew. Overall, Prometheus is good as a standalone movie (which it absolutely can be watched as), but I hate that it exists in this universe. [3 stars out of 5]
This Blu-Ray release, on the other hand, is pure gold. The 3D one, specifically. If you don't have a 3D player, still buy this version without hesitation. The thing is, the 2D standard edition release of Prometheus is single-disc. It offers some fairly interesting extras, but nothing great. The 3D special edition has the identical 2D disc, a 3D disc and a third special features disc that is only included in this edition. A little confusing why they would do this, but whatever. Just know that the 3D edition is the way to go no matter what. I myself have never watched the 3D version, as I do not have the proper equipment, and I have never once regretted my purchase.
The special features are comprehensive and engaging. The stuff on the first 2D disc is standard fare, but it is no less than average. Two commentaries, a huge helping of deleted scenes and a collection of viral videos used to promote the film are all you will find here. The viral videos are my favourite thing here, seeing as they don't use clips from the movie. They are basically their own short films. The exclusive bonus disc is where things get interesting. The main piece on here is a three-hour-and-forty-minute documentary entitled "The Furious Gods: Making Prometheus". Wow. This sprawling doc offers everything you could want to know about the production of the film, and it never gets dull. It is very well edited and directed, and the nearly four hours zoom by. It is extremely in depth and worth a view. If that wasn't enough, there is another hour's worth of "enhancement pods". These are some other tidbits and facts that weren't included in "Furious Gods", and are fun to skim through after watching the massive documentary.
Finally, the "Weyland Corp Archive" stores another wealth of content that makes you feel like they put too much work into this collection of extras. In here are art galleries, pre-vis, screen tests, photography from the set, trailer and TV-spot gallery, nine featurettes made to promote the film, the "HBO First Look" tv special, and a fun time-lapse video of the construction of a gargantuan set (with optional commentary). There is no need to use any more adjectives to describe this special edition release of Prometheus, you can see for yourself how comprehensive it is. [5 stars out of 5]