Alien Quadrilogy | Limited 25th Anniversary Alien Head Box Set

 Product Details

Product Type
» DVD

Origin
» United Kingdom

UPC/EAN/Barcode
» 5039036014823

Distributor
» Fox

Contents
» 9 Discs
» Digistack
» Slipcase Box
» Booklet
» Special Alien Head Box
» Large Cardboard Box (not pictured)

Limitation
» Unkwown amount

Out of Print
» Yes

Still in Collection
» Yes

Purchased At
» www.hmv.co.uk


 Disc 1

Contents
» Alien (movie)
» - 1979 Theatrical Cut
» - 2003 Director's Cut
» Audio commentary with director Ridley Scott, Dan O'Bannon, Ronald Shusett, Sigourney Weaver, Tom Skerritt, Veronica Cartwright, Harry Dean Stanton and John Hurt (theatrical cut only)
» Introduction by Ridley Scott (Director's Cut only)
» THX Optimizer

Type
» DVD, R2, PAL

Picture
» 2.35:1 Anamorphic

Audio
» English DTS 5.1
» English DD 5.1 (THX Certified)

Subtitles
» English HoH


 Disc 2

Contents
» Pre-Production
» - Star Beast: Developing the Story (18 min)
» - First draft screenplay text by Dan O'Bannon (with additional introduction notes)
» - he Visualists: Direction and Design (17 min)
» - Ridleygrams gallery (Ridley Scott's original storyboards)
» - Storyboard gallery
» - Conceptual artwork gallery
» - Truckers in Space: Casting (15 min)
» - Sigourney Weaver's screen test footage (4 min)
» - Cast portrait gallery
» Production
» - Fear of the Unknown: Shepperton Studios, 1978 (24 min)
» - Production photo gallery
» - Continuity polaroids gallery
» - The Darkest Reaches: Nostromo and the Alien Planet (17 min)
» - Set photo gallery
» - The Eighth Passenger: Creature Design (31 min)
» - Chestburster multi-angle sequence (5 min)
» - H.R. Giger's Workshop photo gallery
» Post-Production
» - Future Tense: Editing and Music (16 min)
» - 7 deleted scenes (not in the director's cut)
» - Outward Bound: Visual Effects (19 min)
» - Visual effects photo gallery
» - A Nightmare Fulfilled: Reaction to the Film (19 min)
» - Poster explorations gallery
» - Special shoot photo gallery
» - Premiere photo gallery
» DVD Production Credits (easter egg)

Type
» DVD, R2, PAL


 Disc 3

Contents
» Aliens (movie)
» - 1986 Theatrical Cut
» - Director's Cut
» Audio commentary with director James Cameron, Gale Anne Hurd, Stan Winston, Robert Skotak, Dennis Skotak, Pat McClung, Michael Biehn, Bill Paxton, Lance Henriksen, Jenette Goldstein, Christopher Henn and Carrie Henn (Director's Cut only)
» Introduction by director James Cameron (director's cut only)
» THX Optimizer

Type
» DVD, R2, PAL

Picture
» 1.85:1 Anamorphic

Audio
» English DD 5.1 (THX Certified)

Subtitles
» English HoH


 Disc 4

Contents
» Pre-Production
» - 57 Years Later: Continuing the Story (11 min)
» - Original treatment text by James Cameron
» - Building Better Worlds: From Concept to Construction (13 min)
» - Conceptual artwork gallery
» - Multi-angle previsualizations with audio commentary (3 min)
» - Preparing for Battle: Casting and Characterization (17 min)
» - Cast portrait gallery
» Production
» - This Time It's War: Pinewood Studios, 1985 (19 min)
» - Production photo gallery
» - Continuity Polaroids gallery
» - The Risk Always Lives: Weapons and Action (15 min)
» - Weapons and vehicles photo gallery
» - Bug Hunt: Creature Design (16 min)
» - Beauty and the Bitch: Power Loader vs. Queen Alien (22 min)
» - Stan Winston's Workshop photo gallery
» - Two Orphans: Sigourney Weaver and Carrie Henn (14 min)
» Post-Production
» - The Final Countdown: Music, Editing and Sound (15 min)
» - The Power of Real Tech: Visual Effects (28 min)
» - Visual effects photo gallery
» - Aliens Unleashed: Reaction to the Film (12 min)
» - Film photo gallery
» A Boy and His Power Loader (9 min easter egg)
» DVD production credits (easter egg)

Type
» DVD, R2, PAL


 Disc 5

Contents
» Alien 3 (movie)
» - 1992 Theatrical Cut
» - 2003 Assembly Cut
» Audio commentary with cinematographer Alex Thomson, editor Terry Rawlings, Alec Gillis, Tom Woodruff Jr., Richard Edlund, Paul McGann and Lance Henriksen (Theatrical Cut only)
» THX Optimizer
» DVD Production Credits (easter egg)

Type
» DVD, R2, PAL

Picture
» 2.35:1 Anamorphic

Audio
» English DD 5.1 (THX Certified)

Subtitles
» English HoH


 Disc 6

Contents
» Pre-Production
» - Development: Concluding the Story (17 min)
» - Tales of the Wooden Planet: Vincent Ward's Vision (13 min)
» - Conceptual artwork gallery
» - Pre-Production: Part III (11 min)
» - Storyboard gallery
» - Conceptual artwork gallery
» - Xeno-Erotic: H.R. Giger's Re-Design (10 min)
» Production
» - Production: Part I (18 min)
» - Production photo gallery
» - Furnace construction time-lapse sequence (4 min)
» - Adaptive Organism: Creature Design (20 min)
» - A.D.I.'s Workshop photo gallery
» - EEV Bioscan multi-angle video with audio commentary (2 min)
» - Production: Part II (14 min)
» - Production: Part III (8 min)
» Post-Production
» - Optical Fury: Visual Effects (23 min)
» - Music, Editing and Sound (15 min)
» - Visual effects photo gallery
» - Post-Mortem: Reaction to the Film (8 min)
» - Special shoot photo gallery

Type
» DVD, R2, PAL


 Disc 7

Contents
» Alien Resurrection (movie)
» - 1997 Theatrical Cut
» - Director's Cut
» Audio commentary with director Jean-Pierre Juenet, Hervè Schneid, Alec Gillis, Tom Woodruff Jr., Pitof, Sylvain Desperetz, Ron Pearlman, Dominigue Pinon and Leland Orser (Theatrical Cut only)
» Text introduction (Director's Cut only)
» THX Optimizer

Type
» DVD, R2, PAL

Picture
» 2.35:1 Anamorphic

Audio
» English DTS 5.1
» English DD 5.1 (THX Certified)

Subtitles
» English HoH


 Disc 8

Contents
» Pre-Production
» - From the Ashes: Reviving the Story (10 min)
» - First draft screenplay text by Joss Whedon
» - French Twist: Direction and Design (26 min)
» - Under the Skin: Casting and Characterizations (13 min)
» - Creature, make-up and costume test footage (12 min)
» - Marc Caro character design gallery
» - Conceptual art gallery
» - Storyboard gallery
» - Multi-angle previsualizations (3 min)
» Production
» - Death from Below: Fox Studios, Los Angeles, 1996 (31 min)
» - In the Zone: The Basketball Scene (7 min)
» - Production photo gallery
» - Unnatural Mutation: Creature Design (26 min)
» - A.D.I.'s Workshop photo gallery
» Post-Production
» - Genetic Composition: Music (13 min)
» - Virtual Aliens: Computer Generated Imagery (10 min)
» - A Matter of Scale: Miniature Photography (23 min)
» - Visual effects photo gallery
» - Critical Juncture: Reaction to the Film (14 min)
» - Special shoot photo gallery
» DVD Production Credits (easter egg)
» Nameless featurette (easter egg)

Type
» DVD, R2, PAL


 Disc 9

Contents
» Alien
» - Alien Evolution (64 min)
» - Experience in Terror - 1979 Promotional featurette (7 min)
» - Ridley Scott Q&A video (15 min)
» - 1992 Alien: Special Widescreen Collector's Edition Laserdisc Archive
» - 2 Theatrical Trailers
» - 2 TV-spots
» Aliens
» - 1991 Aliens: Special Widescreen Collector's Edition Laserdisc Archive
» - 4 Trailers
» - TV-spot
» Alien 3
» - Advance featurette (3 min)
» - 5 Trailers
» - 7 TV-spots
» Alien Resurrection
» - 2 Trailers
» - 4 TV-spots
» Additional Material
» - Aliens in the Basement: The Bob Burns Collection (17 min)
» - Dark Horse Comics cover gallery
» - PC & Mac compatible DVD-ROM features

Type
» DVD, R2, PAL


 Movie Details

Short info
» Original Title: Alien (1979)
» Directed by: Ridley Scott

Short info
» Original Title: Aliens (1986)
» Directed by: James Cameron

Short info
» Original Title: Alien 3 (1992)
» Directed by: David Fincher

Short info
» Original Title: Alien Resurrection (1997)
» Directed by: Jean-Pierre Jeunet

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 Discjunkie's Comments

Packaging / Design

Originally released in Japan, this set design really took the dvd-enthusiasts by storm. And I must say that I was also quite blown away when and (almost) life-size Alien Head was delivered to my doorstep.

The UK-edition (originally offered exclusively through HMV-stores) is pretty identical to the original Japanese release apart from featuring the regular UK Quadrilogy set instead of the Japanese one, and also, lacking the Alien Bearbrick figure made exclusively for Japan. The "regular" DVD box is a pretty standard digistack holding all of the nine (!) discs in a nice "flippable" and easily accessable design. The look of the box is OK but I'm not to sure about the gold writing on the front cover. But the backside (featuring the "Alien 3" logo) is more than fine and this makes me wanna' turn the box backside out when putting it on the shelf.

Getting to the real deal (moving along, thank you!). Yes, the legend are true! This set comes in one of the most inventive and stylishly oversized cases ever. It's not even a case anymore... it's... it's... well, frankly, it's a head!!! Made from massive vinyl (I guess) and meassuring pretty much actual size of a real Alien head, this set is a very well made piece of eye-candy. Lifting the tinted (almost see-through) scalp piece we come to an inner compartment featuring 9 slots in the core of the head. These slots now turn the head into a perfect display case for you Quadrilogy collection and will give the head an even more captivating look. All in all, this is a perfect ten on my scale... But I will mention this though... The plastic scalp-piece looks and feels good but it doesn't seem to really fit the head to 100% on any set I've seen so far. It's just a bit to big or small or uneven and I think in the end this could've been done with just a bit more precision.


Disc contents / Extras

Supplementary-wise, this set was perfect even before the head came out on the market. Because we really get the whole package here. Over 40 HOURS (yes, I said HOURS) worth of documentaries are presented on the 5 (!) supplementary discs.

Each film comes on a single disc featuring 2 version of every movie (making it 8 different cuts all in all). Apart from Alien 3 what we get are 3 genuine director's cuts, with Aliens probably being the most extended and also the best alteration. As for Alien 3 we get something called an "Assembly cut" - This is an alternate extended version of the film made by the movie crew and not by the director himself (David Fincher). The fact is that Fincher was the only one of the four who declined to go back and make a director's cut version of his feature film debut. And this is based (obviously) with the fact that Alien 3 was a living hell during production and left a lot of anger and dissapoinment etc with both the studio and with the director.

But I'm rambling and this is not the point. The Point is that we get some of the best documentaries made for a sci-fi set. Each are divivded into Pre-Production, Production and Post-Production. They feature most every aspect from the original script to the set design, the actors, the crew, all up until the thatrical release and the reaction to the film. Once again, the only sad part about the extras is the part about Alien 3 - Giving the fact that Fincher didn't participate, this leaves us without a lot of Fincher-interviews, (and a director's commentary).However, the extras for the film are still great and the actor's commentary do credit the director and give a nice insight to the film. Also, the extended cut of Alien 3 is one of the most interesting aspect of this set, as it really turns the movie into a much better piece of cinematic history.


Sidenotes

The original plastic bag wrapped around the head box came with a small sticker showing a hand written number on it. This was most likely the actual numbering of the set but as it was so discrete and not too classy I think most people didn't even notice.


 Visitors Comments

Ian | Location: Preston Posted 2011-04-18 (21:26)

For Sale... Alien Quadrilogy Head 25th Annaversary Limited Edition... Open to Sencible offers from a deserving collector out there.!!! For more details Pls e.mail @ ianwhitmore@hotmail.com...

Posted 2010-09-02 (10:21)

Hard to say, Tracy. :-/ I'm sure there might be some people on theimportforums-dot-com that would be interested but you'll need to have a minimum number of posts before you can do business there.

Tracy King | Location: Bakersfield, CA Posted 2010-09-02 (04:30)

I have a framed poster - 15th anniversary 1 sheet that I would like to sell but it HAS to be to someone who is a true Alien fan. Any suggestions on where I can sell it. I can provide a photo of poster if you'd like.

Posted 2009-08-18 (17:51)

Thank you Roberto :) A lot of people have been asking for a review of this set so it's quite possible that I will review it eventually.

Roberto Posted 2009-08-17 (17:29)

Hey man you got an awsome collection i wonder if you can do a review of this awsome special edition

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