by Heather Wixson

Directed by Ridley Scott, James Cameron, David Fincher, Jean-Pierre Jeunet
Starring Sigourney Weaver, Tom Skerritt, Michael Biehn, Charles S. Dutton, Winona Ryder, Ron Perlman

In 1979, Ridley Scott created a terrifying sci-fi/horror epic known as ALIEN that gave fans a chilling journey into isolation and survivalism.  Now, 31 years and several sequels later, 20th Century Fox is celebrating the ALIEN franchise with the stunning and comprehensive Blu-Ray release of THE ALIEN ANTHOLOGY.

Featuring all four movies with eight different versions (for you math wiz’s out there, yes that’s two versions of each feature) as well as two bonus discs and over 65 hours of archival and never-before-seen content, including the totally immersive MU-TH-UR mode feature, made this an exhausting expedition for one singular review (and I mean that as the highest compliment possible).  I spent about 19 hours collectively looking at movies and special features which rarely ever happens but everything was that engrossing.

In a world where it seems like a brand new edition of all our favorite genre films seems to come out every few years, THE ALIEN ANTHOLOGY is THE most definitive franchise release I’ve ever experienced and I hope more studios take note of the right way to do these kind of event releases.  The remastering of both the sound and the picture is pristine and giving fans access to these kind of special features makes up for the steep price tag attached.

THE ALIEN ANTHOLOGY is sure to be a must-have for the die hards out there, but it’s also a great introduction to the series for newcomers too.  And make sure to have some fun and use the MU-TH-UR mode, you’ll be happy you did!


4.5 out of 5 (Movies)

5 out of 5 (Special Features)