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Ridley Scott shows he is a patient director, first establishing an ominous and foreboding atmosphere, biding his time before characters are forced to survive a ravenous and brutal monster. He is, of course, assisted by an excellent script by Ronald Shusett and Dan O'Bannon (Return of the Living Dead), who is said to have pitched the story as "Jaws in space." And like Spielberg's horror classic, Scott holds back from fully revealing his boogeyman. Even while it viciously kills the crew one by one, Scott gives viewers only glimpses of the hideous beast until the closing moments. Alien' is a well-constructed and ingenious movie with a great deal more to offer than frights, especially considering the fact that Ripley (Weaver) is our first female action hero. The narrative's underlying themes are ripe with imagery and symbolism of sexuality and politics.
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Sadly, their personal involvement and determination to see their script realized, along with the involvement of other studio heads, can be seen as the film's downfall. It's another disastrous case where outside interference ultimately ruins the potential for an amazing motion picture, especially when a stylized and talented director is hired. In this instance, we have a young, hot-shot music video director by the name of David Fincher poised to make a striking and vividly impressive feature-length debut with this installment. Unfortunately, the future filmmaker of such remarkable movies as Se7en, The Game, Fight Club, Zodiac, and The Social Network was met with distrust and incredible doubt. Much of what he originally wanted with this picture was quickly shot down, and he was never really given the sort of freedom required to even make a film. In the excellently-made and surprisingly revealing documentary 'Wreckage and Rage' (which thankfully is included in its complete runtime on this Blu-ray set), we can see Fincher's frustration and anger with the production, the producers, and his overall experience.
Simply put, Ridley Scott's Alien arrives on Blu-ray with the same phenomenal 1080p/AVC MPEG-4 encode (2.40:1). The sci-fi horror classic shows incredible detail, far better than anyone could have imagined for a nearly forty-year-old film. We can clearly make out the intricate design of the Nostromo's and the crashed alien spacecraft's interiors. Every distinct line in the metallic, claustrophobic halls, the mess hall, the air shafts, and all the computer gadgetry is made plainly visible. We can even see pores, wrinkles and small defects on the faces of actors while the alien's body reveals the hard work done by the designers. At times, the picture appears as though some digital noise reduction was used to clean it up a bit, but it's very mild and doesn't ruin the movie in any significant way.
Unlike the previous two films, this third installment to the favorite franchise is not all that impressive, despite still being a reasonable upgrade from its standard definition counterpart. Although the 1080p/AVC MPEG-4 encode (2.35:1) shows several moments of softness, the picture often displays really nice details and clarity throughout. The stylized video shows plenty of clear definition in the faces of actors and the prison facility. Contrast is comfortably bright, allowing for great visibility of background info and strong shadow delineation. Black levels are fairly deep and resilient, providing the image an attractive cinematic quality. The color palette is intentionally muted to give the movie a drab and gloomy appearance, but secondary hues are accurate while reds are bold and vibrant. The transfer looks pretty good overall, but several soft spots brings it down a notch. (Video Rating: 3/5)
Like the last video, the third installment doesn't appear to have received the same restoration effort as the first two movies. Don't get me wrong, this 1080p/AVC MPEG-4 encode (2.35:1) is mostly an upgrade from its DVD counterpart, but it's not really a hands-down, decisive winner. Of course, this being a Jean-Pierre Jeunet film, the image is highly stylized with a warm palette that artfully emphasizes secondary hues. Fine object detailing is pretty good and improves during close-up shots. Contrast is nicely balanced while blacks are deep and attractive. However, there are a few instances of crush and questionable shadow delineation. There is also some evidence of sharpening and digital noise reduction in certain scenes, such as at the 14-minute mark of Chapter 6 in the Special Edition cut. We can see plenty of natural film grain throughout most of the movie, but the transfer tends to be rather inconsistent, with several moments of softness. By and large, the stylized picture looks good in high-def, but it never really reaches the quality of the first two discs. (Video Rating: 3/5)
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