Details about the US release of Predator 2 on Blu-Ray have surfaced recently. DVDTown has the list of features which are identical to the SE DVD. The Blu-Ray set will be released on June 9, 2009 with a retail price of $34.99. Check out the nice-looking cover art:
Thanks to jimmyboy for the news.
Horror news website Bloody-Disgusting is reporting that Fox is currently working on Blu-Ray releases for Alien, Aliens and Alien 3. Each film will be released in a ‘new special edition set’ with new special features especially made for the Blu-Ray editions.
“We learned of some very interesting news that has me jumping for joy. We discovered that Fox Home Entertainment is currently working on brand new Blu-ray releases for Alien, Aliens and Alien 3. Each film is said to be released in a new special edition set with brand new special features made just for these releases! The only concern I have is Fox’s lackluster Blu-ray releases, where the quality looks like a simple up-convert as opposed to a brand new transfer (see Predator, Commando, Donnie Darko and numerous others).”
No news on Alien Resurrection as of yet and no release date is mentioned. Considering it’s Alien’s 30th anniversary this year, I suspect the Blu-Ray editions will be out at some point in 2009.
Update: The Digital Bits is reporting that the ‘entire Alien Quadrilogy’ including Alien Resurrection will be ported over to Blu-Ray. The complete set with all its features as well as new Blu-Ray features. Fox are reportedly aiming for a Late 2009 release.
Predator 2 will be released in the UK on Blu-Ray on November 3rd. Specs are unknown but it’s only a 1-Disc set so I imagine it will be like the Predator Blu-Ray with no extras on it. Here’s the artwork from Play.com:
The retail price is £22.99 according to Amazon.co.uk. There’s also a Predator 1/2 Blu-Ray boxset coming out on the same day for £30. No word on a US release as of yet. Thanks to jimmyboy for the news.
So AvP Requiem was released on DVD / Blu-Ray last week in the US and the sales figures have now been published today. From ComingSoon.net:
“Juno debuted at No. 1 on both the Nielsen VideoScan First Alert Sales chart and Home Media Magazine’s rental chart, with Aliens vs. Predator – Requiem bowing at No. 2 on both charts… In rental revenue, Juno generated an estimated $8.4 million in its first week according to Home Media Magazine market research. “Requiem” finished close behind with $7.7 million… On Blu-ray Disc, “Requiem” came out on top while Juno bowed at No. 2.”
So AvPR came second place in the Sales/Rentals charts, generating $7.7M in rental revenue. It came top in the Blu-Ray chart, however. So what does this mean? Well, the first AvP generated $8.6M in its first week. So despite the overwhelming negative reaction to AvPR, it’s done pretty well.
Update: AvPR made $11M in DVD sales in its first week making a total of $19M. That doesn’t include Blu-Ray rentals/sales so the figure is even more.
Update #2: In the second week, Cloverfield entered the rental chart at the top while AvPR dropped to 4th making $6.34M. However, AvPR still kept top place in the Blu-Ray chart.
A couple of clarifications need to be made about the UK AvPR DVDs / Blu-Ray sets. I read the first UK AvPR Blu-Ray review over on DVDActive and:
-There will be no extended / unrated cut in the UK AvPR Blu-Ray Set. Instead, all people will get is the theatrical version. The same is probably true for the DVDs too. If you noticed on shopping sites, the DVDs have been renamed from Extended Combat Edition to Ultimate Combat Edition.
-The 20 minutes of deleted scenes which we heard about a while ago is nothing more than the 6-7 minutes of extra footage from the US Unrated version. This has been padded out with existing footage which comes out at 20 minutes in length. What a bitch, eh? Still, there is a whole lot more hidden footage out there and I wouldn’t be surprised if Fox release another cut of the movie later down the line.
According to Fox UK, the lack of an extended version was due to ‘time constraints on production’. On the bright side though, we do get a few more extras than the US sets.
There’s a new video interview with the Strause Brothers about the Blu-Ray DVD over on Hollywood In Hi-Def (via YouTube). They discuss why they like high-definition. There’s also some quick VFX shots from the movie.
There’s another featurette over on YouTube, courtesy of Bloody-Disgusting, which covers Ian Whyte as the Predator. The audio is terrible so I couldn’t make much out. Thanks to DazAvP01 and XenoVC for the news.
There’s a couple of new reviews on Blu-Ray.com. The first for AvP Requiem. It’s pretty detailed and they give it 3.5/5 overall. The next one is for Predator. They gave the same score to that one… but only because of the absence of extras. The movie itself scored 5/5.
The reviewer mentions you can make out new details in the movie because of the high-definition. Like gruesome details of the skinned bodies hanging in the tree. It’s such a shame Fox didn’t include the features from the SE DVD though. It’s the best film in the series.
A new AvP Requiem DVD review has surfaced over on DreadCentral. They give the Unrated DVD 2.5/5 for the movie and 4/5 for the features. It’s an amusing review. They mentioned the darkness of the movie and have even posted screencaps of this to prove their points.
“I have sat through Aliens Vs. Predator: Requiem at least five times (this last time with every light in my house out); yet, I feel like I haven’t seen it once. Why, you ask? Because for whatever reason the film is so dark you can barely make out what’s going on. The great Daniel Pearl worked on this flick! How this happened is beyond me. Words alone can’t accurately describe what I’m talking about. You have to see it for yourself. Or, in this case, not see it for yourself…”
The caps are depressingly dark. You’d sorta think that the studio would have done something about it after every theatrical review and now every DVD review complained about the darkness. I guess not. Thanks to LukaKovach, and Sirand for the news.
Various shots of the AvP Requiem Blu-Ray menu can be seen over on DVDActive. Presumably it’s from the UK Blu-Ray release though I expect the US one will be the same.
If you’ve read the comments on that article as well, the webmaster indicated the Extended version isn’t on on the UK Blu-Ray release. It only contains the theatrical version. Instead, you have to view the extra scenes in the 20mins deleted scenes feature. Thanks to JK for the news.
There’s a new review of the Predator Blu-Ray Disc over on DVDBeaver. Despite there being no extras, the reviewer gives the Disc 9/10 overall. There’s also comparison shots between the SD and HD releases, and the captures do look quite impressive.
There’s also some menu shots from the Disc at the bottom of the page. Strange that they used the Predator from AvP. The Predator Blu-Ray Disc goes on sale on April 15th. Thanks to Desmond for the news.