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Alien Returns to Cinemas in Glorious 4K!

We previously reported on an upcoming 4K re-release of Alien on Blu-ray. Now it looks like they’re taking it one step further and bringing the 4K restoration back on Big Screens around the UK (and selected international territories) too!

According to SeenIt the new 4K restoration of Alien will debut at the Glasgow Film Festival before making its way into cinemas around the UK.

The film was restored in 4K in 2018 by 20th Century Fox at Company 3/Deluxe Entertainment Services Group, supervised by Ridley Scott and Pam Dery. The 4K scans were done at EFilm and the audio restoration was done by Audio Mechanics.

Following a special screening at Glasgow Film Festival on February 28 2019, Alien will open at BFI Southbank on 1 March 2019 for an exclusive two-week run, before screening at cinemas across the UK and selected international territories.

 Alien Returns to Cinemas in Glorious 4K!

Currently Cineworld and Vue have listings up for the re-release. Vue seems to be showing the film on the 1st of March while Cineworld is showing on the 11th. The Blu-ray release is currently slated at the start of May.

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  1. reecebomb
    I'd like to see both Aliens and Alien 3. Alien:Resurrection i saw at least four times and saw Alien 3 in an illegal basement cinema showing bad quality vhs copy with typically monotone Russian voice over, but that added to the murkiness.
    Saw Alien couple years ago when the Covenant came out, but the experience was surprisingly underwhelming, dunno why. Maybe seeing Prometheus took something away and the space jockey scene no longer was as effective.

    Blade Runner on a huge screen in a packed cinema couple months ago was great though.
  2. Elmazalman
    If the original 2003 re-edit (with everthing thrown back in, before the director pruned it back) still exists, I would love to see that get a home video release.

    I've never heard of that version.  Does it fix the pacing issues and flesh out the characters?
    This version had everything back in. I doubt it fixed the pacing. The additional footage may have fleshed out characterisation.

    I think this version also included unreleased material in addition to the deleted scenes / outtakes from the various home video releases
  3. Elmazalman
    The original 1979 theatrical version is the ideal cut. I wish the 2003 re-edit wasn’t so disappointing.

    If the original 2003 re-edit (with everthing thrown back in, before the director pruned it back) still exists, I would love to see that get a home video release.
  4. SM
    Yeah her impetus for going down there was never properly handled in the film.  In the script she hears Dallas weeping - which she wouldn't be able to hear over the alarms.
  5. 426Buddy
    I actually prefer the theatrical cuts of the first four films.

    I watched the Alien DC yesterday for the first time in a long time. I too liked the added shot of the creature hanginng from the chains. However, it seems so strange to have Rips set the self destruct and then randomly go down the ladder to the nest with only 10 minutes to gtfo.
  6. SM
    I get his reasoning, but yeah I don't think the shaving quite works.  I did like the new 'Alien swinging in the chains shot'.

    Interestingly, in one of Michael Palin's diary books he talks about an early screening of Alien (he was on the board at Shepparton I think), and says the movie never tops the chestburster scene.  So perhaps there was some justification for speeding it up even back then?
  7. SiL
    I think the only parts which reeeaaally "needed" to be trimmed for a modern audience would be Brett's search for Jonesy, and the long ass dolly shot before Ripley talks to Ash in the medbay. The shaved frames here and there were kind of unnecessary.
  8. SM
    Yeah he thought it might be too slow for a modern audience so trimmed the start and end of a lot of scenes.

    Maybe he's right - I dunno.  Thing is, including the hive scene just slowed stuff down again.
  9. SiL
    Because Scott doesn't give his audience credit and assumes nobody has an attention span any more. I'm fairly certain he's said as much -- he couldn't make Alien today because people wouldn't sit through it.
  10. SiL
    I watched the DC once and that was plenty. If Scott had added scenes and trimmed shots, rather than removing great moments like "What are my chances?", it probably would've become the go-to version for me.
  11. Huggs
    It's slightly shorter.  A truncated version of the hive scene was added as well as the transmission scene, but you lose 'do you mind it I put the transmission through ECIU' and the 'what are my chances' scene, and a stack of scenes have a few seconds shaved off.  After Brett is killed it really flies by.

    I love the Eggmorphing scene so much but all the other snips really hurt that film - especially Dallas and MUTHUR. Also prefer the original transmission, not the DC version too.

    Haven't watched the theatrical version in years. Once I saw the hive scene, I was hooked on the DC.
  12. The Old One
    Somehow I doubt that Alien³ will get the attention and care it needs
    when it comes to the 4K remasters of the Alien series as a whole.

    I hope they don't let James Cameron near the 4K of Aliens
    with a ten foot pole after what he did to Judgment Day's 4K.
  13. The Old One
    I bloody well hope so, especially for that Ash head cut.
    PLEASE put the Cat smack in the Theatrical version!
    The end of that scene is such a bizarre cut off-
    the music just abruptly ends.

    But I won't hold my breath.
  14. The Eighth Passenger
    I wonder if this new 4k version fixes any of the issues from the original film such as the Ash head cut, Parker and Brett's mirrored reflections, the raised landing leg while on LV-426 and the Blu-Ray's colour timing errors?
  15. The Old One
    The DC should be called; The Marketing Cut.
    Or if that's too on the nose.

    The Special Edition.
    Or y'know it should actually be scrapped altogether, just replaced with an extended Cut-
    With all the extra scenes from the DC tacked onto the TC, with the original transmission-
    and the original cocoon scene moved to before the tension ramps up, not in the middle of the escape.
  16. Kimo
    Definitely gunna see this, even if I have to travel a little out of my town. I always regret not going to see Alien in the cinema back when the DC cut had a temporary release back in 2004.
  17. Valaquen
    Alien's DC wasn't so good. Seeing the extra scenes was a nice novelty, though the cocoon scene was truncated and the Jockey SOS audio was pretty underwhelming. I think there was long fan cut that restored lots of footage and shots that was much better. There was an amazing shot of the Alien in the Lambert/Parker scenes that might've been one of the film's best, except it was cut.
  18. SM
    I only really noticed it recently because I only ever watch the original version.  It really cemented the original being the superior version for mine.
  19. Corporal Hicks
    It's slightly shorter.  A truncated version of the hive scene was added as well as the transmission scene, but you lose 'do you mind it I put the transmission through ECIU' and the 'what are my chances' scene, and a stack of scenes have a few seconds shaved off.  After Brett is killed it really flies by.

    I love the Eggmorphing scene so much but all the other snips really hurt that film - especially Dallas and MUTHUR. Also prefer the original transmission, not the DC version too.
  20. SM
    Wasnt it longer? I thought the only difference was the the inclusion of the hive seen. And technically the directors cut was the theatrical cut since Scott had the final say in the edit.

    It's slightly shorter.  A truncated version of the hive scene was added as well as the transmission scene, but you lose 'do you mind it I put the transmission through ECIU' and the 'what are my chances' scene, and a stack of scenes have a few seconds shaved off.  After Brett is killed it really flies by.
  21. bobcunk
    Wasnt it longer? I thought the only difference was the the inclusion of the hive seen. And technically the directors cut was the theatrical cut since Scott had the final say in the edit.
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