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Alien 40th Anniversary 4K Ultra HD Lands in April 2019

We now have a new snazzy cover artwork for the forthcoming Alien 40th Anniversary Ultra HD Blu-Ray set. This comes from UK retailer Zavvi who have also got the release date down as April 1st, 2019 with a retail price of £27.99. Some retailers may be getting exclusive steelbook versions of Alien too with different artwork. Everything is still subject to change, however.

There is still yet to be any formal announcement from 20th Century Fox about what new features there will be. I suspect there won’t be any new behind-the-scenes stuff as the Quadrilogy and Anthology were pretty comprehensive as it stands. The key focus of the set will be the new 4K transfer, the HDR and the new audio transfer. There is also still no word on 4K releases for the three Alien sequels.

 Alien 40th Anniversary 4K Ultra HD Lands in April 2019

As previously reported, you don’t have to wait until April to see Alien in 4K. You can see it next month at the Glasgow Film Festival before it is released across UK cinemas and in some international territories in mid March. This will come with a brand new 4K scan as well as a new audio restoration that was supervised by director Ridley Scott.

Thanks to The Old One for the news.



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  1. Huggs
    Quote from: Voodoo Magic on Feb 16, 2019, 12:19:59 AM
    Quote from: TheSailingRabbit on Feb 16, 2019, 12:06:22 AM
    Quote from: Voodoo Magic on Feb 15, 2019, 11:57:54 PM
    Quote from: TheSailingRabbit on Feb 15, 2019, 11:39:24 PM
    I just like being able to hold something in my hands. It's the same with books.

    I also once said that I want to be able to go down to my living room in the morning with a cup of coffee and look at my assortment of movies.

    "It's such a nice day today. Should I watch . . . 'Terminator?' Tell Voodoo I'm watching it regularly? 'Twister?' 'Harry Potter?' 'Aliens?' 'Shawshank?'"

    Watch the pecs and be hypnotized....

    https://media3.giphy.com/media/WAmFPjn5CKPrq/giphy.gif?cid=19f5b51a5c6751516455676277630f6d

    Watch The Terminator.....

    Waaaaaatch the Terrrrrmmmmminaaaatoooorrrr


    I hate to say it, but . . . Arnie doesn't work on me. Nice try, though.  :laugh:


    Fine...

    Just leave Arnold.

    It's not working.




    https://i.pinimg.com/originals/4f/b4/18/4fb4188533b8fa05c0dba950860bbabe.gif

    We're gonna have to get scientific. We need "true lies" Paxton and his wet underwear.
  2. Voodoo Magic
    Quote from: TheSailingRabbit on Feb 16, 2019, 12:06:22 AM
    Quote from: Voodoo Magic on Feb 15, 2019, 11:57:54 PM
    Quote from: TheSailingRabbit on Feb 15, 2019, 11:39:24 PM
    I just like being able to hold something in my hands. It's the same with books.

    I also once said that I want to be able to go down to my living room in the morning with a cup of coffee and look at my assortment of movies.

    "It's such a nice day today. Should I watch . . . 'Terminator?' Tell Voodoo I'm watching it regularly? 'Twister?' 'Harry Potter?' 'Aliens?' 'Shawshank?'"

    Watch the pecs and be hypnotized....

    https://media3.giphy.com/media/WAmFPjn5CKPrq/giphy.gif?cid=19f5b51a5c6751516455676277630f6d

    Watch The Terminator.....

    Waaaaaatch the Terrrrrmmmmminaaaatoooorrrr


    I hate to say it, but . . . Arnie doesn't work on me. Nice try, though.  :laugh:


    Fine...

    Just leave Arnold.

    It's not working.



  3. TheSailingRabbit
    Quote from: Voodoo Magic on Feb 15, 2019, 11:57:54 PM
    Quote from: TheSailingRabbit on Feb 15, 2019, 11:39:24 PM
    I just like being able to hold something in my hands. It's the same with books.

    I also once said that I want to be able to go down to my living room in the morning with a cup of coffee and look at my assortment of movies.

    "It's such a nice day today. Should I watch . . . 'Terminator?' Tell Voodoo I'm watching it regularly? 'Twister?' 'Harry Potter?' 'Aliens?' 'Shawshank?'"

    Watch the pecs and be hypnotized....

    https://media3.giphy.com/media/WAmFPjn5CKPrq/giphy.gif?cid=19f5b51a5c6751516455676277630f6d

    Watch The Terminator.....

    Waaaaaatch the Terrrrrmmmmminaaaatoooorrrr


    I hate to say it, but . . . Arnie doesn't work on me. Nice try, though.  :laugh:
  4. Voodoo Magic
    Quote from: TheSailingRabbit on Feb 15, 2019, 11:39:24 PM
    I just like being able to hold something in my hands. It's the same with books.

    I also once said that I want to be able to go down to my living room in the morning with a cup of coffee and look at my assortment of movies.

    "It's such a nice day today. Should I watch . . . 'Terminator?' Tell Voodoo I'm watching it regularly? 'Twister?' 'Harry Potter?' 'Aliens?' 'Shawshank?'"

    Watch the pecs and be hypnotized....

    https://media3.giphy.com/media/WAmFPjn5CKPrq/giphy.gif?cid=19f5b51a5c6751516455676277630f6d

    Watch The Terminator.....

    Waaaaaatch the Terrrrrmmmmminaaaatoooorrrr
  5. TheSailingRabbit
    I just like being able to hold something in my hands. It's the same with books.

    I also once said that I want to be able to go down to my living room in the morning with a cup of coffee and look at my assortment of movies.

    "It's such a nice day today. Should I watch . . . 'Terminator?' Tell Voodoo I'm watching it regularly? 'Twister?' 'Harry Potter?' 'Aliens?' 'Shawshank?'"
  6. Huggs
    Quote from: Mr. Clemens on Feb 15, 2019, 10:10:32 PM
    Quote from: Voodoo Magic on Feb 15, 2019, 08:52:45 PMSamsung pulling out of 4K is not a good sign.

    Yeah, I just got the news myself. They're (the industry, that is) doing their best to kill physical media. My PS4 has suddenly started to have difficulty reading blu-ray discs, and the tinfoil hat-wearer in me is wondering if that's a feature, not a bug (i.e. "Gee, discs are such a pain... PS4 can't even read 'em! What's a streaming service I can subscribe to?").

    And then the endless stories of "I paid for this movie, and now it's no longer available?". To say nothing of directors potentially 'special edition-izing' their old films a la George Lucas, and now that's the file that we all have to stream. Gimme my physical discs.  >:(

    I've worried about the same things myself. I'm a physical copy man . I like to be able to enjoy my entertainment when and how I want to . There are still portions of the population that do not have access to proper high-speed internet. Nor is the Internet always reliable in bad weather . I'll stick with my discs . They provide the utmost picture quality and sound at all times, regardless of climactic conditions.

    As a minimalist, going digital almost seems like a good idea. But the fact is that other people control what you have access to and can take that access away . I don't like to pay for things I might not be able to use two weeks later. And I don't want to be held back from enjoying things unless I pay more for some premium service.
  7. Mr. Clemens
    Quote from: Voodoo Magic on Feb 15, 2019, 08:52:45 PMSamsung pulling out of 4K is not a good sign.

    Yeah, I just got the news myself. They're (the industry, that is) doing their best to kill physical media. My PS4 has suddenly started to have difficulty reading blu-ray discs, and the tinfoil hat-wearer in me is wondering if that's a feature, not a bug (i.e. "Gee, discs are such a pain... PS4 can't even read 'em! What's a streaming service I can subscribe to?").

    And then the endless stories of "I paid for this movie, and now it's no longer available?". To say nothing of directors potentially 'special edition-izing' their old films a la George Lucas, and now that's the file that we all have to stream. Gimme my physical discs.  >:(
  8. The Old One
    Yes but a 4K Blu-ray and a 4K Player is a general upgrade from a regular Blu-ray and player, in picture and sound- 3D isn't.

    8K Films aren't a thing, (On Media) and honestly I'd probably go for the best all round Television, in terms of longevity or picture 4K or 8K.

  9. Voodoo Magic
    Quote from: The Old One on Feb 15, 2019, 08:14:06 PM
    It's not the same, 3D requires specific hardware that you had to go out of your way to use.

    3D requires a 3D player and 3D Television
    4K requires a 4K player and 4K Television

    The only thing extra 3D needs is your 3D Glasses.

    QuoteCompare that to 4K Televisions, which in the UK are no more pricey than that of the HD Standard Televisions, and the same will happen with the 4K Blu-ray players in due time.

    But 8K televisions are dropping in price and will soon be no more pricey too. If you have no skin in the game, and you are shopping for a TV, what will you buy? 4K or the better 8K?  And then would you want 4K or 8K movies to maximize the use of your TV?

    Quote4K & 3D are false equivalences.

    I was only equating to their niche status, and eventual demise. Samsung pulled out of the 3D player market. Now Samsung pulled out of the 4K player market.

    If they saw the futures growing, they wouldn't have pulled out from either. But Samsung sees the writing on the wall unfortunately.

  10. The Old One
    It's not the same, 3D requires specific hardware that you had to go out of your way to use. Compare that to 4K Televisions, which in the UK are no more pricey than that of the HD Standard Televisions, and the same will happen with the 4K Blu-ray players in due time.

    4K & 3D are false equivalences.
  11. Voodoo Magic
    Quote from: The Old One on Feb 15, 2019, 07:42:58 PM
    Nonsense. 4K's longevity is all but confirmed, according to Blu-ray.com 4K's outselling their Blu-ray counterparts for most major releases.

    Actually it's not nonsense Oldy One but Goody. 4K only holds 5.3% of all disc sales.

    And those New Releases are 4K + BLURAY + DIGITAL.  We buy them because that gets the top of the line edition, with often steelbooks and extra goodies. That's why so many of the general public (including me) have 4K discs but no player and never use them.

    A few years ago it was 3D + BLURAY + DIGITAL. Most diehard Marvel fans can tell ya that they have 3D discs at home but no 3D player, no 3D tv.
  12. Huggs
    Quote from: Voodoo Magic on Feb 15, 2019, 06:44:15 PM
    Quote from: The Old One on Feb 15, 2019, 06:32:02 PM
    I have no doubt that there's going to be better transfers, but will the format be better as a whole? I doubt it. Being that there are already 4K transfers that are inferior to the Blu-rays already, or have enough flaws to cause debate; The Fifth Element for example, 8K will be a niche format if at all not an overall improvement as from DVD to Blu-ray, or the majority of Blu-ray to 4K.

    I hate to say this sis, but 4K is a niche format. And ironically today, Samsung announced they're pulling out of the 4K blu-ray player market.

    https://www.forbes.com/sites/johnarcher/2019/02/15/samsung-quits-4k-blu-ray-player-market/

    Feels like 3D all over again.

    Or hd-dvd.
  13. Voodoo Magic
    Quote from: The Old One on Feb 15, 2019, 06:32:02 PM
    I have no doubt that there's going to be better transfers, but will the format be better as a whole? I doubt it. Being that there are already 4K transfers that are inferior to the Blu-rays already, or have enough flaws to cause debate; The Fifth Element for example, 8K will be a niche format if at all not an overall improvement as from DVD to Blu-ray, or the majority of Blu-ray to 4K.

    I hate to say this sis, but 4K is a niche format. And ironically today, Samsung announced they're pulling out of the 4K blu-ray player market.

    https://www.forbes.com/sites/johnarcher/2019/02/15/samsung-quits-4k-blu-ray-player-market/

    Feels like 3D all over again.
  14. The Old One
    I have no doubt that there's going to be better transfers, but will the format be better as a whole? I doubt it. Being that there are already 4K transfers that are inferior to the Blu-rays already, or have enough flaws to cause debate; The Fifth Element for example, 8K will be a niche format if at all not an overall improvement as from DVD to Blu-ray, or the majority of Blu-ray to 4K.
  15. Voodoo Magic
    Quote from: The Old One on Feb 15, 2019, 05:43:02 PM
    The difference from 4K to 8K will be so minimal, and so few films will actually benefit from it that I don't see it becoming a large format. Some films don't have the possibility for beyond 2K resolution, most don't have the possibility for beyond 4K.

    That minimal difference has been hotly debated.

    But regardless where one stands, 8K televisions are out there on retail shelves now, and prices are already starting to drop to consumer friendly levels.

    You think 4K will be the end of it...?

    https://media2.giphy.com/media/xEpTspH9hGwHS/giphy.gif?cid=19f5b51a5c66fe784b7847655543e48a
  16. Huggs
    Quote from: Mr. Clemens on Feb 15, 2019, 11:35:05 AM
    Quote from: Corporal Hicks on Feb 15, 2019, 08:31:39 AM
    I keep meaning to revisit Avatar. I've not seen it since it came out.

    That's the thing, isn't it? So successful, yet so... disposable. I'm a big home 3D enthusiast, and I've bought movies I've never even seen before because I've read that the 3D transfer is really good. So of course I have to have Avatar, right? Yet every time I think about buying it, I'm like, "Nah, I don't have $30 for that right now."

    Meanwhile, I'm thinking about upgrading to 4K for Alien alone...

    Avatar is one of those movies that I just seem to pass over . I have it on DVD , but I've yet to make the move towards Blu-ray with it. I definitely feel that its reputation is a bit overblown . The last time I watched it, it just seemed stretched far too thin . I just can't rationalize spending nearly $30 on that movie . If I can find it cheap on Black Friday, I may pick it up one day in the future.

    As for 4K , I don't know if I'm ready to make that kind of commitment . I only switched exclusively to Blu-ray two years ago , and I am more than satisfied with the quality of the Blu-ray format . I can't justify spending $30 on movies that have been out for 30 years, and that I already have in a high definition format with Master audio .

    I've read too many reviews about movies having to be upscaled for 4K, and colors being oversaturated or washed out . I think regular Blu-ray is just about perfect for me . You watch movies like the Martian or Prometheus , and the quality is just exceptional.
  17. The Old One
    The difference from 4K to 8K will be so minimal, and so few films will actually benefit from it that I don't see it becoming a large format. Some films don't have the possibility for beyond 2K resolution, most don't have the possibility for beyond 4K.
  18. Voodoo Magic
    Quote from: Mr. Clemens on Feb 15, 2019, 11:35:05 AM
    Quote from: Corporal Hicks on Feb 15, 2019, 08:31:39 AM
    I keep meaning to revisit Avatar. I've not seen it since it came out.

    That's the thing, isn't it? So successful, yet so... disposable. I'm a big home 3D enthusiast, and I've bought movies I've never even seen before because I've read that the 3D transfer is really good. So of course I have to have Avatar, right? Yet every time I think about buying it, I'm like, "Nah, I don't have $30 for that right now."

    Meanwhile, I'm thinking about upgrading to 4K for Alien alone...

    Or you can wait a few years for an 8K release. (I'm not kidding).
  19. Mr. Clemens
    Quote from: Corporal Hicks on Feb 15, 2019, 08:31:39 AM
    I keep meaning to revisit Avatar. I've not seen it since it came out.

    That's the thing, isn't it? So successful, yet so... disposable. I'm a big home 3D enthusiast, and I've bought movies I've never even seen before because I've read that the 3D transfer is really good. So of course I have to have Avatar, right? Yet every time I think about buying it, I'm like, "Nah, I don't have $30 for that right now."

    Meanwhile, I'm thinking about upgrading to 4K for Alien alone...
  20. The Old One
    I had the same thought.
    I wonder what this'll mean for Aliens and Alien³ though, especially considering the popularity of their Special Editions over the Theatrical Versions.
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