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Alien 40th Anniversary 4K Blu-Ray Launches April 23rd

 Alien 40th Anniversary 4K Blu-Ray Launches April 23rd20th Century Fox has today formally announced the Alien 40th Anniversary 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray with a release date of April 23rd in North America (and prospectively April 22nd in the UK). As previously announced, an exclusive steelbook will be available via Best Buy in the US or Zavvi in the UK.

The release comes with the 1979 Theatrical version of Alien as well as the 2003 Director’s Cut. Both of Ridley Scott’s commentaries for both versions of the film are included as are the Isolated Score for the Theatrical version and the composer’s original score. By the sounds of the report, all the special features are just ported over from the existing Blu-Ray release:

ALIEN 40th Anniversary 4K ULTRA HD & Blu-ray Specs

  • Street Date: April 23, 2019
  • Screen Format: Widescreen 16:9 (2.40:1)
  • Audio (4K Ultra HD): English DTS-HD-MA 5.1 / English DTS-HD-MA 4.1 (Theatrical Version Only) / English Surround DTS-HD-MA2 2.0 / Spanish DD 5.1 / French DTS 5.1
  • Audio (Blu-ray): English DTS-HD-MA 5.1 / English Dolby Digital 4.1 (Theatrical Version Only) /
    English Surround Dolby Digital 2.0 / Spanish DD 5.1 / French DTS 5.1
  • Subtitles: English / Spanish / French
  • U.S. Rating: R for sci-fi violence, gore and Language

ALIEN 40th Anniversary Bonus Features:

  • 1979 Theatrical Version
  • 2003 Director’s Cut
  • 2003 Audio Commentary by Ridley Scott, writer Dan O’Bannon, executive producer Ronald Shusett, editor Terry Rawlings and actors Sigourney Weaver, Tom Skerritt, Veronica Cartwright, Harry Dean Stanton and John Hurt
  • 1999 Audio Commentary by Ridley Scott (1979 Theatrical Version Only)
  • Final Theatrical Isolated Score – Dolby Digital 5.1 (1979 Theatrical Version Only)
  • Composer’s Original Isolated Score – Dolby Digital 5.1 (1979 Theatrical Version Only)
  • Deleted Scenes
 Alien 40th Anniversary 4K Blu-Ray Launches April 23rd

Best Buy Steelbook of Alien

The key feature of the Alien 40th Anniversary release is of course the brand new 4K transfer which was supervised by Ridley Scott and Pam Dery at Company 3/Deluxe Entertainment Services Group. The new 4K scans were done at EFilm and the audio restoration was accomplished by Audio Mechanics. Look out for the 40th Anniversary screening of Alien at your local cinema throughout March. Vue, Odeon and Cineworld in the UK are definitely showing the film.



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  1. Elmazalman
    Got my copy early and have just finished. A BIG improvement over the 2010 release - natural colours are back and the teal and orange is gone. The colours are desaturated compared to the 2010 Blu-ray and look much more realistic. Compare the colour of Parker's green cotton shirt between the two releases (the close up shot of him after slamming the incinerator unit down on the table).

    The Space Jockey reveal has thankfully been fixed - no neon green spacesuit for Kane - his original tan-coloured suit is back.

    Had a look at the DC and am happy with the new colour grading for the DC scenes. The scenes, whilst upscales, don't detract too much from the 4K material either side of it.

    All the edits made to the DC are there but not the updated effects - added stars and the three helmet lights, rounding the rock formation during sunrise, are missing - basically the DC without the reworked visual effects. This may qualify as a third version of the DC?

    I was hoping the audio would be fixed for the overhead shot of Brett (exclusive to the DC), you can hear his footsteps while still standing motionless, looking around for Jones.

    I enjoyed this 40th anniversary edition. A definite step up from the 2010 Anthology release.

  2. Elmazalman
    I didn't like the 2010 Blu-ray release at all. The teal & orange cast, the (excessive) black crush, contrast boost and cropped image, turned me right off.

    From what I've seen (screen caps) and read, the new 4K edition will have more natural colours and none of the above issues to hobble the presentation. The 4.1 audio (I believe) is also lossless.

    The only disappointment (for me), being the sh*t cover art (both egg and Alien versions).

    Very much looking forward to seeing this.
  3. Voodoo Magic
    Quote from: Drukathi on Apr 18, 2019, 07:09:40 PM
    Quote from: SiL on Apr 18, 2019, 12:14:04 PM
    That video isn't a good comparison; the comments point out that the colour space is changed from the actual 4K to what's shown, resulting in weird colours.

    Thanks for the clarification. I found another comparison and yes - it's looks great.
    Here
    https://alien-archives.com/2019/04/12/alien-40th-anniversary-4k-uhd-review/
    And here
    https://caps-a-holic.com/c_list.php?c=2127

    Iooking at the screenshots I think the D-Theater version looks best.

    Thanks for sharing this Drukathi.

    This is what I was worried about:

    "Every time the original negative of Alien has been scanned for a fresh remaster, the color of the final product has had to be re-graded and approved by Ridley Scott—and each time, Scott has favored the film to have a slightly different look.
    "

    Now they continue to say the 4K is the closest to the theatrical color yet, but does anyone remember Kane looking so blue here, theatrically?
  4. Drukathi
    Quote from: SiL on Apr 18, 2019, 12:14:04 PM
    That video isn't a good comparison; the comments point out that the colour space is changed from the actual 4K to what's shown, resulting in weird colours.

    Thanks for the clarification. I found another comparison and yes - it's looks great.
    Here
    https://alien-archives.com/2019/04/12/alien-40th-anniversary-4k-uhd-review/
    And here
    https://caps-a-holic.com/c_list.php?c=2127

    Iooking at the screenshots I think the D-Theater version looks best.
  5. Voodoo Magic
    Quote from: SiL on Apr 18, 2019, 02:14:29 PM
    Quote from: Voodoo Magic on Apr 18, 2019, 01:56:22 PM
    Yet "Supervised by Ridley Scott" always makes me nervous.  ;)
    Why? Did Scott supervise the Blu-Ray?

    Blade Runner comes to mind. Sir Ridley personally supervised, changed and approved the color timing to his liking. Now this was billed as a different cut, so different circumstances, but Gladiator, Alien, either with subtlety or extensive director's cuts, there is still Scott's apparent desire to improve his classics versus having a let-live-as-is attitude like other directors share.

    James Cameron seems to have this desire to improve too. Here's an occasion where Cameron wasn't even truthful about digital alterations he made. https://skynetsarmy.net/2017/05/05/james-cameron-wasnt-completely-forthcoming-about-altering-the-digital-effects-in-terminator-2-judgment-day-3d/

    That's why Ridley being involved will always make me nervous, even if no changes ultimately come from it.
  6. Voodoo Magic
    Yet "Supervised by Ridley Scott" always makes me nervous.  ;)


    Special Features and Technical Specs:

    BRAND NEW 4K RESTORATION OF THE FILM, COMPLETED IN 2018 BY 20TH CENTURY FOX AT COMPANY 3/DELUXE ENTERTAINMENT SERVICES CORP., SUPERVISED BY RIDLEY SCOTT AND PAM DERY, WITH THE 4K SCANS DONE AT EFILM[/b]

    Theatrical Version (1979)

    Director's Cut (2003)

    2003 Audio Commentary by Ridley Scott and the Cast & Crew

    1999 Audio Commentary by Ridley Scott (1979 Theatrical Version Only)

    Final Theatrical Isolated Score – Dolby Digital 5.1 (1979 Theatrical Version Only)

    Composer's Original Isolated Score – Dolby Digital 5.1 (1979 Theatrical Version Only)

    Deleted Scenes

    Additional 4K Blu-ray Technical Specs:

    Audio: English DTS-HD-MA 5.1 / English DTS-HD-MA 4.1 (Theatrical Version Only) / English Surround DTS-HD-MA2 2.0 / Spanish DD 5.1 / French DTS 5.1
    Optional English SDH, Spanish, and French subtitles for the main feature
  7. SiL
    T2 had heavy work done on it. Alien is supposed to be scanned straight from the original negative. The colour difference should be going from post-colour graded full HD scan to uncolour graded 4K film negative scan.
  8. Voodoo Magic
    Quote from: Drukathi on Apr 18, 2019, 11:43:27 AM
    Quote from: Voodoo Magic on Apr 12, 2019, 06:40:00 PM
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2ufoBy0tqOU

    I previously watched DVD versions (one or two times), but after blu-ray don't remember them. So, please tell me - Blue filter in 4K edition is natural color of Alien film or just a filter? It looks strange and unusual.

    It indeed looks off, but we can't fully be certain of the color deviations yet by any comparison on YouTube. We all need to see it in person. However, the word is there are some variances in color. It will also be interesting how HDR impacts the color. We'll see.  :)

    In a somewhat related note, I've recently watched both Terminator 2 and Predator 2 both in 4K and neither match their theatrical representations anymore. But while the Predator 2 color deviation is slight, more nuanced, T2 is just in-your-face different.
  9. SiL
    That video isn't a good comparison; the comments point out that the colour space is changed from the actual 4K to what's shown, resulting in weird colours.
  10. Corporal Hicks
    https://www.starburstmagazine.com/reviews/alien-4oth-anniversary-edition

    Starburst's review.

    QuoteSure, you may have various other releases of this absolute juggernaut of cinema, but Alien really has never looked better or more terrifying. Whether you pick this up or not will depend on whether you deem the new UHD transfer of this classic as important. If you're a 4K junkie, though, this one is most certainly a must-have.




    I've been reading through the Blu-ray thread and even though I prefer the TE, I am disappointed to hear the DC hasn't received the same love.


    Quote from: Voodoo Magic on Apr 12, 2019, 06:40:00 PM
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2ufoBy0tqOU

    So this video is being discussed over there too. Apparently it's completely none representative of the 4K edition and the colours are incorrect. You can see that when comparing to the screen caps from the compare website.
  11. Voodoo Magic
    Nice review. He only gave sound a 6.5 but I'm not a big audiophile anyway. The 8.5 for the picture quality is what I zeroed on.

    Plus he was one of the reviewers that dogged Predator's 4k video quality and subsequently got beat up in the comments for it, so my perception seems to align with his.
  12. Huggs
    Quote from: Voodoo Magic on Apr 15, 2019, 06:06:10 PM
    Quote from: Huggs on Apr 15, 2019, 05:58:40 PM
    Quote from: Voodoo Magic on Apr 15, 2019, 05:51:54 PM
    Quote from: Huggs on Apr 15, 2019, 05:40:30 PM
    I've only ever seen the bluray once.

    But I saw the quadrilogy dvd about 5 or 6 thousand times.

    We all know you can't count that high, Huggsy. To twenty tops with your shoes off.

    21 with my britches down.

    Spoiler
    I'm happy for you that you didn't say 20.5
    [close]

    Oh, I'm happy with my math.  ;D
  13. SiL
    Quote from: Voodoo Magic on Apr 13, 2019, 02:24:24 PM
    It's amazing how much time one can save by avoiding a canon arguement or like however. Trust me, I had to learn this myself. Cancelled a reply, turned off the forum, and realized hey... I have time to watch a movie!  :)
    I can reply to things while I work, I can't watch a two hour movie. And when I can watch a movie I try to prioritise something I haven't seen dozens of times already :)
  14. Salt The Fries
    Quote from: The Old One on Apr 13, 2019, 01:44:18 PM
    Yeah, although the 4K DC is a disaster regardless.
    No native 4K "Director's Cut" it's "seamless"  HDR 1080p material upconversion.
    And the DC's starfield alteration is absent.
    Actually what you're saying might seem like a gigantic deal on paper, in reality is almost a non-issue given how little extra material there is in the DC and apart from 2-3 scenes, it's rather small tidbits. And the upscaling was done from a 2K DI so to the naked eye it'd be not noticeable. And trust me, I'm an editor at a AV enthusiast website.

    What I'd have liked, though, would be some bonus content from 5th Blu-ray disc from the Anthology boxset.
  15. Voodoo Magic
    Quote from: SiL on Apr 13, 2019, 01:03:35 PM
    Yup! Due to being incredibly time and money poor during my transition from full time to freelance work, I was only able to buy the Blu Rays last year ago, and only had time to watch them once since. :) I didn't actually watch the Blu Ray of AR until this year, even!

    It's amazing how much time one can save by avoiding a canon arguement or like however. Trust me, I had to learn this myself. Cancelled a reply, turned off the forum, and realized hey... I have time to watch a movie!  :)
  16. The Old One
    Yeah, although the 4K DC is a disaster regardless.
    No native 4K "Director's Cut" it's "seamless"  HDR 1080p material upconversion.
    And the DC's starfield alteration is absent.
  17. SiL
    Yup! Due to being incredibly time and money poor during my transition from full time to freelance work, I was only able to buy the Blu Rays last year ago, and only had time to watch them once since. :) I didn't actually watch the Blu Ray of AR until this year, even!
  18. SiL
    For the shots that looked out of focus -- they are actually out of focus, and have been since they shot the movie. Sir Ridley Scott even mentions it in the 20th Anniversary Edition commentary; they were rushing so much towards the end that they just had to go with it.

    Quote from: Corporal Hicks on Apr 13, 2019, 11:07:43 AM
    I'm that used to the teal that the natural colours just look strange to me.  :laugh:
    I've only seen the Blu-Ray once so I've not ingrained it in my memory of the movie ;D That said, I don't find the colours on the Blu obnoxious compared to most teal/orange casts; I just love the original look because the 70s cinematography was gorgeous to begin with.
  19. Salt The Fries
    Hey guys, the 4K UHD Blu-ray came out 3 days ago in Poland. I saw it with my wife and I believe I published one of the very first professional reviews on the Internet:

    https://hdtvpolska.com/obcy-recenzja-wydanie-4k-ultra-hd-blu-ray/

    it is written in Polish but if you click on the British flag at the top of the page, you'll get a Google translation.

    There are some shots of the box (the front, back inside) there.

    Below is also my quick impressions on the Blu-ray dot com forums (in English):

    QuoteI just saw the Director's Cut in 4K UHD with my wife (the film came out today in Poland, actually, and I bough the physical copy). I've always preferred it and I'm proud to say that. I also saw Alien 2 years ago in the cinema in its DC albeit its scan looked very poor in comparison to Aliens remastered in 2010 by Cameron...

    I gotta say - some scenes looked bit less focused than the others but then again that's the way Alien looked to me in the cinema 2 years ago as well, so I thought it was a matter of lenses / cameras / lighting / original scan that couldn't be completely fixed.

    Make no mistake, though, the 4K UHD is a HUGE improvement over the 1080p version, I checked it meticulously myself. There is also a big difference in grain structure - in 4K UHD version it looks really, really small while it is way bigger in the 1080p version. Combined with much lower resolution, all the darker scenes (coupled with steam, fog, mist, etc.) and lots of motion - the HD version looks like crap at times.

    It is especially especially noticeable in all the scenes on LV-426, for example when Kane is descending into egg lair. In the 1080p version you'll see macroblocks, and signs of compression. No such thing in 4K UHD.

    Alien is already a quintessence of quality cinematography, colorization, lighting and composition, but this 4K UHD release makes it as good as it was possible from its master. Same goes for its sound track. Yes, it's no Atmos but it'd be extremely difficult to pull it off from 4.1 track.

    If you have any questions, I'll be more than happy to assist you, guys :)
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