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Alien: 40th Anniversary Edition 4K Blu-Ray Out Now (Review Roundup)

 Alien: 40th Anniversary Edition 4K Blu-Ray Out Now (Review Roundup)The Alien: 40th Anniversary Edition 4K Blu-Ray finally hits the shops this week just in time for Alien Day.

The key feature of the Alien 40th Anniversary release is of course the brand new transfer which was scanned in native 4K from the original camera negative at EFilm. Ridley Scott and Pam Dery at Company 3/Deluxe Entertainment Services Group supervised the restoration. The film was graded for high dynamic range in HDR10 and for the new standard HDR10+.

Bear in mind the Alien Theatrical Version was scanned at 4K while the Director’s Cut footage comes from the 2003 scan which means it has less detail. It’s blended together seamlessly though so I don’t think most people would notice. The most striking thing you’ll notice in the new 4K transfer is the new colour grading. In the original releases, it looked a lot warmer but now, it’s probably more faithful to the original theatrical release.

 Alien: 40th Anniversary Edition 4K Blu-Ray Out Now (Review Roundup)

Space Jockey Comparison (Top: 1080p Bluray, Bottom: 4K Blu-Ray)

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. A few deleted scenes are ported over from previous releases but there isn’t any new bonus features. Despite some early rumours to the contrary, the recent Alien Short Films are not available to watch on the discs.

Review Roundup

The Digital Bits
Blu-Ray.com (4.5/5)
Forbes
WhySoBlu (4.5/5)
Alien Archives
HighDefDigest (4/5)
ImpulseGamer (5/5)


The article on Digital Bits does theorise about when we will see the other three Alien movies in 4K and the answer is not to expect them any time soon. Any 4K remaster of Aliens will need James Cameron’s approval and he is way too busy with the Avatar sequels. The 35th Anniversary of Aliens is two years away so we’ll be lucky to see it before then and the article speculates we may never see 4K remasters of Alien 3 or Alien Resurrection. Will you be picking up the new Alien 4K Blu-Ray set? For those who haven’t ordered it, you can get it here on Amazon (£23.95/$14.96).



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Comments: 34
  1. Russ840
    This should be waiting for me at home. Great way to spend Alien Day this evening.

    So I arrived home and it was there.

    The steelbook with the new rendition of the original posters egg is actually not to bad. Much better than the standard cover.
  2. Darkness
    I was under the impression that the blu-ray disc would be a scaled-down copy of the new 4K transfer... but I'm almost positive this is just the exact same disc we got in the Anthology set.

    Just throwing this out for anyone who's curious.

    Studios rarely ever do that. And why would they? Even if they remastered the 1080p transfer, you're not gaining much of anything. No enhanced resolution, no HDR, The 4K set is for people who have the equipment to view 4K stuff. The addition of the 1080p disc is merely a supplement.
  3. Huggs
    As much as I'd love to get it, it's not enough of a jump for me to justify a $600+ tv and $100+ player and accoutrements.

    The anthology blurays are about as perfect as I could ever want.
  4. RidgeTop
    Anyone can confirm if thr 4kHDR quality is any beneficial to the consumer? Especially in the shot of the planets I'm wondering if the extra bits of colour information show us anything in the dark dark details of the shadowed planets.

    Yeah, I notice a difference in sharpness and visible detail. Though it's also more dependent on distance from the screen than 1080p is. HDR also makes a difference depending on the quality of the display implementation.

    It's not as big of a jump as the one from DVD to Blu-Ray was, but it's still a jump.
  5. acrediblesource
    Anyone can confirm if thr 4kHDR quality is any beneficial to the consumer? Especially in the shot of the planets I'm wondering if the extra bits of colour information show us anything in the dark dark details of the shadowed planets.
  6. SiL
    ...ow, is that a joke?

    Ultra HD has nothing to do with frame rate, it's the frame size. The actual size of the image. The films are still 24 frames per second, it's just that they're scanned in a higher resolution digital format.
  7. AVP-CAPCOM
    I'm not a tech geek (heck I watch torrented movies on a square PC plasma screen from 2007) but I don't get "ultra HD" upgrades of old movies.

    Even new cinema movies are still filmed in 24 frames per second so DVD is fine.

    The 4K-HD element adds odd movements and frame morphing during films I find. TV is ok but that's because TV is ultra real. Movies need that fantasical haze to differentiate the atmosphere.
  8. David's Creation
    I was under the impression that the blu-ray disc would be a scaled-down copy of the new 4K transfer... but I'm almost positive this is just the exact same disc we got in the Anthology set.

    Just throwing this out for anyone who's curious.
  9. Darkness
    I think I preferred the teal/green look of the original transfer but maybe it's because that's what I've been used to all these years. I don't think the HDR makes all that much of a difference because it is supposed to be a dark movie.
  10. 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.

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