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Aliens, Alien 3, Alien Resurrection Rumoured to Come to 4K Blu-Ray

It appears the remaining three Alien films may be coming to 4K Blu-Ray after all. There were rumours last year that Disney was going to stop releasing 4K Blu-Rays for most films although they later insisted they’re still committed to the format. A new report on TheDigitalFix says that Aliens, Alien 3 and Alien Resurrection are currently being remastered for 4K for release on their streaming service and 4K Blu-Ray.

 Aliens, Alien 3, Alien Resurrection Rumoured to Come to 4K Blu-Ray

Aliens in 4K?

Disney recently released ‘Star’ on their Disney+ streaming service which is a section for all their adult movies. The Alien films appear to be absent in the US and UK regions although the normal HD versions appear in some regions such as Australia. Ridley Scott’s Alien was released on 4K Blu-Ray in April 2019 and after that, we heard very little about the remaining Alien films.

The report says that the latter three Alien films will be released in 4K on Disney+ this year and an Alien Film 4K Blu-Ray Collection will be released in 2022. The Alien Quadrilogy in 2003 and Alien Anthology in 2010 were both amazing releases packed with hours of features. I’m hoping Disney will raid the archives even further and put some brand new material on there. I guess the other question is whether they are doing 4K remasters of the Special Editions or the Theatrical versions of the films and whether they’ll include both versions via seamless branching.



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  1. AVP-CAPCOM
    I'd always wished the Alien Trilogy (don't count the 4th as canon - sorry!) would get The Star Wars - Special Edition or Blade Runner Final Cut treatment with cleaned up or added special effects.

    The issue with 4K remasters is the picture is "too clear" in revealing out-dated effects, unconvincing scaled models that are Thunderbirds are go! tier, weird green screen outlines, stuntmen extra bloopers.

    Aliens and Alien 3 would really benefit from this. Some want lists

    Aliens
    - Fix the dropship sequence slightly or CGI the ship itself in some shots. The unwinged combat mode with headlights and APC dust-off landing was fine though.
    - Add (practical) alien death effects to the sentry gun sequence rather than stock footage of prior scenes
    - The alien queen minatures with the exception of her getting blown out the airlock

    Alien 3
    - While the suitmation stuff is fine sort out that damn rod puppet and overlays. Especially in the "flare throwing" tunnel running scene. Otherwise the work Charles de Lauzirika did on the Assembly Cut was amazing.



  2. Huggs
    The only reason I'm hanging on to my Alien quadrilogy and original predator dvd's is due to the grain removal the blu-rays of Predator and Aliens went through.

    I don't think Aliens had any serious grain-removal for the Blu-ray. At least, not so far as I remember reading in reviews.

    Also the first Predator Blu had plenty of grain, but on the flipside, no special features. The later one that had the big DNR controversy had a bunch of bonus stuff.

    Didn't Cameron say they went through and really cleared up the picture in aliens for the Blu-ray? I seem to remember him making a big deal about it. I know it wasn't bad originally, but I think he was really proud of what they did for the Blu-ray. It does looks rather good.

    EDIT

    Yep, he did. Just skimmed through an article over at bluray.com.

    Quote: "It's spectacular. We went in and completely de-noised it, de-grained it, up-rezzed, color-corrected every frame, and it looks amazing. It looks better that it looked in the theaters originally. Because it was shot on a high-speed negative that was a new negative that didn't pan out too well and got replaced the following year. So it's pretty grainy. We got rid of all the grain. It's sharper and clearer and more beautiful than it's ever looked. And we did that to the long version, to the 'director's cut' or the extended play."
  3. Hunter-Killer
    This is cool, I'm completely ignorant when it comes to 4K and didn't really pay attention to the alien release until I found out that it had the short films with it. I DJ metal and punk rock records while playing sci-fi and horror movies on a projector, I try to stick to blu-rays, I'm curious if 4K is really going to be twice as good as Blu-ray. I tend to stick to the first two alien and predator movies, sometimes I'll throw on predators or covenant, but in this case I might actually decide to play alien three and resurrection haha
  4. The Eighth Passenger
    It'll be interesting to see if he was working on it, or if he just did some 4K upscales for personal experimentation and the announcement coincided. The comments on his "This was quick!" Tweet seem to imply he wasn't working on it officially.

    But let's see!

    If he was working on it in an official capacity for Disney then I don't think he would have been dropping hints of it's existence - NDA and all that.

    Interesting though to see that CdL follows him...
  5. Trash Queen
    Considering a lot of the compositing can be "patched up" by simply getting rid of the green tint, I hope that's the bare minimum we get, anything more extensive gets more expensive- much as the Alien itself ought to be excised from most of the first act entirely.

    The Special Edition's changed with each release I expect it will change again with this one.
  6. Predalien39

    This is great news. Here are my hopes:
    1) they take this opportunity to fix the compositing issues in Alien 3.
    2) as much as I dislike AVP the proper extended cut needs a better release. A lot of fans don’t even realize it exists, only the extended opening version. And if they release the extended cut, I hope they redo the cgi blood they had added. It’s dated and cheap looking.
  7. SiL
    It'll be interesting to see if he was working on it, or if he just did some 4K upscales for personal experimentation and the announcement coincided. The comments on his "This was quick!" Tweet seem to imply he wasn't working on it officially.

    But let's see!
  8. SiL
    It gets complicated when you have alternate versions of scenes. Even the Alien 4K HDR "DC" accidentally omitted the starfields from the actual DC on the 2010 Blu-ray for instance. I just honestly don't know if that will work for the Aliens and Alien³ Special Editions.
    The original Quadrilogy release of the A3 SE was done with branching in some regions, and the only problem it caused was Murphy saying "Spike?" before the acid spit.

    Considering branching is intended to save space and memory, it makes sense they'd just use the TE star field shots of the Nostromo flybys rather than branch an otherwise identical shot. It's no big loss.
  9. Trash Queen
    It gets complicated when you have alternate versions of scenes. Even the Alien 4K HDR "DC" accidentally omitted the starfields from the actual DC on the 2010 Blu-ray for instance. I just honestly don't know if that will work for the Aliens and Alien³ Special Editions.
  10. Voodoo Magic
    If I am recollecting correctly, they only upscaled the Alien 1979 DC content to 4K, and then used seemless branching to insert where necessary within the new 4k transfer theatrical cut. So I don't see why they wouldn't do the same with the AC for Alien3.
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