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 Posted:   Jun 13, 2014 - 9:18 AM   
 By:   Ron Hardcastle   (Member)

Today, both the "Alien Anthology" and "Prometheus" Blu-rays are for sale in a bundle for just $19.99 at Amazon! What a fantastic deal! I must have spent at least $65 for both of them when they were first released! I strongly recommend both!

 
 
 Posted:   Jun 13, 2014 - 11:57 AM   
 By:   CinemaScope   (Member)

Well I don't rate Prometheus at all, but the Alien Anthology (the 6 disc job) is an amazing box & should be in everyone's collection (unless of course you really hate science fiction), I bought it three years ago for the crazy price of £12 (I paid more than that for the VHS of Aliens!).

 
 Posted:   Jun 13, 2014 - 3:21 PM   
 By:   johnjohnson   (Member)

I already have the Alien Anthology. I opted for the UK set as it's region free, plus the price was better than buying the U.S. release.

 
 Posted:   Jun 13, 2014 - 4:17 PM   
 By:   Mr Greg   (Member)

I picked up the Alien Anthology set a few months ago for the princely sum of £10...an absoluite steal - the "ALien" disc alone is well worth that price...it's a fantastic set - can not recommend it enough....

....and yes, I remember shelling out £15 or so at HMV Oxford Street for the Aliens SE VHS some years ago!

 
 Posted:   Jun 14, 2014 - 2:16 AM   
 By:   gone   (Member)

I recently bought a copy of Aliens on blu-ray and was extremely impressed by the transfer... far better than I expected. Alien transfer is magnificent, as expected.

 
 Posted:   Jun 16, 2014 - 3:45 AM   
 By:   Ron Hardcastle   (Member)

Mr. Greg: Re: I picked up the Alien Anthology set a few months ago for the princely sum of £10...an absoluite steal - the "ALien" disc alone is well worth that price...it's a fantastic set - can not recommend it enough....

....and yes, I remember shelling out £15 or so at HMV Oxford Street for the Aliens SE VHS some years ago!


I hate to think of all the money I spent on the various incarnations of the "Alien" franchise, from individual VHS tapes to individual DVDs to the elaborate "Alien Quadrilogy" DVD set to the even more elaborate "Alien Anthology" Blu-Ray set, and I didn't mention here that I couldn't find my copy of the last, so, afraid that a visitor might have walked off with it, when Amazon had it months ago for about $20 I re-bought it. Plus I have a variety of soundtrack CDs that I've bought, so I have certainly paid my "Alien" dues, especially if we include "Prometheus," in which I bought the Blu-ray long before any sale, the elaborate picture book (PROMETHEUS: The Art Of The Film by Mark Salisbury), AND the soundtrack! At this point I'm about "Alien"-outed! NO-MAS, POR FAVOR! (Had to add the hyphen there, because the spell-check repeatedly refused to let me type m a s!!!)

 
 Posted:   Jun 16, 2014 - 4:06 AM   
 By:   Mr Greg   (Member)

I'm very much in a similar boat (though you are ahead of me on Prometheus - I just have the DVD and OST at the moment)...also owned ex-rental Betamaxes of Alien and Aliens at one point....VHS's individually (both versions of Aliens, of course!) and widescreen box set...a couple of the DVD's, then the quadrilogy set, novelisations....I guess I just can't get enough of that universe! Oh, plus the money I sent Intrada's way, of course...

 
 Posted:   Jun 16, 2014 - 5:06 AM   
 By:   Ron Hardcastle   (Member)

Greg: LOL. It's certainly an addiction! After reading the above, I went to my tall bookcase of DVD boxed sets and found that you were right ... so I changed my posting from "Alien Quadrilion" to "Quadrilogy." Some fan is going to get that as a nice present one of these days, just as I gave away the big "Planet of the Apes" collection of DVDs when I bought the elaborate Blu-ray boxed set. And the same for the "Star Trek" motion picture collection -- I have each of them on special 2-DVD sets (AND, before that, the single versions of each), but then bought the complete and comprehensive collection on Blu-ray. More sets to give away!

 
 
 Posted:   Jun 16, 2014 - 5:13 AM   
 By:   CinemaScope   (Member)

I've had the Alien Anthology for a couple of years & actually started watching it last night. Alien, what a fantastic transfer! I don't think it looked that good in the cinema (& I saw it as soon as it opened in London's West End). Maybe Aliens tonight. Many (many!) years ago my neighbour worked at Thorn-EMI & they released the first VHS of Alien (which cost a bit of money in those days), & he told me that the VHS's were being returned by the truck load. They has telecined a projection print (pan & scan 4x3), & the results were so dark that you couldn't see anything. They had to re-do it, but I'm sure it didn't look that much better. These really are golden days for home cinema...if you can afford all the tellys & players & discs!

 
 Posted:   Jun 16, 2014 - 5:20 AM   
 By:   Ron Hardcastle   (Member)

CinemaScope:

Well, in the U.S. the original releases on VHS were pretty clear (and bright), and they got progressively even better, especially on Blu-ray. But I remember how wonderful the 2nd in the series, "Aliens," sounded with my audio system with its subwoofer ... when the salvagers burn out the door at the beginning and it clangs to the floor of Ripley's sleeping capsule, it was sooooooooooooo loud that it became my measure for future VHS releases. And I remember that, to my disappointment, the DVD of "Aliens" didn't shake my room like the VHS had done, which was very disappointing for me. But each movie is startlingly clear in the "Alien Anthology" boxed set of Blu-rays, and when that metal around the door is cut away in "Aliens" it makes quite a racket in surround when it hits the floor!

 
 
 Posted:   Jun 16, 2014 - 6:41 AM   
 By:   riotengine   (Member)

I hate to think of all the money I spent on the various incarnations of the "Alien" franchise, from individual VHS tapes to individual DVDs to the elaborate "Alien Quadrilogy" DVD set to the even more elaborate "Alien Anthology" Blu-Ray set, and I didn't mention here that I couldn't find my copy of the last, so, afraid that a visitor might have walked off with it, when Amazon had it months ago for about $20 I re-bought it.

Tell me about it. I remember spending $100 each for the Alien and Aliens laserdisc box sets, when they originally came out. Paid $70. for the new blu-ray box, now it's down to such a low price. smile

Greg Espinoza

 
 
 Posted:   Jun 16, 2014 - 9:06 AM   
 By:   CinemaScope   (Member)



Tell me about it. I remember spending $100 each for the Alien and Aliens laserdisc box sets, when they originally came out. Paid $70. for the new blu-ray box, now it's down to such a low price. smile

Greg Espinoza


When I bought the last DVD box set, I went mad & bought the Alien head (the top comes off & the discs go inside), the DVD's are long gone, but I still have the head. I've been getting rid of a load of my stuff recently, but can't bring myself to part with the head, well you have to keep some of your junk.

 
 
 Posted:   Jun 16, 2014 - 9:40 PM   
 By:   CinemaScope   (Member)

Aliens this evening. It hasn't really got the class or the sheer style of Alien, but it's my favourite, it really works. Right now I can't think of a better creature movie, I saw the directors cut & it really works well. The DVD had a massive grain problem, it looked awful, but the Blu-ray looks about perfect. Alien 3 next (tomorrow or next week), I've never really liked this film, but it's been yonks since I've seen it, so I'll give it another go.

 
 Posted:   Jun 17, 2014 - 12:45 AM   
 By:   Ron Hardcastle   (Member)

Cinemascope:

When I first bought the "Alien Anthology" Blu-ray set, there were massive problems with it sometimes being unreadable by my usually quite dependable Samsung player, and while I had immediately downloaded new firmware whenever I was notified on the screen that it was available, I eventually gave up in the middle of "Alien3." But when I bought my elaborate Oppo BDP-103 all the movies -- finally! -- played just fine with it, which was a relief. (My Samsung also wouldn't play the "Fame" Blu-ray, but my #2 Blu-ray player from Panasonic, which I bought between the Samsung and the Oppo, played it fine.) Anyone else have problems with players unable to decode certain Blu-rays?

 
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