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The Alien Anthology Hatches on Blu-ray This Oct.

I’m a little late getting this news posted, but just in case you were interested in every possible spec of the highly anticipated October 25th Alien Anthology Blu-ray set, I got you covered.  All four Alien films hatch on Blu-ray with never-before-seen bonus material and the debut of the exclusive and groundbreaking interactive experience, MU-TH-UR Mode.  Read what it’s all about in the full press release below and while your at it, pre-order your Blu-ray set today.

Also, check out the OFFICIAL Fox Connect Alien Anthology Comic-Con Egg packaging by clicking HERE.

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LOS ANGELES, CA (July 15, 2010) – Sometimes, the scariest things come from within. Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment presents one of the most successful and terrifying film franchises of all time when the ALIEN ANTHOLOGY debuts on Blu-ray for the first time ever from October 25 internationally and on October 26 in North America. All four ALIEN films have been reinvigorated for an intense Blu-ray high-definition viewing experience. The release also marks the debut of MU-TH-UR Mode, a fully interactive companion that takes the extensive materials in the ALIEN ANTHOLOGY and puts them in the user’s hand – connecting fans to special features on all six discs and instantly providing an index of all available ALIEN content, including over 60 hours of special features and over 12,000 images.

The ALIEN ANTHOLOGY is a truly unique home entertainment experience. For the first time ever, the studio has united the material from every home video release of the ALIEN saga including the 1991/1992 laserdisc releases, the 1999 “Legacy” release and 2003’s groundbreaking ALIEN QUADRILOGY release into one complete Blu-ray collection. The set also includes two versions of each film and over four hours of previously unreleased exclusive material such as original screentests of Sigourney Weaver prior to filming the original ALIEN, unseen deleted scenes, thousands of still photographs from the Fox archives, the previously unseen original cut of “Wreckage and Rage: The Making of ALIEN3,” and much, much more.

The ALIEN ANTHOLOGY is just one aspect of Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment’s yearlong campaign to honor the studio’s 75th birthday. This year the division will debut several select fan-favorites on Blu-ray for the first time ever including The Rocky Horror Picture Show, William Shakespeare’s Romeo + Juliet, Moulin Rouge!, The Last of the Mohicans and The Sound of Music.

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DISC ONE: ALIEN

1979 Theatrical Version

2003 Director’s Cut with Ridley Scott Introduction

Audio Commentary by Director Ridley Scott, Writer Dan O’Bannon, Executive Producer Ronald Shusett, Editor Terry Rawlings, Actors Sigourney Weaver, Tom Skerritt, Veronica Cartwright, Harry Dean Stanton and John Hurt

Audio Commentary (for Theatrical Cut only) by Ridley Scott

Final Theatrical Isolated Score by Jerry Goldsmith

Composer’s Original Isolated Score by Jerry Goldsmith

Deleted and Extended Scenes

MU-TH-UR Mode Interactive Experience with Weyland-Yutani Datastream

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DISC TWO: ALIENS

1986 Theatrical Version

1991 Special Edition with James Cameron Introduction

Audio Commentary by Director James Cameron, Producer Gale Anne Hurd, Alien Effects Creator Stan Winston, Visual Effects Supervisors Robert Skotak and Dennis Skotak, Miniature Effects Supervisor Pat McClung, Actors Michael Biehn, Bill Paxton, Lance Henriksen, Jenette Goldstein, Carrie Henn and Christopher Henn

Final Theatrical Isolated Score by James Horner

Composer’s Original Isolated Score by James Horner

Deleted and Extended Scenes

MU-TH-UR Mode Interactive Experience with Weyland-Yutani Datastream

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DISC THREE: ALIEN3

1992 Theatrical Version

2003 Special Edition (Restored Workprint Version)

Audio Commentary by Cinematographer Alex Thomson, B.S.C., Editor Terry Rawlings, Alien Effects Designers Alec Gillis and Tom Woodruff, Jr., Visual Effects Producer Richard Edlund, A.S.C., Actors Paul McGann and Lance Henriksen

Final Theatrical Isolated Score by Elliot Goldenthal

Deleted and Extended Scenes

MU-TH-UR Mode Interactive Experience with Weyland-Yutani Datastream

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DISC FOUR: ALIEN RESURRECTION

1997 Theatrical Version

2003 Special Edition with Jean-Pierre Jeunet Introduction

Audio Commentary by Director Jean-Pierre Jeunet, Editor Hervé Schneid, A.C.E., Alien Effects Creators Alec Gillis and Tom Woodruff, Jr., Visual Effects Supervisor Pitof, Conceptual Artist Sylvain Despretz, Actors Ron Perlman, Dominique Pinon and Leland Orser

Final Theatrical Isolated Score by John Frizzell

Deleted and Extended Scenes

MU-TH-UR Mode Interactive Experience with Weyland-Yutani Datastream

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DISC FIVE: MAKING THE ANTHOLOGY

In addition to over 12 hours of candid, in-depth documentaries, you now have the ability to go even deeper into Alien Anthology history with nearly five hours of additional video Enhancement Pods created exclusively for this collection, presenting behind-the-scenes footage, raw dailies and interview outtakes from all four films. At topical points in the documentaries, you may access these pods to enhance your experience, or watch them on their own from the separate Enhancement Pod index.

The Beast Within: Making ALIEN

Star Beast: Developing the Story

The Visualists: Direction and Design

Truckers in Space: Casting

Fear of the Unknown: Shepperton Studios, 1978

The Darkest Reaches: Nostromo and Alien Planet

The Eighth Passenger: Creature Design

Future Tense: Editing and Music

Outward Bound: Visual Effects

A Nightmare Fulfilled: Reaction to the Film

Enhancement Pods

Superior Firepower: Making ALIENS

57 Years Later: Continuing the Story

Building Better Worlds: From Concept to Construction

Preparing for Battle: Casting and Characterization

This Time It’s War: Pinewood Studios, 1985

The Risk Always Lives: Weapons and Action

Bug Hunt: Creature Design

Beauty and the Bitch: Power Loader vs. Queen Alien

Two Orphans: Sigourney Weaver and Carrie Henn

The Final Countdown: Music, Editing and Sound

The Power of Real Tech: Visual Effects

Aliens Unleashed: Reaction to the Film

Enhancement Pods

Wreckage and Rage: Making ALIEN3

Development Hell: Concluding the Story

Tales of the Wooden Planet: Vincent Ward’s Vision

Stasis Interrupted: David Fincher’s Vision

Xeno-Erotic: H.R. Giger’s Redesign

The Color of Blood: Pinewood Studios, 1991

Adaptive Organism: Creature Design

The Downward Spiral: Creative Differences

Where the Sun Burns Cold: Fox Studios, L.A. 1992

Optical Fury: Visual Effects

Requiem for a Scream: Music, Editing and Sound

Post-Mortem: Reaction to the Film

Enhancement Pods

One Step Beyond: Making ALIEN RESURRECTION

From the Ashes: Reviving the Story

French Twist: Direction and Design

Under the Skin: Casting and Characterization

Death from Below: Fox Studios, Los Angeles, 1996

In the Zone: The Basketball Scene

Unnatural Mutation: Creature Design

Genetic Composition: Music

Virtual Aliens: Computer Generated Imagery

A Matter of Scale: Miniature Photography

Critical Juncture: Reaction to the Film

Enhancement Pods

MU-TH-UR Mode Interactive Experience to Access and Control Enhancement Pods

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DISC SIX: THE ANTHOLOGY ARCHIVES

ALIEN

Pre-Production

First Draft Screenplay by Dan O’Bannon

Ridleygrams: Original Thumbnails and Notes

Storyboard Archive

The Art of Alien: Conceptual Art Portfolio

Sigourney Weaver Screen Tests with Select Director Commentary

Cast Portrait Gallery

Production

The Chestbuster: Multi-Angle Sequence with Commentary

Video Graphics Gallery

Production Image Galleries

Continuity Polaroids

The Sets of Alien

H.R. Giger’s Workshop Gallery

Post-Production and Aftermath

Additional Deleted Scenes

Image & Poster Galleries

Experience in Terror

Special Collector’s Edition LaserDisc Archive

The Alien Legacy

American Cinematheque: Ridley Scott Q&A

Trailers & TV Spots

ALIENS

Pre-Production

Original Treatment by James Cameron

Pre-Visualizations: Multi-Angle Videomatics with Commentary

Storyboard Archive

The Art of Aliens: Image Galleries

Cast Portrait Gallery

Production

Production Image Galleries

Continuity Polaroids

Weapons and Vehicles

Stan Winston’s Workshop

Colonial Marine Helmet Cameras

Video Graphics Gallery

Weyland-Yutani Inquest: Nostromo Dossiers

Post-Production and Aftermath

Deleted Scene: Burke Cocooned

Deleted Scene Montage

Image Galleries

Special Collector’s Edition LaserDisc Archive

Main Title Exploration

Aliens: Ride at the Speed of Fright

Trailers & TV Spots

ALIEN3

Pre-Production

Storyboard Archive

The Art of Arceon

The Art of Fiorina

Production

Furnace Construction: Time-Lapse Sequence

EEV Bioscan: Multi-Angle Vignette with Commentary

Production Image Galleries

A.D.I.’s Workshop

Post-Production and Aftermath

Visual Effects Gallery

Special Shoot: Promotional Photo Archive

Alien3 Advance Featurette

The Making of Alien3 Promotional Featurette

Trailers & TV Spots

ALIEN RESURRECTION

Pre-Production

First Draft Screenplay by Joss Whedon

Test Footage: A.D.I. Creature Shop with Commentary

Test Footage: Costumes, Hair and Makeup

Pre-Visualizations: Multi-Angle Rehearsals

Storyboard Archive

The Marc Caro Portfolio: Character Designs

The Art of Resurrection: Image Galleries

Production

Production Image Galleries

A.D.I.’s Workshop

Post-Production and Aftermath

Visual Effects Gallery

Special Shoot: Promotional Photo Archive

HBO First Look: The Making of Alien Resurrection

Alien Resurrection Promotional Featurette

Trailers & TV Spots

ANTHOLOGY

Two Versions of Alien Evolution

The Alien Saga

Patches and Logos Gallery

Aliens 3D Attraction Scripts and Gallery

Aliens in the Basement: The Bob Burns Collection

Parodies

Dark Horse Cover Gallery

Patches and Logos Gallery

MU-TH-UR Mode Interactive Experience

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2 Responses to “The Alien Anthology Hatches on Blu-ray This Oct.”


  1. Gerard Iribe

    The Anthology to end all Anthologies!!!!!1!

  2. Sean Ferguson

    I would love to own this as I have the DVD set but I think I will limit myself to Aliens on BD.