The mastering of the film for the Blu-ray Alien Anthology set was a massive, staggering upgrade from all prior standard definition releases, but there were still some misgivings about the slightly revised colour timing. It wasn’t quite quite as revisionist as James Cameron’s teal and orange remastering of the sequel, but it wasn’t quite the best Blu-ray had to offer, and the shadows were a little crushed even for a movie as dark as Alien. Have no fear, the 4K mastering exploits the wider dynamic dynamic range of the 4K format, and you’ll notice little things in the shadows you’ve almost certainly never seen before. In terms of actual resolution, it’s fair to say that given the film’s age and grainy style, you really shouldn’t expect a huge increase in detail. The grain isn’t scrubbed (bravo!), but doesn’t always look completely film-like. That said, this 4K edition is the best the film has ever looked on home media by a country light-year.
- Both versions of the film seamlessly branched (the “director’s cut” segments aren’t in native 4K)
- DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1sound
- 2003 audio commentary with Ridley Scott, the cast and the crew
- 1999 audio commentary by Ridley Scott
- Final theatrical isolated score (Dolby Digital 5.1)
- Composer’s original isolated score (a reconstruction of Jerry Goldsmith’s original intended soundtrack) (Dolby Digital 5.1)
- Deleted scenes
It’s been issued on so many different formats that if you’re reading this site you’ve probably owned (or currently own) multiple copies. Prepare to own another one! If you’ve never seen it, firstly: Shame on you, and secondly: This is one of the best science fiction films ever made, so see it now. If you’re a fan of the film (or if you’ve never seen it) and you have a 4K television or projector and player, this is the version to get. Just get it already.