I have just placed a pre-order for the 4K Steel Book release of Alien for the 40th Anniversary. Here are the details on what is included:
Alien is the first movie of one of the most popular sagas in science fiction history, and introduces Sigourney Weaver as Ripley, the iron-willed woman destined to battle the galaxy’s ultimate creature. The terror begin when the crew of the spaceship Nostromo investigates a transmission from a desolate planet and makes a horrifying discovery – a life form that breeds within a human host. Now the crew must fight now only for its survival, but for the survival of all mankind.
The UHD has the following:
Directors cut 2003:
2003 Audio Commentary by Ridley Scott and the Cast and Crew
Theatrical Version 1979
1999 Audio Commentary by Ridley Scott [1979 Theatrical Version Only]
Final Theatrical Isolated Score 5.1 Dolby Digital [1979 Theatrical Version Only]
Composer’s Original Isolated Score 5.1 Dolby Digital [1979 Theatrical Version Only]
There were a few interesting design choices in making this steelbook, I have decided to do a breakdown of the pieces used.
The artwork on the cover is an updated image of the original Alien egg on the promotional poster with a metallic coating, symbolising the creator pathogen introduced in Prometheus and Advent.
The back features the Internecivus raptus (which is Latin for Murderous Thief) Statue combined with the Christ pose from William Blake’s Christ Appearing to the Apostles.
The inside of the steelbook features a part of H.R.Giger’s work, the facehugger on Kane’s face and helmet. In the background, you can see the bottom of the facehugger with the flagellum and underside showing.
I think the images used are interesting, using a combination of contents from the original film and then using concepts from the prequels and Dan O’Bannon’s original intent with the facehugger, combined with a beautiful design of the Alien combined with religious and artistic symbolism. And a colour corrected but untouched H.R.Giger concept art for the original movie and in a sense where it all started, Kane with the facehugger.
I like the design intent, with the egg, then opening the steelbook to reveal Kane facehugged, then closing the steelbook you can see the end result, the Alien.
On Alien day in Melbourne I will be attending the 4K screening of Alien alongside Aliens, if you’d like to join me you can buy tickets online here.