Posted Tue Feb 26, 2019 at 11:21 AM PST by Tom Landy
The 1979 classic horror film will be getting a 4K 40th Anniversary Edition in the UK in April. UPDATE: U.S. as well.
As previously reported, Ridley Scott's Alien may be headed for 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray, and now the official date is April 23. A limited Best Buy SteelBook will also be available.
In the film that birthed the wildly successful Alien franchise, the crew of the deep space tug Nostromo awaken from stasis during a voyage home to Earth when their ship’s computer detects what is believed to be an alien distress signal coming from the desolate nearby moon, LV-426. While investigating, one of the crew, Kane (John Hurt), is attacked by an alien creature that latches to his face and he is rushed back to the Nostromo to receive medical treatment. Ripley (Sigourney Weaver), the ship’s warrant officer, advises against Kane’s return due to quarantine regulations - but her orders are ignored by Ash (Ian Holm), bringing the Nostromo under threat from a mysterious, extraterrestrial apex predator with violent and lethal survival instincts.
The film was restored in 4K in 2018 by 20th Century Fox at Company 3/Deluxe Entertainment Services Group, supervised by Ridley Scott and Pam Dery, with the 4K scans were done at EFilm.
The 4K release will include a DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 soundtrack (4.1 on the Theatrical Version) and supplements include:
• 1979 Theatrical Version
• 2003 Director’s Cut
• 2003 Audio Commentary by Ridley Scott and the Cast & Crew
• 1999 Audio Commentary by Ridley Scott (1979 Theatrical Version Only)
• Final Theatrical Isolated Score – Dolby Digital 5.1 (1979 Theatrical Version Only)
• Composer’s Original Isolated Score – Dolby Digital 5.1 (1979 Theatrical Version Only)
• Deleted Scenes
The film will hit 4K UHD in the UK on April 1.
You can find the latest specs for Alien - 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray linked from our 4K Blu-ray Release Schedule, where it is indexed under April 23.
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