This year marks the 40th anniversary of Alien‘s theatrical release. To celebrate one of the greatest and most terrifying sci-fi adventures ever, 20th Century Fox has released a special anniversary edition of the film.
The 40th Anniversary Edition of Alien is available in 4K Ultra HD and Blu-ray and includes the 1979 theatrical version as well as the director’s cut, commentary, deleted scenes and more! Additionally, a special limited edition 4k UHD steel book version of Alien‘s 40th Anniversary Edition is available exclusively at Best Buy. The steel book contains stunning artwork based on the film which is a must-have for any fan of the Alien franchise.
The synopsis for the 40th Anniversary Edition release says, “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. A full list of bonus features is below.
ALIEN 40th Anniversary Bonus Features:
- 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
In addition to the 40th Anniversary special release, 20th Century Fox will be celebrating by hosting the 4th annual Alien Day on April 26th. In the days leading up to the 26th, 20th Century Fox launched an otherworldly tribute with thrilling new stories, exclusive exhibits, and other one-of-a-kind experiences for fans. Fans can participate in the fun by sharing their own personal memories and moments using the hashtag #MyAlien40th. More details about Alien Day and the celebration can be found HERE.
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