Disc News: French, German Sites Offer Peek at Alien Blu-ray date, contents

The Alien Anthology on Blu-ray. We’ve all known it’s coming but now, thanks to the French site Palente HD, we may have an idea of when.

The site reports that the French branch of 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment has announced an October 6 release date for the Blu-ray set. While other territories may see different release dates, this at least gives us a timetable to work our speculation around.

Two editions of the anthology will be released in France: a collector’s box set, with six Blu-ray discs, and an Ultra Collector’s Limited Edition with 6 Blu-ray discs and 4 DVDs — all wrapped together in alien-egg packaging. The list price is €59.98 and €129.99, respectively.

In other news, a few snippets of news about some of the new extra content has been discovered through local certification agencies. Blu-ray.com has published a rather comprehensive list of material first uncovered by the German site DVD Duell, based on bits gleamed from the FSK, the German film rating authority and the BBFC.

Just because a bonus feature is included below does not mean it will wind up in every region’s edition. All features are unofficial until specifically mentioned by the studio in a press release.

Alien

  • Director’s audio commentary, plus cast and technical crew
  • Display Graphics (5’36”)
  • Display Graphics (4’05”)
  • Isolated score (composer’s original)
  • Isolated score (final theatrical)
  • Multi-angle sequence: Chestburster (with optional commentary by Ridley Scott)
  • Shock & Awe: The Return of Alien with Danny Boyle (25’01”)
  • Sigourney Weaver Screen Test: Cockpit Scene, Take 1 (2’48”)
  • Sigourney Weaver Screen Test: Planning Scene, Take 2 (1’50”)
  • Spaceballs Clip (1’45”)

Aliens

  • Becoming Vasquez (1’07”)
  • Building Hadley’s Hope (3’28”)
  • Cameron’s Cutting Edge (1’32”)
  • Cameron’s Design Philosophy (2’15”)
  • Cameron’s Military Interests (1’26”)
  • Colonial Marines Helmet-Cams (5’08”)
  • Dailies: James Remar as Hicks (3’46”)
  • Deleted Scenes (4’05”)
  • Family Guy Clip (0’27”)
  • Fighting the Facehugger (1’17”)
  • Finding an Unused Power Plant (2’08”)
  • The First Casting of Hicks (4’44”)
  • From Producer to Stunt Double (2’03”)
  • I Can’t Breazhe (0’38”)
  • The Importance of Being Bishop (1’27”)
  • Isolated score
  • Main Title Explorations (2’59”)
  • More Tales from Tea Time (6’44”)
  • On Set: Infiltrating the Colony (3’14”)
  • Origins of Ascheron (2’05”)
  • Paul Reiser on Carter Burke (1’01”)
  • The Paxton/Cameron Connection (2’17”)
  • POD Credits (0’25”)
  • Praising Stan Winston (1’40”)
  • Previsualizations: multi-angle videomatics (with optional commentary by Pat McClung)
  • Props: Personal Light Unit (0’36”)
  • Re-Enlisting with Cameron (1’23”)
  • Ripley’s Heartbreak (3’49”)
  • Sigourney Weaver’s Triumph (1’38”)
  • Simon Atherton talks Weapons (2’00”)
  • Stan Winston’s Challenge (1’46”)
  • Stan Winston’s Legacy (2’35”)
  • Test Footage: Chestburster (1’19”)
  • Test Footage: Facehugger (7’27”)
  • Test Footage: Queen Alien (4’47”)
  • Weyland -Yutani Inquest: Nostromo Dossiers (3’45”)
  • Without Sigourney Weaver (1’29”)
  • Working with Sigourney Weaver (5’25”)

Alien 3

  • The Art of Storyboarding (2’32”)
  • Bald Cap Blues (2’40”)
  • Bragging Rights (1’01”)
  • Costuming the Character (1’37”)
  • Creating Alien Sounds from the Scratch (2’23”)
  • Dangerous Location Recording (1’47”)
  • Detailing the EEV Miniature (1’27”)
  • Explaining the Wooden Plant (2’44”)
  • Ezra Swerdlow’s Concerns (1’08”)
  • Fincher’s Alienation (3’40”)
  • Head Casting with Charles Dutton (2’51”)
  • Hick’s Alternate Future (1’54”)
  • How to make Alien Acid Saliva (1’10”)
  • Intimidating Baldies (1’58”)
  • Lance Henriksen returns in Style (1’19”)
  • Matte Painting Memories (8’01”)
  • Mixed Reactions (3’50”)
  • On Set: Filming the Alien’s POV (2’24”)
  • On Set: Filming the Oxburster (3’10”)
  • Painful Low End Frequencies (0’45”)
  • POD Credits (0’25”)
  • The Power of Silence (3’13”)
  • Renny Harlin quits (1’51”)
  • Ripley’s Evolution (2’12”)
  • Roaming the Fury 161 Set (3’59”)
  • Sausage-motivated Alien Whippet (2’01”)
  • Stealing Sigourney’s Top (0’55”)
  • Sucking up to Fincher (6’30”)
  • The Sulaco’s Cameo (1’05”)
  • Theatrical isolated score
  • The Weaver Wagger (2’26”)

Alien Resurrection

  • Abandoning the Bug Opening (4’08”)
  • Alien Resurrection POD Credits (0’25”)
  • Animating Underwater Aliens (3’12”)
  • The Art of Slime (2’30”)
  • Becoming a Film Composer (1’34”)
  • Breaking the Language Barrier (4’39”)
  • The Burden of Temp Music (1’55”)
  • The Cloning Process (4’44”)
  • Considering Giger’s Legacy (3’03”)
  • Costuming the Betty Crew (1’23”)
  • Creating Ripley’s New Look (3’18”)
  • Designing the Newborn (1’35”)
  • Downsizing the Design (1’58”)
  • Dueling Design Sensibilities (1’54”)
  • Ending after Ending after Ending (5’26”)
  • The Evolution of the Alien (4’10”)
  • Future Franchise Directions (6’33”)
  • HBO First Look: The Making of Alien Resurrection
  • Intentially Uncomfortable Costumes (1’47”)
  • Newborn Dick Removal (1’43”)
  • Preparing for Action (2’49”)
  • Remembering the Premiere (1’57”)
  • The Storyboard Bible (1’20”)
  • Surviving the Shoot (4’13”)
  • Swimming with Aliens (2’25”)
  • Theatrical isolated score
  • VFX: Knifing Ripley’s Hand (2’11”)
  • VFX: Shooting Miniatures (1’21”)
  • Winona Ryder answers the Call (2’10”)
General special features to be found on the anthology also allegedly include the feature-length documentary The Alien Saga and Aliens: Ride at the Speed of Fright, the pre-show video from Fisherman’s Warf’s defunct Alien ride that starred Jeffrey Combs.

You officially have permission to get excited.

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