The Alien Legacy (1999)
|Year Of Production||1999|
|Running Time||66:54 (Case: 68)|
|RSDL / Flipper||No/No||Cast & Crew|
|Start Up||Language Select Then Menu|
|Region Coding||2,4||Directed By||None Given|
Twentieth Century Fox
|Pan & Scan/Full Frame||Full Frame||English Dolby Digital 2.0 (192Kb/s)|
|Widescreen Aspect Ratio||None|
|Video Format||576i (PAL)|
|Original Aspect Ratio||1.33:1||Miscellaneous|
|Annoying Product Placement||No|
|Action In or After Credits||No|
The disc itself is packaged inside of the Alien DVD case, utilizing an insert-type mechanism which is ugly but functional. The insert mechanism is hinged along the inside spine of the Transparent Amaray case that Alien comes in, and turns like the page of a book within the case. The net result is that the Transparent Amaray case is physically the same size as an ordinary Transparent Amaray case but significantly heavier. Aesthetically, this looks good from the outside, but is quite clunky and unpleasant on the inside. Overall, this seems preferable to making the case twice as wide.
The transfer is presented in an aspect ratio that varies between 1.33:1 and 2.35:1, but is mainly framed at 1.33:1. It is not 16x9 enhanced.
The image was acceptably sharp and clear, though a lot of the archival material is quite blurred and distorted. It never descends into the realm of unacceptable quality, however. There is a surprising amount of motion blur apparent in the recently shot footage. Fortunately, the majority of this footage comprises talking heads with very little movement, so this effect is not often noticed. The brightness level of the transfer tends to vary up and down slightly for no apparently good reason. This is, fortunately, a subtle effect. The shadow detail is variable, depending on the source of the video material, but it remains acceptable at all times. Low level noise is not a problem for the recent footage, but some archival footage is quite noisy, as is to be expected for 20 year old footage.
The colours are also somewhat variable, with the recent footage being impeccably presented in this regard whereas some of the archival footage is variable in its presentation of colour, from quite undersaturated to quite oversaturated.
There were no MPEG artefacts detected in the transfer. Aliasing was not a problem with this transfer, although video artefacts were somewhat problematic at times, even affecting the modern footage to an unexpectedly significant degree. There are a significant number of analogue video dropouts during this documentary, more than I would have expected given the recent nature of the majority of this footage.
There is only one audio track on this DVD, an English Dolby Digital 2.0 soundtrack.
The dialogue was always clear and easy to understand. There was little in the way of audio distortion, and there were no audio sync problems. The archival footage was inferior in quality aurally to the contemporary footage, but this is to be expected with this type of material.
Jerry Goldsmith's Alien score was frequently present, underscoring much of the dialogue. This helped with the overall atmosphere of the documentary.
The surround channels and subwoofer channel were not used.
The video transfer is acceptable.
The audio transfer is acceptable.
The whole disc is an extra!
|DVD||Toshiba 2109, using S-Video output|
|Display||Loewe Art-95 (95cm). Calibrated with Video Essentials. This display device is 16x9 capable. This display device has a maximum native resolution of 576i (PAL).|
|Audio Decoder||Denon AVD-2000 Dolby Digital decoder. Calibrated with Video Essentials/Ultimate DVD Platinum.|
|Amplification||2 x EA Playmaster 100W per channel stereo amplifiers for Left, Right, Left Rear and Right Rear; Philips 360 50W per channel stereo amplifier for Centre and Subwoofer|
|Speakers||Philips S2000 speakers for Left, Right; Polk Audio CS-100 Centre Speaker; Apex AS-123 speakers for Left Rear and Right Rear; Hsu Research TN-1220HO subwoofer|