Alien Resurrection (1997)

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Released 25-May-2000

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Details At A Glance

General Extras
Category Science Fiction Theatrical Trailer-1.85:1 non 16x9, Dolby Digital 2.0 surround-encoded
Featurette-Behind The Scenes-(3:53)
Rating Rated MA
Year Of Production 1997
Running Time 104:21 (Case: 109)
RSDL / Flipper RSDL (55:52) Cast & Crew
Start Up Menu
Region Coding 2,4 Directed By Jean-Pierre Jeunet
Studio
Distributor

Twentieth Century Fox
Starring Sigourney Weaver
Winona Ryder
Ron Perlman
Dan Hedaya
J.E. Freeman
Brad Dourif
Michael Wincott
Case Amaray-Transparent
RPI Box Music John Frizzell


Video Audio
Pan & Scan/Full Frame None English Dolby Digital 5.1 (384Kb/s)
Widescreen Aspect Ratio 2.35:1
16x9 Enhancement
16x9 Enhanced
Video Format 576i (PAL)
Original Aspect Ratio 2.35:1 Miscellaneous
Jacket Pictures No
Subtitles Czech
Danish
English for the Hearing Impaired
Finnish
Hebrew
Hungarian
Icelandic
Norwegian
Polish
Portuguese
Swedish
Smoking Yes
Annoying Product Placement No
Action In or After Credits No

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Plot Synopsis

    It is interesting to ponder the progression of Sigourney Weaver through the credit sequences of the Alien movies. In Alien, she took second-billing to Tom Skerritt. By the time she made Aliens, she was a big enough star to get top billing. In Alien Resurrection, she is listed before the name of the movie.

    A lot of people didn't like Alien Resurrection, criticizing it for deviating from the Alien concept. I beg to differ. I enjoyed it theatrically, and I enjoyed it on DVD. This is a very different Alien movie. It is very sensual. The lines between good and bad are blurred. There are the two aspects of this movie that I really enjoyed. Sure, there are some impossibly large plot holes. Sure, there is some cheesy dialogue and action at times, but for me, the positives outweighed the negatives by a long way.

    Ripley (Sigourney Weaver) has been genetically reconstructed from what remained of her after Alien3. Unfortunately, during the genetic reconstruction, parts of Ripley's and the Alien's DNA intermingled. The reconstructed Ripley is very unusual. She has superhuman strength. She has acidic blood. She is ruthless, and clearly not the same Ripley that we have come to know and love in the previous Alien movies. However, the humans responsible for resurrecting her are more interested in the gains they can obtain from breeding the Alien they resurrected along with Ripley. Accordingly, they acquire some human hosts from a rag-tag bunch of mercenary traders, including a seriously miscast Winona Ryder as Call, their mechanic. The traders stay around the research ship, when the predictable happens - the Aliens escape and wreak havoc.

    There is some spectacular and amazing action in this movie, but the highlights for me were any scene involving the genetically-recombined Ripley. Sigourney Weaver is totally convincing in her role, playing a completely ambiguous, ruthless and extremely sensual character. It is not at all clear whose side she is on, and I just loved every little nuance of her performance in this movie.

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Transfer Quality

Video

    This is a very good transfer that falls just short of being reference quality.

    The transfer is presented in an aspect ratio of 2.35:1 and is 16x9 enhanced.

    The image was generally very sharp and very clear, save for the first 5 minutes or so, which were a tad on the blurry and indistinct side, particularly during the opening credits. These early parts of the film also had some minor issues with grain being visible. Once these early problems passed, however, the transfer remained at reference quality for the remainder of the movie. Shadow detail was excellent, as is to be expected from a movie of this recent vintage, and there was no low level noise.

    The colours are presented in the typical drab Alien style, and had no specific problems or highlights.

    There were no MPEG artefacts detected in the transfer. Aliasing was never a problem, but early on in the transfer, film artefacts were present to an excessive degree. Once again, the first 5 - 10 minutes of the movie seemed noticeably inferior to the remainder of the transfer.

    This is an RSDL disc with a quite noticeable and moderately disruptive layer change at 55:52, during Chapter 15.

Audio

    This is a superb soundtrack and only one minor problem denies it reference status.

    There is only one audio track on this DVD, an English Dolby Digital 5.1 soundtrack.

    The dialogue was always clear and perfectly easy to understand. There was a minor audio sync problem between 8:39 and 9:08 which was probably an ADR issue rather than a transfer issue, but Dan Hedaya's dialogue is just discernibly out of sync during these scenes.

    The score by John Frizzell combined the more traditional-sounding elements of previous Alien scores with some far more lyrical and sensual underscoring when appropriate. It was very nicely married to the on-screen action, and enhanced the on-screen action and tension marvellously.

    The surround channels are magnificently used by this soundtrack, which is certainly of reference quality in this area. There is never silence in the surrounds. There is always something going on throughout the entire soundfield, albeit subtle at times, keeping you immersed in the on-screen action. When the action sequences arrive, the level of sonic activity in the surround channels ramps up suitably to provide an enormously enveloping experience. This is the way action movie soundtrack should be mixed, to create a continuously-enveloping sound environment.

    The subwoofer was aggressively used, almost to the point of excess, by this soundtrack. It provided copious amounts of bottom end to explosions, gun-shots, music and all manner of other special effects noises.

Extras

    There is only a limited set of extras on this DVD.

Menu

    As with all the other Alien DVDs in this box set, this carries some nicely-themed movie-specific animation and audio.

Theatrical Trailer

Featurette - Behind-The-Scenes

    This is of limited interest.

R4 vs R1

NOTE: To view non-R4 releases, your equipment needs to be multi-zone compatible and usually also NTSC compatible.

    The Region 4 version of this DVD misses out on;     Considering that these trailers are on the other DVDs in this series, this is no loss at all. The DVDs should be considered equally-featured.

Summary

    I liked Alien Resurrection, and still do..

    The video transfer is very good but not perfect.

    The audio transfer is superb.

    The extras are limited.

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© Michael Demtschyna (read my bio)
Wednesday, May 17, 2000
Review Equipment
DVDToshiba 2109, using S-Video output
DisplayLoewe 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 DecoderDenon AVD-2000 Dolby Digital decoder. Calibrated with Video Essentials.
Amplification2 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
SpeakersPhilips 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

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