Alien3
20th Century Fox / 1992 / 110 Mins / Rated M15+

Only Available In The Alien Legacy Box Set


MOVIE
It seems that after Aliens the next series of sequels started the downward decline of the series.

While David Fincher's vision of the franchise is not the worst, I'll leave that distinction to Alien Resurrection, the third chapter in the series is rather tepid and unexciting.

Set after the events in Aliens, Ripley's ship that is also carrying Newt and Sgt. Hicks crash lands on a prison planet with no weapons that is only inhabited by criminals. 

After her rescue Ripley and the prisoners soon realize that there is an Alien running around killing all the prisoners but leaving Ripley alone. She soon becomes aware that she is a host for an Alien impregnated inside of herself. Now Ripley must make the greatest of sacrifices.

VIDEO
Yet again another sterling effort from 20th Century Fox. This is almost a reference quality transfer.

The transfer is razor sharp with excellent colour definition. There were no MPEG artefacts visible and there were very few film artefacts. Shadow detail was sensational with a lot of detail also.

Alien 3 is framed at 2:35:1 and is 16:9 enhanced.

Alien 3 is a single sided, dual layer disc. The layer change occurs at the 56:00 mark

AUDIO
Remastered in Dolby Digital 5.1 sound, and 3 is yet again another good example of a 5.1 remix from it's original Dolby SR format.

The sound stage is very dynamic and well integrated. The surround channels were used aggressively which made for some great aural effects. The .1 channel also was used constantly and added that extra oomph when required.

Dialog was easy to hear at all times

EXTRAS
A neat extras package here

Theatrical Trailer: 1:85:1 ratio, not 16:9 enhanced. Average trailer.

Behind The Scenes: A 20 minute "Making Of" which I remember from it's original release. It is quite interesting

Subtitles: Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, Finnish, Portuguese, Hebrew, Polish, Czech, Hungarian, Icelandic, Closed Captioned.

FINAL THOUGHTS
So-So movie, good disc from a great set.

16:9 ENHANCEMENT DISC RATING

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REVIEW EQUIPMENT

Display: 48" Sony RPTV.
DVD Player:
Panasonic A350 Player using S-Video Cables.
Receiver:
Pioneer VSX-D508 Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround.
Speakers:
Accusound speaker system.

Copyright 2000 by [Roger Ward].
Revised: 15 Aug 2000 03:20:41 +1100 .

DVD INFORMATION
Region Coding: Region 4
No of Discs: 1
OFLC Rating M15+
Running Time: 110 minutes
Case Type: Clear Amaray
Release Date: 25/5/2000
Catalog Number: 5593SDW
List Price: $149.95
Distributor: 20th Century Fox
DISC SPECIFICATIONS
Disc Format: PAL
Disc Type: Picture Disc
Disc Format: SS-RSDL
Chapters: 29
Macrovision: Yes
Manufacturer: WAMO
VIDEO SPECIFICATIONS
Aspect Ratio: 2:35:1
Anamorphic: Yes
Film Format: 35mm
SOUND SPECIFICATIONS
Dolby Digital:

5.1 Surround

DTS: None
PCM Stereo: None
Other: None
Languages: English
Subtitles: Yes
SPECIAL FEATURES
Audio Commentary: None
Theatrical Trailer: Yes
Teaser Trailer: None
TV Spots: None
Dolby Trailer: None
Documentary: None
Cast & Crew Bios: None
Deleted Scenes: None
Music Videos: None
DVD Rom Content: None
Collectable Booklet: None
Scene Access: Yes
Animated Menus: Yes
Production Notes: None
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