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This might seem really left field here, but something to consider is the fact that prior to the release of BD at 1080/24p, video was encoded as either PAL or NTSC. Both had faults and where NTSC seemed to be more red. PAL tends to look slighty more green and THE MATRIX was proof if that.

Another thing to consider is the many more people are aware of the need to have their displays calibrated than 20 years ago.

When I first started combining audio and video (late 1980s), my first "big screen" was a SONY Trinitron. I thought my VHS (and later LD, then DVD) copies of these ALIEN films looked good.

Jump forward to 2008 when I got a colorimeter and things changed once I learned what video looks like at 6500k. Just for giggles, I measured the old Trinitron and found the colour temp to be 9300k on the low mode.

If people are not watching these BDs at 6500k, then yes ALIENS will look wrong. I do often think if the red push on the earlier versions of the films was not done to counter the blye bias 9300k would add to the image.

I recently watched a DVD copy of CROCODILE DUNDEE and found it almost unwatchable at 6500k. At 8500, much better.

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If people are not watching these BDs at 6500k, then yes ALIENS will look wrong. I do often think if the red push on the earlier versions of the films was not done to counter the blye bias 9300k would add to the image.

While the old Aliens DVD transfer undoubtedly had its own share of issues, including the red push you mention, at least scenes in the movie had a variety of colors: some blue, some green, some red, some yellow, etc. The Blu-ray has been digitally graded to follow the modern fad where everything is either teal or orange. The variety of other colors have been wiped away.

James Cameron's movies of this period were famous for his "steely blue" color palette. There's no more blue in Aliens. It's all teal now. Teal is not the same color as blue. It looks gaudy and obnoxious now, IMO.

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I guess I need to watch these films again, but I actually like the look of these transfers. ALIEN and ALIENS look stunning, A3 and AR look good considering they didn't get the love of first 2. I just wish AR was not as grainy as it is.

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While the old Aliens DVD transfer undoubtedly had its own share of issues, including the red push you mention, at least scenes in the movie had a variety of colors: some blue, some green, some red, some yellow, etc. The Blu-ray has been digitally graded to follow the modern fad where everything is either teal or orange. The variety of other colors have been wiped away.

James Cameron's movies of this period were famous for his "steely blue" color palette. There's no more blue in Aliens. It's all teal now. Teal is not the same color as blue. It looks gaudy and obnoxious now, IMO.

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ALIEN and ALIENS look stunning.
I just wish AR was not as grainy as it is.
Agreed.
The first 2 look terrific IMO (particularly Alien).

For some reason, no one seems to have love for AR besides me.
It's a movie in a similar vein as Aliens: an action/adventure shoot-em-up, hold on to your junk kinda movie.wink.gif

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Agreed.
The first 2 look terrific IMO (particularly Alien).

For some reason, no one seems to have love for AR besides me.
It's a movie in a similar vein as Aliens: an action/adventure shoot-em-up, hold on to your junk kinda movie.wink.gif
It's also one of the earlier efforts of Joss Whedon's writing, after watching Firefly and some of his other things you see his approach to the new characters in AR when you go back to it. When I look at AR now I totally see Whedon style of characters.Not too mention how he sees the future. Also agree with what Oink said too.

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It's also one of the earlier efforts of Joss Whedon's writing, after watching Firefly and some of his other things you see his approach to the new characters in AR when you go back to it. When I look at AR now I totally see Whedon style of characters.Not too mention how he sees the future. Also agree with what Oink said too.

Whedon was extremely displeased with the finished movie. He didn't care for the way Jeunet visualized his story. I believe he said that it was the exact opposite of what he pictured when he wrote it. The main reason he made Firefly later was so that he could do his original concept about a ragtag group of space scoundrels the way he wanted it.

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Whedon was extremely displeased with the finished movie. He didn't care for the way Jeunet visualized his story. I believe he said that it was the exact opposite of what he pictured when he wrote it.
Judging by the screenplay, I'm not sure what JW is upset about.
The World of the Alien is a dark, gritty, foreboding place, which is pretty much what AR is.

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Judging by the screenplay, I'm not sure what JW is upset about.
The World of the Alien is a dark, gritty, foreboding place, which is pretty much what AR is.

The relevant quote from JW on the matter is this: "There's actually a fascinating lesson in filmmaking, because everything that they did reflects back to the script or looks like something from the script, and people assume that, if I hated it, then they’d changed the script... but it wasn’t so much that they’d changed the script; it’s that they just executed it in such a ghastly fashion as to render it almost unwatchable."
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This might seem really left field here, but something to consider is the fact that prior to the release of BD at 1080/24p, video was encoded as either PAL or NTSC. Both had faults and where NTSC seemed to be more red. PAL tends to look slighty more green and THE MATRIX was proof if that.

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I don't think PAL had anything to do with the green tint in The Matrix. My understanding has always been that the green tint only appears in the scenes when they are in the Matrix and it goes away when they are outside the Matrix. So it should be there regardless of the format it's encoded in.
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Agreed.
The first 2 look terrific IMO (particularly Alien).

For some reason, no one seems to have love for AR besides me.
It's a movie in a similar vein as Aliens: an action/adventure shoot-em-up, hold on to your junk kinda movie.wink.gif

I actually do like AR. The only thing that I don't about that film is the "the new born". I think that creature design is a total WTF. I like the idea of the genetic replication and how there were 7 failed attempts before her. I like the crew of the Betty and their rag tag pirate thing they do and even though the Xenos are a bit "space raptor", they are well done and I do like the "sacrifice" they make to escape. Given there is a wide shot with 12 isolated storage containers and they grew 12, makes you wonder why would you put three in the one cage? And why does it take so much longer for the last guy to pop? Other than that, cool film and I really like that alternate beginning with the bug.

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I don't think PAL had anything to do with the green tint in The Matrix. My understanding has always been that the green tint only appears in the scenes when they are in the Matrix and it goes away when they are outside the Matrix. So it should be there regardless of the format it's encoded in.
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Yes the green parts were done to show there is "something not quite right in The Matrix" verses the "real world". Don't know if you have had a chance to view both the PAL and NTSC versions, but the PAL is way greener. The BD is pretty green too.

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they just executed it in such a ghastly fashion as to render it almost unwatchable."
I guess I'm gonna have to disagree with JW; IMO, AR is not "unwatchable."
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I actually do like AR. The only thing that I don't about that film is the "the new born". I think that creature design is a total WTF. I like the idea of the genetic replication and how there were 7 failed attempts before her. I like the crew of the Betty and their rag tag pirate thing they do and even though the Xenos are a bit "space raptor", they are well done and I do like the "sacrifice" they make to escape. Given there is a wide shot with 12 isolated storage containers and they grew 12, makes you wonder why would you put three in the one cage? And why does it take so much longer for the last guy to pop? Other than that, cool film and I really like that alternate beginning with the bug.
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Yes the green parts were done to show there is "something not quite right in The Matrix" verses the "real world". Don't know if you have had a chance to view both the PAL and NTSC versions, but the PAL is way greener. The BD is pretty green too.

Which video editions are you comparing?

The theatrical release of the first Matrix movie had a greenish tinge because it was photographed in a process that removed blue from the image. The sequels had a much stronger green tint applied in post production.

The first DVD release roughly reflects the way that The Matrix looked in theaters. However, for the "Ultimate Collection" box set, the Wachowskis remastered the film to apply the stronger green tint so that it would be consistent with the sequels. All subsequent DVD and Blu-ray editions have the revised coloring.

If you're comparing the oldest NTSC DVD edition of the first movie to the later Ultimate Collection PAL DVD, the colors will look different. That's just not an apples-to-apples comparison.

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If you're comparing the oldest NTSC DVD edition of the first movie to the later Ultimate Collection PAL DVD, the colors will look different. That's just not an apples-to-apples comparison.

The film came out in 1999(?) and the video was early 2000 if I remember correctly. I only ever bought the first release on PAL DVD and it was greener than the NTSC version was at the same release time. I remember actually preferring the NTSC version at the time.

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I just realized I have two apparently different versions of the Alien Anthology in my Blu-ray collection (guessing I got one as a gift, and filed it away since I already had it in my collection).
The packaging between the two is not quite the same: one set is noticeably "slimmer" and while the same info is presented on both back labels about the contents, specs, etc I noticed the formatting of the type is different (lines of text are longer on one version with the "slimmer" packaging, with a slightly smaller font) and the barcode/UPC numbers are different (2454385465450 versus 2454370217750) , along with the copyright date on the bottom edge "spine". One is copyright 2010, the other is copyright 2013 (slimmer).


Was this just a repackaged release and the sets are otherwise identical?
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Quote:Originally Posted by oink [URL="http://www.avsforum.com/t/1258568/alien-anthology/3180#post_24396484"]It's also one of the earlier efforts of Joss Whedon's writing, after watching Firefly and some of his other things you see his approach to the new characters in AR when you go back to it. When I look at AR now I totally see Whedon style of characters.Not too mention how he sees the future. Also agree with what Oink said too.
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1. Rag-tag crew of characters brought together by dire events
2. Female protagonist with mysterious powers
3. The (expected) unexpected sacrifice of someone you hate and someone you love

There are most certainly echoes of his touch in AR, which is probably why I find it semi-enjoyable. IMO the biggest mistakes were the execution of the Newborn and the casting and directing of both Winona Ryder and Dan Hedaya. Call's character was there due to the unwritten rule that "It's the Alien franchise, it has to have an android." Perez's character was just some sort of absurd parody of an idiotic, blundering soldier and served as comic relief... intentional or unintentional.

As far as the Newborn, it would have been interesting to see JW's version on screen and how it fit into the story, but I felt the "trading of traits" due to the cloning process was OK. The puppet work was pretty bad, though, as it never appeared lifelike in its movements or expressions.

Also, the underwater galley scene is one of the cooler scenes in any of the Alien films.
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Is there a new boxset coming out? I saw in a flyer a Alien boxset I never seen before.
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Is there a new boxset coming out? I saw in a flyer a Alien boxset I never seen before.
Possibly, but I doubt it's anything different. The individual films are getting new packages because of the anniversary of Alien, so it's not unlikely that a similarly redesigned boxset is coming out.

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Possibly, but I doubt it's anything different. The individual films are getting new packages because of the anniversary of Alien, so it's not unlikely that a similarly redesigned boxset is coming out.
According to the flyer it's in stores yesterday.
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