Originally Posted by Partyslammer
Well, it's a completely different film in almost every way than Alien (or Aliens for that matter) so you can't really judge the way Scott filmed this one compared to a 3 decade+ older film. There *are* a few scenes that have some pretty deep blacks but yeah, it's nothing like the oppressive dark creepiness of Alien. Speaking for myself, I really liked the overall look and way Prometheus was filmed and I think the Blu-ray will really impress anyone of like mind.
I experienced the opposite to what many are saying: I actually went to see this expecting it to distance itself as much as possible from Alien, even though I learned about the Ridley Scott/Prometheus project in the letter Sir RS writes as an intro to the Alien Anthology 6-Disc Blu-ray Collection, and which got me very excited from the get-go.
What is odd is the fact that it is there where RS puts in writing that he's working on a "prequel to Alien" (no title of it or anything, just that much) thanks to the inspiration he got when helping on the restoration process of said Anthology.
So, why did I, of all people, having said that, expect Prometheus to not look like a prequel? Well, because -- call me crazy -- I wanted
something different. I didn't want to see that xenomorph unless it was a slight nod. I wanted to see how cool "our engineers" could look. But, most importantly, I wanted to see a universe more upbeat, or sleek, in Retina-sreen-iPad-4 times; more TRON-Legacy-ish if you'd like. A thing I found the 3D to enhance greatly. In other words, despite the flaws everyone seems to tirelessly keep bringing up, I got exactly what, at least I, was expecting, and then some!
As a matter of fact, I took my wife and my 17-year-old son to that 4DX theater I mentioned earlier to see this and they found it equally jaw-dropping (we missed the IMAX-3D showing so we opted for the next best thing) -- one of the most memorable movie experiences we've had, and that's saying a lot! Though the theater effects added much, indeed, the movie itself had us discussing possible explanations on the drive back home! Thus, I suspect my own Blu-ray 3D set will be nothing less than spectacular (and a worthy addition to my Anthology)!
On a side note, Alien Anthology rocks! (I got the cheaper-but-still-nicely-packaged region-free version, which I highly recommend for the first two movies and extras alone) My $0.02...