Originally Posted by zombie10k
Alien is one of my all-time favorite movies, the BD transfer looks much better IMO than they were able to handle with 'Aliens'. My understanding with Aliens is that they were using a specific batch of Kodak film that was not favored at the time and didn't last long after this movie was made.
let's see what happens with Prometheus 2.. shocked they decided to proceed with this film, it better be about 1000 times better than the first. The spoof on youtube 'How Prometheus should have ended' was dead on... just drop the ship onto LV-426 which would have explained the beginning of Alien. At least it would have been some salvation for this movie.
Yes Alien is a fantastic film.
The fact that most of the VFX were done in camera as opposed to relying on optical compositing preserved the resolution that would have otherwise been lost due to this analogue technique.
It means that when it was scanned at 4K to create a digital master there were no(or very few) fluctuations in the quality of the scans from shot to shot as it was all 1st generation negative and not dupe stock.
there is the opening credit sequence + the one shot at the beginning which features optical subtitles to emphasize the criteria of the Nostromo and they both look soft.
Yes you are correct about that Kodak stock used for Aliens in 1985.
This film also used more optical composites which accentuated the grain levels.
1st generation negative shots look astounding on the Sony 4k though.
It is almost like this projector is one giant magnifying glass.
It will show you everything(good and bad).
As for Prometheus.
It seems to suffer from a common affliction that bestows itself upon many contemporary fantasy/action movies these days.
The action(VFX set-pieces) dictates the story instead of the other way round.