Originally Posted by davcole
Ok, I couldn't pass on the Amazon sale so I got ALIENS and ALIEN 3.
While the color looks different in ALIENS, it definitely has more detail than the previous DVD. Way less grain, yet it looked filmic as opposed to video scrubbing. I was surprised how engaging the audio was.
ALIEN 3 was a disappointment! It looked soft to me. Definitely seemed a bit on the video side. Audio was a major disappointment as the dialog was mixed too low and surround field not very engaging.
Wow, interesting. I was floored by Alien 3. I think its looks gorgeous. Much better than I even remember seeing it in the theater.
I have a couple of coworkers who had never seen the series (they're both young, in their late 20s, but I still found that a bit strange). So after getting the bluray set I invited them over to see 1-4 over the course of a few weeks.
They loved the series from beginning to end, which was no surprise, but what did surprise me was that they preferred 1 and 3 over 2 and 4. 4 is understandable, (though they liked the lightheartedness and the change of pace), but I was certain they were going to prefer Aliens over just about any other film in the set, because that's the film most audiences always tend to gravitate towards. Though they really enjoyed Aliens, they felt as I've always felt that its a great action movie that could be based on just about any creature.
What they loved about Alien 3 (directors cut) was that it shared so much of the claustrophobia and helplessness of the original film. They also loved how it looked, and how that look mirrored a lot of how Alien looked. I do think that there's a bit of psychology going on here too. They weren't really that familiar with the films before they saw them one after the other. So there was no suspense built up between Aliens and Alien 3 that led them to any sort of great disappointment. The gap was too short between films, and they know Ripley was going to be back in some form or fashion for Resurrection. I think that's really interesting because I think Alien 3 is a really strong film, and the hate for it that's sometimes generated is probably based more off of unfulfilled expectations hanging from the end of Aliens than it is that its a badly plotted film or something. Or maybe not, and maybe I don't know what the heck I'm talking about.