Wednesday, April 11, 2012

DVD Guide 7: Alien Blood to Alien Quadrilogy

VERSION: Troma; Director’s Cut
CAST: Francesca Manning, Glyn Whiteside, Vanessa Stevens, Catherine Whitaker, Penelope Dudley, Tony Hunt, Rebecca Stirling, Catherine Whitaker,
GENRE: Science Fiction
NOTES: A hunted pregnant alien and her daughter seek refuge in a mansion
BOOKLET: 3 pages; 2 pages ads
LANGUAGES: English (spoken); no subtitles
FEATURES: Introduction (Lloyd Kaufman), Other Film Trailers, DVD Credits, Alien Blood Pop Promo, Jon sorenson Man of Mystery, Alien Blood Location Footage, Radiation March
DATING/TIME/RATING: 1999, 81/1h21; about R

AKA: It Fell from the Sky, Swamp of the Blood Leeches            
VERSION: Retromedia; 25th Anniversary Edition; Widescreen
CAST: Buster Crabbe, Ray Roberts, Linda Lewis, George Kelsey, Mike Bonavia, Dennis Underwood
DIRECTOR: Fred Olen Ray
WRITER: Fred Olen Ray, Martin Nicholas
GENRE: Science Fiction, Horror
NOTES: A meteor lands in a swamp, turning people into zombies
LANGUAGES: English (spoken); no sub-titles
COMMENTARY: Director/Co-Writer/Co-Producer/Co-Cinematographer Fred Olen Ray
OTHER FEATURES: Actors Reunion (5m47), Stills Gallery
DATE/TIME/RATING 1980, 75/1h15, R US

VERSION: York; Fullscreen
CAST: Heidi Fleiss, Damián Delgado, Phoebe Falconer, Sean Galuszka, Chase Hoyt, Mia Riverton
DIRECTOR: Paul Wynne, Brennon Jones
WRITER: Brennon Jones
GENRE: Science Fiction, Horror
NOTES: A monster created by alien technology goes on a killing spree
LANGUAGES: English (spoken); Spanish (sub-titles)
FEATURES: Behind the Scenes, Trailers
DATE/TIME/RATING: 2004, 90/1h30, R US

VERSION: Columbia Tri-Star; Special Edition
CAST: James Spader, Janine Eser, John Lynch, Leslie Stefanson, Carl Lewis, Anthony Crivello, Roy Dotrice, Keir Dullea, Nikolai Binev, Aimee Graham, Stuart Charno, Svelta Vasileva, Kaloian Vodenicharov, George Stanchev, Rufus Dorsey, Woody Schultz
DIRECTOR: Ron Krauss
WRITER: J. S. Cardone (story/screenplay); Boaz Davidson (story)
GENRE: Science Fiction
NOTES: An alien covered in a shell lands in Antarctica
LANGUAGES: English, French (spoken/subtitles)
COMMENTARY: Director Ron Krauss (also optional in Deleted Scenes)
OTHER FEATURES: Deleted Scenes (9m35s), Alien Hunter: Behind the Scenes (16m13s), Director’s Location Scout (10m24s), Storyboard Comparisons (Corn Field, Michael’s Death, The Dome), Photo Gallery, Other Film Trailers (Bad Boys II, Charlie’s Angels: Full Throttle, Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines)
DATE/TIME/RATING: 2003, 92/1h32, R US/14A Can

AKA: The Salena Incident
VERSION: Lionsgate, Maple; Widescreen
CAST: Avery Clyde, Sam McConkey, James Luca McBride, Larry 'Tank' Jones, Paulino Hemmer, Dan Southworth
DIRECTOR: Dustin Rikert
WRITER: Soon Hee Newbold, Dustin Rikert
GENRE: Science Fiction
NOTES: Marines are sent to deal with an alien threat in Salena, Arizona
LANGUAGES: Englishx2 (spoken); English, Spanish (sub-titles)
FEATURE: Stills Gallery. Trailers
DATE/TIME/RATING: 2007, 87/1h27 R US/18 A Can

GENRE: Science Fiction
LANGUAGE: Englishx2, French (spoken); English, Spanish (sub-titles)
Alien Nation disk
CAST: James Cann, Mandy Patinkin, Terrence Stamp
DIRECTOR: Graham Baker
WRITER: Rockne S. O’Bannon
NOTES: A cop who hates aliens is partnered with an alien cop
FEATURES: Featurette, Behind the Scenes Short, Theatrical Trailer
DATE/TIME/RATING: 1988, 90/1h30, R US/PG Can
Enemy Mine disk
CAST: Dennis Quaid, Louis Gossett Jr.
DIRECTOR: Wolfgang Petersen
WRITER: Barry Longyear (story); Edward Khmara(screenplay)
NOTES: Two warriors from opposing worlds are marooned together on a hostile planet
FEATURES: Theatrical Trailer, Stills
DATE/TIME/RATING: 1985, 108/1h48, PG-13 US/14A Can

VERSION: Fox; Fullscreen as aired; slipcased
CAST: Gary Graham, Eric Pierpoint, Terri Treas, Michele Scarabelli, Lauren Woodland, Sean Six, Jeffrey Marcus, Ron Fassler
GENRE: Science Fiction
NOTES: A cop with a bit of prejudice towards aliens gradually learns more about the alien culture after being teamed with an alien cop.
LANGUAGES: English, Spanish (spoken/sub-titles)
Disc One Side A:
EPISODE: Alien Nation: The TV Movie (Pilot)
DIRECTOR/WRITER: Kenneth Johnson
COMMENTARY: Writer/Director/Narrator/Executive Producer Kenneth Johnson
Disc One Side B:
·         Fountain of Youth/John McPherson/Diane Frolov
·         Little Lost Lamb/Kevin Hooks/Diane Frolov
Disc Two Side A:
·         Fifteen with Wanda/Rob Bowman/Steven Long Mitchell, Craig Van Sickle
·         The Takeover/Steve Dubin/Tom Chehak
Disc Two Side B:
·         The First Cigar/John McPherson/Diane Frolov, Andrew Schneider
·         Night of the Screams/Gwen Arner/Tom Chehak
Disc Three Side A:
·         Contact/John McPherson/Joe Menosky
·         Three to Tango/Stan Lathan/Diane Frolov, Andrew Schneider
Disc Three Side B:
·         The Game/David Carson/Steven Long Mitchell, Craig Van Sickle
·         Chains of Love/Harry Longstreet/Andrew Schneider, Diane Frolov
Disc Four Side A:
·         The Red Room/Chuck Bowman/Steven Long Mitchell, Craig Van Sickle
·         The Spirit of ‘95/Harry Longstreet/Tom Chehak
Disc Four Side B:
·         Generation to Generation/John McPherson/Andrew Schneider, Diane Frolov
·         Eyewitness News/Lyndon Chubbuck/Charles S. Kaufman, Larry B. Williams
Disc Five Side A:
·         Partners/Stan Lathan/David Garber, Bruce Kalish
·         Real Men/John McPherson/Diane Frolov, Andrew Schneider
Disc Five Side B:
·         Crossing the Line/Gwen Arner/Steven Long Mitchell, Craig Van Sickle
·         Rebirth/Tom Chehak/Tom Chehak
Disc Six Side A:
·         Gimme, Gimme/David Carson/Andrew Schneider, Diane Frolov
·         The Touch/Harry Longstreet/Steven Long Mitchell, Craig Van Sickle
Disc Six Side B:
·         Green Eyes/Tom Chehak/Diane Frolov, Andrew Schneider
FEATURE: Behind the Scenes
DATE/TIME/RATING: 1989-90, 989/16h29 total, about PG

VERSION: Fox; Fullscreen as airedd; slipcased
CAST: Gary Graham, Eric Pierpoint, Terri Treas, Michele Scarabelli, Lauren Woodland, Sean Six, Jeffrey Marcus, Ron Fassler
GENRE: Science Fiction
NOTES: Further adventures of the alien/human cop team.
LANGUAGES: English, Spanish (spoken/sub-titles)
COMMENTARY: Director/Executive Producer Kenneth Johnson
OTHER FEATURES: Making of (except Udara), Still Galleries
·         1/-/Alien Nation: Dark Horizon/Diane Frolov, Andrew Schneider/Gag Reel/1994/93 1h33
·         2/A/Alien Nation: Body and Soul/Andrew Schneider, Diane Frolov, Harry Longstreet, Renee Longstreet/Gag Reel
·         2/B/Alien Nation: Millennium/Kenneth Johnson/Gag Reel, Storyboards
·         3/A/Alien Nation: The Enemy Within/Diane Frolov, Andrew Schneider/-
·         3/B/Alien Nation: The Udara Legacy/Renee Longstreet, Harry Longstreet/A Family Gathering
DATE/TIME/RATING: 1994-97, 455/7h25 total, PG Can

GENRE: Science Fiction, Horror
BOOKLET: 24 pages
LANGUAGES: English, French (spoken); English, Spanish (subtitles) (Features discs);’ English (spoken); no subtitles (extras discs)
ALIEN Disc One Theatrical & 2003 Director’s Cut
CAST: Tom Skerritt, Sigourney Weaver, Veronica Cartwright, Harry Dean Stanton, John Hurt, Ian Holm, Yaphet Kotto
DIRECTOR: Ridley Scott
WRITER: Dan O’Bannon (story/screenplay); Ronald Shusett (story)
NOTES: An exploratory spaceship returning to Earth encounters a monster while answering a distress call
COMMENTARY: Director Ridley Scott, Writer Dan O’Bannon, Executive Producer/Writer Ronald Shusett, Editor Terry Rawlings, Actors Sigourney Weaver, Tom Skerrritt, Veronica Cartwright, Harry Dean Stanton, John Hurt (both versions)
OTHER FEATURES: Deleted/Extended Scenes Index (Theatrical), Ridley Scott Introduction, Deleted Footage Marker (Director’s Cut)
DATE/TIME: 1979, 117/1h57 Theatrical; 116/1h56 Director’s Cut
ALIEN Disc 2 Supplemental
COMMENTARY: Director Ridley Scott (optional: Sigourney Weaver Screen Test, Chestburster)
FEATURES: Pre-Production [Star Beast: Developing the Story 18m12; The Visualists: Direction and Design 16m54, Truckers in Space: Casting 14m56, Sigourney Weaver Screen Test 5m45, Still Photo
Galleries (First Draft Original Screenplay by Dan O’Bannon, Ridleygrams: Original Thumbnails and Notes, Storyboard Archives, Art of Alien, Cast Portrait Gallery)], Production [Fear of the Unknown: Shepperton Studios 1978 24m6, The Darkest Reaches: Nostromo and Alien Planet 17m29, The Eighth Passenger: Creature Design 31m36, The Chestburster: Creature Design; Multi-Angle; Still Photo Galleries (Production Gallery, The Sets of Alien, H.R. Giger’s Workshop)], Post-Production [Future Tense: Music and Editing 16m24, Outward Bound: Visual Effects 19m13, A Nightmare Fulfilled: Raction to the Films 23m24, 7 Deleted & Extended Scenes, Still Photo Galleries (Visual Effects Gallery, Poster Exploration, Special Promotional Shoot, Premiere)]
ALIENS Disc 3 Theatrical & 1991 Extended Versions
CAST: Sigourney Weaver, Michael Biehn, Bill Paxton, Lance Henriksen, Jenette Goldstein, Carrie Henn, Christopher Henn
DIRECTOR: James Cameron
WRITER: James Cameron (story/screenplay), David Giler, Walter Hill (story)
NOTES: A survivor from the first film is recruited for an attack on the alien’s planet
COMMENTARY: Director/Writer James Cameron, Producer Gale Anne Hurd, Alien Effects Creator Stan Winston, Visual Effects Supervisor Robert Stotak, Dennis Stotak, Miniature Effects Supervisor Pat McClung, Actors Michael Biehn, Bill Paxton, Lance Henriksen, Jenette Goldstein, Carrie Henn, Christopher Henn (both versions)
OTHER FEATURES: Deleted/Extended Scenes Index (Theatrical), James Cameron Introduction, Deleted Footage Marker (Director’s Cut)
DATE/TIME: 1986, 137/2h17 Theatrical, 154/2h34 Extended
ALIENS Disc 4 Supplemental
COMMENTARY: James Cameron (optional: Pre-Visualizations)
FEATURES: Pre-Production [57 Years Later: Continuing the Story 11m2, Building Better Worlds: From Concept to Construction 13m28, Preparing for Battle: Casting & Characterization: 17m3, Pre-Visualization: Multi-Angle Videomatics, Still Photo Galleries (Original Treatment by James Cameron, The Art of Aliens Conceptual Art Portfolio, Cast Portraits)], Production (This Time: It’s War: Pinewood Studies 1985 19m40, The Risk Always Lives: Weapons and Action 15m13, Bug Hunt: Creature Design 16m26, Beauty and the Bitch: Power Loader vs. Alien Queen 22m27, Two Orphans: Sigourney  Weaver and Carrie Henn 13m48, Still Photo Galleries (production, Continuity Polaroids, Weapons and Vehicles. Stan Winston’s Workshop)], Post-Production [The Final Countdown: Music, Editing and Sound 15m31, The Power of Real tech: Visual Effects 26m17, Aliens Unleashed: Reaction to the Film 12m32, Still Photo Galleries (Visual Effects Gallery, Music Recordings, Premiere, Special Promotional Shoot)]
Alien³ Disc 5 Theatrical and 2003 Special Edition
CAST: Sigourney Weaver, Charles S. Dutton, Charles Dance, Lkance Henriksen, Paul McGann
DIRECTOR: David Fincher
WRITER: Vincent Ward (story), David Giler, Walter Hill, Larry Ferguson (screenplay)
NOTES: A survivor from the previous films finds herself on a prison planet
COMMENTARY: Cinematographer Alex Thomson, Editor Terry Rawlings, Alien Effects Designers Alec Gillis, Tom Woodruff Jr., Visual Effects Producer Richard Edlund, Actor Paul McCann (both versions)
OTHER FEATURES: Deleted/Extended Scenes Index (Theatrical), Deleted Footage Marker (Director’s Cut)
DATE/TIME: 1992, 114/1h54 Theatrical, 144/2h24 Special Edition
Alien³ Disc 6 Supplemental
FEATURES: Pre-Production [Development: Concluding the Story 16h58, Tales of the Wooden Planet: Vincent Ward’s Vision 13m11l, Pre-Production Part III 11m40, Xeno-Erotic: H. R. Giger’s Redesign 10m20, Still Photo Galleries (The Art of Arccon: Conceptual Art Portfolio, Storyboards, Art of Fiorina)], Production [Production Part I-III 18m1/14m39/8m53, Adaptive Organism: Creature Design 20m32, Furnace Construction: Time Lapse Sequence 4m34, E.E.V. Multi-Scan Studt, Still Photo Galleries (Production Gallery, A.D.I. Workshop)], Post-Production [Optical Fury: Visual Effects 23m18, Music Editing and Sound 14m451, Post-Mortem: Reaction to the Film 6m7, Still Photo Galleries (Visual Effectgs Gallery, Special Promotional Shoot)]
ALIEN RESURRECTION Disc 7 Theatrical and 2003 Special Edition
CAST: Sigourney Weaver, Winona Ryder, Ron Perlman, Dan Hedaya, J.F. Freeman, Brad Dourif, Michael Wincott, Dominique Pinon, Leland Orser
DIRECTOR: Jean-Pierre Jeunet
WRITER: Joss Whedon
NOTES: Scientists manage to replicate the hero from the first three films
COMMENTARY: Director Jean-Pierre Jeunet, Editor Herve Schneidm Alien Effects Creator Alec Gillis, tom Woodruff Jr., Visual Effects Supervisor Pitof, Conceptual Artist Sylvain Despretz, Actors Ron Perkman, Dominique Pinon, Leland Orser (both versions)
OTHER FEATURES: Deleted/Extended Scenes Index (Theatrical), Jean-Pierre Jeunet Introduction, Deleted Footage Marker (Director’s Cut)
DATE/TIME: 1997, 109/1h49 Theatrical, 116/1h56 Special Edition
ALIEN RESURRECTION Disc 8 Supplemental
COMMENTARY: Director Jean-Pierre Jeunet (optional: Creatures and Costumes)
FEATURES: Pre-Production [From the Ashes: Reviving the Story 10m4, French Twist: Direction and Design 26m7, Under the skin: Casting and Characterization 2m43, Test Footage (Creatures and Costumes 9m49, Hair and Makeup 4m39), Pre-Visualizations: Multi-Angle Rehearsals, Still Photo Galleries (First Draft Screenplay by Joss Whedon, Mark Carro Gallery, The Art of Alien Resurrection: Conceptual Art Gallery, Storyboards)], Production [Death from Below: Underwater Photography 31m35m, In the Zone: The Basketball Scene 6m41, Unnatural Mutation: Creature Design 26m21, Still Photo Galleries (Production Gallery, A.D.I.’S Workshop)], Post-Production [Genetic Composition: Music 13m8, Virtual Aliens: Generated Imagery 9m52, A Matter of Scale: Miniature Photography 22m49, Critical Juncture: Reaction to the Film 14m26, Still Photo Galleries (Visual Effects Gallery, Special Promotional Shoot)]
FEATUES: Aliens in the Basement: Bob Burns 16m57, Dark Horse Cover Gallery, Script-to-Screen (DVD-ROM), Alien (Alien Evolution 64m21, Experiences in Terror 7m8, Ridley Scott Q&A 15m39, Special Edition Laserdisc Archive, Theatrical/Teaser/2 TV Trailers), Aliens (Special Edition Laserdisc Archive, Theatrical/Domestic/International/ Teaser/TV Trailers), Alien3 (Advance Featurette 2m55, 7 TV & 5 Theatrical Trailers), Alien Resurrection (Teaser/2 Theatrical/4 TV Trailers)

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