Alien, Terminator & Mad Max Blu-Ray Box Sets Are Stupid Cheap Today

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AlienPrometheusYou there! Are you wearing pants? Do those pants have pockets? If so, is it possible one or more of those pockets might contain twenty bucks? Well, thank your lucky stars that you decided to cover your shame today, buddy, because that twenty bucks could get you Blu-ray collections of the Alien, Terminator, or Mad Max films — that’s one hell of a deal.

First up is the outstanding Alien Anthology Blu-ray set, a must-have for any Alien fan, which bundles multiple versions of all four films together with a ridiculous amount of bonus features. The fact that this thing is going for $20 is insane, and if you hadn’t ever bought it, congratulations, you’ve just mastered the art of the steal. To make things even crazier, your $20 will also get you a copy of Ridley Scott’s Prometheus — as with the third and fourth Alien films, it’s not nearly as good a film as the original Alien and Aliens, but some people love it and, if nothing else, it’s a visually gorgeous film that looks amazing in high-def. Just consider it a cherry on top of the delicious ice cream sundae that is getting the Alien Anthology for nearly 80% off list price. The Anthology bonus features listing is nearly 1,000 words long and we’ve got over stuff to cover here, so just click over to Amazon and purchase/peruse at your leisure.


Alien: Resurrection Featurette Highlights The Design Of Ripley’s Ill-Fated Clones

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Warning: if you or your boss is offended by naked disfigured Sigourney Weaver models, maybe don’t watch this video.

As much as I like to rag on, say, Michael Bay’s Transformers movies, I try never to actually root for a science fiction project to fail, or to be bad. It’s my favorite genre, and the fun I might have talking shit about it on the internet if it’s awful is not nearly as much enjoyment as I would get out of being genuinely, pleasantly surprised. Part of my reasoning? It’s freaking hard to get a movie made. Even something that doesn’t ultimately come together well still represents the talents and hard work of hundreds of people who gave it their all. So I’m actually really fascinated by the above featurette, a dialogue-free exploration of the Ripley clones models from Alien: Resurrection. The movie? Not great. The design and model work on the clones? Gorgeous.


Joss Whedon On His Alien: Resurrection Regrets

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Alien ResurrectionBefore Joss Whedon became the director of The Avengers or the creator of cult TV shows like Buffy: The Vampire Slayer, Firefly, and Dollhouse, he was a working screenwriter building his career in Hollywood. One of the first screenplays he got credit for writing was the fourth installment in the Alien franchise, Alien: Resurrection, directed by Jean-Pierre Jeunet. The movie is terrible, and had stranded the series in limbo until Ridley Scott returned to it with the sci-fi film Prometheus last year (not counting the Alien vs. Predator movies). Needless to say, Whedon has some regrets about Alien: Resurrection.

Speaking to Empire Magazine, Whedon reminisced about his involvement with Alien: Resurrection, and the Alien film series as a whole. Whedon also briefly commented on Prometheus:

“Yes, I did see Pro-meaningless,” he joked. “In all seriousness, Alien: Resurrection was, I thought, the lowest I could ever feel. And then they cancelled Firefly. ‘Yup, there you go. That’s me feeling even lower.’ Let me quote King Lear — ‘The worst is not, so long as we can say, ‘This is the worst’…

You don’t ever get over it. When you are making a movie you are making something that is going to last forever, especially now with the internet. So there is always going to be a shitty Alien movie out there. A shitty Alien movie with my name on it.”