Alien Quadrilogy coming to Blu-ray

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    Here's a slight update (but not necessarily a quality confirmation) from The Digital Bits:

    This is somewhat reassuring but I remain skeptical until the discs start popping up for review.
     
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    Come people, relax, it's James Cameron! He is so anal when it comes to these things that he would never ever let them screw it up. And if it is a bit off, they left the original version untouched, so it's all good.
     
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    Yeah, I'm not really worried about it. If James Cameron is overseeing the finished transfer, I would be shocked if he let it get released screwed up. As long as DNR isn't applied 100% thick like it was on Predator, it shouldn't be a big issue.

    DNR applied carefully and minimally isn't necessarilly always a bad thing. I've heard there was some minor DNR utilized on a few Blu-rays that I think look practically pristine (Casino, Flash Gordon, The Longest Day), and yet I can't even notice it.

    Many people say the Blu-ray of The Thing looks great, and it had DNR applied (the HD-DVD transfer didn't) to reduce the grain.
     
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    Yeah, I'm not worried about it either. This is James Cameron, he wouldn't screw up the presentation of one of his most well-regarded films. It should look fantastic. Sci-fi/action films, I feel, are films that probably shouldn't have too much grain anyway. It gives the film a low-budget look, which is something you'd seriously want to avoid in both genres.

    ~Matt
     
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    I have the Flash Gordon disc and I think it looks beautiful. If a pro grain member here can say the same thing about one of these discs, I think we will all be pleased and have nothing to worry about.

    Unless if you are CrimsonKing82.
     
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    Fox is using branching technology to fit both versions of each film onto one disc, so both transfers will be the same.
     
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    You are probably right but after reading the blu-ray.com article that sure doesn't sound like the case.
     
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    The only thing that worries me now is that commercial I saw for Avatar Special Edition coming back to theaters late August/early September. While I'm sure Cameron is a workaholic, that sounds like a lot to craft the extended edition of Avatar while restoring Aliens all at the same time. Guess True Lies is eternally fucked...
     
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    Does anyone else feel like True Lies is unfairly ignored. It's one of the best films featuring arguably the greatest action movie star, Arnold. So why is it not on Blu-ray when Red Heat and Raw Deal are? I get the feeling that it's being purposely ignored. Is it because of the Arab terrorists in the film? Is their another reason or am I completely off base?
     
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    No idea, but I'd welcome even a bare-bones blu-ray right now. My dreams of a SE like every other Cameron flick (sans Piranha 2) have long since died. Maybe it's something between Cam and Tom Arnold, for whom this film is still the biggest claim to fame.
     
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    100% agree. i love true lies, and have been patiently waiting for it to get treated right for years now. and how about an anamorphic edition of the abyss?
     
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    Wow! Those shots look great. Cameron said they "de-grained" the picture but it still looks grainy to me, with great detail and color. I know they're just screen shots but I think they've quelled my fears.
     
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    Wow, that scene in the egg room looks so much better on the BD, can't wait for my egg now!
     
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    I see grain. Yea!

    I've watched those DVDs a few times and never thought they looked that crappy. Actually, I always thought Aliens looked real good. hmmmm

    The last screen-shot with Ripley fighting the Queen sure is blue. I wonder if there will be any scenes that bother me because the color is radically different than what I'm used to.

    Anyone know if the person that posted these was purposely showing scenes that put the new transfer in the best light? We still don't know if there will be scenes where Apone looks like a baby seal.
     
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    Yessssssssssssssss. No worries here.
     
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    wow I am amazed.......just wow
     
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    It's probably because those screencaps taken from the DVD are upscaled to match the new HD screencaps in size comparison. The DVD's MPEG-2 compression also becomes far more apparent.

    The coloring looks way better to me, especially the skintones in the first few captures. The old DVD transfer just seems too reddish.

    No, but from those samples it doesn't look like DNR was utilized all that much. The Predator Blu-ray had the DNR cranked up to maximum almost all the time, and is one of those rare instances where the fine detail was scrubbed along with the film grain.
     
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