It's creature versus creature when the Alien Vs. Predator showdown begins! A billionaire's (Henriksen) team of drillers, scientists, and archaeologists set out on an Antarctic excursion to search for proof of an empire predating humankind. But they come upon disgusting dismembered human skeletons and evidence of aliens, instead of ancient artifacts. Before long, the humans must fight for their lives when three Predators arrive on a rite of passage into adulthood...and bloodletting is a must! But when the aliens arrive, a fight for superiority ensues. As director Paul W.S. Anderson explains in The Making of Alien Vs. Predator, he has had a fascination with aliens since he was a young boy. While reading the AVP comic books after the movie Predator 2 was released, Paul came up with an idea for an Alien Vs. Predator film. Based on the Alien characters created by Dan O'Bannon and Ronald Shusett and the Predator characters created by Jim Thomas and John Thomas. (Tricia Spears/Suzanne Hodges)
Like the DVDs reviewed in Issue 94 and 104, the viewer is given the choice of watching the film in either the theatrical version or the extended version; and special features include audio commentary by Director Paul W.S. Anderson, Actors Lance Henriksen and Sanaa Lathan; and an additional commentary track by Visual and Creature Effects Talents Alec Gillis, Tom Woodruff Jr., and John Bruno. Both commentaries are available on the theatrical version only. Also, there is a trivia track, six additional unrated footage scenes, the D-BOX Motion Code™ simulation option, and trailers.
The sharp, highly detailed 2.32:1 Blu-ray Disc image can look superb at times, although blacks are not as deep as they really need to be. Shadow delineation is also limited, which can make the image look flat. (Danny Richelieu)
With good dynamics and pristine fidelity, the lossless DTS-HD™ Master Audio 5.1-channel encoding is enjoyable to listen to. Deep bass is prevalent, but is not delivered with much articulation. There are times when the mixers got a little too aggressive in their attempt to better integrate dialogue into the presentation, but generally dialogue does sound natural. (Danny Richelieu)