WSR Detailed LaserDisc Review

Alien 3
Genre:Science Fiction

Reviewed In Issue 02 Of Widescreen Review® Stars:
Sigourney Weaver, Charles S. Dutton, Charles Dance, Paul McGann, Brian Golver, Ralph Brown, Danny Webb, Lance Henricksen

WSR Review Scores
Picture Rating: 5
Sound Rating: 5
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DVD General Information
(Studio/Distributor): 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment
(Catalog Number): 5593-85
(MPAA Rating): R
(Retail Price): $39.98
(Running Time In Minutes): 115
(Color Type): Color
(Chaptered/Scene Access): Yes
(Closed Captioned): Yes
(Theatrical Release): 1992
(LD Release Date): 1/93
(THX® Digitally Mastered): No

Credits Information
(Director): David Fincher
(Screenplay/Written By): David Giler, Walter Hill & Larry Ferguson
(Story): Vincent Ward
(Music): Elliot Goldenthal
(Director Of Photography):
(Production Designer): Norman Reynolds
(Visual Effects): Boxx Film Studios
(Costume Designer): Bob Ringwood & David Perry
(Editor): Terry Rawlings
(Supervising Sound Editors): Gary S. Gerlich
(Re-Recording Mixers):
(Executive Producers): Ezra Swerdlow
(Co-Producers): Sigourney Weaver
(Producers): Gordon Carroll, David Giler & Walter Hill

DVD Picture Information
(Principal Photography): Panavision
(Theatrical Aspect Ratio): 2.35:1
(Measured LaserDisc Aspect Ratio): 2.21:1

DVD Sound Information
(DVD Soundtrack): Dolby Surround
(Theatrical Sound): Dolby SR & 70mm 6 Track Dolby
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WSR Narrative Review
Story Synopsis:
“Alien 3” is the third installment in the successful science fiction horror series starring Sigourney Weaver. The action begins after Ellen Ripley, the last human survivor from “Aliens,” crash lands on a dark and gloomy prison-planet, unaware that one of the aliens has joined her for the ride. The planet is occupied by an all-male group of messianic murderers and rapists with shaved heads. To make matters worse, apparently yet another alien, and embryonic queen, has ensconced itself in Ripley’s stomach. Unfortunately, this fascinating premise never gets fully developed.

LaserDisc Picture:
The digital video transfer is off its scope target at 2.21:1. Within the context that the entire movie is dimly lit to create an eerie atmosphere, the color is subdued. The picture quality, however, is pristine.

LaserDisc Soundtrack:
The aggressive Dolby Surround® mix is extremely effective in supporting the frantic scurrying around in the bowels of the prison as Ripley and her mates attempt to trap the creature in a cauldron of molten lead, and adds immensely to the unsettling mood of the series finale.
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Superb Sound Effects Recording Quality:
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Superb Color Fidelity:
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