Ridley Scott’s Alien is Coming to 4K Ultra HD on April 23rd

Celebrate the 40th anniversary of Alien with this brand-new home video release of the film.

By Jay Gervais

Celebrating its 40th anniversary this year is Ridley Scott’s Alien and coming expectedly in tow is a brand-new home video release for the film by 20th Century Fox, courtesy Nerdist. What’s new about this edition is the film, for the very first time, will be available in 4K Ultra HD.

Not only is the 1979 theatrical version receiving the 4K treatment, but it appears as though the Director’s Cut from 2003 is as well. Have a look below for the full press release along with images of this product.

In space no one can hear you scream. The terrifying sci-fi adventure, Alien, celebrates 40 years with an all-new 4K Ultra HD™ master, available April 23. A limited edition 4K UHD™ steelbook of Alien 40th Anniversary Edition will also be available exclusively at Best Buy.

In the film that birthed the wildly successful Alien franchise, the crew of the deep space tug Nostromo awaken from stasis during a voyage home to Earth when their ship’s computer detects what is believed to be an alien distress signal coming from the desolate nearby moon, LV-426. While investigating, one of the crew, Kane (John Hurt), is attacked by an alien creature that latches to his face and he is rushed back to the Nostromo to receive medical treatment. Ripley (Sigourney Weaver), the ship’s warrant officer, advises against Kane’s return due to quarantine regulations – but her orders are ignored by Ash (Ian Holm), bringing the Nostromo under threat from a mysterious, extraterrestrial apex predator with violent and lethal survival instincts.

The film was restored in 4K in 2018 by 20th Century Fox at Company 3/Deluxe Entertainment Services Group, supervised by Ridley Scott and Pam Dery, with the 4K scans were done at EFilm.

ALIEN 40th Anniversary Bonus Features:

  • 1979 Theatrical Version
  • 2003 Director’s Cut
  • 2003 Audio Commentary by Ridley Scott and the Cast & Crew
  • 1999 Audio Commentary by Ridley Scott (1979 Theatrical Version Only)
  • Final Theatrical Isolated Score – Dolby Digital 5.1 (1979 Theatrical Version Only)
  • Composer’s Original Isolated Score – Dolby Digital 5.1 (1979 Theatrical Version Only)
  • Deleted Scenes

ALIEN 40th Anniversary 4K ULTRA HD™ & Blu-ray Specs

Street Date: April 23, 2019

Screen Format: Widescreen 16:9 (2.40:1)

Audio (4K Ultra HD™): English DTS-HD-MA 5.1 / English DTS-HD-MA 4.1 (Theatrical Version Only) /

English Surround DTS-HD-MA2 2.0 / Spanish DD 5.1 / French DTS 5.1

Audio (Blu-ray): English DTS-HD-MA 5.1 / English Dolby Digital 4.1 (Theatrical Version Only) /

English Surround Dolby Digital 2.0 / Spanish DD 5.1 / French DTS 5.1

Subtitles: English / Spanish / French

U.S. Rating: R for sci-fi violence, gore and Language

The Alien 40th anniversary 4K Ultra HD will release this year on April 23rd, with a limited edition steelbook version exclusively available only through Best Buy. With the exception of the upgrade in quality and brand-new cover artwork, nothing is really new here if you are satisfied with previously released editions, specifically the Alien Anthology Blu-ray boxset.

Are you picking this one up to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the film? Let us know in the comments below or on any of our social media accounts. Stay tuned to Dead Entertainment for all the latest news on the Alien franchise.

About the Author

Jay Gervais

From small town to big city and back again, Jay was born and raised in Canada and has lived his whole life there. He’s always ready to cut down any misconceptions his American friends have of life in the great white north. He’s also no stranger to this kind of community, and has plenty of experience under his bed. He enjoys all kinds of horror entertainment, as long as it’s got the heart and soul to it. When he’s not doing something here, he can be found at his post at the night’s watch, or knee deep into his school studies.

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