ALIEN VS. PREDATOR sounded like a great idea for a movie for so many years. It's just that director Paul W. S. Anderson
got it wrong (I love Resident Evil and Event Horizon). The first hour is good except for a couple of problems before AVP turns
into a live action video game more and more as the film nears the 12 minutes of credits. The added footage even improves the
first hour, but AVP fails to live up to the Alien and Predator films once the nasty aliens start their killing spree. We do
get a couple of good smackdown fights between the Predator and aliens, but it isn't good enough to save AVP from being a big
disappointment. Only if Paul W.S. Anderson wrote a much better second half, AVP wouldn't be the creative bomb it turned out
to be (even Resident Evil: Apocalypse delivers more). I wish the scenes with the Alien Queen in the first hour would have
been cut out and left on the cutting room floor as deleted scenes. The first hour would be stronger for it.
The plot of AvP boils down to a research team (funded by cancer ridden Weyland) to go investigate a temple buried 2,000
feet under the ice at Antarctica. Weyland (Lance Henrikson) wants to make history. The safety of the team is in the hands
of an expert climber (Sanna Lathan). It just happens they come at the time of another hunt that goes on every 100 years and
let loose some chaos that brings forth alien eggs which lead to Aliens that kill humans and Predators alike.
VIDEO: 2.35:1 (Anamorphic Widescreen)
Yes, it is the same transfer as the single disc edition.
Colors and blacks are good. Image detail is sharp, but the movie has lots of grain in the second half.
AUDIO: English 5.1 Dolby Digital. English 5.1 DTS, French 2.0 Dolby surround, Spanish 2.0 DS
Subtitles: English, Spanish (special features not subtitled)
Also the audio sounds the same as the single disc. Dialogue is sharp and clear. Music is loud and booming. Nice surround
DISC 1- The two audio commentaries from the single disc version are on this disc too. The new additions are an optional
added footage marker and six deleted scenes (the alternate opening was on the previous single disc edition and the three deleted
scenes on the first release are a part of the movie) which are in the unrated cut in addition to added dialogue and added
gore. The only thing that doesn't come to this two disc edition is the DVD-ROM content from the single disc release.
The first audio commentary for the theatrical cut is with director Paul W.S. Anderson, and actors Lance Henrikson and Sanna
Lathan. All of them talk about the production of the movie and what shots they loved. Lance talks about watching screenings
of ALIENS and THE ABYSS with James Cameron. Paul mentions the KY Jelly coming into Prague would get seized because the authorities
thought the AVP production was with the porn industry. Lance phone goes off during the commentary (during the death scene
of a character). It is Lance's wife. The story about the Germans blowing up the set is hilarious
The second audio commentary features Visual effects Supervisor John Bruno and Creature Effects Designers/Creators Alec
Gillis and Tom Woodruff, Jr. They talk about the effects and creatures in the movie. They mention someone actually wrote a
DISC 2- Various Making-Of featurettes (a much expanded look at the making of AVP that what was shown in the Making of AVP
featurette on the single disc edition), a storyboard gallery, a concept art gallery, three deleted scenes (The Sister, Miller
Gets Caught, Love Scene) with optional commentary by director Paul W.S. Anderson, and actor Lance Henrikson that didn't make
it into any version of AVP, a featurette on how the Aliens Vs. Predator comic book was born, and Tood McFarlane blowing his
horn for a toy featurette (MONSTERS IN MINIATURE). AVP: THE BEGINNING (Pre-Production featurette) is an extended version (of
what was featured in the Making of AVP featurette on the single disc) of how the project came together from writing to casting.
The best featruette of the second disc. There is a branching option where you can go watch the ADI Workshop featurette, the
Storyboard Galleries (from three storyboard artists with the art of Phil Norwood and Richard Bennett being the coolest to
look at), or the Concept Art Gallery (by Richard Bennett) when an icon appears during the featurette.
The AVP Production Documentary is about an hour long. It does feature tons of behind-the-scenes video and interviews, but
I think they could have edited it down by at least 20 minutes. Again a Branching option is available to featurettes you can
play separately with the best (TROUBLE AT THE MOUTH OF THE TUNNEL) being the problems they had when filming at the mouth of
the tunnel which caused one camera to be destroyed and the set to catch fire at a different time. Other production featurettes
are on the Miniature Whaling Station and Facehuggers & Eggs.
The Visual Effects Breakdowns goes into all the different work that went into creating the aliens from the animatronic
alien for close-ups to the CGI aliens in addition to the other CGI and other effects work. The ALIENS VS. PREDATOR COMIC BOOK
featurette is also one of the good featurettes while the HBO special which is promo fluff. It is great to have the three theatrical
trailers for AVP on the disc.
FINAL ANALYSIS: Despite added scenes that improve the first half of AVP, it still doesn't fix the problems the movie has.
The two disc Unrated Edition has plenty of interesting extras that give a detailed look at the making of AVP. It is a revealing
look at how a disappointing movie gets made.
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