Thursday, December 23, 2010

Distribution and the Midnight Legacy Collection expands to DVD

As we had previously stated, getting proper distribution for future titles, including pre-order links at all retailers was a priority for us. We are happy to announce that we have secured such and a general mass re-release will occur on 3/22/11. This will obviously make Alien 2 : On Earth and all future titles available at many more locations, and with a lower price due to retailer discounting and our distributor's input. We have just about sold through our initial allotment to Amazon, and we expect the ability to order there, until the pre-order link arrives, to end shortly. All pre-order links are expected to start being posted in the next few weeks, and the only downside being that our next title will need to be pushed back until Alien 2 : On Earth is released, so please bear with us in this time of transition.

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

DVD and Blu-Ray coming March 22, 2011

Alien 2 On Earth (Midnight Legacy Collection) [DVD]
Alien 2 On Earth (Midnight Legacy Collection) [Blu-Ray]

Available March 22, 2011

All of our time and effort went into insuring the highest quality transfer and presentation which is always the most important thing to us. It should be available at your favorite online shop or local store in the near future.

Thank you for your consideration and we look forward to hearing your thoughts and opinions on the release!

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

The Second Review (With Screenshots)

Many people have been asking us to post screenshots, and Matt at doblu.com was kind enough to do so within his review. Check it out below.

http://www.doblu.com/2010/11/17/alien-2-on-earth-review/


Thanks to Matt for his coverage.

Friday, November 12, 2010

The First Review

Our first review has appeared at Digital Bits:

http://www.thedigitalbits.com/articles/adamjahnke/jahnke111210.html

Enjoy, and we apologize for the delay.

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Alien 2: On Earth Final Details

Just approved the final check disc this morning and everything looks great. Transparent to the master and exactly as we had hoped. As an aside, the effects outtakes carry an average AVC bitrate of about 37 MBS.

Also, the final street date now is set for March 22, 2011.

Also, look for the first review over at Digital Bits mid next week, as they have been kind enough to quickly accomodate us before the release.

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Slipcover and Blu-Ray cover

Here are the final shots of the Slipcover and Blu-Ray cover:

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Listening To The Fanbase

 If you'd read one of our initial posts here, we mentioned that we really wanted customer/fan feedback considering all aspects of the collection. The first evidence of this has materialized in the case color controversy.

Saturday, October 16, 2010

Alien 2 On Earth– Artwork

When we formed Midnight Legacy, we continuously discussed quality and remaining true to the films and their original material. I support this completely, and I am dedicated to providing the best visual representation possible.

Let me address the unique situation regarding the cover art for "Alien 2 On Earth". This is the first of many titles Midnight Legacy will pull from obscurity. The artwork available was limited to old foreign posters using screen captures as well as an illustrated poster inspired by "Blood on Satan's Claw". After careful consideration we collectively decided that it was in the best interest of the release to work up a new cover.

It is not my desire to create new artwork or a more contemporary look. We also would never want the lack of proper art material to keep us from our goal; unearthing, restoring, and preserving these films. It just so happened that right out of the gate we were playing a balancing act of creating a new cover that represents a film produced in 1980, without taking it too far. I hope everyone is pleased with the results.

It is my promise to go to any lengths to ensure that the artwork for each Midnight Legacy release represents the films properly.

The best is yet to come.

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Alien 2 : On Earth Restoration & Disc Specifics

When I closed my previous post, I mentioned that this follow-up piece would focus solely on the audio and video restoration Alien 2 On Earth had undergone, and the final disc specs everyone can expect when our first title is released.

To begin, let's start with the final specs for The Blu-ray.

Alien 2 will be presented in its original 1.85:1 aspect ratio, on a BD-50, with an AVC encode remaining relatively constant at between 36-37 MPS. This really allowed us to avoid any compression issues including unnatural grain patterns,and posterization, especially in fades. This was the foremost issue in retaining the absolute best video quality, and coupled with our stance on DNR and edge enhancement, really allow the film to breathe and properly retain the unaltered grain structure. The English audio track will be presented in DTS MA 2.0, and our extras consist of two items. The first is the only surviving trailer that needed to be taken from the Dutch tape. Shortly before attending Rome, we were informed that no film existed for the trailer created long ago. Minerva did not even have a copy of the trailer on Digibeta or VHS, so we were forced to look elsewhere. Compared to the film, and even the final supplement, we understand that it will reside in stark contrast to the quality, but we have included it for completeness' sake. Our second item was quite a rare find. When creating the DI from the negatives, we stumbled upon a fifth reel which contained various effects outtakes, mistakes, and alternate angles for tests and or use in the film. There was obviously no sound for these clips, but we decided to treat them with the same care as the film. They were digitally scanned, color corrected, and are presented on the disc in full 1080/24P. Fans of the film should really get a kick out of these as some are quite different.

Monday, October 11, 2010

Alien 2 On Earth First Details


When we began this venture, there were certain fundamental principles that we realized were vital in ensuring every aspect of each release would be completed correctly. One example is that I needed to go to Rome and supervise the transfer and restoration of Alien 2. As mentioned in the mission statement, this is a policy we will employ throughout every title in order to maintain the self-imposed standards we believe necessary in order to exceed expectations.

The work was completed at Cinecitta, and simply put, the film looks gorgeous. It is finally, correctly framed at 1.85:1 (contrary to many who believed this was shot in scope), with more picture on all four sides when compared to the previous reference standard, the Japanese Pre-Record. As it turns out, there was actually more footage contained in the negative than anyone has ever seen, including the much fabled Dutch Pre-Record, which we can confirm now, is nothing more than a myth, as ALL versions came from the exact same digibeta which was reviewed and on hand when in Rome.

Sunday, October 10, 2010

ALIEN 2 : ON EARTH - Midnight Legacy debut Blu-Ray release!

This is the beginning. While there will be future posts going into detail about Alien 2, this is really to give fans an idea of what we are about. Our commitment to completing each title correctly is something that even the most skeptical of people should be able to count on with every new release. Please see our mission statement on the website to see how Alien 2 and other titles will be presented. And MANY more titles will be on their way shortly. This couldn't be an attempt at seeing how the films do, it needed to be a full fledged promise that we could continue to release a multitude of titles in a very different time frame than what most buyers are accustomed to. And while it is very early to begin discussing other future titles, please be assured that 2011 will be the start of a landfall of releases; many of which have never seen a release past VHS many years ago. We had spent many months identifying titles and creating a pool of viable and complimentary films that could be released within the scope of the collection.