Monday, October 11, 2010
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.
As far as the differences go, the biggest find here was that all iterations of the opening credits we have seen are incorrect. The film no longer begins with the standard credits over a black background, but with the stock footage which followed. Once the credits do finally appear, just before the three minute mark, they come over new stock footage and completely unseen sections of the film. The end credits differ as well, but are less drastic. With both of these instances in mind, we opted to keep both sets in their respective Italian text, as recreating them would have us altering the original font used.
Another interesting anomaly came from the day for night shots at the very end. The digibeta displayed the same post work we have all seen, but the negative did not, they were simply daytime shots without the overbearing color grading. We choose to remain true to the negative, the true reference point, so essentially what you are viewing is very different from anything previously released. All in all, there are over 23 other scene extensions, not mentioned, contained in the new HD master not seen before. This is truly the longest version of Alien 2 clocking in at exactly 84.25
Stay tuned in the next few days for a complete breakdown of the audio and video restoration performed, and the BD specs we've chosen in order to present the definitive release of Alien 2.
Posted by Dolph Chiarino at 12:50 PM