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Alien Legacy DVD Set

The cover of the Alien Legacy DVD set.

The Alien Legacy is a 1999 five-disc DVD/five-cassette VHS box set which, for the first time, collected together the four films Alien, Aliens, Alien3 and Alien Resurrection. Along with the simultaneous individual releases of each of the four films, it was also the first time the movies of the Alien franchise had been released in the DVD format.

The set was released to coincide with the 20th anniversary of the release of Alien in 1979. A special documentary on the making of that film, also titled The Alien Legacy, was created especially for the set, although delays in its production meant it was not initially included in the United States.

Overview

Easter eggs

As well as the advertised material, the Alien Legacy DVD box set also contains several secret Easter eggs that allow access to otherwise hidden content. Both of the set's Easter eggs can be accessed from the special features section on the Alien disc. The first is the Nostromo flight plan and biographies for each of the crew, the latter of which are based on Ridley Scott's original character notes, while the second is a report on the various stages of the Xenomorph's life cycle compiled by Ash.

VHS edition

As well as the five-disc DVD edition, a VHS edition of the Alien Legacy was also released, consisting of five VHS cassettes. These tapes contained Alien along with its theatrical trailer, the Aliens Special Edition, Alien3 and its theatrical trailer, Alien Resurrection and its theatrical trailer and the Alien Legacy documentary, respectively.

Contents

Disc 1: Alien

Disc 2: Aliens Special Edition

Disc 3: Alien3

Disc 4: Alien Resurrection

Disc 5: The Alien Legacy

Trivia

  • The Alien Legacy is the only Alien home video set to receive both DVD and VHS versions — previous box sets consisted only of VHS releases (as the DVD format had not yet come into being) while subsequent sets were released only on DVD or Blu-ray (as VHS had by that point been made largely obsolete).
  • The Alternate Music & Production Sound audio track for Alien remains exclusive to this set. It had been planned to include the track on the Alien Anthology Blu-ray set, but it was ultimately left off as a result of space concerns.[1]

References

  1. "The Digital Bits - Blu-ray Review: Alien Anthology". Retrieved on 2016-01-11.