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ALIEN and KINGDOM OF HEAVEN To Receive Deluxe Blu-ray Releases

Fans of Ridley Scott might want to make some room next to their copies of Blade Runner and Gladiator.  Two of the famed director’s best films – 1979’s sci-fi horror classic Alien and the 2005 sword-and-shield epic Kingdom of Heaven – are set to receive lavish Blu-ray releases very soon.  20th Century Fox Home Entertainment has announced new discs packed with goodies for both films, which will be available on October 7.

Most film buffs probably own an iteration (or two) of Alien already.  But this special 35th anniversary release contains some extras that might make it an interesting addition to a fan’s library: a reprint of the very first Alien illustrated comic and collectible art cards featuring the famous creature designs of the late H.R. Giger.  (All the other stuff featured in the 2010 Alien Quadrilogy Blu-ray release is included as well.)

Kingdom of Heaven remains an underrated part of Scott’s filmography, with several different cuts floating around.  This Blu-ray will consolidate all of them – the theatrical cut, the extended director’s cut, and the even more expansive “roadshow” cut (my personal favorite) – into one package for the first time so a younger generation can finally experience a movie with an intermission.

See below for a full list of the Blu-ray extras:

 Alien: 35th Anniversary Edition

– Includes the 1979 Theatrical Version and 2003 Director’s Cut
– Audio Commentary by Director Ridley Scott, Cast and Crew
– Audio Commentary by Ridley Scott (Theatrical Version Only)
– Introduction by Ridley Scott (Director’s Cut Only)
– Final Theatrical Isolated Score by Jerry Goldsmith
– Composer’s Original Isolated Score by Jerry Goldsmith
– Deleted and Extended Scenes
– Alien Illustrated Comic
– Collectible Art Cards

Kingdom of Heaven: Ultimate Edition

– All Three Versions of the Film
– Theatrical Version
– Extended Director’s Cut Version
– Director’s Cut “Roadshow” Version
– Introduction by Director Sir Ridley Scott
– Pilgrim’s Guide Trivia Track
– The Engineer’s Guide Trivia Track
– Roadshow Commentary with Orlando Bloom, Ridley Scott and Writer William Monahan
– A&E Special Real History vs. Hollywood
– Production featurettes and more

What’s your favorite Ridley Scott film?  Let us know in the comments!

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Eric Ambler is a film critic and correspondent for Screen Invasion, as well as the founder of Ambler Amblog (http://ambleramblog.blogspot.com/). His parents named him after a Welsh spy novelist they found in a reference book. Someday he will get around to watching all the VHS tapes he bought at Goodwill.