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Alien Vs Predator (UDC)
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11.22.2005 By: Matt Hosack
Alien Vs Predator (UDC) order
Paul W.S. Anderson

Sanaa Lathan
Raoul Bova
Lance Henriksen


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“Apparently” someone forgot to tell James Cameron that for thousands of years, Predators have been hunting Aliens on earth for sport. In order for the Predators to hunt Aliens, the Aliens need hosts. Sucks for us. But guess what? All of this only takes place in Antarctica and there just happens to be an archeological expedition there led by ALIENS thesp Charles Bishop Weyland (Lance Henriksen). Thanks to Director Paul Anderson, both franchises will never be the same again. Whoever Sees…We Loose.
Two wrongs don’t make a right. Paul Anderson and crew did so many things wrong with AVP (ALIEN VS. PREDATOR) that they shelled out one of the worst sci-fi attempts I’ve seen and called it good. The very concept of this very film is ultra cool. Here’s what we “fanboys” were sold on. “Picture Aliens battling Predators, while preying on Indiana Jones types in the Antarctic complete with THE THING vibe.” That’s kickass but the end result was completely not what any of us were expecting. What went wrong? There’s no Schwarzenegger, Sigourney Weaver, or Bill Paxton to root for, just a winy, untalented female lead. I distinctly remember we were promised tons of gore and violence, but the film “maintained” a shoddy PG-13 rating, whilst ALL of the other Alien and Predator movies featured hardcore R ratings. Just so you know, this new “Unrated Edition” is bullshit. There’s eight minutes more of “character development” and some slight additional violence. It also doesn’t help that the films two of the film’s three lead Predators die at the beginning (albeit the best scene in the entire film).

The film’s biggest problem is again lack of a great lead. I haven’t a clue how Sanaa Lathan was cast as the main character, Alexa Woods. My mom can act better. The only REAL actor in this mother is Lance Henriksen who tries to bring some brevity to the story. ALL of the other cast sucks, which wouldn’t be too much of a problem if we had that lead actor. The creature effects are great and some of the fights are fun to watch but all of these elements are lost in the translation. Don’t even get me started on the film’s resolution! What happened to the good old days of Ridley Scott, James Cameron, and John McTiernan. Run from this movie! In the immortal words of Dutch, “Do it, do it now! Kill Me!”
Disc 1:

Audio Commentary by Director Paul W.S. Anderson and Actors Lance Henriksen and Sanaa Lathan: I hate audio commentaries that are completely reactionary to events on screen. This trio seems like they have never even seen their own movie before! Anderson scoffs at his own effects; Sanaa wines, doesn’t have a vocabulary, and is completely retarded. Lance is again decent with stories of Bill Gates and James Cameron. They should’ve stuck with an all Lance Henriksen commentary.

Audio Commentary by Visual Effects Supervisor John Bruno & Creature Effects Designers/Creators Alec Gillis and Tom Woodruff, Jr.: As exciting as this commentary sounds, it’s a snore. I do believe “they” invented EPKs for such a reason. Not a whole lot of people want to hear a monotone geek talk like a non-geek and not really provide any REALLY cool tidbits. Skip this one.

Disc 2:

AVP The Beginning w/ Branching Video: This 25 min. segment was shot before filming started and chronicles the beginnings of the idea of AVP from the Dark Horse comics to great looks at the costume shops. You even learn that mention of this movie was made in the original ALIEN film- that the Weyland Corp. knew about the Aliens and was on the lookout for their technology. It almost made me forget how bad the movie is!

ADI Workshop: An awesome look at the testing of the wonderful creature and mechanical effects.

There are also Storyboard and concept art galleries in this section.

AVP Production: I nearly shed a tear as this 60 min piece shows how close to greatness this movie almost was. The intentions of everyone on board was genuine, its just somewhere in the execution, they lost the main concept. Generally every part of the production is covered and a lot of it looks great.

Miniature Whaling Station: A straightforward look at the amazing transformation of a miniature set piece. On par with a LOTR featurette.

Facehuggers & Eggs: Yet another examination at the mechanics of these freaky creatures.

Trouble At the Mouth of the Tunnel: This is a fun look at the film’s climax and how it was executed.

Visual Effects Breakdown: 30 minutes of nitty gritty details spotlighting the special effects. While cool at first, it got too detailed and almost put me to sleep.

Deleted Scenes: These are pretty awful and only last a few seconds each. Nothing to see here folks! For some reason they felt that additional audio commentary would help.

Aliens Vs. Predator The Comic Book: The fellows at Dark Horse take a moment and reflect on this one of a kind comic marriage.

Monsters In Miniature by Todd McFarlane: McFarlane rules! His company makes the BEST toys anywhere. The best part is he’s always got the back of the movie fan. This bit is from him on this very subject.

HBO Special: After the extensiveness of the rest of the features, this is just a standard re-tread of everything already covered.

Finally, there are a collection of trailers.
ALIENS VS PREDATOR will go down in history as a “could have been” and the DVD is a reminder of that. On the other hand, the extras are plenty and enjoyable. It comes down to if you liked the movie or not. If you liked it, only consider the double dip for the extras, not the movie. If you didn’t like the original cut, stay far away because remember, at home no one can hear you scream.
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