If you are a fan of special features and documentaries on your blu rays, may we suggest Alien: Covenant for your next purchase? Sure, while the film didn’t do so hot in theaters, the blu ray sort of picks up that slack.
“What we’ve tried to do here, is really really scare the shit out of people,” Sir Ridley Scott said about the film. You can sort of make up your own mind if he did that or not, as some of Covenant is indeed frightening. The trailer, if you’ve forgotten:
Alien: Covenant is the sequel to Prometheus, the 5th installment in Ridley Scott’s Alien franchise. According to Scott, although the film shares “strands of Alien‘s DNA, so to speak”, and takes place in the same universe, Prometheus explores its own mythology and ideas. Ideas which needed to be explored in a sequel.
The blu ray (which is what we reviewed) released on Tuesday August 15th 2017, and has some pretty standard features you can expect from any release, such as:
- 12 Deleted and extended scenes (17:37 total – Prologue: Extended, Walter in Greenhouse, Oram and Daniels: Extended, Walter Visits Daniels, Daniels Bedroom Flashback, Jacob’s Funeral: Extended, Ledward’s Fall, Crossing the Plaza: Extended, Daniels Thanks Walter, Rosenthal Prayer, Walter Reports Back, Stairs to Eggroom: Extended)
- 3 USCSS Covenant promos- “Meet Walter”, “Phobos’, and “The Last Supper”
- David’s Illustrations Galleries- a collection and more in depth look at the sketches and artwork Michael Fassbender‘s character android David creates during his time alone on the planet.
- Production Gallery, including some of Ridley’s famous hand drawn story boards which he does for pretty much all his projects. “Ridley doodles”. Conceptual Art, Creatures, and Logos and Patches
- 2 Theatrical Trailers
- Master Class: Ridley Scott- which goes into the detail with which he approached this film. It contains interviews with Ridley and the crew, as well as behind the scenes production footage with Ridley directing the “back burster” scene. It actually contains 4 parts (which clock in at 55:30) and talk about story, characters, setting, and creatures. This was actually my favorite part of the film and blu ray.
The film is what it is, and if you didn’t care for it when it first released theatrically, do yourself a favor and watch it on blu ray with Ridley’s director commentary. It may just change your mind.