Even though the film series always freaks me out, I’ve been a fan of the Alien franchise since I saw the first two films when I was a kid in the 80’s. Here we are some three decades later and people are still being scared and sometimes confused by Ridley Scott’s Alien mythos. The latest entry that comes right after 2012’s Prometheus is Alien: Covenant, a film that’s just as thrilling and scary if not more so this time around. Newcomers and fans alike might find themselves scratching their heads while viewing, but Scott’s wonderful blend of suspense, horror, and discovery while experiencing it in awesome 4K with HDR will win viewers over in the end.
Fellow movie critic Chris Pandolfi enjoyed the movie during its theatrical run, and he has all of the plot details and other fun bits in his review you can check out. With that out of the way, I can go into my take on this release and its special features. I’m with Chris on this one as Scott pulls off yet another fascinating entry into his beloved Alien series. Some may find the slow pacing a bit of a put off at first, but those who stick around and pay attention will be rewarded. As with Prometheus, Michael Fassbender is the real star here and everyone knows it, as this time he portrays not one but two androids with very different personalities that’s sure to earn him an Oscar nomination. Then there’s the scary and suspenseful bits which show off Ridley Scott’s mastery of them that will keep you on the edge of your seat, or make you jump out of it. Either way, you’re in for a treat with this one.
Speaking of treats, I loved watching this in 4K with HDR, as the visuals come through nicely. Whether it’s instrument panels with fancy displays, or Aliens literally bursting their way onto the scene, you won’t miss any subtle or brutal details here. The audio is just as intense and rightfully so, as it’s like an unseen character that accompanies you through the viewing that knows when to reach out and shock you during the intense moments or lay low in the background during the suspenseful parts.
When the thrill ride is over, you can check out the special features starting with audio commentary by director Ridley Scott. Here he gives loads of insights into the making of the film, shooting certain scenes, and more that fans and movie lovers will enjoy. There’s a few deleted and extended scenes that show off alternate takes or parts that didn’t make the final cut, “Master Class: Ridley Scott” is a nearly hour-long documentary that’s broken into parts and goes behind the scenes of the story, characters, the aliens and more. There’s also a production gallery that features some cool looking conceptual art of the aliens, various logos and insignias used in the film, and more.
Alien: Covenant is a thrill ride fans will love while newcomers will scratch their heads at first, but will find themselves enjoying the film before long. If you enjoy suspense and horror, and want to see a master at work with both genres, then you’ll want to board your spaceship and grab this right way. Just don’t be surprised if you find yourself clamoring for the escape pod out of fear.