The next sound you hear will be me squealing with glee. But I think I speak for many of us when I express my excitement about Alien Quadrilogy, one of the greatest special DVD collections ever, getting a much deserved Blu-ray transfer. And if that wasn't enough, Dread Central put the icing on the cake by revealing that the set will have brand spanking new content and be available mid-to-late 2010.

Sigourney Weaver, who loves to be chatty with the press, revealed in an interview with the L.A. Times that she will be watching all of the Alien films in the coming weeks as part of the process of recording commentary for the Blu-ray release.

"I've never done that, watched all of them in a row," Weaver said. "I just recently made my [19-year-old] daughter watch them. She had never seen them before, believe it or not. I think she just prefers to think of me as good ol' mom, you know, not some person running around a spaceship with a flamethrower."
Okay, kid, wakey-wakey time and give yo' mamma some r-e-s-p-e-c-t. But seriously, I don't need to explain to most of you that Weaver's character in the series, Ripley, is one of the greatest female characters in horror film history, and well, movie history--period.

The good folks over at The Digital Bits have also confirmed this tasty news tidbit and go on to say, "...The box set is going to blow away fans of the previous DVD Quadrilogy. Not only have all of those previous extras have been included, but TONS of new material has been added as well exclusively for the Blu-ray release--extras that should make the BD WELL worth upgrading to [sic]."

I guess the question is, how well will the series hold up in the Blu-ray transfer. Cameron's Aliens was shot super dark and on grainy, yummy stuff (though some find this thoroughly annoying). The DVD was as sharp as it could be and a real treat after watching the film on murky VHS for so long. Those black levels helped to hide the wire effects (before CGI for you youngins *gasp*), but can be easily removed during the Blu-ray transfer. But what else will they remove? What will be an improvement and what will the purists curse?
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