by Guest Reporter
Ridley Scott, the esteemed director of Alien and Blade Runner, attempts to make another sci-fi masterpiece with Prometheus, the latest installment of the Alien franchise.
Prometheus begins with a humanoid alien drinking a bubbling black liquid, then disintegrating into a waterfall and triggering a biogenetic reaction that ultimately leads to the evolution of the human race. Millions of years later in 2089, archaeologists Charlie Holloway (Logan Marshall-Green) and Elizabeth
Shaw (Noomi Rapace) discover an ancient star map inside a cave in Scotland that matches several others from unconnected civilizations. They interpret this as an invitation to visit mankind’s creators, the “Engineers” – who are located on a distant planet in a remote constellation – and ultimately unlock the age-old mystery of humanity’s origins. Peter Weyland (Guy Pearce), the aging CEO of Weyland Corporation, eventually funds an expedition to the remote planet on the vessel Prometheus.
The crew of the spaceship, consisting of Holloway, Shaw, enigmatic android David (Michael Fassbender), bloodless expedition leader Meredith Vickers (Charlize Theron), ship captain Janek (Idris Elba) and a team of scientists, ultimately arrive at the planet after traveling in stasis for more than two years.
But when the crew explores the cryptic planet, they discover evidence that challenges everything they had believed about the beginning of mankind. But they quickly learn that these answers could come at a price that all of humanity may have to pay.
The best thing about Prometheus may be its cinematography and technical achievements – which make it perfect for Blu-ray. The Blu-ray, which is offered in a two-disc standard edition and a four- disc Collector’s Edition set (which includes a 3D Blu-ray), provides an absolutely stunning visual and audio experience. As someone who’s watched the movie on satellite TV (see www.cable-tv.com) and Blu-ray, the latter provides a much more pleasurable viewing experience. The Blu-ray also comes with several cool special features, including “Deleted Scenes,” “The Peter Weyland Files,” and two audio commentaries.
“Deleted Scenes” offers 13 deleted/extended/alternate scenes – running about 40 minutes total – which don’t shed much light on the many ambiguous parts of the film, but are nonetheless entertaining.
“The Peter Weyland Files” consist of four promotional videos – running about 20 minutes total – that further explore the elements of the movie.
The audio commentaries – one featuring director Ridley Scott and the other featuring screenwriters Jon Spaihts and Damon Lindelof – are the most enjoyable bonus features on the disc. Ridley Scott provides engaging insight on the production, cinematography and mythology of Prometheus while the two screenwriters break down the story and the characters.
Overall, the Blu-ray is a worthwhile purchase for the technical presentation of the film alone. While the extra features on the disc aren’t award-winning, they do offer some useful insight into the nuts and bolts of Prometheus, especially the audio commentary.
ComicsOnline gives Prometheus 4.5 out of 5 origin stories.
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