4-Disc Collector's Edition
Blu-ray 3D + Blu-ray Set
Features: 3 1/2-hour documentary Special Features disc which is exclusive to the 4-Disc set, and entirely in high-definition.
Codec / Resolution: MPEG-4 AVC / 1080p
Distributor: Twentieth Century Fox
Region: Region A
This Release: October 9, 2012
MPAA Rating: R
Running Time: 124 mins
Aspect Ratio: 2.40:1
Number Of Discs: 4
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Cons / Disadvantages
- "Feels" like a hardcore Alien movie
- Breathless cinematography
- Most special effects are convincing
- Good acting
- Kudos to NOT seeing any cliched Alien scenes
- Relatively low price for a 4-Disc set, which includes a Blu-ray 3D disc
DigitalDingus Review Rating
- This is a rather dimly-lit film, but the viewing will be much more realized on the larger the HDTV...the better. 32" or smaller I'd expect you may have to increase the brightness a little.
- Who did Noomi's makeup?
Prometheus is presented with a DTS-HD Master Audio 7.1 soundtrack ( Kbps (48kHz/24-bit)). Overall, the film used the channels and scenes appropriately such as the "scanning orbs" moving throughout the unknown complex. I'd comment on other sccenes and how they sounded, but it would spoil the film a little, but just for the record, the soundtrack delivers. If you have the capability, turn it up, baby.
Prometheus looks crisp and clear, regardless of its low-light 1920x800 pixel presentation (2.4:1). As noted above, this type of film will look better on a larger HDTV screen.
The extras on Prometheus are rather extensive, but you'll need to purchase this 4-disc set to get the extra disc. I suppose 3D had to be bundled with something in order for 3D sales to appear "in demand" and rising. In any case, there shouldn't be a reason to get the 2-disc set as I regularly see the 4-disc set going for $19.99 or less, which is within $5 or so of the 2-disc set. If you want to dive into a really informational documentary which spans just over 3.5hrs, You must get the 4-disc set. It's certainly worth it.
In case you're not aware, Prometheus is the marker of another trilogy, so if things seem a little unconcluded...that's exactly how it should be, because the story isn't finished. But regardless of the additional films scheduled to be released in the future, the first of the prequel trilogy gives enough information to keep the story very entertaining.
Initially, I didn't want to see Prometheus. The reviews were mixed at the theaters, and I particularly heard comments about Walsh "being wounded for the entire movie and having to endure her moaning and groaning." Well, I don't want to spoil the movie, but this is certainly NOT the case.
Mystery, suspense...with some Ridley Scott Horror mixed in — I felt like watching the Alien series over again — ok maybe up to the 3rd film, that is.
Prometheus 4-Disc Collector's Edition Blu-ray gets a RECOMMENDED PLUS.
Ridley Scott says Prometheus is not directly linked to the Alien films, but I think he's just being cautious and doesn't want to spoil what may come later in the second and third installments. Regardless of Alien linkage, I thought Prometheus was very entertaining, and enjoyed much more than I thought I would. I've already watched it three times in about a month. I've thought about even upgrading this recommendation a notch, but I'm satisfied with it for now.
Prometheus: Director's Cut?
Never say never, but Ridley Scott has pretty much been unflexible with any additional footage for a Director's Cut. And normally, I really frown on director's not allowing a Director's Cut, but in this case, the film is solid. And this is rare. I might be in the minority, and there is still continued debate by easily searching online for the various website discussions, but there's a reason why Scott wanted to leave out many scenes, and there is a reason why he wants it told the way it was shown theatrically.