James Cameron’s critically acclaimed and oft-quoted Alien sequel, Aliens, is getting a 4K remaster alongside David Fincher’s Alien 3 and Jean-Pierre Jeunet’s Alien Resurrection films. The news comes from The Digital Fix, which published an article revealing that the remastered versions would be released not only in 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray but Disney’s international Star service as well. Star is a recently launched subset of Disney+ that will feature more adult-oriented programming.
“Aliens, Alien 3 and Alien: Resurrection are the only films in the Alien series not to have 4K editions available but this is set to change with the plan being to release them on Disney+/Star initially with a subsequent 4K Alien Collection heading to 4K Blu-ray some time in 2022,” The Digital Fix explained.
“We are trying to clarify what we can expect in terms of the versions of the films included in the set – both Aliens and Alien 3 have highly regarded director’s cuts on other formats, so we hope they’ll make it to 4K in some way too. We also expect the 4K Blu-ray releases to include new features and footage that has previously not been made available. We’re trying to confirm more on this right now.”
It isn’t clear whether Disney has actually managed to convince James Cameron to take time out of his hectic Avatar schedule to work on an Aliens 4K remaster yet. The director has been notoriously slow to approve 4K versions of his previous classics—Terminator 2: Judgment Day’s UHD release, for instance, didn’t come out until 2017. New transfers for True Lies and The Abyss also seem to be in limbo.