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24 February 2004

Alien: Quadrilogy on 9 DVDs

Since I was talking about my wishlist and I’m dying of boredom right now (I just spent an hour browsing all those blogs I only read once a month, and I’m still far from sleepy), it’s time to tell I watched (partly) the box’s 9th bonus DVD. Which seems to be absolutely pointless, since the big multi-interview comes back to the exact same topics as the four bonus DVDs that come with each movie (the only difference being, this time it’s in widescreen format, which is cute, and I wonder how they filmed… oh, well, yeah, widescreen video cameras exist). I can imagine that a small percentage of buyers could be too lazy to watch all four individual bonus DVDs and just skip directly to the ninth, but… no, I can’t really imagine it, it just doesn’t make sense. As for the Q&A session with Ridley Scott in front of what I assume to be a bunch of cinema students, it isn’t better: I didn’t watch it entirely either, but it didn’t seem more interesting.

Nevertheless, even though I find the ninth DVD insulting, I’m glad that the very first DVDs I own are this box. (Next step is Buffy, season after season.) I don’t know if the individual packages contained the same bonuses and the same special editions as the boxed set; if you already own them you’ll have to ask, but otherwise this is a set you must absolutely own. Despite its name.

This name’s genesis will surely remain one of the 21st century’s great mysteries. Did an illiterate Fox executive just think “the plural of tri- must be quadri-, as in… um, some word”? If Google gives out results when you search for the word unrelated to Alien, is it because there are another thousand illiterate people around? Or is it a new word that brings a particular meaning but hasn’t yet made its way into dictionaries?

I know the former two are most probable. But then, hey, why did those Greek and Latin people decide to use the same radical to say “three” in both their languages? It’s confusing!

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