When discussing audio mixes on Star Wars in this thread: http://originaltrilogy.com/forum/topic.cfm/Ultimate-Trilogy-Set/post/568045/#TopicPost568045
the 4.1 tracks on the Alien blu-ray set was brought up, decided to start this thread so that we don’t derail that thread any further.
Anyway, the questions is; what exactly is the source they used for this track? According to Jonno who owns the blu-ray set, no information is stated about its origin. Does it even say original or theatrical on the package?
As you can see in the thread where we started to discuss this, my memory of what differences could be heard between the 35mm Dolby Stereo mix and the 70mm six-track, (that was available on the Widescreen Edition Laserdisc released back in '95) doesn’t seem to be accurate, if this blu-ray audio is indeed supposed to be the original 70mm Dolby Six-Track Stereo mix.
The only release of Alien I own is the 20th anniversary DVD released back in '99, for that release they apparently used the 35mm Dolby Stereo, I recall there was some controversy around this as many were disappointed by the weak audio of that release in comparison to the powerful 70mm mix on the laserdisc.
The 70mm mix contains alternate dialogue and music cues and sound FX in comparison to the regular 35mm mix. But what I pointed out to Jonno going by my memory doesn’t seem to be right, so is there anyone that can provide info about what this 4.1 audio track on the Alien blu-ray is, perhaps someone on this board owns the LD: (http://www.lddb.com/laserdisc/06718/8760-85/Alien-(1979)(http://www.lddb.com/laserdisc/06718/8760-85/Alien-(1979 "www.lddb.com/laserdisc/06718/8760-85/Alien-(1979")[http://www.lddb.com/laserdisc/06718/8760-85/Alien-(1979](http://www.lddb.com/laserdisc/06718/8760-85/Alien-(1979 "www.lddb.com/laserdisc/06718/8760-85/Alien-(1979")) and can help clarify this? Either the 4.1 track isn’t the 70mm audio or I’m starting to go senile.
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