In 2089, both Elizabeth Shaw (Noomi Rapace) and Charlie Holloway (Logan Marshall-Green) discover a star map that they will believe will lead them to the “Engineers”, an advance civilization believed to have knowledge behind the creation of life. They set out on an expedition aboard the space ship Prometheus arriving in 2093 to the distant moon named LV-223. But they both soon understand that there is a hidden from Meredith Vickers (Charlize Theron) and the so untrusting David (Michael Fassbender). Their findings will change the way they think about creation.
With several years in the making we finally receive a new entry into the world alien, sort of. Prometheus is exactly what Ridley Scott said it would be a prequel of sorts set in a slightly different universe and for the most part he delivered. If you haven’t seen any of the previous Alien films there’s nothing to worry about, Prometheus is a perfectly good standalone flick and there’s no real dependency on previous Alien knowledge. With that being said let’s dive in!
Prometheus is set out to explain unanswered questions, but it opens the door for far more questions that gives fans a fresh new life into the Alien universe. Ridley set out to do something that was provocative, mysterious, filled with legend, and touch the boundaries of themes that will make you think twice. Prometheus does exactly what it was set to do, wrap the audience inside its mysterious world. The film was fueled by religious and scientific themes that made its characters so fascinating. The film was very good at depicting the morals science and its consequences. The story revolved around Elizabeth Shaw whose belief of religion contradicted her scientific findings. The idea that humans were created by a god and Shaw’s very own objective was to find this “creator” brings a prefect contrast to the overall theme of the film.
The film does have a few slow moments, but the majority of the time is filmed by new content and ideas that it just passes by without notice. The cast of the film is excellent with Noomi Rapace, who was excellent with her role, Charlize Theron, Guy Pearce and Michael Fassbender. Fassbender as David was perhaps one of the most freakishly creepy yet fascinating characters I’ve seen in a long time. Fassbender was simply phenomenal. The special effects were great and the set designs were amazing, so the entire production couldn’t have been better.
One word impressive! Prometheus is perhaps one of the year’s best in terms of video quality. Prometheus arrives on Blu-ray with a 1080p MPEG4-AVC framed at 2.40:1 aspect ratio. The majority of the film was dark and they excel as well as the few moments that lighted scenes were onscreen. Colors were vibrant and vivid while black colors were deep and inky. There was excellent shadow reproduction and the dark scenes did no overwhelm the image. There was excellent balance. Detailing was superb throughout, just take a look at the teams suits, their uniforms, the facial textures, the surrounding terrain, etc. it was all well done. There are no visible video anomalies; this is a very solid transfer. Prometheus looks fantastic on Blu-ray.
Prometheus arrives on Blu-ray with a 7.1 DTS-HD Master Audio lossless track. The track is absolutely fantastic. The film takes full advantage of the spacious track to completely immerse the viewers into the film. The dialogue is clean and crisp. The fronts are well balanced. The bass provides great support. The surrounds are amazing, they are always being used for atmospheric and other effects, but they are pin point accurate. They provide sounds that simply put you right in the middle of the film, they are that good. The score utilizes the spacious track to the fullest. Prometheus features a tremendously good mix, with that in mind crank up the volume!
Audio commentary – featuring Director/Producer Ridley Scott. Just as we had expected, Ridley Scott takes charge and discusses the film in a very thorough manner. Scott is very detailed and goes into various topics about the film. Very informative track and is recommended for all fans of the film.
Audio commentary – featuring Writers Damon Lindelof and Jan Paihts tackle the film in a very similar manner as Scott. Very informative and definitely offer a different view. Good track, but Scott’s is much better.
Deleted and Alternate Scenes – there’s more than 30 minutes worth of scenes and they aren’t particularly many deleted scenes in the sense that many were actually just different than the ones on the theatrical cut. There were a few alternate scenes like the intro scene, but many of them were very similar to what was on the final cut.
The Peter Weylan Files – The viral videos that fox used for promoting Prometheus are on the disc and you can find all of them in this section.
Prometheus Mobile App – just like other films with a second screen app, Prometheus offers viewers to sync the app with the movie and access exclusive content your tablet. Some of the content found on the 3D version can be found in this app during the movie.
I realize Prometheus is a film that you may either like or dislike; based on what your expectations were, but for those are venturing into the world of Alien, rest assure that you will be able to enjoy it without worrying about the previous alien releases. Prometheus offers great entertainment and features a heck of a cast. The Blu-ray is phenomenal in so many ways, the video quality is outstanding and the sound quality is equally impressive. The supplements are good, but the 3D has far more goodies. Overall, whether the 2D or 3D version, Prometheus is highly recommended.