It seems like the first Prometheus Blu-ray and DVD extra features are making their way through the BBFC’s classification system, and first past the post are two audio commentaries – one from Ridley Scott, and one from writers Jon Spaihts and Damon Lindelof (no indication on whether these two were recorded together or if it’s edited together from separate tracks).
It’s worth nothing that these both run the length of the theatrical cut, so there’s no clues here to confirm if an extended version will be included, or what length it might be.
Don’t forget – you can pre-order Prometheus from our UK store (here) or US store (here)!
You can read more at the BBFC here and here.
Expect more extras to be detailed soon!
With all the recent chatter around what rating Prometheus would be receiving, in a staggering coincidence (!), the BBFC have raided their archives to bring us their original examiner’s report which shows the thoughts behind the film’s 1979 ‘X’ rating.
As with all their ‘From the Archives’ articles, this is a fascinating glimpse into the inner workings of the organisation, which is now working hard – and successfully – to shake off their traditionally secretive image.
There was a time when no one had seen a facehugger, or a chestburster, or had heard the phrase ‘In Space No One Can Hear You Scream’. Alien first appeared in 1979 and since then HR Giger’s biomechanical nightmare has never really left our screens, appearing in six motion pictures (or seven if you count Predator 2) and countless comic books and video games.
With Ridley Scott revisiting the Alien universe this month in Prometheus, we take a look at what the BBFC made of Alien when it first came to the Board.
Examiners found themselves weighing up whether to pass the film ‘AA’, which would have made the film available to those aged 14 and up or ‘X’ for 18 years and over. In the end the film was passed ‘X’ in line with other horror films of the time such as Invasion of the Body Snatchers. However some comparisons were drawn between Alien and Jaws and there was discussion as to whether younger viewers would be able handle Alien or whether the level of fear generated and the dark tone were too much.
You can download the archive, in PDF format, directly from here.