Aliens is heading to 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray in 2024

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James Cameron films continue to be lined up for 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray, with a new disc release of Aliens also in the works.

The blockage stopping James Cameron films from coming to the 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray format appears to have been sorted, even as we await release dates. The two Avatar films have popped up on the format this year, and we’re just waiting for release dates for Titanic (expected in December, but not announced yet), True Lies (end of this year/early next) and The Abyss (next few months, but at this stage, who knows).

There’s a degree of believe it when we see it to those releases of course, but they are all on the way.

Now, we can add another to the list, with the much-demanded 1986 sequel Aliens on the way to the format. According to our chums over at The Digital Bits, 20th Century Studios and Disney are working together on a 4K remaster of the film, that’s obviously got to pass muster with Cameron himself. The film has, as per the report, been remastered in 4K from new scans taken from original camera negatives.

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It’s a release that’s been rumoured for many years now, and had Disney not taken over 20th Century Fox all those years ago, it may well have arrived a bit earlier. No matter, here we are. And of the Alien films, if we leave the Alien Vs Predator duology, that’d leave Alien 3 and Alien: Resurrection as the only remaining films in the collection to not have enjoyed a 4K remaster.

No word on a release date yet of course. If we were guessing, then we’d suggest that True Lies and Titanic will be before Christmas, and that The Abyss and Aliens will follow before Easter of next year. It’s been an exhaustive wait, of course, and it’s unclear whether both cuts of Aliens will be included in the new disc release (as is happening with The Abyss). But we’ll pass on more news as we hear it.

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