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SFX: The Sci-Fi and Fantasy Magazine - - Reviews -

Three reis­sues to tell you about, com­menc­ing with THE WRATH OF KHAN: DI­REC­TOR’S CUT (out now, Blu-ray). We surely don’t need to tell you that the sec­ond Trek film is the best. Ni­cholas Meyer’s longer edit, pre­vi­ously only on DVD, re­in­states about four min­utes of trims, none earth­shat­ter­ing; one es­tab­lishes that a crew­man who dies is Scotty’s nephew. This new edi­tion should please fans, as it has a less blue-tinted hue than the pre­vi­ous HD re­lease. Also in­cludes the the­atri­cal cut, old ex­tras, and a new half-hour Mak­ing Of. There’s also a new 30th An­niver­sary Edi­tion of HIGH­LANDER (Blu-ray, out now), the 1986 fan­tasy in which Christo­pher Lam­bert dis­cov­ers that a) he’s an im­mor­tal war­rior and b) Sean Con­nery can’t do a Span­ish ac­cent. Newly re­mas­tered (like Khan) from a 4K scan, it bumps up the bonuses with new in­ter­views with Lam­bert and the di­rec­tor. In 1985’s CO­COON (Blu-ray, out now), re­tire­ment home res­i­dents are re­ju­ve­nated by swim­ming in the pool of neigh­bours who, un­be­knownst to them, are aliens. It’s a sim­ple tale with some ex­cel­lent ef­fects; your en­joy­ment level will de­pend on your tol­er­ance for sen­ti­men­tal­ity. The ex­tras (in­clud­ing com­men­tary) are all car­ried over from a 2010 re­lease. Fi­nally, ALIEN 2: ON EARTH (Blu-ray, out now) is noth­ing to do with Ri­d­ley Scott; it’s a low-bud­get 1980 Ital­ian hor­ror about a slimy ET de­vour­ing cavers. There’s some juicy gore but gen­er­ally slow stuff hap­pens slowly, and ten­sion is kept to a min­i­mum. It’s still more like­able than Alien 3 though.

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