Hidden Gems: AvP: Requiem Bonus Features

I thought I would take a break from another Alien Covenant discussion, and try something else on for size. With the Covenant blu-ray only a couple short weeks away, it’s the perfect time to revisit an older home release: Aliens vs. Predator: Requiem. A complete mess of a movie, but containing one of the coolest bonus features in any Alien movie home release: the Weyland-Yutani Archives.

The Weyland-Yutani Archives is a fully interactive Alien and Predator educational experience. For this article’s purposes, I am going to focus on the Xenomorph portion of the Archives. But rest assured, the Predator section is just as detailed. There are three sections: Biology, Behavior, and Encounters

When you click on a subject, you get a wonderfully detailed description. If you’ve read the Aliens Technical Manual and/or the Weyland-Yutani Report you get a good idea of what to expect. It’s all written as if you are a Company employee reading classified information. I’m a sucker for this type of thing, and it really captures the vibe of what they are trying to do.

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They should teach this stuff in school!

What is even cooler, is that some categories have additional details to them. Click a subject such as Egg, Xenomorph, Discernment, or USCSS Nostromo and you have three other choices to browse: 3-D Illustration, Historical Images, and Fast Data. I’ll show you a sample of each so you get an idea. The 3-D illustration is as described, a computer generated picture of the topic at hand.

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I heard Ripley likes her eggs fried.

The next option is Historical Images. It’s more movie clips than images honestly, giving it a feel as if these were videos sent back to the Company. I wonder what it’s like working for Weyland-Yutani? Good 401k? Health benefits? Do they have a LinkedIn?

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Nothing a good hug can’t solve!

Last, but not least is Fast Data. This is a little snapshot of the subject, providing quick facts to impress your friends, coworkers, and strangers online.

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Should enter the NBA Draft with those measurements.

I remember digging through these Archives for hours! I had not quite seen anything like it at the time and was blown away by how cool it was. It might not seem like much now, but back then I found it to be quite innovative.

So that is about that. If you haven’t opened up your Requiem blu-ray in some time, hopefully this gave you a reason to do so. Or if you purchased it and never opened, hopefully this also gave you a reason to do so. It’s worth playing around for a few minutes. As always, with any bonus feature, nothing is officially canon. Enjoy it and have fun! And as always, stay frosty..

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