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This massive box set is space-geek catnip, but even the most stalwart extraterrestrial conspiracy theorists out there might want to wait for a high-def edition....
A&E / 2084 Minutes / 2010-2012 / Unrated / Street Date: December 4, 2012
Ancient Aliens wants us to believe that we not alone in the cosmos but that we are the result of an experiment, or were influenced by off-planet visitors. Ancient Aliens: Collector's Edition (which houses all four seasons of the series), in fact, couldn't imagine it any other way: on these episodes, we're bombarded by 'evidence' that there's no possible scenario in which certain aspects of our burgeoning world couldn't be the way they are without extraterrestrial influence.
It's an irresistible notion, really - from the opening episode's look at certain anomalies within Egyptian hieroglyphics, one honestly roots for this cadre of scientists and researchers to find something tangible, something that could prove something... anything. Alas, like so many other shows of the sort, Ancient Aliens teases and cajoles with conspiracies and stories that come violently close to being perfectly believable, then does little more than offer circumstantial evidence that lacks any scientific credibility.
But A&E is a tease in terms of standard-def vs. Blu-ray presentation. The fourth season of Ancient Aliens was just released in high-def a week or two ago, so the act of revisiting its episodes here (in lowly standard-def) is a drag. If I were a betting man, I'd wager that the studio will unveil a BD edition of Ancient Aliens: Collector's Edition sometime in the next year or two, so if you're okay with saving $100 by waiting a bit on this one and just loading some reruns onto your DVR, I think you'll be satisfied.