Still avoiding the spoiler sites, so not gonna visit the frame-by-frame commentary( I feel like I know too much already), but I broke down and saw "The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo" and the Prometheus trailer was attached, as well. What I noticed this time was Ridley Scott's use of the frame and widescreen format, which is somewhat lost in a Quicktime video.
'Alien' used the frame like few films I've ever seen before or since. The claustrophobia of the Nostromo's passageways and air ducts was a palpable thing, the cramped spaces of the flight deck and Mother's Room, imparted the feeling of lots of hiding places, and yet, no place to hide at all. The lower decks with their vaulted ceilings in perpetual shadow provided their own dark pools of horror. I can't overstate how effective that was on a 60-foot high screen. If you've never seen 'Alien' in a theater, been surrounded by that oppressive imagery and a truly enveloping soundtrack design, it's hard to describe what an incredible experience that was. Watching the ship glide silently across that cloud-filled sky in the trailer made me feel again like the 20-year-old film geek I was when I first heard about 'Alien' back in '78.
I guess my point here, if there is one, is that if you're at all interested in this film, don't wait for it to come out on video. Go see it in a theater, a big one, with Imax, if possible. That's what Event films are all about and I think we're all hoping that this will be the event film of 2012.