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Aliens (Two-Disc Collector's Edition) [Import]

Sigourney Weaver , Michael Biehn , James Cameron    R (Restricted)   DVD
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Aliens is one of the few cases of a sequel that far surpassed the original. Sigourney Weaver returns as Ripley, who awakens on Earth only to discover that she has been hibernating in space so long that everyone she knows is dead. Then she is talked into traveling (along with a squad of Marines) to a planet under assault by the same aliens that nearly killed her. Once she gets there, she finds a lost little girl who triggers her maternal instincts--and she discovers that the company has once again double-crossed her, in hopes of capturing one of the aliens to study as a military weapon. Directed and written by James Cameron, this is one of the most intensely exciting (not to mention intensely frightening) action films ever, with a large ensemble cast that includes Bill Paxton, Lance Henriksen, Paul Reiser, and Michael Biehn. Weaver defined the action woman in this film and walked away with an Oscar nomination for her trouble. --Marshall Fine

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The Director's Cut of Aliens includes 17 minutes of bonus footage. The added scenes are intermittently spread out through the film, fleshing out certain characters and plot. Included is a much-needed explanation of what happened to the colony, LV-426 (the decimated planetary outpost the Space Marines are sent to). In addition, there is more focus on the emotional state of Ripley (Signourey Weaver) after she is awoken following 60 years of space hibernation--only to find that all the people she once loved have since passed on. This in turn clarifies the strong bond between the little girl (Newt) and Ripley, which is highly relevant to the climactic showdown between the two mothers (Ripley as Newt's surrogate parent, and the alien queen as maternal protector).

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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Original cut of Aliens is infinitely better. Oct. 12 2005
Format:DVD
I don't know what the Editorial reviewers above were thinking, but it just makes me want to smack my forehead in disbelief. The original cut of Aliens is MUCH better than the Director's Cut. This was back when Jim Cameron still knew how to make a great movie--long before the bloated and tiresome Titanic. The extra scenes in Aliens: Reloaded add absolutely nothing. We don't need to know EXACTLY how the colony got decimated by the aliens. We just know it has been. The NOT knowing is what is really scary. By adding in that scene at the beginning showing exactly how the alien ship is discovered by the colonists and how the "infection" begins--well, it just completely blows all suspense in the first third of the film. By not showing that, it puts the viewers on the edge of their seats--we KNOW something has gone horribly wrong, but we don't really know anything for certain. That's what tension is all about. That's how Cameron gives you that creeping dread for so long--that's why, when there's the first big (fake) scare on the planet, you practically jump out of your skin--because you've been so tense for so long! Don't shoot your wad by over-explaining. As for establishing how Ripley's daughter grew up and died while Ripley was a frozen popsicle for 60 years? Well, boo-hoo. Total bathos. Frankly, I thought it was much better that she bonded with Newt without any explanation, except the fact that how on earth could ANYONE not bond with and not care for that smart, brave kid? And she goes back for Newt because of their bond, and because it's the Right Thing To Do. Hello? Do we need the melodrama of Ripley's lost daughter for that to be emotionally genuine and satisfying? No, we don't. I was so glad not to have some kind of maudlin back story to explain people's relationships to me. Read more ›
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5.0 out of 5 stars This is why Special Edition's are made! May 19 2000
Format:DVD
Aliens is NOT a rehash of Alien. They are completely different films. While Alien used suspence and shock factor to get the audience (I didn't drink milk for weeks after seeing it!), Aliens is an action-packed powerhouse. Heart-pounding, edge-of-your-seat cinema at it's finest. My hat is off to James Cameron for directing and re-writing the script.
Quick rundown of the plot of Aliens:
Flight Lt. Ripley (Sigorney Weaver) wakes up after an unusually long hyper-sleep to find out that the horror she left behind in "Alien" has taken on massive proportions.
You'll see a bunch of familar faces in Aliens:

Michael Biehn (Terminator, The Abyss) as Hicks
Paul Reiser (Mad About You, Diner) as Burke
Lance Henrikson (Millennium, The Quick and the Dead) as Bishop
Bill Paxton (Twister, Titanic) as Hudson
...and a few others that will make you do a double-take. -See if you can figure out what other movie "Private Vasquez" was in with Bill Paxton.
The visual effects are astounding. Thanks to DVD, details can be seen that were blurred in the VHS format. (I can finally read what is written on Ferro's helmet!) This film takes clear advantage of the DVD format and its THX re-mastering. I feel sorry for you if you don't have a large screen and full surround-sound at home for this one! Watching it in wide-screen format reveals all of the detail that has been missing for so long in the pan-and-scan format.
The Special Edition goodies include scenes that were cut from the theaters. The "new" footage (previously only available in LaserDisc format) blend seamlessly into the film. They all add value. I kept thinking "I don't remember that" and "HEY! NOW I get it!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars July 2 2014
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great gift Jan. 17 2014
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It was purchased for my son. He loved it, and feels that it is a good quality movie, and that's all I need!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Review about this version June 22 2013
Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
This is one of the best results that you could wish for when upgrading an old movie to blu-ray. It looks almost as if it had been re-filmed. The images are so bright and defined, it's beautiful. I recommend it to anyone loving this movie!
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5.0 out of 5 stars ALIENS!!!!!! June 19 2013
By Lee
Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
Awesome Blu Ray for the price. Not that many extras on it but the remastering team has done a good job making this movie look and sound even better!! Recommended for fans!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Second only to the first Alien April 13 2013
Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
The DVD has pretty good resolution, and the film is entertaining and engaging. However, I still prefer the first in the series. Compared to the 'Alien' and 'Aliens', the other two sequels pale in comparison.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A timeless classic ... March 16 2013
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Both the original Alien and this first sequel are among the best in horror / sci-fy. I saw it so many times on TV that it simply had to be part of my collection.
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4.0 out of 5 stars WOA THT WAS A GOOD SEQUAL
Aliens is one of the best scfi movies of all time I only gave it 4 on 5 because i ranther watch an action movie but it still is EPIC because it has action suspence people who dont... Read more
Published on Nov. 29 2011 by EPCNESS
3.0 out of 5 stars The James Cameron Effect
I realize that I may get flak for writing this, but I found Aliens to be ultimately overrated, a commonality I have found with many of James Cameron's films. Read more
Published on July 11 2010 by Disco Daggett
2.0 out of 5 stars Very Over-rated
Hey everyone, I watched this movie at a friends house a while ago, and he almost put me off watching the rest of the alien series entirely. This movie truly is horrible. Read more
Published on March 16 2009 by Alex B.
5.0 out of 5 stars A great movie to watch...
I never had seen Aliens series films before. I was avoiding them thinking that I have seen enough modern version of sci-fi and alien films. Read more
Published on Dec 28 2008 by imsuraar
5.0 out of 5 stars more sci-fi/action than horror,but a better movie than the origninal
although Aliens is not the iconic film that alien is,it is still a
better film.this film adds a new element by having multiple aliens
rather than just the one. Read more
Published on Oct. 6 2007 by falcon
5.0 out of 5 stars more sci-fi/action than horror,but a better movie than the origninal
although Aliens is not the iconic film that alien is,it is still a
better film.this film adds a new element by having multiple aliens
rather than just the one. Read more
Published on Oct. 6 2007 by falcon
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