5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent expanded version of the original film.
I bought it for my daughter for her birthday and she really enjoyed it! Additional film footage is included plus plenty of extras on the 2 discs. She wanted it as she already had the Director's Cut of "Aliens".
Published 11 months ago by David J. Thompson
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3.0 out of 5 stars New Directors Cut 3 Star, while original is solid four star.
Alien is one of my favorite films of at time. It is a master-piece of tension, physical space, atmosphere, tidy special effects, ensemble acting, and the unrelenting desire to unsettle. Its gorgeous cinemascope frame remains one of the best photographed in the history of film, and its legacy lives on both in the trilogy of sequels it has spawned, the presence of its...
Published on Nov. 6 2003 by filmcatqueen
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5.0 out of 5 stars An Intergalactic Thrill Ride.,
This review is from: Alien - The Director's Cut (Collector's Edition) [Import] (DVD)After the successes of 2001: A Space Odyssey and the unbeatable Star Wars, Ridley Scott gave us the impecable classic Alien. Alien is different than all sci-fi classics. It is a little more believable and a little more sophisticated. The art design is great. The acting is very real and honest. The special effects are amazing, and the score is also wonderful. The cinematography is one of my favorite aspects of the film, because it takes you deeper into fear. The movie is great to watch on a large TV and the special edition DVD is really good. I highly reccomend this.
4.0 out of 5 stars The best Horror series ever scence.,
This review is from: Alien - The Director's Cut (Collector's Edition) [Import] (DVD)This the the first best of the top ten hour series. 2 being Predator. 3 being critters ext ext ext.
This features Sigmore weaver was the first horror series ever made. She also started in GhostBuster one and 2 who two of her earlier less succesfull movies. I own the alien quadrilogy. There are two versions of this movie on the dvd. The extended. Directors cuts. And Theatherical.
Seginore play strong to blod lLitenut ripely. The crew fight a lssing battle until Riply is the only one left. If you like this is request seeing Aliens Alien3, Alien resurection the worst of three sequels. The new thing in the Alien series is alien Versu Predator which comes out this august.
3.0 out of 5 stars Ridley Scott ain't all that!,
This review is from: Alien - The Director's Cut (Collector's Edition) [Import] (DVD)Alien is a watchable movie--if you've ever seen the sequel "Aliens". Compared it's far superior sequel, Alien is slow, plodding, and unenergetic.
I find it amusing that the so-called "Director's Cut" is actually a minute shorter than the original theatrical version. Apparently Ridley Scott doesn't quite get the ideal of "special editions". When you put something in, that doesn't mean you necessarily have to cut something out. Also, the point of adding extended/deleted scenes is to give the viewers something new, added dimensions. It doesn't matter if the pacing is off--that's the point of new scenes and home video. The pacing for viewing movies at home don't need to conform to the pacing for a theater audience. Even though the movie was recut for a theatrical release originally, I felt no need to see the new cut when the original was available.
Ridley Scott's movies run the gamut of watchable to pure crap. Alien, while groundbreaking in some ways, is merely watchable. Aliens, the sequel, is the true classic in this quadrilogy.
3.0 out of 5 stars Aliens FAN review,
This review is from: Alien 20th (VHS Tape)I'm an old time Aliens fan. I use to sit in class and draw aliens on a piece of paper, the aliens found in this movie, not those little green men. Everyone thought I was nuts, but I sure fooled them, I'm crazy not nuts ha!
Read further down to have an overall fast rating if you want to watch the rest of the Aliens Trilogy set. This movie is one of the worst in the whole Trilogy. Why? They use about half of the movie to introduce the setting and object and characters of the movie. The action is rare and it is usually exciting for about a couple of moments, than it goes back to being suspense and talking.
However, don't be too upset. Aliens, which is part two where they just add an s, which I must say is very clever, is the best in the Trilogy. The action goes from mild, to medium, to a lot, and intense, and also introduces you to the massive alien queen. The graphics is awesome by the way, very impressed. Part 3 or Aliens 111 is plan weak, more or less like the first part, but watch it once and get ready for Aliens Ressurrection and Aliens VS. Predator coming out soon. If AvP sucks I'm no longer their Fan, blah!!!
5.0 out of 5 stars Can one improve on perfection? I think so!,
This review is from: Alien - The Director's Cut (Collector's Edition) [Import] (DVD)"Alien" ranks as one of the movie's most brilliant thrillers. As Ridley Scott says in the liner notes for the DVD, this "director's cut" just adds some deleted scenes from the original in exchange for some removals; however, the story remains the same and it's still worth viewing. Purists can be satisfied with original, also presented on disc one.
The second disc is a treat for every fan or anyone interested in the process of filmmaking. With insightful commentary and "making of" anecdotes from all the cast (with the exception of Yaphet Kotto), director Scott, special effects wizard Brian Johnson, writers Dan O'Bannon and Ronald Shusett, composer Jerry Goldsmith, and a bevy of other creative talents, everything that one ever wanted to know about the film is here.
This DVD has the extras that most skimp on; it is truly a collector's treasure.
4.0 out of 5 stars Awesome,
This review is from: Alien - The Director's Cut (Collector's Edition) [Import] (DVD)Well worth buying. And if you haven't seen the movie, don't read that long post below mine because it'll spoil the movie.
Not to be rude, but the next time you write a review, make sure you don't spoil the movie for people. Just give the synopsis, describe a few scenes that don't give away any secrets and say why you liked it without giving an in depth summary of the movie's entire storyline :)
5.0 out of 5 stars Science Fiction/Horror Masterpiece,
This review is from: Alien - The Director's Cut (Collector's Edition) [Import] (DVD)Alien follows a group of six explorers who were basically duped into thinking they served some other purpose than to obtain the ultimate weapon. This weapon is a vile form of alien life that simply kills and breeds. It's blood is molecular acid, it's body is one organic weapon after another and it grows extremely fast after taking another life that had been it's host.
Alien is the purest of the sci-fi/horror genre. It is also one of the first of it's kind and truely the pinnacle of it's kind. It is all downhill from here, but the standard was so high we don't care to acknowledge this decline. Alien is not only one of my favorite films of all time but it is also unquestionably one of the greatest films of all time and the few who disagree will have a tough view to spin. The script is compelling with it's fiction and ideas of an ambiguous future setting that places the film in an unnerving microcosmic isolation. There is enough to satisfy everyone, from space fans who want to hear about the atmosphere on the Alien's planetoid and the horror fans who want to be scared by shock or spooky subtleties. At it's heart, Alien is old school gothic horror in the setting of space.
Some horror films are fortunate enough to have one scene that is memorable and will be praised for generations. Then there are the horror elite that have more than that and are unforgettable from beginning to end. The Exorcist, The Shining, Psycho, Jaws and Halloween are such films...and so is Alien. Whether it be the slow-paced questioning of John Hurt's character's fate in the quarantined room with a parasite attached to his face keeping him alive, the scene with Tom Skerritt's character in the air shaft waiting for the Alien to come to him or the scene where we actually wait as the Alien burrows it's way through Hurt's character's body and out to eventually wreak havoc on the rest of the crew, Alien is without a doubt unforgettable. It is a staple in both the science fiction and horror genres and a must-have for fans of either.
The most outstanding part about Alien to me is the fact that it is handled meticulously. The scene when that Alien bursts out of Hurt's stomach is fairly layered and foreshadows Ash's (Ian Holm) real intentions but not enough where you know what is happening exactly, although maybe enough where you suspect something. He is of course an android that takes the crew off course to obtain this life form and study it. The scene has Holm studying Hurt as he is about die with a face that spells "Hmmm, let's see what this thing can actually do". I credit Holm just as much as Scott for this example but Ridley Scott is without question an impeccable filmmaker. Scott is also one of the most versatile filmmakers around. He is almost on the same plateau as Spielberg for me.
Finally, Alien is also groundbreaking for it's characters and mostly of course the character of Ripley played by Sigourney Weaver in what has to among the earliest portrayals of a women emerging as the protagonist in a film like this. Her emergence from the rest of the cast by the way is an extremely effective device in which too many films that have followed Alien have forgot to apply. Even in good horror films we know full well who is going to survive all of the horrors before the credits even begin. In Alien we really have no idea. Weaver's character is given absolutely no special treatment by the script whatsoever. She is simply Ripley, one of the two female crew members that by chance and wit has survived this horrifying encounter. It also makes the horror of it far better because we might actually think for a minute that Skerritt's character is going to survive that ballsy plunge into the air vents. This point is precisely why all of the sequels are just not as good as Alien is. Although Jim Cameron knew what he had to do and opted to create a quality film of sci-fi action chaos with all the mysteries revealed by it's predecessor and although I'm running against popular opinion here, David Fincher's Alien 3 deserves some credit too. The four installment is sort of a waste.
Horror without mystery is simply madness and madness is not nearly as frightening as it is shocking. This is why so few horror films are praised by critics. Alien is not just original and innovative; it is sharpened, sophisticated and finer than the great majority of all films. The fact that it provokes fear and excitement as well as thought makes it even more exceptional.
5.0 out of 5 stars Great DVD package for sci-fi/horror landmark,
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This review is from: Alien - The Director's Cut (Collector's Edition) [Import] (DVD)I'll not re-tread what the other reviewers have said. Alien is, indeed, a landmark science-fiction film, a great horror-suspense film, and more evidence (like it was needed) that Ridley Scott is The Man. It has been often copied (including by the rest of the Alien franchise), but never really equaled. You don't have to like sci-fi at all to like this movie, but you do have to like to be scared out of your pants to like this movie.
What is impressive is how good the film looks, both in terms of the DVD image quality (vastly improved over earlier video and DVD versions), and in terms of the special effects themselves. Although the methods used were simple even by the standards of the time (no computer motion controlled cameras like were used in Star Wars), they were so well executed that in many respects the film has more visual impact than movies using much more sophisticated methods. Like most really good film makers, Ridley Scott made the absolute most of what he had to work with (much like director Nick Meyer did with Star Trek II).
The new digital surround sound mix is also outstanding, and captures a lot of the little ambient sounds that were harder to pick up in the crappier video and DVD versions.
Piles of special features are included with the Collector's Edition, and are generally very good. The audio commentary track to the movie, however, isn't so hot. It is basically a re-hash of what you already heard from some of the special features, and since about a half dozen people are talking on the track, it mostly consists of unfocused rambling.
As Ridley Scott himself notes in the little booklet that comes with the DVDs, The Director's Cut is NOT the superior version, but rather more of a novelty he made at the studio's request. The original version (also included with full re-mastered audio & video) is his favorite version, and will probably be yours too. You have to give big kudos to Fox Video for giving you both versions of the movie in this set.
Aliens was a great sequel, but also a very different movie from Alien. Where Alien was a suspense/horror film that took its time to screw with your head several times over, Aliens was an extremely well done full-on action thriller. The other two movies in the franchise are a waste of time. In a way, the best sequels to Alien and Aliens weren't the next 2 movies in the franchise at all, but rather The Thing (as a sequel to Alien) and Predator (as a sequel to Aliens).
5.0 out of 5 stars I Heart Jones!,
This review is from: Alien - The Director's Cut (Collector's Edition) [Import] (DVD)This film features one of the greatest scenes of all time starring one of the greatest actors of all times...Jones the cat!
Jonesy is adorable, yet so devious! I'm sure Sigourney Weaver was equally impressed with his plethora of feline talents.
Who can forget Jones leading Harry Dean Stanton to his death and then looking expressionless into the camera as we hear Stanton screaming in mortal pain! Sly, lil devil that Jonesy is! Or how about that fabulous scene where we see Jones emote great fear as the Alien stares at him in his futuristic cat carrier!
I'm no one to fantasize too much, but I like to believe Jones tipped off the Alien as to the location of Yaphet Kotto and Veronica Cartwright, thus sparing his own life in return.
In Aliens we saw the return of Jones, only this time with a different cat...and we could tell! This faux-Jones let loose with a half-hearted hiss, but the fans knew he was nothing but a cheap knock-off!
5.0 out of 5 stars Love it!,
This review is from: Alien - The Director's Cut (Collector's Edition) [Import] (DVD)This is such a cool movie. A bunch of astronots are going to space. But this one guy, finds this egg. Then this weird little monster comes out and puts something in his mouth, then dies. Later, alien burst out of the guy's stomic! Man that seance was cool! Anyway, the alien gets bigger and starts killing everyone on the space ship. This is one of the best sci-fi movies every made, forget all those geeky things like Star wars. This was such a cool film. If you liked this I would also recomend Predator.
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