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Aliens (Special Edition)
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You can choose to watch the movie with or without the extra 17 minutes of deleted footage. I find the original theatrical release to be perfect as is and long enough. There's a 5-minute long scene of automated machine guns firing that is boring, noisy, and less than gripping to say the least. Also, some of the scenes of goings on at the colony before Ripley and Co. get there kind of spoil the mood of them heading into the unknown. Some deleted scenes are deleted for a reason and best left deleted.
Oh, and what's with the out-of-this-world price? I picked this DVD up in HMV for $5!
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!Read more ›
Directed by James Cameron, "Aliens" is simply put, a thrill-ride. The first quarter of the film is spent on establishing the characters and Ripley's state of mind but once the action starts, there is no letting go. Unlike Scott's original film, this is not as dark. It is a bit more vibrant with a bunch of colorful supporting characters- the friendly android, the sleazy Burke, and a handful of Colonial marines who deliver the usual wise-cracks and some added humor but where the original had only two mean bad a$$ aliens (I am including the face-hugger here), "Aliens" throws a whole bucket's worth of these creatures at us (hence the title) and we are finally introduced to the Queen (she is a beauty).Read more ›
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this movie rocks and rolls. its a one way ticket to hell going down. James Cameron at his best. as good as the movie is,and unlike most movies nearing the end, it gets better in... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Amazon Customer
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