Up front, I must state that Aliens is my all time favorite science fiction movie. The action is intense and scary and unlike many science fiction movies, the personalities of the characters are as important as the futuristic aspects. The DVD version has 17 additional minutes of footage and unlike some expanded versions where the extra is little more than padding, each additional frame significantly adds to the story. We see the colonists going about their lives, Newt's parents are the ones that enter the space ship and her father is the one infected. The extra footage allows us to see the colonists as people with lives and concerns, so we care more about them than their role as infection fodder. Some of the additional film gives us background on Ripley and her life. This explains her emotional state and why she forms an immediate maternal bond with Newt. Since the climactic scene is a battle between two mothers, this is a key point. The extra footage also cleared up one point that had always puzzled me. In the VHS version, when Ripley and the surviving troops are barricading themselves in the colonists command center, they did not set booby traps in the tunnels. Since they had grenades, this made no sense to me. The extra footage in the DVD version had them setting up robot sentinels, so they did in fact set the traps, unfortunately the explanation ended up on the cutting room floor. Aliens is without question superior to the prequel, after viewing the DVD version, I don't think I will ever watch the VHS version again. The extra footage explains so much that the VHS will forevermore appear hollow when compared to the DVD.
**** out of **** If Ridley Scott's "Alien" will always be remembered as the film to introduce us to the Xenomorph and franchise favorite, the heroine Ripley (Sigourney Weaver); then James Cameron's "Aliens" will be forever known as the truly rare sequel that really, really could. With sequels to great movies, it can be tempting to bank on the previous film's success; but instead Cameron shows a general interest in expanding on the universe while developing a story of his own … more
The best of the Alien stable. Saw the Director's cut again recently. It wasn't as sharp as the original, but if you love the original it's hard to resist seeing some new scenes, some additional backstory. Brilliant alien. Fantastic female role.
I can't really rate this film high enough. In fact this film has ingrained itself in my heart so much I even undertook the arduous task of sampling the mothership computer sound and turning it into my iPhone text alert sound.
Aliens is the only other movie in the Alien canon to have any real impact before the series grossly ran out of steam and imported the Predator to keep movies being made. Picking up nearly 60 years after the first film, Ripley the lone survivor of the previous movies ordeal has awoken from her space sleep only to find her being questioned for the loss of the ship in the first film. The Company board doesn't believe her stories of the Alien and suspends her flight … more
Aliens is the follow up to the first film. Ripley (Sigourney Weaver) is in trouble. Not only is the corporation's multi-million dollar spaceship is gone but so is the crew. To add to her worries, she's missed a lot of time during her last trip. With no one willing to listen to her ramblings and a whole lot of explaining to do, Ripley is stuck between a rock and a hard place. That is until the corporation gives her an offer she cannot refuse. All though it's not as well directed … more
Alien's is one of the most refreshing action film's that I've seen in a long time. It has all of the pieces needed to create a dazzling example of fine form and just plain slick wizadry.Ripley awakens after being discovered in a decades old sleap. She is greeted upon awakening by "Mad about you" Paul Reiser, who shows he has more dirt under his fingernails than most think. After an entire colony of settler's disappear, Ripley is cohersed into returning to the planet which caused all of the problems … more
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Ellen Ripley, the sole survivor of the alien attack on the mining ship Nostromo, awakens half a century later when she is found by a salvage ship. The welcome given to her by the "Company" officials is far from warm, since they refuse to believe her discovery of alien existence and strip her off her flight officer's license.
Ripley also discovers, much to her horror, that the planet LV-426 where her crew had encountered an alien species for the first time, is now colonized by the company. But when all contact from the planet is lost Ripley is called back into action again as an advisor to a team of tough space marines with lots of firepower.
To get rid of her recurrent nightmares about the alien creature, Ripley prepares for a final battle with the monsters - and this time, there are hundreds of them out there. Written by Soumitra