Action & Adventure and Science Fiction & Fantasy movie directed by David Fincher, James Cameron, Jean-Pierre Jeunet, and Ridley Scott< read all 2 reviews
1) I just got the darn 4-DVD box set about six months ago on ebay, and I thought I was in hog heaven then. Extra scenes, some added footage, small documentaries. I thought I had the definitive DVD set! Imagine if next year, they come out with a 7-DVD set for THE GODFATHER after we've all bought the 5-DVD set, thinking we had the definitive version! I just hope THIS IS IT!!!
2) ALIENS 3 is just NOT a good movie...no matter how you slice it or reedit it. It's got atmosphere to burn, and lots of great-looking sets and sweaty character parts. But when the pedal hits the medal and all heck starts breaking loose with the alien...the action becomes incomprehensible. Lots of shots of men running around and looking scare as they slam doors shut. I still have no real clear concept of just WHAT all these guys did. The climax just TOTALLY disappoints in every possible way. David Fincher went on to direct some great movies, but this ain't one of them.
But, even with that big flaw, it's still great to have this set available. Many more years of debate over which is the best (ALIENS) lie ahead, but although there is no definitive answer, this SHOULD BE the definitive set...I hope!
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Alien (1979) was so perfect it didn't need fixing, and Ridley Scott's 2003 director's cut is fiddling for the sake of fiddling. Watch it once, then return to the majestic, perfectly paced original. Conversely, the special edition of James Cameron's Aliens (1986) is the definitive version, though it's nice to finally have the theatrical cut on DVD for comparison. Most interesting is the alternative Alien 3 (1992). This isn't a "director's cut"--David Fincher refused to have any involvement with this release--but a 1991 work-print that runs 29 minutes longer than the theatrical version, and has now been restored, remastered, and finished off with (unfortunately) cheap new CGI. Still, it's truly fascinating, offering a different insight into a flawed masterpiece. The expanded opening is visually breathtaking, the central firestorm is much longer, and a subplot involving Paul McGann's character adds considerable depth to story. The ending is also subtly but significantly different. Alien: Resurrection (1997) always was a mess with a handful of brilliant scenes, and the ...