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Alien 3 (1992)

Sigourney Weaver , Charles S. Dutton , David Fincher  |  R |  DVD
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  • Actors: Sigourney Weaver, Charles S. Dutton, Charles Dance, Paul McGann, Brian Glover
  • Directors: David Fincher
  • Writers: David Giler, Dan O'Bannon, Larry Ferguson, Ronald Shusett, Vincent Ward
  • Producers: David Giler
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Anamorphic, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, NTSC, THX, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround), English (Dolby Digital 5.1), French (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Fox Searchlight
  • DVD Release Date: January 2, 2007
  • Run Time: 114 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (461 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00000ILDF
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #35,578 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Alien 3" on IMDb

Special Features

  • 23-minute behind-the-scenes featurette "The Making of Alien 3"
  • Interviews with the cast and crew
  • Booklet with production notes

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The least successful film in this series was directed by stylemaster (and content-underachiever) David Fincher. Ripley, the only survivor of her past mission, awakens on a prison planet in the far corners of the solar system. As she tries to recover, she realizes that not only has an alien gotten loose on the planet, the alien has implanted one of its own within her. As she battles the prison authorities (and is aided by the prisoners) in trying to kill the alien, she must also cope with a distinctly shortened lifespan that awaits her. But the striking imagery makes for muddled action and the script confuses it further. The ending looks startling but it takes a long time--and a not particularly satisfying journey--to get there. --Marshall Fine

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Lt. Ripley (Sigourney Weaver) is the lone survivor when her crippled spaceship crash lands on Fiorina 161, a bleak wasteland inhabited by former inmates of the planet's maximum security prison. Ripley's fears that an Alien was aboard her craft are confirmed when the mutilated bodies of ex-cons begin to mount. Without weapons or modern technology of any kind, Ripley must lead the men into battle against the terrifying creature. And soon she discovers a horrifying fact about her link with the Alien, a realization that may compel Ripley to try destroying not only the horrific creature but herself as well.

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51 of 62 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Alien 3 - Much better than I remembered it to be! January 19, 2004
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I remember the long wait between the release of this movie and "Aliens" and the great amount of anticipation that was built up around this movie considering how extraordinary the first two films were and just imagining how great this one was "going" to be. Then its release date came and it received generally bad reviews and collectively, the majority of the fans were highly disappointed by it, including myself. That being said, I was quite reluctant to spend the money on this DVD but after reading some of the other positive reviews I decided to give this film one more chance and now, after having watched it again I would have to say I've completely changed my mind.
Alien 3 just wasn't as bad as I remembered it to be from that one time viewing in the theater so many years ago and in fact, stylistically, it's a movie that was ahead of its time. Ultimately, I think what turned so many people off of this film when it was released is that it was so dramatically different from the first two that it initially just didn't seem as though it belonged in the mythos that is the Alien legacy. The one thing about this film that does make it drag is its pacing. What the director appeared to be reaching for was the same feel that "Alien" engendered but in the end, in reaching for that intense atmosphere didn't always work and only resulted in the pace slowing down and too little suspense. As stated above though, thematically it was just years ahead of its time and I believe, were it a movie that were originally released more recently, with some minor changes, it might've garnered much more success in the theaters.
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28 of 33 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Special Edition vs. Theatrical Release January 24, 2004
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ALIEN 3 was disliked so much. To all the people who hated this movie, I would like you to give it a second chance and watch the Special Edition version of the movie. There are 30 minutes of restored footage that really helped fill in the plot holes. There is more depth with Golic showing his relationship with the prisoners, how he gets caught, how he gets loose, and how he dies. There is about 8-10 extra minutes added after the fire starts and before Dillon finds a prisoner's throat cut. There is one more thing ALIEN 3 didn't do. They didn't show how Eric died! Eric started up the piston and we never saw him again. Anyway, ALIEN 3 SE gets 5 stars and is my favorite movie in the ALIEN series.
The theatrical version of the movie was pretty good. The alternative begining on Fiorina 161 was better and you got to see the outside of the planet. Instead, for the TR, they made it more simple. The ending in the theatrical version was also different. The Queen chestburster came out of Ripley. The other different thing about the movie was the alien came out of a dog, it was an ox in the Special Edition. The theatrical version and Special Edition were different ins so many ways. The Special Edition of the movie made ALIEN 3 a more likeable movie and some ALIEN fans are getting a better view of the movie. The special features disc is packed with 164 miutes of featurettes! There are also the different theatrical trailers and TV spots. The still photo galleries and the story boards are also on the DVD. In the supplementary part of the first disc, you can use deleted footage markers, turn on commentaries, and view the deleted scenes(only on theatrical version supplement.) You can also use Dolby 5.1 for your audio and have English or Spanish subtitles. This DVD is awesome, and I wou;d recomend it to any ALIEN or sci-fi fan!
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52 of 65 people found the following review helpful
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Nope. Alien: Resurrection holds the title as thje worst Alien movie. This film simply should have been the END of the Alien series, or at least for Ripley. As far as I am concerned, this IS the last movie, because Resurrection is not a part of the Alien series, it is more of a 'wacky spin-off adventure'.
In this violent, but sometimes poignant film, we see the survivors of the Sulaco, Ripley, Hicks, Newt and Bishop peacefully in hypersleep, drifting home. Unfortunately, they had failed to realize something very important. When the Queen managed to get on the dropship, she had also laid an egg where she hid on the ship. While drifting back to earth, the egg hatched. The facehugger tried to get into Newt's capsule, and the shattering glass pierced the creatures, its acidic blood eating through the floor causing a fire. Then the terror begins yet again...
The Sulaco's emergency prep drops the cryo tubes into an EEV(Emergency Escape Vehicle) and ejects it out into space, with the facehugger still on board. IT plummeted into the gravitational pull of Fiorina 'Fury' 161, a double-Y chromo prison facility. The EEV plummets into the ocean with disastrous results.
Be prepared to break any emotional attachments you made to the surviving characters. The landing was quite grisly. The inmates lift the tattered EEV out of the ocean and into the junk pile, bringing RIpley, the only survivor, to the medical facility. However, as the EEV is placed in the garbage heap, one of the in-mate's Rottweiler is aroused by movement in the EEV...it is the facehugger.
Shortly thereafter, we see a brand new breed of alien. With the replicated genes of a dog, this alien runs on all fours, is incredibly fast, and is by far the meanest Alien we have ever seen in this movie series yet!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
LOVE IT
Published 21 hours ago by J. Brooks
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Always love Aliens!
Published 10 days ago by S P
5.0 out of 5 stars There isnt anything NOT to like. If your new to the genre
Classic horror. There isnt anything NOT to like. If your new to the genre, get it.
Published 12 days ago by vicky
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
movie was good
Published 14 days ago by Big Dog
5.0 out of 5 stars how could you not love Aliens? I'm a huge fan of all the ...
It's Aliens....how could you not love Aliens? I'm a huge fan of all the movies, so I'm completely biased but all of these are amazing movies.
Published 14 days ago by lukifer d.
5.0 out of 5 stars Ripley and Cons vs Creature
I've always liked the Alien franchise of movies. While this one struggles in mnny ways, it still contains Ripley as the main character. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Happy Camper
1.0 out of 5 stars Never more disappointed in a movie than this film
I saw this in the theatre's when it first came out and several times since. Everyone knows the first 2 films were classic and it would have not been hard to make a decent followup... Read more
Published 1 month ago by kelly Groce
4.0 out of 5 stars What has got in to Ripley?
Alien 3 (1992). 20th Century Fox. Rated "R". Running Time: One hour, 54 mins.
Directed by David Fincher. Read more
Published 1 month ago by James McDonald
1.0 out of 5 stars Not up to scratch, by a LOOOOONG shot
I don't know what has to be going to a producer's head when they allow Alien and Aliens, a film and its sequel to be followed up by such mediocrity. Read more
Published 2 months ago by dfwncl
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect
I have the other Alien Movies. At least I think I have them all now. There are 4 Alien moves to the saga right ?
Published 2 months ago by Paganray
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Which sequel is worse, Alien 3 or Resurrection?
Alien Resurrection is horrendous. Poorly directed, pretty boring by most action movie standards, and it really amounts to nothing more than a bad B-movie if it didn't have the Alien name tied to it.

Alien 3 was certainly a disappointing theatrical release. However, the assembly cut found on the... Read More
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