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5.0 out of 5 stars Classic Sci-Fi, July 30, 2002
This review is from: Aliens (Special Edition) (DVD)
Excellent Sci-fi film. The premise of this movie is that Sigourney Weaver must go back to the original planet where her deceased crew made first contact with the Alien, this time with a troop full of marines. This is a great movie that has classic Cameron action sequences and special effects, but also a frantic and claustrophobic atmosphere. All of the acting is well done, namely Sigourney Weaver, Paul Reiser, Bill Paxton, and the little kid. The Alien Queen at the end still looks AWESOME. Quick warning, though, this is the SPECIAL EDITION, and that means you CAN ONLY CHOOSE THE DIRECTOR'S CUT, not the theatrical version. This may make a difference because about 17 minutes of footage are added, mostly for good reason, but occasionally it is unnecessary and/or slightly damaging to the suspense. My advice to you is RENT THE DVD first, just to make sure you like the new version and extra footage, and buy it later. In case you were wondering, most of the restored footage has to do with the colonists early on and some pretty cool sentry machine guns about 2/3 through. In my opinion, either version is great, too bad they didn't include both!
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Initial post: May 13, 2011 3:44:31 PM PDT
it does have the theatrical version. i watched it today...

Posted on May 17, 2011 12:49:42 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on May 17, 2011 12:52:16 PM PDT
I believe this review refers specifically to the DVD copy (look when it was posted in 2002?). The Blu-Ray has both on 1 disc.

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 29, 2014 4:06:29 PM PDT
So, does your SPECIAL EDITION dvd copy of Aliens, single-disc edition,
contain BOTH the theatrical and the special edition? The former is like
137 minutes, and the latter is 154 minutes. The collector's edition,
containing two discs, does contain both versions, on disc one.
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