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The terror begins when the crew of a spaceship investigates a transmission from a desolate planet, and discovers a life form that is perfectly evolved to annihilate mankind. One by one, each crew member is slain until only Ripley is left, leading to an explosive conclusion that sets the stage for its stunning sequel, "Aliens."
2003 Director’s Cut with Ridley Scott Introduction
Audio Commentary by Director Ridley Scott, Writer Dan O’Bannon, Executive Producer Ronald Shusett, Editor Terry Rawlings, Actors Sigourney Weaver, Tom Skerritt, Veronica Cartwright, Harry Dean Stanton and John Hurt
Audio Commentary (for Theatrical Cut only) by Ridley Scott
Final Theatrical Isolated Score by Jerry Goldsmith
Composer’s Original Isolated Score by Jerry Goldsmith
Deleted and Extended Scenes
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- When you know the alien is going to come out of the chest. I still had trouble watching this scene because it was so disturbing.
- When they find the alien skin on the floor. Even though you don't see the alien, your imagination already thinks about how gross it is that this alien has now grown in size.
- When the alien manages to sneak aboard Ridley's escape pod. Just seeing that creature sitting there staring at her made it feel like it was an actual predator, something you should be afraid of if it appeared in real life. Kind of like, if you see a giant black widow spider on your leg. You don't want to move because you're afraid it's going to come after you.
This is just an uneasy, disturbing, creepy movie. The effects still look decent, even though some space back drops look a little dated. But that doesn't matter anyway, the movie is just a well edited, well directed film. If you want to creep out your spouse or just enjoy an uneasy sci-fi film, definitely check this one out.
graphic novel which you can get on Amazon.com. Fox really scamed people out on this They couldn't even make the effort to include anything from the big box set. It is not worth the money. Now if you just want the movie I Recommend just get the plain Alien [Blu-ray] $16.19 that's on Amazon now or get the Alien Anthology.
Director's editions of films are a bit like gambling; it's difficult to quit when you're ahead. Scott at the request of Fox went back and fiddled with his original classic. The original version (as Scott points out in his commentary)really is the Director's Cut.
This alternate version allows a slightly different take on the same material. The info here suggests that the alternate version is longer than the original film; that's not true and in fact the alternate version is a minute shorter (116 minutes). Scott made some trims here and there, added two complete scenes, allowed two other scenes to run a bit longer than they did in the original version.
Both versions look terrific--the transfer is top notch and Scott digitally cleaned up and enhanced the images of the film. Fans who preferred the previous DVD may be disappointed as the color is a bit different and the picture a tad brighter in spots but, hey, that's the way that Scott wanted them to be. There are some mild compression artifacts although edge enhancement appears to be less of a problem here compared to the 1999 version. The sound is terrific and has been remixed very well for this edition of the film. It sounds cleaner than the 1999 edition at least to my ears.
The commentary track by Scott, Weaver and the remainder of the cast (sans Kotto and Holm)is interesting. It's a slice and dice commentary track with bits and pieces of each group giving some interesting insights on the making of the film. Missing from this edition is the music only alternate track (they couldn't get permission for this edition is my understanding).
The Blu-ray doesn't have the extensive extras from the boxed set so if you're looking for those, you'll need to spring for that set.
Both versions look terrific in Blu and the extras although spare are pretty good. If you want all the special features of the boxed set you have to buy the boxed set.
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