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Alien: Resurrection

3.5 out of 5 stars 570 customer reviews

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A group of scientists has cloned Lt. Ellen Ripley, along with the alien queen inside her, hoping to breed the ultimate weapon. But the resurrected Ripley is full of surprises for her "creators," as are the aliens they've imprisoned. And soon, a lot more than "all hell" breaks loose. To combat the creatures, Ripley must team up with a band of smugglers, including a mechanic named Call (Ryder), who holds more than a few surprises of her own.

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Perhaps these films are like the Star Trek movies: The even-numbered episodes are the best ones. Certainly this film (directed by French stylist Jean-Pierre Jeunet) is an improvement over Alien 3, with a script that breathes exciting new life into the franchise. This chapter is set even further in the future, where scientists on a space colony have cloned both the alien and Ripley (Sigourney Weaver), who died in Alien 3; in doing so, however, they've mixed alien DNA with Ripley's human chromosomes, which gives Ripley surprising power (and a bad attitude). A band of smugglers comes aboard only to discover the new race of aliens--and when the multi-mouthed melonheads get loose, no place is safe. But, on the plus side, they have Ripley as a guide to help them get out. Winona Ryder is on hand as the smugglers' most unlikely crew member (with a secret of her own), but this one is Sigourney's all the way. --Marshall Fine

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  • 3-minute featurette
  • Booklet with production notes

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  • Actors: Sigourney Weaver, Winona Ryder, Dominique Pinon, Ron Perlman, Gary Dourdan
  • Directors: Jean-Pierre Jeunet
  • Writers: Dan O'Bannon, Joss Whedon, Ronald Shusett
  • Producers: Sigourney Weaver, Bill Badalato, David Giler, Gordon Carroll
  • 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:
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  • Studio: 20th Century Fox
  • DVD Release Date: November 26, 1997
  • Run Time: 109 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (570 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00000ILDG
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #16,072 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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Okay, so the first Alien is the best. It always was and always will be. Aliens was an excellent sequel with high tension, drama, action, and Bill Paxton, and the really charming scene where Apone and Hicks are watching with fascination as Ripley straps into the loader, grabs a big carton, and says, "Where do you want it?" Apone (with a beautiful grin, and cigar in his fingers), "Bay 12, please." Alien 3 may have lacked the overall power of the first two, but there we see a truly grief-stricken Ripley, one ready at last to give her own life.

What makes Resurrection pay off for me is Sigourney Weaver's acting. This Ripley is a trip! She speaks in a sly, wink-wink manner, but can as easily rip your head off. Her senses are heightened, and she tears it up on the court. This hybrid Ripley, part-human/part-alien, has red acid for blood, already sees the impending doom, and seems rather amused by it all.

I find it entertaining, sly, even philosophical. Definitely worth a long look.
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What people forget when they respond to this film is that Alien 3 shut down the series, very deliberately and very conclusively. Not only did Ripley die, but the driving concerns of the series that were set up in the first film had been addressed. So there was nowhere to go but in a radically new direction, and that's what Jean-Pierre Jeunet did. While the first films used the aliens and the technological context in which they appeared to address the question what makes us specifically human, this new contribution to the series is more interested in the question of a possible "post-human" future.

In Alien the enemy was not really the monster. The monster's unique method of reproduction merely served to highlight the "human condition": that we are vulnerable, that our bodies are ill-equipped for survival except in the most congenial of circumstances, that they are subject to violation by organic and inorganic forces outside of us. The idea of being "violated" through the mouth and "impregnated" by a monster is horrible, but that possibility serves to highlight our dependency upon science and technology in order to stay alive (even her on Earth), and our increasing "alienation" through technology from the natural world and from the evolutionary struggle for survival.
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Alien Resurrection was a bit "out there", but was entertaining enough for me. Aliens (the second in the series) will always be my favorite. I was a bit miffed on Alien 3 at the beginning when I found out what happened to Hicks and Knute, but still...it was fun to watch. BUT you really need to add PROMETHEUS to your collection to get the full impact of the series!
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This movie gets a bad rap! I know Joss Whedon hates it, but it's almost certainly more interesting than a faithful take on his script. Whedon has done some great stuff- I like Firefly and the first Avengers movie quite a lot- but his mannered, joke-heavy style of dialogue would crash and burn a movie like this had it been directed the way he wanted.

Instead of a Whedon movie, we get something far more bizarre and fascinating. Back from the dead through the miracle of cloning, Ripley's DNA has been mingled with that of the xenomorph, which, are, as usual, being studied for their scientific and military potential against all common sense, she is now stronger, stranger and far more callous. This is a phenomenal role for Sigourney Weaver and a genuinely original take on a character that could have become rote and boring.

The crew of bandits who come to the ship to sell, uh, materials to the scientists, are much more recognizable as Whedon characters, but are plenty dark enough to fit the moral ambiguity of the film and not seem jokey and one-note. Ron Perlman is pretty great.

Also it's really great to look at.
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This movie's been around for so long the world hardly needs another review of it, but I saw Dan Hedaya in a Blue Bloods episode and had to seem him here in Alien Resurrection. I didn't like Alien Resurrection when I saw it in the theater because for me, the Alien franchise means leap out of you rip your face off loved ones dying in agony mind-splitting terror, not jokes written in by the creator - God Bless Him - of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, which I loved (all seven seasons of it). It just didn't work to have a wry comedian write a vicious soul-ripper movie, is all. Now these many years later, though, I already know it's tongue in cheek (until Ripley pulls it out that is), so I can enjoy Ron Perleman looking in at the flames engulfing Ripley Attempts 01-07 and commenting, 'What a waste of good ammo. Must be a chick thing." Watch this as terror - humor, and you'll enjoy it.
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