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In this action-packed sequel to Alien, Sigourney Weaver returns as Ripley, the only survivor from mankind's first encounter with the monstrous Alien. Her account of the Alien and the fate of her crew are received with skepticism - until the mysterious disappearance of colonists on LV-426 leads her to join a team of high-tech colonial marines sent in to investigate.
Personally supervised by director James Cameron, this special edition includes scenes eliminated prior to the film's 1986 release which broaden the narrative scope and enrich the emotional impact of the film.
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I haven't watched the "All-New Featurette", yet. However, I was disappointed to see that it's not on a physical disc; it's a streaming featurette available for "a limited time only", and if this isn't bad enough, it can only be streamed 10 times.
The inserted art is interesting, but shallow. It's presented without context or explanation.
Update: The All-New Featurette digital code doesn't even work. At the time of writing several others on the blu-ray.com forum are having the same issue .
I should note, if you don't have Aliens on Blu-ray and don't care for the other movies in the franchise (or don't want to have the pox that is Alien Resurrection in your home), this would be a fine edition to your home video library. I'm primarily disappointed that this is a reboxing of the previous release and one of the primary draws for fans of movie documentaries doesn't work as advertised. I've requested a refund and will be returning my copy.
I consider this a classic Sci-Fi movie, and the James Cameron/Gale Ann Hurd combo for directing/producing provides a quality movie experience. I've watched all the movies in the "Alien" series and all the ones after "Alien" and "Aliens" are "eh" at best (with the exception of AvP)
Since this movie was set a being 57 years after the Nostromo was destroyed, this movie doesn't have the dated technology that the first movie did (well, except for the photo of Amy). Sigourney Weaver did a wonderful job in her returning role as the traumatized but strong Ellen Ripley. More importantly, the movie had a good plot and moved along quickly, even though it's a long movie.
As one of my favorite Sci-Fi movies of all time, I can only give this a 5-star rating. I wish the subsequent sequels were even half as good (*sigh*) but that is a whole other story.
No plot spoilers from me: This picks up some 50 years after the events in Alien, but almost immediately from Ripley's (Sigourney Weaver) point of view. This installment has slightly less of the creepy feel of the first movie, but makes up for it with strong character development and action. The acting was on par or better than the first one, with Weaver really owning the Ripley character and the supporting cast generally holding up their own as well. The special effects are very good, even somewhat subtle and contribute to the realistic, industrial feel of the settings.
This is one of those movies I can watch whenever it comes on and we occasionally have an "Alien" marathon once a year or so where we watch all of the movies in row over a weekend.