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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'm just super frustrated that you only get the digital copy of the theatrical release and not the special edition. Extras are not available on digital either. If you buy the movie on VUDU you get ALL of that, and now I'm kicking myself for not purchasing that version when it was on sale.
Also, the digital code I got was expired so I had to email Fox to get a new one. Even though I included a lot of info and screenshots, they asked for those exact same things and then made me jump through more hoops to get the movie.
I'm not adverse to physical copies. I just like to have the option to watch the movies I BOUGHT on other devices if I'm not near my Blu-ray player.
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.
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