On the DVD: The clarity of the digital picture throws light into some of Fincher's darker recesses, but is unkind to the primitive computer animation (the CGI alien is never convincing). Compared to the Alien DVD there are few extras, although a "making of" featurette that covers all three movies is included.
I really rate this film. I think alot of people were put off by the fact that the film was so depressing but I think that this really added to the Aliens saga showing the really "dirty sci-fi" concept originally introduced by "Star Wars", - "no women...no freezers...no f**king ICE CREAM!" was a particularly funny example.
The introduction of the "Bishop" human character was also a great, yet disheartening scene at the end of the film and is further enhanced by a couple of additional shots of "human reacting to being hit over the head with a metal bar" which the lack of in the original left some question as to the actual identity of the "real Bishop".
The CG Aliens in this film was pretty appauling and although this was made at the dawn of the "digital age", a man in a suit combined with 1st person camera angles and under-cranked shots would have made the "CG" scenes more convincing rather than using CG for CGs sake.
After watching the "Special Edition" I felt extremley satisfied at how much the extra footage improves the film. The characters were given alot more room to develop and the "trap" scene was an excellent addition. The audio can be quite bad in some of the extra scenes, with the "reverb" on the voices cutting out strangly and some incredible hiss over some of the diaglogue which was quite distracting.
I can imagine how frustrated Fincher felt, this was his directorial debut and having to proove yourself as a director when the studio keep covering everything in red tape can not be easy.
All in al, I reccomend the special edition to any "real" Alien fans.
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