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Alien 3 [DVD] [1992]

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  • Actors: Sigourney Weaver, Charles S. Dutton, Charles Dance, Paul McGann, Brian Glover
  • Directors: David Fincher
  • Writers: David Giler, Dan O'Bannon, Larry Ferguson, Ronald Shusett, Vincent Ward
  • Producers: David Giler
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: Czech, Danish, Finnish, Hebrew, Hungarian, Icelandic, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese, Swedish, English
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 18
  • Studio: Twentieth Century Fox
  • DVD Release Date: 15 May 2000
  • Run Time: 102 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (88 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00004S8GQ
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 17,665 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


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Trapped within four prison walls, the mother of all horrors is amongst them once again - three times the suspense; three times the danger; three times the terror.


Directed by stylemaster David Fincher, who went on to greater things with Seven and Fight Club, Alien 3 was the least successful of the Alien series at the box-office. Ripley, the only survivor of her past mission, awakens on a prison planet in the far corners of the solar system. As she tries to recover, she realises that not only has an alien got loose on the planet, the alien has implanted one of its own within her. As she battles the prison authorities (and is aided by the prisoners) in trying to kill the alien, she must also cope with a distinctly shortened life span that awaits her. But the striking imagery makes for muddled action and the script confuses it further. The ending looks startling but it takes a long time--and a not particularly satisfying journey--to get there. --Marshall Fine,

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.

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44 of 47 people found the following review helpful By crouteru on 6 Dec 2007
Format: DVD
After the success of Alien and the massive success of Aliens, everybody wanted to do the next Alien sequel. Most early scripts had a recurring theme of Ripley (the star of the franchise) and Hicks (the military survivor from Aliens) teaming up and taking the fight to either the Alien homeworld or battling the creatures on Earth. Unfortunately, none of these scripts proved different or even suitable enough for filming.

Having already invested much money into the development and hiring of various Hollywood writers and directors, Fox eventually settled on Vincent Ward's bizarre idea of a wooden planet populated by religious monks who've turned their back on technology. Some time into the development of this idea, studio execs suddenly produced a list of changes, which angered Ward and forced him to leave.

This left the pre-production process in some what of a mess, with half built sets and a muddled script. Fox went on to hire David Fincher, who was willing to follow their changes made to Ward's story, making the wooden planet an old mining colony instead. The problem that everybody was now faced with was that Fox had already set a release date, and without a finished script, there was no choice but to begin production and make things up as they went along.

During the production process, Fincher was constantly being undermined by Fox, who would tell him to cut various parts of the film or simply not to shoot some scenes. In the end, Fincher walked out during post-production, which explains how the movie was released with the butchered theatrical cut and sub-standard special effects. Fox then invented a smokescreen to cover themselves of any wrong doing, instead placing the blame on Fincher.
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful By C J R on 17 Nov 2004
Format: DVD
This film was never going to have an easy ride after the sucess of Aliens (1986) and has been heavily slated. I can understand why people hated it so much, the incredible downer after the "happily ever after" ending of Aliens, the lack of "gung-ho" weapons, the claustrophobia of Fury 161's prison complex etc.
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 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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Format: Blu-ray
REVIEWED VERSION: 2011 20th Century Fox US Blu-Ray (Single Disc)

Director: David Fincher

Cast: Sigourney Weaver, Charles Dance, Charles S. Dutton, Paul McGann, Brian Glover, Ralph Brown, Lance Henriksen, Pete Postlethwaite


After an onboard fire, Ellen Ripley's ship launches an escape pod containing her, Newt, Hicks and a damaged android, Bishop in cryonic stasis. The pod crashes on Fiorina 'Fury' 161, a foundry facility and an all-male penal colony. Newt and Hicks are dead, but Ripley survived and is taken in by the prison's chief medical officer Clemens (Charles Dance). Ripley soon discovers the reason she crashed: an alien stowaway was on board of her ship and caused the fire. The alien matures and starts killing off Fury 161's inhabitants one by one. Soon Ripley and the prisoners find themselves pitted against a matured alien with no way to escape and not a single firearm at their disposal...


While ALIEN 3 received mostly mixed reviews and is regarded as the weakest of the original trilogy, it is my personal favorite. Yes, I liked it better than ALIENS! This goes for the theatrical cut as well as the improved 2003 extended cut, which is even better.
ALIEN 3 is the bleakest entry in the series and has the best atmosphere so far. I also liked the fact that Ripley is more or less surrounded by really bad people, violent criminals, instead of "heroes", but you do sympathize with (most of) them towards the end. That was incredibly well done!
David Fincher delivers one of his best films here, next to SEVEN and FIGHT CLUB, I love his style, it's a huge enrichment to the ALIEN franchise. He gives the movie a very Gothic look which adds to the dark and unsettling climax.
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