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Aliens - Definitive Edition [DVD] [1986]

Sigourney Weaver , Michael Biehn , James Cameron    Suitable for 18 years and over   DVD
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (167 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Sigourney Weaver, Michael Biehn, Carrie Henn, Lance Henriksen, Paul Reiser
  • Directors: James Cameron
  • Format: PAL
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Classification: 18
  • Studio: 20th Century Fox
  • DVD Release Date: 23 April 2007
  • Run Time: 131 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (167 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000M341ZA
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 51,582 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)



It's worth watching in one go Alien, Aliens, Alien 3 and Alien Resurrection, here collected in one nifty box set, if only for the chance to see how different directors handle essentially the same idea. The results are decidedly mixed. Ridley Scott's Alien is the most traditional of the bunch, essentially a haunted-house picture set on a space freighter, where a monster is picking off crew members one by one. James Cameron's Aliens is the all-out adrenaline bath, a pulse-pounding action thriller from start to finish. It plays a little like a Western in outer space, where the settlers are waiting for a cavalry that never comes--and the Indians are acid-veined aliens. And David Fincher's Alien 3 is the rock-video version, in which substance and storytelling are sacrificed to editing and imagery, as the aliens attempt to take over a space penal colony. Alien Resurrection sports amusing set-design, a signature of its director Jean-Pierre Jeunet (Delicatessen), but feels too derivative of Jurassic Park in both its genetic engineering plotting and too-fluid computer-generated effects. --Marshall Fine,

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Ripley (Sigourney Weaver) the sole survivor from the original ALIEN is awakened after 57 years of drifting through space her stories disbelieved by company executives who tell her that the aliens planet is now inhabited and colonised. When contact is suddenly lost with the colonists Ripley returns to the planet with a squad of marines an android (Lance Henriksen) and a company executive (Paul Reiser). Once on the planet no survivors can be found except for Newt a little girl who awakens motherly instincts in Ripley just in time for the acid-blooded aliens to attack in what quickly becomes a one-sided battle for sheer survival. Considered by many to be the best of the series ALIENS is a fast-paced high-intensity thrill ride that set a new standard for action films and cemented director James Camerons status as one of Hollywoods leading directors following the success of THE TERMINATOR. Weaver received an Academy Award nomination and became a feminist hero for her strong sensitive performance as the survivor Ripley while co-stars Reiser Henriksen and Bill Paxton all give career-making performances in this landmark sci-fi extravaganza.

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44 of 44 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 3 classic films 7 Jan 2004
I had each of these films on video and wanted to get them for DVD instead. When I saw this "three in one" package, I figured this was fantastic - if it was the special editions of the films.
The Fifth Element, as far as I'm aware, has no Director's Cut. This is the version that I remember from the cinema, which is in itself a fantastic film. To me, this is one of the best edited films ever: there are a significant number of places where threads continue seamlessly through short cuts to various different people in various different locations. This is film coreography at its finest, and I can only congratulate the production team on this piece of genius. In itself, the film is very watchable, and laden with humour and effects. The sets are good, and the actors well chosen. And Mila Jovovich is gorgeous, which never hurts...
This is the Director's Cut of Aliens, which has about 15 minutes of extra footage. This adds some nice touches to the film, but no significant extra plot. For those that don't know it, Aliens has to stand as one of the best sequels ever, as both Alien and Aliens stand alone or together as fantastic, though different films (but please don't think that's a recommendation for parts 3 or 4 of the series as well). Alien relies on one monster (or maybe 2 if you've read the book) against some poorly prepared ship's crew , whereas Aliens ups the ante by placing seemingly hundreds of them against a group of well armed, highly trained space marines - which doesn't stop this starting to show psychological impact when they lose half of their number in the first encounter. The alien effects are even more impressive, and the film incredibly atmospheric with its setting in a barren, hostile environment.
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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "Game over Man, game over!" 24 Nov 2003
"Hudson be cool!" snaps Vasquez. No chance, because Hudson must have seen the first film and he KNOWS whats coming. That's right, Ripley and the Aliens are back in an all-out action sequel that takes a new perspective on the 'Alien' Saga. The direction, screenplay and music all travel at light speed and the end result is simply astounding. Instead of one man in a suit, there are hundreds, thousands and it's gonna take a lot more than a cattle prod to sort this mess out.In the first film, a good 40 minutes of build up goes by before the alien strikes. Here, it takes just as long (longer in this version). The difference? The first's build-up made me look at my watch a few times and sigh. Here, I looked at my watch and it was suddenly an hour later! This movie is so fast-paced, eerie and has a great follow up story to the original. In this Director's Cut, the extra footage ranges from the slight (extra seconds of footage looking for colonists) to entire sub-plots (Ripley recovering from losing her "life" and daughter after 57 years hypersleep). I think the best touch is a first-name-sharing moment towards the end between Hicks and Ripley, which really shows what we've thought all along about their relationship. But don't get this alone, wait for the Quadrilogy in December!
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Quick Reviews 24 July 2006
By carlosnightman VINE VOICE
James Cameron made his second masterpiece with this, the sequel to Ridley Scott's classic space horror show. Cameron, a director who will always ensure he gets exactly what he wants, extremely talented and ingenious, brought the series in a new direction, keeping much of the tension of the original, but upping the excitement and action.

After Ripley went into hyper-sleep at the end of Alien, hoping that someone would find her floating through space and pick her up, she travelled for over 50 years before being picked up by 'The Company'. She wakes up and tries to come to terms with all that has happened since she was asleep-her daughter grew up and died, 'The Company' has become more interested in the alien she claims to have encountered, and the planet where she found the alien has become a mining colony. During interrogation she tells the suits what happened to her, and expressed the need for someone to investigate the 'alien' planet. They charge her with the destruction of her previous ship. However, when they receive a distress call from the planet, a group of marines is ordered to investigate. Burke, a company Rep persuades Ripley to come along as she is the only one to have encountered an alien, and because her recurring nightmares are stopping her from living her life. We are introduced to each marine, all tough, hardened fighters, seemingly well-equipped for any danger.
Aliens must surely rank as one of the most exciting movies ever made. At well over 2 hours it is a testament to Cameron, the script-writers and the cast that the pace of the film never slows. Every time the characters think they may have a chance, something happens to make them think otherwise. Everything is giving the most acute detail, from the marines' garb, to the miniature sets and craft designs.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Captivating from start to finish 23 April 2007
This film is never anything less than captivating, balancing great characterisation, plot, action, dialogue and locations perfectly. It is also probably James Cameron's finest hour, before the glitz and excess of Terminator 2 and Titanic.

It follows Ellen Ripley after her last deep space debacle with a 'Xenomorph', which is the Alien of the title. Waking up after having been in 'hyper-sleep' for 57 years, Ripley then, after some deliberation, agrees to travel to L426, a planet, with a group of specially trained soldiers who are supposed to be dealing with the disappearance of some colonists. Ripley's role is as an adviser, in case Xenomorphs are involved.

The plot unfolds from there, quickly establishing a brilliant rapport between a charismatic array of colourful characters that were missing from all the other 'Alien' films. The likes of Hudson, Vasquez, Hicks, Apone and Bishop and Ripley herself are all distinctive and all have their part to play. The characters contribute greatly to the appeal of the film.

Also, the film is big on action and suspense, and is guaranteed to keep anyone on the edge of their seat upon viewing this film for the first time. There are more than a few scares, with the plot moving on at a fast pace, to keep the viewers interest.

Sigourney Weaver's performance as Ellen Ripley is nothing less than career-defining, as she charismatically and inspirationally breezes her way through one of the best action-hero roles in Hollywood history. The on-screen chemistry between Ripley and Hicks is also interesting, but always thankfully stops short of being nauseating.

Then there is the interesting addition of 'Newt' a twelve-year-old girl played by Carrie Henn, who Ripley takes under her wing and grow to care about.
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"Game over, man, game over." - Hudson (Bill Paxton's character)

Five REVEALING Stars. Director/Co-writer James Cameron was tapped to do the sequel to Ridley Scott's... Read more
Published 3 days ago by RBSProds
5.0 out of 5 stars Great film
Really good film better then the first one, very happy with delivery.
Published 20 days ago by Lesley Jones
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
it was just as described, received package very quickly would definately do business again. A+++
Published 1 month ago by Alan
5.0 out of 5 stars Best Version on DVD.
Sometimes I forget that this film was made in 1985. The only thing that reminds me is seeing how young the cast are, and the fact that a small 1% of the special effects are now by... Read more
Published 2 months ago by x wing flyboy
5.0 out of 5 stars Probably the most exciting film ever made
Amazing! If your a fan of sci-fi, action or good films in general you will love this film. Truly epic!
Published 2 months ago by Joshua
5.0 out of 5 stars Kill Kill Kill!
This is got too be the best Alien film loads of action lots of gore and many acts of valor and heroism
Published 2 months ago by Martin Peter Collinson R.A.F
5.0 out of 5 stars Cameron's Masterpiece
Easily one of the greatest sequels of all time. James Cameron shows the skill that would one day take him to the top of the Box Office and cement him as one of the greatest film... Read more
Published 3 months ago by S. Stephenson
5.0 out of 5 stars Rip off
I love this film and fancied watching it I payed 2.50 and it was on the telly the next night I don't think it's fair you've got to pAy for old films they should be in with monthly... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Chantelle
5.0 out of 5 stars The best of the four
Aliens is IMO the best of the four Alien films. It's much quicker than Alien which goes by slowly. Even though this film is another 25 minutes is doesn't seem like it because it... Read more
Published 5 months ago by MF
5.0 out of 5 stars Cameron hits his peak, Sigourney looks stunning and the atmosphere is...
Aliens is regarded as one of the greatest sci fi movies of all time and no wonder. Sigourney Weaver returns as Ripley, who now must go back to help finish off the aliens after eggs... Read more
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