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Aliens - Special Edition [1986] [DVD]

Sigourney Weaver , Michael Biehn , James Cameron    Suitable for 18 years and over   DVD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (164 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Sigourney Weaver, Michael Biehn, Carrie Henn, Paul Reiser, Lance Henriksen
  • Directors: James Cameron
  • Writers: James Cameron, David Giler, Dan O'Bannon, Ronald Shusett, Walter Hill
  • Producers: David Giler, Gale Anne Hurd
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: Czech, Danish, English, Finnish, Hebrew, Hungarian, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese, Swedish
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
  • 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: 1
  • Classification: 18
  • Studio: Twentieth Century Fox
  • DVD Release Date: 15 May 2000
  • Run Time: 131 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (164 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0001HHRVM
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 14,895 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Aliens is one of the few cases of a sequel that far surpassed the original. Sigourney Weaver returns as Ripley, who awakens on Earth only to discover that she has been hibernating in space so long that everyone she knows is dead. Then she is talked into travelling (along with a squad of Marines) to a planet under assault by the same aliens that nearly killed her. Once she gets there, she finds a lost little girl who triggers her maternal instincts--and she discovers that the company has once again double-crossed her, in hopes of capturing one of the aliens to study as a military weapon. Directed and written by James Cameron, this is one of the most intensely exciting (not to mention intensely frightening) action films ever, with a large ensemble cast that includes Bill Paxton, Lance Henriksen, Paul Reiser, and Michael Biehn. Weaver defined the action woman in this film and walked away with an Oscar nomination for her trouble. --Marshall Fine

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Ripley must fight not one creature, but thousands - this time it's war.

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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
Format:DVD
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
By M. JONES VINE VOICE
Format:DVD
"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
Format:DVD
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
Format:DVD
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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Most Recent Customer Reviews
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 13 days 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 22 days 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
Published 1 month ago by Colonel Decker
3.0 out of 5 stars good old fashion sci fi
arrived on time and in perfect condition

not much to say really its what you expect when you buy it, good old fashiong sci fi film, cant complain. Read more
Published 2 months ago by sarah cheadle
2.0 out of 5 stars Poor mindless entertainment
Take away the Rambo style shoot outs with the relentless troop of aliens all being splattered like pumpkins and what have you got? Not a lot. Read more
Published 2 months ago by John B. Ltd
4.0 out of 5 stars 3 fab films
three great films and enjoyed all extra parts not seen before - lots to watch in this 3 film box set! was definitely a good buy!
Published 3 months ago by J. Cottam
5.0 out of 5 stars Creepy as hell!!
I watched this for the first time a few weeks ago, and all the way through I was totally engrossed. It had me on the edge of my seat. The aliens were so creepy!! Read more
Published 5 months ago by Ms. S. V. Greaves
5.0 out of 5 stars With those things crawling around out there!!
The film itself

An absolute masterpiece, one of the very few films which lives up and even exceeds its predecessor. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Dan Arif
5.0 out of 5 stars Really good movie.
One of the best Alien movies out there.

Great story, acting was superb, overall the best of the original trilogy.
Published 5 months ago by Quogirl
5.0 out of 5 stars The most Epic movie of the Alien series , everything here is spot on
Alien was a great classic movie, Aliens is even more greater by breaking the rules and made a new idea instead of the original suspense horror they focus more on the hard core... Read more
Published 6 months ago by worldofcinema
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