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This review is from: Alien: The Director's Cut (Two Disc Special Edition) [DVD]  (DVD)
The director's cut of this seminal sci-fi film is only slightly longer than the theatrical release.
Notable inclusions are: the whole crew listening to the garbled SOS signal (very chilling), Ripley getting punched/slapped in a fight with Lambert because she wouldn't let the investigating party back on bord (quarantine rules), and the infamous Dallas scene where he is coccooned as either food / host material (but without dialogue).
The only problem with this last scene is that it has been argued that it tends to break up the action and suspense that has been building as Ripley messes around with Nostromo's self destruct/ runs from the alien...but I think it's paced very well.
Despite this though, there's not much to choose between both versions.
This is a visually remastered (the film's original negative has undergone some digital cleanup and restoration) attempt with DTS so it is also an excellent reference DVD with which to show off your home cinema system (the opening shots as they orbit the planet are great).
The only dissapointment is the exclusion of "original trailers" from the extra's, which is there on the "standard" single disc edition (although, maybe I simply couldn't find them :D ).
Overall though, this still doesn't detract from an excellent dvd release that includes a whole host of other great extra's like HRGiger art....