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 (8,652)8.32 h 17 min1986X-RayR
Ripley is rescued by a salvage team.
James Cameron
Sigourney WeaverMichael BiehnCarrie Henn
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4.8 out of 5 stars

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AmericanProductCriticReviewed in the United States on March 20, 2020
1.0 out of 5 stars
The general cinema cut was better
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Ive always loved this movie. But when you see what was cut, you realize they really did a better job removing bad scenes than keeping the ones in the directors cut. Thats why I dont recommend this movie cut. The cinema version really was the best one. Most of the scenes that were cut were either awkward moments where Ripley asking about her daughter, bad love interest moments before battle, or the over-revealing story of how the family on the planet discovered the alien eggs. Removing those BAD SCENES really allowed the movie to breath and have mystery. Removing the alien egg discovery means the viewer had no idea what had happened on the planet, allowing us to puzzle at the mystery, rather than having been shown that scene. It just increased the drama when I saw it in the theater. Gutting the silly marines scene where he brags about his weaponry is another scene that I didnt need, as it just added yet another cornball line to the drama.

I think I learned a lot about movie-making see how much better some film narratives do with less. I think its almost shocking how extras can absolutely ruin suspense and drama and Ill be looking over other director cuts with a cautious eye because of this one.
80 people found this helpful
R.M. EllisReviewed in the United States on May 25, 2018
2.0 out of 5 stars
Don't buy if you want the digital copies
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This is not a review for the movie, which is excellent and highly recommended.

I'm just super frustrated that you only get the digital copy of the theatrical release and not the special edition. Extras are not available on digital either. If you buy the movie on VUDU you get ALL of that, and now I'm kicking myself for not purchasing that version when it was on sale.

Also, the digital code I got was expired so I had to email Fox to get a new one. Even though I included a lot of info and screenshots, they asked for those exact same things and then made me jump through more hoops to get the movie.

I'm not adverse to physical copies. I just like to have the option to watch the movies I BOUGHT on other devices if I'm not near my Blu-ray player.
66 people found this helpful
Peter WeylandReviewed in the United States on May 5, 2019
5.0 out of 5 stars
The Greatest Movie Sequel Ever
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I loved Empire Strikes Back. And Godfather II is a classic. But to me, there's no better sequel in film history than Aliens. Terrific story, great acting. And it's absolutely filled with quotable lines that people still use to this day. Sigourney Weaver creates one of the most badass and memorable characters in Ellen Ripley. The best way to describe this movie is as a non-stop roller coaster ride that just keeps going and going and leaving you on the edge of your seat.

If you haven't seen Aliens, you absolutely need to watch it. If you have seen it, go ahead and rent it again. It's so worth the price of a rental.
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Jonathan HohleReviewed in the United States on September 13, 2016
2.0 out of 5 stars
Same As the Original Blu Ray Release,
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I was excited to see a 30th anniversary reprint of one of the greatest movies of all time. Even more excited to see that there was a new documentary and some hints that this might even be a new transfer. For anyone interested, it's not a new transfer. It's exactly the same disc that came in the [[ASIN:B001AQO3QA Alien Anthology Blu-ray]]. My Blu-ray player asked if I wanted to continue playing where I had left off after inserting the disc for the first time (confirming my suspicion).

I haven't watched the "All-New Featurette", yet. However, I was disappointed to see that it's not on a physical disc; it's a streaming featurette available for "a limited time only", and if this isn't bad enough, it can only be streamed 10 times.

The inserted art is interesting, but shallow. It's presented without context or explanation.

Update: The All-New Featurette digital code doesn't even work. At the time of writing several others on the forum are having the same issue [0].

I should note, if you don't have Aliens on Blu-ray and don't care for the other movies in the franchise (or don't want to have the pox that is Alien Resurrection in your home), this would be a fine edition to your home video library. I'm primarily disappointed that this is a reboxing of the previous release and one of the primary draws for fans of movie documentaries doesn't work as advertised. I've requested a refund and will be returning my copy.

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428 people found this helpful
Jeffrey SReviewed in the United States on November 11, 2018
4.0 out of 5 stars
Good Sci-Fi Movie, but not Ridley Scott
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This movie is a sequel to the original Ridley Scott production "Alien" with Sigourney Weaver.
Weaver wakes up after being decades in hibernation when escaping the first destroyed ship. She is horrified to discover that it is a completely new world to adjust to, and can't be qualified as a pilot anymore.
She is approached with a situation on the same planet where her entire crew was destroyed. It has been colonized and now the cononists are unable to be contacted. She is adamant at first to even consider going back, but eventually feels that facing her demons in a controlled environment may help her to overcome her night terrors and constant fear.
This movie is fast-paced and has a good cast of characters. The personalities of each character are fairly well developed and the movie flows from scene to scene. However, I feel that some of the situations are a bit contrived and at times, shallow. There is no undercurrent and symbolism as there is in the original Ridley Scott film. This is why I only gave it four stars.
However, it is still worth watching as one of the Alien franchise movies. But don't expect the stellar quality of Ridley Scott in this film... you won't see that until the newest movie, "Alien Covenant". The basic flow and storyline of this movie are equal to most box office fare.
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SykesReviewed in the United States on May 25, 2017
5.0 out of 5 stars
"They mostly come at night...mostly."
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One of my all time favourite films. Its still intense and enjoyable even today. And your heart still races even though you know exactly what's coming next.

Facehuggers still give me nightmares from time to time.

All the characters are so awesome - Ripley, Hicks, Bishop, Apone, Gorman, Ferro, Dietrich, Spunkmeyer, Vasquez, Drake, Frost, Crowe, Wierzbowski, Burke, Newt. But Hudson especially (played by Bill Paxton) is the absolute star for me - his acting is superb and all his lines memorable.

A true classic!
28 people found this helpful
Barry HolsingerReviewed in the United States on December 26, 2019
3.0 out of 5 stars
Movie hasn't aged well
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After watching the 4K remastering of Alien, and then this HD version of Aliens (the best available version, I guess?) I have to say the the blockbuster sequel has not aged well. It isn't nearly as epic and gritty as I remember. Part of the problem is the HD reproduction of the film highlights how poor the special effects and cinematography are. The music is also a pale, diluted throw-away score compared to the magnificent work done on the original Alien. James Cameron is no Ridley Scott, and Aliens is a big departure from Alien. I had always liked the sequel better, but after watching the two movies on a decent TV with a good Blu Ray player and reasonable sound system, I now realize that Aliens no longer lives up to the blockbuster hype it enjoyed 30-some years ago. I'm not completely knocking Aliens, and it isn't fair to compare it to modern blockbusters like Avengers or the Star Wars sequel dejure. But Aliens has not aged well, and it cannot be held up as a great sci-fi action epic.
8 people found this helpful
sixthreezyReviewed in the United States on May 11, 2020
5.0 out of 5 stars
Aliens - You Thought Just 1 Was Scary?!
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Aliens to me, is the best film in the entire franchise to date. Directed by James Cameron, it excels at doing much of what the first film did not venture to do, nor did it have to. The action is great, the story is fantastic and the director's cut sheds much more light on the plot/story that was not in the theatrical cut.

Bill Paxton has legendary lines and scenes in this film, and the role still brings joy to those who watch it. It's such a fun part and it really provides the levity to an otherwise terrifying movie. The aliens are back, but this time there are a lot more people on hand, and we know the aliens exist. But we're lured again into a false sense of security because of the amounts of guns and weapons that the space marines have along with them. However, we soon find out that more people equals more food, and with more food comes more aliens. Newt provides a reason for Ripley to fight, after being talked into returning to the planet by the corporation. One by one, we see tough and gruff marines picked down to yet again and we see the cool and classic Ripley figure out how to fight these aliens with what she has and leads to an excellent ending.

This film is still very good, and holds up very well still today. I think this can be viewed without any prior knowledge ofthe first one, and we even get a few flashbacks to the first film that fill in some of the blanks. Sigourney is great again as Ripley, and the marines really add a new layer to the alien story that we get to experience all over again. This does come with a digital copy and I highly recommend this Blu-ray release.
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