Starring: Sigourney Weaver, Michael Biehn, Paul Reiser, Lance Henriksen, Carrie Henn, Bill Paxton
Written By: James Cameron
Directed By: James Cameron
Studio: 20th Century Fox
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The classic James Cameron’s sequel to Alien is now celebrating it’s 30th anniversary with a new Blu-Ray. If you don’t own Aliens on Blu-Ray, now’s a good time to get it!
Aliens takes place 57 years later after first film, Alien, where Ellen Ripley (Sigourney Weaver) is rescued from hibernation sleep. Her company, Weyland-Yutani Corporation, debrief her on what’s been going and are skeptical on her claims that an alien killed everyone onboard her ship. The place where Ripley encountered the alien, the company has now put a colony there. Once they lose contact with the people there, they ask Ripley to accompany them back there with a group of marines and the company’s representative Carter Burke (Paul Reiser). As you can guess, things don’t go well.
Believe it or not, but I’ve never seen Alien or Aliens until this week. Strange enough, I’ve seen Alien 3 a few times because it was always on HBO or wherever. Alien was an intense thriller and wasn’t really that scary. Although I did watch it during the day. For whatever reason, I always thought the movie was scarier than it was. Maybe I’m being less of a wussy since I watch The Walking Dead. Aliens was sort of different than Alien in that it was more of action thriller, like Terminator since Cameron was directing it.
For a lot of people that are always harping on whether or not there aren’t any strong female characters in movie. Look no further than Ellen Ripley, a true badass when it comes to kicking alien ass! I do remember seeing that classic scene, where she got into that exosuit cargo loader and was yelling at the alien queen. The aliens can be gross and frightening but I think the androids in the first two movies creeped me out more. When they were dismantled or whatever, all those parts hanging out. It looked beyond gross to me. Bill Paxton was a stand out because he just seemed like a dumber version of Chet from Weird Science. “Game Over Man.”
The Blu-Ray contains both the theatrical and extended edition. From what I can tell, the movie looked excellent on Blu-Ray. I didn’t notice any graininess or anything like that. For fans of the late, great composer James Horner, you can listen to his isolated film score. Plus, there’s some deleted scenes as well.
If I had to pick which Alien movie was my favorite, it has to be Aliens. It had a Terminator vibe to it, although a lot scarier and intense I suppose. I have no idea why it took this many years to see these movies but glad I finally have. I ended up binging on the franchise in matter of a few days.
Includes the 1986 Theatrical version Amd 1991 Special Edition
Audio Commentary By Director James Cameron, Cast and Crew
Introduction By James Cameron
Final Theatrical Isolated Score By James Horner, Composer Original Isolated Score By James Horner
English Dolby Digital 5.1
Widescreen 1.85:1 Color
Bottom Line: The best Alien movie in the franchise
Running Time: 137 mins