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Aliens SE

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Aliens (Two-Disc Collector's Edition)One of the most unique films of all time has to be Alien. The first film set the stage for a series of films that essentially made the human species the unwilling prey to a new terrifying alien species, known only as aliens. It also catapulted Sigourney Weaver as one of the best known actresses of all time. For Aliens, director Cameron had his own take on the Alien theme and turned a sci-fi horror film into a highly successful action sci-fi film in its own right. The latest Aliens SE DVD features both the theatrical version of Aliens and the intended director’s cut. For this review I sat down and watched all 2 hours and 37 minutes of the film Cameron intended for us to see and needless to saw I was not disappointed.

The director’s cut starts out in space with Ripley (Weaver) in frozen state as her ship is by chance rescued by a salvage team. Most of this footage is interesting as it starts the film in a slow progression. Ripley later wakes up several times, horrified by dreams of the aliens and her own psychological trauma. All of this shows a desparate Ripley, a woman who has lost everything including herself. This is what makes it more believable then when she signs on to be a consultant on a return mission to the planet where they found the alien.

Meanwhile on the alien’s planet, we see the actual colonial terra farmers and meet Newt’s family as they encounter their first alien. Newt is the blond girl Rebecca whose trademark scream is heard at various times through out the action scenes in the film. The extra footage makes Newt’s character more believable and more sympthatic I think. There is also a link which Cameron was trying to make between an orphaned daughter and a guilty Ripley who was not there for her own daughter.

The action begins when Ripley, the company’s rep, the android Bishop, and the space marines land and find themselves in the middle of something stranger than fiction. There are tunnel fight scenes, your classic medical lab scene, and of course the “they got us surrounded, run for it” scenes.

But most of all what comes out of Aliens, is the idea that humans can be hunted, that we could be at the bottom of the food chain instead of on the top. The aliens are insect-like creatures but whose size is even bigger than most humans, and their aims are not to eat us but to use us as incubators for their hosts stage of development. In a sense all the fear of insect bites but on a whole new level of emotional trauma.

As humans, we don’t react well to being hunted and the entire expidetion comes down with serious emotional trauma issues on top of their physical wounds and it is only Ripley’s clear head that ends up saving her above the rest.

The final scenes have Ripley fighting the Queen Alien till the death. A match which can only take place after Ripley has destroyed the Queen’s children as vengeance for the loss of her own daughter and comrades.

In the end Ripley will die, but in this film, she wins the battle and is set to fly home the injured marine Hicks, her adopted daughter Newt, and her damaged android Bishop.

The Video and Audio is excellent for a film of this age. I found the DVD to be brighter which is good considering that the alien is usually always shown in dark light. You have the option of seeing either the Director’s Cut or the Theatrical Release on the first disc and both versions are presented in 5.1 Dolby Digital Surround.

In conclusion I’m sure some people will disregard Aliens as either not being as good as Alien or as a film that glorifies mindless action, but after watching the director’s cut, it is pretty obvious that Aliens is about a woman dealing with the ordeal of trying to regain her identity after suffering a trauma which haunts even her dreams.

5 out 5 stars

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