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Aliens (2d)

Director(s): James Cameron

Theatrical Release: 1986

Cast: Sigourney Weaver, Carrie Henn, Michael Biehn, Bill Paxton, Lance Henriksen, Paul Reiser

Genre(s): Sci-Fi, Horror, Action

Countries: USA


Location in store: Sci-Fi & Fantasy

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Running Time: 138m.

Big-budget special effects, swiftly paced action and a distinct feminist subtext from writer-director James Cameron turned what should have been a by-the-numbers sci-fi sequel into both a blockbuster and a seven-time Oscar nominee. Sigourney Weaver returns as Ellen Ripley, the last surviving crewmember of a corporate spaceship destroyed after an attack by a vicious, virtually unbeatable alien life form. Adrift in space for half a century, Ripley grapples with depression until she's informed by her company's representative, Carter Burke (Paul Reiser) that the planet where her crew discovered the alien has since been settled by colonists. Contact with the colony has suddenly been lost, and a detachment of Colonial Marines is being sent to investigate. Invited along as an advisor, Ripley predicts disaster, and sure enough, the aliens have infested the colony, leaving a sole survivor, the young girl Newt (Carrie Henn). With the soldiers picked off one by one, a final all-female showdown brews between the alien queen and Ripley, who's become a surrogate mother to Newt. Several future stars made early career appearances in Aliens (1986), including Lance Henriksen, Bill Paxton and Reiser. Karl Williams (allmovie.com)

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DISC 3 ALIENS

! 1986 Theatrical Version (130 min.)

! 1991 special edition (147 min.)

! Audio Commentary by Director James Cameron, Actors Michael Biehn, Bill Paxton, Lance Henriksen, Jenette Goldstein, Carrie Henn and Christopher Henn, Alien Effects Creator Stan Winston, Visual Effects Supervisors Robert Skotak and Dennis Skotak, Miniature Effects Supervisor Pat McClung and Producer Gale Anne Hurd

! Deleted/Extended Scene Index

! Introduction by Director James Cameron

DISC 4 ALIENS SPECIAL FEATURES

! Pre-Production: 57 Years Later (continuing the story), Original Treatment: by James Cameron, Building Better Worlds (from concept to construction), The Art of Aliens (conceptual art portfolio), Pre-Vis Anamatics, Preparing for Battle (casting & characterization), Cast Portrait (still gallery)

! Production: This Time It's War (Pinewood Studios, 1985), Production Gallery (photo archive), Continuity Polaroids, The Risk Always Lives (weapons and action), Weapons and Vehicles (photo archive), Bug Hunt (creature design), Beauty and the Bitch (Power Loader vs. Queen Alien), Stan Winston's Workshop (photo archive), Two Orphans (Sigourney Weaver and Carrie Henn)

! Post-Production: The Final Countdown (music, editing and sound), The Power of Real Tech (visual effects), Visual Effects Gallery (photo archive), Aliens Unleashed (reaction to the film), Film Finish & Release, Easter egg (A Boy and His Power Loader)

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My starring role. by RW - August 24, 2008
Wierzbowski, Wierzbowski get out of there!

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