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 Posted:   Aug 10, 2012 - 9:25 PM   
 By:   henry   (Member)

This might just be my favorite movie! I think it's scary, exciting and perfect. Weaver received an Oscar nomination for it, and it won for visual effects and sound effects editing. Rotten Tomatoes has it at 100%. Cameron came up with a brilliant story, and the design of the queen is fantastic. I love it!

 
 Posted:   Aug 10, 2012 - 9:35 PM   
 By:   solium   (Member)

Pretty much agree. Amazingly entertaining film. I appreciate the action adventure direction Cameron went, and for minimizing the gore. (I'm not a horror fan) My only critique would be the child like behavior of the Marines. They were a bit annoying, but I got past that.

 
 
 Posted:   Aug 10, 2012 - 10:20 PM   
 By:   joan hue   (Member)

I loved the first movie Alien, and I thought this was a great sequel. I did grow weary of Bill Paxton's whining, but overall, it was an exciting ride. I especially enjoyed the scene where Ripley gets into the elevator to save the little girl and sets up all of her weapons. What an amazing female warrior!

 
 Posted:   Aug 11, 2012 - 12:39 AM   
 By:   Mike_J   (Member)

The term roller-coaster ride is far too often applied when describing a movie but in the case of Aliens I cannot think of a more apt description.

I was fortunate to be able to see an early preview of the film one evening at the Odeon in Marble Arch. Back in those days the only source of info on upcoming genre movies was Starlog magazine but at that point I can't recall having read very much about the sequel to Scott's movie so I went in pretty blind.

Truth be told I wasn't that excited about Aliens. I liked Alien a fair bit but I wasn't a huge fan. And as I say I didnt know too much about the sequel. All I really knew was that it was written and directed by the same chap who had made a little movie called The Terminator, a film I had to be dragged to (by John Johnson) because the UK posters made it look like one of those cheap Richard Band movies. And I was blown away! But surely that was a one-off?

But.... wow! What a movie! I loved it then and have done ever since, watching it probably about once every couple of months. Its the only movie I have owned on VHS, DVD, Blu Ray, PSP and on my iPad too! And a framed poster, signed by Cameron and Weaver, has pride of place in my study.

I don't have a specific top 10 list of my favorite movies because I love so many films it would be impossible to come up with a definitive list. But if I DID then Aliens would be in the top 3 for sure.

Great, great movie.

 
 
 Posted:   Aug 11, 2012 - 7:22 AM   
 By:   Tall Guy   (Member)

Great, great movie.

I picked up the six-disc blu-ray Alien set yesterday, having introduced the younger TGs to the first film while on holiday. The plan is to watch Aliens tonight with a bottle of White Zinfandel and give it (for me) a second chance. The first time I saw it it seemed to go on forever, well beyond its natural running time. This was many years ago, on video, and perhaps when I wasn't in such a happy place.

I'll report back! Not that my opinion will make you change yours...

 
 Posted:   Aug 11, 2012 - 7:30 AM   
 By:   Mike_J   (Member)

Great, great movie.

I picked up the six-disc blu-ray Alien set yesterday, having introduced the younger TGs to the first film while on holiday. The plan is to watch Aliens tonight with a bottle of White Zinfandel and give it (for me) a second chance. The first time I saw it it seemed to go on forever, well beyond its natural running time. This was many years ago, on video, and perhaps when I wasn't in such a happy place.

I'll report back! Not that my opinion will make you change yours...


I'd recommend watching the theatrical cut rather than the director's cut Chris. The latter is great for real Aliens fantatics like me but does add to the running time quite considerably.

Good choice on the wine - love White Zinfandel myself on a hot summer evening. Might even raise a glass to you with some of the same tonight, from my balcony in Sa Coma.

Of course whether I still talk to you if you still don't like Aliens is another matter smile

 
 
 Posted:   Aug 11, 2012 - 1:32 PM   
 By:   Dan Hobgood   (Member)

The term roller-coaster ride is far too often applied when describing a movie but in the case of Aliens I cannot think of a more apt description.

Funny you should write that, as I've long said that Aliens is the closest a movie has come to simulating a roller coaster experience. Quite the one-two punch, Terminator and this. (What the hell happened to Cameron???!!!)

I still like Alien best, though, and the extent to which I like it more has increased over time. I think it's a more cerebral, adult film. It's aged better than the sequel, though both have aged remarkably well.

Dan

 
 Posted:   Aug 11, 2012 - 1:49 PM   
 By:   Mr Greg   (Member)

I'd recommend watching the theatrical cut rather than the director's cut Chris. The latter is great for real Aliens fantatics like me but does add to the running time quite considerably.

I couldn't disagree more...the Special Edition of Aliens feels much pacier and is more breathlessly exciting despite the extended running time, rounds out the charcters more, gives more of an emotional wallop...

...but, as always, if we all had the same tastes it would be a boring world smile

I have the 9-Disc "Alien Quadrilogy" DVD set...is it worth upgrading to the Blu's? I've read the reviews, but I want some fan opinions before I splash the cash.

 
 Posted:   Aug 11, 2012 - 2:05 PM   
 By:   solium   (Member)

I'd recommend watching the theatrical cut rather than the director's cut Chris. The latter is great for real Aliens fantatics like me but does add to the running time quite considerably.

I couldn't disagree more...the Special Edition of Aliens feels much pacier and is more breathlessly exciting despite the extended running time, rounds out the charcters more, gives more of an emotional wallop...

...but, as always, if we all had the same tastes it would be a boring world smile


He should have left the scene with Newts parents on the cutting room floor. Needless scene that was poorly written, conceived and acted.

 
 Posted:   Aug 11, 2012 - 2:15 PM   
 By:   Mr Greg   (Member)

He should have left the scene with Newts parents on the cutting room floor. Needless scene that was poorly written, conceived and acted.

That wasn't one of the better additions...but I like the way it gives us a chance to see how the catastrophic slaughter and harvesting starts...

 
 Posted:   Aug 11, 2012 - 2:44 PM   
 By:   Grecchus   (Member)

He should have left the scene with Newts parents on the cutting room floor. Needless scene that was poorly written, conceived and acted.

That wasn't one of the better additions...but I like the way it gives us a chance to see how the catastrophic slaughter and harvesting starts...


Outside the cinema (or even inside) I much preferred the extension when I saw it on DvD not that long ago. Everything, including the motion sensor activated guns covering the weak spots, bulked the story. If I'm seeing a film, the immersive sense of being involved with the plot comes from the unique ambience that can pulse, like blood in a vein, to give that sum greater than parts scale of epic quality that can result if done right. Many of the spag westerns opted for this sort of elliptical arc to better imprint characters and story on the audience.

Also, think Sir David Lean.

 
 
 Posted:   Aug 11, 2012 - 6:19 PM   
 By:   Disco Stu   (Member)

It made a huge impact on me, most of all the hardware: the APC, the dropship, the powerloader and the smartgun. I'm absolutely certain that Aliens was as influential on design as Blade runner was. I was obsessed with that film for years, and collected all the models of it. Aliens was good but it couldn't stand in the shade of Aliens. The obsession has worn off but I still love the hardware.
The most innovative thing was that Cameron decided not to use lasers but conventional firepower.
The legacy still lives in the hearts of modellers all around the world as can be seen from these threads:
http://www.therpf.com/f11/aliens-apc-1-12-37th-upd-pg-78939/index15.html
http://www.therpf.com/f11/aliens-dropship-591/

D.S.

 
 Posted:   Aug 12, 2012 - 1:33 AM   
 By:   Mike_J   (Member)

It made a huge impact on me, most of all the hardware: the APC, the dropship, the powerloader and the smartgun. I'm absolutely certain that Aliens was as influential on design as Blade runner was. I was obsessed with that film for years, and collected all the models of it. Aliens was good but it couldn't stand in the shade of Aliens. The obsession has worn off but I still love the hardware.
The most innovative thing was that Cameron decided not to use lasers but conventional firepower.
The legacy still lives in the hearts of modellers all around the world as can be seen from these threads:
http://www.therpf.com/f11/aliens-apc-1-12-37th-upd-pg-78939/index15.html
http://www.therpf.com/f11/aliens-dropship-591/

D.S.


Cool images, Stu. I wish I had the skill to make models. I've always loved the idea of building something but unfortunately I have no ability or talent in that area whatsoever. Even building model kits as a youngster, all my finished product always looked like I just squirted some glue in the box, shaken it up vigorously and then painted whatever atuck together.

 
 
 Posted:   Aug 12, 2012 - 1:58 AM   
 By:   Tall Guy   (Member)

Great, great movie.

I picked up the six-disc blu-ray Alien set yesterday, having introduced the younger TGs to the first film while on holiday. The plan is to watch Aliens tonight with a bottle of White Zinfandel and give it (for me) a second chance. The first time I saw it it seemed to go on forever, well beyond its natural running time. This was many years ago, on video, and perhaps when I wasn't in such a happy place.

I'll report back! Not that my opinion will make you change yours...


I'd recommend watching the theatrical cut rather than the director's cut Chris. The latter is great for real Aliens fantatics like me but does add to the running time quite considerably.

Good choice on the wine - love White Zinfandel myself on a hot summer evening. Might even raise a glass to you with some of the same tonight, from my balcony in Sa Coma.

Of course whether I still talk to you if you still don't like Aliens is another matter smile



Looks as if we're still good, Mike! Given that it was the theatrical version that I wasn't too impressed with, we watched the longer version last night and I personally found it to be a much more satisfying experience. Of course, I now have to watch the shorter one to try to figure out why - what changed between the two versions, or was it just perhaps me, where I was at the time that I saw the shorter one.

The Zin is a recent discovery for us - not usually a big fan of rose, but as Mrs TG prefers white, and I prefer red, we've now found a fairly easy-drinking bottle that we both like equally.

Chris

 
 Posted:   Aug 12, 2012 - 2:24 AM   
 By:   gone   (Member)

What I remember most about Aliens when I first saw it was the tremendous courage of Ripley to save Newt. She willingly plunges into the most nightmarish of worlds to keep her promise to a child.

That, and Ripley slinging those guns around in a manner to make her one of the greatest movie heroes/heroines of all time.

Super excellent movie!

 
 Posted:   Aug 12, 2012 - 6:32 AM   
 By:   Stefancos   (Member)

Its a good action film. The Vietnam allegory and Paul Reiser's 80's hairdo makes the film feel far more dated then the first film though.

 
 Posted:   Aug 13, 2012 - 2:53 AM   
 By:   Mike_J   (Member)

If you want a bit of fun, try watching Aliens back-to-back with the classic '54 sci-fi movie Them! and watch the amazing similarities!

 
 
 Posted:   Jul 24, 2013 - 8:02 PM   
 By:   Reeler   (Member)

Sorry but have to say the original by a wide margin. Less is more frightening. Plus Bill Paxton's character strikes me as being so over-the-top it's cliche. Gimme a break on the idea Reiser's character tries. They'd already done that so doing it again feels tacked on. The dialogue tries way to hard to be cool. But whaddaya expect? It's 80s excess!

 
 
 Posted:   Jul 24, 2013 - 9:25 PM   
 By:   Octoberman   (Member)

"Aliens" rocks.

White Zin rocks.

Now I'm thirsty.

 
 
 Posted:   Jul 25, 2013 - 8:26 AM   
 By:   Ado   (Member)

Aliens was literal and show off where Alien was in the shadow and restrained. I prefer the first. Granted that the second is entertaining, the first is a superior piece of craft. Ridley was the superior craftsman. Cameron has a need to impress, whereas Ridley has the need to evoke a mood or atmosphere.

 
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