Weaver, Carrie Henn, Michael Biehn, Lance Henrickson, Paul Reiser, Jeanette Goldstein
1995, 154 minutes, Directed by: James Cameron
Description:Sigourney Weaver returns as Ripley, who awakens on Earth only to
discover that she has been hibernating in space so long that everyone she
knows is dead. Then she is talked into traveling (along with a squad of
Marines) to a planet under assault by the same aliens that nearly killed
her. Once she gets there, she finds a lost little girl who triggers her
maternal instincts--and she discovers that the company has once again
double-crossed her, in hopes of capturing one of the aliens to study as a
This Special Edition is a
version of Aliens, now considered to be an almost modern sci-fi
classic, which has never been seen before its release on video and laser disc.
about 17 minutes of extra footage restored to the original film by its director James (Terminator, Titanic) Cameron.
These scenes include:
References about what
happened to Ripleys daughter
Scenes in which the
colonists on the planet are sent to investigate Ripleys claims about the alien ship
whose distress signal her crew had intercepted in the original Alien
A minor subplot involving
automated machine gun sentries employed by the space marines against the alien hordes
Even though 17 minutes may
sound like a lot, the extra added scenes do not change much to the overall film and merely
fleshes out a few characterization points and redundantly colors in what audiences would have
The machine gun sequence is cool however and so brief that one is left
wondering why it wasnt left in the film in the first place.
If you havent seen
Aliens yet, then this is the version to seek out.
If youve been planning to
see it again in any case, a rental wouldnt hurt much. Otherwise, unless youre
a fanatical film completist, it isnt worth losing sleepless nights over not
having seen this particular version of the movie . . .