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Genre: Scifi/action/horror

Year: 1986

Run Time, Theatrical version: NTSC 137min/PAL 131min

Run Time, Special Edition: NTSC 154min/PAL 148min

Director: James Cameron

Cast: Sigourney Weaver, Carrie Henn, Michael Biehn, Bill Paxton, Lance Henriksen, Jenette Goldstein

After 57 years of deep sleep Ripley, the only survivor of Nostromo, is found by a salvage ship. She recovers only to find out that the planet, LV-426 is now populated by colonists. Ripley tries to warn the authorities but to no avail. Fairly soon contact to LV-426 is lost and Ripley takes on a journey once again, this time with massive fire power behind her. The problem is, it might not be enough...

Aliens is one of the first movies I remember watching. I was maybe five years old at that time. In school when girls would play with dolls or what ever, us tough guys would go into the woods, pick up a stick thinking it was pulse rifle and just shoot some aliens, yay! "Let's rock!!!" Best days of my life, man...

So maybe it's my fond memories of Aliens, but I consider it to be my favourite movie. It covers so many themes I like. Cool and terrifying monsters, great action, tough ass soldiers, people trapped in an isolated enviroment. The list goes on. So Sigourney Weaver stars but look at the rest of the cast. You got Lance Henriksen, Bill Paxton, Jenette Goldstein and of course good old Michael Biehn. I'd like to see these guys working together again. Maybe in another James Cameron - movie? Perhaps.

When I was a kid all I wanted to be was Cpl. Hicks. To this date, it remains as one of my favourite military characters. Seriously, has there ever been a cooler portrait of a soldier than Michael Biehn's Cpl. Hicks? He first stays pretty much on the backround as one of the grunts but once the shit hits the fan, he takes control of the situation. Stay frosty, people!

  Rating 8.5/10


Region UK
Distributor 20th Century Fox
Video 1.85:1
Audio english 5.1DD
Subtitles english HoH
Special Features
  • Both theatrical edition & Special Edition
  • James Cameron introduction to the extended version
  • Audio commentary by James Cameron (Extended version only)
  • Pre-production: 3 Featurettes, Multi angle pre-vis animatics, Photo galleries
  • Production: Five featurettes, Photo galleries, Weapon And Vehicles photo archives, Stan Winston's Workshop photo archives
  • Three featurettes
  • Photo archives
  • Film Finish And Release galleries
Packaging Steelbook


As a stand-alone release I recommend this very nice steelbook edition. There's also australian (R4) Definitive Edition available but it doesn't come as a steelbook. If, however you're a fan of the alien-series I'd recommend Alien Quadrilogy-set which includes all the four movies and huge amount of extras. It seems the special features of the Definitive Edition are identical to those of Alien Quadrilogy. At least in the featurettes included on the Quadrilogy-set Michael is interviewed a lot. He also appears in some of the featurettes about Alien 3. Alien Quadrilogy is also easily available in many countries & regions.

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