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Theatrical v Special Edition (Director´s cut)


I prefer the Director´s cut, even though some scenes I didn´t care for. The scene with Newt´s parents, slightly undermines the impact of finding Newt when we don´t know about her existence in the theatrical version. Hudson´s "check it out" scene is a bit dumb. On the other hand, I really liked the addition of Ripley finding out about her dead daughter, it adds an emotional gravitas to the Ripley-Newt relationship. The sentry gun scene is pretty awesome too and when they run out of ammo it adds to the direness of the predicament they are in.

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BOTH...THE ORIGINAL CUT WAS SO BURNED INTO MY MEMORY FROM REPEATED VIEWINGS BEFORE THE SPECIAL ED EVER CAME OUT...IVE SEEN IT MANY TIMES NOW TOO...THEY ALWAYS SEEM LIKE DIFFERENT THINGS IN MY HEAD THOUGH...IF I HAD TO PICK I GO ORIGINAL BASED SOLELY ON THATS HOW I SEE THE FILM IN MY HEAD.

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I was too young to see the theatrical. The first version I ever saw was my cousin´s copy of the Special Ed in 1992, so I always thought that was the theatrical until I was old enough to know otherwise. I guess there is probably more of an attachment to the one you saw more of too.

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Kowalski, why do you type in all caps?

The summer that Aliens was available on home video, we neighborhood kids always gathered at someone's house every morning and started the day with Aliens, mostly the part from when they arrived at LV-426 through the ambush. I must have watched it 60 times that summer and I could quote it line for line. I'm the same way as you. I'm so familiar with it that it's almost like a different movie.

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The sentry gun scene was desperately needed, because the theatrical cut lacked a sense of siege, IMHO. I have no problem with other added scenese either. I understand why some dislike the colony scene with Newt and her parents, but I think it made pacing of the story better. The theatrical cut jumps straight from Ripley's interrogation to the lost colony signal scene. It was also nice to see the colony full of life before the aliens came. It made a contrast. Sure, you lose some mystery atmosphere because of that scene, but you know already what has happened there if you have seen the first movie.

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Director's cut all the way for me.
The other scenes are kind of cool.. but also slow the movie waay down.

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The longer version is the director's cut. I assume you mean the theatrical cut?

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Ooops you're right. Theatrical ^^

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Can I have my pizza, please?

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Only if you like it with pineapples.

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I vote Theatrical all the way.

I find all of the scenes of the Special Edition to be absolutely unecessary.

Ripley finding out the fate of her daughter - I totally got that Ripley is parentally protective about Newt without this information upon first viewing. Unnecessary.

Newt's parents finding the derelict / eggs - cheapens the impact of the hive revelation scene and Newt's survival also becames less of a surprise. Also completely throws off the pacing, the slow suspense build up reaches the absolute high point when the marines find the hive... but we already know they will. Of course you can say that the title of the movie itself is giving this fact away, but still, it's unnecessary to show someone being facehugged, since we know that's the only way the infestation to start.

Hudson bragging about weaponry - could go either way, but I don't miss it from the Theatrical version

Automatic sentry gun scene - nice scene, but ultimately doesn't add anything to the plot, interferes with the pacing of the final third of the movie.

All in all - the Theatrical cut has superior pacing and packs all the information you need to understand certain character decisions and the overall plot.

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Directors cut, but remove all the colony moments and scenes with Newt’s parents, and it would be perfect.

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I first saw Aliens at the Theatre and I bought the Special Edition VHS (that takes me back!) it was never called 'Directors Cut' and I'm pretty sure what was shown at the Theatre was the cut Cameron intended. It's just Special Edition. Can't imagine a studio exec overruling Cameron on what the Theatrical cut should be!

Anyway I can see why the colonist scene was cut, I find the station acting hammy and the external rover shots look like a toy. It also takes away the tension of 'what the hell happen here' when marines arrive.

I did like the sentry gun stuff and the added jeopardy that brings. The other scenes are ok interesting enough but probably cut for timing it's a long enough film without them.






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You are right in that it wasn´t called the "Director´s cut" but either way, the Special Edition is the version Jim Cameron always intended for audiences to watch. In the DVD commentary, it was mentioned that the film had to be shortened to 2 hours 10 mins, so that it could have the maximum amount of screenings per day in theatres.

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I don't really there being much a difference...I'll have to watch it tonight.

Nothing really triggers my memory other than Newt's parents and a scene with Ripley on a park bench with a hologram like background...which was pretty cool.

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director's cut is what i prefer

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Directors cut, it took an already amazing sequel and further enhanced it.

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