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Old 06-19-2011, 01:14 PM   #9301
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Wow when was the last time any of the actual Alien movies was mentioned in this thread!!


I just recieved my copy of the Alien Anthology on Saturday. I am excited to get immersed into and revisting with this film series. I don't think I have seen the original Alien movie in some time. I am quite excited to own it and to watch it on Blu-Ray.

Hmmmmm....the question now is do I start with the Theatrical Cut or the Director's Cut of Alien.....
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Old 06-19-2011, 01:47 PM   #9302
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Hmmmmm....the question now is do I start with the Theatrical Cut or the Director's Cut of Alien.....
Have you seen both already?

I'll be honest, I don't prefer one over the other. Alien is actually my least watched film of all 4, of all time. While it's artistry is amazing, I don't find it as fun a film to watch because sometimes I just want to be more popcorn entertained, which is diminished in Alien once you lose the "what does it look like??" suspense. I still enjoy it, but I go to the other films much more often.

It's funny because I just jumped over to Wikipedia because I honestly couldn't remember the exact differences off the top of my head (I've only seen the DC twice), and they had this quote from Scott :

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The traditional definition of the term "Director's Cut" suggests the restoration of a director's original vision, free of any creative limitations. It suggests that the filmmaker has finally overcome the interference of heavy-handed studio executives, and that the film has been restored to its original, untampered form. Such is not the case with Alien: The Director's Cut. It's a completely different beast.
And there are other quotes that basically say he made it because Fox wanted him to, and because he wanted to give us more Alien since that's what we wanted (though, ironically enough, I forgot until I read the page - it's one minute shorter than the original cut.

So I'd say the original first, since some of it is not in the DC, since I'm all for chronology.

Now Aliens - Directors Cut all the way, baby - and I can name every change off the top of my head in about twenty seconds.
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Old 06-19-2011, 02:02 PM   #9303
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Have you seen both already?


So I'd say the original first, since some of it is not in the DC, since I'm all for chronology.

Now Aliens - Directors Cut all the way, baby - and I can name every change off the top of my head in about twenty seconds.
Thanks for the input....I was leaning Theatrical with Alien.....just so much to this box set....I can watch just this for a week!
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Old 06-19-2011, 02:31 PM   #9304
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Thanks for the input....I was leaning Theatrical with Alien.....just so much to this box set....I can watch just this for a week!
It took me two months to get through all the major video content. I've barely scratched the surface of the rest, I plan to go and finish everything off as I rewatch each film over time. It's a bit much at once, but I love the depth and the detail.

My favorite part is the "archive" of the Laser extras. I have gone into those - and I love that it truly can replace the old set. I was dearly hoping something like this for Star Wars, and still hope to be surprised.
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Old 06-20-2011, 07:00 AM   #9305
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Are we back to talking about Alien now? Praise Jebus!

The Theatrical Cut of Alien wins, hands down. While there are things that I prefer about the 2003 "Director's Cut," one scene was re-inserted toward the end of the film that was cut for very good reason...it stops the movie dead in its tracks when the pacing needs to barrel along. Scott realized this, and cut the scene in question. And he was right. When Fox approached him about doing an alternate cut for the DVD box-set (they wanted two cuts for each film), they basically wanted that scene reinstated. He agreed to do it, so long as he could take a crack at the rest of the film while he was at it. And in the course of creating the 2003 "Director's Cut," he made some adjustments that I really liked. But that scene toward the end just kills it, and knocks the ball back into the Theatrical Cut's court once and for all. It's great as a deleted scene, but it just doesn't work in the film.
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Old 06-20-2011, 07:55 AM   #9306
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Hmmmmm....the question now is do I start with the Theatrical Cut or the Director's Cut of Alien.....
IMO, you should always start with the theatrical cut. I feel it helps you appreciate the directors/extended cut more and in some cases less. It is the best place to start though.
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Damn True! However, I feel the theatrical will still help in the appreciation of just how awesome the differences in the Directors Cut are.
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The Theatrical Cut of Alien wins, hands down. While there are things that I prefer about the 2003 "Director's Cut," one scene was re-inserted toward the end of the film that was cut for very good reason...it stops the movie dead in its tracks when the pacing needs to barrel along.
I know exactly what scene you're talking about and it's cool but out of place. Another reason why I prefer to watch theatrical cuts before Directors or Extended.
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It took me two months to get through all the major video content. I've barely scratched the surface of the rest, I plan to go and finish everything off as I rewatch each film over time. It's a bit much at once, but I love the depth and the detail.

My favorite part is the "archive" of the Laser extras. I have gone into those - and I love that it truly can replace the old set. I was dearly hoping something like this for Star Wars, and still hope to be surprised.
I watched this set and its features every chance I got. It actually caused my girlfriend to get pissed because at the time we had also just got the Back to the Future set. I kept putting that off to watch Alien films and features. What's scary is, once you start watching this set and delve into its impressive supplemental package it's almost impossible to stop. So much worth while information that I damn sure never knew about. That's why any blu-ray fan on this forum who even remotely likes any one of these films needs to own this. Even if you're one of these hard-@sses who only likes 1 or 2 of the films, just chalk the rest of the films up as more bonus material and get this damn set. It's really that good! If the Star Wars set is only half as good, I'll still be impressed.
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Old 06-20-2011, 11:35 AM   #9309
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Are we back to talking about Alien now? Praise Jebus!

The Theatrical Cut of Alien wins, hands down. While there are things that I prefer about the 2003 "Director's Cut," one scene was re-inserted toward the end of the film that was cut for very good reason...it stops the movie dead in its tracks when the pacing needs to barrel along. Scott realized this, and cut the scene in question. And he was right. When Fox approached him about doing an alternate cut for the DVD box-set (they wanted two cuts for each film), they basically wanted that scene reinstated. He agreed to do it, so long as he could take a crack at the rest of the film while he was at it. And in the course of creating the 2003 "Director's Cut," he made some adjustments that I really liked. But that scene toward the end just kills it, and knocks the ball back into the Theatrical Cut's court once and for all. It's great as a deleted scene, but it just doesn't work in the film.
I guess I'll have to agree to disagree with many of you that feel that scene towards the end is a bad thing. I like it. A lot.

That scene is a huge revelation about the alien and it shows us that its just not some human-devouring beast. No - its got a plan and the plan requires hosts. I realize that we do get some idea of this because of what happens to Kane but I like the fact that we arent quite sure exactly whats going on throughout the film. I can somewhat agree that the pacing gets slowed down here and maybe this time frame of the film isnt best place for this scene but it needs to be in there. This film has a slower pace as is though so it doesnt bother me.

That scene works for me - I always watch the DC when I watch Alien!
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Old 06-20-2011, 02:38 PM   #9310
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I recently picked up Alien for $14.95 (I have no interest in the sequels).

On an rate, what a phenomenal film-like restoration. Absolutely top notch. This disc IS the standard for a proper handling of a 30+ year-old film.

Absolutely classic movie, as well.

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Old 06-20-2011, 04:20 PM   #9311
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I recently picked up Alien for $14.95 (I have no interest in the sequels).
I got a used copy of the alien anthology set, the uk one for the same price that you paid for your copy of alien
actually a little bit more due to shipping, i think it was 16 something for the whole set.
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Old 06-20-2011, 07:29 PM   #9312
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I have a question about the set. I just received the Anthology in the mail. I am in the U.S. and the rating on the box says "Irish Film Classification Office" and the rating is 18 and not R or Unrated. I am wondering if I am going to have problems playing this on my U.S. Blu-Ray Player?
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Old 06-20-2011, 07:31 PM   #9313
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I have a question about the set. I just received the Anthology in the mail. I am in the U.S. and the rating on the box says "Irish Film Classification Office" and the rating is 18 and not R or Unrated. I am wondering if I am going to have problems playing this on my U.S. Blu-Ray Player?
You won't have any problems as it is region free.
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Are we back to talking about Alien now? Praise Jebus!

The Theatrical Cut of Alien wins, hands down. While there are things that I prefer about the 2003 "Director's Cut," one scene was re-inserted toward the end of the film that was cut for very good reason...it stops the movie dead in its tracks when the pacing needs to barrel along. Scott realized this, and cut the scene in question. And he was right. When Fox approached him about doing an alternate cut for the DVD box-set (they wanted two cuts for each film), they basically wanted that scene reinstated. He agreed to do it, so long as he could take a crack at the rest of the film while he was at it. And in the course of creating the 2003 "Director's Cut," he made some adjustments that I really liked. But that scene toward the end just kills it, and knocks the ball back into the Theatrical Cut's court once and for all. It's great as a deleted scene, but it just doesn't work in the film.
The version of the scene in the Director's Cut sucks, too. The original, longer edit of it (on the 20th Anniversary DVD) works a lot better, IMO. Also, the Derelict transmission scene had its audio changed for the worst.
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Also, the Derelict transmission scene had its audio changed for the worst.
Since that scene isn't in the original film, I assume you are referring to the change between the sound on releases where this scene is presented as a deleted scene vs. what was heard in the so-called "Director's Cut".
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I guess I'll have to agree to disagree with many of you that feel that scene towards the end is a bad thing. I like it. A lot.

That scene is a huge revelation about the alien and it shows us that its just not some human-devouring beast. No - its got a plan and the plan requires hosts. I realize that we do get some idea of this because of what happens to Kane but I like the fact that we arent quite sure exactly whats going on throughout the film. I can somewhat agree that the pacing gets slowed down here and maybe this time frame of the film isnt best place for this scene but it needs to be in there. This film has a slower pace as is though so it doesnt bother me.

That scene works for me - I always watch the DC when I watch Alien!
I like it too...as a scene. Just not as part of the movie. The pacing doesn't just slow down here...it hits a brick wall. haha That final countdown needs to be an uninterrupted, pulse-pounding, relentless sequence...which is exactly what it is in the Theatrical Cut. In the "Director's Cut," we have to slam on the brakes for that extra scene, then try to resume the frantic pace. But it just doesn't work that way. Once that pace has been abandoned, it can't just be picked back up in a heartbeat. Therefore, it doesn't work. Which is why Scott cut it in the first place.

I always liked this as a deleted scene, but it doesn't work in the film. Yes, it gives us information about the Alien, but it's not necessary information in any sense. And, really, the Alien works best as an inscrutable predator...the less we know about it, the more frightening it is.
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Since that scene isn't in the original film, I assume you are referring to the change between the sound on releases where this scene is presented as a deleted scene vs. what was heard in the so-called "Director's Cut".
Yes, I mean the scene as it varies from the Director's Cut and the deleted scene on the 20th Anniversary DVD. You can find it on youtube:

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Listened to the Aliens commentary again on Sunday whilst doing the ironing, only checked it out once before, years back when the the Quad was first released. Still really great. Favourite moment, when the actors are commenting on their wake up scene in the sulaco, and everyone is talking about how buff Rico is. Paxton comments that he gave up working on his body early on, as it would have "cut into his drinking time".
Old Tony chews the scenery, Colin O'Donoghue plays it bland and uninterested, and nothing happens bar a cheap jump scare until ten minutes before the end, where the possessed Hopkins speaks in surfer lingo and suggests that O'Donoghue may have liked to have touched a girl's boob. Whoooo, scary!
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Briefly why I think the Alien monster is the best there is

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First off people have a hard time being scared of something they know isn't real, or couldn't possibly be real. A serial killer with a knife, like Jason for example, will always be just as scary if not scarier then your traditional science fiction monster. The reason? In my opinion its Jason's humanity. He is somewhat believable because in the end he is a man. Subconsciously we doubt the existence of most science fiction monsters because we've never seen them in real life. So subconsciously we lose some fear of them.

This is one of the reasons why the alien succeeds as, in my opinion, the best movie monster there ever was. It's human form makes it seem more real, at least subconsciously. Alot of people mocked the deleted "crab walk" scene. They said it made it too obvious it was a man in a suit. But they are overlooking several key things. The idea that the alien has the form of a man is important. It helps our brains make it more real as we can relate to it's human body shape. If it were a slug with 6 legs etc etc we could never possibly think it was real.

Another thing in the crab walk scene is how the alien defies conventional monster convention by not attacking and killing immediately. Instead it knows how much more powerful it is then the human. It casually "crab walks" over to the human which poses no threat to it and inspects her. There are several theories about this. Maybe as an asexual being but still holding on to a male human instincts in which it was born from the creature was interested in inspecting a human female. This is very disturbing. Not only would this creature kill you, it would likely rape you sexually first, then kill you like the worst human serial killers. This adds a disturbing layer to the alien monster that is untouched. It simply isn't out on a mission to kill at first sight, but it also has a sense of curiosity. Something the alien sequels did not instill in their alien.

The creature's size is perfect. At around 8 feet tall its agile and strong enough to be physically superior to any human. The problem with small monsters is the audience may think they could simply lock it behind a door, or even hurt it by striking it with a bat or piece of furniture. You knew you had no chance against this thing.

I'll never really understand what the alien was doing in Ripley's escape pod. It had to have seen her walking around but never got out until she blasted it with smoke. Was it sleeping? What was it doing? This adds so much to the mystery of the alien. Most typical movie monsters would have it jump out and attack her as soon as it got close to her, but no, not alien.

I also preferred the original death scene of the first crewman. Grabbing his head and crushing it to me was far more intense then using the mouth within a mouth. It showed the creature's power, and by taking so long to kill him it showed the creature's merciless behavior.

Finally on the creature's design I'm not sure why they covered up the human skull on the end of it's head. To me this adds an extra "human" element to it which would have made it seem even more real, and of course frightening. Is there anything more frightening then being attacked by something's who head is a human skull?

Sadly I don't think the alien creature will ever be surpassed by another monster. Super 8's alien shows that Hollywood is not very interseted in making original monsters anymore.
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