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Old May 16 2012, 01:32 AM   #600
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Re: Movies Seen in 2012

65. Alien (A+)
66. Aliens (A)

Alien: Although I just saw this on Blu-Ray, I had the opportunity to see it in 35mm (along with Cameron's sequel) for free. I'm glad I took advantage of the opportunity. It's a great movie. I think I marginally prefer Scott's 2001 director's cut over the original theatrical version that I saw here, but it's not a big difference.

Aliens: Cameron's sequel isn't quite as good as the first film, but it's damned close. The theatrical version isn't nearly as good as the special edition, though. By cutting out every scene referring to Ripley's daughter, much of the thematic substance of the movie is lost. I also mourn the truncation of the sequence where the survivors hold up in the command center, as well as the deletion of the reel that shows Hadley's Hope before the Alien infestation, and many of the slow tracking shots through the Sulaco that give the movie more of the feeling of Alien. I still think it's terrific, though.

Theatres: 28 +1
Home Video: 34
Computer: 4
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