Coming to Bluray and Digital HD from director James Cameron and 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment is an absolute necessity that will star in anyone’s home media library with “Aliens: 30th Anniversary Edition.”
After surviving the horror of the alien on her ship the Nostromo, Ripley (Sigourney Weaver) is found alive in cryo-stasis with fifty-seven years having passed. Trying to assimilate back into life along with cat Jones, she still has nightmares.
Unexpected visitors knock on her door with Carter Burke (Paul Reiser) along with Lt. Gorman (William Hope). They inform her that there are colonists on LV-426 terraforming, the planet where Ripley and crew discovered the alien, and that now contact has been lost. They want Ripley to come along as the military intends to discover what has happened.
At first Ripley isn’t having any of it, but changes her mind when Burke declares that they are going to kill any aliens they find. With his word Ripley boards the Sulaco along with Corporal Hicks (Michael Biehn), Pvt. Vasquez (Jenette Goldstein), Sgt. Apone (Al Matthews), Pvt. Drake (Mark Rolston), Pvt. Frost (Ricco Ross), Pvt. Hudson (Bill Paxton) and synthetic Bishop (Lance Henriksen).
Ripley explains to a crew of disbelievers what it is they might encounter on the planet. Feeling powerful in their mighty weaponry, the crew brushes her off. Discovering no one in the facility, they are shocked to come across Newt (Carrie Henn), a child who has hidden herself from the aliens.
Still not understanding what is happening, they begin a search that leads them all face to face with Ripley’s worst nightmare. Forced into the main facility, the group barricades themselves in trying to discover the best way to get away. Now Ripley must take charge in her own way because even after a betrayal she knows one thing they all don’t.
The aliens will never stop!
Weaver as Ripley has made this role so iconic that if anyone attempted to re-make this film there would a riot. She IS Ripley down to the core. This character is tough, emotional and hard at the same time, quick, smart, fearless in a time of her greatest fear and a badass to the core. I have seen all of these films over and over again and never get tired of watching and it is because of Sigourney Weaver.
Biehn as Hicks is the quick guy with a big gun. Once he realizes that this is worse than he could have ever possibly imagined, he listens to Ripley. My favorite scene with Biehn is when they can not use their high tech weapons in the cooling tower scene so Hicks just whips out a shotgun – frakken classic!
Reiser as Burke, Carter J. (oh yea, I’ve been waiting so long to be able to use that!) easily is the biggest douche-bag of the ALIEN series and Ripley says it best, and I quote, “You know Burke, I don’t know which species is worse. You don’t see them f***ing each other over for a goddamn percentage!”
If Burke is the biggest douche of the film then Paxton’s whiny portrayal of Hudson is the comic relief of the film. I mean seriously, this character is all mouth and when it comes to action Newt has bigger – well, you know. Still, it wouldn’t be ALIENS without him.
Goldstein as Vasquez keeps up with the men of her platoon in every way and I loved her character. Hope as Gorman takes both physical and mental lumps proving what many already know, being a leader takes more than a uniform cupcake!
Finally, Henriksen as Bishop and the only word is fantastic. Unlike his psychotic synthetic predecessor Ash (Ian Holm), Henriksen gives his un-human status very human qualities. He is just as smart as Ash but more humane and forthcoming which even Ripley eventually embraces.
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TUBS OF POPCORN: I give “Aliens: 30th Anniversary Edition” five tubs of popcorn out of five. Seriously, would you expect anything less of me? This is a film that has not only withstood the test of time but will continue to do so for so many reasons. First of all it is mind blowing in Bluray so know that when you sit down to watch the disc.
Second, for me this was one of the first ‘space’ films that was dark in its presentation but not so much that you can’t see anything (I hate that!) and dark in its telling. Although the aliens were most definitely the bad guys, what Ripley says to Burke is absolutely true. Ripley and some of the crew are fighting for what’s right while others not so much.
The final confrontation between Ripley and the big-frakken-huge-scary-did-I-say-big alien is so well done I can’t believe it sometimes. Her mother instinct definitely kicked into over drive on that platform while protecting Newt. That’s what I mean about her character being fearless even in the midst of fear.
Here’s more awesomeness on the Bluray: The Inspiration and Design of ALIENS Featurette, Deleted and Extended Scenes [gotta see those], Superior Firepower: Making ALIENS, Superior Firepower: Making ALIENS Enhancement, Pre-Production Galleries with The Art of ALIENS: Gateway Station and Colony, Vehicles and Weapons, Aliens, and Casting: Cast Portrait Gallery.
The Features on this Special Edition include: The 1986 Theatrical Version and the 1991 Special Edition, Introduction by James Cameron, Final Theatrical Isolated Score by James Horner, Composer’s Original Isolated Score, along with Deleted and Extended Scenes.
“Aliens” is the second part of the five including “Prometheus” and the upcoming “Alien: Covenant” and the character of Ripley is in the first four. I will state loud and proud right here that there will never be another character like Ripley. Weaver gave Ripley heart, strength and a spirit that has given Ripley a place in film history.