R | | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi
Ellen Ripley is rescued by a deep salvage team after being in hypersleep for 57 years. The moon that the Nostromo visited has been colonized, but contact is lost. This time, colonial marines have impressive firepower, but will that be enough?
Budget constraints meant that they could only afford to have six hypersleep capsules for the scenes set aboard the Sulaco. Clever placement of mirrors and camera angles made it look like there were 12. Each hypersleep chamber cost over $4,300 to build.
Salvage Team Leader:
Bio-readouts are all in the green, looks like she's alive. Well, there goes our salvage, guys.
The landing sequence is incorrect. The dropship is seen accelerating while deorbiting, such acceleration would send it to a higher orbit. Deorbiting needs deceleration from the orbital speed. The dropship should have fired retro-rockets or it should have turned backwards to use the main thrusters for deceleration. Moreover, if the Sulaco is exactly above the colony (as stated in the novelization), the dropship should have done a vertical drop (relative to the planet) or should have completed a full orbit while descending to end up right above the colony.
The ALIENS title forms slowly during the opening credits. The full title isn't seen until the opening credits are finished, and the "I" illuminates brightly.
An additional scene shows Ripley searching for Newt and finding Burke who has been cocooned and impregnated. Burke begs Ripley to shoot him, instead she hands him a grenade. This scene was filmed (some magazines printed a few shots taken from it), but it does not appear in any version of the film, because Burke, given the established timetable, would have still had the facehugger attached to his face.
$10,052,042 (USA) (20 July 1986)