Aliens (1986)

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Fifty-seven years after surviving an apocalyptic attack aboard her space vessel by merciless space creatures, Officer Ripley awakens from hyper-sleep and tries to warn anyone who will listen about the predators.


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7 June 1999 | WoBiE1
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| A milestone in movie making....
Just recently, I have purchased the new Alien Legacy box set on DVD, and each one is excellent. Aliens is the second chapter in the Alien saga and is probably the most remembered by today's generation. Let's face it; it changed the way sci-fi movies were made forever,and it hasn't been for the best(I'm not saying Aliens is a bad film). Aliens set such a high standard in action sci-fi(basically the new genre the James Cameron has created) that none of the copycats can compete. Take the recent movies Soldier and Event Horizon(both directed by Paul Anderson). They both try to be Alien movies but do not succeed. My advice to Mr. Anderson is to stop trying to copy what has already been done. Enough said.

As for Aliens, it is a perfect sci-fi action movie. Great casting(although ALL are stereotypes), great music(James Horner is the man), great use of technology and a well written script are all present. Weaver's performance is outstanding; one of the best action heroes of all time just happens to be a woman. If you have a chance to watch the director' cut of Aliens, I suggest you take it(it's available in the new Alien Legacy box set or alone on DVD and VHS as well as on laserdisc). It expands on Ripley's maternal persona which makes Weaver's performance all the better.

James Cameron came off making The Terminator and made Aliens. He used his expertise in the sci-fi genre and created an engrossing story that does not let up until the final reel of the film. For all the young folk out there that have not seen this film, watch it and see perfection in action movie making. A must see.

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The Queen was portrayed by a combination of a full-size animatronic model and small-scale miniatures. The full-size Queen, constructed by Winston's special effects company, used a combination of stunt performers encased within the puppet and external manipulation to achieve its performance; this innovative approach was devised by Cameron. As such an animatronic had never before been constructed, the concept was first tested with a crude mock-up (affectionately called the "Garbage Bag Queen" by Winston's team, due to the black trash bags used to cover it) in the parking lot of Winston's studio in Los Angeles. The final full-size Queen puppet was constructed in England and was mounted on a large crane, kept out of shot in the film through clever editing. Although only one body shell was utilized for the majority of filming, a second was built especially for shots of the Queen from behind, with a different closing mechanism for sealing the stunt men within.


Quotes

Salvage Team Leader: Bio-readouts are all in the green, looks like she's alive. Well, there goes our salvage, guys.


Goofs

When the aliens capture Newt and Ripley tries to go after her, Hicks holds her back and tells Ripley that they can track Newt using the tracking device. Hicks gave the tracker band to Ripley and didn't witness Ripley giving it to Newt so he wouldn't have known this. However, he didn't witness it onscreen; Ripley obviously told him about it offscreen.


Crazy Credits

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.


Alternate Versions

A Special Edition saw a limited release on Laserdisc in December 1991, in which only 10,000 copies were made. It had 17 minutes of restored footage. It was also released on VHS in 1992 and 1993. Audiences first experienced this on DVD when it was released in 1999. There were several rare copies of Aliens released on VHS that included the Sentry gun scenes but no others.

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Genres

Action | Adventure | Sci-Fi | Thriller

Box Office

Budget:

$18,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$10,052,042 20 July 1986

Gross USA:

$85,160,248

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$131,060,248

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