I just went to see ALIEN : DC and, whilst it was great to see it on the big screen again, I really felt that this Director's Cut trend has gone too far. The minute a scene is cut during the editing process, all kinds of subtle readjustments are made down the line. It's not so easy to just slot those scenes back in. The only time it works is when you re-introduce a scene that was cut at the VERY LAST MOMENT. In Alien, when they say "we're going in" (sorry if that's a paraphrase) we immediately cut to the Nostromo on its way to the Alien Planet. It's perfect as it is and it simply makes NO SENSE to interrupt that cut with them listening to the Alien distress signal. The distress call is a great idea but the sound effect was never eerie enough, to my mind. It was right to cut it. The scene where Lambert has a go at Ripley is also unnecessary and the continuity is now fucked, with Yaphet Kotto now repeating lines for no good reason. And I'm afraid Scott was absolutely right about the cocoon scene. It DOES slow things down. Not only that, the design of the cocooning is poor and looks unfinished. It's obviously fibreglass and lacks detail. Skerritt's "help me" is almost laughable.In the DC, Scott has actually shortened this scene - omitting Ripley's dialogue -and it feels like a total cop-out. It betrays a sense that Scott knew damn well this scene shouldn't be going back in, and the whole exercise feels cynical. Unlike BLADE RUNNER, Scott has never mentioned any problems with the finished version of ALIEN and neither should he ; it was absolutely fine as it was. So I started thinking about all the Director's Cuts that have been released and I can't actually think of one where the changes were really for the better. The extra scene with Brando in SUPERMAN works well, but changes earlier (concerning Zod's plan) actually raise questions which are never answered. JFK works ok, but only because that's such a dense movie I couldn't remember what was there to begin with. And you could argue that the LOTR E.E's work, but I'd argue that they weren't DC's in the first place. They're extended editions that are conceived right alongside the theatrical versions. Ironically, it's butchered films like THE AVENGERS and LXG that'd benefit most from Director's Cuts but we're unlikely to ever see them, as the butchering led to them flopping at the Box Office. ALIEN 3 is a noteable exception, so fingers crossed for that one. But films that were fine to begin with should really be left alone.