Aliens non-SE available?

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  1. Stas T

    Stas T Stunt Coordinator

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    Was there ever or is there still or will there ever be an Aliens disc featuring the theatrical cut? Thanks for any info.
     
  2. Dean DeMass

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    There is no version now available on DVD, and I don't believe there is one planned in the future. Maybe Peter Staddon could chime in and give you a definite answer.
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  3. Rob Gillespie

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    It would be lovely to have a theatrical/extended disc using seamless branching. Not sure if that will ever happen though. The longer cut only exists on (professional) video, unlike The Abyss which had it's extended cut created on film.
     
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    Hey, Rob, that reply slightly confuses me. Are you saying that the current DVD was mastered from video and not from film? It looks pretty good to me - the 'blues' artefacting aside.
    Or are you saying there's a longer cut only available on video?
    Personally I am happy to have the longer version but agree that a branching edition would have been nice. I guess it wasn't possible to do it easily when this title was mastered. Even T2 is meant to give people some problems isn't it?
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    I could have sworn that most of the reinserted footage has it's own chapter stops.. I'm probably wrong, but I don't really think that there's much of a lapse. Hudson's theories on the Aliens and "Dwayne, it's Dwayne" are the only bits I can think of offhand. It's been a while, and as such I know what I'll be watching this evening. [​IMG]
    I won't be rebuying it unless there is some decent extras on a rerelease. (Paging Van Ling..)
     
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    This is definitely a film that deserves one of those Anchor Bay 2-disc LE-type deals. I doubt it'll happen though...
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    I read that the new DVD was finished on film, as upposed to video. That would explain it
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  11. Rob Gillespie

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    I'd not heard that myself Jeff but you may well be right.
     
  12. TheoGB

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    Surely they must have a film version somewhere, though. I mean, it wasn't shot on professional video, was it? So I guess if they wanted to do an ultimate edition then they could go the whole hog.
    Nice to have an XSE of Alien with the deleted scenes restored to pristine and stuck back in. Though I realise the coccoon sequence doesn't exactly allow for the sequel it was totally fantastic, IMO.
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    Right Jeff, that would for sure explain the difference, seems like the editors forgot about that little mistake.
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    When the DVD box set of the Alien films was released in 1999 I seem to recall reading (I don't remember where but I will try to find out where) that although the 1992 LD of the Aliens Directors cut was assembled on video only, the DVD version was newly (at the time) re-assembled on film specifically for that box set.
    I definitely remember reading this somewhere in 99'.
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