ALIENS (1986) Breakdown | Easter Eggs, Hidden Details & Things You Missed 

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ALIENS (1986) Breakdown | Easter Eggs, Hidden Details & Things You Missed. In this video, we break down Aliens. We return to dive deeper into the Alien nest to break down all the Easter Eggs, Hidden Details and Things you Missed throughout the Movie. Released in the year 1986 by James Cameron this movie is an all-time classic and really opened up the genre and did things we had never seen before in a film, the Alien Queen the Marines and some outstanding visual effects for the era, this movie really helped to change the Sci-Fi genre.
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Ok, so I think that Aliens is probably up there on the Mount Rushmore of the best sequels ever made. Though this leans far more into being an action movie than the prior entry, it feels like an evolution of what came before, and it naturally builds on character arcs, the xenomorphs backstory, and everything that made that first film a masterpiece. Throughout this video, we're going to be breaking down the movie and going over the themes, hidden details, easter eggs, and other things you may have missed.Now, whereas Ridley Scott said that he actually preferred the original version of the film, James Cameron has said that the Aliens director's cut is his preferred version of the film. Cameron described it as 40 miles of bad road, saying this is a longer and more intense journey through hell.This is the version I'm going to be reviewing for this movie, and if you haven't seen it then I definitely recommend that you watch it over the theatrical version. Aliens is a far faster and more intense story than its predecessor, which is even clearly shown by the title reveal, which happens way quicker than it did in the prior movie.Now, the story itself features the archetypes of Joseph Campbell's "hero's journey," and in case you're unaware of this, it basically provides an outline for a typical hero character. This starts off with a call to action, which is Ripley being asked to go back to LV-426; we then have a refusal like what we see in the film; the aid and mentor can initially be seen as Carter Burker; and then from here we cross the threshold when going to the planet. New allies and enemies are made in the marines and Newt before we get an ordeal in which they discover the xenomorphs. From here, we have the death of the mentor, the battle with the brother, who could both represent Burke, and so on and so forth..
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Heavy Spoilers
Heavy Spoilers 22 gün önce
Check out our breakdown of Alien 3 here - trvid.com/video/video--auejnUVH4A.html
Mark Poidvin
Mark Poidvin 20 gün önce
Did you misspeak when you said the first movie was action and the second movie was psychological? Because there is no question the first movie is all suspense and the second is all action. I am very curious.
Cat Mate
Cat Mate 13 gün önce
No, not Alien 3, nooooooo.... It's awful.
Ben Crimson
Ben Crimson 12 gün önce
Wow, that's insanely detailed! Hammer! How much time does everyone involved invest in researching and producing such a video?
Jacc Just-A-Concerned-Citizen
The director says they prefer the… (checks notes)… directors cut. Yeah, i think you can take that as a given. I want to see the director who says they don’t prefer their version. Even if they didn’t legitimately prefer their version, why would they ever say that publicly?!
GilraenTook 5 gün önce
Oh no, you poor soul! I'll go watch so you won't have had to torture yourself like that in vain.
Steven Nicholas
Steven Nicholas 2 aylar önce
RIP Bill Paxton. Some of the greatest lines in sci-fi.
jothain Aylar önce
Shame. Didn't knew he had passed. Talented actor.
behrens97 Aylar önce
No way man! Were fuckin dead man!
Elijah Scott
Elijah Scott Aylar önce
Aliens is right up there with True Lies & Weird Science two of Bill Paxton's best films
behrens97 Aylar önce
@Elijah Scott Twister and Titanic. It's gone green...
Steven Nicholas
Steven Nicholas Aylar önce
Aliens is a breed apart in nerd sci-fi. Not only great lines from Bill Paxton, but just lines in general. "In the pipe, 5 by 5' Anyone who has ever played Starcraft knows that line. His soliloquy about nukes, knives and sharp sticks is another reminder. Such an awesome film in all aspects. They mostly come at night. Mostly.
R. Michael Burns
R. Michael Burns 12 gün önce
I LOVE the director's cut of Aliens. The robot sentry guns, the early scenes at Hadley's Hope with Newt and her family, the backstory on Ripley's daughter... Great stuff.
Otokichi786 2 gün önce
I discovered these and the "Dwayne/Ellen" exchange in the 1990 Special Edition Laserdisc(!).
R. Michael Burns
R. Michael Burns Gün önce
@Otokichi786 I actually got my hands on a complete draft of the screenplay at a con years ago and got to read the scenes long before the director's cut DVD came along.
Blazin Canadian
Blazin Canadian Gün önce
Mr Burns im a Burns to lol and im 100 percent sure ive only ever seen the directors cut maybe on tv i seen the original as a kid but directors cut all the way
och70 2 aylar önce
Ripley's little head tilt, and the change of her facial expression from scared to "kill mode" before she opens fire in the egg laying room is so awesome.
Stephen Miller
Stephen Miller Aylar önce
i think its coincidence, but it mimics the movement of the queen.
H. Lightsphere
H. Lightsphere Aylar önce
oh you want some of this!
Sérgio Moura
Sérgio Moura Aylar önce
That's one of the many reasons why Sigourney was nominated for an AA.
Stop the Philosophical Zombies
@Sérgio Moura She really should have won, but the Academy is notoriously snobby against horror and scifi.
Logan W
Logan W Aylar önce
I could totally see that as b-roll like she was getting ready for her take and they just thought it was so awesome they kept it.
Terry Steele
Terry Steele Aylar önce
I think the comments about "bug hunts" were referencing the novel Starship Troopers by Robert Heinlein, whom Cameron loved. In the novel the insectoid alien race were referred to as "bugs." He once said he'd read everything Heinlein had written, and Cameron's heroines (Ellen Ripley [Aliens], Sarah Conner [Terminator 1 and 2], Lindsey Brigman (The Abyss), Rose DeWitt Bukater [Titanic], Neytiri and Dr. Augustine [Avatar]) are said to be "Heinlein Women," female characters who are intelligent, brave, capable, and able to take care of themselves in dangerous situations.
Phil Green
Phil Green Aylar önce
Rose is no heroine, merely a survivor as she let Jack die. There was plenty of room on that board for both of them. All the rest you list willingly risked their lives to save others.
HelenBree Aylar önce
So happy to see this comment 😊. After watching Starship Troopers years ago I kind of thought it would be a fun theory if there was a chance of a shared universe. Wouldn’t mind seeing a giant bug vs an alien queen fight.
Sigrid 2 aylar önce
34:21 Good god, almost 40 years later this scene is still so badass it gives me chills. Not just the scene itself, but the sound track absolutely MAKES the scene. From the rhythmic industrial hammer-like clanking as the structure collapses around them, crescendoing to the adrenaline racing thumping horns and snare drums as Bishop "floors it", making the ship itself heroic as it protects the protagonists from the plumes of flame engulfing it, its engines revving at full blast just barely keeping it ahead of the destruction, and then it all just ends abruptly and goes silent as the nuclear blast goes off. This movie was an absolute masterpiece.
Matt L
Matt L 2 aylar önce
You know when a movie made that long ago stands up today, it's a masterpiece. (40 years? Jeebus.)
Brian McKnight
Brian McKnight 2 aylar önce
I’m surprised you skipped over the “Get away from her, you BITCH!” line. Listen, I was in a theater on the opening weekend of Aliens. When Sigourney delivered that line, the roof blew off that place. Screaming, yelling, hooting, hollering, whistling, high-fiving… the crowd came unglued. It’s the most memorable moment I’ve ever had at a theater.
badminton 2 aylar önce
It's my #1 all time favourite delivered line in any movie. Sigourney put everything into it. I've heard it dozens of times and it still gives me goosebumps.
Dermot Campbell
Dermot Campbell 2 aylar önce
Must be an American thing, I've never in all my 36 years of going to the cinema seen anyone high five each other in the UK/Ireland while watching a movie. I remember watching The Phantom Menace on a shitty VHS copy and when Maul is defeated the entire cinema starts hollering and cheering, I found it bizarre and amusing.
Texas BEAST 2 aylar önce
​@Dermot Campbell It's at least as thrilling as watching men in short shorts kick a leather ball into a net. I mean, come on!
Brian McKnight
Brian McKnight 2 aylar önce
@Dermot Campbell Where I live, people are generally quiet and respectful at the theater. But, sometimes, people can't help themselves. They get so invested in a movie, they have emotional reactions. I witnessed a similar crowd reaction when I saw Rocky IV on opening weekend. When Rocky beat Drago, people were actually standing and cheering.... like they would if they were actually at the fight.
uberpanzerm 2 aylar önce
Also saw Aliens in a theater opening night and as the survivors were getting into the sleep chambers, someone up in the front yelled "Oh no, NOT AGAIN!!!!!" The entire place was filled with people that had watched and re-watched Alien and everyone burst out laughing. Although you might not remember when you first saw Aliens @Heavy Spoilers, I will remember when I did forever since it was the 2nd movie I had ever seen on opening night.
Karen Ingram
Karen Ingram 2 aylar önce
I think Alien and Aliens are both perfect movies, but for different reasons. That's why it's really hard for many people, including myself, to decide which one is "better." You can't really judge them by the same metric, but when you look at each one individually, they both end up being rated perfect. Just my two cents.
Iron Bridge
Iron Bridge 2 aylar önce
Same here. It's like apples and oranges with me. Both different flavors but great nonetheless.
MeloraLovesDarkness 2 aylar önce
They really Are, 2 different animals, which are both perfect films I think also. Too bad Alien 3 is such a disappointer really.. What I hate about A3 is the depressing beginning... Ripley has to be the most tragic of Any heroine that I can think of. The few moments of Any happiness that she experiences in the movies are with Newt, which is a VERY short time. 😞
Karen Ingram
Karen Ingram 2 aylar önce
@MeloraLovesDarkness Alien 3 had some cool ideas, but it was executed so badly.
Iron Bridge
Iron Bridge 2 aylar önce
@MeloraLovesDarkness I would have been happy if they let the ending of Aliens complete the Ripley arc and they explored a different aspect of the Alien lore.
Jonathan Dutchak
Jonathan Dutchak 2 aylar önce
And 3 was incredible as well. The premise and the characters. Ending was a bit weird with the Bishop-like character. Other than that - near perfect.
B0M0A0K Aylar önce
Alien and Aliens are two of my all time favorite films. But I think that Alien 3 is far too underrated. It's a different kind of film and definitely went through development hell, but in the end I really enjoy it. The cinematography is great and I really liked those shots where the scene devolved into a slow motion of the action (the bucket and the igniter scene).
Boring Old White Guy
Ripley going back for Jones in Alien and then doing the same thing for Newt in aliens has always seem, to me at least, to be a reference to the power and strength of the maternal instinct. Just like how a mother bear will put herself into tremendous danger and take on anything that stands between her and her offspring Ripley has the same response to those she feels that same connection to. She wasn't able to do this for her biological daughter and so that drive is even stronger as she has a need to atone for her failure as a mother. I know a few people who thought going back for Newt was stupid and added nothing to the film but in doing so and confronting the queen we found the queen had the same response, almost like it is universal. So we were left in a mexican stand-off between two mother bears, both of which were willing to do whatever it takes to protect their young. When they weren't able to do this they wrought vengeance upon the one who stood in their way.
Eric Fisher
Eric Fisher 24 gün önce
Except Ripley was not written as a woman in the first film.
William Somerset
William Somerset 23 gün önce
Well said EnjoymentBoy!
NotMorganFreeman Aylar önce
Hicks sleeping during the drop ship sequence is actually a reference to marines being able to sleep even while riding in the most uncomfortable and rough moving transports. This got a huge laugh when I saw it in the theatre while in the Marine Corps in 86. This was an excellent video.
matt burnett
matt burnett 19 gün önce
I rides motorcycle, riding as a passenger in any other vehicle I'm out like a light
Apo 9 gün önce
I always thought it was because he lost consciousness because of the G-force effect but the sleeping part is more accurate, since he's a marine and was most likely trained to not faint in this kind of situation.
Scottie Aylar önce
Just a word on the auto-loader that I think you may have missed. The Power Loader in the film was a full-scale prop constructed around stuntman John Lees, who was concealed inside, immediately behind Sigourney Weaver. Constructed from aluminium, fiberglass and PVC plastic, the finished machine weighed around 600 lbs and included hidden counterweights disguised as machine components to help balance it. Even so, owing to the suit's weight and bulk, it had to be either suspended from wires (concealed within the radio antennae on the suit's shoulders) or mounted on a counterbalanced crane for filming. It featured electrically operated claws, although the various hydraulic systems on the arms and legs were cosmetic only. The tandem design allowed Sigourney Weaver to be in the operator's seat at all times, while Lees controlled the suit from within.
multirevelator 8 gün önce
sounds like you may of worked on it?, John Richardsons team in the UK made it, alot of it was lightweight vac forms. There is a funny story about a balloon..
Scottie 7 gün önce
@multirevelator No, I didn't work on it (wish I did!), but I have a fascination for practical effects, and this movie was full of them! I have quite a few books on Alien, Aliens and H.R.Giger.
Hot Yaya
Hot Yaya 2 gün önce
With modern computers and balance controls, a thing like this could probably be build in real. But its not an efficient design to move cargo around.
Otokichi786 2 gün önce
I've read that the Power Loader was so convincing that construction companies contacted the studio to find out where they'd gotten them!
Scottie Gün önce
@Otokichi786 Well, I did not know that. However, I'm not surprised!
Wilson Tortosa
Wilson Tortosa Aylar önce
Two small details I really like: One is when Burke and Gorman visit Ripley. Ripley pours two cups of coffee for them and Gorman simply holds his and then puts it down on the table while Burke helps himself to the kitchen to add creamer on his. Two small character details just to show you their personalities. The other one is when Ripley and Newt stumble into the Alien Queen. Ripley tilts her head before burning up the eggs, and later the Alien Queen does the same head tilt when she sees the other elevator open before her and uses it to follow Ripley and Newt.
Deep Blue Sky
Deep Blue Sky Aylar önce
Actually, I always thought that the queen's head tilt encountering the dual elevators was like a dog tilting its head trying to understand something. There is another scene where the queen moves its head like a dog moving aggressively with its ears back. That's what I saw anyway.
mleise Aylar önce
It made Gorman already look a little tense or stiff in this situation. Like he came there for a purpose and can't quickly switch to casual. If you want to see him again in the Alien universe go play Alien: Isolation where he's Marshal Waits. ;-)
Heavy Spoilers
Heavy Spoilers 2 aylar önce
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Anthony Losego
Anthony Losego 2 aylar önce
I was thinking you should do an Alien 3, but if you had not seen it, well, do yourself a favor and don't. It's better that you never see it.
Snapper314 2 aylar önce
You repeated mention how "cocky" and excited the Marines were in a negative light. What would you rather have? A timid, nervous, and scared Military? How about frightened Fighter Pilots? Or timid Submarine crews? Being cocky or confident is a way to psyched for something hard and/or dangerous. It happens in a lot of fields where things are harder than making TRvid videos.
Randy Lagoo
Randy Lagoo 2 aylar önce
These democrat abortion ads need to stop!!! Freaking every video gives me 1 or so those ads....which they just "cry he won't let us kill babies whenever we want for our rituals. Plus we love to lie."
Ryan Lear
Ryan Lear 2 aylar önce
Regarding Horner's music, he lifted a LOT of his themes from Holst's The Planets. Give Mars a listen and tell me that's not an inspiration.
Jason Vorhees
Jason Vorhees 2 aylar önce
I'll sub. Great catch with Dallas working for the Tyrell Corporation. And that Cartwright is trans?! 😂🤷🏻‍♂️
Brandon Shepherd
Brandon Shepherd 2 aylar önce
Aliens is obviously one of the greatest films ever made. The directors cut barely made it 15 minutes longer. And I can understand the concerns with runtime. But this is not some song on the radio being cut in order to broaden & increase commercial time. This was/is an epic story on the screen. Out of the 5 scenes that were cut, the scene with Burke discussing Ripley's daughter should have 100% been left in, for greater context regarding her relationship with Newt.
Ivor Biggun
Ivor Biggun Aylar önce
I'm not sure Ripley's relationship with Newt needs any context. Ripley is just doing what any right-minded person would do if they found a distressed child.
dc110770 Aylar önce
The century guns section makes more sense. I always wondered why there were not more aliens until I saw the directors cut.
Drake Christensen
Drake Christensen Aylar önce
I remember seeing this the first time in the theater. The main thing I came away with was how I was on the edge of my seat for the final 45 mins of the movie. Cameron was a master at sustaining tension without letting it become tedious.
Jaden The Celestial
Jaden The Celestial 2 aylar önce
A little detail a lot of people may have missed, in the scene when the marines first enter the Xenomorph nest, and Apone tells them to switch to infrared, you see the part when the character Dietrich, who has her infrared visor on, just looks directly at a hidden Xeno. She even states, “Maybe they don’t show up on infrared at all.” before looking away from the Xeno before it grabs her. This little detail was a crucial moment to use in the later Alien vs. Predator films, explaining why the Predators couldn’t initially see the Xenos without changing their visors to a different spectrum.
PUBHEAD Aylar önce
I like the director's cut with the exception of the scenes with Newt's parents and the people in Hadley's hope and finding the derelict ship. I think putting in those scenes explain things more but takes away from the mysterious creepiness when the marines arrive. I like being more unaware of what happened rather than being the audience who knows what happened while the marines don't.
Douglas Heath
Douglas Heath 24 gün önce
@PUBHEAD Disagree. I think it adds to the impending fear knowing something the characters don’t: You KNOW something terrible is there which counteracts the bravado the Marines have.
PUBHEAD 24 gün önce
@Douglas Heath Either way, I think we can both agree that it's a kick ass movie regardless of the version👍😁.
Harbinger28567 21 gün önce
I saw Aliens before I saw Alien. With the descriptive dialogue and references to the previous movie, I was able to mentally visualize what had happened. Several years later I was finally able to see the original, and it was pretty close to what I imagined had happened. Just another example of how much of a good director/story-teller James Cameron is.
DNICE41 2 aylar önce
This and terminator 2, two of the best sequels ever. 80s & 90s was the golden age of sci-fi.
Alex P
Alex P 2 aylar önce
And now most sci-fi feels lazy and too cgi-heavy :/
DNICE41 2 aylar önce
@Alex P yep, mostly iterative with little to no imagination on display.
beans301 2 aylar önce
@Alex P i agree....relying on spectacle instead of story
George Jones
George Jones 2 aylar önce
I watched Terminator 2 daily for weeks while going through a bad bout of depression back in the 90’s. Oddly I also enjoyed Superman 2 the same way.
Ash 928
Ash 928 2 aylar önce
Also Godfather part 2 and Mad Max 2.
Justin Dabbs
Justin Dabbs Aylar önce
I like your reference to Dante's Inferno. After Ripley rescues Newt, ascends out of the inferno and the exploding reactor is preceded by a bright light. This brings up another quote "Long is the way and hard that out of hell leads up to the light"(Milton - Paradise Lost) signifying Ripley's redemption.
Heavy Spoilers
Heavy Spoilers Aylar önce
Ah nice bit of trivia, love that
Dudius McThude
Dudius McThude 25 gün önce
The head tilt and facial expression Ripley has when an egg opens just as her and Newt are leaving the Queens Brood Chamber like “oh, you B I T C H!” And almost like, “really? We had a deal.” Then absolutely roasts everything... hands down, my favorite moment in the whole franchise.
David Joe
David Joe Aylar önce
I saw the original Aliens 3 times in the theater, and the Directors cut once, and I will always remember the audience response to the scenes throughout the movie!, you just don't see that in theaters anymore like I remember in this movie! And the applause the audience gave at the end of this movie, makes this literally a bygone Era! They don't make them like this anymore!
AngelicusImmortus Aylar önce
Note: in Alien the “Space jockey” is much,much larger than a human being, but in Prometheus Ridley Scott made the species much smaller, more related to a tall human rather than the giant he originally showed. This was down to Geiger who wanted to show that the Xenomorphs could kill a being much larger than themselves. He also had the idea that a xenomorph would be different based upon what species it grew in. An idea taken up in Alien 3 (and later Alien vs Predator) The links between Prometheus and its… dubious.. follow up are rather odd. As neither character sees what happens with the blob type face hugger nor the Alien that emerges, yet it’s somehow shown that later they have this information, because he uses it to make the eggs etc. equally, in the original Alien, Dallas gestures to a shape in the wall saying it’s Parker (?) being turned into an egg… but this was dropped later (and wasn’t part of Geiger’s design)
Erik Rodriguez
Erik Rodriguez 2 aylar önce
Aliens my All-time favorite movie. Best sequel ever made, best sci-fi story, best acting. Stands the test of time. Thanks for the revisit. I usually watch this movie once a month sometimes more
Richard Coldcat Scott
Richard Coldcat Scott 2 aylar önce
This is my all time favourite action sci-fi film ever. Think I've watched it more than any other film since I was 8.
Heavy Spoilers
Heavy Spoilers 2 aylar önce
Yeah it’s a complete banger, Cameron constantly changing Sci-Fi
joseph serenson
joseph serenson 2 aylar önce
Probably the same with me with being my most watched movie of all time
sou1daddy 2 aylar önce
Same here. Best action movie ever, according to me.
Xavier 2 aylar önce
Same for me. Accidently watched it on tv when I was 6. Nightmare fuel.
SpecialOrder935 2 aylar önce
Great movie
terpdx Aylar önce
Bill Paxton was an absolute legend in this film. I miss him.
Deep Blue Sky
Deep Blue Sky Aylar önce
He had the best lines and his delivery was so uniquely perfect
Alan morgan
Alan morgan Aylar önce
I saw Alien in the cinema when it was first released. I took my mother to see this new science fiction film, because she'd loved Star Wars. When Kane got attacked by the face hugger, she screamed and dropped her ice cream - all over the man in the seat in front of us. She'd had it since the start of the movie and was so engrossed in the story by that time that it had all but melted in the tub. Can you imagine the guy's shock! The Alien face hugger just attacking a member of the crew and you get covered in half melted raspery Ripple - He probably had a near heart attack! He was very understanding though. My Mum was so apologetic and he was "very British" about it - More apologetic and inderstanding than angry. Just one of those moments that I'll always remember. By the way - I love both of these movies, almost equally, but they let the side down a little with the third one. Though I have warmed to it more over the years. Resurrection, Prometheus and Covenant also have more of that same warming to them on subsequent viewings.
Deep Blue Sky
Deep Blue Sky Aylar önce
Prometheus was freaking great cinematography. I saw it opening night and had no clue if there would be aliens or not. It had been so long. Fassbender was awesome.
Jason Riff
Jason Riff 6 gün önce
The fact that you remember it was Raspberry Ripple absolutely makes this story!
Gitfiddle 7766
Gitfiddle 7766 Aylar önce
2:44 never caught this before. Riley’s hand looks a lot like a face hugger here. This gives a subconscious hint that she is actually “pregnant” with one of the aliens while sleeping in hyper sleep. Creepy!!! 20:01 Napone immediately sticks a cigar in his mouth. He definitely fell asleep in his pod with the cigar in his hand knowing he’d want it right when he wakes up. Just a little bit of character building that you get in really well written stories.
Deep Blue Sky
Deep Blue Sky Aylar önce
What about in the beginning sitting with her drooping cigarette along with her curved fingers and knuckle? That immediately occurred to me as facehugger shaped. Brilliant if you think about what must have gone into that in terms of both creative thought and execution.
Jason Riff
Jason Riff 6 gün önce
For me my fav scene/detail has always been the non-verbal communication between the 2 mom's when Ripley runs in to the sea of eggs. The "Let us go or I burn your shit to the ground" shot over the port bow with the flamethrower was absolutely brialliant!
Clinton Lowery
Clinton Lowery 2 aylar önce
I remember Sigourney Weaver going on The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson when the movie was released. They showed the scene where they find that the xenomorphs have breached the welded doors and Hicks goes to check above the ceiling tiles. They cut right when the light turns towards the camera and people were left going 'what did he see?!?!?!'. Also, it was not the director's cut that aired on CBS - there were a few scenes, such as the automatic guns that were shown, prompting an outcry to see what else was on the cutting room floor. This outcry then brought the work on the director's cut, released thereafter.
Logan W
Logan W 2 aylar önce
Cutting the scene with her daughter has to be one of the biggest mis steps in a film. It provides so much more depth to the story and motivation. I was surprised Cameron allowed it to be cut.
Big Guy
Big Guy 2 aylar önce
It wasn't really a mis-step because as it was edited, it was decided that Ripley would not be portrayed as having strong regret or emotion over a situation she couldn't change. They decided to make it something she would briefly consider, then realize it was no use to try to connect to someone she never knew as an adult. It was too sticky of a plot point to work in a more action based movie. I wish I knew which edition with which commentary I heard that in, but I'm fairly certain one of the writers said it, or it was a writer that Cameron was quoting as his words better explained the decision. Sorry about that.
badminton 2 aylar önce
@Big Guy That makes sense for a cinema release and trying not to be too wishy-washy with the action theme. I'm glad they added it to the director's cut though, because it really brings home the fact that, to Ripley, it's only been a matter of weeks or maybe months since she last saw her 10 year old daughter. She's only out of hyper-sleep for a day in the first movie and then maybe one or two days before she finds out she's been gone for 57 years. Add to that whatever time she spent working on the Nostromo prior to the first movie. So that feeling of regret would still be strong. It was kind of heartbreaking for me when I realised Ripley's relative timeline from the start of the first to the end of the second movie is only a week or two? Maybe up to a month since I don't think there's any specifics on how long she was working the power loaders before they lose contact with LV-426.
Lenny Valentin
Lenny Valentin 2 aylar önce
Probably another example of Cameron's preference to axe entire subplots if the movie is running long (remember, action movies were generally shorter back then than they are now), rather than picking away at individual scenes until they become pointless. He did it in The Abyss too for example by axing the cold war surface tension scenes/big wave sequence, and also much of the husband/wife bickering (to the point that you don't even know why Ed Harris goes through most of the movie with one of his hands dyed blue... lol)
Lee Owen
Lee Owen 2 aylar önce
@badminton There are some stated times that can give an idea of how long events took during the film. But there is also a lot of room left for assumptions. It is not mentioned how long Ripley spent recovering in the hospital so an assumption of 2 or 3 days could be made. It is established that Burke is the one who sent the message instructing the colony to find the alien derelict, something he couldn't have done before Ripley provided her testimony. The colony administrator states that it takes 2 weeks to recieve a reply to any messages sent to Earth so assuming Burke sent the message on the same day, it would have been read by the administrator one week after Ripleys' testimony. It isn't stated how long it took the surveyers to find the derelict but it can be assumed that it was on the other side of the moon given that the colony had been there for years and noone noticed it. So a few days, maybe a week to find it? With normal communication traffic coming in from the colony, noone on Earth would have suspected what would be happening over the next few hours and days. It is later stated that they had lost contact with the colony as opposed to recieving a distress call. Burke would have expected an update around 3 weeks after sending his message and when none came he would have made the request to investigate. In order to keep his true intentions secret, he would have had to wait at least another week in case the loss of communication was a technical problem. It isn't stated how much time passed between Ripley being told of the communication failure and her deciding to go investigate so I'll assume a couple more nightmares. The Sulaco was probably dispatched the next day given the fairly small force being sent, arriving at LV-426 17 days later. The 17 days is stated by Hicks as being how long help would take to arrive after being declared overdue. It isn't stated how long the events at Hadleys Hope last but could be assumed as one maybe two days so the survivors are back on the Sulaco and in hypersleep by day 19 of the mission. I think it's safe to say that Aliens takes place over roughly 52 days at the longest, 34 days if Burke starts the investigation immediately after not recieving his expected update and Ripley only spends one day in the hospital and one day making the decision to go.
John has a long Mustache
It also sort of showed a little more of Burke's character, the cut with the scene is much better.
Jesse Stirling
Jesse Stirling Aylar önce
Aliens, Terminator & T2, True Lies, Titanic, and the Avatar franchise... what a filmography from Cameron. Would have to say that T2 is my favorite. So groundbreaking. Remember seeing it in the theater, and people were literally gasping at the special effects, and cheering on the action.
Sadko Sinbad
Sadko Sinbad 17 gün önce
After watching this, my brother and I both had to reconsider our previous sentiment that Alien was our favorite Aliens movie. Brilliant analysis- thank you so much!
Jon Trodden
Jon Trodden Aylar önce
Alien and aliens were absolute joys to watch as a kid in the 90's. So many things came together for aliens to be perfect.
Asmodeus Mictian
Asmodeus Mictian 27 gün önce
I've loved horror and Sci-Fi movies since I was a kid. Looking back, there were only a few that really got under my skin. The first 2 Alien movies and Nightmare on Elm Street 3. Later on, Mirrors would get me as an adult :D Great movies with amazing stories and fantastic effects :)
Kaan Bayazit
Kaan Bayazit 2 aylar önce
Together with Terminator 2 this is my alltime favourite film, absolutely love this movie. There's some fantastic audiobooks on Audible that sort of tie in to this movie aswell with some fantastic voice acting, River of Pain actually ties in directly to this film and really adds something tot he entire story as it tells you how the colony got systematiclaly taken out by the Aliens and how Newt survived until the rescue team arrived.
David Tatro
David Tatro 2 aylar önce
Excellent. The only thing you really left out was that the joke about Vasquez signing up because she thought the mission was about "illegal aliens" was true to life. Jenette Goldstein auditioned for the film for that very reason. However, l think we can all agree that she was a total badass and played Vasquez better than anyone else could have.
Ralph Harrison
Ralph Harrison Aylar önce
my fave line was when paxton askes her if she was ever mistaken for a man. her response of, "no, have you?" was an epic burn
David Tatro
David Tatro Aylar önce
@Ralph Harrison best line of the movie.
Logan W
Logan W Aylar önce
It's crazy that people heckle Janette Goldstein for "brown facing" 😳
Logan W
Logan W Aylar önce
@Ralph Harrison that was an old line from a film in the 30s I have to remember the title.
David Tatro
David Tatro Aylar önce
@Logan W it was a very different time in America and in Hollywood back then.
GusMcGuire Aylar önce
I remember seeing this at the cinema when it first came out. There was such excitement about it coming and it was the last film I saw with my dad before he died. He observed that the scary thing about Alien is that you don't know where the alien is, and the scary thing about Aliens is that you do know where they are...but there's nothing you can do about it. I still remember the audience reaction when RIpley takes refuge from the explosions and then looks round to find she's surrounded by alien eggs. At that point the air in the cinema became filled with collective gasps and uncomfortable murmuring - and then giggling when everyone realised they were all appreciating how awful a moment it was.
Blake Johnson
Blake Johnson Aylar önce
I'm not saying Alien³ is better than 1 or 2, but I watch Alien³ more often these days and it's become my personal favorite. It's a broken little misunderstood gem of a film. Sets, costumes, cast and cinematography all stellar, if only a few of the rushed Alien VFX shots had been better and it hadn't had to wait for a workprint to fill in all the insanely broken edits, I think it would have a fonder remembrance. It's by far the darkest and most nihilistic film in the series and that's exactly what I want from my space horror films. Love all 3, 1 is a perfect film, 2 is arguably the best action film of its era, and 3 (imo) is the best "worst case scenario" of the series. If I were forced to experience any of the 3 films as a real life situation, I'd take 1 or 2 anyway over 3. No way do I choose being live bait luring a xenomorph into a smelter with no weaponry and any of my comrades might try to sexually assault me in the down time. Now that's a horror film setting!
Francois Germain
Francois Germain 2 aylar önce
Saw it in theaters when it came out (I'm 54) and I still remember every second to this day. Great video, sir!
PC Funs & Piano
PC Funs & Piano 12 gün önce
Great breakdown, thank you for that ☺️ just one thing that was in the original script but was cut in the movie and not mentioned here. Gorman was paralysed by an alien in the tank (instead of ammo boxes falling on him) also the cannon was used on top of the tank to clear the way but it turned out to be too expensive to make it on the screen 😩
Dan Thompson
Dan Thompson Aylar önce
Aliens is favourite movie of all time but I actually think the theatrical cut was the better version. The fact that you don't get to see any of Hadley's Hope before the Marines arrive makes it more suspenseful because you really have no idea what to expect. The other additional scenes I don't think hold up as well either, but I do like the sentry guns though. I think my perfect cut would be the theatrical one with the sentry gun scene added back.
thetruebatman 2 aylar önce
Watching this movie when I was a kid, I was so relieved that they turned down the sheer terror to make room for turning up the action. The xenomorph is the all time scariest plot device of all time, and I love it. Now my daughter has begun collecting the McFarlane toys and when her friends come over I definitely enjoy the initial discomfort they experience when they see alien action figures and Huggy Wuggy stuffies.
Texas BEAST 2 aylar önce
I saw that someone made a Covid mask carrier in the detailed likeness of a face hugger. It was awesome!
Leandro Tarsia
Leandro Tarsia 17 gün önce
The mention of the arcturians and the fact that it doesn't mather whether are male or female is a reference to a comic written by Dan O'Bannon called The Long Tomorrow. The arcturians are, in the short comic a race of shape shifters. Jean Giraud (Moebius) did the art for those pages as well as the designs for the suits in Alien (1978).
4saken404 Aylar önce
What a masterpiece. I remember seeing this in the theater when it came out. I can tell you when we all saw that dream sequence scene at the beginning the whole theater about lost their sh*t! We had no idea what was coming next but we knew it was going to be one hell of a ride!
peter campbell
peter campbell Aylar önce
ABSOLUTELY brilliant as a sequel and as a stand-alone movie (with Ripley being the lynch-pin for the two movies) - BY FAR one of the best sci-fi movies of the 80’s 👏👏👏👌👍👍👍👍👍
Michael Wood
Michael Wood Aylar önce
Aliens is one of the greatest films ever made, and I've seen it at least a dozen times in my life and I didn't notice half of the things pointed out here. Great video for a great movie.
Henners1981 2 aylar önce
You missed out how Hudson has a small character ark of from being a cocky coward to going down standing his ground and taking out a bunch of aliens like a boss in the end. Love your videos
Yesyesyesyes 2 aylar önce
Yeah he arked the most - from show off to coward to self sacrificing hero. Hicks is the best soldier after Apone but Hudson safes the day (at least for the next 5 seconds)
Matt L
Matt L 2 aylar önce
Also the fact that it's said that Bill Paxton was worried people would hate Hudson and was floored that he was so many peoples' favourite character (including me). "Oh you want some of this? F&*K YOU!" Brilliant.
Scottie Aylar önce
As much as this is a great arc, it's not an easter egg or a hidden detail. We all got it. That's why we love his character so much. This vid is about stuff that we may have missed. I don't think many of us missed this though!
Eric Meckl
Eric Meckl Aylar önce
Hicks is the Scarecrow. Bishop is the Tin Man. Hudson is the Cowardly Lion. Much like the Cowardly Lion, Hudson starts with a false bravado. He gets exposed as a coward, only to eventually find his courage. Hicks is called a grunt, but helps develop the plan to survive. He comes up with the idea to find Newt with the tracker. Bishop is stoic and aloof. But in the end he risks himself to rescue Ripley & Newt when he could havw abandoned them.
Machu Pikachu
Machu Pikachu Aylar önce
@Eric Meckl That's a really cool take.
MrStoneycool69 Aylar önce
Great breakdown, I'll never forget the tension and suspense I felt when I saw this movie for the first time at 17.
Heavy Spoilers
Heavy Spoilers Aylar önce
Thank you
Your Mother Called, She Said:
After finishing this video, I immediately set out to find your breakdowns of the rest of the franchise. I liked, subscribed, and now need you to finish them up, however sour that may be! Job well done on these! Your breakdown on the first two had some legitimately original trivia that I had never heard of and put me to shame! Thanks for the content!
John has a long Mustache
Wow, I am a super fan, worked in a theater in 86, huge fan, and predicted the military getting involved in a sequel. But, hearing that Sly assisted in the final script, that completely blew my mind.
bachelorchowTV Aylar önce
You missed a major part of the board room meeting. They weren't ignoring her or dismissing what happened, they wanted her to stay quiet about it. In the director's cut they punished her for refusing to cooperate; demoting her and forcing her to toil away in obscurity and isolation on the station.
Andrew H
Andrew H 2 aylar önce
I absolutely love Aliens. Credit to James Cameron for making an amazing sequel. 😎
AnthonyK 19
AnthonyK 19 2 aylar önce
Keep these retrospective reviews coming! They are great! I’d love to see one on the Bladerunner movies or maybe even Paul Verhovens other movies like RoboCop or Starship Troopers since you already did one for Total Recall
Heavy Spoilers
Heavy Spoilers 2 aylar önce
All coming soon
david robinson
david robinson 2 aylar önce
Oh yes starship troopers rewatching years later I see all the nazi easter eggs
AnthonyK 19
AnthonyK 19 2 aylar önce
@david robinson ironically enough it’s more disturbing when you realize how it’s more so about America than Nazi Germany. Or rather colonialism, fascism and how propaganda brainwashes people into thinking their way of life is better compared to others. All of which just builds off of RoboCop and Total Recall’s themes in a nice little trilogy, so to speak
AnthonyK 19
AnthonyK 19 2 aylar önce
I always watch those movies around American Independence Day, nothing says America like propaganda and violence😂
Brad Miller
Brad Miller 2 aylar önce
Starship Troopers. Yes please. "I'm doing my part!" 🦗🪲🕷️🪳
Common Man
Common Man 2 aylar önce
I really like the idea of the stinger to parallel hosts. Make sense since many of their attacks could cause lethal damage which does not help them gathers hosts.
Joe Brown
Joe Brown Aylar önce
Ive seen this film probably 60 times, love it to bits. I do prefer it over alien, not taking anything away from the first one, i just love the action and characters in the second. The xenomorphs are just terrifying....they are the only extra terrestrials that have actually given me nightmares.....and thats cool. I love all the little titbits of info youve found too.....like lambert being trans?? I never knew that, or even noticing hicks mimicking vasquez in "where they are" love learning all this new stuff after all this time. Keep up the good work paul
Omega Weapon
Omega Weapon 5 gün önce
The extended version is definitely better than the theatrical. Like James said, it adds more back story and more importantly, suspense. Which is big part of why the first movie was so great.
ewaf88 Aylar önce
I saw this in the cinema at Leicester Square back in 1986. There were screams and gasps as the film really got going. I remember, when the lights went , everyone had a look of - wow - on their faces. A truly terrific film which still makes Avatar look like a damp squid. If only James would get round to making a proper action film again, but with about a million Avatar sequels to go, this seems highly unlikely
Carl Wilson
Carl Wilson 2 aylar önce
Thanks for this. I saw this movie so many times in the theater as a teenager. Still in my top 10 favorite movies of all time. Military SciFi is one of my favorite book genres and this movie totally brought that to life. Great breakdown!
Tempest Fury
Tempest Fury 2 aylar önce
When I think of military sci-fi, two names come to mind; Robert Heinlein and Joe Haldeman.
BrokenSockmonkey Aylar önce
@Tempest Fury Haldeman is one of my favourite writers, but you've also got to include David Webber and Elizabeth Moon in the list of greatest Military SF writers. Also, I own every single Heinlein novel and short story collection! Cost me nearly $400 all up, and it was worth every penny. I actually have 6 different editions of Space Cadet and 3 editions of Starship Troopers.
fialee8 CA
fialee8 CA 2 aylar önce
I didn't realize the post credit scene was actually just an audio clip of an egg hatching. That is really understated awesomeness... very impressive, and forward thinking.
Logan W
Logan W 2 aylar önce
Ha an easter Egg.....do you think it's the facehugger from A³?
ScottishFrog 2 aylar önce
I have seen this film scores of times and if it weren't for your comment, I would not have known about an end credit scene. Thank-you
Big Guy
Big Guy 2 aylar önce
Post credit stuff has been done for decades, even before Alien.
Big Guy
Big Guy 2 aylar önce
​@ScottishFrog It wasn't a scene, so..... 🤷‍♂️
JusADude Aylar önce
Wait a minute…what? There’s a post credit scene?!?! On my top 5 fave movie of all time that I’ve watched dozens and dozens of times? That ain’t possible
Fluttershy Stays High420
Aliens isn't just one of my favorite sequels, its easily one of my favorite movies of all time, everything they did with this movie was perfect, its truly timeless, no matter how many times i watch the film it never gets old, i actually own multiple versions of the directors cut and i wish so badly that they would release an updated directors cut that includes the rest of the extra scenes not found in the current directors cut. This movie is a masterpiece imo.
aka_lonewolf 2 aylar önce
For me the best action movie ever created, second place goes to Terminator2. Cameron is just a genius. Especially like the character development wich is shared in both movies as we see Sarah Connor and Ripley become ultimate badass heroes. Too bad the sequels couldn't deliver the same level of quality in these franchises.
MightyJabroni 11 gün önce
I think, the creative triumph of Aliens is that despite swapping the genre, it still feels like an authentic continuation of the narrative established in the first movie. Mostly because it is so faithful in tone and theme. The fact that Aliens is more action oriented almost feels like a mere technicality, that doesn't really take away from the feel of it all. That is also, why you easily could watch these movies back to back and be excused to believe, that the entire storyline was pre-planned just like this from the get go. It is just so seamless. The third part has some good ideas at it's core and atmospherically recreates many of the strengths of the first two movies. And I always felt that a self contained prison was actually a clever idea for the setting. But the troubled production and wonky ass CGI definetly brought the 3rd part down a fair notch. Even though, I liked it as a cannonic ending. Everything that came after that though, I could happily do without. Ressurection was just plain stupid and Prometheus as well as Covenenant feel very pretentious. They also give explanations that do more harm than good, leaning heavily on deus ex machina nonsense, which just feels very lazy and underwhelming.
俏皮话大王 11 gün önce
The scene with Ripley giving Burke a grenade was cut, but as Ripley is walking into the hive, there is an unexplained explosion way before the place coming apart. According to some sources that's a left-over half scene from the extended version and is Burke's grenade exploding.
MasterShake9000 2 aylar önce
Really great video and detail. I love that this is just a straight deep-dive into the lore, rather than just turning it into a top 10 list of the "most shocking" trivia bits. Anyways, I wanted to say that the brief, almost throw-away revelation of Lambert being seemingly transgender is really fascinating. On the surface, it seems exactly that, just as we would know it in the real world of the 2020s, but the first two sentences in her bio include that it was done soon after her birth and that "no trauma" has been detected since then - the bio also references whatever happened by calling her a "Despin Convert". As a result, there's a lot of dark theories that she was the subject of some sort of experiment, perhaps to test if the surgery/medical procedures involved would work, or even that the universe of this film is one where the government or corporations artificially maintain a male/female population ratio by selectively transitioning babies from one gender to the other as needed. Personally, given the corporate nature of the Alien/Aliens world and that it also exists in the Bladerunner universe, I'm inclined to something even darker: Lambert is transgender, but not in the obvious way most people assume when they hear about that detail. I think Lambert may have been born biologically female, but with a male identity - in our world, they would have grown up to transition female to male. But a/the corporation in this universe has not only found a test that can detect when a baby's gender identity doesn't match their biology, but they've also created a relevant medical procedure to "fix" them so that their gender identity matches the body. In other words, Lambert was "transitioned" from being transgender to cisgender. As such, the "trauma" referenced in the second line of the bio indicates that the procedure worked, and that "her" initial male gender identity hasn't resurfaced after being repressed, altered, and/or removed from her. I'd argue this scenario fits perfectly with the established lack of morality or ethics by the authorities in this franchise's universe - it seems fully believable that certain parents would pay dearly to detect and remove transgender identities from their children at birth, and just as believable that a corporation (if not multiple corporations) would be more than happy to provide those services. Regardless, the combination of Lambert's gender transition (in the usual assumption that she was born male and transitioned to female like a real life person) and that they reused footage in her capture and death by the Xenomorph (specifically footage that shows the alien's tale traveling up the victim's leg) has led to a theory that the Xenomorphs need women hosts for their queens, and that - able to sense that Lambert is a woman but unaware that Lambert, as a transgender woman, doesn't have a functioning womb - the Xenomorph essentially sexually assaults Lambert to death in an attempt to host a queen in her only for it not to work, killing her either in the process or out of rage when the attempted hosting fails. It's an exceedingly dark and horrific theory on her fate, which of course means it fits perfectly with the lack of morality and ethics and the overabundance of cruelty and horror in these films' universe. PS: I'd love to see you do a lore-type video on what the seemingly shared Aliens/Bladerunner universe looks like, in terms of timelines and such and what things are explicitly mentioned in both, etc etc.
Yesyesyesyes 2 aylar önce
Awesome comment. Respect!
BrokenSockmonkey Aylar önce
Excellent observation and analysis. Thank you and well said.
Deep Blue Sky
Deep Blue Sky Aylar önce
Unfortunate that the character had such a cowardly-seeming death in Alien
Phil Green
Phil Green Aylar önce
For those not willing to go down such a dark path of why Lambert wasn't just killed like Parker but tortured, they can console themselves with the possibility that Lambert's gender change is merely a nod to the original script for Alien, where Ripley was originally a male character subsequently changed to be female...
Rick C-137
Rick C-137 2 aylar önce
One of my all time favorites! My dad rented and recorded it on VHS. We used to watch it all the time when I was a kid. I have many great memories associated with this film. ❤
RetroNeil Gün önce
I remember buying the special edition VHS in (I think) 1992, and it was a really big deal having a film being re-released with so much extra footage. I think it was this film that pretty much created the 'directors cut' trend.
Vlad Yvhv
Vlad Yvhv 2 aylar önce
I ran across this video when looking up a video clip of Spaceballs. Glad I did. I love Alien and Aliens, much like many other fans. Each is great for its own genera, and they're a good example of how a franchise can have genera shifts and still not wreck things. I enjoy videos like this, so subscribed. Keep up the good work.
Ryan Hampson
Ryan Hampson Aylar önce
I think you missed one little hint. When Bishop picks up Ripley and Newt off the platform when the landing gear is retracted some debris is stuck and gets pulled away with the ship. Everything has meaning in a movie and this was the nod that something else tagged along before the obvious big reveal on the Sulaco.
Apes on wheels
Apes on wheels Aylar önce
I love most of the special addition moments, but I don't think it needed the Hadley's Hope scene early in the movie. I actually watched the special addition the first time I watched it and when I saw the theatrical version I noticed that it was more suspenseful when the marines search for survivors because there was so much more left to the imagination.
Johannes Sjolte
Johannes Sjolte Aylar önce
I really prefer the Theatrical cut, because you haven't seen the base before the soldiers enter it, so it emphasize the feeling of uncertainty. I also like the length of the move better - it's already over 2 house long so I don't think it needed to be even longer. It fun to watch the directors cut to get some of the missing missing scenes, but if I had to choose one it would be the Theatrical cut.
Cheule Syigess
Cheule Syigess 20 gün önce
Agree. Also the AVT-789 auto-sentry guns scene adds not much to the movie. Great bonus material, though.
LMD 18 gün önce
I agree. I saw the director’s cut once, and it took some of the mystery out of it for me. There’s a reason editors are not usually the directors of the film. They’re not as emotionally connected to the content, so they make better choices.
TBJ TBJ 17 gün önce
Agree. Watch the original cut the first time, its tighter and gives less away. Then the Director's for subsequent viewings, to flesh out the missing bits.
H2Obsession 16 gün önce
I agree; better (perfect?) pacing in the original theatrical release. The only thing they should *not* have cut is the scene where Ripley finds out her daughter is dead. It is only a minute or two (so it could stay in), but the scene really explains why she seems so concerned with Newt (other than general human compassion for children).
Johannes Sjolte
Johannes Sjolte 16 gün önce
@H2Obsession Yeah, the only real weak side of theatrical cut is that it makes the 57-years long stasis seem like a extended weekend.
Ronin Jim OjiSan
Ronin Jim OjiSan 2 aylar önce
Love this movie. Always will. I don't think we'll get anything of this caliber for a long time.
Logan W
Logan W 2 aylar önce
Top Gun: Maverick belongs as an action classic that rivals even surpasses the original. Mad Max Fury Road is also a banger in that category.
DemiGod_Scrub 2 aylar önce
As far as Sci Fi Action Horror goes? . It honestly hasn't been matched yet.. District 9 gets an honorable mention though.. but that's a more intimate and personal film.. with 2 protagonists vs the evil corporation and Merc crew..
Big Guy
Big Guy 2 aylar önce
Not with woke activists on every movie crew.
Big Guy
Big Guy 2 aylar önce
​@DemiGod_Scrub I think they mean as far as woke activists infecting every writing room, production meeting, idea session and even reviews at this point.
Ivor Biggun
Ivor Biggun Aylar önce
@Big Guy I like how these people insist on having strong independent women in the lead in just about every film as if it never happened before (always at the expense of men who are often portrayed as cowardly, incompetent or just downright evil. Presumably they've never watched Alien/Aliens, Terminator/Terminator 2 or Tomb Raider. It seems Indiana Jones is next for the woke executioners block.
Midnightkitty Aylar önce
Aliens is one of my favourite movies. I was lucky to have seen the full version in the theatre and it was simply amazing. I hope that one day it will be re - released with the new Ultra AVX technology ( basically, seats with servos and vibrators built in )
Cannibal Holocaust
Cannibal Holocaust 2 aylar önce
Predator was released a year later and amped up the formula that made ALIENS so great. You’ve got highly trained marines/ green berets find out (after initial cocky intros) that they’re no longer top of the food chain. The drama almost writes itself after that , as well as the suspense and thrills that come with that premise.
Andrew Pollock
Andrew Pollock 2 aylar önce
I saw this movie when I was a wee boy. I was literally sick with fear that night and didn't sleep for weeks. I think I must have watched this in excess of 100 times easily. Im a fan of Alien and Alien 3 also, but Aliens ... well... what else needs to be said - masterpiece! Great video too.
Tempest Fury
Tempest Fury 2 aylar önce
When Newt calls Ripley "mommy" stills gives me goosebumps. That is brilliant character development.
BrokenSockmonkey Aylar önce
I'm gonna get in early to say that I love all of the Alien films, including Prometheus and Covenant, but also and especially Alien Resurrection, which I thought was bloody great fun, creepy, horrifying and sad all at once, and clone Ripley is fantastic. Plus Ron Perlman. But I don't think there's a bad Alien film as long as we exclude AvP.
bonk giartist
bonk giartist 2 aylar önce
This movie is one of my all time favorites! This film and Predator forever molded my fascination of sci-fi films/shows.
Papa Chis
Papa Chis Aylar önce
I’m 63 now. I saw Alien at the Birmingham Odeon when it first came out. I was blown away: all of the greatest elements of Sci-Fi, suspense, horror and character development in one package. Then came Aliens. Another staggering piece of work and unquestionably the best sequel of all time. It is pointless choosing between them. They exist together as, probably, the best crafted movies of their genre.
Deep Blue Sky
Deep Blue Sky Aylar önce
Definitely different in tone in terms of nihilism and hope
Tom Jones
Tom Jones Aylar önce
This is on my personal top 100 films that I love. I wouldn't change a thing. Perfect casting, writing, directing, lighting, filming, editing. It's all there and still is a lot of fun to watch today.
utp216 Aylar önce
Awesome video! This is by far my favorite movie of all time. I’ve seen it in the theater, on laserdisc, VHS, and DVD. Well and on television. Love the version with the auto cannons firing away!
efnissien Aylar önce
You actually don't need a lighter to set off a fire sprinkler, you just need to break the glass rod holding the valve closed. So Ripley didn't need to smoke - but it's a visual thing, it looks more impressive. Actually Hudson has one of the best movie deaths when he loses his shit and goes 'FOAD' (Fuck Off And Die) during the alien attack on the med centre. In Alien, there is a hint about sexual encounters being more casual - in one scene Parker is bitching about the food and he turns to Lambert and say's "I know what I'd rather eat" and Lambert looks away coquettishly and laughs (in a deleted scene where Ripley is voicing her concerns about Ash to Lambert, Ripley asks "Have you slept with him?" to which Lambert replies "No. He just doesn't seem interested" implying she may already have attempted a pass at him.)
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When Ripley confronts Burke about planning to sneak two specimens past quarantine, Ripley says 'I just checked the colony log, dated 6/12/79'. I always thought that the '79' was an Easter egg referring to the year in which Alien was released; 1979.
Rob Vegas
Rob Vegas 2 aylar önce
So many iconic moments and quotes in the movie. Amazing film! There was certainly a lot of great action and science fiction movies in the 80's
Daniel Hendrix
Daniel Hendrix 3 gün önce
This is great! We just did our own review of this film. Only so much you can squeeze into one review ... love what you did here.
Marco 2 aylar önce
Alien and aliens are def right at the top for me and aliens is my favorite out of the two. It's very common for a sequel to come out and totally disappoint after a great first movie but in my opinion the second movie was not only as good but better. You mentioned Terminator and I have the same opinion about those two. Love Terminator series and I think T2 was probably the best one. I've watched all of these so many times and I can keep on watching them, they are classics and never get old
Martin Brody
Martin Brody 21 gün önce
For me, although it was extremely well made, your previous 'Alien' video didn't bring a lot when it comes to extra knowledge.. But this? Mate, this is next level! Fantastic breakdown! Lots of stuff I never knew, saw, or picked up on! I've always considered Ridley's Alien the best, but now, like you, after watching this, I'm not 100% sure anymore! I think it's simply down to what mood you're in at the time, as Cameron's is so different, but at the same time, massively respectful to the original!
NeDeS 2 aylar önce
I was in the Navy, when Aliens came out, and I served onboard a ship that had a detachment of Marines onboard. I thought Paxton's character perfectly nailed the mindset of a lot of those guys. Boisterous, over-the-top and uninhibited. Not all of them, but definitely some of them. But the things those Marines were expected to do, well, they deserved all the bragging rights.
Adrian Metzler
Adrian Metzler 22 gün önce
When I was a kid and first watched this movie, Hudson’s death traumatized me. I so didn’t want him to die, he was my favorite character. And that was my first brush with losing a character in a movie that I grew to love.
MorliHolect 2 aylar önce
When I rewatched The Descent I noticed many scenes that are subtle references to the Alien movies. One girl standing under dripping water like Brett, another one crawling through a tight space with the camera pulled in front of her, like Bishop, reaching out and almost managing to grab the arm but she eventually falls down the hole like Newt, the monsters face getting close to the protagonist like in Alien 3 and probably even more...
Joseph Keenan
Joseph Keenan 4 saatler önce
Good stuff. Defiantly had a few things I missed. Good treatment of the movie. The first and second films are fun to contrast because they are both good and different genres. It's not easy to have a sequel that is as good as the original.
Bearded Baby
Bearded Baby 4 gün önce
Aliens is really what made me fall in love with the Alien, AVP, and Predator movies, I remember when I was 9 years old staying up late at night watching the rated R version of Aliens on Spike TV when they’d show it every weekend and turning it off quickly when my parents would wake up so I didn’t get caught.
Elliott Jumpshoe
Elliott Jumpshoe 2 aylar önce
Is there a canonical reason why Bishop was not "programmed" to bring back a xenomorph like Ash was? This was a fascinating breakdown, sir! I just wound it by accident and I'm glad I did.
P.Michael Forte
P.Michael Forte 2 aylar önce
I was born in 83, and my parents didn't hold back on movies, I saw it all. This movie terrified me! For years of my childhood, in every dark corner, I was 100% sure there was an Alien waiting for me. I don't know which scene scared me the most, either Ripley and Newt trapped with the facehuggers, or when Hicks peaks threw the ceiling and sees dozens of Aliens crawling towards him. And yeah, it might sound crazy, but these 2 films are up there with one of the best 1-2 punches of all time. Godfather and Godfather 2, Star Wars and Empire, Batman Begins and Dark Knight... Now go watch Alien 3 and LIKE IT!!!! Quick Easy and Painless
mickydandlee 2 aylar önce
Truely love this breakdown….. can’t wait for your breakdown on the others !
Louise Benson
Louise Benson 2 aylar önce
Thank you for this follow up to your Aliens analysis. I love this film and agree it's one of the best sequels of all time. I cant believe Sigourney didn't want guns in the film when it's such a big part of it! I love the themes of motherhood, PTSD, survivor's guilt and loss. Thank you for all the Easter egg breakdowns
Heavy Spoilers
Heavy Spoilers 2 aylar önce
Thank you
Matt L
Matt L 2 aylar önce
I remember hearing at the time it came out, that Signorney Weaver's anti-gun stance was why there were no weapons in Alien 3 (virtually). Didn't know it was an issue wht Aliens. Very interesting.
Matthew Wood
Matthew Wood Aylar önce
I've seen Aliens probably a dozen or more times over the years. Seeing this video just makes me want to watch it all over again. Can we PLEASE get this on 4K?
Pasha Pasovski
Pasha Pasovski Aylar önce
Dozen!? Over hundred
Paul Sager
Paul Sager 21 gün önce
I've seen this movie several times, but have forgotten how good. Great review and details I never knew about!
daughtervodka Aylar önce
I was always under the impression that the Arcturians they speak about in the film were not humans, but a humanoid alien themselves, which is why the marines were joking about why their sexuality wasn't important. Also Hudson asks during the briefing if they're going on "another bug hunt" implying that the existence of aliens in this world already is well established.
Breandán Ó Ciarraí
Breandán Ó Ciarraí 17 gün önce
According to the RPG and other canon secondary material (novels, Cameron's comments, etc.) you are correct. Arcturians are a lower-tech near-human species that were the first sentient species humans ever encountered. Since they are very attractive by human standards regardless of gender, the comments among the marines make sense.
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