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14 February 2004

Alien, Director’s Cut on DVD

First DVD in the Alien Quadrilogy box which will take eons to watch. I should wait until I’ve played the bonus disc before I post, but, well, no.

Maybe I shouldn’t have watched it when I was tired, late in the night: it felt terribly slow, took its time to start, I wanted to fast-forward the first half. As everyone knows (well, everyone who was interested in the US release of the director’s cut), there aren’t many differences between the two versions: just a few additions and, I suppose (I haven’t got the courage to watch both versions one after the other) a more efficient editing.

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The only big surprise of this version: the great Alien Resurrection sequence, with a flamethrower and some “Kill me!”, is not an original creation, but a homage to the first Alien. (I suppose it’s a homage, I can’t believe it’s a coincidence: everyone in Hollywood must have known this scene existed.) Feels weird. What feels even weirder is the way the scene doesn’t fit in: you have no idea what Ripley’s doing there, there’s nothing related before or after that — either the sequence must have been cut out very early and the related scenes have never been shot, or Ridley Scott just added it back in order to say “Hey, I filmed that first!” without any consideration to what it could bring to the movie. Yes, Ridley, Joss Whedon stole it from you, now we know. Can we get back to the story, please?

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