Oldies but goldies: Alien (1979, director’s cut)

Director: Ridley Scott, Main Cast:  Sigourney WeaverTom SkerrittJohn HurtIan Holm;

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This film is a classic for both sci-fi and horror genres and it stands the test of time splendidly! The director’s cut includes additional footage that gives more insights about some characters and the creature. The lighting, the claustrophobic yet desolate shots, the futuristic design that now seems almost quaint, the little details: from the cigarette’s smoke to eating cereals to workers’ rights, we know it all and saw it a million times but it all appears in this film for the first time and made it a classic. On its way back from a routine trip a freight spaceship intercepts a distress signal from an unknown planet, the crew is awakened and sent to investigate: they will find something unexpected and terribly dangerous that will pick them off one by one! The motion detector is as efficient as John Williams’ two notes in Jaws in being anxiogenic and panic-inducing. One lesson learned from this movie: if there’s a big, human-eating monster up and about don’t go looking for the cat, he will be fine,  it’s your safety you should worry about! Amazing —9/10

 

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7 responses to “Oldies but goldies: Alien (1979, director’s cut)

  1. Pingback: Oldies but goldies: Aliens (1986, extended version) | Ramblings of a cinephile

  2. Isn’t the the directors cut shorter than the original version?

    • well, yes, technically the director’s cut is 47 seconds shorter, but the altered scenes amount to 321 seconds, so there you go, the viewer does get additional footage 😉

  3. Really enjoyed reading your take on this iconic movie.

  4. What an iconic movie, the Alien still scares me every time!

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