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Alien3 (Special Edition) Reviews

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July 21, 2017
The restored version of Fincher's vision shows it was not trying to ape what came before it, only following the tradition laid out by them it that takes the franchise into different territory. Even if the location and events still aren't as involving as the first two films nor the use of the Xenomorph being as effective, using it for shock and gore rather than suspense or action, this cut succeeds more than the theatrical version did in carving its own path and making it work. The characters are given more time, particularly one memorably demented Paul McGann, who now gets a chance to shine, and following Ripley's need for family in Aliens it's interesting how it explores her more physical desires, fleshing out her relationship with the doctor. This makes it the best in the series when it comes to exploring the main protagonist and gives her a better send off (without the embarrassing and distracting ending that was shoehorned into the theatrical cut). Just about all the characters get more time to shine and so while the film is still grim and grimy and contrast between the dangers of a human kind and that of the inhuman kind are more pronounced, some humanity is able to break through the nihilism.
½ May 28, 2017
In one of the most misunderstood movies to date, Alien 3 showcases a hauntingly beautiful scenery and compelling unique cinematography in which David Fincher focuses on a strong character development in a recipe that he executes greatly. Though lacking the scares of the previous entries, it more than makes up for it with strong performances by Sigourney Weaver & Charles S. Dutton.
½ November 27, 2016
a lot better then people say but disappointing on what it could have been. some of the effects are really bad
½ November 3, 2016
Nowhere near the brilliance of the first two installments but also, with the benefit of hindsight, not without its merits. Definitely better than I remembered it being.
September 14, 2016
This is by far a superior cut of the movie and despite its remaining flaws and dour tone it still has a lot to offer. More rewatchable than the theatrical cut, it has some good characters though not many sympathetic ones which gives some of the deaths less impact. Not a great film but certainly a decent one worth seeing at least once.
August 21, 2016
Seriously. Everyone complaining about CGI effects in this film and demoted stars for it should know it was a BLUE SCREEN, ROTOSCOPED IMAGE.
No CGI in the 1992 Theatrical version until the 2003 Special Edition an ONLY in one scene of the alien running from the ox.
½ March 30, 2016
This was a really good film. The acting was much better than Aliens, the cinematography was fantastic. Fincher did a fantastic job directing this film in his Hollywood debut. I see complaints about the CGI, but it was 1992, guys. C'mon, give it a break.
November 7, 2015
Great acting. But I think the prison setting was a bit depressing. I think they could have had it in a different venue. But Sigourney Weaver is still brilliant.
July 27, 2015
A significant improvement, this is the Alien3 we deserved. While not as scary as Alien or as fun as Aliens, it beats Prometheus, resurrection, and both avp movies by MILES.
April 29, 2015
If you can turn your analytical brain off it makes sense....poor Ripley, at least she got laid in this one.
½ December 7, 2014
So much better than the theatrical cut
June 18, 2014
After the success that was Aliens it was inevitable that Fox would further their million dollar franchise with a follow up. Some hoped for Cameron to follow up his sequel with a combat heavy 3rd outing, others wanted something else entirely. However what we got was a hacked up mess that could barely make any sense to the most convulted of movie goers. However in the dark recesses Fincher had actually managed to create a fuller package and luckily with the restoration comes an added 40 to 50 minutes that actually turns out to be a worthy and cult dark thriller that tore up the rule book and tried something different. Alien 3 was infamous for its trouble production, from the many changes of director to the continued re writing of the script during shoots, for any director it would be an impossible challenge, Luckily for Fox they eventually landed on David Fincher, giving him his directorial debut. Of course it would forever mean Fincher would stay well clear of the film were it not for his involvement i shudder to think how this would have ended up. Alien 3 takes place following the events of the 2nd, An alien has managed to make it onto the Sulaco and causes an emergency evacuation, leaving our protagonist, Ripley, stranded on fiorina, a prison wasteland. However things go from bad to worse when the inmates discover that Ripley didnt come alone. The premise, although basterdised from many a script was sound enough and would actually see a finality to a much loved story. Fincher decided in a brash move, that torturing Ripley and dragging the action down would be the way to go. It works, what we have here is a piece that studies religion, alpha male enviroments, helplessness, sacrifice, mental health and god complexes. The story is rich with themes and is all the better for it. Equally the set and cinematography are first class, the harsh enviroments of this prison planet are wonderfully realised and Fincher does a wonderful job of introducing a wide array of dynamic shots and interesting angles to help give the film an obscure feel. The sound is extremely well done, the score being one of the best movie scores ever written, full of emotion and desperation. Even the Xenomorph itself had undergone a slight transformation, acting more like a jaguar than human being. The cast do their best with what they have, notable performances from Weaver, Dance, Dutton and Glover. However the characters are not fully realised in the script, meaning that a lot of people come and go with no clear indication of their fate or much about them. Its aggrivating but the leads do well to hold your interest. Another downside is the CGI effect for the alien itself and a muddled mess of practical and special effects. Fincher does a marvellous job of harking back to Scotts original and trying its best not to show the Alien, however because of its impossible movements, the alien was forced to be rotoscoped in the film and it just doesnt look in any way believable. Which is a shame for were it to be re worked with some proper care and attention im sure we could actually eliminate this problem all together. Alien 3 got and still gets a lot of bad press, some scripting issues here and there, a massive departure from the second one left fans very upset and some of the visual effects are less that stellar. However Fincher does here what the series ultimatley needed, an ending. He plays with your expectations, he shook it up. This is by no means the best made out of the bunch, however it has become my personal favourite out of the collection and is now rightfully enjoying cult success with this remastered version. A good eye opener to what would become of Fincher and a good end point for the series... And then they made Alien ressurection....
June 16, 2014
This rating is for the Assembly Cut which is much better than the theatrical release but still not quite as good as the previous two films. I'd put it on par with Prometheus.
March 2, 2014
I own this on DVD and on Blu-Ray in a four movie pack along with:
* Alien (1979)
* Aliens (1986)
* Alien Resurrection (1997)
November 6, 2013
The Special Edition of Alien3 is not different enough to be considered a wholly different film. There are several significant additions to the plot that change how Ripley was rescued, how the alien was born (which makes much more sense now given its size), and adds an extra plot line whereby the alien is trapped for part of the film. But unfortunately, it doesn't solve the basic problems with the original film and in fact bogs the story down with a whopping 30 minutes of additional footage.

I have always loved the style and tone of Alien3 and recognized the brilliance of David Fincher from the moment I saw it the first time in the theatres. There's a reason why the whole alien POV has become canon to everything that followed in the Alien based films. And I for one absolutely love both Elliot Goldenthal's brilliant score and Norman Reynolds' understated and gritty production design.

The problem with Alien3 is the screenplay. It's just not engaging enough to keep the viewer involved and the dialogue is simply horrendous at times. And in this special edition, it is no better.

Alien3 has many things going for it but is ultimately a letdown after the absolute brilliance of Alien and Aliens. If you like the Alien saga and have never seen it, it's visually engaging and worth checking out. But don't expect a narrative masterpiece.
½ October 19, 2013
This is a "B"(86 marks) movie. Blue-ray Disc. This is a special director's cut version which is much better than the theatrical release version of 1993?. But this 2hrs17 mins version is too long and dragging even though it is better than the original version. Highly recommended for the fans of the Alien franchise.
½ October 9, 2013
The only watchable version of 3, with a actual story and subpar cgi.
March 30, 2013
Good movie with a great cast. Underated
½ February 19, 2013
Only marginally better than the theatrical cut. It'd be a really special edition if Hicks and Newt had made it.
½ February 18, 2013
A superior cut of an underrated film. The birth of the alien in this version is quite spectacular.
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