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Aliens 30th Anniversary Edition

17 September 2016 10:05 AM, PDT | Trailers from Hell | See recent Trailers from Hell news »

James Cameron's superb spacemen vs. monsters siege battle epic is back in a reissue with an extra collector goodie or two, still looking good on Blu-ray for its 30th Anniversary. And that heroine Ripley is still the most combat-worthy space cadet in the galaxy. Aliens 30th Anniversary Edition Blu-ray Fox Home Entertainment 1986 / Color / 2:35 1:85 widescreen 1:37 flat full frame / 137, 154 min. / Street Date September 13, 2016 / 24.99 Starring Sigourney Weaver, Carrie Henn, Michael Biehn, Paul Reiser, Lance Henriksen, Bill Paxton, William Hope, Jenette Goldstein, Al Matthews, Mark Rolston, Ricco Ross, Colette Hiller, Daniel Kash, Cynthia Scott. Cinematography Adrian Biddle Film Editor Ray Lovejoy Original Music James Horner Written by James Cameron, story by Cameron, David Giler, Walter Hill from characters by Dan O'Bannon, Ronald Shusett Produced by Gale Ann Hurd Directed by James Cameron

Reviewed by Glenn Erickson

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How Did James Cameron Write Rambo and Aliens at the Same Time?

16 September 2016 2:56 PM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Earlier this week, the 30th Anniversary Blu-ray set for the beloved 1986 sci-fi classic Aliens was released, which includes plenty of new special features, including one entitled The Inspiration and Design of Aliens. A new clip from that documentary has surfaced, with writer-director James Cameron revealing that he landed the job to write this movie on the same day he took another job, to write Rambo: First Blood Part II. The filmmaker lets fans in on his secret of how he managed to write two beloved blockbuster at the same time.

The clip from Entertainment Weekly features James Cameron revealing how he was told on the same day that he had landed both the Aliens and the Rambo: First Blood Part II writing gigs. He decided to take both jobs, and came up with a unique solution on how to separate both projects. Here's what James Cameron had to say below about taking both jobs. »

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Review: Aliens: 30th Anniversary Edition

16 September 2016 10:26 AM, PDT | Comicmix.com | See recent Comicmix news »

The 1980s was perhaps the first decade where sequels were crowding the theater screens and most were justifiably vilified by critics and fans alike for being little more than a retread of the original. That changed when director James Cameron, fresh off a little indie production The Terminator, was tasked with a sequel to 1979’s surprise hit, Alien.

The Hollywood executive merry-go-round delayed the sequel by several years, although that allowed Cameron to hone his ideas with producer/wife Gale Anne Hurd. He envisioned a story where the humans were akin to the Americans during Viet Nam, strangers seriously outnumbered in a strange land. After insisting the film star Sigourney Weaver, who was in a contract dispute with 20th Century-Fox, all the pieces came together.

When the movie opened in 1986, it set a new higher standard for what a sequel should be, which was expanding upon the characters and universe seen in the first film. »

- Robert Greenberger

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Blu-ray Review – Aliens: 30th Anniversary Edition

16 September 2016 10:00 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Aliens: 30th Anniversary Edition

Written and Directed by James Cameron.

Starring Sigourney Weaver, Michael Biehn, Paul Reiser, Lance Henriksen, Carrie Henn, Bill Paxton, William Hope, Ricco Ross, Al Matthews, Jenette Goldstein.

Synopsis:

Aliens sees its forty-second release on home video (I’m only exaggerating a little) with this edition, which is a repackage of the Blu-ray movie disc from Alien Anthology with some collectibles tossed in. You also get codes for a digital copy of the theatrical version of the movie and a new featurette, The Inspiration of Aliens.

How many times have you bought the Alien movies on home media? I had the first two on VHS way back when (yes, pan-and-scan, but to be fair, letterboxed VHS movies weren’t easy to find), and of course I scored Alien Quadrilogy several years ago. I later picked up Alien Anthology on Blu-ray. I know, I’m probably a »

- Brad Cook

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James Cameron Explains How He Wrote ‘Aliens’ and ‘Rambo: First Blood Part II’ At The Same Time

16 September 2016 6:30 AM, PDT | Slash Film | See recent Slash Film news »

Before crafting a sequel to his own The Terminator, writer/director James Cameron made a career out of making sequels to other filmmakers’ projects. The man who would brings us Avatar, True Lies and Titanic began his career as the writer/director of Piranha Part Two: The Spawning, but he would follow it by having the same […]

The post James Cameron Explains How He Wrote ‘Aliens’ and ‘Rambo: First Blood Part II’ At The Same Time appeared first on /Film. »

- Ethan Anderton

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A Younger Obsidian Will Appear In Legends Of Tomorrow Season 2

15 September 2016 3:05 PM, PDT | ComicBookMovie.com | See recent ComicBookMovie news »

According to TV Line, Dan Payne (Strange Empire, Watchmen) will be playing a younger version of Obsidian in season 2 of Legends of Tomorrow.  The site further clarifies that when the Legends of Tomorrow team first meet the character, he'll be played by Payne, while a future version of the character is played by Lance Henriksen (Millennium, Aliens).   This is a pretty interesting development as there are currently no older versions of the 1940s Jsa besides Obsidian.  Is there some big, climactic showdown with the Legion of Doom that leaves the shadow-wielding superhero as the only survivor? About Obsidian Obsidian is a DC Comics superhero who first appeared in  All-Star Squadron #25 (1983).  Created by Roy Thomas and Jerry Ordway, Todd James Rice is the son of original Green Lantern, Alan Scott and Golden Age super-villain Thorn.  With metahumans for parents, it was only natural for Todd to be born with powers of his own. »

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Aliens: 30th Anniversary Edition Blu-ray Review

14 September 2016 9:02 AM, PDT | TheHDRoom | See recent TheHDRoom news »

New home video editions of James Cameron's masterful Sci-Fi action classic Aliens starring Sigourney Weaver mostly come out on the film's big anniversaries.

Mostly.

This year marks the 30th anniversary of Aliens making it a home video refresher prime target. What Fox delivered is the Aliens: 30th Anniversary Edition Blu-ray, a suitable package for the film's fans not satisfied with the lesser previous Blu-ray release or interested in owning the massive yet affordably priced Alien Quadrilogy box set.

The biggest difference between the new Aliens: 30th Anniversary Edition Blu-ray and the 2014 Aliens Blu-ray is the Anniversary edition includes both the theatrical and director's cut of the film. Owners of the 2014 edition know all too well the director's cut is the only option.

The 30th Anniversary Edition also comes packaged with a streamlined selection of previously released bonus features as well as one all-new one. The Inspiration and »

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Sigourney Weaver and James Cameron Look Back at Aliens on Its 30th Anniversary

13 September 2016 9:00 AM, PDT | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

Three decades before strong, competent and powerful female action heroes like Katniss Everdeen in The Hunger Games, Black Widow in The Avengers and Rey in Star Wars: The Force Awakens finally became fixtures in film, there was Sigourney Weaver as Ripley in Aliens. The actress debuted Warrant Officer Ellen Ripley in director Ridley Scott's moody 1979 sci-fi/horror masterwork Alien, deftly eluding a monstrous, murderous and nearly indestructible extraterrestrial life form. But it wasn't until that film's long-gestating sequel Aliens arrived in 1986, written and directed by future action auteur James Cameron, that Ripley truly emerged as an ass-kicking action heroine »

- Scott Huver

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Sigourney Weaver and James Cameron Look Back at Aliens on Its 30th Anniversary

13 September 2016 9:00 AM, PDT | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

Three decades before strong, competent and powerful female action heroes like Katniss Everdeen in The Hunger Games, Black Widow in The Avengers and Rey in Star Wars: The Force Awakens finally became fixtures in film, there was Sigourney Weaver as Ripley in Aliens. The actress debuted Warrant Officer Ellen Ripley in director Ridley Scott's moody 1979 sci-fi/horror masterwork Alien, deftly eluding a monstrous, murderous and nearly indestructible extraterrestrial life form. But it wasn't until that film's long-gestating sequel Aliens arrived in 1986, written and directed by future action auteur James Cameron, that Ripley truly emerged as an ass-kicking action heroine »

- Scott Huver

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September 13th Blu-ray & DVD Releases Include The Conjuring 2 and Raising Cain

12 September 2016 7:58 PM, PDT | DailyDead | See recent DailyDead news »

September 13th boasts over 30 horror and sci-fi home entertainment releases, so I hope you guys have been saving up, because there are a lot of great choices to spend your money on this week. The highly anticipated 30th Anniversary Edition of Aliens comes home this week courtesy of 20th Century Fox, and if you are a big fan of James Wan’s latest sequel, you’ll undoubtedly want to pick up The Conjuring on Blu-ray or DVD this Tuesday.

Universal Studios is keeping busy this Tuesday with two Universal Monster collections celebrating Frankenstein and The Wolf Man, and Scream Factory’s Raising Cain Blu-ray arrives this week, too. Also, if you happened to miss the special edition of the giallo classic Tenebrae earlier this year, Synapse Films is putting out a basic Blu that fans will definitely want to nab (as a proud owner of the Collector’s Edition, »

- Heather Wixson

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A Cocktail with Sigourney

11 September 2016 6:30 PM, PDT | FilmExperience | See recent FilmExperience news »

Nathaniel R reporting from the Toronto International Film Festival

That's me telling Sigourney Weaver some story (presumably about how awesome she is). It's all a blur...

You have to act quickly in these situations as you only get a minute. The event was a party for A Monster Calls in which Sigourney plays the emotionally distant British (!) grandmother of a young boy (Lewis MacDougall) whose mother (Felicity Jones) has cancer. As escape from his life or possibly as solution to it the boy meets regularly with a giant tree monster (voiced by Liam Neeson) who tells him morally ambiguous stories about witches, princes, and apothecaries.

I didn't once mention Ripley because I'm sure Sigourney hears this daily (on the red carpet outside there were people with Aliens posters wanting her to sign them) but took the opportunity to tell her how much I loved her on Broadway in Vanya & Sonya & Masha & Spike. »

- NATHANIEL R

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Aliens: 30th Anniversary Edition Lands on Blu-ray™& Digital HD September 13

11 September 2016 8:00 AM, PDT | Horror News | See recent Horror News news »

Celebrate The 30th Anniversary Of James Cameron’S Epic Sci-fi Masterpiece Aliens: 30th Anniversary Edition Lands on Blu-ray™& Digital HD September 13 Aliens: 30th Anniversary Edition Celebrate three decades of pulse-pounding action and bone-chilling suspense with this Aliens 30th Anniversary Limited-Edition Set that features both the Theatrical and Special Edition versions of the film on Blu-ray™, as well as audio …

The post Aliens: 30th Anniversary Edition Lands on Blu-ray™& Digital HD September 13 first appeared on Hnn | Horrornews.net - Official News Site »

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Neill Blomkamp Is Working on a New Movie That Isn't Alien 5

10 September 2016 12:32 PM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

It looks like Neill Blomkamp has officially decided it is time to get to work on something new. The director of District 9 has been tied up for a while working on his Aliens sequel, but that is currently held up. So he decided to move onto something new. What exactly it is we don't know, but he did recently announce that he is indeed working on something that is not related to the Alien franchise.

Blomkamp took to his Instagram account to post a picture related to his mysterious new project, but it didn't give us a whole lot of clues as to what that project could possibly be. The image features a prosthetic humanoid looking person/creature with a very disfigured face and a very venous body. Blomkamp made it very clear that this was something new and not related to Alien 5. Here is what he had to say. »

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Horror Highlights: In A Valley Of Violence Poster, Two Minutes With Tom Holland, Ithaca Fantastik Film Festival

10 September 2016 10:21 AM, PDT | DailyDead | See recent DailyDead news »

Relax with the latest Horror Highlights brought to you by your friends here at Daily Dead. The first of three items today is a new poster for festival darling, In a Valley of Violence. Also: GoFundMe details for the 22-episode documentary Two Minutes with Tom Holland and a look at Ithaca Fantastik Film Festival's program announcement.

Check Out The New In a Valley of Violence Poster: Focus World will release In a Valley of Violence in select theaters and on VOD and Digital HD on October 21st, 2016.

“A mysterious drifter named Paul (Ethan Hawke) and his dog (YouTube sensation Jumpy) make their way towards Mexico through the barren desert of the old west. In an attempt to shorten their journey, they cut through the center of a large valley — landing themselves in the forgotten town of Denton, a place now dubbed by locals as a “valley of violence.” The once-popular »

- Tamika Jones

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Stage Door: Toruk - The First Flight

9 September 2016 11:09 PM, PDT | FilmExperience | See recent FilmExperience news »

Errisson Lawrence © 2015 Cirque du Soleil

Jose here. While worldwide audiences wait for the impending Avatar sequels, the folks at Cirque du Soleil are aiming to quench their thirst with a new spectacle called Toruk - The First Flight, which bills itself as being “inspired by” the James Cameron film, but feels more like just another chapter in what’s become a “universe”. Imagined for those who maybe don’t like video games, are too passive for amusement parks, and have deep admiration for the human body, the show is a two hour long arena extravaganza in which Pandora comes to life in “real life 3D”.

Avatar borrowed elements from films like Pocahontas, Dances with Wolves, Fern Gully, and to an extent some of Cameron’s own oeuvre (Aliens star Sigourney Weaver was two seats away from me and was always the first to applaud, during a particularly complex sequence she »

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Neill Blomkamp teases "new", non-Alien 5 project

9 September 2016 1:49 AM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Ryan Lambie Sep 9, 2016

District 9 director Neill Blomkamp reveals he's "working on new things" with a teasing image posted online...

Ah, studio politics. Were it not for a little film called Alien: Covenant, District 9 director Neill Blomkamp would more than likely be working on Alien 5, his proposed sequel to Aliens which would have reunited Ripley, Newt and Hicks for the first time since James Cameron's 1986 classic.

With Ridley Scott currently filming his Alien prequel (and Prometheus sequel) Alien: Covenant, however, the decision was made to put Alien 5 on hold. So while Aliens stars Sigourney Weaver and Michael Biehn are both enthusiastic about reprising their roles, it will likely be several years before Blomkamp's plans finally come to fruition.

In the meantime, Blomkamp's moving onto other things. We know this because he recently took to Instagram to share a particularly freaky-looking piece of effects work: the head and shoulders »

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Does Mel Gibson have his comeback with 'Hacksaw Ridge?'

7 September 2016 6:01 PM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

Clip It: Each day, Jon Davis looks at the world of trailers, featurettes, and clips and puts it all in perspective.   Mel Gibson is back making historical action films, and I can’t pretend I don’t want to see Hacksaw Ridge.    Over the last couple years, I’ve had more than a few friends working on projects saying to me, “How would you feel if Mel Gibson was in it?” Why are they asking me? I mean, besides my obvious casting expertise? I’m Jewish, so they want to gauge my reaction. I point them towards South Park quote “Say what you will about Mel, but the son of a b-tch knows story.”   A few years ago when people said Mel Gibson’s career was over, I was skeptical. That’s not the way it works. Hollywood can’t resist hiring a well known actor and director with a proven track record of success. »

- Jon Davis

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The Duffer Brothers talk Stranger Things season 2

1 September 2016 6:05 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Yesterday Netflix announced that it has officially renewed Stranger Things for a second season, and creators Ross and Matt Duffer – a.k.a. the Duffer Brothers – have been chatting to Entertainment Weekly, offering up a few details about what we can expect when we return to Hawkins, Indiana next year.

“I don’t think we ever thought anthology,” states Ross Duffer, revealing that the second season will take place in 1984. “I think we talked like a larger time jump where the kids are older now and it’s a different decade. That’s something we batted around from the very beginning. But for us, there’s still more story here [in the 1980s], there’s still things that are unresolved.”

“I know movie sequels get a lot of shit, but the ones we look up to aspire to pivot and do something different,” adds Matt. “There’s Temple of Doom, Aliens, Terminator 2. I »

- Gary Collinson

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The importance - and apparent decline - of mystery in movies

1 September 2016 3:18 AM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Ryan Lambie Sep 2, 2016

Flashbacks, prequels and spin-offs - are all these things taking the sense of mystery out of movies? Ryan fears they might be.

“Apparently, she saw an alien once...”

The really effective thing about the Alien movies - particularly the first two - is their sense of mystery. Just as Ridley Scott and James Cameron’s films are united by their intense use of shadow, meaning the title creatures are glimpsed only in part, so Alien and Aliens suggest huge chunks of back-story with a throwaway line or a solitary scene.

Looking again at the 1979 original, it’s evident how pared back its plot is, especially compared to 2016’s crop of summer films. The assorted tensions and histories of Alien’s central characters are hinted at but never expressly shown, meaning we’re allowed to fill in the blanks ourselves. We don’t need acres of exposition to »

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Horror Highlights: New American Murder Song Ep, Voyeur, Q&A with Z Nation Composer Jason Gallagher

31 August 2016 10:05 AM, PDT | DailyDead | See recent DailyDead news »

Details on American Murder Song‘s third Ep, The Reckoning, kicks off today’s Horror Highlights. Also: Jennifer Blanc-Biehn joins the cast of Voyeur and a Daily Dead Q&A with Z Nation composer Jason Gallagher.

American Murder Song’s The Reckoning Details: Press Release: “1816, The Year Without A Summer, was an infamous year. A natural disaster blew its vengeance over the American northeast until every damn thing was froze, and the ground became death. Trapped indoors, Mary Shelly penned her classic novel Frankenstein. Two hundred years later, cult film composers Terrance Zdunich (Repo! The Genetic Opera) and Saar Hendelman (The Devil’S Carnival franchise) are resurrecting that fateful year as the setting for a bitter new batch of murder ballads. Prepare thyself for American Murder Song’s third extended play album, III. The Reckoning.

On American Murder Song’s first Ep, I. Dawn, Terrance and Saar led listeners through »

- Tamika Jones

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