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The Aliens Vs Predator got me thinking about a thread on this subject. I'm planning on going to go see the Directors Cut tonight - I figure I can avoid all those trick-or-treaters who might come knocking. :) The local IMAX is going to show the film, so I'm thinking it will be great to see it on the BIG screen.

 

So has anyone already seen it, or who all's planning on catching it while it is in the theatres? Also kind of curious to see what everyone thinks about the 'un-deleted' scenes, etc.

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How long will it be playing? Tonight is out as I live near the center of one of the biggest Halloween celebrations on Earth (probably not too big an overstatement)...I'll be out reveling with a couple hundred thousand other freaks...

 

But I'd like to catch this movie on the big screen before it goes.

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Originally posted by EdR@Oct 31 2003, 12:52 PM

How long will it be playing?

I'm wondering that myself - not for me (since I'll see it in a few hours :)), but a friend is thinking about seeing it and asked me the same question. I didn't see anything on the actual Alien.com site saying whether it was a very limited run, etc...

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Welp, just got back from seeing it on the "Giant Screen". Very cool to see it that big, and just in the theater in general. I actually noticed a few details I hadn't seen while watching it on a TV screen in the past.

No matter how many times I've seen that movie, it still got a jump or two out of me. :shock: (Which just means it's still good :D )

 

As far as the extra scene, while it was an interesting addition, it just didn't seem to fit... I know it's been said by reviewers, etc, but I agree - it really seemed to throw off the timing of the end sequences. :?

 

But overall, well worth going to see on the big screen.

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I have a chance to see it on a regular theatre screen - wide screen (Imax-type) , or DLP projection. The theatres, though - range from 40 minutes away to 2 hours.

 

This is too good an opportunity to pass up, though. I will be seeing it.

Now if only Predator & Aliens would come back, I would be in film heaven!

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Yes I've heard about the DLP screenings, the Odeon Leicester Square in London is running it in DLP. I'd be curious to see how Alien performs in DLP as it's truly the ultimate movie to show the shortcomings of digital projection with its low resolution, questionable light output, black levels and shadow detail. I was amazed to hear it had received a DLP run given this fact that it is an increidbly demanding film to present correctly... I'm really interesting to know how it looks digitally. I continue to hear the 35mm prints are wonderful.

 

Just over eight hours to go.

 

Dan

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Well, got back a short while ago. I really enjoyed it on the whole, it's remarkable how captivating it is on the big screen confirming further it's one of those films that commands the viewers attention really requiring nothing less than the theatrical viewing experience.

 

Adding the cocoon sequence back bothered me when it was on screen, but felt right once you suddenly see the existing footage that follows of the Alien out on the deck literally looking for Ripley as now there's really a reason why it's pissed off and on the hunt. The other minor additions (and subtractions) didn't really bother me.

 

The print was in decent shape, a few nicks of dirt here and there from it being mishandled by the projectionist or whomever, but beneath those issues everything was very clean and detailed showing of so very much of what is lost on a DVD viewing to an absolutely alarming extent. I didn't know what to expect of the audio, but I was pleased it was not over the top and that it remained very front heavy with innovative, yet subtle use of the surround channels.

 

Certainly worth seeing.

 

Dan

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Actually its the other tweaks that I found most interesting. The cocoon sequence was the big fancy change, but we've all (sort-of) seen that on the DVD extras, even though it works a lot better on a clean print as there are acres of detail that you couldn't see on the grimy deleted scene. The remaining changes, coupled with the footage we all know being up on the big screen at least (this was the first time I've seen the original at the cinema) really help build the emphasis of the first hour on the crew, the workings of the ship, and how nobody really trusts or even likes each other that much even before they all go to hell in the same handbasket.

 

I'd like to briefly complain about one thing though. This was the first print I've actually noticed the Studios' latest attempt at copy protection; the brown print-marking dots on selected frames. They were far more distracting than the traditional 'cigarette burns', and their placement on pale backgrounds during the sickbay scene made them both annoyingly obvious and remarkably pointless - there is a perfectly good, un-watermarked version of the scene already on the current DVD, and if you absolutely had to watermark anything, surely a new scene would make more sense?

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Well my favourite restoration in the other bits was the extension to the group watching Dallas and Ash inspecting Kane and his little face hugger friend. The scene where Lambert now proceeds to hit Ripley for not wanting to allow Kane on board certainly added more to the tension between Lambert and Ripley you could always sense in the original cut, but was never really explained, but always felt. It's not really explained any further here either (and it's still better for it), but one would take it as a level of female competitiveness in such a male dominated atmosphere along with a little Dallas jealousy. Veronica Cartwright did such a great job at carrying all that. She gave Lambert a lot of depth despite being such a minor character.

 

One thing that was removed however, that dawned on me only on Sunday morning (unless during the film my mind wandered) was a moment during the scene with Ripley and Dallas when she confronts him. In the original scene this discussion included Ripley asking Dallas if he'd ever shipped out with Ash before, and her stating that she didn't trust him. This was, if my short term memory serves, excised from the Director's Cut.

 

 

I'd like to briefly complain about one thing though. This was the first print I've actually noticed the Studios' latest attempt at copy protection; the brown print-marking dots on selected frames. They were far more distracting than the traditional 'cigarette burns', and their placement on pale backgrounds during the sickbay scene made them both annoyingly obvious and remarkably pointless - there is a perfectly good, un-watermarked version of the scene already on the current DVD, and if you absolutely had to watermark anything, surely a new scene would make more sense?

 

Agreed.

 

Dan

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