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Review: 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 commentary, deleted and extended scenes and more. This must-have set also includes collectible art cards, and a book featuring art from the Dark Horse Comics Aliens series with an all-new cover created exclusively for this 30th Anniversary Edition. The Blu-ray and Digital HD release will include an all-new, documentary titled “The Inspiration and Design of Aliens,” which delves into the origins of the film.

James Cameron directed this critically acclaimed sequel starring Sigourney Weaver as Ellen Ripley, the sole survivor of the Nostromo’s deadly encounter with the monstrous Alien. After drifting through space in hypersleep for 57 years, Ripley returns to Earth, haunted by nightmares of the past. Although her story is initially met with disbelief, she agrees to accompany a team of Colonial Marines back to LV-426…and this time it’s war!

I will admit that I am not the biggest James Cameron fan. Anything he made after 1994 is useless to me but I do consider one of his films to be one of the greatest of all time. Aliens is arguably the greatest sci-fi movie ever made outside of Star Wars. It is a rare occurrence that a sequel surpasses the original but Aliens is science fiction perfection in every way.


FOX has released an anniversary Blu-ray set to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the film and it is pretty sweet. Now, if you already own the Alien Anthology set, you already have the version included in this set, with the exception of the new featurette entitled “The Inspiration and Design of Aliens.” If you are one of the people who didn’t like the two films after Aliens and, therefore, did not buy the anthology, this anniversary set is the one to buy.

Features Included:

NEW – The Inspiration and Design of Aliens featurette

  • Deleted and Extended Scenes
  • Superior Firepower: Making Aliens
  • Superior Firepower: Making Aliens Enhancement
  • Pre-Production Galleries
  • The Art of Aliens
    • Gateway Station and Colony
    • Vehicles and Weapons
    • Aliens
  • Casting
    • Cast Portrait Gallery
  • Deleted Scene Montage

Also included with the set: a book featuring art from the Aliens Dark Horse comic series and a really cool set of art cards. The case, itself, is beautiful with Queen Xenomorph art with Ripley holding Toad in the background. All together, this is an incredible anniversary set that is worth every penny.

Aliens 30th Anniversary Edition is now available on Blu-ray and Digital HD from FOX Home Entertainment


Ann Hale
Ann Hale
Just a giant nerd in love with horror, 80's action flicks, Star Wars and Harry Potter. Hit me up on Twitter or Instagram @scarletjupiter to talk horror or just to browse the horror collection.

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