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I'd like to bring up a point about Aliens and it being the a great sci-fi movie that I think it is!
If you were growing up in that era and saw the movie when it first came out, you would understand. No amount of reading about it does that...you had to be there.
Nohting remotely like it had ever been seen. Tons and tons of pics in Starlog magazine showing all the scenes was nothing and I mean nothing like actually seeing it.
Movies like Superman, Close Encounters, Jaws, to name a few, tons of pics in mags. theme music from the movies on the radio, you had to be there to actually understand why this movie was so special.
I saw it in 70mm, if I remember right or a theater that showed 70mm films, and to see those chest bursting scenes...remember again, nothing like it before, just really blew you away.
The ending scene, with those flashing lights, brought back acid trips just like you had taken in years past.
Everyone today can have their opinions on what's good and bad...but Alien was good and scare for scare, nothing topped it for awhile upon its first reelase.
Not until the LD did we get to see how the Alien was made and all the neat stuff about the movie.
Looking at Geigers art book was a trip in its self. That's one scary guy with some of the scariest drawing ever.
I have the last box set on SD, but I'll wait for the reviews on the BD. I don't want to buy it and have the fiasco that is going on with the Star Trek BDs rear its ugly head.
Just on a side note, I was a fire safety officer on one day of shooting of SFX of T-2 and one of the Academy Award winners SFXers who worked on Aliens said that Aliens was one of the cheapest movies he had ever worked on.
But when you saw it up there on the silver screen in all it's glory, you thought it cost bazillions, which I'm sure was Camerons goal.
I like both Alien and Aliens for different reasons and they haven't been improved on since they first came out...IMHO
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