Ripley continues to be stalked by a savage alien, after her escape pod crashes on a prison planet.
The troubled film makes a home at dead-donkey. Firstly, let's throw all the cards on the table. This is not as good a horror film as Alien, and this does not attempt to be a follow up to Aliens. Instead, Alien3 goes further, darker, and grittier. Many could not understand or rather digest the jump from bleak, to bleaker. Bar the outburst of optimism at the end of Aliens granted. Alien3 starts just as Aliens did, it shakes up the system and created something unique. The problem is, many find this too dark, and too 'realistic' for the Aliens vibe. It's true to say that the gore is stepped up for this sequel, early workprints are said to contain a very gorey autopsy (which the documentry in the Quadrilogy confirms).
Alien3 is the product of a most notorious struggle of director against studio; dwarfing that of Terry Gilliam and his Brazil project. The film that came out in 1992 was troubled, and true to say not true good. A flawed, scriptless shoot seemlingly produced a inconsistant (but visually stunning film). The film still repsected the franchise, Ripley and the previous director's work, and ultimately created a unique corner of the series (unlike the fourth effort). However I, and fair to say most others, were dissapointed although the film was a success at the box office.
Then I saw this extended edition and the audience gets to see a more complete film. A film that should have come out in 1992, that could have come out originally. The film is brilliantly shot, and radically changed. The opening is more dramatic and visually stunning, the visuals are awinspiring, and the chestbursting is restored to its original form. Most significantly, a huge plot hole is filled and a brilliant sequence, cut presumably by men in suits, is restored and adds a whole new level to the film, making the ending all the more justifiable and fitting. The ending is added to and I believe works better.
The audio in a few places is unclear; this is not a flaw in the rip, it is because the sequences are restored from a non-theatrical workprint.
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