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I've been slowly working my way through the hours upon hours of The Alien Quadrilogy and I finally watched Alien3 the other night. It was an extended version that restored about 40 minutes of footage, most of which fleshes out a lot of the characters and adds quite a bit to the storyline. It's pretty amazing. I haven't watched this movie in years. I was always kind of impartial to it, but now that I have a better appreciation of David Fincher and after watching all the extras that talk about the hell that he went through making this movie, I think it's brilliant. I mean, as far as camera work and direction goes, this movie was waaay ahead of its time. As far as effects and stuff goes, I think it still holds up, but not quite as well as it did in 1992. The film was released right before the CGI took Hollywood by storm. There's actually only one CGI effect in the movie, almost at the very end. Anyway, if you have a chance to see the extended version of this movie, check it out. Now all I have left is Alien Resurrection, which I haven't seen since I saw it in the theater. I didn't like it very much, but I hadn't discovered Jeunet yet, so now maybe I can appreciate it more. I guess we'll see.
i loved alien3 and i’d like to see the extended version and for the life of me i can’t remember if i’ve ever seen alien resurrection but anyhow the alien series is quite good.
Now that you’ve seen the ext. version how would you rate Alien3 among Fincher’s other four movies? Or are they so different you can’t compare them?
I don’t really think you can compare them, but i would say that Alien 3 has this incredible look to it, especially for a the guy’s first movie. As far as visuals go, I would put it right up there behind Fight Club at number 2.
Alien Resurrection should never have been made. ;_;