Definitely my go-to version of this film (a masterpiece of thrilling action, engaging sci-fi, and tense horror) from now on. A beautifully edited halfway point between the theatrical cut and James Cameron's extended director's cut. Fantastic work through and through.
I Always felt the director's cut of Aliens was the more definitive version, as it fleshed out many of the already great elements. But, there was sort of a spoiler due to the addition of some scenes in the colony that kinda deflates the directors cut, even if you know what was coming.
Not a huge drawback, but still a drawback.
However, Bobson's fanedit removes those spoiler scenes, making Aliens truly something we experience with Ripley as it happens.
Good job Bobson! Recommend this to everyone, first-time viewers and rewatchers alike. It is the definitive version of Aliens that should have been there in theatres back in 1986.
Aliens is one of my all-time favorite movies and I had only seen the theatrical cut till now. This is such an awesome edit with good pacing and more suspense. It felt like I was watching a completely new Alien movie.
The picture and sound quality are perfect. We did not notice any weird cuts. This version should be released in cinemas!
This may be my favorite fan edit. Not for its inventiveness or originality... but because it elevates one of my very favorite films from the "incredible" category to the "perfect" category. I love the director's cut of this film. I can't go back to the theatrical cut. I lose too many amazing things. But the bloody mustache on the Mona Lisa is that all suspense and tension is gutted by the scenes added in with Newt's family the reveal of an alien creature before the titular "ALIENS" show up to kill most of the marines. Also, JUST seeing Hadley's Hope as a ghost town makes the whole experience much more unnerving. Let us get scared about what we don't know. Let use our imagination on what to expect. There are just too many answered questions for any real fear to build up.
This is edit is a great execution of adding peanut butter to chocolate. The director's cut keeps all its missing gems... and the theatrical suspense and intensity is retained. This IS my go-to version of Aliens. Perfect. Visual and sound quality is superb. And the cuts necessary to make the transition work here is entirely seamless. I really don't have much to add. This edit is pure perfection. Thank you, good sir.
The anti-Darklighter Cut! Truthfully, I love these micro-surgical fan edits where the excision or addition of a small number of scenes (or scene, in this case) makes a world of difference. I've long been a fan of the Director's Cut of Aliens but also wished that the Hadley's Hope sequence could take a hike, as it revisits the locales of the first Alien to diminishing returns, unlike most other aspects of the movie which manages to surpass the first film.
Bobson's decision to include the commentary track-laden deleted scene in question makes this the only copy of Aliens you really need to keep at hand (well, I haven't watched Bobson's extended Cocoon Cut of this same film yet, but for now, this one more than does the trick).