The Original: Sigourney Weaver goes up against acid-bleeding, jaw-jutting xenomorphs for a second time.
Except now she has a load of Marines on her side.
Extended Version: James Cameron released a special edition of Aliens in 1992, editing 17 minutes of footage back into the film.
The deleted scenes, reasoned 20th Century Fox, amounted to “too much nothing” and took too long cranking up the suspense. We beg to differ.
Best Addition: There are many (sentry guns, extended dialogue scenes), but the most interesting is the scene in which Ripley learns her daughter has since died of old age.
It adds another layer of poignancy to her relationship with young Newt.