scenes were cut from the final release of 'ALIENS' due to FOX's restrictions on running
time. James Cameron didn't mind the scenes being cut all that much because he was grateful
to FOX for keeping and supporting his film even though it exceeded the two hour limit. The
scenes that were cut involved several subplots that added more depth and emotion to the
Possession of these scenes was very hard to come by a few years back. I myself know because of the hundreds of phone calls I made. Back in the summer of 1993, FOX released 10,000 copies of a special limited edition run of the 'Facehugger' box set. Unfortunately it was only sold overseas in the UK. (Please see Misc. section for more details.) Within the box set was the only available VHS copy of 'ALIEN Special Edition', which was in PAL format. James Cameron, being a fan of Laserdiscs as he was decided to make another run of 'ALIENS Special Edition' on Laserdisc. This was a little easier to find in the U.S., although it did take me quite a bit of searching at first. Now I know what you're thinking ("shit I won't be able to get a copy of this now!!) No, not the case. Thanks to FOX, on June 1, 1999 they released the special edition of 'ALIENS' in their 20th Anniversary run.
**Right before the inquest Ripley is sitting on a park bench when Burke walks in...**
(starting to cry...) Her eleventh birthday.
[1 minute, 58 seconds]
**At the end of the hearing there is some added dialogue in which VanLeuwen voices the councils final decision**
VanLeuwen: It is the finding of this court of inquiry that warrant officer E. Ripley, NOC14472, has acted with questionable judgement...and is unfit to hold an ICC license as a commercial flight officer. Said license is hereby suspended indefinitely. Now, no criminal charges will be filed against you at this time, and you are released on your own recognizance for a 6-month period of psychometric probation; to include monthly review by an ICC psychiatric technician. These proceedings are closed.
**Burke explains why he is so interested in the colony...**
Ripley: Why are you going?
Burke: The Corporation co-financed that colony along with the colonial administration. We're getting into a lot of terraformaing now, and "Building Better Worlds."
Ripley: Yeah, yeah, I saw that commercial.
**Hudson playfully boasts about the marines and their weaponry.**
Hudson: Check it out. I am the ultimate bad-ass! State of the badass art. You do not want to fuck with me. Check it out. Hey Ripley, don't worry. Me and my squad of ultimate badasses will protect you. Check it out...Independently targeting particle-beam phalanx. Vwap! Fry half a city with this puppy. We got tactical smart missiles, phased plasma pulse rifles, RPGs. We got sonic electronic ballbreakers!...We got nukes, We got knives, sharp sticks.
Apone: Knock it off Hudson.
**Hudson and Vasquez detect some motion ahead of them...**
Hudson: It's right in there...Ready?...Now!
(It turns out to be nothing but a bunch of hamsters playing around in their cage)
Vasquez: Good one Hudson.
Hudson: Uh Sir, we have a negative situation here...um..moving on sir.
**Ripley, Gorman, Burke, and Bishop enter the colony at the south lock...**
(Ripley pauses before she enters the colony)
Hicks: Are you alright?
(The both of them then enter the colony and the doors shut behind them)
**Hicks explains the good news of what they were able to recover**
They really kick ass...I think they'll
come in handy.
**During the discussion of the blue prints, Hicks and Ripley discuss where they should put the sentry guns.**
**Hicks arms the sentry guns, and Hudson and Vasquez test them...**
Hudson: Do your thing baby. Come on, come on Vasquez, lets get the hell out of here. Hudson here, A and B sentrys are in place and keyed.
Hicks: Roger, standby arming now. Test it Hudson!
Hudson: Do it!
Vasquez: Fire in the hole!
(Vasquez hurls a large metal barrel in front of the guns. BOOOOOOOOOM!!!!)
Hudson: Ok lets get the hell out of here! We're sealing the tunnels... Come on baby...(note this is slightly different dialogue compared to the theatrical release when just Hudson seals the tunnel)
**Right before Ripley brings Newt into
the infirmary to lie down, there is a shot of the sentry guns in the hallway scanning for
Newt: Isn't that how babies
come? I mean people babies? They grow inside you.
Ripley: No, that's very different.
Newt: Did you ever have a baby?
Ripley: Yes I did. I had a little girl.
Newt: Where is she?
Ripley: She's gone.
Newt: You mean dead.
**While discussing the 'aliens' life cycle in the med-lab, Bishop, Hudson, and Vasquez offer their point of view**
**The 'aliens' attempt to make their way through the service tunnel.**
**The 'aliens' now try to break through the hallway barrier. They then retreat just when the sentry guns' ammo counters literally deplete...**
**Right before Ripley leaves to go find Newt, she exchanges first names with Hicks.**
Ripley: See you Hicks.
Hicks: Dwayne. It's Dwayne.
Hicks: Don't be gone long Ellen.
**According to another 'alien' fan site, at the premier showcase
of 'ALIENS' there is a scene were Ripley puts on her Reebok shoes.**
** The most infamous cut-scene that didn't even make it to any special editions was when Ripley is searching for Newt, she finds Burke cocooned and complaining about stomach pains. She then hands him a grenade and continues her search for Newt. This scene was actually filmed filmed. This scene was cut due to its implausibility of Burke being awake so soon after an encounter with a facehugger, according to the first movies' 'alien' biology.
If any of this information seems
wrong or you have additional information, please e-mail me. Remember I worked very hard
capturing all of these pictures myself, so before you think about taking them just send me an e-mail, and we can work something out.