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Aliens: No Hope Edition
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Original Release Date:
1986
Original Running Time:
154 minutes
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148 minutes
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Synopsis:
Ripley is rescued by a deep salvage team after being in hypersleep for 57 years. The moon that the Nostromo visited has been colonized, but contact is lost. This time, colonial marines have superior firepower, but will that be enough?

Inspired by my media teacher's hatred for the early Hadley's Hope scenes in Aliens (the only reason that we watched the theatrical cut in class was due to these 2 scenes in the SE), I've created my own cut as a half way point between the Special Edition and the Theatrical without the Hadley's Hope sequence.
Intention:
To preserve the mystery and suspense about what truly happened to the colonists, so that we reveal what happened when Ripley finds out. The scenes also don't really serve the story and take away from the main plot with Ripley so they can go really, the theatrical works wonders without them.
Other Sources:
- Aliens: Special Edition (Blu-Ray) For the majority of the film
- Aliens: Theatrical Edition (Blu-Ray) For a single extended crossfade shot in Ripley's apartment
Release Information:
Digital
Special Features:
- Feature Commentary with James Cameron, Cast and Crew, edited to fit
- Deleted Colonist Scenes with optional commentary
- No Hope Edition Trailer
Cuts and Additions:
- cut the colonists discussing the orders from Weyland-Yutani
- cut Newt and her family discovering The Derelict and finding the Facehugger
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Faneditor Name:
Original Movie/Show Title:
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Original Release Date:
1986
Original Running Time:
154 minutes
Fanedit Release Date:
Fanedit Running Time:
148 minutes
Available in HD:
Synopsis:
Ripley is rescued by a deep salvage team after being in hypersleep for 57 years. The moon that the Nostromo visited has been colonized, but contact is lost. This time, colonial marines have superior firepower, but will that be enough?

Inspired by my media teacher's hatred for the early Hadley's Hope scenes in Aliens (the only reason that we watched the theatrical cut in class was due to these 2 scenes in the SE), I've created my own cut as a half way point between the Special Edition and the Theatrical without the Hadley's Hope sequence.
Intention:
To preserve the mystery and suspense about what truly happened to the colonists, so that we reveal what happened when Ripley finds out. The scenes also don't really serve the story and take away from the main plot with Ripley so they can go really, the theatrical works wonders without them.
Other Sources:
- Aliens: Special Edition (Blu-Ray) For the majority of the film
- Aliens: Theatrical Edition (Blu-Ray) For a single extended crossfade shot in Ripley's apartment
Release Information:
Digital
Special Features:
- Feature Commentary with James Cameron, Cast and Crew, edited to fit
- Deleted Colonist Scenes with optional commentary
- No Hope Edition Trailer
Cuts and Additions:
- cut the colonists discussing the orders from Weyland-Yutani
- cut Newt and her family discovering The Derelict and finding the Facehugger
Cover art by Bobson Dugnutt (DOWNLOAD HERE)
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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).

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A beautifully done edit of a fantastic film.
I love the Theatrical Cut, and actually really like the director's cut. Watching it after the TC added depth to the movie and its world building, and I find that awesome. However, much like James Cameron himself stated, I felt that the movie was stronger without the Hadley's Hope scenes.
So thank you, Bobson, for finding the perfect balance point between the theatrical and the director's cuts. The editing, as always, is flawless, and the picture and audio are great.

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I never despised the Hadley's Hope scenes the first time I've watched the SE of Aliens; as time went on however, I came to realize that while they're a nice bonus to look at, they ruin the mystery surrounding the devastated colony and Newt's traumatized character.
This edit does an amazing job at removing the superfluous material; maybe to enhance the mystery a bit more the editor could have deleted the extended dialogue hinting at the Queen, but overall who doesn't love more Bill Paxton?
Excellent job.

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As the other reviews say, by removing the "Hope scenes" the film becomes significantly more enjoyable

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This was my second time watching Aliens (1986), and I enjoyed the movie significantly more than I did the first time. I didn’t notice any cuts and was surprised to find that a jarring cut I noticed was already present in both the theatrical cut and the special edition. The editing work is truly marvelous. However, I did find the bitrate/encoding of the edit to be a bit rough, particularly with artifacts appearing in most dark scenes. This might be noticeable if you’re accustomed to watching movies straight from Blu-ray or in theaters. Nonetheless, this is undoubtedly the best way to experience this movie. It skillfully adds the best scenes and removes the worst.

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I can't tell you how many times I've MANUALLY done this exact edit by forcing my audience to wait while I fast forwarded through these Hadley's Hope scenes, because this edit has it right: they have catastrophic effects on the mystery and suspense of the rest of the film. BUT on the other hand, the SE includes the most important scene in the movie for Ripley's character arc: the setup about her daughter. (Plus who doesn't love those gun-camera later on?). Point is, this is a simple clean edit and it delivers the best version of the movie possible. THANK YOU FOR MAKING IT!

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The perfect cut of "Aliens", in a technical sense and a narrative sense.

This cut keeps the good bits like the reveal of Ripley's daughter passing away after Ripley had been gone for 57 years, and Ripley & Hick's tender moment where they give each other their first names-- without the unnecessary bits like the Hadley's Hope scenes. Just as reviewer thespiedsniper below me said: "the director's cut keeps all its missing gems... and the theatrical suspense and intensity is retained."

It too, is my go-to version of "Aliens", a 10 out of 10. Highly recommended.

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