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Watch: 8-Minute Vintage 'Aliens' Featurette Goes Behind-The-Scenes With Sigourney Weaver And James Cameron

Photo of Kevin Jagernauth By Kevin Jagernauth | The Playlist July 31, 2014 at 10:21AM

While there are many who will argue that Ridley Scott's "Alien" is still the pinnacle of the franchise, there is an equal number who argue passionately for James Cameron's "Aliens" as the high point in the series. But no matter which side of the fence you're on, it can't be denied that the director took the monumental task of making the followup, and delivered in a big way.
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While there are many who will argue that Ridley Scott's "Alien" is still the pinnacle of the franchise, there is an equal number who argue passionately for James Cameron's "Aliens" as the high point in the series. But no matter which side of the fence you're on, it can't be denied that the director took the monumental task of making the followup, and delivered in a big way. 

So let's travel back to nearly three decades ago (damn, we're old) with this vintage press kit featurette for the film. Running eight minutes long, it goes behind-the-scenes of the making of the movie, laying out the story, with insights from Sigourney Weaver, James Cameron and producer Gale Anne Hurd. The director describes his movie as a "dark action piece, with a very warm human center," adding that it's his goal to connect with the characters. Meanwhile, Hurd contends that Cameron's film is "not a remake — oftentimes projects that are sequels, are really remakes," stressing that the filmmaker's sequel is a "continuation" of Scott's movie with bigger scope.

Check it all out below and remember a time when Cameron didn't decide that the world of "Avatar" needed four movies.

This article is related to: Aliens, James Cameron, Sigourney Weaver, Gale Anne Hurd


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