This article is from the Alien Movies FAQ, by Darryll Hobsonand Eelko de Vos E.W.C.deVos@TWI.TUDelft.NL with numerous contributions by others.
Video - standard (has been resold in several different box re-prints)
- standard widescreen
- special edition (wide screen)
Disc - standard
- special letterbox version containing a seperate
section with the cut scenes, photos and several design drawings,
including drawings by Moebius, Ron Cobb and H.R. Giger.
- "Alien" Super 8 Film (200 feet long)
Video - standard (130 minutes)
- "extended version" (145 minutes) this version is a shorter version
of the Special Edition but includes the scenes that were cut form
the standard version.
- Special Edition (154 minutes)
- Special Edition widescreen (from the Ultimate Alien Collection
Disc - standard
- special letterbox, director's cut version containing a seperate
section with design drawings, behind the scenes footage and
interviews with the director. Extended version's running time:
Video - standard
- standard widescreen
- "Making of..." US version of 22 minutes
- "Making of..." Dutch version of 20 minutes
Disc - standard letterboxed edition
NB:It should be noted that this disc contains an extreme amount
of video noise/interference for (approx) the last 15 minutes on
each side of the disc. This was confirmed by several posters on
alt.video.laserdisc with no one claiming to have a disc without
Alien Trilogy Collectors Set
There is a "Alien Trilogy Collectors Set" (limited edition with 5-digit
numbers; possibly available in the UK only) which contains the three
movies in digitally remastered widescreen/letterbox editions. (It is
evident in "ALIEN^3" that *not* the full width of the film is shown.)
"ALIENS" is not the director's cut, it's referred to as "special edition"
because James Cameron decided "himself" to cut the scenes. In Bladerunner,
for example, the cut scenes were not due to Ridley Scott's opinion, so
here the uncut version is the "director's cut"
After each movie is a "special collector's section," containing the
* Three-part interview with Ridley Scott presumably from 1991. (It starts
"Let's go back twelve years" and then talks about "ALIEN".) Interviewed
by Don Shay (Cinefex Magazine).
* Some of the outtake scenes described in section  of the FAQ:
- >> Ripley radios down to Parker and Brett ... <<
- >> Longer version of Brett's death. <<
- >> ... Parker, Ripley and Lambert trying to flush the alien out of the
air lock. <<
- >> ... Ripley (being suspicious of Ash) asks Lambert if she's ever
slept with him. <<
- The cocoon sequence.
* Trailers: Advance trailer, theatrical trailer, US 30 sec + 10 sec
* Trailers: Advance trailer and theatrical trailer
* Interview with James Cameron from 1986, again by Don Shay.
* Trailers: Advance trailer, theatrical trailer, international trailer, UK
(no typo) 30 sec + 10 sec trailers
The running times of the cassettes (including the collector's section) are
given as 142, 164, and 119 minutes respectively.
The set also includes the Making Of Alien^3 tape (22 mins) in a special
packaging similar to the movies in this set, plus: (quoted from a sticker
on the wrapper foil)
"* 32 page full colour brochure
* 12 full color lobby stills
* Exclusive Alien Trilogy T-Shirt (XL Size)
* Individually numbered Collector's Certificate
* 3 button badges (one for each film)
* ALIEN WAR Privilege Card (allowing '2 for the price of 1 entry' and
The whole thing comes in a "Deluxe 'Face Hugger' Case," which is
basically a plastic suitcase with an embossed/sculptured face hugger
This limited edition was (probably) announced in late 1993 and was
only manufractured in numbers equal to the orders recieved after the
announcement. ("Only one production run will be made," the photocopy of
the announcement stated.) Probably less than 10'000 were made in this