David Fincher's feature debut, ALIEN 3, picks up almost directly
after the events in ALIENS, finding Ripley (Sigourney Weaver) frozen in
suspended animation as her ship crashes on Fiorina 161, a prison planet. When
awakened by the prison's staff, she discovers that she is the sole survivor of
her crew. Trapped on a barren planet with convicts and no weapons of any kind,
Ripley soon realizes that an alien was also on the ship and has survived. As the
savage creature begins to massacre inmates, Ripley bands together with the
remaining prisoners and attempts to destroy it by wits alone.
Filmed at a time when big guns and high technology dominated the screen, ALIEN 3
deserves commendation for its unique premise--battling a vicious alien creature
with no weapons and almost no resources whatsoever. This scenario makes for an
unusual and intriguing science fiction thriller that is also notable for
Fincher's bleak industrial visuals; the film was nominated for an Oscar for Best
"...Another astonishing performance from
the sinewy-and-shorn Sigourney Weaver..."
Sometimes it takes three movies to really kill
an alien. In this grim third installment of the ALIEN films, Lt.
Ripley (Sigourney Weaver) crash lands on a prison planet and soon
discovers an alien is aboard her craft. Mutilated bodies pile up,
but this time she has no weapons to fight the marauding creature.
Once again her toughness is tested to the max, in a bleaker
episode than the previous two in the series. The film is directed
with visual flair by David Fincher (SEVEN, FIGHT CLUB).
Theatrical release: May 22, 1992.
Filmed in England.
ALIEN 3 was director David Fincher's first feature film. He had
previously directed music videos.
"Don't be afraid. I'm part of the
family."--Ripley (Sigourney Weaver) to the alien
"...The effect of Weaver's shorn locks is
eerily sensual....It's one of the rare sequels that truly measures
up. It brings this series to a fitting shiver..."
"...[Weaver's] image is as vital as her
acting -- which, again, is excellent..."
"...ALIEN 3 can be enjoyed for the early
director-stylings of David FIGHT CLUB Fincher..."
Region 1 Keep Case Disc 1: Audio
1. Terry Rawlings and Crew 1992 Theatrical Version 2003
Special Edition Version Disc 2: Pre-Production
DEVELOPMENT: Concluding the Story TALES OF THE WOODEN
PLANET: Vincent Ward's Vision THE ART OF ACERON:
Conceptual Art Portfolio STORYBOARDS: Art of Fiorina Xeno-Erotic:
H.R. Geiger's Redesign Featurette Production PRODUCTION
GALLERY: Photo Archive FURNACE CONSTRUCTION: Time-Lapse
Sequence ADAPTIVE ORGANISM: Creature Design ADI WORKSHOP
E.E.V. SCAN MULTI-ANGLE VIGNETTE Post-Production OPTICAL
FURY:Visual Effects MUSIC, EDITING AND SOUND VISUAL
EFFECTS: Photo Archive POST-MORTEM: Reaction to the Film