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Just saw the director's cut of Alien, now in theatres. And I just realized I've never seen the film before. I guess I've seen the others in the franchise, but somehow skipped the original.
It stands up quite well, some 24 years later. The film is a bit grainy by current standards. But by the time the full-grown Alien is roaming the ship, what film grain? Some of the computer screens are a bit dated -- in the future they have vector graphics displays for terrain mapping? That is like so retro.
Yes, DVD's are cool, but even HD DVD's (coming later this decade) don't match the visual richness of film. Check it out.