Shrink-wrapped Long before Titanic , director James Cameron and composer James Horner teamed up for another epic collaboration: the long-awaited 1986 sequel to Alien . Horner's apocalyptic score, a truly massive symphonic assault, ranks as one of his best; now, this deluxe edition restores every note he wrote for Aliens , adding over 30 minutes of additional music available for the first time anywhere! Despite the phenomenal box-office bounty of Titanic, director James Cameron didn't become King of the World overnight. Indeed, King James helped build his crowd-pleasing reputation on the belated 1986 sequel to Ridley Scott's outer space shockfest, Alien. That sequel, Aliens, was also his first collaboration with film scorer James Horner, whose music contributed in no small way to Titanic's über-success. This expanded edition of Horner's mysterious Aliens score features a sparkling digital transfer and over a half-hour of previously unreleased cues and outtakes. While Horner obviously trades on Jerry Goldsmith's original masterpiece and even Khatchaturian's Gayane Ballet Suite (used so effectively by Kubrick to evoke the loneliness of space in 2001), it's a pastiche that's informed by a masterful use of brooding orchestral colors and percussion flourishes that are by turns ominous and subtle. That element of the composer's evocative formula is further explored in two percussion-only bonus cuts, "Ripley's Rescue" and "Combat Drop." This edition also includes a colorful illustrated booklet with a detailed essay about the film's musical genesis. --Jerry McCulley
I don't know why but I don't get the same bang for my buck out of this soundtrack as I do from the Goldsmith original.Maybe its the interspersing of the moody, slow pieces with frenetic loud, fast-paced "chase" music. Maybe it's the overuse of the echoed "plucked string/spring/whatever" effect. Great in moderation, I found it annoying here in places.Of course, Goldsmith was scoring a psychological horror movie and Horner is scoring an action-adventu..