I have odd memories surrounding this one, because it was the first Alien movie to come out when I was old enough to care about an Alien movie. I read the novelization and for the rest of my life confused Winona Ryder and Sigourney Weaver's names. However, the movie itself is probably the most action-packed since Aliens, but it's heavy with conceptual ideas due to the nature of the story like Alien 3. So in a way, it takes the best of the Alien franchise all the way around and combines it into one movie. It's a great creature feature with lots of blood, guts and slime, but also has a pretty interesting concept regarding the new Ripley.
Jeunet is an interesting filmmaker, and by no surprise we get a very interesting film from him. It's got a bunch of the quirks that make his movies what they are, and tons of big time actors you'll recognize. One of which is Ron Perlman, who I'm a massive fan of so it's great seeing him again in one of his older, genre roles. If you haven't seen 3, you'll learn quickly that Ripley was infested with an alien and this movie is the result. Ripley is being cloned by some corporate scientists, because we can't ever just let the aliens die. One of the clones has shown promising results, and is on the hunt for her family. Is it the aliens, or the humans, or possibly some more robots? You'll have to watch to find out, because this Ripley is not the Ripley we know and love, or is it?
The director's commentary on this one is great, to hear Jeunet's injections into the film to make it his own and hear about the scene filmed underwater near the end of the film was entertaining. This, like the rest of the Blu-rays released for this franchise set, has the theatrical and director's cut editions on the disc. I wish Ron talked a little more on the commentary, just because I love his voice and think his contributions are great, but I enjoy the round table approach to this commentary with a lot of the second tier actors commenting with cast & crew alike.