One of the things I couldnt resist at the 20% off sale at JB HiFi on the weekend was a box with all the Alien and Predator films together. Watched the original Alien tonight from way back in 1979. The Directors Cut intro'd by Ridley Scott himself is actually shorter than the theatrical version apparently - recut to improve pacing etc.
The film clearly dates, but is still very enjoyable and just as much for the creation of a new genre defining film. I like elements like Jones the cat who ads some clever distraction as well as its fair share of frights as well. Ripley and Ash are cool characters and Giger's alien creations are very special.
[Image of the Alien craft interior from Alien via AllMoviePhoto]