Born to lose, live to win
The theatrical cut of this was butchered by the Weinsteins to the point of Del Toro outright disowning the film.
Years later, Miramax would no longer be apart of the Weinstein Co, so Del Toro was able to release a version that was more in line with his original vision. Long gone are the cheap jump scares that plagued the theatrical cut. Scenes go on longer and come off as much more focused creating a tension filled atmosphere. Turns out, Del Toro’s take on Alien/Aliens is pretty damn good.
The director’s cut is definitely the way to go!