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Alien (1979)
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Gord Green
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 28, 2017 6:43 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I don't know just how frightening the chest burster scene was, but the young lady next to me in the theatre let out a scream when it happened. That was followed by a drip-drip-drip sound and the theatre floor got awfully wet.

It was an example of the effect film can have to totally immerse the viewer in the reality of the moment.
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PostPosted: Wed Aug 09, 2017 6:08 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

My library recently bought the new bluray edition of Alien and so I had to watch it. This is a list of the special features:

Special features

1979 Theatrical Version

2003 Director's Cut with Ridley Scott Introduction

Audio Commentary by Director Ridley Scott, Writer Dan O'Bannon, Executive Producer Ronald Shusett, Editor Terry Rawlings, Actors Sigourney Weaver, Tom Skerritt, Veronica Cartwright, Harry Dean Stanton and John Hurt

Audio Commentary (for Theatrical Cut only) by Ridley Scott

Final Theatrical Isolated Score by Jerry Goldsmith

Composer's Original Isolated Score by Jerry Goldsmith

Deleted and Extended Scenes

Of course I watched it to hear the Composer's Original Isolated Score by Jerry Goldsmith. The main difference is the music during the acid blood scene.
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Bud Brewster
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PostPosted: Mon Aug 14, 2017 10:01 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Eadie wrote:
Found this on eBay.

Does this bit of merchandising seem creepy to you?




Oh my God . . . only one fearsome creature can battle the dreaded Aliens!

Only one mighty force is strong enough to defeat the acid-filled evil of those hideous creatures!

Only the fur-covered beast below has the ferocious appetite for destruction it will take to save us!

THIS is the monster we need!
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PostPosted: Sat Feb 09, 2019 6:59 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Over at AICN is a new (and weird) review of the movie:

https://www.aintitcool.com/hedgehog-corner-19-alien-81728/

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PostPosted: Sat Feb 09, 2019 10:09 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Robert (Butch) Day wrote:
Over at AICN is a new (and weird) review of the movie:

https://www.aintitcool.com/hedgehog-corner-19-alien-81728/

It's clearly labeled "SATIRE" at the top of the page, but I've read funnier stuff in college humor magazines.
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Bud Brewster
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PostPosted: Sun Feb 10, 2019 1:47 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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I agree. scotpens. The guy worked hard to be witty, but he didn't quite get the job done.

Oh well. Not everybody can be funny like me. Laughing

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PostPosted: Thu Mar 28, 2019 5:36 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Red band trailer for ALIEN shorts:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xe4-kj-8iYo
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PostPosted: Sat Apr 20, 2019 12:34 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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It wasn't the space horror that impressed me about Alien when in came out 30 years ago; it was all the attention to detail that was usually non-existent in these sf pictures. Director Ridley Scott, Giger and the various production design team members made sure that we felt we really were on some space freighter of the future, grungy and rundown as it was in places. I think it was a detriment to me that I watched a behind-the-scenes featurette on making this film at the same point I went to see it; unfortunately, it took away much of the mystique.

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I also really admired the acting n this one; there was a naturalism which was missing in the usual films about the future. Sigourney Weaver is the one who benefited, becoming a big star more through her screen presence than any acting style, but Tom Skerritt, Harry Dean Stanton, Veronica Cartwright and Yaphet Kotto were excellent as the various members of this doomed crew; Ian Holm was ambiguous; and John Hurt was on screen fairly briefly, but was his usual professional self. They all drew you in to their dilemma - not by being very nice, likable characters but by reminding us of ourselves; it just may as well be us stuck on this creepy ship.

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The sequel was Aliens (1986) by James Cameron, a different style but also effective. The later ones, Alien3 and Alien Resurrection, just seemed to be copying this, less successfully. And Alien vs Predator was just a kiddie show. This first one remains the adult, innovative, professional effort, even if it does copy the plot of It! The Terror From Beyond Space (1958).

BoG's Score: 8 out of 10


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PostPosted: Sat Apr 20, 2019 12:48 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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Bogmeister and I have different opinions of this movie. To be honest, I've never been very impressed with it, an opinion not shared by very many folks. The sequel by James Cameron was (in my opinion) a far better movie. And Bogmeister's low opinion of Alien vs Predator seems a bit unfair. In fact, I like it a bit better than the famous original.

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PostPosted: Mon Apr 29, 2019 5:39 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

As part of its 40th anniversary, a series of shorts have been released:

https://www.highsnobiety.com/p/alien-short-films-40th-anniversary/
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