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Alien the Archive: The Ultimate Guide to the Classic Movies Hardcover – 31 Oct 2014


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  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Titan Books Ltd (31 Oct 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1783291044
  • ISBN-13: 978-1783291045
  • Product Dimensions: 26.2 x 2.9 x 33.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,379 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Gorgeous celebration of this landmark series." --Sight & Sound

"Richly illustrated." -- --Bookseller Buyer's Guide

"A gorgeously rendered hardcover coffee table tome" --Film Score Monthly Gift Guide

"A treasure trove of unseen content...beautiful." --Empireonline.com

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By jackhacket on 23 Nov 2014
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If you've never read any other book or watched any documentary on the Alien series, then maybe this book is mediocre at best, but there seems to be very little material indeed in this book that hasn't already been seen in previous books. Visually 90% of the photos are just screen grabs from the movies themselves or publicity shots of the actors pouting at the camera. There is literally nothing showing the design process or idea developments (especially for the first 2 movies) that lead up to what we saw in the final movies.

Maybe i was hoping for 2 much here with less than 100 pages dedicated to each film (with minimal text squashed in next to endless pics of actors posing) but for its pricetag i wanted a lot lot more!

If you already own the Alien Vault, but were hoping for an expansion on material written on the first movie then i wouldnt waste your money!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By IW BRADY on 6 Nov 2014
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Having bought many books on the series of Alien films I was a tadge dubious as to what new information this book could hold. I was not disappointed, Along with interviews of Ridley Scott and Sigourney Weaver, it is packed full of rearly/never before seen images and broken down into the order of the films and then sub-sectioned into vehicles, weapons, costumes etc. The only dissapointment was it does not cover Prometheus. Highly recommended to any Alien(s) fan.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By ALAN JONES on 25 Nov 2014
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Superb, large format, good quality paper and printing by TITAN.

Wish it had Prometheus included, but suppose that's another book?

All you could wish for about the Alien series up to Prometheus.

Information by the bucket load supported by excellent images.

Set, vehicle, weaponry and of course the Alien are all covered in detailed pre-lim art design and final stage imagery.

Good interviews of cast and crew all add up to make a superb read and viewing.

Recommended.
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12 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Mr. J. M. Hicks 'Farsight Blogger' on 31 Oct 2014
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When I was a boy in the early 1980s, barely into my teens, I borrowed my mom's black and white portable television set - the kind of old box where you had to turn a dial to tune into the channels - to watch a nice and safe family programme in bed, before my prescribed bedtime. What I actually did was sneakily turn it on at 9:30 at night so that I could watch the UK television premiere of Alien.

Now, science fiction for me was simple - it was Star Wars and Star Trek. Big heroes, big adventures, space battles, princesses, cute bleepy robots and all that kind of stuff. So, I sat down expecting a movie about a space monster the heroes had to battle and ultimately defeat. Probably with lasers. As you can tell, I never saw a full trailer for the film and knew what it was about only from reading about it in the TV listings.

Safe to say I was terrified. Not only was I watching this film in the dark I was watching it in black and white! Alien in black and white! Have you seen how many shadows and dark places there are in this film? Black and white only helped to enhance those shadows, turn them even darker. In fact, next time you sit down to watch Alien, turn the colour right down to black and white. You'll see what I mean.

This movie changed my whole perspective on science fiction movies.

I was of the age to appreciate the full impact of the sequel Aliens, being a testosterone-fuelled teen that loved his action movies. Then when Alien 3 came out I had hit the angst-strewn stage of my life, so even though the film didn't really amaze me - I actually came to appreciate the movie a lot later in life - it connected to my dark and dreary side. Then Alien: Resurrection came out, but I try not to talk about that.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Kaneda on 7 Nov 2014
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If you're looking for The Ultimate Art of Alien book ...you'll just have to wait. This one is pretty disapponting with almost half of the photos being movie stills (who needs them?) and the rest of the material already seen before in other books or dvd extras. Pitty, because the franchise deserves EPIC "art of.." book. Alien Vault wasn't that great either. Anyway, this isn't complete waste of money, but you won't get the goosebumps either.
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Loved it, some rare photos and makes for a very interesting read.
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