Alien Vault: The Definitive Story Behind the Film Hardcover – 1 Sep 2011
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‘An impeccably researched, beautifully written and lavishly illustrated romp through the Ripleyverse. Will enliven your next viewing of the film tenfold. Indispensable stuff.’ Five stars *****(Empire)
‘Giving the 1979 film the treatment it deserves, this lavish backstage pass is a tribute, a celebration and a must-have collectors’ item for anyone loving the alien.’ Five stars *****(Total Film)
‘Highlights include Ridley Scott’s original storyboards and HR Giger’s designs for the xenomorph, yet it’s the high-quality photos of the Space Jockey construction and other iconic imagery that really make it a worthwhile package. The actual text is nice array of behind-the-scenes stuff, covering all the key points you’d expect with just the right amount of detail’ **** Four stars(SciFi Now)
'The stuff of fan’s dreams’ - BOOKS OF THE YEAR(Independent on Sunday)
‘A fantastic coffee table book. This is a proper book that is almost a work of art in itself…a magnificent record of a classic film.’(Scifilondon.com)
‘An exhaustive tome fit for any film lover’s coffee table. Four stars ****’(Cultbox.co.uk)
‘Worthy testament to the classic film's talented creators… a must have book. 9 / 10'(Starwarsaficionado.com)
‘All in all a simply gorgeous book full of gorgeous words and gorgeous photos. Buy it, put it on your bookshelf’ 10/10(Starburstmagazine.co.uk)
About the Author
Ian Nathan, who lives and works in London, has been a film writer, producer, broadcaster and magazine editor for twenty years. As executive editor of Empire, the world’s leading film magazine, he is allowed to feed his passions on a daily basis: generating, editing and writing articles as a thinly veiled excuse to provide the world with his opinions. Like any healthy cinema obsessive, he grew up on James Bond, Indiana Jones, and sneaking into horror movies when he was tall enough. It has grown into a magnificent obsession with everything from Hitchcock to Kurosawa, from arcane film theory to picking your favourite Harrison Ford punch. He has had the immense good fortune of traversing the globe, interviewing the great and good: watching the godlike Steven Spielberg at work, eating ice cream with Peter Jackson and a tableful of orcs, buying Sigourney Weaver breakfast, and being hugged by both Oliver Stone and Kate Winslet –sadly, not at the same time. He has regularly contributed to books; newspapers such as the London Times and Independent; and magazines; had a weekly radio show; and produced TV documentaries and award ceremonies. The work of Sir Ridley Scott, in particular the extraordinary Alien, has been seminal in inspiring him to what film could be, and how much there is to discover within it.
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I found myself comparing this book with "The Book of Alien" (by Paul Scanlon and Michael Gross), which is an excellent companion now long out of print. The books contain many of the same illustrations and photos and, in my view, the older book has a much better range of concept artwork and designs. Indeed, the older book was a source of information for this new one. Where the new book wins is on the input from the production crew, and especially Ridley Scott. Scott clears up many of the myths that have followed the movie, and sheds fresh light on his design decisions that will make you see things in the movie you had not noticed before. For example, there are many subtle themes and visual metaphors running through the movie, which I had never noticed, but which Scott makes plain. He also explains something about the legendary Space Jockey - what it is and what it was doing when it died, though the explanation falls apart somewhat in light of the character's rather different appearance in the movie "Prometheus".
Ian Nathan writes a decent bit of text.Read more ›
The 176-page book comes in a nice slipcase. The pages are filled with photos, artwork and some printed artefacts like Ridley Scott's annotated storyboards and other interesting stuff enclosed in vellum envelopes.
As for the content, much of the visual content were actually released in a much earlier book called The Book of Alien, just that the presentation is different. Some of the set photos are the same, as with Chris Foss' design for the Nostromo spaceship, Moebius design for the spacesuits, etc.
Alien Vault focuses on the movie production. The interviews and stories are interesting to read, especially when movies made nowadays are prone to using CGI for special effects. There are lots of insights to movie making and you can find out the little camera tricks they use. The content layout is organized, the artwork and set photos are great.
It makes more sense to get this if you've don't have the earlier book or the Alien DVDs with extras, or just new to Alien. It's 5 stars if you've not seen the content before.
(There are more pictures of the book on my blog. Just visit my Amazon profile for the link.)
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If your buying for a fan or you are a fan this book is the best book you could possibly buy, well researched has a good balance of images and plenty of information and behinds the... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Danny
As an Alien fan, I adored all the extra bits and pieces that came with this book. The whole Vault series is a win in my bookPublished 18 months ago by russell Banks Garn
I got this for my boyfriend, who is a film buff. He loves it. Loads of detail and great photos, plus pockets full of maps and plans.Published 19 months ago by K Sole
What a book full of information right from start to finish. If you have watch the Alien films from the start this book is a must for your collection.Published 20 months ago by Backrow