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Alien Vault: The Definitive Story Behind the Film Hardcover – September 1, 2011
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The 'pouches' of materials included are nice, I suppose, but nothing to get too excited about (if you want Giger prints or Nostromo patches, they're easily available on internet auction sites). The odd 'new' photo is really nothing much, either.
The most damning criticisms pertain to the errors Nathan makes. Veronica Cartwright is continually referred to as Veronica 'Cartright'; Nathan states that Jones the cat was encouraged to snarl by Ridley Scott saying 'Boo!' (we all know Scott had a dog hidden behind a screen that he revealed when he wanted the appropriate reaction from the cat); the Nostromo patch lacks initials; etc. Nitpicking? No. When your book is subtitled "The Definitive Story of the Making of the Film" it DAMN well better be definitive! 'Alien Vault' is nowhere near the definitive statement on 'Alien'.Read more ›
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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.)
I love many films in many ways, and it's hard (and really rather pointless) to try to identify any movie as my "favorite;" but "Alien" comes as close as any. In the 32 years since its release, I've probably seen it at least 30 times; I usually watch it at least once a year. The recent release of the film and its sequels on the Blu-Ray format was a major event for me.
So, with my bona fides as an "Alien" buff established, let me say that I thoroughly enjoyed this book. There are a few puzzling omissions (for example, Nathan completely ignores the fact that one of the original concepts for "Alien," a story called "B-17," was animated and then refitted with the story arc of the movie "Heavy Metal" for inclusion in that film). There may be little if any new ground broken with the book, but it would probably be hard to find any major new revelations on a three decade-old production.Read more ›
Some other reviewers said that this book contains things already discussed many, many times before elsewhere, but still for one latecomer like me remain fascinated to discover the real story of how the alien concept came to be. The book is filled with polaroids from the making of the movie. The retro feelings make you appreciate how the filmmaker went all out to make this film in the 70's. This was a time when cheesiness was still reigning and Star Wars was the new undisputed champion of blockbuster movies. They obviously took a leap faith in ushering Alien to the opposite tone of the cheery Star Wars.
The book comes with a slipcase and pouches filled with small goodies like the Nostromo logo sticker, blueprints of the spaceships, Giger's Alien designs, etc. Nice touches on the goodies, but I'm more into the book's information than these small gimmicks.
All in all, the Alien Vault is informative and inspiring without being too tedious. Though not perfect in the structuring the contents, it is a valuable resource to sci-fi fans in general, and especially the Alien xenomorph aficionados.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Super fun book! It's loaded with all sorts of goodies, including some reprints of posters, stickers, blueprints and more. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Brent Duncan
A rather good book but it needed to be longer with more details.Published 10 months ago by R. McAroysr
Not sure why this can have anything less than 5 stars. If you are a die hard Alien fan like me, then this is an awesome addition. Read morePublished 16 months ago by Peter David Fried
Delivered on time. had a missing insert but one insert was duplicated.Published 16 months ago by Anthony J. Ethridge
I bought this for my fiancé who is a huge alien fan and he adores thisPublished 18 months ago by Amazon Customer
This book is Really Cool, A must have for any Alien fan, I purchased this Item used for eight dollars, it's in like New condition. 100% satisfied.Published 21 months ago by Robert v.
I had only glanced through this book a few years ago, and liked what I saw. When a friend gave me a gift card, I decided to use it to purchase "Alien Vault" in the hopes that it... Read morePublished 23 months ago by David Simmons