Alien: The Ar­chive

Repos­i­tory of Ri­p­ley

SFX: The Sci-Fi and Fantasy Magazine - - Books - Richard Ed­wards

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320 pages | Hard­back Au­thor: Mark Sal­is­bury Pub­lisher: Ti­tan Books

Nu­mer­ous pub­li­ca­tions and ex­tras- packed home en­ter­tain­ment re­leases mean the world is hardly short of back­ground in­for­ma­tion about the Alien movies. While this beau­ti­ful book is un­likely to tell die- hard fans much they didn’t al­ready know, how­ever, it does con­tain plenty of gor­geous pic­tures to feast your eyes upon – and in that re­gard, it re­ally is a treat.

Fo­cus­ing on Ri­p­ley’s four tus­sles with Xenomorphs ( there’s no room for the AVP movies or Prometheus), it col­lects to­gether an im­pres­sive ar­ray of good­ies from what was once fool­ishly known as the Alien Quadrilogy. While the words don’t go par­tic­u­larly deep, the breadth of ma­te­rial is par­tic­u­larly im­pres­sive, with ev­ery­thing from Ri­d­ley Scott- sketched sto­ry­boards to ob­scure pro­duc­tion pho­tog­ra­phy ( some­one thought it was a good idea to shoot the Alien cast as if they were a pop group) find­ing a home.

The un­doubted high­light is masses of stun­ning con­cept art that re­veals how the Alien uni­verse evolved, and just how ded­i­cated each one of the pro­duc­tion teams was to cre­at­ing a de­tailed set­ting – orig­i­nal pro­duc­tion de­signer Ron Cobb even pro­duced be­spoke warn­ing stick­ers for the Nostromo. Ex­cised de­signs like Alien 3’ s in­fa­mous wooden planet and an early Giger creature that shares plenty of DNA with Res­ur­rec­tion’s New­born hint at movies that could have been, while short con­tri­bu­tions from key play­ers help put the art in con­text.

Mu­sic video di­rec­tor and Aphex Twin col­lab­o­ra­tor Chris Cun­ning­ham pro­duced de­signs for Alien 3 and Alien Res­ur­rec­tion.

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