Alien The Archive Art Book Review

Posted By yonghow on January 10th, 2015

Alien The Archive Art Book

Alien The Archive – The Ultimate Guide To The Classic Movies is a veritable treasure trove of concept art and production photographs that comprehensively documents the making of the 4 Alien films – Alien/Aliens/Alien3/Alien Resurrection.

The book delivers on both quality and quantity, with content from the 4 films spread generously across 300 pages in this huge and sturdy hard cover volume. The expansive material offered really fleshes out the mythology of the Alien universe vividly and makes appreciation of the films much more immersive.

Alien The Archive Art Book
Alien The Archive Art Book
Alien The Archive Art Book

(above & below) One of the highlights of the book must be the concept art pieces created by legendary comic artist Moebius for Ridley Scott’s Alien.

Alien The Archive Art Book
Alien The Archive Art Book
Alien The Archive Art Book
Alien The Archive Art Book
Alien The Archive Art Book
Alien The Archive Art Book
Alien The Archive Art Book

(above & below) Some intriguing early designs for the “xenomorph” featuring a distinctly humanoid like skull that is closer to the original art work created by HR Giger.

Alien The Archive Art Book
Alien The Archive Art Book
Alien The Archive Art Book

(above) The “space jockey” set, certainly one of the most impressionable & recognizable sci-fiction imagery ever created. During filming crew members of the Nostromo were actually played by kids to further exaggerate the massiveness of the set. Genius !

Alien The Archive Art Book
Alien The Archive Art Book

(above) The numerous weapons featured in James Cameron’s Aliens are almost a starring character in their own right. Interestingly the body harness of the high powered cannons used by Vasquez and Drake were improvised using the steadicam rig used by the camera operators on set.

Alien The Archive Art Book
Alien The Archive Art Book
Alien The Archive Art Book
Alien The Archive Art Book
Alien The Archive Art Book
Alien The Archive Art Book
Alien The Archive Art Book
Alien The Archive Art Book
Alien The Archive Art Book

Quite possibly the most comprehensive book on their Alien films, and for such a huge and thick hard cover volume this book offers much bang for your buck. Very highly recommended.

“Alien The Archive : The Ultimate Guide To The Classic Movies″ book details :

– Dimensions – 10.3 x 1.2 x 13.1 inches
– Hard cover, 320 pages
– Full color

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4 Responses to “Alien The Archive Art Book Review”

DISTRAKT

So brilliant!

GITS_Fanatic

Amazing… I’ll have to get this one. Thanks for bringing it to our attention! This is why I come to your site. :)

Axys

Oh gosh, I think they misspelled the name of the genius Jean Giraud (Moebius) in this book..

and not Jean GiraRd !

yonghow

Axys – You’re correct; that is most unfortunate. :[