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