Ridley Scott's classic sci-fi horror Alien is celebrating its 40th anniversary this year, and there's a new documentary looking into the origins of the film. Made with the collaboration of screenwriter Dan O'Bannon's widow, it makes use of little-seen materials from his archives, looking at not only the films and comics which inspired him, but also the film's connections to such things as Egyptian mythology, parasitology, and the art of Francis Bacon. It also rounds up cast and crew to discuss the making of the film, with a particular focus on the infamous Chestburster sequence. Memory: the Origins of Alien available now on DVD and on demand. Thanks to Dogwoof we have ten copies of the DVD to give away.
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The Making of Alien by J.W. Rinzler is out now!
In 1979 a movie legend was born, as Twentieth Century-Fox and director Ridley Scott unleashed Alien – and gave audiences around the world the scare of their lives.
To celebrate the movie’s fortieth anniversary, author J.W. Rinzler (The Making of Star Wars) tells the whole fascinating story of how Alien evolved from a simple idea in the mind of writer Dan O’Bannon into one of the most memorable sci-fi horror thrillers of all time.
With brand new interviews with Ridley Scott and other key members of the original production crew, and featuring many never-before-seen photographs and artworks from the archives, The Making of Alien is the definitive work on this masterpiece of popular cinema.
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