Alien Vault

Alien Vault : The Definitive Story of the Making of the Film

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For over thirty years, audiences have been simultaneously captivated and appalled as the spaceship Nostromo is invaded and its crew stalked by a terrifying parasitic creature. From the gore of the infant alien bursting from Kane's chest to the mounting claustrophobia as Ripley discovers the monster has followed her into the escape shuttle, Alien is a chilling masterpiece. Now, Alien Vault: The Definitive Story of the Making of the Film opens a portal into the making of this legendary film, tracing its path from embryonic concept to fully fledged box office phenomenon. Featured herein are director Ridley Scott's own annotated storyboards, Polaroids and script pages; the elegant but disturbing concept artwork of H.R. Giger; sketches and construction blueprints for the Nostromo; costume designs by Moebius; a treasure trove of never-before-seen photographs of the cast and crew; and ten meticulously reproduced artifacts, enclosed in vellum envelopes, for readers to remove and examine more closely. Fully authorized and illustrated throughout, Alien Vault is the ultimate tribute to a movie that changed cinema more

Product details

  • Hardback | 176 pages
  • 230 x 256 x 36mm | 1,360.76g
  • Voyageur Press (MN)
  • Minneapolis, MN, United States
  • English
  • Annotated
  • annotated edition
  • 0760341125
  • 9780760341124
  • 116,773

Review quote, October 11, 2011 "The problem with most "vaults" -- scrapbooks, if you will, offering a variety of paper ephemera devoted to a specific genre franchise -- is that the bulk of any such franchise is pretty lame. (If I'm paying top dollar for a Star Wars boutique item, I'd prefer that eighty percent of it not be devoted to prequels and spin-offs.) Fortunately for fans of Ridley Scott's sci-fi horror masterpiece, such is not the case with The Alien Vault, a handsome, lavishly illustrated slipcased book packed with concept art, designs, photos and info on the original classic (no AvP nonsense here, thank you very much). While at 176 pages I'm not sure it is, as it boasts, the "definitive story of the making of the film," it's certainly the most gorgeous; and the first vault I've seen that -- though affordably priced -- is worth every penny one puts into it. Now I just need an Aliens Vault and my life will be complete.", October 1, 2011 "This is the single most comprehensive volume on the making of the original classic film that I've ever seen. Author Ian Nathan's beautifully packaged book begins with the film's embryonic stage to its final explosive burst into the horrified psyche of the American public. Full of exclusive interviews, never before seen script notes, photos, behind the scenes stories and more, this is the definitive guide to this groundbreaking film. I imagine that this is going to be on a lot of fans' Christmas lists this year." Cinema Spy, October 8, 2011 "Finally, somebody took on the task of chronicling the production, from script to final cut: author and executive editor of Empire Magazine Ian Nathan. In it, Nathan has collated interviews and anecdotes, and amassed a treasure trove of behind-the-scenes material that has rarely been seen before... and Voyageur Press' Alien Vault is the result. How does it fare? Well, the writing is clear, concise, and makes for an entertaining and informative read, and the pages are illustrated with a good number of never-before-seen photos, paintings and screen captures. Particularly interesting is the description of how the project came to be, from the initial inspirations to the studio green light. I especially liked the on-set accounts of the filming of key scenes..." Making the Movie (blog), October 10, 2011"Part book, part fetish object, Alien Vault lives up to its subtitle. I cannot imagine a more definitive tome on the seminal sci-fi/horror film Alien. With creature concept art by H.R. Giger, scads of intimate behind-the-scenes photos and duplicates of script pages cramped with director Ridley Scott's handwritten notes, author Ian Nathan and publisher Voyageur Press amply illustrate the making of the film."show more

About Ian Nathan

Ian Nathan is a film critic, author, producer, broadcaster and journalist based in London. Previously the executive editor of Empire, the world's leading film magazine, Ian has regularly contributed to books, newspapers such as the London Times and Independent and various magazines. He is the author of the Alien Vault, Tim Burton and Terminator Vault for Aurum more

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