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Alien Vault: The Definitive Story of the Making of the Film Hardcover – Sep 17 2011


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  • Hardcover: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Voyageur Press; First edition (Sept. 17 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0760341125
  • ISBN-13: 978-0760341124
  • Product Dimensions: 25.4 x 22.9 x 3.8 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 Kg
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #64,912 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)


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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By The Cylon God on Nov. 27 2011
Format: Hardcover
Nowadays, even before a movie hits the theaters, the store shelves are flooded with every manner of books, games, graphic novels, t-shirts, and toys. However, when Alien first arrived back in 1979, the concept of movie tie-ins was still in its infancy, and the only merchandise related to the classic sci fi-horror masterpiece was a novelization, a graphic novel adaptation, a photo-novel, and an 'art of' book. Since then, the movie has gone on to spawn a franchise and the acid-spewing bio-mechanoid has entrenched itself firmly into pop culture. Yet, in over thirty years, a detailed account of the famous production has been sorely lacking. Although there have been articles in such film magazines as Cinefex and Cinefantastique, each merely scratched the surface on Ridley Scott's monster hit.

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, although Nathan feels the need to put it in context by recounting the film's plot, which should be unnecessary by now.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Psycho on Aug. 30 2011
Format: Hardcover
This won't be an exhaustive review since I only want to warn people about a problem with the first print of this book. I was flipping through the book to have a quick look at the many enclosures (which are of great quality btw) when I realised that pages 115 to 130 are from the French translation of this book. Then on page 131 it goes back to English until the last page (175).

So far, I have read a couple of chapters and I must say it's a great read and it is visually stunning. To be honest, you hold it in your hands and just cannot believe you only paid around $25 (hardcover, lots of pictures and many inserts).

However, the fact they messed up with the first print of this book forces me not to give it 4-stars.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Parka HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on Nov. 3 2011
Format: Hardcover
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Alien Vault is the movie companion to the masterpiece of Ridley Scott.

The 176-page book comes in a nice slipcase. The pages are filled with photos, artwork and some printed artefacts like Ridley Scott's annotated storyboards and other interesting stuff enclosed in vellum envelopes.

As for the content, much of the visual content were actually released in a much earlier book called The Book of Alien, just that the presentation is different. Some of the set photos are the same, as with Chris Foss' design for the Nostromo spaceship, Moebius design for the spacesuits, etc.

Alien Vault focuses on the movie production. The interviews and stories are interesting to read, especially when movies made nowadays are prone to using CGI for special effects. There are lots of insights to movie making and you can find out the little camera tricks they use. The content layout is organized, the artwork and set photos are great.

It makes more sense to get this if you've don't have the earlier book or the Alien DVDs with extras, or just new to Alien. It's 5 stars if you've not seen the content before.

(There are more pictures of the book on my blog. Just visit my Amazon profile for the link.)
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