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The worst title sequence of any sci-fi movie, ever

15 December 2010 10:09 PM, PST | Shadowlocked | See recent Shadowlocked news »

I hold Hammer Films' sole sci-fi outing Moon Zero Two (1969) in the same esteem... actually maybe 'bracket' is a better word; in the same 'bracket', then, as Stanley Donen's 1980 Sf flop Saturn 3. Both were attempting to ride the coat-tails of popular cinematic Sf outings (2001: A Space Odyssey and Alien, respectively) and both were full of interesting ideas and engaging production design under the top British talents of the day. And both are stinkers, really. In terms of 'guilty pleasure', each comes under the full penalty of the law, with Saturn 3 a hanging offence.

But in truth there's never been an Sf movie quite like Moon Zero Two, and perhaps it would take a company (such as Hammer then was) that knows absolutely nothing about sci-fi to even think of coming up with a 'space western' six years before the cameras rolled on Star Wars.

Moon Zero Two »

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Ridley Scott Takes On More "Alien"

13 December 2010 9:18 AM, PST | SneakPeek | See recent SneakPeek news »

According to reports, director Ridley Scott of Scott Free, continues to develop his "Alien" feature film prequel.

Scott’s original 1979 "Alien" feature, was 'inspired' by the 1958 sci-fi horror movie "It! The Terror From Beyond Space".

"Alien" was scripted by Dan O'Bannon from a story by Ronald Shusett, starring Tom Skerritt, Sigourney Weaver, Veronica Cartwright, Harry Dean Stanton, John Hurt, Ian Holm and Yaphet Kotto.

"Alien" was produced through Brandywine Productions and distributed by 20th Century Fox, with producers David Giler and Walter Hill making significant revisions and additions to the script.

The original 'Alien' creature was designed by Swiss surrealist artist H. R. Giger, while concept artists Ron Cobb and Chris Foss designed the human aspects of the film.

Scott's "Alien" received an Academy Award for 'Best Visual Effects', in addition to a Hugo Award for 'Best Dramatic Presentation'. "Alien" was also inducted into the Us National Film »

- Michael Stevens

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Colin Farrell In Talks For ‘Total Recall’ Remake

15 November 2010 9:35 PM, PST | Upcoming-Movies.com | See recent Upcoming-Movies.com news »

The excitement meter for director Len Wiseman’s planned remake of the 1990 sci-fi adventure “Total Recall” just turned up a few notches with news of actor Colin Farrell taking on the lead role. According to London’s “The Guardian,” Farrell continued talks to take on the role made famous by Arnold Schwarzenegger; a construction worker who takes part in a false memory project that leads to an adventure on a Mars colony. “Salt” scriptwriter Kurt Wimmer signed on to adapt an initial draft by Gary Goldman and Ronald Shusett based on the Philip K Dick short story “We Can Remember It For You Wholesale.” »

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Colin Farrell In Talks For ‘Total Recall’ Remake

15 November 2010 9:35 PM, PST | Upcoming-Movies.com | See recent Upcoming-Movies.com news »

The excitement meter for director Len Wiseman’s planned remake of the 1990 sci-fi adventure “Total Recall” just turned up a few notches with news of actor Colin Farrell taking on the lead role. According to London’s “The Guardian,” Farrell continued talks to take on the role made famous by Arnold Schwarzenegger; a construction worker who takes part in a false memory project that leads to an adventure on a Mars colony. “Salt” scriptwriter Kurt Wimmer signed on to adapt an initial draft by Gary Goldman and Ronald Shusett based on the Philip K Dick short story “We Can Remember It For You Wholesale.” »

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Colin Farrell offered Schwarzenegger role in Total Recall remake

15 November 2010 8:46 AM, PST | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Irish star of In Bruges and Alexander beats actors including Michael Fassbender to lead in update directed by Len Wiseman

Move over Arnie. According to Variety, Colin Farrell could be set for a trip to mutant-ridden Mars in Hollywood's forthcoming remake of the classic 1990 Paul Verhoeven sci-fi romp Total Recall.

The magazine reports that Columbia Pictures has offered Farrell the lead in its new version. The Irish actor had been tipped as a frontrunner alongside other hot properties including Tom Hardy and Michael Fassbender.

The original version of Total Recall starred Arnold Schwarzenegger as a lowly construction worker who signs up for a false memory about an adventure on newly colonised Mars. It was based loosely on the Philip K Dick novelette We Can Remember It for You Wholesale, though screenwriters Gary Goldman and Ronald Shusett added an entirely new final act. The film was one of the final Hollywood »

- Ben Child

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[Blu-Review] Alien Anthology

9 November 2010 7:25 PM, PST | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

Finally, one of the box-sets we’ve all been waiting for! The Alien franchise is one of those series that’s perfect for Blu-Ray. It is a benchmark for the format and you can check out our full review of The Alien Anthology below.

Alien:

How much can one say about the timeless classic sci-fi horror film that hasn’t been said before? Well, very little. This is still Ridley Scott‘s finest film to date and it hasn’t aged a bit. Every beat of tension still lands with a punch, the alien is still one of the best ever to be put on-screen, and it’s atmosphere stays eerie and unsettling throughout.

Alien is the king of the monster movies. Very few horror films can achieve the level of investment Scott and co. did with making you actually care for the ensemble, even outside of Ripley. What »

- Jack Giroux

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[DVD Review] Alien Anthology

9 November 2010 7:06 PM, PST | JustPressPlay.net | See recent JustPressPlay news »

Let’s level with each other: you’ve already seen all of the (or at least the first two) Alien films, and have formed an opinion roughly in alignment with the rest of society that the first two in the series are excellent, but that the latter two were largely ruined by a combination of repetitiveness and studio interference. You probably already have the Alien Quadrilogy, and have ample resources to find out what new supplemental materials are featured on this release (and they are legion). But as much as anything, you don’t need me to tell you what each of these films is about, what characters appear in any of them, and why you should go out of your way to see any of them. The Alien franchise is established in a way that few are, with its rules, aesthetic, and central themes renowned to those who have »

- Anders Nelson

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Space misfits: Nostromo crew back-stories revealed

4 November 2010 5:57 PM, PDT | Shadowlocked | See recent Shadowlocked news »

I'm now on, finally, to the last of the discs in the Alien Anthology Blu-ray set, which is largely composed of archival material greatly extended from the previous Quadrilogy edition. Included in the extras for James Cameron's Aliens are the crew-profile video displays briefly glimpsed behind Sigourney Weaver in her corporate roasting at the start of the movie. The prop-footage, with its characteristic Dos-style green text, would probably not have been legible on the DVD edition even if it had been included (it's barely readable on the Blu-ray), but its full inclusion in the Anthology set gives an astonishing insight into just how messed-up the crew of the Nostromo were. And, what their first names were (with one, perhaps predictable exception)...

But first, some of the more unpredictable back-story elements. Lambert (Veronica Cartwright) was conceived male and had her sex changed in utero by his/her parents. Her profile »

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Looking back at Jean-Pierre Jeunet’s Alien: Resurrection

28 October 2010 5:27 AM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Our look back at the Alien films concludes with Jean-Pierre Jeunet’s divisive 1997 instalment, Alien: Resurrection

The upturned nose. The doleful eyes. The wobbly, gelatinous skin. Back in 1997, Alien: Resurrection’s Newborn, the half human, half xenomorph that appears at the movie’s climax, was too, too much for your humble writer.

It remains the only time, before or since, that I’ve had to restrain myself from either heckling the cinema screen like a madman, or walking out of the theatre in a rage.

Everything about its movement and design ran counter to my perception of what the Alien films should be, and like a petulant child, I vowed never to watch Resurrection again.

At the very least, I hope my little series of Alien Anthology retrospectives has demonstrated one thing: my enduring affection and enthusiasm for the movies, and the remarkable creature that sprang from the collective imaginations of Hr Giger, »

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Alien Anthology Blu-ray Review

27 October 2010 10:00 PM, PDT | Collider.com | See recent Collider.com news »

Holy God. That’s one of the first reactions one has to 20th Century Fox’s six disc Blu-ray release of the Alien Anthology. It was put together by Charles de Lauzirika, and he’s the guy who’s been doing all the supplements for this franchise for years now, including the awkwardly named Alien Quadrilogy. His task was to make a collection that had not only improved picture and sound quality, but all the supplements of previous releases, and even more additional content. He and his team delivered; this is the mother lode. Of course, the series is also presented immaculately, with each film offering two cuts, deleted scenes, commentaries and isolated scores. The six disc set has over 60 hours of supplements. It’s mind-boggling and overwhelming, but also the perfect franchise for this sort of study, and it’s perfect for Blu-ray. Our humbled review of the Alien »

- Andre Dellamorte

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Win the Alien Anthology on Blu-ray!

26 October 2010 5:28 PM, PDT | DreadCentral.com | See recent Dread Central news »

Never let it be said that we here at Dread Central don't take care of our readers when it comes to contests. What do we have for you today? "Only" the massive six-disc Blu-ray set known as the Alien Anthology!

All you have to do to win one of the three sets we have to give away is send us an E-mail Here including your Full Name And Mailing Address, and answer this question:

What was the original title of Alien?

• Black Space

• Nostromo

• Star Beast

Sometimes the scariest things come from within. 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment presents one of the most successful and terrifying film franchises of all time when the Alien Anthology debuts on Blu-ray for the first time ever from October 25 internationally and on October 26 in North America. All four Alien films have been reinvigorated for an intense Blu-ray high-definition viewing experience. The release also marks the debut of Mu-th-ur Mode, »

- Uncle Creepy

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Looking back at Ridley Scott’s Alien

25 October 2010 9:51 PM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

As the Alien Anthology appears on Blu-ray, we look back at Ridley Scott’s 1979 original, and how its production design helped to create a classic of sci-fi…

I've lost count of the number of times I've watched Alien. Every shot of Ridley Scott's sci-fi horror has etched itself on my brain, and the corridors of its ship, the Nostromo, are now hopelessly familiar.

The point where Alien still provoked a frisson of fear has long since passed, but I still feel compelled to watch it again every few months or so. And when I do, the same thought often runs through my mind: what would it have been like to watch Alien on the big screen in 1979?

I try to imagine seeing Kane rise from his hypersleep for the first time, and what it would be like to see the horseshoe-shaped alien ship with fresh eyes. Would I have »

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Alien Anthology - Fight Facehuggers Online

22 October 2010 4:29 PM, PDT | DreadCentral.com | See recent Dread Central news »

You know them. You love them. But you don't want them attaching themselves to your head. Well, maybe you do. You kinky bitches! Time to load up, pack heavy, and start blasting!

Coinciding with this upcoming Tuesday’s release of the Alien Anthology on Blu-ray for the first time ever, join us in the ultimate survival game. Your mission? Shoot the facehugger aliens as they hatch and spring towards you. Rack up a high score. Own the universe! Click here to play the game, and click here for the Alien Anthology interactive desktop.

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Sometimes the scariest things come from within. 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment presents one of the most successful and terrifying film franchises of all time when the Alien Anthology debuts on Blu-ray for the first time ever from October 25 internationally and on October 26 in North America. All four Alien films have been reinvigorated for »

- Uncle Creepy

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Alien Anthology Blu-ray Giveaway! Who Wants a Free Copy of This Amazing Box Set

22 October 2010 1:00 PM, PDT | Collider.com | See recent Collider.com news »

We all own far too many DVDs.  Nowadays, a lot of us are buying way too many Blu-rays.  However, every once in awhile, usually around the holidays, a box set will get released that is just too awesome to pass up. Next week one such release hits retail stores: the Alien Anthology Blu-ray box set.  Loaded with over 50 hours of bonus materials and theatrical and special editions of all the Alien movies, the box set is one of the most comprehensive home video releases ever.  We got our review copy in the mail today and it’s on a whole other level of awesome.  If you’re a fan of the Alien movies,  this is a must own release.  Granted, it’ll take you the rest of the decade to watch all the special features, but you will feel like you got your money’s worth.

However, while most of »

- Steve 'Frosty' Weintraub

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Alien: No 4

21 October 2010 3:51 AM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Ridley Scott, 1979

Alien is a perfect storm of talents: Dan O'Bannon and Ronald Shusett's lean screenplay; Derek Vanlint's moody cinematography; Jerry Goldsmith's haunting score; Brian Johnson's miniature effects, and a cast including Sigourney Weaver, Harry Dean Stanton, Ian Holm and John Hurt.

The most noticeable and revolutionary work on this film was, of course, on the design side. O'Bannon had previously worked on Alejandro Jodorowsky's ill-fated adaptation of Dune (a project that also fell through Ridley Scott's grasp). For that he had assembled an incredible assortment of artists, who he regrouped for Alien, with talents such as Moebius from the Métal Hurlant magazine, Ron Cobb from Star Wars and Swiss artist Hr Giger. Years before, Giger had a vivid nightmare where a lavatory and surrounding plumbing came to queasy, pulsating life – and so his "biomechanical" style was born. His creations were bizarre, organic machines and his designs for Alien, »

- Phelim O'Neill

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Video Vault: Aliens

20 October 2010 8:05 AM, PDT | HeyUGuys.co.uk | See recent HeyUGuys news »

With the Blu-ray release of the Alien Anthology on the 25th of October HeyUGuys are taking a look at the entire Alien and Predator series. From Facehuggers to trophy hunting Predators, from the iconic and classic to the dubious crossovers – this is your ultimate retrospective.

So remember, even if you ain’t got time to bleed, in the Video Vault no-one can hear you scream…

Tracy Ladd looks back to see if it really is Game over man, game over.

Nine years after Ridley Scott directed the incredible Alien, James Cameron took the reigns and decided to make it’s sequel, Aliens.  Taking the characters originally written by Dan O’Bannon and Ronald Shusett, Cameron, along with David Giler and Walter Hill crafted a whole new story centered around Ripley, the lone survivor of the first film.

When Aliens was released, the tag line read “This time, it’s war. »

- Tracy Ladd

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Finally on Blu-Ray in the UK: Alien Anthology!

14 October 2010 9:32 AM, PDT | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

We have some awesome home entertainment news for all fans of the Alien franchise out there. The whole saga is coming to Blu-Ray for the very first time later this year! The four flick will be available on the format from October 25th – just over a week away.

Here’s the skinny!

Sometimes, the scariest things come from within. Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment presents one of the most successful and terrifying film franchises of all time when the Alien Anthology debuts on Blu-ray for the first time ever on October 25.

All four Alien films have been reinvigorated for an intense Blu-ray high-definition viewing experience. The release also marks the debut of Mu-th-ur Mode, a fully interactive companion that takes the extensive materials in the Alien Anthology and puts them in the user’s hand – connecting fans to special features on all six discs and instantly providing an index of all available Alien content, »

- Paul

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German Trailer for the Alien Anthology Blu Ray

1 October 2010 2:30 PM, PDT | HeyUGuys.co.uk | See recent HeyUGuys news »

If you’ve not heard the news, Twentieth Century Fox are releasing a brand new Alien box set on 6 blu ray discs. The title of the box set is the Alien Anthology and it boasts over 60 hours of special features. You can find out a lot more about it if you purchase the new copy of DVD and Blu ray magazine written by our good friend, Brendon Connelly.

There are featurettes with Ridley Scott, James Cameron and Sigourney Weaver but i’ve placed the entire list (which is Massive) below the trailer.

The German Fox marketing team have released a new trailer for the blu ray which is released 25th October (the same day as Back to the Future!). You can pre-order your copy here.

To find out a little more about what’s on the new set, check out the trailer below and keep visiting HeyUGuys as Jon is »

- David Sztypuljak

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How Good Will the Alien Anthology Look on Blu-ray? Take a Look for Yourself!

7 September 2010 10:07 AM, PDT | DreadCentral.com | See recent Dread Central news »

Here's a moment we've all been waiting for. How will the Alien films look like when they hit Blu-ray high definition? Pretty damned sweet, that's how! Take a look for yourself!

From the Press Release

Sometimes the scariest things come from within. 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment presents one of the most successful and terrifying film franchises of all time when the Alien Anthology debuts on Blu-ray for the first time ever from October 25 internationally and on October 26 in North America. All four Alien films have been reinvigorated for an intense Blu-ray high-definition viewing experience. The release also marks the debut of Mu-th-ur Mode, a fully interactive companion that takes the extensive materials in the Alien Anthology and puts them in the user’s hand – connecting fans to special features on all six discs and instantly providing an index of all available Alien content, including over 60 hours of special features and over 12,000 images. »

- Uncle Creepy

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Total Recall: 20 years on

8 August 2010 5:33 AM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Get your ass to Mars. It’s twenty years since Paul Verhoeven directed Total Recall. Ryan looks back at an action sci-fi classic…

Arnold Schwarzenegger at his brawny best. Sharon Stone divorced with a bullet. Martian hookers with three breasts. Paul Verhoeven isn't a director known for his subtlety or restraint, and 1990's Total Recall saw the Dutchman at the height of his trashy, wryly intelligent powers.

Because, while his trio of truly classic science fiction movies, RoboCop, Total Recall and Starship Troopers, is risibly, gloriously violent, there beats a deliciously cynical, satirical heart beneath all the blood and mayhem.

And yet, Total Recall could have easily been a very different film.

Floating around the offices of Hollywood for years, the rights to Philip K. Dick's original short story, We Can Remember It For You Wholesale, were originally purchased by Alien screenwriter Ron Shusett in the early 80s. Renamed Total Recall, »

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