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Now that Alien: Covenant is out we can stop being serious about this film. I never said it was bad but I think all of us, and I mean close to 100% agree this this film was Not a return to the 1979 classic like it was being hyped as. I think it’s also safe to say we won’t be seeing nearly as many Alien films as Ridley Scott was once advertising. Is it a successful franchise? I would say that from a profit perspective, sure. However, when you really get down to it, how many of these films were
The Original Alien Trailer Recut as a Comedy »
- Nat Berman
On the same weekend Ridley Scott's Alien: Covenant premiered in theaters, Fox Home Entertainment shared a first-look at the Alien: Covenant Steelbook Blu-ray set that will be available exclusively at Best Buy in North America as well as other international territories.
The Alien: Covenant steelbook cover art are features a black-and-white Neomorph alien in its early embryonic stage. Inside are two discs; one of which is the Alien: Covenant Blu-ray and other other either the DVD or bonus features.
Whenever Alien: Covenant arrives on home video the 6-Film Alien Collection will debut alongside it. This collection includes Alien; Aliens; Alien 3; Alien: Resurrection; Prometheus and its direct sequel, Alien: Covenant.
The Alien: Covenant 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray has been available for pre-order at Amazon since opening weekend as well and currently sits in the #11 spot for all current Blu-ray bestsellers at the moment. That makes it the second-highest selling »
The Alien franchise has a long and winding history. From lengthy gestation periods between sequels, to lots of conflict between filmmakers and studios, to varying audience interest over the years - I’m amazed that they just haven’t given up yet. Despite all these challenges, the series has persevered for nearly 40 years and gained legions of fans. As of late, the Alien franchise is back in theaters with a prequel storyline being helmed by series originator, Ridley Scott. Predator will also soon be back in theaters with a new film in 2018.
- firstname.lastname@example.org (G.S. Perno)
Androids and facehuggers and aliens, oh my! Alien: Covenant continues the tradition of unsuspecting crews feeling safe on unfamiliar planets until… well, you know the rest. Or so you think!
Alien: Covenant bridges the gap between Prometheus and the rest of the Alien franchise while throwing in a few scares and twists on the way. In case you haven’t seen this sci fi thriller just yet, here’s our 5 reasons you need to see Alien: Covenant! (With as few spoilers as possible…)
5. The Special Effects
As we’ve grown accustomed to with Ridley Scott’s Alien franchise the special effects are usually breath-taking, and Alien: Covenant is no different. Whether the scenes are in outer space or on an alien world, we believe what we see. Not to mention when the aliens come »
- Zachary Dent
The monster movie represents one of the most enduring genres in cinema, a versatile formula for exploring the horrors of the unknown. Whatever it is that scares us, there’s always a monster to represent that fear as a metaphor in the flesh. Most monsters are misunderstood creatures, victims of a terrible fate seeking redemption and, in some cases, vengeance.
Alien: Covenant, now playing in theaters, returns director Ridley Scott to a beloved franchise, following the mixed and controversial reception to Prometheus. The plot follows the crew of a deep-space colony ship, which lands on what appears to be an undiscovered paradise. This new planet holds many secrets for its new inhabitants, including David (Michael Fassbender) the surviving robotic companion of the Prometheus crew. Sadly, the series isn’t always consistent in quality (Alien: Resurrection was a definite low) but movie fans will always welcome a return visit to this classic monster movie territory. »
- Tony Hinds
It’s rare to see the kind of far-ranging critical disagreement that Alien: Covenant has engendered. Some are praising it as a great return to form for both the franchise and Ridley Scott, while others see it as a parade of rote slasher tropes awkwardly welded onto an old-school mad scientist yarn. Even here in The A.V. Club offices, opinions are split, among nearly everyone who’s seen the latest installment of the now nearly 40-year-old film franchise. Leaving aside the lingering questions raised by the ending, though, there is one thing we should all be able to agree on: The script was not crafted by Satan. (He was too busy spearheading London Has Fallen, presumably.)
- Alex McLevy
“I spent a lot of time reviewing the silent films for crowd scenes –the way extras move, evolve, how the space is staged and how the cameras capture it, the views used,” Nolan said earlier this year when it came to the creation of his WWII epic Dunkirk, referencing films such as Intolerance, Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans, and Greed, as well as the films of Robert Bresson.
Throughout the entire month of July, if you’re in the U.K., you are lucky enough to witness a selection of these influences in a program at BFI Southbank. Featuring all screenings in 35mm or 70mm — including a preview of Dunkirk over a week before it hits theaters — there’s classics such as Greed, Sunrise, and The Wages of Fear, as well as Alien, Speed, and even Tony Scott’s final film.
Check out Nolan’s introduction below, followed by »
- Jordan Raup
Running from 1-31 July, BFI Southbank are delighted to present a season of films which have inspired director Christopher Nolan’s new feature Dunkirk (2017), released in cinemas across the UK on Friday 21 July.
Christopher Nolan Presents has been personally curated by the award-winning director and will offer audiences unique insight into the films which influenced his hotly anticipated take on one of the key moments of WWII.
The season will include a special preview screening of Dunkirk on Thursday 13 July, which will be presented in 70mm and include an introduction from the director himself.
Christopher Nolan is a passionate advocate for the importance of seeing films projected on film, and as one of the few cinemas in the UK that still shows a vast amount of celluloid film, BFI Southbank will screen all the films in the season on 35mm or 70mm.
In 2015 Nolan appeared on stage alongside visual artist »
- Michelle Hannett
I’m not entirely sure what I can ask of Ridley Scott at this point. He’s made four or five honest-to-goodness classics and inspired an entire generation of science-fiction films. He doesn’t owe me anything and I’ll watch just about anything he puts out because I have that kind of faith in him as a filmmaker. He’s made a scary film with Alien: Covenant, but not one that I find particularly interesting. Scott seems obsessed with giving me lore I don’t want instead of a higher concentration of scenes with scary aliens.
It’s impressive that they made the grossest Alien movie yet. The one with the most visceral body horror. They topped the terribleness of the chestburster in this one by making the alien birth process less discrete and more, for lack of a better word, fluid-y. I don’t think it’s particularly »
- Arthur Martinez-Tebbel
Your average debut director starts small. A few characters, limited settings, achievable challenges. Ridley Scott's first film was a short following his brother on a bicycle, made in 1963 on a pittance. It'd take him years to rack up the skill and ambition necessary to attempt the likes of Alien, Blade Runner and Gladiator. But even the most pie-in-the-sky first-timers would have balked at the challenge Woody Harrelson set for himself with his debut feature film. Lost In L… »
Jason from Mnpp here with this week's All Sigourney edition of "Beauty vs Beast" -- everything should always be All Sigourney, don't you think? Most especially Alien movies. I can't tell you how much I missed the grounding presence of Ellen Ripley this past weekend, whiplashing around Ridley Scott's scattered Covenant. If only we were getting Neill Blomkamp's proposed sequel, I kept thinking. An Alien without a Ripley is a body without a heart or a brain - an exo-skeleton full of acid.
So that's where I stand on Covenant. And even if they're more positive than I am most (if not all?) reviews continue to point to the first two films as the franchise's high-water mark. But instead of facing Ripley off with Giger's literal Beast I thought it would be more interesting to do a variation on the eternal "Alien or Aliens" question, and face off »
On this episode of Adjust Your Tracking, Joe and I open the show with brief appreciations for the return of both “Master Of None” and “Twin Peaks.” After that, we discuss at length Ridley Scott‘s latest entry in his “Alien” prequel series, “Alien: Covenant.” Even though the film underwhelmed at the box office and received mixed responses from critics, there’s a lot to dive into.
- Erik McClanahan
It took some convincing for Sigourney Weaver to tackle the role that would change her career.
Looking back on her audition for the role of fierce Et-battling Ripley in 1979’s Alien, Weaver says she wasn’t exactly gunning for the job.
“I remember that Ridley built an entire set for me just for the audition,” she told People on Wednesday at the grand opening of Pandora – The World of Avatar at Walt Disney World, which is based on the 2009 blockbuster Avatar film. “I was from the theater. I wasn’t even sure I wanted to be in a movie! I »
- Michelle Tauber
What is Neill Blomkamp up to now? Ever since the sad news broke that his Alien reboot with Sigourney Weaver was being canned thanks to Ridley Scott taking over the franchise again, we've been curious about where Blomkamp would head next. Is he working on any movies? What is he developing next? We don't have any definitive answers yet, but we do have some exciting teases for potential science fiction projects in the works. Blomkamp has been tweeting since April about a partnership he has with Steam (the video game platform/distribution service). Apparently he has launched a new development studio called Oats Studio, where they're creating all kinds of crazy cool sci-fi projects. And what they want to do is release teases for them as short films on Steam in order to test and see which ones might become feature-length films. I'm in. We really don't know much about any of these projects yet. »
- Alex Billington
Author: Scott Davis
With word this week that Tom Cruise is set to begin production on Top Gun 2 very soon, news on another long-awaited sequel has arisen that could see a classic comedy get the follow-up it has already “suggested”.
In a recent Q&A with comedy legend Mel Brooks, which followed a special screening of his classic Young Frankenstein, the writer/director/producer spoke at length about the film and about his career on the whole and chat soon turned to another film in his repertoire – 1987’s Spaceballs.
The film, which co-starred Brooks, was a spoof of Star Wars and grossed just over $38million from a $22million budget and this isn’t the first time a sequel has been talked about. Indeed, in the film itself, the Yoda-spoof character Yoghurt speaks to Bill Pullman’s Lone Starr (aka Han Solo) and says the two may “meet again in »
- Scott Davis
For “Alien: Covenant,” Ridley Scott not only redesigned H.R Giger’s iconic Xenomorph creature from the first movie, but also unveiled the new Neomorph. They’re a fascinating study in contrast (and brilliantly animated by Mpc), especially in light of the director’s passion for sentient life forms.
The Xenomorph contains a subtle shift between fleshy skin and a harder exoskeleton, while the Neomorph offers more humanoid qualities with its elegant simplicity. Yet it packs a deadly bite with a double-jointed, protruding jaw, which strikes without warning.
However, there’s at least one tender moment, in which Michael Fassbender’s android gazes upon the Neomorph and blows on his face the way you’d blow into the nostril of a horse. It’s a mutual fascination between creator and creation that »
- Bill Desowitz
Alien: Covenant is in theaters now, and though the film has many flaws, it is certified fresh on Rotten Tomatoes with a decent score of 72%. Here at Lrm, I gave the film a B-, as it delivers the scares and thrills but becomes a bit repetitive by the end, especially for those of us who have seen the other five films in the long-running franchise. Bryan Fuller, creator of NBC's Hannibal and American Gods, has been a fan of the franchise his entire life, even writing a case study about the critters in Alien for an experimental psychology course, earning him the recommendation from his instructor that he belonged in film school instead.
Vulture asked Fuller whether or not he enjoyed Alien: Covenant at their Vulture Festival and his answer was simple: "No." Fuller went on to say:
“I think the last two movies have had too many similarities to »
- Nick Doll
Alien: Covenant opened in theaters this past weekend and brought in an estimated $36 million at the box office.
Fox’s film enjoyed a solid global debut performance as the Ridley Scott directed film that is the second of the prequel series and the sixth Alien feature film in the franchise earned $66.3 million globally.
In space, no one can hear you scream. After nearly four decades, those words remain synonymous with the sheer, relentless intensity of Ridley Scott’s masterpiece of futuristic horror, Alien. Now, the father of the iconic franchise returns once more to the world he created to explore its darkest corners with Alien: Covenant, a pulse-pounding new adventure that pushes the boundaries of R-rated terror.
The films timeline line up as such:
Engineers create humanity. Archaeologists Elizabeth Shaw and Charles Holloway discover humanity’s origins »
- Michelle Hannett
With Ridley Scott's Alien: Covenant now in theaters, Titan Books is taking a deeper dive into the world of Facehuggers, Xenomorphs, and Backbursters with two new book releases, The Art and Making of Alien: Covenant and Alien: Covenant - The Official Movie Novelization, and we've been provided with three copies of each book to give away to three lucky Daily Dead readers.
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- Derek Anderson
Last week, the visual effects company Amalgamated Dynamics Incorporated (Adi) dug into their VHS archives and dusted off a rare Alien 3 behind-the-scenes video, which featured David Fincher, who made his feature directorial debut with the movie, offering direction to the Adi team during rehearsals for a scene involving an animatronic head of Bishop (Lance Henriksen). With yesterday marking the 25th Anniversary of the movie's theatrical release, Adi has put together a comprehensive eight-minute video where the effects team revisits this movie. Here's what the Adi team had to say in the video's description.
"As the 25th Anniversary of Alien 3 approaches, we could not ignore our contribution to the film's title character: the Alien itself. Through the miracle of VHS and exclusive photographs, Adi takes you back to that year of hard work at Pinewood Studios. Enjoy the retrospective!"
This eight-minute video surfaced on studio Adi YouTube, which shows »
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