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The Beast Within: The Making of 'Alien' (2003)

This made-for-DVD documentary treats horror and science fiction film fans to a behind-the-scenes look at the making of Alien, the terrifying classic about a spaceship crew trapped with a ... See full summary »
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This made-for-DVD documentary treats horror and science fiction film fans to a behind-the-scenes look at the making of Alien, the terrifying classic about a spaceship crew trapped with a hideous monster that's hunting them one by one. Features interviews with director Ridley Scott and master designer H.R. Giger, as well as with star Sigourney Weaver and other members of the cast and crew, who share their experiences from working on the project and discuss the special efforts that went into bringing it all together. Written by Jean-Marc Rocher <rocher@fiberbit.net>

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This feature-length documentary is featured in the DVD set 'The Alien Quadrilogy' and on the 2-disc edition of Alien (1979). See more »

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Extremely exhausive (well-made) documentary covering the entire process of pre-production to post-production
22 July 2004 | by (UK) – See all my reviews

This massive documentary is very good, almost exhausive, ranking in at 178 minutes, longer than the film ALIEN (1979) itself. It's well-made and overwhelmingly informative at times.

It features many interviews detailing the concept to the production of the film. For ALIEN fans this is a must-see but anyone interested in the history of the film for whatever reason should see it, too.

Overall I've seen better but this is still a great documentary for a classic motion picture.

4.5/5

R.I.P. Jerry Goldsmith


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