The Alien Legacy (1999) USA
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Director:Ridley Scott, James Cameron, David Fincher
Studio:20th Century Fox
Producer:Ron Mitchell
Writer:James Cameron, Dan O'Bannon, David Giler, Joss Whedon
Date Added:2007-03-06
Purchased On:2007-06-03
Genre:Alien Saga
Picture Format:Widescreen
Aspect Ratio:2.35:1
Subtitles:English, Spanish
Box set
Ridley Scott, James Cameron, David Fincher  ...  (Director)
James Cameron, Dan O'Bannon, David Giler, Joss Whedon  ...  (Writer)
Tom Skerritt  ...  Himself (archive footage)
Sigourney Weaver  ...  Herself (archive footage)
Veronica Cartwright  ...  Herself (archive footage)
Harry Dean Stanton  ...  Himself (archive footage)
John Hurt  ...  Himself (archive footage)
Ian Holm  ...  Himself (archive footage)
Yaphet Kotto  ...  Himself (archive footage)
Bolaji Badejo  ...  Himself (archive footage)
Helen Horton  ...  
Eddie Powell  ...  
Carrie Henn  ...  
Michael Biehn  ...  
Lance Henriksen  ...  
Paul Reiser  ...  
Bill Paxton  ...  
William Hope  ...  
Jenette Goldstein  ...  
Al Matthews  ...  
Mark Rolston  ...  
Nick Allder  ...  Himself - Visual Effects Supervisor
Mia Bonzanigo  ...  Herself - Assistant to H.R. Giger
Bob Burns  ...  Himself - Archivist of Fantastic Cinema
Ron Cobb  ...  Himself - Conceptual Artist
Leslie Dilley  ...  Himself - Art Director
H.R. Giger  ...  Himself - Alien Design
Brian Johnson  ...  Himself - Visual Effects Supervisor
John Mollo  ...  Himself - Costume Design
Dan O'Bannon  ...  Himself - Screenwriter
Ivor Powell  ...  Himself - Associate Producer
Carlo Rambaldi  ...  Himself (archive footage)
Ridley Scott  ...  Himself - Director
Ronald Shusett  ...  Himself - Executive Producer
Winona Ryder  ...  
Comments: A behind the scenes look at the making of 'Alien'

Summary: An interesting feature of Alien, Aliens, Alien 3, and Alien Resurrection, worth watching together if only for the chance to see how different directors handle essentially the same idea. The results are decidedly mixed. Ridley Scott's Alien is the most traditional of the bunch, essentially a haunted-house picture set on a space freighter, where a monster is picking off crew members one by one. James Cameron's Aliens is the all-out adrenaline bath, a pulse-pounding action thriller from start to finish. It plays a little like a Western in outer space, where the settlers are waiting for a cavalry that never comes--and the Indians are acid-veined aliens. And David Fincher's Alien 3 is the rock-video version, in which substance and storytelling are sacrificed to editing and imagery, as the aliens attempt to take over a space penal colony. --Marshall Fine