Rent Memory: The Origins of Alien (2019)

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1h 35min
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Memory reveals the chilling, untold origins of Ridley Scott's cinematic masterpiece Alien, rooted in Greek and Egyptian mythologies, underground comics, parasitology, H.P. Lovecraft's weird fiction, the art of Francis Bacon, and the symbiotic genius of Dan O'Bannon (writer), H.R. Giger (designer), and, of course, Ridley Scott. Discover a treasure trove of unreleased materials from the O'Bannon and Giger estates, including original story notes, rejected designs and storyboards, sketches and concept art, behind-the-scenes photographs and footage, and Dan O'Bannon's never-before-seen, original 29-page script from 1971, titled Memory.
A fitting and long-overdue tribute to the man who started it all, Memory boldly goes where no film essay has gone before, to deliver an entrancingly cinematic and wholly original take on one of Hollywood's most beloved and iconic shockers.
Bijan Aalam, , , , , , , Henry Jenkins, William Linn, , , Shannon Muchow, , , , , Linda Rich, Carmen Scheifele-Giger, ,
Documentary, Sci-Fi & Fantasy
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Run Time:
95 minutes
DVD Regions:
Region 2
Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen 1.78:1 / 16:9
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Like "ALIEN"? You Should Like This. - Memory: The Origins of Alien review by BG

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Is really 40 years since that puppet popped out of John Hurt's chest? Here's a documentary about one of the biggest and most successful Science Fiction films ever made. I remember reading reviews when it first came out, some which said as a thriller it works, but doesn't do much for the mind. This film attempts to explain how ALIEN was a lot deeper than some people thought, and covers many aspects that reflected the times in the late seventies and still resonate today. Some of the original cast are interviewed, and a lot of time is spent on that famous chest-buster scene, one of the most famous in cinema history along with a certain shower sequence in a Hitchcock film. Some ground has been covered in the extensive DVD extras already, but to celebrate the 40 years of the film, its still good to check this documentary out, which might make you feel wanting more, and deepen your appreciation of a true classic.

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