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John Byrne

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Posted: 22 June 2019 at 7:34am | IP Logged | 1 post reply

ALIEN debuted in theaters 40 years ago today.
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Shaun Barry
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Posted: 22 June 2019 at 8:20am | IP Logged | 2 post reply


Huh.  You learn something new everyday... I've thought for years that it's premiere date was May 25 (the same as STAR WARS, two years before), but looking at IMDb, I guess it was only a limited release on that date.  June 22 does appear to be the general release.

Regardless, a timeless classic.  Missed it in the theaters (because I would have only been 6!), but hoping to finally catch it on the big screen this fall.

Still holds-up, for any number of reasons!



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John Byrne

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Posted: 22 June 2019 at 8:53am | IP Logged | 3 post reply

“Timeless” is a good word. ALIEN dodged a big bullet when the producers decided not to try to make it “futuristic”. It’s basically a generic “now” in space.
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Shaun Barry
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Even if you disregard the production values and special effects (which I agree have aged beautifully), just look at that cast... looking at their rumpled costumes, weary faces, unkempt hair styles, facial hair, etc., could anyone (who has never seen the film before) even peg-down when this film was made?  Could really be almost any time between 1970s and today!

Image result for alien 1979 cast photo


To my eyes, at least, almost nothing about ALIEN screams "1978-79."






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Rebecca Jansen
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I remember seeing the advertising for it a lot when it was new; a green glowing crack in an alien egg, "in space nobody can hear you scream" etc. I saw so many lame movies back then I still don't know how I missed out on seeing Alien first run. I saw other stuff I was underage for, like Logan's Run, so it wasn't that. What a perfect cast, and sets... and... everything! If you don't love this movie, the original Planet Of the Apes and King Kong 1933 you don't even like movies I'd say.
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Doug Centers
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Posted: 22 June 2019 at 12:26pm | IP Logged | 6 post reply

It's just plain perfect!

I missed it upon first release also. I seen it about a year later on my friend's bedroom wall, with his 8mm copy. Scared the bejeezus out of me!
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Ronald Joseph
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Posted: 22 June 2019 at 12:48pm | IP Logged | 7 post reply

I have a dark, shameful secret...

...I've never seen ALIEN. 

Perhaps I should remedy that tonight on its 40th birthday. 

*edited to remove an apostrophe from "its" - damn you, spelling and grammar!


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Bill Collins
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Posted: 22 June 2019 at 12:52pm | IP Logged | 8 post reply

I saw it when i was 15, in those days U.K. cinemas
employed mostly grannies, and if you asked for your
ticket in a Barry White voice, you got in despite a film
being an 18 certificate!
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John Byrne

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Posted: 22 June 2019 at 1:30pm | IP Logged | 9 post reply

I think it must have had a delayed release in my part of Canada. I'd actually read Archie and Walt's adaptation before I saw the movie.
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Bill Collins
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Posted: 22 June 2019 at 1:39pm | IP Logged | 10 post reply

Hmmm, the photo-novel adaption was available in the U.K.
before i saw it at the cinema ( It was passed around our
class at school, which made me determined to see it!)
Maybe the Archie/Walt adaption was released prior to the
film?
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Shaun Barry
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Posted: 22 June 2019 at 2:25pm | IP Logged | 11 post reply


Also, you have to give 20th Century Fox and Kenner toys major props for having the cojones for even thinking this was a good idea for toy shelves in 1979:

Image result for alien kenner 1979Image result for alien kenner 1979


All I know is... I wanted one!  I can only imagine parents at the time thinking, "What the hell is that???"  Surely the single most disturbing toy in stores that year!





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John Byrne

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Posted: 22 June 2019 at 2:34pm | IP Logged | 12 post reply

Have that! Packed away in storage since a few years ago I picked up one that was more accurate in detail and proportions.
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