The Alien Saga
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Originally aired on AMC, this documentary focuses on one of the most horrifying series ever to be committed to celluloid -- the Alien film series. With interviews from most of the main players, including Ridley Scott, James Cameron, Sigourney Weaver, and H.R. Giger, the special goes through conception through production of all four films released from 20th Century Fox. Narrated by the Alien's first-ever onscreen victim, John Hurt, The Alien Saga gives insight into various script changes, casting choices, and the series fantastical effects through the eyes of the innovators behind them. The… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 94%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Turns out not to be one of those movies that improves in the memory, but actually is better than you remember, mostly because it puts its multitude of imitators to shame."
‑ Terry Lawson, Detroit Free Press
"Whether altered for the sake of incorporating superfluous extra material (cat fight!) or for reasons even less compelling, the editing rhythms here are way off."
‑ Ron Stringer, L.A. Weekly
"Alien is a triumph of style over substance, of lean over fat."
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, Combustible Celluloid
"Nearly a quarter of a century down the line, a great film has been made greater."
‑ Harry Guerin, RTE Interactive (Dublin, Ireland)
"Whether this is the first time you have seen Alien, or the third or fourth... The tension never abates - the film never lets you off the hook."
‑ Urban Cinefile Critics, Urban Cinefile
"Scott knew how to create tension, and the movie still has plenty of white-knuckle impact, although it's a little tamer than I remembered."
‑ Robert Denerstein, Denver Rocky Mountain News
"The movie inspired three sequels and remains undeniably frightening. It also marks a significant step in the evolution of modern science-fiction films."
‑ Bill Muller, Arizona Republic
"Going back to the beginning and seeing where it all began, this film had a lot to live up to in my eyes. In the end, I was just left wondering what all the fuss was about."
‑ Shawn Bowers, Kansas City Star
"It remains one of the best examples of sustained tension."
‑ Eric D. Snider,
"'A chance to see Ridley Scott's ruthlessly efficient shocker back where it belongs, on the big screen.'"
‑ Paul Arendt, Teletext
"What you will find is that the old mayhem is still masterful and that there is nothing like the big screen for this type of mortally wounded space exploration."
‑ Lisa Kennedy, Denver Post
"It's a most satisfying return to one of the few sci-fi films that deserves to be called a masterpiece."
‑ Glenn Lovell, San Jose Mercury News
"... one of the few films that can be predicted perfectly, but it?s so well crafted?and so damn exciting?that we just don?t care."
‑ Blake French,
"When Scott was finished, he thought it was too long and that the added material threw the pacing off. Therefore, he cut his own Director's Cut. (Alien Quadrilogy)"
‑ John J. Puccio, Movie Metropolis
"For reviewer Todd Gilchrist, puberty began in earnest when he witnessed Sigourney Weaver getting physical aboard a doomed spaceship."
‑ Todd Gilchrist,
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