Podcast #65: Alien DVD Commentary
This week we tried something new. We recorded our first ever DVD commentary! We chose to start our commentaries off with one of the great SciFi/Horror movies of all time, ALIEN.
Alien is a 1979 science fiction horror film directed byRidley Scott and starring Tom Skerritt, Sigourney Weaver, Veronica Cartwright, Harry Dean Stanton,John Hurt, Ian Holm and Yaphet Kotto. The film’s title refers to its primary antagonist: a highly aggressive extraterrestrial creature that stalks and kills the crew of a spaceship. Dan O’Bannon wrote the screenplayfrom a story by him and Ronald Shusett, drawing influence from previous works of science fiction and horror. The film was produced through Brandywine Productions and distributed by 20th Century Fox, with producers David Giler and Walter Hill making significant revisions and additions to the script. The titular Alien and its accompanying elements were designed by Swiss surrealist artist H. R. Giger, while concept artists Ron Cobb and Chris Foss designed the human aspects of the film.
Alien garnered both critical acclaim and box office success, receiving an Academy Award for Best Visual Effects, Saturn Awards for Best Science Fiction Film, Best Direction for Scott, and Best Supporting Actress for Cartwright, and a Hugo Award for Best Dramatic Presentation, along with numerous other award nominations. It has remained highly praised in subsequent decades, being inducted into the National Film Registry of theLibrary of Congress in 2002 for historical preservation as a film which is “culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant. In 2008 it was ranked as the seventh-best film in the science fiction genre by the American Film Institute, and as the thirty-third greatest movie of all time by Empire magazine.
Alien is one of my favorite movies of all time, we had a great time recording this DVD Commentary podcast, and we hope that you have fun listening to it.
Next up for our commentaries will be Aliens, stay tuned!