Must Watch: Over 5 Hours of Documentary Footage for 'Alien' & 'Aliens'

September 2, 2013


Both directors Ridley Scott and James Cameron are responsible for two of the greatest sci-fi films of all time with Alien and the sequel Aliens respectively. The films are favorites amongst cinephiles for their originality, amazing special effects, creature design and more. Now fans can dive deeper into the franchise with a total of five hours of documentary footage for each film. The Beast Within: The Making of Alien was produced back in 2003, which is also when Superior Firepower: The Making of ‘Aliens' was included on the 2003 DVD release of the sequel, and now both are available online in full for your pleasure.

Here's The Beast Within: The Making of 'Alien' via The Film Stage:

And here's Superior Firepower: The Making of ‘Aliens' via The Playlist:

This writer hasn't sat through all five hours of these two documentaries, but after sitting through a good chunk of each of them, it's clear that these were made for the most hardcore fans of the films. There's great behind the scenes footage, interviews with Sigourney Weaver, James Cameron, Ridley Scott and much more. There are interesting details like when Ripley is seen in the infamous Power Loader, she’s sitting on the lap of the man who is actually controlling it (which spawned a great prank on the set). There's also talk about how H.R. Giger, high on opiates, designed the terrifying monster everyone knows today. Cool, right?


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  • Al Apone
    "Must Watch: Over 5 Hours of Documentary Footage for 'Alien' & 'Aliens' " But I gotta go to work in half an hour!
    • Ricardo_PT
      Life is about the choices you make my friend
    Except for the hair, Cameron looks pretty much the same.
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  • Richie G
    Giger was high when he designed the penis headed space lizards? Well, you learn something new every day
  • crystaltowers
    I've watched these many times already, but I never tire of them. Thanks for sharing! As times goes on, we seem to realize more and more how great these films are, and how practically nothing else in their genre (scifi/space/creature/horror) has ever matched them. It's also apparent we were more capable of creating an earnest, believable, capable heroine in Ripley 20+ years ago, than we are today. She's a woman, but her gender is rarely the issue at hand - the character just happens to be female. The focus is mainly on what she does, not who she is or how she looks.




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