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07 Oct 2019

Home Video Review: 'Memory: The Origins of Alien' Is a Fascinating Look at a Classic Film

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An image from Memory: The Origins of Alien. An image from Memory: The Origins of Alien.

There have been plenty of looks into the making of Ridley Scott’s Alien—most notably the director’s-cut Alien DVDs, followed by the special-feature-saturated Blu-rays.

Memory: The Origins of Alien, a new documentary from director Alexandre O. Philippe, is one of the best, although it lacks new interviews with the likes of Sigourney Weaver and Ridley Scott. (The film does include a handful of archived interview moments.) Instead, it talks to folks like Roger Corman, who almost made Dan O’Bannon’s original Alien script on a shoestring budget, and gets the likes of Tom Skerritt to sit down for some original insights on the filming. Veronica Cartwright is also interviewed, once again recounting the great story of witnessing the chest-burster scene live.

The movie goes beyond typical behind-the-scenes looks, tracing the origins of Alien back to some old-timey comics depicting Navy sailors accidentally eating alien eggs.

For fans of the movie and moviemaking in general, Memory: The Origins of Alien is quite fascinating.

Memory: The Origins of Alien is available via online sources including iTunes and Amazon.com.

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