Book Review “The Book of Alien”

Author: Paul Scanlon, Michael Gross
Paperback: 112 pages
Publisher: Titan Books
Release Date: May 29, 2012

Our Score: 1 out of 5 stars

“The Book of Alien” was first published in 1978 and has been re-released to match the upcoming release of Ridley Scott’s “Prometheus”. Let’s just say this book is amazing…if you are compare it back to 1978 standards. The softcover book barely runs over 100 pages and looks like it was made on a photo copy machine. The pages include text that are off-center and almost get cut off the page. There are many of tons of other great making-of “Alien” books and I would recommend you check those out…way before you purchase this.

This book is basically a behind-the-scenes art book for the 1978 “Alien” movie. They give some pretty cool concept art images from artists Ron Cobb, Chris Foss and H.R. Giger but they are low quality and the paper stock is very thin. Like many “art-of” books there is no interaction from the cast, production crew.  The information provided besides the images are weak and if you are looking for an in-depth look into the film’s production, you will be disappointed.  If you are looking for the ultimate “Alien” book check out “Alien Vault: The Definitive Story of the Making of the Film”.

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