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This film gave birth to a great legacy of other films and items such as interactive games books music and film sequels However this original landmark piece of cinema released on May 25 1979 with a largely unknown cast and director is now considered by many to be one of the best and most influential science fiction films ever made on a par with other Hollywood greats such as Blade Runner The Terminator 2001 - A Space Odyssey and The Matrix The man who made all this possible is Ridley Scott the director of such films as Blade Runner Thelma and Louise Hannibal and Black Hawk Down However much credit must also be given to the aliens designer the Swiss born HR Giger He studied art in Zurich and produced a popular book entitled Necronomicon 1977 This single book was the seed that grew into the idea for the Alien and all the different forms He was rewarded for his hard work by being given an Oscar for Visual Effects in 1980 for his help in designing the character The start of the film lulls us into a false sense of security discarding the spectacular glamour of Star Wars in favour of a much duller visual spectrum portraying the spacecraft and crew as nothing more than a cargo ship and an motley group of intergalactic couriers The viewer gets the distinct sense of the tedium and oppressive vastness of space travel from the very start which is why we are perhaps not surprised when the characters seem to be enormously curious and a little excited about discovering a possible new form of life We get the impression that the characters long for something out of the ordinary which is why possibly Lt Ripley Sigourney Weaver demands that LV 426 be investigated However Ridley Scott hints at things to come as shown in the waking scene where each character rises from the cryogenic chamber
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