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Comprehensive and definitive volume telling the complete story of how Aliens was made, featuring new interviews with some of the cast and production crew, and including many rarely seen photos and illustrations from the Fox archives.


 


As one of the most highly regarded movie sequels of all time, Aliens quickly embedded itself in the minds of cinemagoers around the world when it was released in 1986. Driven by the singular vision of director James Cameron and guided by producer Gale Ann Hurd, its relentless action and unforgettable characters helped cement its place as an undisputed classic of 1980s cinema.

The Making of Aliens tells the complete story of how Cameron and Hurd, together with their immensely talented cast and crew, brought heroine Ellen Ripley back to the big screen--and upped the stakes by introducing a whole army of aliens for her to face. Interviews with the cast and crew, alongside revealing photography and fascinating concept art, illustrate the film''s eventful journey from its beginnings as a sequel that nobody wanted to make through to its transformation into one of the highest-grossing blockbusters of the decade.

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"This is a book that belongs on every sf and adventure-film fan''s shelf, to be pulled out and leafed through again and again.  To hard-core fans of "making-of" movie books, Rinzler is a rock star. His books deliver detailed chronicles of the filmmaking process, supplemented by behind-the-scenes photos, concept art, and other visual enticements. He''s written the definitive books about the original Star Wars films, the Indiana Jones films,  Planet of the ApesAlien, and now James Cameron''s spectacular Aliens  (1986)." -- David Pitt, BookListOnline

About the Author

J. W. Rinzler has authored New York Times bestseller  The Making of Star Wars, London Times bestseller  The Complete Making of Indiana Jones, and the #1 best-selling graphic novel  The Star Wars. He was the executive editor at Lucasfilm for 15 years. His most recent works are  The Making of Planet of the Apes and  ALL UP, an epic historical-fiction novel on the first Space Age.

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R. Sardrena
3.0 out of 5 starsVerified Purchase
Another Rinzler brick
Reviewed in the United States on August 30, 2020
Well, it''s a by-now standard JW Rinzler tome; a big, awkward coffee table book that features extensive (often re-hashed) interviews, along with underwhelming, mostly re-hashed photos. Photo and illustration selection and sizing seem to be intentionally poor. That way,... See more
Well, it''s a by-now standard JW Rinzler tome; a big, awkward coffee table book that features extensive (often re-hashed) interviews, along with underwhelming, mostly re-hashed photos. Photo and illustration selection and sizing seem to be intentionally poor. That way, enthusiasts have to buy yet another Titan offering about a different aspect of the production. As Rinzler stated, Aliens was never heavily merchandized in its time, and was ill-prepared to offer much material when interest surged after its cinematic release. We therefore get blown up, grainy photos that we''ve seen elsewhere. The interviews are quite interesting, but don''t expect a book on production design, despite the splendid contributions of Ron Cobb and Syd Mead to the production. Penny packets of their illustrations have found their way into many, many books over the years, but there has never been a "The Art of Aliens" offering.
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Mostly everything about Aliens. Mostly...
Reviewed in the United States on March 17, 2021
Despite the considerable drama on set (multiple firings, a "crew mutiny" at one point), this is a dryer read than Rinzler''s previous books, though it isn''t really his fault for the most part. ''Aliens'' was a pretty straight-forward affair, without all the opportunities for... See more
Despite the considerable drama on set (multiple firings, a "crew mutiny" at one point), this is a dryer read than Rinzler''s previous books, though it isn''t really his fault for the most part. ''Aliens'' was a pretty straight-forward affair, without all the opportunities for interesting glances into "what-if" territory that helped make Rinzler''s other ''Making of'' books so fascinating.

In fact, one of the more surprising revelations is that Walter Hill & David Giler had already written an initial treatment and much of the concept was in place even before Cameron came on board (by the way, the feeling from ''The Making of Alien'' that Hill & Giler are pretty shady gets really, really confirmed here). There also aren''t as many colorful personalities here. James Cameron and Gale Hurd are their own brand of crazy, but they lean more "sociopath who never gets intimidated even when they should" rather than schizo or neurotic. You won''t read anything like "let''s try putting live maggots into the alien head, that should look interesting" in this book.

Most annoying is the continuation of the prior book''s tendency not to follow up on interesting threads. The one that comes immediately to mind is when it brings up that multiple scripts had been commissioned for an ''Alien'' sequel in the years prior to ''Aliens'' but never bothers to go into any details. If they''re just not available that''s one thing, but the book seems straight-up uninterested, which is irritating. Finally, with the exception of the Queen, there aren''t many large photos on display of the aliens themselves, and they had a unique look in this film, so it''s a bit of a shame.

That all being said, this is still the best ''Aliens'' book on the market - after all, for all my complaints we''re still talking about a 4/5-star book. In fact it''s probably *because* it''s the best we can reasonably hope for that the book comes off ever-so-slightly disappointing.
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Wayne KleinTop Contributor: Classic Rock
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Handsome coffee table sized book that tackles the making of “Aliens”.
Reviewed in the United States on August 25, 2020
A handsome, beautifully illustrated and exhaustive history of James Cameron’s film, “Aliens” is a massive coffee table book. The print quality is exceptional. The pictures provide plenty of behind-the-scenes footage. The text give us plenty of background,... See more
A handsome, beautifully illustrated and exhaustive history of James Cameron’s film, “Aliens” is a massive coffee table book.

The print quality is exceptional. The pictures provide plenty of behind-the-scenes footage. The text give us plenty of background, excerpts from various treatments of the film. If you’re curious about the background of the film, this is the ultimate book on the film.
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C. WORD
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Game Over Man
Reviewed in the United States on September 8, 2020
If you''re an ALIENS fan, you know you''re going to get this book anyway. Yes, the many interviews and stories have been mentioned and talked about before in DVD, Bluray and other books - BUT - Rinzler does manage to elaborate on these stories just a little bit more to make... See more
If you''re an ALIENS fan, you know you''re going to get this book anyway. Yes, the many interviews and stories have been mentioned and talked about before in DVD, Bluray and other books - BUT - Rinzler does manage to elaborate on these stories just a little bit more to make you say, "Okay, I knew about that, but I didn''t know that...". There''s additional stories about the effects teams and what they went through - you actually tire of how much they complain about how awful it was, until you finally get it - it was awful! It''s these little bits and the consolidation of all the other stuff into one resource that makes this book worth it. As usual with Rinzler''s book formats - it''s hell to hold and read on a toilet.
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Daryl C
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Not quite as good as "The Making of Alien"
Reviewed in the United States on April 4, 2021
(My actual rating is closer to 3 3/4 stars) Although it''s definitely the most marketable and crowd-pleasing entry in the "Alien" franchise, it''s rather surprising that this is the first really substantial book ever published on the making of "Aliens." This... See more
(My actual rating is closer to 3 3/4 stars)

Although it''s definitely the most marketable and crowd-pleasing entry in the "Alien" franchise, it''s rather surprising that this is the first really substantial book ever published on the making of "Aliens." This follow-up to J.W. Rinzler''s "The Making of Alien" (which I''ve previously reviewed) is a rather fascinating read and a fairly solid reference but falls short of the standard set by its predecessor.

I''ll get some of the negative stuff out of the way first. As "Aliens" is a bigger and more elaborate movie than "Alien," one might expect that this book would be a bigger and more elaborate affair. Oddly, that''s not the case. Although it follows the same format to a T, it''s not quite as detailed, or as interesting on a visual level. The production stills tend to be much darker and grainier this time, there aren''t as many concept sketches, and once again, the movie screencaps are extremely small and look like they''ve been sourced from the laserdisc edition. Interestingly, it''s actually 300 pages long as opposed to the 256 pages in the product description. A good chunk of those additional pages seems to be occupied by dark, grainy production stills which have been spread across two pages.

Thankfully, Rinzler does a fine job following every aspect of the production from the earliest screenplay revisions all the way to post-production and initial critical and audience reactions. Much of it is derived from magazine articles published before and immediately after the film''s release, as well as a number of interviews the author conducted in 2019. There''s definitely a heavier emphasis on how models, miniatures, puppets, and practical effects were employed, although I still can''t figure out how the powerloader operated! I suppose if you''re an "Aliens" fanatic you won''t find much new here, but it''s still pretty cool seeing all of this material in one place.

If there''s one thing I''ve learned from reading this book and its predecessor, it''s that "Prometheus" and "Covenant" probably would have been better movies if their principal photographies had been nightmarish 14-week long dumpster fires. It''s good to remind ourselves that a lot of classic movies are the product of financial and technical limitations, and lots of backbreaking work carried out by people who generally don''t really like each other. Although it could have been a bit better, I still recommend this book to fans of the "Alien" franchise.
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Manny25123
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Making of Aliens book.
Reviewed in the United States on August 26, 2020
The Making of aliens is everything you need to know on the making of this classic sequel. Everything you ever wanted to know on this film is in this book. Awesome book very happy with my purchase.
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Gwyllabrach
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The best of its kind
Reviewed in the United States on October 24, 2020
Aliens is by far one of my favorite movies. The struggles James Cameron and crew had to deal with while making this epic sequel are as action-packed as the movie. I own several ''Making of'' books about Aliens and this one trumps them all. This is the de facto book of Aliens... See more
Aliens is by far one of my favorite movies. The struggles James Cameron and crew had to deal with while making this epic sequel are as action-packed as the movie. I own several ''Making of'' books about Aliens and this one trumps them all. This is the de facto book of Aliens detailing everything from the script changes to actor struggles all the way to crew infighting and world-building. The book has it all and is written in sizable chunks. Let''s be clear: there are a lot of never-before-seen photos, but there is also an equable amount of research and crew interviews that will take days to read through. If you want to add any book of Aliens to your collection, forget the rest and pick this one up. You won''t be sorry.
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CHSIII
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Game over man, game over!
Reviewed in the United States on August 26, 2020
I enjoyed the Making of Alien by the same author. As a fan of Aliens as well, I had to pick this one up and I’m glad I did. It has lot of pics from the movie and behind the scenes. I can’t wait to dig into it further and read it cover to cover.
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TheManFromACRONYM
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Excellent and in-depth read. Essential for Aliens fans
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on August 31, 2020
This 350 page large format hardback book is probably the definitive behind the scenes look at the making of the Aliens film. Covering every single aspect of production, from Cameron''s original pitch for the movie, his early versions of the script, the difficulties in...See more
This 350 page large format hardback book is probably the definitive behind the scenes look at the making of the Aliens film. Covering every single aspect of production, from Cameron''s original pitch for the movie, his early versions of the script, the difficulties in negotiating a deal with a studio to get funding, how the sets and props were constructed, the search for the acting talent that ultimately starred in it and why they were chosen for their roles, the troubles they had dealing with the UK''s union laws, and so much more. The book is an absolutely indispensable tome of often never before published information and little known facts, and is packed with hundreds of images that will allow you to view this old movie with a brand new set of eyes. Excellent!
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Ennisburger
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Terrific book
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on August 29, 2020
Great book. Lovely pictures, shot with an ACTUAL FILM CAMERA (I find the complaints about grain in some reviews quite bizarre). The text is well paced, though I could have done without the introduction about James Cameron (he’s rumoured to be a bit of a pr*ck, which this...See more
Great book. Lovely pictures, shot with an ACTUAL FILM CAMERA (I find the complaints about grain in some reviews quite bizarre). The text is well paced, though I could have done without the introduction about James Cameron (he’s rumoured to be a bit of a pr*ck, which this book doesn’t disprove). Once the book reaches the actual production its unputdownable - the film was notoriously difficult to make, and its all covered. Another great book from Mr. Rinzler.
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mark c
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Fairly Good
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on August 25, 2020
Nice big book on a brilliant film However, too many large, dark, slightly grainy stills from the film. I would have left them out, they didnt add anything. Not enough on the cast, Some nice behind the scene info and photos and artwork. A bit dissapointing to be honest in...See more
Nice big book on a brilliant film However, too many large, dark, slightly grainy stills from the film. I would have left them out, they didnt add anything. Not enough on the cast, Some nice behind the scene info and photos and artwork. A bit dissapointing to be honest in parts, probably needed to dump 20 pages.
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A. Glass.
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The Terminator was unreleased when Aliens was started...
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on January 3, 2021
This film is my onee of my all time favourites - top 5. I have it on VHS (1st release of the SE), Laserdisc (CAV boxset), DVD Quadrilogy SE boxset, and the Blu Ray Alien Antholgy 6 disc set - pictures and features get better each time. This book (gone through it twice so...See more
This film is my onee of my all time favourites - top 5. I have it on VHS (1st release of the SE), Laserdisc (CAV boxset), DVD Quadrilogy SE boxset, and the Blu Ray Alien Antholgy 6 disc set - pictures and features get better each time. This book (gone through it twice so far - get it you''ll see why) is a reminder - James Cameron had done Piranha Ii and Terminator (unreleased when this was started) and there weren''t many people willing to trust him here. Moneywise, crewwise, visual FX guys.... 1986. This film (when eventually done) convinced pretty much everyone, and it''s all here. Excellent
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Rob
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Disappointing
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on August 2, 2021
I’ve seen other reviews mention the grainy images in this book and it’s true - a lot of the book is made up of grainy set photos and film stills (not what you expect of a coffee table book like this) and pages of the script which again take up lots of the book but don’t add...See more
I’ve seen other reviews mention the grainy images in this book and it’s true - a lot of the book is made up of grainy set photos and film stills (not what you expect of a coffee table book like this) and pages of the script which again take up lots of the book but don’t add much for a fan of the movie. Disappointing to be honest and after a 30 minute browse I think this will probably stay on the shelf. Feels like a waste of £30
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