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 Posted:   Aug 17, 2013 - 10:01 AM   
 By:   Jon Broxton   (Member)

First Breath, you may be interested to know that the original choice for scoring ALIEN was Isao Tomita*.

I don't mean to be contradictory, but I don't think that's true, is it? Howard Blake told me personally that *he* was the first choice to score it, having worked with Ridley Scott on THE DUELLISTS, and it was the studio that made Scott use Goldsmith instead.

 
 
 Posted:   Aug 17, 2013 - 10:29 AM   
 By:   Timmer   (Member)

First Breath, you may be interested to know that the original choice for scoring ALIEN was Isao Tomita*.

I don't mean to be contradictory, but I don't think that's true, is it? Howard Blake told me personally that *he* was the first choice to score it, having worked with Ridley Scott on THE DUELLISTS, and it was the studio that made Scott use Goldsmith instead.


Yes, that does ring a bell. Tomita was definitely considered but I don't remember the full story?

Now, a Howard Blake score to ALIEN would have been very interesting.

 
 
 Posted:   Aug 17, 2013 - 1:43 PM   
 By:   Jon Broxton   (Member)

I don't mean to be contradictory, but I don't think that's true, is it? Howard Blake told me personally that *he* was the first choice to score it, having worked with Ridley Scott on THE DUELLISTS, and it was the studio that made Scott use Goldsmith instead.

Yes, that does ring a bell. Tomita was definitely considered but I don't remember the full story?

Now, a Howard Blake score to ALIEN would have been very interesting.


Perhaps it was going to a be a two-for-one deal, where Blake did the orchestral parts, and Tomita was going to come in and add some electronic enhancements. That would have been very interesting.

 
 Posted:   Oct 17, 2013 - 3:21 AM   
 By:   Jim Phelps   (Member)

Here's a discussion between someone from "my" generation and one of the kids had after seeing ALIENS. Kids today sure say "like" a lot and play a ton of video games I've never heard of nor will ever play. No wonder I haven't seen children play outside since about 1986; they're forever inside playing violent(?) video games.

The video runs eight minutes and is worth a watch. I think someone from the younger generations not being impressed by a film for non-pop culture oversaturation reasons is infinitely more refreshing than...well, just watch this:

http://revision3.com/rev3gamesoriginals/bringing-up-nick-aliens?o&utm_campaign=o&utm_medium=annotation&utm_source=auddev

 
 Posted:   Oct 17, 2013 - 12:41 PM   
 By:   Ron Hardcastle   (Member)

From Jim Phelps: Here's a discussion between someone from "my" generation and one of the kids had after seeing ALIENS. Kids today sure say "like" a lot and play a ton of video games I've never heard of nor will ever play. No wonder I haven't seen children play outside since about 1986; they're forever inside playing violent(?) video games.

The video runs eight minutes and is worth a watch. I think someone from the younger generations not being impressed by a film for non-pop culture oversaturation reasons is infinitely more refreshing than...well, just watch this:

http://revision3.com/rev3gamesoriginals/bringing-up-nick-aliens?o&utm_campaign=o&utm_medium=annotation&utm_source=auddev


First, I came to this site because I wanted to see what someone who had seen "Alien" for the first time in 2013 might have to say about it, although unless he wrote more later, it was only that he had seen it. Period. But I did follow Jim Phelps' link above, not noticing that it was about "AlienS" rather than the original, and was mostly exasperated by it. For example, when the subject of the little use of green screen for "Aliens" came up, the younger fellow declared, as I recall, "Digital -- the word 'digital' was invented in 1990." Puleeeeeeeeeeeze! Plus it takes us away from any meaningful discussion about Ridley Scott's "Alien." I notice that at one point the discussion moved from "Alien" to "Aliens," leaving most talk about the first behind. I've, of course, done this myself, but do wish we could at least try to stick with the original posting and if we just have to bring up something different (e.g. a different movie), then make some slight effort to include the original subject. Am I the only one who finds it frustrating to go to a discussion and discover that someone has taken it elsewhere and the lemmings have followed him? So could we get back to Ridley Scott's original "Alien" and what it meant to us and perhaps what newbies to it might think of it today? How well I remember seeing it for the first time and being knocked out by it. I got in a very long line at the Avco on Wilshire in Westwood (Calif), where I had previously lined up to see "Star Wars," and was not disappointed. I remember taking my friends Larry and Barbara to see it a week later, and during the big scene with the alien bursting out of John Hurt's chest Barbara punched me on the shoulder as if to say "How DARE you take me to a movie like this???" Doug, a friend from Chicago, said that he went with a new friend who had become so agitated that he practically ripped Doug's shirt off during the same scene. Today, it's still a remarkable film, very methodically arranged, and while I love my Blu-ray of it on my 55-inch Samsung with towers of surround, it really should be seen in a large theatre!

 
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