This week we're excited to share something very special with you- a never-before-seen and in-depth look at the never-built ALIENS 3D attraction! ALIENS 3D wasn't just conceptualized for South Korea's Everland theme park, but was approved, fully-designed, and ready for construction when the Asian Financial Crisis struck in 1997 / 1998. Our tour begins today with the attraction's industrial exterior.
Proceeding inside the massive structure, guests are greeted by uniformed 'colonial marines' and are immediately thrust into a dark, atmospheric hallway aboard the Titan troop transport ship.
The droning hum of giant engines and periodic mission announcements can be heard echoing overhead as guests receive their infra-red enhancement visors, and proceed further down the hallway.
As guests follow the other soldiers into the Command Center, the room is alive with energy. Video monitors hang overhead and giant banks of computers sit on a nearby platform.
Atop the Command Center's main platform, a uniformed colonial marine commander addresses the troops, giving us detailed information about our mission via the large video project screen behind him."
A peek inside the MISSION BRIEFING CHAMBER- the show's main theater:
Designed in 1997, this attraction would have been Gary Goddard and James Cameron's immediate follow-up to Universal Orlando Resort's hugely popular T2:3D, applying the successful techniques learned there, and taking them to the next level through increased presence of live actors and in-theater effects (including the massive "auto-targeting guns" mounted behind the audience).
Here's just a sampling of Greg Pro's incredible storyboards for the film sequence:
These illustrations depict the thrilling finale of ALIENS 3D, which if not for the Asian Financial Crisis, would have opened at South Korea's EVERLAND theme park on October 21, 1999:
Before the extended “Special Edition” of Aliens was released on LaserDisc and VHS in 1992, Alan Dean Foster‘s Aliens: The Official Movie Novelization gave fans of James Cameron’s 1986 film their first look at scenes that didn’t make the final cut.
Titan Books recently reissued Aliens: The Official Movie Novelization, as well as Foster’s adaptation of Alien and Alien 3. After re-reading Aliens: The Official Movie Novelization, I thought it would be fun to explore some of the differences between the book and the film and how unused elements from the screenplay were recycled for subsequent Alien films.
15 Things You Didn’t Know About Aliens: The Official Movie Novelization.
The scenes added to Aliens for the extended special edition are included in the novelization, as they weren’t cut until just before theatrical release. This includes the pre-infestation scenes at Hadley’s Hope with Newt’s family, Hudson’s cocky bragging before the marines arrive on LV-426, and the sentry gun sequence.
In addition to Foster’s novelizations, Titan Books is also publishing brand newAlien adventures from authors Tim Lebbon (Star Wars: Dawn of the Jedi – Into the Void), Christopher Golden (Baltimore, or The Steadfast Tin Soldier and the Vampire), and James A. Moore (Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Chaos Bleeds).
15) On Gateway Station, Ripley wakes up in a tropical rain forest. It’s actually a hologram projected from inside her hospital room. Later, At her tribunal, she accuses the Company (Weyland-Yutani) of tampering with the Nostromo’s black box, erasing all evidence of the Alien.
14) In the film, Newt is around 10 years old. In the novel, she’s only six! Can you imagine a six-year-old kid crawling through air shafts and hiding in floor grates to escape from Xenomorphs?
13) In the novel, Bishop doesn’t sleep – he oversees operations on the USS Sulaco while the marines are in hypersleep. This concept was revisited inPrometheus with Michael Fassbender’s David.
11) Instead of being a humanoid exoskeleton, the Power Loader is a four-legged vehicle that resembles an elephant. It’s hard to imagine the “Get away from her you bitch!” scene in the film being as iconic without Ripley inside the humanoid exo-suit.
10) Burke and Gorman expect to find Xenomorphs at the colony on Acheron (LV-426). Later it’s confirmed that Burke arranged for the inexperienced Gorman to be placed in charge of the mission, ensuring its failure.
9) The United States Colonial Marine Corps (USCM) armor is more high-tech, like power armor from Starship Troopers or the battle suits from Edge of Tomorrow. Additionally, the conditions on LV-426 are cold and harsh, forcing colonists and civilians like Burke and Ripley to wear environmental suits.
8) The ambush in the Hive is quite difference. For one thing, the confiscated pulse rifle ammo doesn’t explode. Instead of being killed by the explosion, Crowe is dragged away alive to be a host. Sgt. Apone is killed and Gorman is attacked by a Xenomorph clinging to the outside of the APC. What’s interesting about the aliens in Foster’s novel is that they are able to sting and paralyze victims with their tails.
7) Bishop compares the Xenomorph hierarchy to an ant or termite hive and assumes there must be an egg-laying Queen. In the extended special edition, this theory is suggested by Hudson. Additionally, Bishop proposes Royal Jelly may play a part in creating a Queen at the egg stage. The Royal Jelly idea is a call back to the deleted scene from Alien where Dallas and Brett are apparently being turned into eggs.
6) When Hudson is pulled through the floor, Hicks fires a burst of gunfire into the hole in the hopes of killing Hudson rather than letting him be taken as a host. In the film, Hicks grabs Hudson and tries to pull him up, but an advancing Xenomorph forces him to let go.
5) As he crawls through the conduit towards the colony’s uplink, Bishop sees a Xenomorph through a hole in the side of the shaft. While it initially lunges at him, the Xenomorph quickly loses interest. This scene is reminiscent of Ripley’s encounter with the Alien in Alien 3, which ignores her once it realizes she is carrying a Queen. Bishop theorizes that the Xenomorph is able to detect human prey through some unknown facet of human biology.
4) While searching for Newt, Ripley finds Burke cocooned and impregnated with a Chestburster. This scene was filmed but cut from all versions of the movie. It is included as a deleted scene in the Alien Anthology Blu-ray box set.
3) In the novelization, the Queen is attended to by small, albino Xenomorphs called Drones. These creatures move the Eggs to the Hive once the Queen has laid them. The Drones completely ignore Ripley and Newt as they go about their duties.
2) When cornered by the Queen on the landing pad, Ripley climbs over the railings, intending to jump to her death, along with Newt, rather than be ripped to pieces by the Queen.
1) The final showdown on the Sulaco plays out differently. The Queen defeats Ripley in the four-legged Power Loader, destroying the machine. As she climbs the wreckage to get to finish Ripley, the Queen falls into an open drop bay, dragging the Power Loader in with her.
Crushed by the Power Loader, the Queen’s acidic blood eats through the drop bay hatch. Ripley escapes as the hangar begins venting, sealing the inner door and watching as the Queen is sucked out into space. Instead of spiraling into space, the Queen plummets back to the surface of LV-426.
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I stumbled upon this RED Aliens Warrior figure the other day. I believe its a Chinese import(?). I knew Neca had made a brighter red version, part of the 'Genocide' 2-pack, but this is packaged solo and with a darker paint job. I actually prefer this version to the brighter 'Genocide' version and may have to pick this up....
Marvel has finally released the solicitation for the 3rd UNCANNY X-MEN OMNIBUS. Check out the sweet variant cover by Jerome Opena! Very exciting.... However, the contents are irritating once again. Instead of collecting just Uncanny X-Men issues (and annuals), this edition has some UXM issues (#154-175, an Annual) AND then the following: * 'God Loves, Man Kills' graphic novel * 'Wolverine' mini-series (by Claremont & Frank Miller) * 'Magik' mini-series
Now, while most of those stories are great, I already have them in hardcover form. I'd much rather have this omnibus chock full of just UNCANNY X-MEN issues like Volume 1 did.
Omnibus Vol 1 had 38 issues of Uncanny X-Men, plus an annual. Omnibus Vol 2 had 21 issues of Uncanny X-Men, an annual, plus 10 other comics.
It was my understanding, based on the title of the book, that this is supposed to be an OMNIBUS of UNCANNY X-MEN, not "THE CHRONOLOGICAL X-MEN".
At this point in the X-Men publication history, more X-Men related comics were being released. Will the next omnibus edition have the Beast, Iceman, Nightcrawler, Wolverine & Kitty Pryde, Asgardian Wars, X-Men vs Avengers, X-Men vs Fantastic Four mini-series, etc?
Just give us the UNCANNY X-MEN issues in the UNCANNY X-MEN Omnibus, please.
(maybe I'll just have my 'Classic X-Men' bound instead)