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Inside Alien Vault
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Inside Alien Vault | The Space Jockey
The Space Jockey

H.R. Giger’s painting of what became known, to the crew, as the ‘Space Jockey’ from his collection the Necronomicon: although Fox had been aghast at the idea of using this “sick” artist, but when Dan O’Bannon put the book in front of the director, he was convinced. “I’ve never been so certain of anything in my life,” he recalled. Giger was then hired to help design and create anything that was ‘alien’ in the picture.

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1 The 'D' in Weyland-Yutani
The funny thing was, is that I actually had the Nostromo blueprints as Weylan-Yutani for a while. When I was asked if I was interested in including the blueprints in Alien Vault, the blu-rays had just come out, and of course everywhere on the blu-ray disc menus, including ALIEN, was the Aliens style 'W' symbol and 'Weyland-Yutani' wording. So, I opted to include the 'D'. That's basically what happened with the additional 'D' on the prints. Weylan-Yutani or Weyland-Yutani; still a great ship and a great movie that hasn't dated whatsoever after 32 years. - Graham J Langridge More

Posted by Space_Jockey on Wednesday September 21, 2011, 02:48

2 Free Range Alien Eggs
I believe Ash would shut down when the others were in hypersleep and that he was hooked into Mother, the ship's computer, which would reawaken him with the others. He wouldn't be much value to the company if the crew figured out he wasn't human straight away. He was the Weyland-Yutani's eyes and ears on that ship. As for the Space Jockeys being the focus of Prometheus, sounds like they're going to "explain" these creatures and ruin their mystique. More

Posted by BenTramer on Tuesday September 20, 2011, 05:51

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Well the thing is. You are in space. What do you expect to find? Earthlings? Aliens of course. What else? or monkeys... More

Posted by smakris04 on Friday September 16, 2011, 12:24

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Fascinating set of images, thank you. More

Posted by Schnorbitz on Wednesday September 14, 2011, 18:30

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'wonder the Nostromo': really? More

Posted by Revstar on Wednesday September 14, 2011, 12:47


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