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AvPGalaxy Previews Alien: The Weyland-Yutani Report

We have just uploaded our preview of the recently released Alien: The Weyland-Yutani Report. Published by Insight Editions and Sideshow Collectables, Alien: The Weyland-Yutani Report is an “in-universe” report written by the legendary S.D Perry with internal artwork provided by the equally impressive John Mullaney and Markus Pansegrau (who community members may know better as Locusta):

“The closest release that fans of the Alien franchise have had to something like this is the Colonial Marines Technical Manual from the 90s, a fictional in-universe detailing of the Colonial Marines. However, this isn’t just an ordinary book – this is a high-end collectable book, something of a first for Alien fans. So let’s take a look at just what we’re getting in Alien: The Weyland-Yutani Report.

Alien: The Weyland-Yutani Report arrives in a very swish box, reminiscent of collectables such as the Hot Toy figures or the more recent special figures from NECA. The first thing you’ll notice is just how heavy this beast is! And how big! Cracking open the box you’ll find the book protected by additional packaging and after some careful lifting you’ll find yourself faced with the terrifying face of an Alien reaching out the book trying to get some tasty human grey matter.”

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Be sure to head on over to our Articles section to take a look at our Alien: The Weyland-Yutani Report preview in its entirety. Also we spoke to Stephani Danelle Perry last year and she talked a little about her work on the Alien: The Weyland-Yutani Report. You can find that discussion (and others) in our Interviews section.



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  1. Corporal Hicks
    We recorded an interview with Locusta not long back. RidgeTop and I are going to record a bit of a discussion about the book to go on the front of it. Just waiting for a good chance because I was ill the last few times (and for the interview unfortunately) and I sound like death.

    It'll be the next one released.
  2. SM
    None of the extra stuff helps.  Nor does it hurt.

    The one scene that could've helped was Verheiden calling Miller a beaker.  At least he then has a motive to be an arsehole towards Miller.  Problem is in the next exchange where Verheiden says "Laugh it up, Miller".  It undermines his disdain by calling him Miller instead of Beaker.
  3. HuDaFuK
    The 103 minute Extended was on one of the DVDs in the UK (dunno about elsewhere). It's basically the theatrical with the added 1904 opening, but none of the other Unrated changes. I think it might've come out before they actually put the full Unrated version together.

    I hadn't seen the version of AvP with all the cut scenes put back and with CG blood.  I'm watching it going - 'That blood looks awfully bright red...' and it just got worse...

    I actually quite like some of the stuff that adds, but Jesus the blood looks terrible.
  4. SM
    There's two versions on the BR.

    But there's a version 'in between'.  The theatrical lacks things like the 1904 opening.  The version I'm more familiar with has the 1904 start and maybe a couple of other extra re-added scenes.  The extended version on the BR has more extra scenes along with the CG blood.

    Edit: According to IMDB theres:
    TC 101 min
    Extended 103 min
    Unrated 109 min
  5. SM
    I picked up a double pack of both AvPs for $15AUD (about 7 quid), which is pretty cheap.

    I hadn't seen the version of AvP with all the cut scenes put back and with CG blood.  I'm watching it going - 'That blood looks awfully bright red...' and it just got worse...
  6. Corporal Hicks
    No Mike's in the Science of the Xenomorph featurette (and he pops in briefly in Science of the Yautja too).  The WY Archive is like a text database (with some pics and video clips) of info that you navigate around with the arrows on your remote.  Had to buy the blu-ray recently and that aspect is fairly decent.  Nothing revelatory, but it's a decent effort.

    Thanks, SM. I really ought to bite the bullet and pick the Blu-rays of the AvPs up.
  7. SM
    No Mike's in the Science of the Xenomorph featurette (and he pops in briefly in Science of the Yautja too).  The WY Archive is like a text database (with some pics and video clips) of info that you navigate around with the arrows on your remote.  Had to buy the blu-ray recently and that aspect is fairly decent.  Nothing revelatory, but some effort we into it - considering the film it shares a disk with.
  8. Xenomrph
    Eh, the AvPR bluray supplementals (of all things) made a pretty effortless and logical inclusion of it.

    I don't own AvPR. What did it say?
    It just mentions it as an alternate reproductive method to create a Queen-producing egg/facehugger when a Queen isn't already present. I mean, it makes perfect sense to me. :)

    Was there more about it on Blueray than on DVD? I only own the DVD Version.
    The bluray has the "Weyland Yutani Archive", a supplemental feature that goes through the Alien and Predator movies (and some of the EU) and talks about locations, creature biology, other fun stuff.
  9. Xenomrph
    Eh, the AvPR bluray supplementals (of all things) made a pretty effortless and logical inclusion of it.

    I was really hoping Alien: Isolation would include some sort of nod to eggmorphing.
  10. SM
    I came up with the idea in 1988.  But it's certainly not "my idea".  Others have come to the same conclusion completely independently.

    As for the 'waste of hosts', there's nothing to stop an Alien morphing its former host into an egg as an added twist to the 'eggmorph = Queen hugger' theory.
  11. janenad
    As some people mentioned before, it could be used for the creation of a queen facehugger bearing egg instead of that uncreative hormone storm thing.

    To be honest, I have nothing against the idea of eggmorphing creating a queen facehugger egg. But I also like the idea of a single drone morphing into a queen, both ideas are just as plausible and interesting in my opinion. I think the franchise needs one of these two ideas to be presented in a movie or one of these new novels. Because we still don't have all the facts for the creation of a queen, though Out of the Shadows and Sea of Sorrows did mention queen facehugger eggs. But the question arises: what if a single drone is isolated somewhere? Can it start a hive by one the previous two methods?
    I think it should be able to, because then even a single alien is a great danger if left unsupervised. Why not? When a single alien is away from a Queen it will eggmorph someone to become a queen facehugger egg and a bunch of other people to become normal drone eggs as a type of a guard for the new Queen until she matures and starts laying her own. Then the eggmorphing will stop because the Queens method doesn't waist bodies to become eggs but hosts themselves, severally multiplying the brood.

    I think SM proposed this idea and I really like it.
  12. Perfect-Organism
    I think it would have to make sense to the story.  Keep in mind, the Aliens currently have a reproductive cycle that more or less makes sense.  If you throw eggmorphing into the mix, it will require a lot more elaboration as to why they can do that, possibly making that the theme of the film.  Is it cool enough to make it the film's focus?  I don't know.
  13. Doctor Ash
    I wonder why the authors and the artists behind the alien franchise never bothered to bring egg morphing inside the books and comics (with the exception of Alan Dean Foster and the mentioning of it in the background material of the AvP 2 DVD)

    There are many fans who like it. Some even more than the Queen...
  14. Engineer
    Ilium as in the ilium range??

    Ilium is another name for the city of Troy, so I'd imagine symbolically the ilium range is a reference to the walls encompassing the city of Troy, only in this case I'm assuming Hadley's hope is our version Troy. So in a sense, the aliens got in to the colony via thier own version of a Trojan horse... Chest burster(s).
  15. SM
    Interesting! Yep that makes it pretty clear! :-)

    Epsilon works because LV-426 was later renamed Archeron. Since Archeron is a Greek word it would make sense that it's parent body would also have a Greek name.

    I cannot seem to trace the etymology of Calpamos. It sounds Greek but it could also just be a made-up word.

    *Acheron.  See also "Ilium".

    Calpamos is in the book.

    Egg morphing is not.
    Neither is it discounted.
  16. Doctor Ash
    Out of curiosity, does the W-Y Report use the Calpamos name?

    I honestly can't remember. But it's used in both Fire and Stone and River of Pain, so it's clearly been adopted.

    Is eggmorphing mentioned in the WY Report?

    I seem to remember and oblique reference to it but nothing obvious or detailed.
    Thank you!
  17. Engineer
    Interesting! Yep that makes it pretty clear! :-)

    Epsilon works because LV-426 was later renamed Archeron. Since Archeron is a Greek word it would make sense that it's parent body would also have a Greek name.

    I cannot seem to trace the etymology of Calpamos. It sounds Greek but it could also just be a made-up word.

    To me, I feel the opposite about it. Epsilon is Greek, yes, but it's actually a Greek letter which is more commonly the designation used for stars. For example, alpha centari, zeta reticuli, beta pictoris, epsilon eridani, etc... The planets, in our solar system anyway, are all named after Greek and roman gods. I don't know what or where calpamos came from either. I'm not even sure if it was a real word/name before it was given to the planet in alien, but it sounds more fitting for a planet name to me than epsilon does.

    PS. I just found this and thought it was interesting. Archeron (Greek, we knew that) is "the river of pain or hades." I never new that, to be honest. Now, I appreciate the title of Titan's third book more! :-)
  18. Xenomrph
    I'm not gonna lie... The wiki site fooled me! I thought calpamos was legit. I figured it was referenced from the colonial marines technical manual or the movie novelizations or something else I haven't read yet... Lol.

    I never caught that ACM references calpamos though! That's kind of funny.

    But I have to admit, I actually really like the name, and I kind of hope it sticks!
    Yeah, the closest the USCM Tech Manual comes to giving the planet a name is "Zeta 2 Reticuli IV" (being the 4th planet orbiting Zeta 2 Reticuli).

    Out of curiosity, does the W-Y Report use the Calpamos name?
  19. Engineer
    Are you sure "epsilon" was in reference to the planet? There's a star, or rather a number of stars, with epsilon in thier name. I'm wondering if they had a different star system in mind before settling on zeta II reticuli.

    A few quotes from Spaihts script.

    Quote
    INT. MAGELLAN - BRIDGE
    Outside the vast Bridge window, the star Zeta2 Reticuli
    burns, a cold beacon in the night.

    Quote
    A heads-up display appears, overlaid on the glass. The sun is
    labeled ZETA2 RETICULI.

    Quote
    Got a hit! A moon. LV-426.
    The display centers on Epsilon, a gas giant with many moons.
    Data flickers around one of the larger moons: LV-426.

    Quote
    EXT. MAGELLAN (ZETA2 RETICULI SYSTEM)
    The Magellan retracts its vast antennae and telescopes.
    The engines fire: the ship rockets toward the gas giant
    Epsilon and its mysterious moon.
    Interesting! Yep that makes it pretty clear! :-)
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