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First Alien: 40th Anniversary Short Released Online – Alien: Containment!

Nearly 9 months after the competition was announced, today is the day we’ve been waiting for! The official release of the first of the Alien: 40th Anniversary Shorts! Up first is Chris Reading‘s Alien: Containment.

Four survivors find themselves stranded aboard a small escape pod in deep space. Trying to piece together the details around the outbreak that led to their ship’s destruction, they find themselves unsure to trust whether or not one of them might be infected.

Next week will see the release of Alien: Specimen which was directed by Kelsey Taylor! Be sure to let us know what you thought of Containment down below!

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  1. HuDaFuK
    Joke's on y'all when Alien War returns and Hicks and I can use our queue jump passes while wearing our trilogy T-shirts with our button badges that we got in the box set...
  2. Highland
    Dad, why do you have 3 different versions of all these movies.

    ...I don't know son, I don't know.
    :'( I'm already up to 4 editions of Alien -- 20th Anniversary VHS, 20th Anniversary DVD, Quadrilogy, Blu Ray.

    ... 5 if you include the DVD I have of the Virtual Workprint.

    I would have forked out the cash just for a Blu of the shorts. Seems annoying having to pay when I have the Blu and no 4K ( although that's something I may change).
  3. Huggs
    I hope it's not just the 4k, or I'm s.o.l.

    As David's Creation says, the 4K includes a regular Blu-ray as well, and experience suggests the bonus stuff will be on the regular Blu disc.

    There going to be a blu? That's awesome.

    According to the makers, they're going to be included as extras on the upcoming Alien 4K release.

    "Dad, why do you have 3 different versions of all these movies?"

    ..."Because it's my money, now shut up".

    There. I gave it a little down home flair for ya.  ;)
  4. Highland
    I hope it's not just the 4k, or I'm s.o.l.

    As David's Creation says, the 4K includes a regular Blu-ray as well, and experience suggests the bonus stuff will be on the regular Blu disc.

    There going to be a blu? That's awesome.

    According to the makers, they're going to be included as extras on the upcoming Alien 4K release.

    Dad, why do you have 3 different versions of all these movies.

    ...I don't know son, I don't know.
  5. Huggs
    Disc binder utilisation is for a heathen.

    I'm a card carrying master heathen.

    I hate the dust, clutter and lost space that comes with cases.

    A couple of these babies and all my stuff is safe, contained and out of sight.

    It's just the right thing to do.

    https://www.avpgalaxy.net/forum/proxy.php?request=http%3A%2F%2Fi.ebayimg.com%2Fimages%2Fi%2F322250537266-0-1%2Fs-l1000.jpg&hash=baa2b5a91fe25497a131c12bdab327f3
  6. Huggs
    The weird thing about Containment is that is that it’s the opposite of what a low-budget short film should be. It looks really high-end but it doesn’t have an interesting story or any new ideas, whereas by rights it should look awful but be brimming with originality and fresh perspectives.

    Yes.

    Like a great pair of shoes that you just wear to the dinner table and that's it.

    It had everything it needed to run, yet it went nowhere.
  7. jhudson
    The weird thing about Containment is that is that it’s the opposite of what a low-budget short film should be. It looks really high-end but it doesn’t have an interesting story or any new ideas, whereas by rights it should look awful but be brimming with originality and fresh perspectives.   
  8. TC
    Cinematography 4/5
    I like that they went the extra mile for that Alien '79 look. Smoking up the set worked well (except the opening wide shot of the interior - someone forgot to give the smoke machine a quick squirt). I also like the true anamorphic instead of a simple crop to get the widescreen aspect ratio. The oval bokeh added that extra touch, although the picture is missing the blue horizontal lens flares that are characteristic of anamorphic. There are lots of plug-ins readily available to add flares in post, a shame they didn't have one.

    Acting 5/5
    Excellent performances all round., especially the actress playing Albrecht. She had the best opportunities to play some different sides to her character (nervousness and shame, defensiveness, a touch of pride, fascination with the creature), and she made some good choices there.

    Production Design 4/5
    Wardrobe; excellent. Set design was generally good, but I thought the bulkhead cross sections weren't industrial-looking enough. Also, too many blank spaces on the walls; set dressing needed to really pack them with industrial clutter to create lots of deeply shadowed crevices for that creepy, what's-hiding-in-the-dark effect.

    Direction 2/5
    The bit where Ward climbs on to the seats and steps across the patient to avoid the chestburster running around the floor was silly. She's already spent so long sitting on the floor, it would have made more sense to take 3 quick steps to the airlock door. My guess is that the script explicitly describes her climbing across the seats, but tunnel-vision on the part of the director meant he was unable to see for himself, once on set, that it wouldn't play very well. The same with the contrived action of having Albrecht fall against the door control, accidentally opening it and falling outside. A lacklustre idea, clumsily portrayed, and confusingly shot. I had to watch it again to figure out what happened.

    Screenplay 2/5
    It's hard to take the audience on much of a journey in 9 minutes, so you're never going to get that epic feel you experience from the movies. 9 minutes is, in essence, a one act play. That being said, the exposition of the opening distruction scene is brilliant, very efficiently establishing the premise and setting in the minimum amount of time, and without elaborate and detailed visual effects.

    I suspect that the logline that would have sold the story probably emphasised the mystery of: Who amongst the survivors is a carrier? (Albrecht voices this question outright). But no sooner is this raised than it is immediately answered, dispelling the promise of any tension.

    Overall 3/5
    Most fan films that you see on the internet are basically recreations of the filmmaker's favourite scene from the movies. This short suffers from a bit of that.

    Entertaining but uninspired.

    TC
  9. U-96
    One of my biggest problems with Covenant was the rushed chestburster scene. In this short film, it made me feel a bit more suspense and emotion. And they only had 9 minutes.
  10. U-96
    First post for me. Long time lurker.

    For what it was, I liked it. Mostly, I liked it because the chestburster scene had more suspense than the one in Covenant - which says a lot about Covenant.
  11. AFlockofSpines
    Ok, not great, bit disappointing. Acting was very good overall, but it felt rushed and not a very good world building for in media res.
  12. The Cruentus
    Considering that it is is a fanfilm, it is not bad. There was some interesting elements in there such as the idea of four people being trapped and one of them being a ticking time bomb, I think there should have been more tension and more red herrings on who was infected though.
  13. SiL
    It was a great big convoy, trucking through the night.

    My main issue, besides not seeing the Alien itself, is that it just lacks any real drama or tension. They're there, they're arguing, the guy pops, one person falls over and gets their face eaten and the other stumbled to the end of the corridor.

    People say "it's only 9 minutes", but that's more than enough time.
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