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Aliens in the Basement: The Bob Burns Collection is a 2003 documentary directed by Charles de Lauzirika that details the personal collection of Alien franchise props held by film archivist Bob Burns. Created for the Alien Quadrilogy DVD release, it consists of an interview with Burns at his home, during which he demonstrates many of the pieces he has collected and shares information about their construction and use in the film series.

Overview

The documentary consists of both an interview with Bob Burns, during which he speaks about his love of film and describes how his collection got started, as well as a guided tour of his home and a look at many of the Alien franchise props on display there. Among the screen-used items seen are various Alien heads from each of the films Alien, Aliens, Alien3 and Alien Resurrection, assorted Facehugger puppets, the miniature Queen puppet from Aliens, a Nostromo miniature, the USS Sulaco model, a miniature of the Pilot chamber, the animatronic Chestburster puppet from Aliens, the full-size hero Queen head from Aliens (later reused in Alien Resurrection), the miniature version of Dallas' space suit, the hero dropship miniature, the front exterior miniature of the Narcissus, Ripley's helmet from the climax of Alien, Jones' carry box, a tracking device from Alien and a claw from the Power Loader. He also shows off a detailed toolbox and tools created for Alien that ultimately was not used in the film.

Availability

Since its inclusion in the Alien Quadrilogy DVD box set, the documentary has also been released as part of the Alien Anthology and Prometheus to Alien: The Evolution Blu-ray sets.

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