Today is December 6, 2017. Exactly 38 years ago I saw ALIEN on its day of release in cinemas here in Australia. That means I’ve been a fan of this long running series for 38 years.
While the movie was originally released in the US on May 25, exactly 2 years to the day after Star Wars, here in Australia we had to wait 6 months for the movie to land on our shores. 6 months is a long time to wait and today, such a delay would be unthinkable. Back then, however, the internet didn’t exist, piracy was a non-problem and spoilers were limited to print media that took months to cross the Pacific. There was no rush to get entertainment media to Australian shores back then. My, how the world has changed.
As a marked contrast, ALIEN Covenant was released here on May 11, 2017; The US didn’t see release of the movie until a week later, on May 19. The wait may not have been so protracted but it was reversed.
I Still think ALIEN Covenant is a great movie. I am looking forward to seeing where Sir Ridley Scott takes this series next. Will I still be interested in these movies and the flood of weird junk that accompanies them in another 38 years? Maybe. I can’t tell. I’ll at least be around for the movie’s 40th Anniversary. In 2019.