Mar-14-2016 1:20 PMA quote from SRS
On-set photo by Stephen Vaughan
Quite likely the reason, Ridley came-up with the idea for magazines; specifically-tailored, for the BR World. I'm sure he realized the magazines used in A L I E N, would be identified, eventually. The British magazine was one someone living in the U.K. flagged, sometime ago on a forum I was reading.
The Japanese one: I took a capture from the DVD, and zoomed-in on it. I could see part of the magazine title, and I knew right-away what publication it was. Also, I was able to catch a frame showing enough of the cover. From there, I simply searched online magazine seller's scans, until I found a match. In all, about 5 hours worth of research. The videotape I had was never good-enough to do this with. Before I posted this here, I checked to see who else figured it out. And since, another Japanese fan has too, plus he has a copy. Perhaps, something to add to your own collection, eh?
Stanley Kubrick's The Shining (1980), also used magazines to indicate what's going-on/make statements. I think Ridley used his magazines, just as effectively, in A L I E N. All these Japanese pages, scattered around Ash's spurting n' spazzing body (a powerful visual statement). As well, rolling-up the magazine, and stuffing it in Ripley's mouth; instead of a penis, Ash doesn't have. I could go on n' on with what joy n' horror I see in the film; as I've watched it at least 300 times. It'll sure be fun to get a hold of the 4K Blu-ray Edition, before too long. I've noticed both Exodus: Gods & Kings, and The Martian are newly released, for the new UHD format.
You're welcome, Dale.Bonus links:
The Unravelling of Ash