Alien 2: Q2 Edition

 
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Alien 2: Q2 Edition
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Original Release Date:
1992 (Theatrical) / 2003 (SE)
Original Running Time:
114 (Theatrical) / 145 (SE)
Fanedit Release Date:
Fanedit Running Time:
113
Time Cut:
37
Time Added:
5
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Brief Synopsis:
What if Aliens never existed? What if the core components that compromised Alien 3 were modified to be the direct sequel to Ridley Scott’s masterpiece? This edit reshapes the oft-maligned Alien 3 into a direct sequel to Alien.
Intention:
I originally set out to just streamline Alien 3 ("Alien 3: Q2 Edition"), but during the process someone requested a version that asked the question “What if Aliens never existed?” That person also made the comment that it should be “fairly simple, just cut some footage here and there.” The idea sounded interesting so I thought figured what the hell.
Additional Notes:
Another version of this fanedit exists, though it is just a streamlined version of Alien 3.
Release Information
AVCHD (DVD-9)
Special Features
AVCHD: 720p DVD-DL @ 8900, Dolby Digital 5.1, Chapters

DVD: DVD-SL @ 3900, Dolby Digital 5.1, Chapters

xVid: 720×405 @ 1800Kbps
Cuts and Additions:
Too many to list them all, but here are the biggies:

- replaced 20th Century Fox logo
- cut the alien being introduced during the credits (credits had to be reconstructed from scratch) (Special Thanks to ThrowgnCpr and Zeppelinrox for pin-pointing the font and its settings)
- reorganized and trimmed the opening
- cut all scenes with Andrews in contact with the Company
- cut all references to Hicks, Newt, Bishop and events from Aliens (including, but not limited to, the autopsy, the funeral, etc.)
- replaced the special edition ox scene with that of the dog from the theatrical cut
- cut Ripley waking next to Clemens (I always disliked this and felt it was forced)
- tweaked scene where Ripley scans herself for the alien (the alien isn’t revealed right away)
- cut Ripley’s dialog “It must have… violated me…” when talking to Dillon
- cut Ripley screaming “NOOOO!!!” when Clemen’s stays behind (I mean really… have you ever seen someone screaming “NOOOO!!!” to the heavens? Have you ever done it yourself? I thought not.)
- replaced Ripley jumping with the one from the theatrical cut
- many, many little cuts throughout to trim scenes, cut dialog and just speed things up a little
Cover art by Q2 (DOWNLOAD HERE)
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Cover art by AvP (DOWNLOAD HERE)
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User reviews

4 reviews

Overall rating 
 
8.4
Audio/Video Quality 
 
10.0  (1)
Visual Editing 
 
10.0  (1)
Audio Editing 
 
10.0  (1)
Narrative 
 
8.0  (1)
Enjoyment 
 
7.5  (4)
Overall rating 
 
8.1
Audio/Video Quality 
 
10.0
Visual Editing 
 
10.0
Audio Editing 
 
10.0
Narrative 
 
8.0
Enjoyment 
 
7.0

This was a good edit. The tech side was perfect. The editing was really well done and it was believable that this was now a direct sequel to Alien. I'm very keen on watching Q2's Alien 3 FanFix now.

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(Updated: November 10, 2012)
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8.0

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(Updated: July 17, 2012)
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8.0

Just finished watching this, so here’s my thoughts. First let me say, as a child I loved this movie for no other reason than to hear the all profanity. While we were allowed to watch R-rated action films as kids, none of them had nearly as many F-bombs being dropped as this movie. Thus my brother and I would get plenty of laughs from all the cursing. Even at a young age we already had a sense of humor from taking things out of context. I got older, and never re-visited it. This is the first time I’ve watched this film since I’m about 12-ish.

Ok, as a fan edit, this film succeeds in all aspects. The director’s cuts scenes splice into the theatrical scenes perfectly. It really feels like watching a completely different movie. More character development from the inmates, a completely new side-story (the one prisoners fascination with the alien), and the overall tone of the film doesn’t feel as “rushed” or “diced” as the theatrical version. So for all that, the editor here has done a fabulous job. I was nervous that the cuts would suffer toward the end with Ripley and Bishop’s dialogue, but thankfully the edits are as smooth as possible. My only MINOR quip is when Ripley is in the basement looking for the alien, and when she thinks she found it she says “You’ve been in my life so long, I can’t remember anything else”. Since this edit disregards Aliens, the line seems somewhat out of place since she’s only encountered one alien before this. However, it’s probably my favorite line in the movie so I’m glad it was kept in.

In the end though, out of the 3 in the trilogy (only saw Resurrection once and will never watch it again. It doesn’t exist to me) this film is still the weakest. Some things can’t be helped. The film was plagued by so many changes that it seems like this story was the one they all settled on simply because they had wasted enough time and money. For me the only life-line the movie has to keep the audience engaged is Ripley. Weaver still gives it her all here. While most actors who return to a character that audiences have familiarized them with would normally phone it in by the 3rd outing, Weaver genuinely seems to put in as much as she always did. But anyway, I’m rating the edit here.

I rated it an 8 out of 10 and voted for it in the monthly contest.

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7.0

Alien 2: Q2 Edition review

Alien 3 was an unusual film, visually great and well acted, not a great David Fincher film but a below par Fincher is still better than what Hollywood has to offer. The problem for me and I assume with so many was killing off the characters of Hicks and Newt, with this fanedit Q2 has successfully removed theses characters in making this a sequel to the original Alien film. In an era of reboots and sequels that ignore the original this edit seems relevant. Alien 3 never felt like a sequel to Aliens instead it took alot of elements from Alien, the one alien hunting down the inmates, no weapons , slower paced.

Q2 doe’s well in making this a sequel to Alien however the problem with the edit is more to do with the original film it self. Just how Ripley got impregnated is a mystery, the awful puppetry work on the alien, and as I’ve mentioned the killing off key characters, the film doesn’t move the story along but felt like the franchise was moving backwards. Aliens will always be one of my favorite films and while I enjoyed and recommend this edit for me the series ended after Aliens.

Original Alien 3 score 6/10
Q2 Alien 2 fanedit score 7/10
Summary
An improvement over the original film and successfully deliveries what the editor set out to achieve however the films flaws are mainly with the original release. Recommend viewing though it won’t be replacing Aliens as it’s sequel for me

I watched the xvid version on my laptop and had no more problems in terms of quality. The sound seemed alittle low at the beginning and they were a couple of audio problems. First when the inmates go to the crashed site around 6:50 and then around 28:30 when we go into the canteen, though it’s been a while since I’ve seen Alien 3 and it could just be me. The only problem with the plot was around the 40min mark when Ripley says the other Aliens were afraid of fire. With ignoring the events of Aliens Ripley has only encountered one other alien

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