Alien 3 – The Re-Assembly Cut
For complete lists I’ve added a deleted scenes section comprising of scenes i cut from and didn’t include in my edit plus some deleted scenes from the Alien 3 Workprint. The Workprint scenes are in their original sound and picture quality due to someone else already reconstructing the workprint for another project. I have filled in the black matte bars at the top and bottom to get rid of the timer featured on those scenes, these deleted scenes are on the Duel Layer version. PAL, Anamorphic Widescreen, Duel-Layer & Single layer
- Kept the scene with Murphy and Spike “Oh god there you are!”
- Didn't include the extra Morgue scene where Clemens asked if Newt was Ripley’s daughter. Didn’t think it was needed, scene worked well as it was. [Plus the film score prevented me form doing so.]
- Kept the Dog burster scenes. Even though it was good to see the Ox burster scenes i think it has the same impact horror wise as the Dog burster does.
- Kept the Dining room scene where Dillion confronts Boggs and Rains about there ‘disharmony’ towards Golic. From this scene i also removed a section with Aaron and Andrews “As i thought Mr. Aaron”. Also left out the scene where Ripley asks Dillion what are they waiting for.
- Kept the scene where Boggs, Rains and Golic are about to embark on a foraging mission “Golic, you light a candle for Murphy” this scene again builds Golics character.
- Trimmed the scene with Clemens and Andrews “Listen to me you piece of shit.” I trimmed off little bits/dialogue here and there, edited the dialogue between Andrews and Clemens so its the same as the workprint. I wanted to trim a lot more from this scene but again the films musical score prevented me from doing so. Also removed as much of the Aaron 85 character from the unnecessary places.
- Didn't include the scene with Golic smashing open a cigarette machine, wasn't needed or in the workprint.
- Kept the scenes with Golic in the dining hall. This is where Eric discovers Golic sat at a table eating cereal cover in blood. Also the scene where Dillon, Aaron, Andrews and Clemens approach him with a straight jacket.
- I've left out a lot of footage from the Infirmary scene and Clemens death. Kept in the extra line of dialogue from Golic. Also re added the shot of the Alien piercing Clemens skull, i removed the scene with Golic admiring the Alien due to blending problems with the next scene.
- Kept the extra line of dialogue where Morse confronts Ripley.
- Kept the theatrical version of preparing the trap for the Alien. I had planned to re arrange this sequence a little but again film score prevented me from doing so.
- Kept all footage of the fire spreading and the prisoners being burnt with the Alien being trapped from the Assembly Cut.
- Kept the trap aftermath scenes of Dillion's eulogy and Aaron and Ripley's discussion of the company, but trimmed it a little. Music score prevented me from making the changes i wanted for this segment.
- Kept the scene with Golic's escape.
- Kept and trimmed the scene where Ripley and Aaron send a message to the company. Ripley no longer tells Aaron that the creature is called a Xenomorph and Aaron no longer asked how to spell it. Even know this scene was in the workprint it has always annoyed me a little so this i trimmed for my own purpose.
- Kept Golic Killing a prisoner and letting the Alien out. Couldn’t make the changes I originally wanted, film score again.
- Kept the scene where Dillion and Ripley discuss how and why they have to kill the Alien with Morse giving them the bad news, trimmed bits here and there on this scene.
- Kept in the scene with Dillion, Morse, Ripley and Aaron at the waste tank. Kept the dialogue where they talk about Golic letting the Alien out and changed one bit of dialogue so it fits with the next scene like in the Theatrical cut.
- Left out the scene where Dillion talks to the other Prisoners about the Alien being lose and one of them suggests going to the furnace
- Kept in the Assembly cut version of Dillion motivating the Prisoners for the Bait and Chase sequence.
- Kept most of the Theatrical version of the bait and chase sequence, only adding the scene where Dillion asks Troy to help the others and some of the prisoners end up back where they started.
- Only used segments of Bishop II and Ripley at the end, Bishop II trying to convince Ripley to go with him.
- Kept the original Theatrical ending with the Queen Chest burster as i felt it was a better ending.
I think that's all the cuts but i might of missed some.
my opinion of alien 3 has always been that it's a good film but not a very good alien sequel. being a huge fan of aliens it's a disappointment that hicks and newt are killed off as quickly as they are. ultimately the series didn't feel like it moved forward with this instalment but rather took a step back.
this edit takes certain elements from both the theatrical and assemble cuts and mixes them very well, however it does suffer from the audio being out of sync. it's a real shame just as i was getting into the edit around the 35min mark the problem occurs and while i watched it till the end my enjoyment towards the edit dropped. it's an error i feel that should have been stopped and fixed by the editor as the visual side of things is extremely well done.
overall it's worth a look and works well as an alternative to alien 3
This is a good edit, I really think you tried to fix this film the best you possibly could (its pretty sad that the Workprint is better than the final product here), and I respect that.
But the film is beyond repair, and it isnt your fault as an editor either. This film shouldnt have been made, and I know some people actually like it, but I don’t, and I knew I still wouldn’t enjoy it going in. Again, not your fault. An editor cant fix every frame of a film – because they would have to make a new film (obviously), and it just isn’t possible lol!
To fans of Alien3, I think that you’ll probably really like this edit, it adds more to the film than I expected (even though you simply cant fix this in my eyes), and my cousin who likes Alien3 actually enjoyed it much more than the original film. I would recommend this, but only to fans of Alien3.
For me, in my biased opinion, the film itself will always be a 1-3/10, the edit itself however, gets an 8.5/10 because it does what it says it does, and it does it relatively well too.
ELBARTO1 said before that the audio is just slightly out of sync at times, and I noticed this too, thankfully it probably wont be very distracting to an uneducated eye. The features are a must for any fan of the series (myself included). I do feel that this edit is more bearable than the original for sure, it raises my rating from 1/10 to about 3/10. I still don’t like the film very much, but as I said before, it would have to basically be a different movie for me to enjoy it.
Good job, and here’s hoping we see more from you in the future Xeno_Alpha_07!
Final verdict: 8.5/10
Alien 3. Shit.
A schizophrenic chapter in the Alien franchise, I had no idea what the hell to make of the movie when I watched this in the theater. Never before had a movie done so much during the opening credits to make me hate the movie before it even got going.
Outside of killing Hicks, Newt and Bishop, and the absolute lack of any explanation of how two face-huggers got into the Sulaco, let alone how one got into Ripply's Cryo-Tube, and how the other one survived outside a pod for however long the Sulaco was in transit, once you get past all of that, there is actually a decent story idea with mediocre execution and uneven results that I would rate as a 6 or 7 out of 10.
How does the Re-Essembly cut do? Well, there is no fixing the initial set-up problems, you simply have to acknowledge, accept and move on no matter what version of this movie you watch, and once you do, Xeno has crafted a highly enjoyable version of film from the various sources available thanks to the Quadrilogy release. The editing is great and the audio work is fantastic. There is one deleted scene which is visually integrated well, but the difference of quality in audio is noticeable, but no fault of the editor and I think the inclusion of the scene in its entirety adds a great deal to the film, so it is worth the slight change.
Ultimately I still only view the Alien Franchise as having 2 films, Alien and Aliens, but if you have to watch Alien 3, then this is a great way to do it and certainly a great improvement over the original.