Alien 3: Third Cut

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Alien 3: Third Cut
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Original Release Date:
1992
Original Running Time:
144
Fanedit Release Date:
Fanedit Running Time:
146
Time Added:
2
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Brief Synopsis:
This uses The Assembly Cut as it's base and introduces Theatrical Cut elements that I have a preference for. I also attempt to clean up the colour and contrast imbalances in certain composite shots. I also add extra FX for dramatic effect in places, to improve visually on the original or to technically facilitate differences in lighting between the 2 versions when using footage for the same scenes.
Intention:
There was a distinct reduction of drama in a particular replacement scene that the Assembly Cut used to over rule it's Theatrical predecessor. It was flat and lame and undid some truly excellent work by Terry Rawlings - Even though the shot order stayed the same, the elements present weren't what he was inspired to work with at first. So I switched that back and luckily for us all, the rest of the Assembly Cut was excellent and it was vital to giving the film some extra character depth, intrigue and vibrancy. I always really liked the film, but in this hybrid form now it has all the elements together that makes it feel rounded for me.
Other Sources:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UsmWNaQWsuU by Loki3D
Smoke FX clips from hong thuong HD You Tube channel.

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Special Thanks:
Loki3D You Tube channel
hong thuong HD You Tube channel.
Release Information
AVI/MKV
Editing Details:
All changes are all listed in some detail on my Alien 3 thread listed above. All work was done using Premiere and After Effects, also using a little smoke and fire FX samples from the You Tubers listed above.
Cuts and Additions:
I recently got round to loading the project drives for a third time with this again and finishing off some visual FX - Alien drool in the infirmary & adding an arcing torch flare to Golic's dragon hallucination. Then outputting a good quality intermediate to encode in HEVC. The only other addition that might not have been in my original project notes is putting the scene back into the Assembly Cut where David says "This was 'er Idea!" the rest is covered in my main thread.

This was my first ever edit back in 2011, so it's nice to draw a line under it.
DVD Cover art by 15Maf (DOWNLOAD HERE)
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Blu-Ray Cover art by 15Maf (DOWNLOAD HERE)
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9.4
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10.0  (4)
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8.4
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10.0
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7.0
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Pretty excellent. Everything still flows together well, the added special effects are really good, and the effects that weren’t so good from the original film are mostly fixed. The scene where Golic meets the dragon isn’t really my favorite edit to this film but even the faneditor warns that “it’ll likely carry the taste of Marmite for people”. At the end of the day I’d consider this to be my favorite version of the film. There are still a few things about the film as a whole that I don’t like but as far as I know this is the best version of what is a very flawed film.

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(Updated: July 31, 2019)
Overall rating 
 
9.3
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This is very nearly perfect! I consider the assembly cut the better version of Alien 3, and I LOVE Alien 3. But even that version has its issues with some dodgy effects and some things I missed from the theatrical cut. What this cut does is take the workprint cut and fix almost all of my issues! The FX work is what I was most looking forward to checking out, and it is stellar. I didn't encounter any issues with audio, and while it's not quite 1080p, the video looked quite nice on my 65" screen. I also didn't notice any issues with any transitions or wacky sound levels, which is always nice. All in all, it was an excellent experience. My only issue is that it still feels quite long. It is long, obviously, and that isn't necessarily a problem (I'm a fan of the assembly cut, after all.), but it definitely drags in places, and a perfect cut of this movie would tighten up the pacing a bit. To that end, I'm not sure the scene with the two inmates talking around the dead ox justifies its inclusion without the animal playing host to the alien. Some of the extended stuff around the fire could go, too, as that sequence goes on forever. But as a light edit of the extended cut of the movie, this is edit is aces!

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9.8
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I really enjoyed this edit of Alien 3 better than Q2's edit only problem is some people whom I shared this with reported having problems with the audio skipping,stuttering Etc. I didn't have any problems just wanted to let others know. Other than that I recommend giving this a view.

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