Alien 3: Third Cut
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This was my first ever edit back in 2011, so it's nice to draw a line under it.
Alien 3 is far from a bad Alien movie. In fact, it is pretty solid and it was the first Alien movie I saw in the cinemas.
By that time I was not yet alienated so to speak :) I watched the first two movies on TV and found them ok. It’s important to understand that Alien 3 is not an adrenaline-spiker like Alien or Aliens. Far from it. Honestly, I think it is a misunderstood art piece.
There’s not much wrong with the Alien 3 theatrical version, and there’s a huge amount that is right about it. The pacing and the suspense are pretty well put together to serve the narrative. Still, there were a lot of issues regarding the characters and their motives. Years later I discovered the assembly cut and was really surprised about the new direction and finally had a more fleshed character narrative. But at the same time, it created a new issue for me. The assembly cut took a lot of aspects from the theatrical version away which I thought were better. At that time I wished there was a middle version between the theatrical cut and the assembly cut.
Fast forward to a couple of days ago I discovered a third cut made by 15MaF. Naturally, I was very intrigued about what he has done with the 2 versions.
After watching it, I must admit this is the version you need to see.
The result is astonishing. Mixing the character-oriented assembly cut as the core structure and adding the best elements from the theatrical cut to create the best version available right now.
I really like the level of the color details changes and regrading of the tunnel chase scene. Not to mention the little after effect filter changes in the deadfall and the alien infirmary close-quarter scene.
The new artwork reminds me of the Nine Inch Nails album cover the downward spiral, which I think is pretty good. I didn't have any issues with the video or contrast quality and the sound mix is also pretty well put together. Most importantly the technical excellence is on point, no weird transitions or wacky sound levels.
I really enjoyed this edit of the movie. I probably will never open my Alien 3 Bluray anymore and let it dust for awhile.
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.
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!
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.