Alien Appendix 2: The Virtual Workprint

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Alien Appendix 2: The Virtual Workprint
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Original Release Date:
1979
Original Running Time:
117
Fanedit Release Date:
Fanedit Running Time:
139
Time Added:
22
Brief Synopsis:
Alien Appendix contains several DVDs including rare and special featurettes about Alien. No2 is a fan-edit of the film ALIEN which interpolates all existing deleted scenes and a variety of unseen footage and unused score cues to create a version that runs considerably longer than both the 1979 theatrical release and the 2003 director’s cut.
Intention:
A fan-edit of the film ALIEN which interpolates all exisiting deleted scenes and a variety of unseen footage and unused score cues to create a version that runs considerably longer than both the 1979 theatrical release and the 2003 director’s cut.

This is the second release in the continuing “Alien Appendix” series: a collection dedicated to the archiving of supplementary material inspired by the Alien film quartet at the highest possible level of quality.

There will be 2 versions out there – a dual-layer version which is anamorphically enhanced and a single-layer version which is non-anamorphic.
Additional Notes:
The Alien Appendix Team:

Ash595 - Cover Design and Gallic charm.
Jonno - Source and Inspiration.
klokwerk - Design and Inception.
meedermow - Authoring and Tea and Biscuits.
triffid - Knowledge and Motivation.
suntech - Source and Enthusiasm.
tb1971 - ALIEN WAR, yeah baby!
Release Information:
  • DVD
  • DVD
Special Features
Video Format……..: DVD/VOB/MPEG2/720×363/16:9/NTSC
Audio Format……..: Dolby Digital 2.0 (224 Kbps)
Size…………….: 7.59GB

Cover art by Ash595 (DOWNLOAD HERE)
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Not necessarily the ideal way to see Alien, as there's variable A/V quality, scenes interpolated in that were clearly outtakes, and out-and-out bits with Ridley Scott shouting direction at the actors. But if you're someone who has seen this, the greatest science-fiction movie ever made innumerable times and wants to experience in a maximalist way, this is how you do it. Beyond mere curiousity, the scenes between the two female crew members give both characters much needed character growth, and the extra footage of the Big Chap himself, while not always effective, is appreciated as an insight into how future films in the franchise would showcase the titular beastie. And for novice editors/directors/writers, you can watch the "roll call" scene shortly after the crew awakens and decide for yourself whether it's effective or not in terms of introducing your characters.

Lots of fun, but definitely a supplement to the official cut, not a replacement.

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An age-old edit that still fully captures the essence of Alien.

Although a cut from the early ages of fan-editing, the cut by far delivers the most complete narrative of the Alien movie like any other. The use of several sources to make the extended sections without any color and quality discrepancy can be a bit jarring specially if you're accustomed to a seamless viewing experience, but through the bulk of it, I can say that its acceptable. As with the latter, audio quality at some points are very "sharp".

The full extension of the movie can be a hit-or-miss to others due to the sudden length shift and that's what I love about it.

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Alien is one of my favorite films of all time. I could watch Alien over almost any movie any day, so i was immediately interested in watching this. It was definitely and interesting watch.

It's easy to tell why the majority of footage was deleted from movie, even from the director's cut that was later released. A lot of it contributed nothing. The footage that was re-implemented is definitely a watch though, if only for the hardcore Alien fans.

Considering the sources used for this edit, i wasn't expecting the quality of the audio and video to be all that high. Since this is the closest thing we could get to a workprint, i can forgive the implementation of it. The footage and sound cues are put together as best they can.

I would still recommend this, even if it's only to the really big Alien fans.

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I like the theatrical version of Alien very much and it is still my favorite cut of the film.

I think i saw the extended version once, but at the time didnt like the scene where ripley finds Dallas cocooned…

However, watching this version years later its a good alternative the only thing that bugs me is the choppy audio during the landing sequence at the beginning, its too distracting to watch comfortably but generally thats the only negative thing for me – like the reconstructed workprint reason for making this so i keep it alongside the theatrical version.
overall 8/10
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