Alien Origins

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Alien Origins
Faneditor Name:
Tagline:
Big things have small beginnings.
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Original Release Date:
2012
Original Running Time:
246
Fanedit Release Date:
Fanedit Running Time:
148
Time Cut:
98
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Brief Synopsis:
This edit brings together Prometheus and Alien: Covenant in one single movie of 148 minutes, that sticks as close as possible to the atmosphere of the very first Alien, whitout ruining its lore and mythology like the original movies did.
Intention:
I was unsatisfied by both Prometheus and Covenant because they featured many unneccesary characters who died a cheap death and because they over-explained the origin of the xenomorph. With this fanedit I attempted to make the tone of the movie much more serious and ominous, in line with that of the first Alien. To do so, I deleted all the scenes that were superflous or that showed too much of the xenomorph and the other creatures. Some of the novel creatures that were introduced in these two movies have been cut, in order to make the genesis of the xenomorph less confusing and, frankly ridicolous. Many other changes have been made, like for example tweaking the character of David in Prometheus, who is now less deranged and a much more logical and "grey" character.
Release Information
MP4/M4V/MOV
Editing Details:
Firstly I stiched together the 2 movies. Then I deleted all the scenes that didn't fit, in chronological order. I moved on to smoothing the transition between scenes that were not linked together originally. I rewatched the fanedit numerous times to make it sure that it flowed as smoothly as possible, and that it made sense narratively, notwithstanding the many deleted scenes.
Cuts and Additions:
No additions. An incomplete list of the cuts made:
-Deleted opening scene with the Engineers
-Deleted scene on Earth
-Deleted scene in which David spies on Shaw
-Tweaked breakfast scene and debriefing scene
-Deleted scene with Vickers
-Deleted and tweaked scenes inside the alien structure, especially those featuring the 2 scientists who die later on
-Deleted the scene in which the head of the Engineer explodes
-Tweaked scene in which Shaw records her thoughts
-Deleted the scene in which the corpse of one of the dead scientists comes back to life and goes on a rampage
-Deleted the scene between Idris Elba's character and Shaw
-Deleted scene between David and Shaw before they go out to meet the Engineer
-Deleted the fight with the Engineer
-Deleted the fire aboard the Covenant
-Deleted all references to the fire and the medical pods
-Tweaked many of the early scenes on the planet
-Deleted one of the proto-xenomorph in order to make the ensuing action sequences much easier to follow
-Revamped the whole section inside the dead city of the Engineers. Way to many scenes and changes to list. Most notably, deleted all the scenes that contradict what we know about the life cycle of the Xenomorph
-Deleted the "you do the fingering" scene
-Deleted fight against the Xeno aboard the Covenant
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2 reviews

Overall rating 
 
8.0
Audio/Video Quality 
 
10.0  (2)
Visual Editing 
 
10.0  (2)
Audio Editing 
 
10.0  (2)
Narrative 
 
7.5  (2)
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7.0  (2)
Overall rating 
 
6.9
Audio/Video Quality 
 
10.0
Visual Editing 
 
10.0
Audio Editing 
 
10.0
Narrative 
 
7.0
Enjoyment 
 
5.0

*BEWARE. SPOILERS.*

I'm not a massive fan of either "Prometheus" or "Covenant". But here they are together running at 2 hours 28 minutes, it feels like a quick ride since you are watching 2 films back to back. Of course some things are gone. The fight scenes with the "giant squid" alien and the Engineer are gone and we assume the Engineer is therefore dead on collision. Of course this too means that the proto-xenomorph is gone, but that's fine as it's forgotten and never brought up again after "Prometheus".

"Covenant" felt really brief, but for me that was a positive as it's never been a favourite of mine, however, this edit has made me slightly appreciate it more. I generally thought that the fight/horror scenes inside David's "masturbation cave" were quickly sped up, which I think it needed for the suspense and pace. The whole xenomorph fight aboard the Covenant is gone and personally I'm quite glad it's gone as it never did feel right in "Covenant", as it's a different film and there was never any need to retread old ground.

So my conclusion is that I'm overall impressed. The visual cutting and audio work well together and I didn't notice any mess. I must be honest and say David is still pretty much the baddie in this. I don't feel him being a "grey" character. I know some of the darkness from Covenant is taken away (a good thing), but you still assume David is behind everything and probably wants to use the colony to breed his xenomorphs. I was actually hoping the editor may have added some twists and turns with "Covenant" as I'm still expecting the "Covenant - Happy Ending" with David truly dead and the xenomorph still stranded on the planet. But maybe that's for another editor to make? And maybe Ridley Scott still has another chapter for David? God help us.

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9.1
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10.0
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8.0
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9.0

I really enjoyed this one. The choices made in terms of what's been streamlined and cut out are very well-done, and the edit overall does a wonderful job of capturing the spirit of the original Alien. Nicely done.

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