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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5 reviews
Overall rating
 
8.5
Audio/Video Quality
 
9.0(5)
Visual Editing
 
9.4(5)
Audio Editing
 
9.6(5)
Narrative
 
8.2(5)
Enjoyment
 
8.2(5)
Overall rating
 
8.8
Audio/Video Quality
 
8.0
Visual Editing
 
7.0
Audio Editing
 
8.0
Narrative
 
10.0
Enjoyment
 
9.0
Alien Origins
Streamlined…
More direct…
Less fluff and more stuff…
I can comfortably say that I’ve enjoyed this direct mashup of Prometheus & Alien Covenant in one solid story tells. The beginning of Prometheus has been altered but that okay in the grand scheme of things. These 2 stories really center around the actions of David The Android and his love/hate relations with his creator & human counterparts. And honestly that’s all THIS movie watcher desired to see. I’ve also enjoyed the peppered additions of OST scores from the original 1979 Alien film. Watch this cut of the films for additional insight as to why the character ASH is the way he was in the original Alien.

Here's the Breakdown of Rating Category
Audio/video quality : solid multi channel audio. resolution has small bits of video artifacts here and there but the average viewer won’t notice in wide shots. 9 stars
Visual Editing: I usually prefer a full screen viewing as opposed letterbox formats. Still 16:9 but for those that hate black bars this may bother some viewers. 7 stars
Audio Editing: Deep bass during action scene, clean highs for voice acting. Not bad transfer rate... 8 stars

Narrative: movie really shines with its primary focus of David’s intentions with the space jockeys and his love and respect for Doctor Elizabeth Shaw. He once said it himself “one needs to destroy to create the greater good”. This storytelling is a 9 in my book!
Enjoyment: This is easily a 10 but I’m also bias because I grew up with loving everything about this franchise. Viewing this through a fan favorite creation shows our respect for Alien and the message it stood to tell even in the 1970. Even in space... corporate greed kills you!

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(Updated: August 09, 2020)
Overall rating
 
9.4
Audio/Video Quality
 
8.0
Visual Editing
 
10.0
Audio Editing
 
10.0
Narrative
 
8.0
Enjoyment
 
10.0
So luckily i´ve been able to watch this merged edit of prometheus and covenant. I never liked both films. They were too long and pacing off the narration about the whole alien universe.
With this edit i actually felt enjoyment through out of its length. There was the right amount of cutting scenes for the two "independent" movies. Yes the transition from one movie to another is noticeable and probably could´ve been doen slightly better, but it works fine and feels adequate.
Due to the nature of these two films, i don´t think it is possible to preserve the mythology of the creature.

Audio Quality 8 --> due to the lack of other tracks. there is "only" a very good 5.1 stereo mix.
So good work there and thanky you for this edit.

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Overall rating
 
8.5
Audio/Video Quality
 
9.0
Visual Editing
 
10.0
Audio Editing
 
10.0
Narrative
 
8.0
Enjoyment
 
8.0
***SPOILERS***

It's amazing what the right small edits can do... though the first 20 mins or so of Prometheus are cut (and drops you right into the tone the editor wants), it's the small interpersonal cuts that really make the difference. And then additional and sometimes bold choices have been made to remove unexpected sections to make a totally new feel. It's clear FairFriend had a definite intention and almost completely delivered on it.

The Prometheus section is very strong, just the right amount of silly or extraneous plot/character moments removed. The extra drive and narrative momentum cannot be overstated. The removal of a large amount of the physical Engineer elements succeeds in making them the 'unknowable other', rendering them as more mysterious and arguably more terrifying.

The transition into Covenant is unavoidably jarring, but treated as an intermission point, it is successful. Though the 'coupling up' of the characters was treated with some weight in the original cut, being trimmed here really cuts to the plot and removes a little of the narrative 'mud'. You can't remove all of the characters' DUMBNESS, but this cut does what it can. This is changed from a slasher in space, replete with needless b-character arcs, to a direct, simple(ish) horror tale.

The only narrative downside is that both halves have the same basic first act, so its a matter of 'rinse and repeat'... but this aside, FairFriend has done wonders condensing these 2 ungainly monsters into one interesting and propulsive story, more in keeping with the other Scott xenomorphic endeavour.

**it's heartening to note that FairFriend's HD version of this is 21Gb, which retains a lot of the incredible A/V quality of the source material (especially Prometheus), which can often lost in HD fanedits at lower file sizes. Bravo, FairFriend.

*the A/V score is only dropped from 10 to 9 due to Stereo-only mix. The actual audio quality of what's present is top notch.

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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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Overall rating
 
9.1
Audio/Video Quality
 
10.0
Visual Editing
 
10.0
Audio Editing
 
10.0
Narrative
 
8.0
Enjoyment
 
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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