This is my to go !
I came upon this edit, plus an extended/trimmed edition for Prometheus from another editor, a few days ago. Unlike Prometheus, this had over 30 minutes of new footage! As many movies have proved us in the past, adding, or even removing, this amount of footage can create almost a new film. So I thought to myself, I got to give a try, you never know, And am I glad that I did!!
First of all, for the quick stuff, audio and visual editing was flawless. I didn't notice or "felt" at any point, that a scene was tampered with, edited or removed. So job well done here!!
On the narrative side of things, and obviously the most important part, the 32 minutes of extra footage did wonders for the movie! At last we had character building! At last we had tension, we cared about the people, we cared about the mission, we explored David even more and generally had an experience worthy of the franchise and the great director behind it. My one and only dissapointment, is that, although there were 32 minutes added, none of them expanded the lore of the Engineers. The ONE thing I wanted to know more about, even as an exposition as long as you through me a bone, didn't happen. Obviously it's not Wraith's fault, there just wasn't anything about them in the deleted scenes. Granted, the director said he wants to make Alien 5 or another prequel were he will explore the world of the Engineers, but unfortunately, as of last year, it is said there aren't any plans for that. So I guess the Engineers will remain a mystery..
So, did this edit save the film for me? Well, if you already didn't realise that from my enjoyment factor, it saved it with flying colors!! It was only a David sequel at heart and had Engineers as a sidenote, but at least it had several interesting things to explore through David, good action and generally a worthy entry to the franchise. To be fair, the studio realised their mistake and asked the director to release an official extended cut, but he didn't want to bother with something like this.
I also want to the thank Wraith for responding to my numerous messages, because, silly me, I couldn't find the movie in the zip file and he was very kind and helpfull and also responded very quickly! Ihope he will also make an extended version of Prometheus, I know there are two of them out there, but the quality is really bad, barely DVD.
Thank you Wraith and thanks to anyone who read my review!
Since I haven't seen the original I really can't compare this fan edit to the theatrical cut but overall I was really happy with it.
The editing was perfect and seamless, I never noticed any issue with it and the story was great.
The only slight gripe that I have is that I found the long version to be a bit too long. That's by no means a fault of the edit, of course the long version is long. And I really love that the fan editor gives his viewers a choice in what they want to watch.
If you're the kind of person who likes to watch the longest, extended version of a movie then definitely check it out. I just found that there were a few scenes that didn't feel like they were completely necessary, that's definitely more of a personal preference thing though. The next time I watch this movie though I'll be watching the shorter cut of this fan edit.
Great edit overall. I absolutely loved my time watching this version of Alien Covenant.
I'm pleased that you enjoyed this so much. Like you, I purchased the Blu Ray to watch an edit ...that was Ghostbusters 3 for me, and I was stunned at the difference. I would urge you to next watch the original, when you have had some time away from this...And then you really will be surprised (knowing the tighter version awaits you).
Thanks for your perspective, it could have been almost 10 min longer had I not trimmed some of the extras. Enjoy your next viewings.
Short Review [TLDR] (For both versions):
The work is excellent, very passionate and high quality in editing. The fan editor is very polite and friendly. I thank to them very much for their hard and spectacular work and their wholesome spirit :)
I both enjoyed the shorter and longer versions. I got more inclined to the longer one. (Both versions have an after credits scene that puts excitement and smile to viewers’ faces).
Long Review (For the longer versions):
I did not even know if there were extra scenes of Alien: Covenant. Thanks to the Wraith’s awesome work, I have experienced them in a great way. The placing of the new scenes is brilliant. They are so good, as if made by the studio itself. Both the decision of the scene locations and technical harmony are admirable. I can imagine how hard to do it in this level of quality. Wraith deserves a big kudos.
The new opening credits and the extended opening scene (featuring Wayland and David) are both terrific. They are, combined, so artistic; that I got an overwhelming fangasm, especially when the voice of David is heard saying “Look on my works, ye mighty, and despair!” in a soft yet passionate tone. It is a truly amazing idea to put this great voice sample here. (And truly amazing performance of the super-actor, Fassbender).
The extended version of the “Wayland-David prologue” is adding so much to the production. David’s explanation of the concerned opera scene could be a foreshadowing (of many future (or past) events about engineers and Wayland, even human civilization itself). Also, at the same time, may be hinting David’s overall attitude towards authority in (cyber-psychological level).
More over like the predecessor movie (Prometheus), this movie (Covenant) does not have straight messages but ideas inside ideas; thesis and anti-thesis melting inside each other. It is not rejecting or promoting; but merging both approaches inside an artistic pot. And through that pot, emotions ooze into our hearts and create feelings, which are different for each of us. Wow, now, IMHO, very interesting if this interpretation makes sense that it resonates with many story elements (like, the black goo) of both movies too; just fascinating (even if this is just illusionary thinking; it is still fascinating that these two movies [through director’s, writers’ and other artists’ creativity] making audience to brainstorm like this).
So thank you again Wraith for finding, adding and technically optimizing this very important extended version of the epic epilogue.
On the other hand, the “crew testing chapter” is also added to the production. It is so long and exciting that as if it is a short movie itself. Even if the outer space scene’s fx are not polished by the studio, its quality is acceptable and not bothering the eyes. The “condition of the outer space fx” even remained me the original alien movies; it looks like fx but still has spirit and contributes to the atmosphere. So, imho, it’s completely ok.
The “crew testing chapter” introduces many of the new characters and their personalities. The Wraith fan edit gives more screen time to the new characters so the audience cares them more. I actually wanted to see them more and learn about them further. The humans are all couples yet friends and actually like and care each other, which is touching (even the single android Walter has a protective-friend, wholesome-coworker, platonic-persona subplot).
The “crew testing chapter” also has a “hint” for one of the last chapters of the movie (about who is who). In the original cut “crew testing chapter” is missing but by adding this to the fan edit, empowers that small hint scene once again.
That hint is: [Spoiler Alert – Spoiler Starts] In the “crew testing chapter”, the new android model Walter has more controlled-emotions so he does not fear or has not “head-pull-back-reflex” during the horrific screen presentations of the testing. Afterwards, in the last moments of the movie, Walter is radio-guiding the last survivors, inside the spaceship Covenant, about the whereabouts of the hostile alien. In a scene, the alien notices a surveillance camera, at the same time, in another location of the ship, Walter approaches to a monitor that is showing the alien is staring to the camera. Suddenly the alien attacks to the camera, at that moment Walter “pulls his head as an emotional reflex”. This very scene and the earlier testing scene tell us, the android in the last scene is not Walter but another one with more uncontrolled emotions. –You may say, “we already know this”, yes but if we think from realism-perspective and mystery-solving-angle, this is a nice touch. [Spoiler Ended].
The “Dr. Shaw (sigh) and David epilogue” is also touching. I really miss Dr. Shaw. That travel and what happened could be explained longer.
And the extraordinary arrival scene. Oh, wow… So theatrical. So powerful. Beyond words. (not the dying scenes but David’s persona and speech are so stage act alike). [Spoiler Starts] David’s motivation could be guessed but wish it was explained more. Could be a whole new long chapter or even a movie by itself. (sigh) But even so, at least we have this extra scene. [Spoiler Ended].
The David’s Laboratory extra scene is also very informative and adds much to the atmosphere and lore of the movie. [Spoiler Starts] Oh, poor Dr. Shaw. [Spoiler Ended].
The last but not the least, the after credits scene is so artistic. Congratulations Wraith, for your creativity and taste of art. It’s such an elegant surprise.
In conclusion, the extra scenes carried the movie to the next level. And the technical quality of scene optimization is so well. The personal artistic touches (like the opening and after credits) of the fan editor are also wholesome. This fan edit of Wrath is a remarkable work with artistic creativity and passion.
Wow, some real food for thought. Thank for sharing your observations.
I had not realized about David's recoil. Thank you for sharing.