Incredible work. Raises the score of the original film by two full letter grades. There's nothing that can make our Alien baddies a little less visible, and therefore more scary, in the daylight sequence at the end of the film, but this version allowed me to reflect on how many couples there are in the film. Two habitable planets. Two black aliens. A crew of couples. Two androids. Two land-rovers. Two facehugger embryos. A two-film trilogy. Interesting, but I digress.. This edit helped me not only appreciate but understand the film better. If it were to gain wide attention it would cause a critical re-evaluation, and I couldn't help but think this is the definitive version. I used to only tolerate this film, but now I might like it more than Prometheus. Masterful.
Since this movie came out, I found it baffling that so much effort was put in the promo materials, nothing of which appeared in the final movie, at all! Promo materials are expanding and adding so much to character development and makes you care so much more, about what these people found themselves dealing with! It's a shame not having it in the main feature.
For years now, I keep returning to this one, reworking the edit I did a long time ago, adding these golden nuggets back in. Each time I think reordering them could even more improve the movie. Funny thing, praising non-liner editing Wraith did in the Things edit, that I almost never think of doing, the Alien Covenant was the only edit I ever worked on, where I added most of the promo materials in the non-linear way. But who would know, turns out, and Wraith confirmed it, that they work better as a part of the first act.
Well I think I'm going to have to agree that choices Wraith made could be the best. Adding to that is a lot of added soundwork that just ties it all much better.
Great improvement over the theatrical version. The promotional materials are enough to construct a coherent enough first act that can expose the motivations of the main characters. And with this we can understand better their acts and care more about them. There are also some materials that provide some bonus 'epilogue', but the main improvement comes from this first act.
The added length does not drag the narrative (as I experienced from other fanedits of this movie that just add these materials 'as is') so this is merit of the editing that, as always, is top notch. The movie is still not perfect but this is as close to perfection as I can imagine it can be with what is available.
I now can only wait for Wraith to do the same with Prometheus : )
Watched the full 154mins version and it really doesn't seem that long, the time flies by which means it must have been a good watch. I love the new selection sequence at the beginning along with establishing shots of the Leonov around Jupiter. Wraith has done a fantastic job editing this and the quality is outstanding in both audio and visual which is 1080p. Nice after credit commercial. I still can't feel sorry for the crew though, their decisions are stupid. They go onto a strange planet without even using environmental suits which could protect the planets wild life from human viruses as well as them from the environment and poke their noses in everything they can find without thinking, would you really go near a strange egg thing that just opened, or smell/taste the fauna? Quarantine procedures seem to be non existent, not even any airlocks or decontamination equipment on the lander. Daniels seems more aware in this but she still misses the David/Walter switch until it's too late. Love how David keeps Wayland in the loop. This explains a lot about their knowledge of the organism. Overall it's a great watch and far better than the original, but is it still just polishing a t**d? I encourage everyone to watch this and decide for yourself.