A wonderful extended edit of Covenant, giving it back some much needed details to connect it better and further with Prometheus and also some lovely enhancements in the technical department. Give it a try, it's worth every minute
Wraith has seemlessly integrated the viral and promotional material for covenant back into the film to create a first act sorely missing from the theatrical version.
Why was all this character development relegated to viral advertising and deleted scenes in the first place? Wraith has restored the film into what it should have been. Now it feels like a worthy sequel to the original and not like they have forced a classic creature into another franchise.
Owner's replyNovember 21, 2020
I'm humbled and SOOO glad you enjoyed it. What was done to this film by the creative marketing suits, that decided to clearly chop it up to test the new phenomenom of viral marketing, is in my opinion one of the great movie tragedies of the past 20 years. Let film makers make films.!
Thank you for your review!
Fantastic edit. Watching this (Only watched 154 minute version as of now) kinda reminded me of the same feeling I had with the Virtual Workprint of Batman Forever. That being the feeling that I now had full view of the film that Ridley Scott intended, but the studio forced him to cut down in order to be "closer to roots" (Aka copying the structure of Alien 1 note-for-note like T3 did to T2). It now truly feels like a sequel to Prometheus (A film I think is excellent), while keeping the good tie-ins to the original Alien that the theatrical cut did have in spades. It now feels like a real entry in the Alien franchise as opposed to a rushed Alien 1 clone. The biggest improvement now being that Franco has more than 2 seconds on-screen (Wtf Fox??). My only issue is that it could feel a bit long for a sci-fi horror film, but that's because I watched the 154 minute version. I have full faith that the 132 minute version won't have that issue.
All in all, I feel like we finally have the "Alien: Paradise Lost" that Scott promised us years ago. And it's a perfect lead-up to Alien Prequel #3 now in development.
Credit to Wraith, I'm now back on board ready to experience the conclusion to the saga of David.
Do you recommend this edit?
Owner's replyNovember 29, 2020
Thanks for the review. Appreciated.
Franco!...still no in it enough, but guess they were going for a Janet Leigh Psycho shocker maybe? For that to work though we would need to be engaged with his character which would need at least a few dozen scenes more. Alas, that is all there is unless we crowdfund some pick up shots with him........
This was my first time ever watching alien covenant and after hearing some mixed reviews online I decided to look for a fan edit and found this one. I decided to watch the longer version and I absolutely loved it.
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.
Do you recommend this edit?
Owner's replyDecember 05, 2021
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.
Alien is one of my favourite franchises. It combines two things I really love, sci-fi and horror. Obviously, not all the entries are winners, but it doesn't matter. Prometheus was a big return to this and from the man himself, Ridley Scott. Although a bit devise for the fanbase, I was on the "I loved it" side. I did not care it didn't actually feature any aliens as we know them, I loved it because of the unknown, deep space, intelligent alien species aaand with a touch of "anti-religion" let's say, by having the aforementioned alien species being the creators of humankind. I was just blown away. I couldn't wait for the inevitable sequel to come out! And then it did. And I thought to myself, what the hell happened? Did the director change? Is this a bad spin-off or something? Anyways, my enjoyment factor was like a 4, tops. It was like reliving the Star Wars prequels all over again, with the difference here being that the first entry wasn't a piece of "let's sell toys to the kids" garbage.
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!