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.
Visual quality is good, but not on par with the blu-ray. Artifacting is noticeable in some darker areas (mostly early on in the film).
Audio-wise, I think there were a couple of small pops near the beginning, but I wasn't certain if that was on my end or not. I didn't stop to take notes or replay since I was watching with someone and didn't want to spoil their experience by faffing.
No complaints on the editing front. Very professionally put together. I didn't notice a single cut. Wraith has obviously done a lot of work throughout the film, and it's really well executed.
Narratively, it is superior to the theatrical for sure, but it still doesn't really fix the film for me (though no points off because Wraith has only improved things). It's nice to see all the deleted/promotional footage reincorporated into the film, but my main issues still stand:
- overreliance on (bad) CGI and virtually no attempt to incorporate practical fx (something the franchise is known for nailing)
- an evolutionary cycle that doesn't make sense in light of the xenomorph being in the early stages (I.e. Everything happens SUPER fast)
- an absolutely appalling character arc for our "man of faith", by which he mopes about not getting to be leader, then has it handed to him on a silver platter, then makes bad decisions, then makes more bad decisions based on his insecurity about previous decisions not going down well, then gets everyone killed, then gets himself killed. It's just the most bleak, depressing, pointless and (as far as I can tell) thematically irrelevant arc in the film.
Still, I enjoyed it, and I wasn't expecting to come out converted necessarily. The slower, more philosophical moments are still the film's strength, and basically anything with David and Walter.
Overall, a good edit of a bad film and I think Wraith achieved his goal - it's just not the cut for me. I think for now my go to for Covenant is still Job Willin's Paradise edit.
Big thanks to Wraith for putting this out there though. It easily trumps the theatrical and I would recommend it to anyone looking for a better alternative to the theatrical that isn't a fan mix.
Do you recommend this edit?
Owner's replyDecember 06, 2020
Thank you for your generous review.
I agree the whole "man of faith" arc is poor and has no real pay off. It also sits badly given how well he tests at the Phobos facility. Maybe that is why Phobos was cut? I did play with him being killed off earlier but it then means losing discussions which are worth seeing. plus a big re-jig of the running order. Then again, version 3? who knows. The flute scene still really annoys me. Maybe you should try out the longer version in a few months? Thanks again.
I watched this edit with my wife after we gave up trying to get through Wraith's edit "Alien vs Predator: Outbreak" which combined both AvP films. As with the AvP films, I only watched Covenant once in the theatre and bought it out of a sense of obligation, having grown up with the Alien franchise, so I didn't remember much of Covenant when watching Wraith's edit. As per Wraith's recommendation, we watched the Extended edit instead of Alien V.
I agree with many of The Scribbling Man's criticisms of Covenant and the Extended edit doesn't fix those, but it does do wonders in other areas of the movie which were sorely lacking in the original release. While Covenant was rightly criticized for being an unworthy clone of Alien, one thing it didn't copy from the original in my opinion was building a sense of camaraderie or give much detail to the characters. Wraith's decision to include the pre-release materials and the very telling Phobos sequence helped a lot. My wife thought the Phobos sequence went on a bit long but it was one of my favourite parts of the edit. The part that felt long to me was David's lengthy exposition tacked on at the end. It seemed to fill in details that should have been better addressed in the film itself, which is of course no fault of Wraith's, but I felt that after the big ending twist, the narration really took the wind out of the movie's sails.
We watched a 16.5 GB copy of the edit which looked and sounded great, and neither of us noticed any A/V issues or other editing errors. Covenant is still my least favourite Alien film, but this edit was a big improvement. I'll hang on to the shorter edit and watch that after a while to see if it improves on the pacing. Unfortunately, as with AvP and Prometheus, the more backstory I get on the xenomorphs, the less I enjoy it. I think part of the magic of the first Alien trilogy was the mystery behind the origin of the species, so even if Ridley does another film to wrap up David's arc, I'm pretty sure I'll be disappointed by it. That said, I'm glad that editors like Wraith will be there to sift through deleted material and such to tighten things up where Ridley drops the ball.
Do you recommend this edit?
Owner's replyMay 17, 2021
Thanks for the review. You will find Phobos is shorter on ALIEN V, and even here I removed about 2 mins or so. I'm still trying to work out why they relegated all that extra material to viral marketing. Very strange indeed.