This is the first fanedit I've watched after discovering this site recently. I spent quite a while looking through some of the most popular ones to get me started. After reading a lot of the reviews for this one I was very excited to check it out. I have to say that it didn't disappoint. Firstly it being in black and white really does add something to it.
This wasn't just a simple edit adding back in deleted scenes etc. There was a clear vision of a story that the editor wanted to tell by interweaving the two films like they did... And I thoroughly enjoyed it, the editing was top notch. I look forward to checking out some of JobWillins other edits after this too... Most likely the other Alien series offerings first.
Thank you very much for all of you work that clearly went into this.
As a massive fan of the original and iconic series starter Alien, and the less thrilling but still enjoyable Prometheus, I was very excited to see how JobWillins could interweave the two stories.... Exceptionally well apparently. I love the fact that this edit is in black and white, while it was done out of necessities sake I think it adds a unique visual style to the scifi genre, which is usually bursting with colour or dreadfully dreary. The interwoven narrative, cutting back and forth between the Nostromos and Prometheus missions works flawlessly... Because the story cuts back and forth, we see the parrallels between the two missions and the characters that inhabit them. The subtle cuts and tweaks to Prometheus like, for instance, the reduction in showing the deaths in favour of implying them, works in the films favour. This is one of the truest Alien concepts I've ever had the pleasure of watching, it stays faithful to the lore and it brings out the finest qualities in Prometheus whilst also making it a truer Alien film as well.
This was a much better experience than either film. It is a challenge of patience to watch Alien through a modern lens, given how slowly it progresses. And Prometheus had far too much happening, from bizarre side stories to forced storytelling mechanics (like taking off your helmet on a foreign planet). Derelict does a great job of minimizing the quirks of the original films, while weaving them together with real artistry. The choice of black & white really sets the mood for this excellent fanmix. I love the side-by-side comparison near the end, of the Xenomorph hanging in the doorway struggling not to be sucked into space, and then the Engineer hanging in the doorway struggling not to be consumed by the trilobite.
This is a very interesting and visually stunning mash-up that does a great job at making Prometheus much more of a direct Alien prequel as opposed to a spin-off film that ties into the franchise while setting up things that occur in the earlier Alien. The two films transition into each other flawlessly and I love the use of black and white to really emphasize the shadows and further build up tension and suspense. Both films' narratives intertwine with one another very smoothly thanks to clever editing. I really loved this.
On a quick side-note, I also want to talk about another fanedit from this editor that isn't on the IFDB, a Star Wars prequel fan-edit titled The Chosen One, which I also really liked, as it removes much of the cringier elements from all three prequel films and tells a much more streamlined version of the overall story that works incredibly well, making its best aspects shine all the more brighter.