First off this will be my go to when re-watching the franchise. I can actually add these two (combined) to the collection.
The originals as we know have always been a disappointment (Covenant reminiscent of the bargain bin days) but honestly this was a stroke of genius regarding editing. Combining the two for a David-centric story line (as it always should of been) provides us with all of the best moments the films produced i.e. Fassbender meets Fassbender.
My only gripes are some minor character elements which would of given just that bit extra (honestly not much to add at all) i.e. Tennessee's reaction to his wife's outcome as I find I don't really care at all for the rest of the cast which could just give this edit that final chord. Also the ending's choice of music (Beatlemania); as an intense atmosphere is created throughout, when it came to the end the choice of song just didn't sit with me and I found myself brought out of the terror that is the final curtain draw. Even just using the voice-over (which I liked) and maybe cutting in that song as the ship drifts off into the black sunset might of made a difference for myself.
But please folks do yourself a favor and watch this excellent edit!
I am a huge fan of the two Alien movies but have not cared for another one since.
I had high hopes for Pandora when I watched it in theaters, and while there were definitely things I liked, it just fell flat. I didn't understand some of the mythology, or why it was included in the movie. Some things seemed connected to Alien lore, some didn't. I felt there were a lot of unnecessary scenes, and severe pacing and continuity issues. It was a genuinely frustrating experience.
After Pandora, I almost didn't watch Covenant. When I finally did watch it, I turned it off around the half-way point. Same problems as Pandora and the lore continuity issues were made even worse.
It always irritated me that an IP with such a solid start (the first two movies) was mishandled time, and time again. Thank God for fan editors.
Paradise not only salvaged both films but also creates consistent lore: Paradise -> Alien -> Aliens -> Ripley (another fan edit).
Alien was the first horror movie I was allowed to watch on cable TV as a kid, and it blew my mind. Later, I remember going to the theater intending to see some other movie I don't remember, then seeing Aliens on the marquee. I wasn't old enough to get in, but the alien queen herself couldn't have stopped me. I bought a ticket for some PG movie, and promptly switched theaters. Then did it again the next weekend.
These movies were a part of my childhood, and now I have FINALLY been able to watch more satisfying installments to the franchise.
A huge thank you to the fan editor. It's a damn shame some of these beloved IPs are ruined by studios, but at least they are fixed now.
Deftly weaving between two films that each had their own unique problems that could be and needed to be fixed, Paradise creates a strong narrative of its own, while retaining Ridley Scott's original themes and removing the attempts to cater to a more mainstream audience. There are so many perfect little cuts that vastly improve the narrative (my favorite being the removal of the close up insert shot of David spiking Holloway's drink).
The editing is flawless and the additions are perfect. Quality is fantastic, although I would be interested in a fully uncompressed BD.
As a fan of both Alien and Riddley Scott's work this edit perfectly conveys the central message that spans both movies about creation. At first I was hesitant to watch a fanedit that combined both Prometheus and Covenant (I like both films) but without a doubt they are all the better for it. The David centric story is spectacular, it has weight and purpose throughout the film making it all the more rewarding to watch certain scenes. The editing was superbly done as was the addition of scenes like the TED talk and the arrival of David to the engineer planet. One of the best fanedits I have ever seen and most definitely the best way possible to enjoy Prometheus and Covenant without useless plotlines and tedious action.
This is my favorite film for the last six month - I keep watching it when nothing else is on. So Good!
I am not sure this film will resound as well if you haven't watched the originals, but if you have, this is the BEST way to revisit the best parts of both films. Job, you are my hero!
I love the android focus now, the beginning was odd to me the first time with the justaposition of the two films, but when it hits the outbreak, it all makes sense, and repeat viewings make the beginning even better.
Thank you Job, big fan, hope you keep making awesome stuff!!