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This edit takes two (at best) mediocre prequel films and constructs one new narrative out of them in a way that creates a terrific film, in my opinion. The editing was seamless and the choices made brought out David's motivations and the overall themes much better than the two separate films did. Some other reviewers seemed confused by the time jumps, but I found that they were utilized quite well. I never found myself confused by anything, nor was any of it jarring. I didn't notice anything that would have required me to have seen the original films.

I loved how you used the conversation between Weyland and David in the piano room. I also loved that you had Vickers die before she could even get off the ship, completely avoiding the infamous "running in a straight line" bit altogether.

One piece of constructive criticism, though...While I thought the ending music choice was fine, if this were my edit, I would have the end song David listens to be a little more haunting...using "Take Me Home, Country Roads" by John Denver. As I said, this by no means detracts from the edit, but it would have shown that despite his actions, David still has complex feelings about Shaw.

I actually think this will replace both films for me. Great work!
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I've only seen the source movies once each, and with that in mind, this edit is better than both combined :P I love the story of David, and how they are the main antagonist, but also asking philosophical questions about creation. Cannot recommend this enough as a superior cut, its thought provoking, engaging, and really slims the narrative to something interesting

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Somehow Job Willins has outdone his Derelict edit with Paradise, despite having weaker material to work with. If you're familiar with both Prometheus & Covenant, then the first hour or so may be a little tedious as it is essentially all set up, but one you get into the meat of the two films, Paradise grabs you and doesn't let go with some prolonged suspense scenes.

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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.

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(Updated: April 23, 2020)
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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.

Highly recommended.

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