Predator Chronicles Volume 1

Predator Chronicles Volume 1

 
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Predator Chronicles Volume 1
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Original Release Date:
2004 and 2008
Original Running Time:
108 and 101
Fanedit Release Date:
Fanedit Running Time:
57 and 55
Time Cut:
51 and 46
Brief Synopsis:
This creates a kind of, “What if the Predator series spawned a series of short TV films, a la Masters of Horror?” Created to be able to watch these stories without cringing all the time. They’ll never be great films, but they are now at least fun films.
Intention:
To create a kind of, “What if the Predator series spawned a series of short TV films, a la Masters of Horror?”

I also wanted to emulate the kind of storytelling that Dark Horse did with their one-shot Predator comics. Straight forward Predator stories, (that just happen to also feature the Aliens) with paper-thin characters. The films themselves had very little in the way of interesting characterization, so I felt my only choice was to embrace that approach. Also, as with many of the comics, these edits assume you have a reasonable knowledge of the Alien and/or Predator universe(s). Things such as the Alien’s lifecycle, and the Predator’s M.O. are not fleshed out just for the benefit of the uninitiated.

In the end, I just wanted to be able to watch these stories without cringing all the time. They’ll never be great films, but I hope they are now at least fun films.
Release Information
  • NTSC DVD-5
  • AVI/MKV
Special Features
The DVD also features some supplemental Predator activities (Some footage that was not used in the edits is presented here) three Predator related parodies, and the Chronicles teaser.
Cuts and Additions:
Too many to list individually, but these are some of the major alterations:

AvP: (Both theatrical and unrated versions were utilised.)

Removal of all Predator ship interiors. They are incongruous with Predator 2, and also keeps the actions of the Predators more mysterious, rather than showing us every step they take.
Altered all Predator P.O.V. shots (Except when in “Alien Mode”) to resemble the “correct” heat vision from Predator 1 and 2. Also added in triple heartbeat sound effect, which was oddly absent.
Removed all mention of “metric time”. Not only is it unnecessary, but it’s complete bunk. 10 minutes is not metric time.
Removed all instances of the super-long-wrist blades.
The Queen is no longer activated by a secret switch on the floor. She is revived by the Predators directly. In this version, the humans are not lured to the pyramid on purpose, but are merely caught in the wrong place at the wrong time.
Removed the first batch of eggs/facehuggers. The assumption is that when the Queen was unfrozen, so were a bunch of warriors. This removes the problem of the ridiculously sped-up gestation time. (Not to mention that Rousseau’s chestburster scene was abysmal.)
Removed Scar killing the unarmed Quinn.
All but the more minor references to the rite of passage removed. The less of the supposed back-story we know, the less ridiculous it is.
Removed Scar marking Lex as a fellow warrior.
Trimmed several of the not-so-great shots of Scar’s unmasked face.

Most scenes have been reworked in other ways, including re-sequencing events, re-scoring, sound effects replacement (Such as the Predator plasma cannon sound), and minor effects work on some shots. Some efforts have also been made to minimize the “chunky Predator” appearance when possible.

AvP:R:

All connection to AvP removed. (This edit also done in AvP.) The PredAlien on board is from a different, unknown-to-the-audience incident.
Altered Predator P.O.V. shots so that the PredAlien is the same color as regular Aliens. I do not care for many of the ways in which the PredAlien was made to be apart from the rest of its species. In fact, much of the PredAlien has been trimmed out until we get to the roof fight.
Removed Buddy Benson’s arm melting off, and the oddly “black” looking facehugger.
Removed all the early teen-angst scenes. We now only see Ricky when he’s interacting with his brother.
Removed PredAlien’s new reproduction method entirely.
Removed all early scenes with Kelly O’Brien. She and Molly do not appear until the department store.
Removed all instances of the Predator’s magic blue liquid. The Predator is here on a hunt, not to clean up the town. (His motives were inconsistent in the film at the best of times, so this makes more sense.) Also, the liquid and it’s never-empty bottle is just plain stupid.
Some of the more egregious shots of Aliens simply not defending themselves against the Predator have been removed. Couldn’t take ‘em all out, or there would be almost no fighting left.
All uses of the Predator’s power-punch-glove-thing are gone. More ill-thought-out ridiculousness.
Removed early references to nuking the town. It works better if it’s as much a surprise to us as it is to the townspeople.
Reworked roof fight to remove such things as the Predator coming up through the ground, stomping on an Alien’s acid-filled head, the unmasking scene where the PredAlien patiently waits for the Predator to disarm himself, and the Predator pulling the PredAlien’s tongue out.

As with AvP, there is also major re-sequencing of events in the early stages of the story, some minor scoring alterations and additions, sound effects alterations, and some effects shots.

Note: As anyone who bought the AvP:R DVD knows, the image is hideously, impenetrably dark. I’ve made every attempt to brighten the image to an acceptable level without ruining the contrast or revealing the digital break-up within the black areas. It’s not perfect, but it’s the best I could do. The end result varies depending on your set-up, so apologies if you see too much macro-blocking. There are also several instances where there simply was no image to ‘reveal’, so they remain brightened, yet difficult to make out.

Both stories now have a few “nobody” characters who disappear from the narrative, but I didn’t consider them important enough to worry about resolution for them. Both stories end in situations that makes their final fates clear, so there’s no real problem there.
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I've always been a fan of both the Predator and Alien films since very young, but recently I decided to track down Alien/Predator related fan edits with a fresh mind and somehow my inner Predator fanboyism woke up after so many years of slumber for no reason at all. Bear in mind that prior to this review I haven't seen either AvP or AvP Requiem since a pretty long time, but for the sake of comparison I did watch another fan edit called AvP Outbreak, also cataloged on the Fanedit.org database. I haven't made a review on the site prior to this one either or even read much so I'm going to try to be as authentic and fresh as possible.

This fan edit is REALLY good. At first I thought the concept of making AvP and AvP Requiem into short TV episodic style movies was (pardon the pun) alien at first, but when I actually saw that concept in action it's a damn good idea and it's executed tremendously well in this fan edit.

Basically, both AvP and AvP Requiem are trimmed to their bare minimum essentials and cuts the length of both movies into a half. Everything that's not integral to the plot has been cut, so no BS teenage angst and high school drama from Requiem and filler scenes from AvP 1. Both fan edits begin slow but they gradually go faster and faster as it goes on. It doesn't just do that either but it also re-orders some of the scenes so that they *feel* like a TV episode of sorts. Both movies begin with a TV show style intro featuring footage from Predator, Predator 2 and AvP Requiem, and this is a small touch I liked. Credits scenes have also been changed too and those comic book panels are just damn fine too look at. Some of the edits even reflect this fact so that the movie *feels* like a TV episode structure. For example, in the (arguably ironic) battle between the Celtic Predator vs the Xenomorph Drone, after the alien spews acid from it's cut tail on the Predator's armor and he removes it, the movie suddenly cuts back to the fleeing humans and the scene of Weyland facing Scar plays out, leaving Celtic's fate undetermined. Only AFTER that scene the movie cuts back to Celtic fighting the lone alien and his fate is determined.

Small touches are also present, such as the Predator's Heat Vision mode in AvP 1 being changed from red to blue (like in the classic Predator movies and AvP Requiem)). Not only that but some music cues from both Predator movies and Aliens are also here too. I loved those changes.

This is a fan edit that respects the source material for both Predator AND Alien, so not only the vision modes are appropriately colored (seriously, it looks nicer than I thought, I'm sure it took some effort for it), but there's no more ridiculously fast chestburster scenes either. This is pretty much the only "weird" part of the fan edit. In AvP 1, most of the crew that's trapped on the upper floor just suddenly disappear from the movie, like "FLUSH". I thought that was kinda funny but I doubt there was no other way for it to be done without it feeling weird. I always wondered why the Chestbuster in both AvP movies just pop out of their hosts barely minutes later instead of hours like in Alien. For clarification, I think the only reason it takes days for the Chestburster to emerge from Ripley in Alien 3 is because the chestburster in question is a queen chestburster, not a normal one, so I imagine that it might take more time to develop than usual. Convenient? Maybe. Whatever. Oh well I'm getting off-topic, moving on.

Personally my only gripe with this entire fan edit is in the AvP Requiem portion, "Unexpected Visitors", specifically the removal of all early scenes with Kelly O’Brien, in which in this fan edit she only appears at the department store scene. Personally, I thought the early scenes had the purpose of setting her as a veteran soldier and setting up a personal stake for her character arc. Other than that, "Unexpected Visitors" is all around a very nice fan edit for a movie I never could even bare to watch whole. I really loved the version in this fan edit and I actually kinda like AvP Requiem now. Nice job, Uncanny Antman!

Overall, between Predator Chronicles and AvP Outbreak, I'd DEFINITELY pick Predator Chronicles. It has better edits, editing quality and faster pace. Personally, I enjoyed it the most.

Both movies may never be "outstanding" as the original Predator and Alien, but this spectacular fan edit pretty much raises the quality of both movies to a level I wouldn't have expected. I easily recommend this version over the originals. If you absolutely hated the originals and thought they're both horrible shitfests, I doubt this is gonna change things by much. However if you even remotely liked the first AvP movie and sort of disliked AvP Requiem, this is the fan edit for you. This is (so far) the best AvP and AvP Requiem fan edit to date and i can see it had a lot of care and attention put into it. I recommend this edit.

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while avp and avpr get a bad rap they are essential not bad movies, the only problem with them is that there is too much padding and bad writing,a lot a people complain that avpr is too dark but rewatch the first alien movie that was dark to. The only difference is that in that movie the writers created characters you actually cared about,they were real people.
Soooo what does that have to do with this edit.well uncanny antman has taken the better story plots out from both movies and condensed the bad acting to a minimum. avpr is still a bit dark but a lot better than originally. my only gripe is that the music on key scenes kept making me want to watch the original predator movie. overall a good watch

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