- David watching Shaw's dream now happens in the middle of the David-alone-on-the-ship sequence instead of at the beginning
- Included extra dialogue in Vickers and Janek's first conversation
- During the briefing, cut Weyland's "what happens when we die" line - nothing in what Shaw and Holloway have found on Earth has to do with the afterlife (Shaws says mentions afterlife in her call, but Weyland's stress should be different)
- In theatrical release, during the briefing, Shaw states that the engineers created humans as if it's a fact, and then when asked by a fellow scientist to back that up, then gives her "what I choose to believe" line, which renders this important aspect of her character ridiculous. Here, she makes it as a direct statement of belief straight up, which then gets mocked by Fifield.
- Cut a couple of Vickers lines that were redundantly underlining bitchiness
- A few small edits to Holloway dialogue to make him a bit less douche-y
- Trimmed a few bits of exploration scenes to increase pace (includes removing silly "it's minus 12 in here" line - they'd all be putting their helmets back on in that case)
- Included Millburn discovering (non-dangerous) alien lifeform scene
- Included Shaw's "not alone" speech to crew
- Shaw and Ford no longer pump the engineer head with electricity until it explodes
- Stitched together new line for Fifield to explain why the keeper of the "pups" gets lost: "I can't connect us to my pups' map"
- Tightened up "probe picking up life form" scene
- Millburn no longer treats the alien worm as if it's a cute animal at a petting zoo
- David now spikes Holloway's drink just before handing it to him, instead of *right* in front of his face
- After Holloway's death, while out on the table, Shaw remembers the dig in Scotland with him (archeological site scene) and has a vision of the engineers on earth (the engineer-sacrifice scene)
- Included Janek's talk with Vickers, which gives him a much better reason for sacrificing himself at the end. It intercuts the scene of David talking to Shaw about her pregnancy. Added music.
- Additional music to second half of David talking to Shaw about her pregnancy scene
- Included alternate Fifield return scene, which I think is far superior in the way he looks and moves (including a hint of xenomorphism with the head elongation)
- Included extended conversation between Vickers and Weyland, a good character moment for both of them, especially giving some nuance to Vickers, and also has acknowledgement that Weyland's circle is aware of Shaw's "child" on the ship, via Vicker's "thing squealing next door" line. Added music and sfx.
- Included the extended conversation between the humans and the engineer. Mix of theatrical and alternate footage. Added music.
- Removed Shaw's long leap across the widening plates. She's already been asked to do so much in her post-operation state
- The co-pilots no longer crack a joke right before making the ultimate sacrifice
- Shortened juggernaut-rolling sequence, to try to mitigate this issue: http://www.penny-arcade.com/comic/2012/06/13 (safe to say I liked the film more than they did, but they make a good point )
- Included Shaw's melee with the engineer
- Included alternate end conversation between Shaw and David, which is *so* much more fitting in tone given what Shaw has been through. Some theatrical footage mixed with alternate
- Added bit of 'space jockey' music from original Alien and callback to the xenomorph-mural to very last scene
- Small adjustments at various other places
- Made color-corrections in all added footage to try to match it with theatrical
The original Prometheus is an overall decent film but is very flawed, thus it's not hard to see why it's so heavily divisive among critics, audiences, and fans of the Alien franchise. Prometheus: Giftbearer reincorporates much of the deleted material to create a much richer, smart, and more satisfying and thought-provoking experience that works beautifully not only as an Alien prequel/spin-off but also as a standalone sci-fi/horror film. The footage added in makes the story, themes, and characters more compelling and much better-realized than in the theatrical version of the film. The editing is absolutely flawless. The additions of Peter Weyland's TED Talk and Elizabeth Shaw's video message to the Weyland Corporation really give the film much-welcome depth and make the events play out feel personal. Fantastic stuff.
As for many, Prometheus was a massive disappointment for me. Since then it has grown on me and now I can appreciate many things about it - still, it's full of flaws.
This edit not only improves upon many of the original film's flaws, but I believe "Giftbearer" is finally a good, standalone movie and I would gladly recommend it to anyone who hasn't seen the original or any of the Alien films.
The original Prometheus movie is an awful mess, besides being a huge disappointment for fans of the franchise expecting a real prequel to the Xenomorphs, in my opinion. Severian has taken what is a complete mess and made a really respectable vision of the movie, I really enjoyed this edit. The beginnig of it with the Ted Talk scene brings a whole different perspective. The narrative has been greatly developed to show you humans seeking for something and clashing with a huge mistake. Thanks for this edit, most definitely replaced the original for me.
This version has a much better linear and understandable structure than the original and looks superb. My only complain is that the audio has only 2 channels and appears to be clipping on loud moments.
Great work Severian, you have engineered a much improved film.