This is the 5th and best fan edit of any movie I've seen. When Prometheus came out I was looking forward to it but was terribly let down especially as I had missed in in the theatres and figuring I'd like it I bought the blu-ray. The pacing and editing are what I seem to remember putting me off the most. I barely remember watching it and it sits at the bottom of the back of my blu-rays.
Well along comes this edit. What a difference! I thoroughly enjoyed it from beginning to end with just a couple of unavoidable cringe-worthy moments still there. This is the best edited I've seen yet as well - particularly the audio. Seamless. There was a moment in the visual editing that didn't work as great as everything else but I don't even remember the particulars on it anymore.
This is how the movie should have been released to theaters. This is one I'll watch again and again and I am looking forward to seeing more of Severian's work. Excellent!
I just wanted to thank Severian for this terrific viewing experience. I loved Prometheus from the get go, and didn't really think it needed a fan edit, but curiosity got the better of me, and I'm glad it did.
The new intro that adds in the Ted Talk was genius. I honestly don't know why it wasn't in the film; it adds so much context to Weyland's motivation. Its this addition and the addition/changing of a few other key scenes that has me agreeing with Severian that Weyland's motivation is purely materialistic in nature. Its through that context, seeing the contrast between Weyland and Shaw's faith and lack thereof that makes the film far more interesting to me. It just adds another layer.
And I'm reading a lot of people taking umbrage with the readdition of the Engineer scene, and the addition of the Scotland scene as dreams. I thought this too was brilliant editing. The death of Holloway has a number of links to these scenes that just make sense in this edit. Not only does it demonstrate Holloway and Shaw's deep connection to one another, its the discovery in the cave that eventually leads to Holloway's death. Placing the cave discovery here makes us wonder if Shaw feels guilt about Holloway's death, and perhaps its because of that guilt she allows the cross to leave her neck. Its an interesting idea.
In the other flashback we see the Engineer dieing in the same tragic way as Holloway does. The swallowing of the black goo and the Engineer's death brings about life, and in a twisted way the same is true of Holloway. But more importantly, the creation of life via the Engineer's death is left vague because its not really a flashback, it's now a dream. This addresses one of the big issues I read online by people who dislike Prometheus. A number of people have a hard time suspending disbelief, and feel that this scene can not be representative of reality. Now they can put that argument to rest because it didn't really happen.
Anyways, this is probably one of my top 5 Fan Edits of all time. Highly recommended!
Wow! I just finished watching Severian's debut fanedit and am absolutely blown away by the result of his work! I enjoyed the original theatrical release for it's sumptuous aesthetics and foreboding sense of mystery but ultimately left the theater feeling unsatisfied by the open-ended narrative and lack of character development. Giftbearer resolves my qualms about the original by delivering a better paced storyline, a clearcut arc to the plot, and a vastly improved presentation of the motivations behind the actions taken by the various characters. Severian has managed to artfully piece together a nearly perfect blend of theatrical and deleted materials to create a film that simply makes more sense and left me feeling satisfied.
The excellent quality of the editing in general cannot be overstated. The visuals are practically flawless. The sound mixing was also superb except for a single scene where the volume drops pretty low for a few seconds. This happens to be during the one sequence that I didn't think worked as well as the editor intended. Dr. Shaw's dream after her lover's death struck me as being out of place. I could accept the inclusion of the couple's conclusive discovery of the artifacts that led the team to the alien planet. However, the scene showing the creation of life on earth from the DNA lent by the death of the Engineer definitely seemed out of place at this point in the story. I didn't even know this scene was intended to be part of Shaw's hallucinations until I read the editor's notes after I'd finished watching the movie. Fortunately, this scene in NO WAY detracts from the overall impression left by the film!
I believe Prometheus: Giftbearer is a perfect example of what makes fanedit's so very fascinating and fun to watch. Thank you, Severian! I look forward to your next project!!
Prometheus do you see this? Yeah I do, and it's quite an edit! The movie makes sense now, and is serious, and is so clearly a prequel to Alien. I liked the added scenes, particularly Weyland's speech at the start, and how scenes were moved/relocated. Everything was seamless as far as I could tell, video and audio.
There remain some potential improvements in narrative, as others have pointed out. The zombie half mutated guy that gets the blow torch, not really sure where his mutation fits into the creature life cycle. Probably could do without that, just leave it where we last saw him inside the compound with a creature going down his throat.
I really enjoyed this movie now, and look forward to sharing the edit with others.
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.