I really dug this version of the movie. A lot of the idiotic plot holes in the original theatrical cut were thankfully corrected here, and most of the extended scenes that really never should have been cut (since in cutting some of them it makes the character's actions/dialogue not make much sense in the theatrical version) being restored was great. The editing and re-ordering of sequences was incredibly seamless and well done. Video quality overall was excellent.
That said, I had a couple of issues with this edit that held back more scores in some categories.
The first, and this was big one for me, was the lack of a surround track really hurt this edit. Prometheus has one of the best sounding audio tracks available on the market today, and hearing it compressed (both in number of channels and bitrate) into a stereo track hurt.
I enjoyed the use of some musical selections from the previous Alien films, but what I didn't like was the rather sloppily overlayed alien shrieking and hissing sound effects lifted from Aliens and inserted over top of the scene with the Fifield monster and the Deacon at the end. Those scenes already had their own sound effects, and overlaying it just came off really awkward.
I missed the opening with the Engineer. I liked the Weyland speech, but I would've liked to see both the extended opening (with the Elder Engineers) and the speech following directly after.
I wish the deleted scene with the subtitles for the Engineer had been used. It bugs me that you don't really know what he says in the original version and this cut since David doesn't translate it all (and if I remember correctly from the subtitled version he doesn't even translate accurately, though I believe that has something to do with his own agenda).
All that aside, this is still an excellent fanedit and in many ways is superior to the theatrical cut. Definitely recommended!!
I've found my favorite version of Prometheus. I didn't notice any audible defects (though, I did watch this late at night and had the volume down so I wouldn't wake anybody!) and the visual editing was always strong, no stray frames or sudden jump cuts. The MP4 version could have had better video quality, but the promise of a revised version on Blu-ray makes me a happy camper!
My only real quibble was the use of the original theatrical ending where Shaw and David have their discussion about going to "Paradise" before they rappel to the ground. As was mentioned in the forum, her choice of words calling David a "f***ing robot" was a bit more realistic given how much he had put her through. Also, I loved Rapace's delivery of the line. :P
Great job, A9! I look forward to seeing more of your work.
This review is not aimed to offend, just to give my honest opinion. Agent 9's fanedit is the highest rated Prometheus edit so my expectations were high, even higher after watching the very long but otherwise excellent Giftbearer fan edit. The amount of work put into this edit is evident, I commend the creator for their efforts, however...
My enjoyment was completely ruined by the misuse of tracks to influence the viewer's emotion or convey character intentions in some scenes, incorrect audio levels during scenes with dialog, looping snippets of tracks from tracks intended for other scenes, bizarre audio effects added/manipulated to the existing score and lastly shoehorned tracks from the other Alien movies that do not fit the tone of the film nor the film's score that was left intact. It's a great idea, but it was poorly executed, key scenes were spoiled. Scenes intended to unravel before the audience are given away by new score elements that remove the suspense and reveal the plot surprises, these scenes should have been left untouched.These problems occur throughout the movie from title screen all the way till the end credits roll.
It's very unfortunate considering how much effort went to this. It would have benifited from critical review prior it's fanedit.org official release. The audio aspect of this project would have benefited from the collaboration of someone with strong audio editing experience.
Other than the above I have no complaints with the visual editing, there are certain scenes I would have prefered to see but I won't criticize the creator's choice considering what they had to work with and their choice how to tell the story. The movie's narrative is much more cohesive, there are lots of small edits that make a lot of difference.
I watched the blu-ray version of Prometheus S.E. last night and I must say I am mighty impressed, first of all the video quality on the blu-ray is close to the retail version I have, enhanced with better quality deleted scenes. The audio is also faultless and with 'Alien' soundbites this is an improvement in my opinion. All the incorporated new scenes are seemless and do add to the story, and the beginning and title sequence improves the start without a doubt. As noted elsewhere, the TED Conference scene is the perfect begining for the film, showing a young Weyland, which begs the question - why was it not in the original cut?
The color corrected scenes match great, and the wire removal in the extended final battle is professionally done, as is the new green screen removal scene. The cuts Agent9 has made are unnoticable and improve the story in my opinion.
All in all this edit will be the one I will reach for in the future, I rate this fanedit a resounding success at 10 out of 10!
I for one will be anticipating future Agent9 fanedits.