Well, this is my first experience of a fan edit, although i had heard of the SW edits in the past. So i stumbled back into this world and this edit really caught my eye, primarily because i love Prometheus. It also interested me as i have read so much about the seemingly wasted potential of the current cut based on a changed script and the extras contained on the bluray etc.
Ok, long story short, i thought this edit was excellent. The narrative was much improved, with the TED sequence adding weight to why Guy Pearce is wearing 'old man' makeup later in the film (never really explained in the original cut). I felt that integration of the deleted scenes added much to the characters, providing the watcher with more information about their past which underlined their motivations and the decisions they were making in the present.
I'm not going to be critical of this release as frankly it was an almost flawless reconstruction of the original film. The quality of the edited soundtrack was occasionally harsh and over bearing and i had to re calibrate my display as the edit was over brightened compared to the original bluray. To be honest i feel guilty about the last 2 points as i'm over zealous on the pursuit of home cinema perfection so its just me being silly no doubt.
Anyway too long a review frankly but i was so totally blown away by the choices made by Agent 9, the quality of his work (which was nigh on flawless) and the improvement he made to a film i already love, that i registered just to provide my review and genuine thanks for his hard work :)
Prometheus was kind of a devisive movie. Some, like myself, loved it and others found it just ok. It's not that I loved every minute of it, but if there wasn't a fanedit, I would be perfectly happy with my bluray version. Let's say my overall enjoyment factor was a 9. When I was looking for fanedtis of this and the "Covenant" (which I hated), I found out that this and the "Giftbearer" version by Severian, where the top two. "Giftbearer" was actually more preferred by the people, but the quality was really really bad, and when watching a film like this, with breathtaking visuals, it is impossible for me to ignore a low quality, So I went with this one. Why I wanted to watch a fanedit in the first place, since I was happy with the original? Well, I always love a good extended version of a movie I like, because it, usually, enriches my experience! I just love good, rich lore.
So, this has indeed a higher quality, but unfortunately, it's still not that great. At least I could watch it without having the quality ruin the entire film for me. The audio visual editing was in general excellent, with the exception of the sound which had some minor issues here and there, with the music being too loud and it was distracting from the dialogue. Also, after about half an hour, I believe the audio gets a liiittle bit out of sync. In VLC player, I had to adjust the audio to +0.400 in order to be in sync with the actors' mouths when talking.
On the narrative side of things, yes, this was definitely the ultimate edition of this movie. Cutting out the Engineers at the beginning, adding the TED talk, extending other scenes, trimming some with bad decisions from the characters etc, were all very very welcome and made an already great film, superb!
I wish I could say this would be my go-to version in the furture, but for quality reasons alone, I just can't. It's 2022, at the time of this review, and image and audio quality are sky high and I just can't go back to DVD quality, it hurts my eyes. My bare minimum is a clean 1080p. BUT, if anyone doesn't care about this, I most definitely recommend it and I assure you it will be your go-to version! But even if you are like me, you should at least watch it only once, just so you have a second, more complete and streamlined version of the film in your mind. So when you watch the theatrical, you can just fill in the blanks in your head.
Thank you Agent 9, I really hope you will consider ugrading the quality, and thanks to anyone who read my review!
This edit is nothing short of a triumph! It takes a deeply flawed film which polarised it's fan base and repairs and realigns some very dodgy plot holes and character motivations to make a much more coherent and more less maddening experience. Yes, the film still has it's problems, but Agent9 has created the best available version of Prometheus, one which I believe even Ridley Scott would enjoy.
Before I get into some of the editing choices here, let me first discuss the presentation. Simply put, this is the most professional and polished fan edit I've ever seen. From the a/v quality, the execution of the changes to the movie and the BD menus, this is gold standard work.
The colour timing of the the deleted scenes, for the most part, is indistinguishable from the finished film. And the new 5.1 mix created especially for those scenes is stellar work.
Moving on to the editing choices, most of which improve the film considerably and do away with nearly all of the annoying sloppy writing plot holes and idiocies. An odd side effect of that is that Agent9 has thrown a light on a couple of things that I never considered before. Take Holloway's wiggly eye worm. He makes much more sense in this edit with the reinsertion of some of his scenes so I caught myself wondering why would a trained scientist on an alien world ignore such a thing? When he trips and stumbles later he tries to brush it off then almost immediately he's shitting himself asking if there is something wrong with him. I couldn't help think how all of that would make more sense if the eye worm scene was gone and he didn't know there was something wrong with him until he asks Shaw what she sees.
Another thing I wondered about is why Weyland is no longer a "ghost" in the hologram. It neither hurts nor fixes anything for me so I was wondering why the editor made that choice. Maybe that is a point that other fans have problems with and Agent9 has taken their wishes into consideration.
Also I wondered why Elizabeth was lying on her back saying she can't go on, only to have the deus ex machina of David speaking to her from his detached head. Because this edit improves so many things I thought about that moment for the first time. I would have cut her bleating and started with David speaking to her.
The biggest question I have about the editing choices is the beginning TED scene... although it is nice on it's own and it gives us more of a sense of who Weyland is and why they put Guy in makeup, I still think most of that speech has little baring on the film or even spoils some of it. I loved David quoting Lawrence of Arabia but now he's just mimicking Weyland. I really think the point to cut out of that and go to titles is after he says "What have we done with it?"
And one final thing, why is Shaw not dead from drug and alcohol abuse? LOL! She sticks that morphine thing in herself so many times then goes straight for the Vodka (which incidentialy has the UK alcohol unit pink stamp on it that they use today).
This is an incredible piece of work. The end scene with Shaw and the Engineer is very exciting and edge of the seat stuff. The wire removals, added sound and colour timing here are a perfect storm of Fanediting prowess.
If anyone is a fan of Prometheus or is interested in Fanedits, PROMETHEUS - THE SPECIAL EDITION is for you!
I thought this was a great fanfix. The original was a big disappointment and this improves on it immensely. Can't say much without repeating all the other reviews. There were a couple of scenes that could have used more work where the added score drowned out the dialogue and it would have been nice to have 5.1 audio, but other than that it was excellent. Well done Agent 9. Highly recommended.
Finally got to sit down and watch this version of the film.
WOW. Agent 9 my friend, you have impressed me again..
This is a great edit, technically is almost flawless.. the coloring, the audio.. the list goes on.
Fantastically put together Blu-Ray and menu as well. Even has the option of an English Subtitle track, that Agent 9 had to type out himself... Damn! Now that's dedication..
There's a few minor problem's with this movie, with a few audio transitions not being completely perfect, and the music is little bit louder than it should be in the end fight sequence, but after all the work put into this, I'm going to over look those minor things.. There's a lot of work, dedication and passion that shows through here.
And to even try and do all of this again in 3D is impressive. (Not that it's done or I've seen it, but that Agent 9 is planning on releasing in 3D is crazy to me.)
Anyways.. There's not much I can say that hasn't already said before, but if you didn't fully enjoy the original cut of Prometheus.. Check out This Special Edition Cut.... It's awesome..
Though I will say and not to be mean, but If you don't like Prometheus at all, it's not like Agent 9 (or any other editor that does these edits) went out and shot a new film.. He just fixed stuff up and made it stronger as a whole.. the movie itself still has it's flaws, but this is probably the best it will be, don't trash someone's rating for a movie they didn't make, just cause they couldn't make it what you wanted, I truly hate this......
Anyways, I'm done babbling....... Great Edit Agent 9.. Can't wait for the next one..