I like the theatrical cut of Prometheus just fine, but I like this one a whole lot more. Agent 9 has made some fantastic choices on when/how to cut a bunch of these scenes to mitigate the glaring flaws in the film's muddled and occasionally illogical and even lazy script. Most of them work flawlessly. I did feel like Fifield and Millburn got cheated out of their characters a bit in this version, having most of their lines cut. Granted, much of their dialogue wasn't that great to begin with, but now I have no idea who these people are, really. At the very least, the scene where they break from the rest of the exploratory party seemed needlessly truncated, with Fifield saying "I'm out of here" and taking Millburn along without a word from either him or the rest of the team. Many of the other characters benefit from added depth and more clearly-defined motivations though, thanks to some wisely reincorporated deleted footage.
There is some stunning editing on display here, major things like rearranging scenes for better flow, as well as really subtle stuff like touching up unfinished SFX and adding sound cues to enhance atmosphere and cover edits. The color correction, likewise, is gorgeous. Mostly, I was on board with the extra music, although the selection does lean pretty hard on the original Alien theme and the volume is overwhelming in several spots. I watched the 3D blu-ray, and the picture was generally terrific, barring the few deleted scenes that required post-converting. The drop in quality is noticeable to the point of distraction, but I appreciate the effort to clean these scenes up and convert them to 3D in the first place. The film is better for having them included.
Also, the entire disc is in side-by-side stereoscopic format, so it can be played on that 3D setting without having to burn to a disc, provided you have a way to mount the ISO. ;)
In conclusion, if you hated Prometheus, this probably won't change your mind. However, if, like me, you find it to be an enjoyable but deeply flawed film, give this edit a shot. It fixes many of the problems, and it carries a slightly stronger "Alien" vibe.
I watched this edit again recently and felt I had to add another review.
Agent 9 has done some fantastic work adding in deleted scenes even going so far as completing the SFX on some which still required wire removal etc. The video quality is excellent.
I too felt that Fifield and Milburn receive more cuts than they deserved, their leaving the exploration team was so abrupt I actually said "What?" out loud.
I still feel the musical score was very overwhelming in some places, occasionally drowning out the characters or effects, but other than that there are no obvious audio flaws,
These gripes aside, I still enjoyed the edit far more than the original, and enjoyed it as a fanedit even more the second time around.
This is what the original version of the movie should have been. The edit does all what it sets out to do, within the limits of the source material.
This is the same movie but its tone is darker now. Agent 9 reintegrated the scenes that provide context to certain actions of the characters - actions that seem out of character or out of place given the situation in the original cut. Now it all falls into place and improves the overall narrative, narrowing the focus. The characters are stronger now and more believable.
This is a more powerful Prometheus than the one we have seen at the theatre. One can only guess why Sir Scott decided to downgrade his own creation, leaving us guessing not about the mystery left unanswered but about the plotholes it left. Agent 9's version fixes all of this.
It's a not a tale about a mystery found in the cave anymore. This is the proper prequel to Alien. It doesn't want to give you the same action as Alien did, it wants to show you why and how it came into being. And this version is more focused on it than the theatrical cut.
Agent 9 handles everything with a great respect for the source material and love for its roots. And it shows in the care with which he restores the scenes that have been originally cut out. The video quality is top notch, audio is good but has some problems with fade ins and outs here and there. While it's still good it is the least impressive element of this edit, which doesn't mean it's bad at all. It's just because everything else is so good that small problems with audio simply stand out.
Although I appreciated the use of the Alien score in some place (while it was subtle), it's not so subtle it should have been in couple of other places. I don't mind the score itself but the volume of it is to loud in the scenes that would benefit from more silence instead. As Alien movie itself teaches us, silence is scarier than a score with a volume trying to terrify you. The scene where Weyland confronts the Engineer or the scene where the Engineer chases Shaw are supported by a very loud score that ends up being distracting, and it actually removes the tension or pathos it should provide or enhance.
Thankfully this is the only criticism I have, other than that I wish this was the theatrical version. Maybe someday Sir Scott will decide to restore Prometheus to the glory it never had, but in the meantime Agent 9's version is the next best thing.
I've watched it twice now and can say for sure this is my favourite version! This is what it should have been!
I love how you've effectively cured most of the silly scenes and made others better flowing either by making them shorter with slight rearrangements, or with more effective music to suit the scene. Not to mention I loved the Alien music integration! Why Ridley left those scenes out I'll never know...they work so well! They gave more gravitas to Weyland's presence on the ship, the "love" between Charlie and Elizabeth that much more acceptable. David's motives becoming clearer. There were a couple of little gripes (nit picking really) - thought when Fifield says "I'm out of here" then walks off, there was silence which made it feel abrupt. As they were walking away Charlie could have said "pull yourself together" with the addition of an Alien "clunk" (the one you used upon landing). The Alien music just before the text appears when Prometheus is travelling through space near the beginning could have been filtered out less abruptly or even left to play through whole scene. A suggestion (though it may not fit well) would be when Charlie gets incinerated the screen goes bright white...could maybe have Ellie have a flashback to the engineer crumbling at the beginning of the original, fragmented. Reinforcing the theme that progress/evolution does not come without sacrifice. Would have ended the movie just when the "deacon" explodes out of the engineer revealing the back of it's head and used more sinister music when credits roll replacing Chopin. I love your use of colour correction - the look and feel of the movie is now in a more Alien vain. 9.5/10
Being a big Alien fan the theatrical release of Prometheus was a disappointment, on second viewing I enjoyed it more, probably due to my expectations being somewhat lowered.
This edit improves on the theatrical release for me and I certainly enjoyed watching it.
The movie flows better and the inclusion or removal of certain scenes make more sense. I liked the color correction and the excellent work on bringing the deleted scenes up to release quality. The use of original Alien theme music was also welcome although overall I found the music soundtrack to overwhelm the vocals in several places.