Star Beast: Alien Grindhoused

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Original Release Date:
1979
Original Running Time:
116
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Fanedit Running Time:
110
Time Cut:
16
Time Added:
10
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Brief Synopsis:
Some movies are just perfection and can’t be improved. That’s one of them. But there’s always a way to provide some new interesting way to experience them and that was the goal here. Ridley Scott’s masterpiece has been converted to Grindhouse-like movie. Video got additional heavy grain and print damage, 90% of the movie was re-scored, some deleted scenes and outtakes reinstated, along with little additions of footage and dialogue lines from other movies, and some fan-created videos. New opening credits sequence was created and the end credits were also changed. Some scenes were cut, some repurposed and as a cherry on top, an alternate ending was added.
Intention:
To create a version with different vibe and feel, with added plot changes that may surprise even those, who know the movie by heart.
Other Sources:
- deleted scenes and outtake footage from Alien Anthology bonus discs
- production audio from 20th Anniversary DVD of "Alien"
- short glimpses of footage from “Alien Vs. Predator” (2004), “Alien: Covenant” (2017) and “Inserts” (1975)
- fan film “Alien-Aliens: Ripley’s little helper” by Steve Begg
- xenomorph test video animation by David Cordero
- xenomorph CGI 3D model by Cold Iron Studios
- “Alien: Isolation” game (some sounds and backgrounds).
- dialogue lines from: “Ghostbusters” (1984), “The Witches of Eastwick” (1987), “Paul” (2011), “Galaxy Quest” (1999), "The TV set" (2006), “Bone” (1972) and “Truck Turner” (1974).
- Soundtrack music by: Gene Page, Alan Hawkshaw, Nostromo, Bruno Nicolai, Christopher Gunning, Roy Budd, James Canwell, Lew Stern, Riz Ortolani, Gerald Sampler, Libra, Robert Smart, Claude Vasori
- Songs by: Deep Purple, Black Sabbath, Kate Nash, Tangerine Dream, Slick, The Rolling Stones, The Heavy, Grand Funk, Pat Benatar, Billy Squier, Lenny Kravitz, David Bowie and Michael Jackson.
Special Thanks:
From fanedit.org: ArtisDead, TM2YC; from AVP Galaxy forum: Kradan, Sil and rijir.
Release Information:
Digital
Cuts and Additions:
- Grindhouse effects added throughout the movie
- Re-scored over 90% of the movie & rebuilded some missing sfx
- Cut some dialogue scenes
- Added three deleted scenes from Alien Anthology Blu-ray set
- Re-edited some sequences (especially some of death scenes) using outtakes footage from Alien Anthology Blu-ray set and a few seconds of footage from other movies.
- Added some additional dialogue lines from other movies
- Re-purposed some scenes for new little sub-plot
- Added alternate ending
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This is a fabulous take on an old classic. The music score alone totally changes the feel, but is perfectly suited to the film and the 1970's Grindhouse genre.

I caught some of the added bits of dialog and laughed because I knew EXACTLY where at least one came from, and it works perfectly here.

I only knocked one star off the audio because it appeared too soft in numerous areas, but because this is GRINDHOUSE, that should not be a concern. I just really had to crank my sound system to catch bits of the dialog at times.

It's definitely worth a watch, especially if you're looking forward to watching Alien in a new way!

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I wish I had something to complain about and beast out on a star or two, but any niggles I have are resulting from necessity to work around a lack of original footage and a Hollywood studio. Its just unfair to criticise what are in fact the hard parts to pull off.

Even a slight gripe over the point of the Star Beast trailer I saw not being fully represented in this fan-edit turns out to be over a positive aspect of the movie. Whereas I was wondering at the viability of overt sexual violence and the presence of non-cast naked women in showers - Gieferg delivers entirely appropriate covert voyuer activity with affect to acute subversion of the main characters. Combining this debauched undertone with the choppy semi-abstracted scene progression carried along beautifully by the well picked music Alien becomes a rip-roaring flood of gaffs interspersed with chilled observance of a bunch of goons falling headlong into the nightmare that awaits them. Quite an achievement given the source metarial. Removal of the layer of tension lays bare the underlying absurdities.

I do love the way this fan-editor does their Grindhousing. It looks like alot of effort goes into the application of every luminar distortion, skippy projection, and that obligatory frizzle. Really good shots are left undisturbed, while things are livened up by the degraded film standards. Indeedy.

All in all this is a solid contribution to the Alien franchise. Here's looking to 'Star Beasts'!!!

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The film's deliberate pacing really lends itself to an extended edit. Well done with the musical cues and the choice of cuts and stitches. The grindhouse esthetic is pretty well realized as well. The care shown comes through in the diversity of sources used.

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I do so enjoy the Grindhouse versions of edits available in the Fanedit community. They bring me back to the fun days (actually nights) at the drive-in As a kid, a teenager and parent myself. Just watching with the giant smile I had. As ususal no techie stuff from me. From the start with the previews of other titles all the way through the film, total enjoyment. For me on this one I'm bummed I can only give a 10 for enjoyment. My scale of popcorn, 5 being top notch I give this a 7 bagger. Can't wait to watch the other titles

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Immensely enjoyable. The grindhouse veneer is consistent and really adds to the viewing experience. The sound track again adds to the enjoyment. Very much appreciated the additional scenes, along with additions to the history and lore. Thank you.

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