Alien 3: Q2 Edition

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Original Release Date:
1992 (Theatrical) / 145 (SE)
Original Running Time:
114 (Theatrical) / 145 (SE) minutes
Fanedit Release Date:
Fanedit Running Time:
135 minutes
Available in HD:
Synopsis:
Alien 3 never received the proper release it deserved, nor as director David Fincher intended. While it is impossible to truly bring his original vision to the screen, this edit makes it a worthy entry in the Alien Saga.
Intention:
The theatrical cut of Alien 3 was a disaster. It lacked focus and seemed to be missing key elements. Then in 2003 a special edition was released that was closer to David Fincher’s original vision. This version was much better but was too long, and it replaced some of the theatrical material I preferred (e.g. the dog being host to the alien vs the ox).

What I aimed to do with this cut was utilize the special edition and remove the excess while re-incorporating some of the theatrical elements. I also wanted to introduce the alien as late as possible, thus building the suspense.
Special Features:
AVCHD: 720p DVD-DL @ 7400Kbps, Dolby Digital 5.1, Chapters

DVD: DVD-SL @ 3400Kbps, Dolby Digital 5.1, Chapters

xVid: 720×405 @ 1800Kbps
Cuts and Additions:
Too many to list them all, but here are the biggies:

- replaced 20th Century Fox logo
- cut the alien being introduced during the credits (credits had to be reconstructed from scratch) (Special Thanks to ThrowgnCpr and Zeppelinrox for pin-pointing the font and its settings)
- reorganized and trimmed the opening
- cut all scenes with Andrews in contact with the Company
- replaced the special edition ox scene with that of the dog from the theatrical cut
- cut Ripley waking next to Clemens (I always disliked this and felt it was forced)
- tweaked scene where Ripley scans herself for the alien (the alien isn’t revealed right away)
- cut Ripley’s dialog “It must have… violated me…” when talking to Dillon
- cut Ripley screaming “NOOOO!!!” when Clemen’s stays behind (I mean really… have you ever seen someone screaming “NOOOO!!!” to the heavens? Have you ever done it yourself? I thought not.)
- replaced Ripley jumping with the one from the theatrical cut
- many, many little cuts throughout to trim scenes, cut dialog and just speed things up a little
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Faneditor Name:
Original Movie/Show Title:
Franchise:
Fanedit Type:
Original Release Date:
1992 (Theatrical) / 145 (SE)
Original Running Time:
114 (Theatrical) / 145 (SE) minutes
Fanedit Release Date:
Fanedit Running Time:
135 minutes
Available in HD:
Synopsis:
Alien 3 never received the proper release it deserved, nor as director David Fincher intended. While it is impossible to truly bring his original vision to the screen, this edit makes it a worthy entry in the Alien Saga.
Intention:
The theatrical cut of Alien 3 was a disaster. It lacked focus and seemed to be missing key elements. Then in 2003 a special edition was released that was closer to David Fincher’s original vision. This version was much better but was too long, and it replaced some of the theatrical material I preferred (e.g. the dog being host to the alien vs the ox).

What I aimed to do with this cut was utilize the special edition and remove the excess while re-incorporating some of the theatrical elements. I also wanted to introduce the alien as late as possible, thus building the suspense.
Special Features:
AVCHD: 720p DVD-DL @ 7400Kbps, Dolby Digital 5.1, Chapters

DVD: DVD-SL @ 3400Kbps, Dolby Digital 5.1, Chapters

xVid: 720×405 @ 1800Kbps
Cuts and Additions:
Too many to list them all, but here are the biggies:

- replaced 20th Century Fox logo
- cut the alien being introduced during the credits (credits had to be reconstructed from scratch) (Special Thanks to ThrowgnCpr and Zeppelinrox for pin-pointing the font and its settings)
- reorganized and trimmed the opening
- cut all scenes with Andrews in contact with the Company
- replaced the special edition ox scene with that of the dog from the theatrical cut
- cut Ripley waking next to Clemens (I always disliked this and felt it was forced)
- tweaked scene where Ripley scans herself for the alien (the alien isn’t revealed right away)
- cut Ripley’s dialog “It must have… violated me…” when talking to Dillon
- cut Ripley screaming “NOOOO!!!” when Clemen’s stays behind (I mean really… have you ever seen someone screaming “NOOOO!!!” to the heavens? Have you ever done it yourself? I thought not.)
- replaced Ripley jumping with the one from the theatrical cut
- many, many little cuts throughout to trim scenes, cut dialog and just speed things up a little
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A great experience, worthy of the preceding entries in the trilogy. A masterful fix -- all the Dog Alien you could ever want!

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I also liked it.
Even if the original Alien3 was a bit of a letdown for me (mostly for the Newt/Hicks plot, and the fact that it was not the movie I thought it should have been) I always thought it was an okay movie. The 2003 version was better, but had its problems. Like is the ox scene. I mean the scene is cool and all but two things did not work: the last shots of the alien running (a bit silly looking), and the fact that the first guy who dies is yelling at the name of the dog (that we never have seen before). Not to mention that the new alien moves more like a dog than a ox.
So I’m glad Q2 kept it in this edit.

This new version combining the goods from the 2 versions (the 2003 Gollic plot but trimmed a bit, the 1992 dog scene, the 2003 opening but trimmed a bit, the 1992 queen burst) as well as more cuts here and there works wonderfully. Q2 did not make an alternate take of this movie, it is still the Alien3 we know, only better IMO, and this is my favorite cut. The reorganization of some scenes did not feel odd at all and everything felt into place.

Technical aspect was flawless to my eyes/hears (exept maybe the frozen picture on the new opening credits. I mean it’s okay, but there is still some few seconds camera move at the very begining, then it frozes suddenly. Just some nitpicking here)

I personally would like even more cuts of dialogue. It’s a quite talkative movie. Not that talkative movies are bad! But the more the talk, the less the fear, IMO.
I also somehow missed a bit the names and pictures of Newt and Hicks on the screens at the begining. Not a big thing, but hey.
This still a very solid 8/10 from me.
An the fact you can choose between AVCHD, DVD or Xvid is awesome.
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If you follow behind the scenes stories this film is one of the classic fox development hell examples. Everything that could happen wrong eventually happened with this picture. What i like about this edit is Q2 hability to draw a line between two things that shouldn't be together in reality, creating a cohesive suspense build around this mini planet prison, delivering a nice suspense film.

Alien 3 was literally my first contact with the franchise for some random reason while i was in my father's video store so it always was a weird love/hate situation for me. That being said this is probably the definitive edition of this film, worth a watch!

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My definitive version of Alien 3.

Delivered in great HD quality and with restored workprint scenes that greatly enhance the experience.

A must for any Alien franchise fan.
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I always thought Alien 3 was an under rated movie. I enjoyed it because I liked the return to a single Alien like in the first film and the terror it caused. I like the way it ran on the walls and ceiling because it was gestated in a dog - but then a few years later it became an ox and I thought - hang on an ox is nowhere near as nimble as a dog! This edit fixes that and more!

Q2 has created what I always hoped Alien 3 would be, a riveting and terrifying tale that holds true to Ridley Scott's original. About the only thing I held back a point on was for video quality - and I'm being high maintenance with this score because I've been lucky enough to buy a 70 inch flatscreen so if something isn't quite clear I will see it. I compared it to my 1080p original and it definitely showed - but if you have a smaller screen then it will look superb.

Well done Q2 for another excellent fan edit.

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I promised to review this quite a while ago, so sorry to the faneditor for the delay! As it happens, TMBTM said more or less exactly what I thought about this fanedit. The cuts are sensible and well thought out, and most of them meet with my approval. This edit combines most of the best points of the theatrical and assembly cuts of Alien3, but also tightens up the film considerably. Audio is fine and the video quality is excellent. I agree with TMBTM that more trims would be welcome, especially to the dialogue, because the film still drags a little.

This edit is certainly an improvement and well worth watching, but I cannot help but feel that more could be done with this film. It’s a solid eight out of ten from me too.
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