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Alien 3: Third Cut
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Original Release Date:
1992
Original Running Time:
144
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146
Time Added:
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Brief Synopsis:
This uses The Assembly Cut as it's base and introduces Theatrical Cut elements that I have a preference for. I also attempt to clean up the colour and contrast imbalances in certain composite shots. I also add extra FX for dramatic effect in places, to improve visually on the original or to technically facilitate differences in lighting between the 2 versions when using footage for the same scenes.
Intention:
There was a distinct reduction of drama in a particular replacement scene that the Assembly Cut used to over rule it's Theatrical predecessor. It was flat and lame and undid some truly excellent work by Terry Rawlings - Even though the shot order stayed the same, the elements present weren't what he was inspired to work with at first. So I switched that back and luckily for us all, the rest of the Assembly Cut was excellent and it was vital to giving the film some extra character depth, intrigue and vibrancy. I always really liked the film, but in this hybrid form now it has all the elements together that makes it feel rounded for me.
Other Sources:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UsmWNaQWsuU by Loki3D
Smoke FX clips from hong thuong HD You Tube channel.

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Special Thanks:
Loki3D You Tube channel
hong thuong HD You Tube channel.
Release Information:
Digital
Editing Details:
All changes are all listed in some detail on my Alien 3 thread listed above. All work was done using Premiere and After Effects, also using a little smoke and fire FX samples from the You Tubers listed above.
Cuts and Additions:
I recently got round to loading the project drives for a third time with this again and finishing off some visual FX - Alien drool in the infirmary & adding an arcing torch flare to Golic's dragon hallucination. Then outputting a good quality intermediate to encode in HEVC. The only other addition that might not have been in my original project notes is putting the scene back into the Assembly Cut where David says "This was 'er Idea!" the rest is covered in my main thread.

This was my first ever edit back in 2011, so it's nice to draw a line under it.
Faneditor Name:
Original Movie/Show Title:
Franchise:
Fanedit Type:
Original Release Date:
1992
Original Running Time:
144
Fanedit Release Date:
Fanedit Running Time:
146
Time Added:
2
Available in HD?
Brief Synopsis:
This uses The Assembly Cut as it's base and introduces Theatrical Cut elements that I have a preference for. I also attempt to clean up the colour and contrast imbalances in certain composite shots. I also add extra FX for dramatic effect in places, to improve visually on the original or to technically facilitate differences in lighting between the 2 versions when using footage for the same scenes.
Intention:
There was a distinct reduction of drama in a particular replacement scene that the Assembly Cut used to over rule it's Theatrical predecessor. It was flat and lame and undid some truly excellent work by Terry Rawlings - Even though the shot order stayed the same, the elements present weren't what he was inspired to work with at first. So I switched that back and luckily for us all, the rest of the Assembly Cut was excellent and it was vital to giving the film some extra character depth, intrigue and vibrancy. I always really liked the film, but in this hybrid form now it has all the elements together that makes it feel rounded for me.
Other Sources:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UsmWNaQWsuU by Loki3D
Smoke FX clips from hong thuong HD You Tube channel.

image
Special Thanks:
Loki3D You Tube channel
hong thuong HD You Tube channel.
Release Information:
Digital
Editing Details:
All changes are all listed in some detail on my Alien 3 thread listed above. All work was done using Premiere and After Effects, also using a little smoke and fire FX samples from the You Tubers listed above.
Cuts and Additions:
I recently got round to loading the project drives for a third time with this again and finishing off some visual FX - Alien drool in the infirmary & adding an arcing torch flare to Golic's dragon hallucination. Then outputting a good quality intermediate to encode in HEVC. The only other addition that might not have been in my original project notes is putting the scene back into the Assembly Cut where David says "This was 'er Idea!" the rest is covered in my main thread.

This was my first ever edit back in 2011, so it's nice to draw a line under it.
DVD Cover art by 15Maf (DOWNLOAD HERE)
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Blu-Ray Cover art by 15Maf (DOWNLOAD HERE)
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It doesn’t quite reach the heights of the first two films, but Third Cut is absolutely the best version of Alien 3. All the depth of the Assembly Cut, while keeping the best parts of the Theatrical Cut, plus a few extra enhancements. Excellent attention to detail. Well done!

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A really solid amalgamation of both versions of Alien 3. Highly recommended.

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This is virtually the Alien 3 you're looking for. The story depth of the Assembly Cut along with the best parts of the Theatrical cut makes this probably the best edit of the movie available so far.

The editing and SFX improvements are fantastic.

There are a few sections of booming audio after I'd turned up the volume to hear but otherwise no issues with audio or video rendering.

Editing wise, I suppose the only small niggles are that I'm not a fan of watching the opening credits scene flick between two different locations simultaneously - but by the same token this scene is vast improvement on the Theatrical cut intro, and the scene flick is an aspect of the scene with prayer and cutting away to the dog . I also would only hint at the Facehugger being in the escape pod until you see the later scene with the Dog and the scarred face. It makes it more suspenseful if the audience only had a (probable) suggestion that the Alien may have been on board.

I quite like some of the scenes of Alien and Aliens where you see some of the scenes of the living spaces uninhabited before you see people within - almost as if the audience is being told "This is the location the protagonists are living in" . It lends itself to knowing exactly where the characters are trapped - all three movies have this aspect - but it does seem a bit easier for the prisoners to escape from the Alien without it really being explained why it's so hard. Perhaps a few shots of the space unlived in, would add some atmosphere.
There's a scene which has always bugged me you kept in where Pete Postlethwaites chracter says he's found traces of Vince - it's never actually established who Vince is..... I suppose it could be another background character .

I also was really hoping that the line with Ripley saying "For the last time" like in the Alien 3 trailer would be included - but that is only a minor fan service want!

All in all - I have no other complaints. A lot of the good stuff done is hiding bad points which I have forgotten, which is to i's credit. This edit is otherwise seamless. This is was a great edit. Love the work that has been done here, and with the quality of acting talent available the editing really throws open the great performances by Charles Dance, Charles Dutton, Paul McGann, Sigourney Weaver, Ralph Brown, Brian Glover (I think I hate his character more than even Burke!) and Pete Postlethwaite. The ending scenes have been really done well and I liked the longer linger with Ripley's final decision to Bishop and the extra CGI on the ending scene.

This is the version of Alien 3 you should see, and this is now my go-to version of Alien 3.


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Alien3: Third Cut - 15MaF

Filesize = 6.8 GB, Video = 1920 X 808p h265, Audio = 640 kbps, 5.1 AC3. No subs.

This is a terrific edit of a film I had previously regarded as flawed and unmendable.
The narrative now flows and makes good sense. Real story telling here.
Video editing is rock solid, no complaints, I like what 15MaF has done.
Audio is another matter. The 5.1 sound is pretty loud, often boomy. The soundscape overwhelms the dialogue most of the time. Conversations are muffled, murky or flat out indecipherable.
This undercuts the story. No subtitles hurts this particular edit.
Alien3 was always drama driven, not the adrenaline overload like its predecessors, and is miles superior to what followed.
I recommend this improved version to anyone still longing for a good experience.
Nice bonuses include cover art and a detailed change list.

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I started rewatching this franchise of films recently and having arrived at Alien 3 I decided on this edit and I am glad I did. I'm very happy I did. None of the reused shots, or cuts stood out, which is perfect. I am very pleased with this edit and it'll be my go to when rewatching this film now. The only thing that did stand out as odd to me was the use of the fire fx over the Alien; the fire you got from YouTube/Blender. That was literally the only single thing I found to be off-putting. Everything else was spot on. I really liked how you wove the Assembly Cut with literally everything I liked about the Theatrical cut. Great work.

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