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Original Release Date:
2017
Original Running Time:
123 minutes
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154 minutes
Time Cut:
1 minutes
Time Added:
32 minutes
Available in HD:
Synopsis:
These two edits (ALIEN V rt 132min and ALIEN COVENANT:EXTENDED CUT rt 154 min) restore the three act structure by creating a new first act from supplemental and deleted material. There is also a new Coda, tightened up restored scenes to develop character and score and audio enhancements to give it a more A L I E N feel all over.
Intention:
I disliked Alien Covenant when it first came out because you could feel that the first act was missing. Why have James Franco in it for 2 scenes to just rub him out? That is now fixed. And these versions PROVE you needed the first act AND that the extra 30 minutes COULD have been kept if the rest of the movie was tightened up.
Additional Notes:
The Extended version restores a true 3 act structure by adding in the material where the crew train and are tested for their emotional responses. This section ran near 30 minutes. I tightened it up and added in audio and music from Jerry Goldsmith to give it an original ALIEN feel. I also added back many other deleted portions but again, tightened them up and added ambience and music where needed. The rest of the film has a variety of tweaks to improve character, dialogue, delivery and continuity. There is a fair amount of tweaks towards the end as well to keep things both logical and tense, plus a new coda derived from supplemental publicity material publicly available. Additional material from 2010: The Year we make Contact was used to create establishing shots for the newly created first act. Additional caption work to match the font and style of the original movie was also made. This runs 154 min. EPIC The Alien V version takes the above, and tightens it all up to run 134 min. Why? I wanted to prove that the 3 act structure could have been preserved in a near 2 hr run time. I hated Alien Covenant when it first came out because you could feel that the first act was missing. Why have James Franco in it for 2 scenes to just rub him out? That is now fixed. And this version PROVES that the extra 30 minutes COULD have been kept if the rest of the movie was tightened up. For those interested, the 20 min removed from ALIEN COVENANT EXTENDED to make ALIEN V was 3 min from the added deleted material, 17 min from the theatrical cut. A video is available on request that is fully annotated. Of the deleted scenes added back to the Extended 154 min version, 4 min of the deleted material used was removed for pace and narrative.
Other Sources:
2010: The Year we Make Contact.
ALIEN Collectors Edition and Anniversay CDs to use many unused and alternate versions of the Jerry Goldsmith score
Alien Covenant Score CD
Public Domain Sound effects from Free Sounds.org
Alien Covenant Trailers (for pieces NOT in the movie)
She Wont Go Quitely (pre-release viral publicly available)
PHOBOS (pre-release viral publicly available)
ADVENT (pre-release viral publicly available)
PROLOGUE (pre-release viral publicly available)
SUPPER (pre-release viral publicly available)
MEET WALTER (pre-release viral publicly available)
11 deleted scenes from the Official Blu Ray




Release Information:
  • Blu-ray
  • Blu-ray
  • Digital
Editing Details:
I wanted to restore the missing first act to Alien Covenant and give it a more A L I E N overall feel. I used 5 sequences from pre-publicity viral videos which run 27 min in total. These were trimmed, re-editted and had sound and music work too in order to bring them into the edit. I also incorporated the 11 deleted scenes from the blu ray, but again trimmed them down from their 18 minutes total in order to fit and make sense. If a scene does not enhance character or plot, it was not used. I also removed bad dialogue from the movie and made many micro edits, corrected some continuity issues, overall score enhancements and more. Two additional shots from the official trailers were also added in which were missing from the theatrical version. Of the 45 minutes of available additional material, 32 minutes were used. The 13 minutes not used were removed for pacing and narrative or could not be made to work or just would be adding back for the sake of.

At 154 minutes ( and it could have been 167 min) it is respectfully satisfying. I did however then compress this version down to 134 min (just 11 minutes longer that the original). Even the 134 min version (ALIEN V) preserves most of the added back materials albeit, with some further tightening up and some further scenes removed from the original version (see bottom of cut list for details).

So there you have an Extended Cut of 154 minutes and an Extended Cut of 134 minutes (to prove the filmmakers could have kept the three act structure and hit a 2 hourish run time). In fact I do have a version running 121 min, but it is rushed and this story needs the characters to engage you and the pauses are vital to develop tension.

The only material not used for either edit was the SHE WONT GO QUIETLY TRALER. This has a great poker scene NOT in the edits or original. It just can't be made to fit without jarring or ruinning the pace. Same for the open shots but a few tiny bits got used....IT MUST ENHANCE and not feel out of place; otherwise JETTISON!!!!
Cuts and Additions:
11 deleted scenes from the Official Blu Ray
- Prologue 4min56sec
- Ghose 57 sec
- Walt Dan 1min 30sec
- Oram Dan 1min 4sec
- Flash 1min 37sec
- Funeral 1min 26 sec
- Lee Fall 39 sec
- Plaza 55 sec
- Dan thanks 1min 19sec
- Pray 1 min 6sec
- Report 39 sec
- Stairs 31 sec

VIRALS
- Meet Walter 2min 21 sec
- Phobos 9min 10 sec
- Supper 4min 37sec
- Prologue 2min 34sec
- Advent 6 min 42 Sec

Trailers
Used missing shots
She Wont go Quietly (one shot used. The poker game cannot be to work without it feeling out of place tonally)


2010: The Year we Make Contact.
ALIEN Collectors Edition and Anniversay CDs to use many unused and alternate versions of the Jerry Goldsmith score
Alien Covenant Score CD
Public Domain Sound effects from Free Sounds.org
Alien Covenant Trailers (for pieces NOT in the movie)
She Wont Go Quitely (pre-release viral publicly available)
PHOBOS (pre-release viral publicly available)
ADVENT (pre-release viral publicly available)
PROLOGUE (pre-release viral publicly available)
SUPPER (pre-release viral publicly available)
MEET WALTER (pre-release viral publicly available)
__________DETAILS__________CONTAINS SPOILERS_____________
ALIEN COVENTANT EXTENDED 154 minutes
2 hours 34 min 29 secs
001 - WRAITH logo and disclaimer added
002 - Pre opening Logos are removed and replaced with a clean 20the Century Fox Logo
003 – New pre opening captions added acting as a “previously in Prometeus”…
004 – Prologue voice over of David “look on my works…” is moved to play over the “Scott free/Brandywine” credits
007 – WRAITH credit added
008 – Jump to opening David / Wetland chat using a titleless version: WHY WOULD YOU RUIN THIS SEQUENCE WITH CREDITS. SOOOOOO distrcting. The scene is worth of KUBRICK. You would not have had captions over the white room scene in 2001.
009 – After Extended David intro, ALIEN COVENANT title screen plays
010 – New establishing shots to introduce the PHOBOS sequence (footage from 2010:The Year we make contract)
014 – New captions used to introduce the training vessel, establishing it is Orbiting Phobos. The ship was calle the Leonov, and is now renamed EPIMETEUS, who was Prometheus brother. The same fonts and audio is used as in the theatrical version with the caption length sequenced to match the audio reveal.
038 – The PHOBOS sequence plays out in full but is shortened and re-ordered from 9min 36 sec by 1 min. This was done to maintain pace, keep it flowing, with a break for a further mid way shot of the “EPIMETEUS” to imply the passage of time. A total of 35 changes to the visuals
073 – There are 14 score enhancements used during the new PHOBOS sequence. The source tracks are: 02 The Covenant, 22 Alien Covenant Theme by Jed Kurzel from the Alien Covenant CD and 24 – Main Title (rescored Alternative), 29 The Cupboard Alternate version, 27 The Skeleton (re-scored alt version) from the Limited Edition 2CD Anniversary ALIEN Score.
078 – There are 5 Foley enhancements to the PHOBOS sequence to add rumble, spaceship fly by etc.
079 – Cut to COVENANT establishing shot and original captions
080 – New transition to Walter holding the torch by having a lens flare from the engines segue to the torch light Walter is holding.
081 – The SUPPER scene plays out extended.
085 – Cut to Walter in the DLETED hydroponics with some minor trims to have a better flow
086 – The scene is now scored with Eine Kleine Nachtmusik (Source) - Jerry Goldsmith – Alien CD_ Alternate Cues as a tie in to the movie franchise...the piece is used in ALIEN when Dallas is in the dome.
088 – The Alien Covenant theme cuts in earlier during the hydroponics
092 – The meteor strikes now without warning and the reaction is re-cut to remove a clumsy section from the movie.
098 – The post emergency sequence is unaltered and segues to the deleted scene “Cabin on the Lakes“ scored with the track of the same name that was clearly meant for that scene originally.
101 – Scolex sound FX and flash used to establish that the scene which follows is a flashback
105 – Flashback Scene plays out in full with a scolex and flash exit to her the pod which perfectly align on her eyes WHICH PROVES this is where the scene was meant to go. It was obviously removed coz some SUIT wanted to get on with the story….Stuff character development and audience engagement!!!!!!!!!!!! IDIOTS.
107 – The next 8 minutes play out and after Walter closes the scene speaking to Dan two dleted scenes pplay out…Dan Oram and Walt Dan.
111 – The two scenes are scored with 18 – Lonley Perfection and 04 – Cabin in the Woods from the AC Score CD.
112 – Ship Ambience Foley is added to the end of the second scene and used to bridge back to the Theatrical version
114 – After Wlater and Oram are in the hold, the extended Funeral plays out
115 – From 0:39min to 01h:06m the film plays out per the theatrical version
117 – The extended LEE FALL scene plays at 01h:06m and then unaltered until 01h:17m where the EXTENDED PLAZA WALK plays out
118 – Small trim at 01h:21m after Daniels speaks to Walter in the rain. Oram Line “there is so much here that doesn’t make sense” followed by Walter’s “I’ll speak to him, brother to brother” are removed. We don’t need to be telegraphed of David and Walter’s forthcoming chat.
122 – The Dan Thanks deleted scene plays at 01h:23m
129 – The movie plays unaltered to 01h:34m until Walter reports back on his chat with David. 6 minor trims for over exposition and now scored to 27 – The Skeleton (alt cue) from the ALIEN 2 CD collectors edition CD.
131 – This is followed by the deleted PRAYER SCENE which creates a great tension build for the ensuing creature appearance.
136 – 01h:36m to 01h:43m play out unaltered until Dan Walks in on David with 2 trims for tone and pace
138 – The deleted scene on the stairs plays out at this point and the film is unaltered until 2:11:36 when a single shot from trailer is dropped in.
139 – MAJOR SPOILER: Movie plays unaltered to 02:18:20 when David sends Daniels to sleep. Small trim for tension and then segues into the ADVENT VIRAL sequence for Davids report.
142 - Additional Space ship ruble added and some trims and image re-sequencing to avoid the ADVENT section from being too long.
148 – Advent cust to a repurposed additional POV of the Covenant playing out over custom end titles
157 – Post credit sequence added introducing a New Walter.
158 – Custom Captions WRAITH at the end.

A L I E N V rt 132 min
Additional trims the being compiled
4 trims totaling 32 Sec of Weyland David white room chat
10 trims totaling 63 sec from PHOBOS training evaluation
8 trims totaling 96 sec from the drinking scene
7 trims totalling 47 sec from the spacewalk repair
3 trims totalling 65 sec from the post spacewalk argument
5 trims totaling 49 sec from the landing sequence
2 trims totaling 39 sec from post landing
11 trims totaling 98 sec from the walkabout up to explosion
3 trims totaling 11 sec post explosion action
3 trims totaling 154 secs up David and Walter flute
3 trims totaling 49sec from David Walter flute
10 reims totaling 85 sec from Flute to post prayer attack
7 trims totaling 16 sec from bridge tension
6 trims totaling 49 sec fromWalter David final chat
3 trims totaling 8 sec from take off
27 sec silly putty surgery scene removed
102 sec from David watching to end of attack removed
7 sec corridor shot removed
6 shots totaling 79 sec removed from Coda
12 Sec shot of Covenant removed
3 Trims totaling 79 sec from post credit ad removed





















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Faneditor Name:
Original Movie/Show Title:
Franchise:
Fanedit Type:
Original Release Date:
2017
Original Running Time:
123 minutes
Fanedit Release Date:
Fanedit Running Time:
154 minutes
Time Cut:
1 minutes
Time Added:
32 minutes
Available in HD:
Synopsis:
These two edits (ALIEN V rt 132min and ALIEN COVENANT:EXTENDED CUT rt 154 min) restore the three act structure by creating a new first act from supplemental and deleted material. There is also a new Coda, tightened up restored scenes to develop character and score and audio enhancements to give it a more A L I E N feel all over.
Intention:
I disliked Alien Covenant when it first came out because you could feel that the first act was missing. Why have James Franco in it for 2 scenes to just rub him out? That is now fixed. And these versions PROVE you needed the first act AND that the extra 30 minutes COULD have been kept if the rest of the movie was tightened up.
Additional Notes:
The Extended version restores a true 3 act structure by adding in the material where the crew train and are tested for their emotional responses. This section ran near 30 minutes. I tightened it up and added in audio and music from Jerry Goldsmith to give it an original ALIEN feel. I also added back many other deleted portions but again, tightened them up and added ambience and music where needed. The rest of the film has a variety of tweaks to improve character, dialogue, delivery and continuity. There is a fair amount of tweaks towards the end as well to keep things both logical and tense, plus a new coda derived from supplemental publicity material publicly available. Additional material from 2010: The Year we make Contact was used to create establishing shots for the newly created first act. Additional caption work to match the font and style of the original movie was also made. This runs 154 min. EPIC The Alien V version takes the above, and tightens it all up to run 134 min. Why? I wanted to prove that the 3 act structure could have been preserved in a near 2 hr run time. I hated Alien Covenant when it first came out because you could feel that the first act was missing. Why have James Franco in it for 2 scenes to just rub him out? That is now fixed. And this version PROVES that the extra 30 minutes COULD have been kept if the rest of the movie was tightened up. For those interested, the 20 min removed from ALIEN COVENANT EXTENDED to make ALIEN V was 3 min from the added deleted material, 17 min from the theatrical cut. A video is available on request that is fully annotated. Of the deleted scenes added back to the Extended 154 min version, 4 min of the deleted material used was removed for pace and narrative.
Other Sources:
2010: The Year we Make Contact.
ALIEN Collectors Edition and Anniversay CDs to use many unused and alternate versions of the Jerry Goldsmith score
Alien Covenant Score CD
Public Domain Sound effects from Free Sounds.org
Alien Covenant Trailers (for pieces NOT in the movie)
She Wont Go Quitely (pre-release viral publicly available)
PHOBOS (pre-release viral publicly available)
ADVENT (pre-release viral publicly available)
PROLOGUE (pre-release viral publicly available)
SUPPER (pre-release viral publicly available)
MEET WALTER (pre-release viral publicly available)
11 deleted scenes from the Official Blu Ray




Release Information:
  • Blu-ray
  • Blu-ray
  • Digital
Editing Details:
I wanted to restore the missing first act to Alien Covenant and give it a more A L I E N overall feel. I used 5 sequences from pre-publicity viral videos which run 27 min in total. These were trimmed, re-editted and had sound and music work too in order to bring them into the edit. I also incorporated the 11 deleted scenes from the blu ray, but again trimmed them down from their 18 minutes total in order to fit and make sense. If a scene does not enhance character or plot, it was not used. I also removed bad dialogue from the movie and made many micro edits, corrected some continuity issues, overall score enhancements and more. Two additional shots from the official trailers were also added in which were missing from the theatrical version. Of the 45 minutes of available additional material, 32 minutes were used. The 13 minutes not used were removed for pacing and narrative or could not be made to work or just would be adding back for the sake of.

At 154 minutes ( and it could have been 167 min) it is respectfully satisfying. I did however then compress this version down to 134 min (just 11 minutes longer that the original). Even the 134 min version (ALIEN V) preserves most of the added back materials albeit, with some further tightening up and some further scenes removed from the original version (see bottom of cut list for details).

So there you have an Extended Cut of 154 minutes and an Extended Cut of 134 minutes (to prove the filmmakers could have kept the three act structure and hit a 2 hourish run time). In fact I do have a version running 121 min, but it is rushed and this story needs the characters to engage you and the pauses are vital to develop tension.

The only material not used for either edit was the SHE WONT GO QUIETLY TRALER. This has a great poker scene NOT in the edits or original. It just can't be made to fit without jarring or ruinning the pace. Same for the open shots but a few tiny bits got used....IT MUST ENHANCE and not feel out of place; otherwise JETTISON!!!!
Cuts and Additions:
11 deleted scenes from the Official Blu Ray
- Prologue 4min56sec
- Ghose 57 sec
- Walt Dan 1min 30sec
- Oram Dan 1min 4sec
- Flash 1min 37sec
- Funeral 1min 26 sec
- Lee Fall 39 sec
- Plaza 55 sec
- Dan thanks 1min 19sec
- Pray 1 min 6sec
- Report 39 sec
- Stairs 31 sec

VIRALS
- Meet Walter 2min 21 sec
- Phobos 9min 10 sec
- Supper 4min 37sec
- Prologue 2min 34sec
- Advent 6 min 42 Sec

Trailers
Used missing shots
She Wont go Quietly (one shot used. The poker game cannot be to work without it feeling out of place tonally)


2010: The Year we Make Contact.
ALIEN Collectors Edition and Anniversay CDs to use many unused and alternate versions of the Jerry Goldsmith score
Alien Covenant Score CD
Public Domain Sound effects from Free Sounds.org
Alien Covenant Trailers (for pieces NOT in the movie)
She Wont Go Quitely (pre-release viral publicly available)
PHOBOS (pre-release viral publicly available)
ADVENT (pre-release viral publicly available)
PROLOGUE (pre-release viral publicly available)
SUPPER (pre-release viral publicly available)
MEET WALTER (pre-release viral publicly available)
__________DETAILS__________CONTAINS SPOILERS_____________
ALIEN COVENTANT EXTENDED 154 minutes
2 hours 34 min 29 secs
001 - WRAITH logo and disclaimer added
002 - Pre opening Logos are removed and replaced with a clean 20the Century Fox Logo
003 – New pre opening captions added acting as a “previously in Prometeus”…
004 – Prologue voice over of David “look on my works…” is moved to play over the “Scott free/Brandywine” credits
007 – WRAITH credit added
008 – Jump to opening David / Wetland chat using a titleless version: WHY WOULD YOU RUIN THIS SEQUENCE WITH CREDITS. SOOOOOO distrcting. The scene is worth of KUBRICK. You would not have had captions over the white room scene in 2001.
009 – After Extended David intro, ALIEN COVENANT title screen plays
010 – New establishing shots to introduce the PHOBOS sequence (footage from 2010:The Year we make contract)
014 – New captions used to introduce the training vessel, establishing it is Orbiting Phobos. The ship was calle the Leonov, and is now renamed EPIMETEUS, who was Prometheus brother. The same fonts and audio is used as in the theatrical version with the caption length sequenced to match the audio reveal.
038 – The PHOBOS sequence plays out in full but is shortened and re-ordered from 9min 36 sec by 1 min. This was done to maintain pace, keep it flowing, with a break for a further mid way shot of the “EPIMETEUS” to imply the passage of time. A total of 35 changes to the visuals
073 – There are 14 score enhancements used during the new PHOBOS sequence. The source tracks are: 02 The Covenant, 22 Alien Covenant Theme by Jed Kurzel from the Alien Covenant CD and 24 – Main Title (rescored Alternative), 29 The Cupboard Alternate version, 27 The Skeleton (re-scored alt version) from the Limited Edition 2CD Anniversary ALIEN Score.
078 – There are 5 Foley enhancements to the PHOBOS sequence to add rumble, spaceship fly by etc.
079 – Cut to COVENANT establishing shot and original captions
080 – New transition to Walter holding the torch by having a lens flare from the engines segue to the torch light Walter is holding.
081 – The SUPPER scene plays out extended.
085 – Cut to Walter in the DLETED hydroponics with some minor trims to have a better flow
086 – The scene is now scored with Eine Kleine Nachtmusik (Source) - Jerry Goldsmith – Alien CD_ Alternate Cues as a tie in to the movie franchise...the piece is used in ALIEN when Dallas is in the dome.
088 – The Alien Covenant theme cuts in earlier during the hydroponics
092 – The meteor strikes now without warning and the reaction is re-cut to remove a clumsy section from the movie.
098 – The post emergency sequence is unaltered and segues to the deleted scene “Cabin on the Lakes“ scored with the track of the same name that was clearly meant for that scene originally.
101 – Scolex sound FX and flash used to establish that the scene which follows is a flashback
105 – Flashback Scene plays out in full with a scolex and flash exit to her the pod which perfectly align on her eyes WHICH PROVES this is where the scene was meant to go. It was obviously removed coz some SUIT wanted to get on with the story….Stuff character development and audience engagement!!!!!!!!!!!! IDIOTS.
107 – The next 8 minutes play out and after Walter closes the scene speaking to Dan two dleted scenes pplay out…Dan Oram and Walt Dan.
111 – The two scenes are scored with 18 – Lonley Perfection and 04 – Cabin in the Woods from the AC Score CD.
112 – Ship Ambience Foley is added to the end of the second scene and used to bridge back to the Theatrical version
114 – After Wlater and Oram are in the hold, the extended Funeral plays out
115 – From 0:39min to 01h:06m the film plays out per the theatrical version
117 – The extended LEE FALL scene plays at 01h:06m and then unaltered until 01h:17m where the EXTENDED PLAZA WALK plays out
118 – Small trim at 01h:21m after Daniels speaks to Walter in the rain. Oram Line “there is so much here that doesn’t make sense” followed by Walter’s “I’ll speak to him, brother to brother” are removed. We don’t need to be telegraphed of David and Walter’s forthcoming chat.
122 – The Dan Thanks deleted scene plays at 01h:23m
129 – The movie plays unaltered to 01h:34m until Walter reports back on his chat with David. 6 minor trims for over exposition and now scored to 27 – The Skeleton (alt cue) from the ALIEN 2 CD collectors edition CD.
131 – This is followed by the deleted PRAYER SCENE which creates a great tension build for the ensuing creature appearance.
136 – 01h:36m to 01h:43m play out unaltered until Dan Walks in on David with 2 trims for tone and pace
138 – The deleted scene on the stairs plays out at this point and the film is unaltered until 2:11:36 when a single shot from trailer is dropped in.
139 – MAJOR SPOILER: Movie plays unaltered to 02:18:20 when David sends Daniels to sleep. Small trim for tension and then segues into the ADVENT VIRAL sequence for Davids report.
142 - Additional Space ship ruble added and some trims and image re-sequencing to avoid the ADVENT section from being too long.
148 – Advent cust to a repurposed additional POV of the Covenant playing out over custom end titles
157 – Post credit sequence added introducing a New Walter.
158 – Custom Captions WRAITH at the end.

A L I E N V rt 132 min
Additional trims the being compiled
4 trims totaling 32 Sec of Weyland David white room chat
10 trims totaling 63 sec from PHOBOS training evaluation
8 trims totaling 96 sec from the drinking scene
7 trims totalling 47 sec from the spacewalk repair
3 trims totalling 65 sec from the post spacewalk argument
5 trims totaling 49 sec from the landing sequence
2 trims totaling 39 sec from post landing
11 trims totaling 98 sec from the walkabout up to explosion
3 trims totaling 11 sec post explosion action
3 trims totaling 154 secs up David and Walter flute
3 trims totaling 49sec from David Walter flute
10 reims totaling 85 sec from Flute to post prayer attack
7 trims totaling 16 sec from bridge tension
6 trims totaling 49 sec fromWalter David final chat
3 trims totaling 8 sec from take off
27 sec silly putty surgery scene removed
102 sec from David watching to end of attack removed
7 sec corridor shot removed
6 shots totaling 79 sec removed from Coda
12 Sec shot of Covenant removed
3 Trims totaling 79 sec from post credit ad removed





















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I watched the shorter of the two available cuts.

Visual quality is good, but not on par with the blu-ray. Artifacting is noticeable in some darker areas (mostly early on in the film).

Audio-wise, I think there were a couple of small pops near the beginning, but I wasn't certain if that was on my end or not. I didn't stop to take notes or replay since I was watching with someone and didn't want to spoil their experience by faffing.

No complaints on the editing front. Very professionally put together. I didn't notice a single cut. Wraith has obviously done a lot of work throughout the film, and it's really well executed.

Narratively, it is superior to the theatrical for sure, but it still doesn't really fix the film for me (though no points off because Wraith has only improved things). It's nice to see all the deleted/promotional footage reincorporated into the film, but my main issues still stand:


- overreliance on (bad) CGI and virtually no attempt to incorporate practical fx (something the franchise is known for nailing)
- an evolutionary cycle that doesn't make sense in light of the xenomorph being in the early stages (I.e. Everything happens SUPER fast)
- an absolutely appalling character arc for our "man of faith", by which he mopes about not getting to be leader, then has it handed to him on a silver platter, then makes bad decisions, then makes more bad decisions based on his insecurity about previous decisions not going down well, then gets everyone killed, then gets himself killed. It's just the most bleak, depressing, pointless and (as far as I can tell) thematically irrelevant arc in the film.


Still, I enjoyed it, and I wasn't expecting to come out converted necessarily. The slower, more philosophical moments are still the film's strength, and basically anything with David and Walter.

Overall, a good edit of a bad film and I think Wraith achieved his goal - it's just not the cut for me. I think for now my go to for Covenant is still Job Willin's Paradise edit.

Big thanks to Wraith for putting this out there though. It easily trumps the theatrical and I would recommend it to anyone looking for a better alternative to the theatrical that isn't a fan mix.

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Owner's reply December 06, 2020

Thank you for your generous review.
I agree the whole "man of faith" arc is poor and has no real pay off. It also sits badly given how well he tests at the Phobos facility. Maybe that is why Phobos was cut? I did play with him being killed off earlier but it then means losing discussions which are worth seeing. plus a big re-jig of the running order. Then again, version 3? who knows. The flute scene still really annoys me. Maybe you should try out the longer version in a few months? Thanks again.
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Watched the extended version last night and what to me was a mediocre film became one of my favourites of the franchise.
I loved the beginning with the now more fleshed out crew, especially James Franco, who previously had a blink and miss part
Also the jerry goldsmith music inclusion was a wonderful touch
All in all a fabulous edit and one I heartily recommend!

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A "Thank You" review and not a technical one.
Haven't seen this movie for quite some time and I really appreciated this first act enhancement.
I never felt any investment in these characters previously.
Great job.

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I've seen the theatrical version a long time ago, might watched it at the original release date in a cinema, so the comparison wont be much educated, but I plan to re-watch that too before Romulus. That being said I really enjoyed this extended cut, I always seek reason in movie plots and find it painful to watch bad writing. This edit added some explanation to previously questionable events so I'm grateful for that. Obviously the source material wasn't perfect so I'm not sure if a great movie edit even achievable but within these constraints I found this edit very good. I watched it on a 720p plasma tv so couldn't really pick up sub pixel errors or anything that a much higher end device would reveal, but I did not experience any quality issues on this setup.

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I appreciate everything that has been added into this edit so much. Slower paced, more development of characters before we get into trouble, seamless editing/tightening and that blood chilling David sequence about his experimentation near the end - dark! When I watch an Alien movie I want to spend as long as possible in that world and really reveal in the fantasy of human space travel (or colinisation in this case) and this edit allows me to do that. Thank you Wraith!

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I am giving this edit a perfect 10 score, Alien movie franchise are my favorites, I own every Blu-ray released collection, and watched 100 of hours documentaries, movies and every available deleted scenes.
Several faneditors made an attempt to create an extended version of this movie, and it was good too, but this edit combined the visual and sound quality in almost perfect condition.
to Ridley Scott question - I don't know why and how those low IQ team members were selected and chosen, maybe in the future only dumb people exist because the androids think for them, The Noomi Rapace character should be alive at least in the beginning.
I am glad Wraith put her back into the edit to fulfill her knowledge and relationship with David for the viewers to see. Keep up th great job Wraith, please.

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