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When the Director’s Cut of ALIEN was released on video, it satisfied many fans who’d longed to see a few select deleted scenes added to the feature film. The edit was actually shorter than the theatrical version, since we lost arguably valuable scenes like the one showing Dallas’s failure to get any help from Mother.
The deleted scenes are great to see, but adding them does affect the film’s pacing.
When Russell Wagus (who goes by rijir at AvPGalaxy.net) released his ALIEN Redux ‘virtual workprint’ on the interwebs some years ago, pacing was not a consideration. For once, fans could see footage (released to the public as extras on the DVDs) stitched together in a 139 minute fan edit.
The beauty of gems like these is that the video foreword sells it quite nicely without further embellishment:
Early test screenings of Alien were done in December of 1978. Articles in numerous publications at the time told of scenes cut from the film. These included the famous “cocoon” scene where Ripley discovers the cocooned bodies of Dallas and Brett. Also mentioned is extended footage of the Alien itself making its way through the ship and a more graphic death for Lambert and Parker. Running times for these test screening were rumored to be nearly 3 hours in length. This suggested that there was almost an hour of footage we had not seen.
Here for your enjoyment are all 19 parts of the fan edit, with a ‘foreword’ to set the stage.
These are low resolution and contain scenes that were never polished up with sound and color correction, but for the ALIEN fan looking to add to their knowledge of the film, I think you will enjoy them anyway.
(Thanks to SauberPetronasF1 for hosting these videos.)
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