Alien: Director's Cut as cinema release
I just found out that there’s an Alien: Director’s Cut being released on October 21st this year! Until right now I didn’t know that?! This’ll be… interesting. I’m going to go Google it a bit and see what I find.
While I wait for the download: I’m thinking that perhaps Scott went back and inserted some of the deleted footage (which can be found on the current DVD), but why? Alien certainly didn’t need it, and most of the deleted scenes were better left out as it is. So unless they dug up some previously unseen footage then I doubt this was entirely necessary. I haven’t heard of any such footage, and I have looked into this thoroughly in the past. Now Alien3 on the other hand has tons and tons of unreleased deleted scenes that would do the movie a great favor if inserted into a special edition. But I fear that it will continue to be child that was left behind :(.
The reason for it being re-released deleted footage or not, is probably to raise interest for the new 9-disc Alien Quadrilogy DVD set coming out at some point. Information is still scarce, but it’s definitely coming.
Having seen the trailer: Well the trailer only shows one of the scenes originally deleted from the theatrical release back in ’78. Namely the scene where Ripley finds Dallas cocooned in the bowels of the ship. It’s a cool scene, but I must admit being somewhat apprehensive about them re-inserting it, mostly because it half-way breaks some of the continuity in the Alien movies; a continuity which is broken enough as it is. This scene was obviously conceived before any of the other movies were even thought of, but the idea is that the Alien cocoons people and slowly turns them into eggs. Which of course, according to the gospel of Aliens, isn’t how that whole thing works, what with the Queen and all?
It is however cool news in the sense that it is re-released to cinemas and it lends itself superbly to the silver screen. Being probably the most aesthetically pleasing – and to me – most hauntingly scary movie of all time. I was of course born a tad bit too late to have seen it when it was first released. But I managed to catch an Alien marathon in Copenhagen back in ’97, and it was spectacular (and expensive!). But the copy of Alien we saw looked like it could have been the original released reels; more scratches than you can shake a facehugger at.
I just wish they would give Alien3 the Special Edition treatment instead, but I doubt that they ever will due to its poor reception at the box office. But hey, who am I kidding. Of course they will revisit it again — When the third DVD box set is released :)
Update: Dark Horizons says that: “A trailer is tipped to be sent out ‘loose in the film can’ with the ‘Alien Director’s Cut’ release on Halloween.” — That indeed would be interesting to see. That can crash so bad that it would make T3 look like a critically acclaimed masterpiece.
Update: This site says that the cocoon scene in fact is the only new scene… Some Director’s Cut eh? I would’ve expected a bit more from Ridley Scott. But if his excuse is that he’s busy working on the fabled Blade Runner DVD Box Set, then I could care less.
Update: Here you can find a complete list of deleted and never filmed scenes. Also, rumor has it that if this release goes well Aliens will also get the cleanup, buffed up soundtrack and re-release tour.