Pink Panther said:
As someone who has seen and has both “Gigers Alien” and the version 1 workprint, I would be really interested to see this. I have tried - badly - to upscale and re-encode both versions mentioned above. Would be nice if OP would write a guide (for the rest of us) on how he accomplished this feat. Although, given that his last activity was in 2015 - that hope is very slim.
If anyone has a link to either download or watch this much fabled V2, if you could drop a link or PM me, that would be great!
Hello friend. The op’s last activity was not in 2015. How do I know QuarltonBanks? Well, of course I know him! He’s me… I just dropped that account.
If you would like a guide on how to assemble your own alien fan edit I would be happy to provide.
Don’t bother trying to upscale the old versions, they’re a mess. As completing the project I know how I’d do it, but its always up in the air.
The four resources you require are... - Alien Anthology blu ray - 98% of behind the scenes footage and cut shots can be found here. - Alien Legacy DVD - Alternate audio track with much raw on set audio and alternate dialogue. - Alien Quadrilogy DVD - Directors Cut contains one alternate shot as compared to the blu ray directors cut. Very odd. - Soundtrack CD. The two disc one by intrda. - I elected to use the Alien blu ray regraded to the laserdisc by PDB for the main film. You can find that on myspleen. Use whatever copy of the film you prefer. - Giger's Alien to my knowledge has no shots filmed with the cinema lenses intended to be used in the film. Just 16mm or 8mm documentary cameras. Use MakeMKV to rip everything and select the components you want to use. You'll probably get a bunch of duplicates. In the case of the blu ray you should have around 20 deleted scenes, a couple documentaries, and some misc. bits and bobs. All the docs have bts shots except for Alien Evolution. Rip all of the audio you want in to an editing ready format. I used .wav. As for software you can use ffmpeg or whatever you fancy. Use Handbrake to re-encode all of the footage into .mp4 with detelecine on and framerate set to 23.976. All of the blu ray bts is encoded at 29.97fps with the film footage obviously being 23.976 but interlaced. This will restore all the film footage properly. Then its just editing, the rest is up to you. If you want me to go into more detail about certain editing choices let me know. Also feel free to pm me with any questions.