A modern scifi epic crashes in a horror film of the 30′s.
A year ago I started working on my own cut of Covenant, after some fans made me realize how beautiful the movie is in black and white. It makes a lot of sense considering the film has a near monochrome color palettes all along. Covenant is also a film with incredible lighting techniques, most of people's faces are in the shadows, so I wanted to highlight that too. The contrast is boosted up for this reason. The whole is reminiscent, at least to me, of a Gustave Doré illustration of Paradise Lost or Divine Comedy, and a perfect match for the strong gothic horror vibe of the film. So here are the motives behind the project.... now what is different from other fan cuts ;
A L I E N : COVENANT - The Necropolis Edition is not any longer than the regular movie. In fact, the two hours and three minutes runtime is perfectly intact. Yet, it features much of the extra footage not featured in the film. Before the film, we get a wonderful commercial with 'Meet Walter' which I played with a little, to include I Feel You's most intense moment. The movie opens with the extended 'birth' of David, then follows with The Crossing, as to really add suspense to the Prometheus Mystery. I actually removed some moments for the disposable characters. I understand they were given more focus to be relatable and more interesting, which I think they are, but Necropolis focuses on David. David is the main character of Covenant. Now with the movie opening with The Crossing, and ending with Advent (which I edited for fluidity), we set David as the narrator, and it has a lot of impact on the final product. You feel his presence through the entire movie, though he is absent for a large part. Another thing I did is move The Destruction of the Engineers to a later time. I know it's a risky decision, but it was the right one for this edition, as we follow a more traditional path towards big revelations coming at the end. Some scenes feature alternate shots from either trailers or deleted scenes, but other than Walter reporting on David and Rosenthal’s death being much slower (for the pure horror vibe), I have not added so much. Again, my goal was not to present everything there is to show about Covenant, but a focused and dark film about creation and destruction in which there is no hope, and a fun way to visually rediscover Covenant for everything it does beautifully. It's not as good as the original film and some extended editions, but it's the direction I aimed for anyway. In no way do I believe what I am doing is better than what professional workers have done on the real film. This was made for fun, mostly. Thank you. Feedback is appreciated!
Happy 1st Anniversary, Alien: Covenant.
UPDATE as of 01/13/2019:
>The Necropolis Edition < is available again.
Google Drive allows you to watch on any device.
I reworked it entirely from scratch, making it darker and better.
It's the final version, for now.