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China’s Release of Alien: Covenant Loses 6 Minutes of Footage

If you’re a member of our forums you may have seen we’ve been following reports that Alien: Covenant has received some serious cuts for its release in China on the 16th of June, significantly trimming the presence of Alien in the film.

Reactions have been coming out from advanced previews of the film in China and The Bejinger are reporting that the edits are not going down well with moviegoers!

“On a Baidu message board, one viewer who attended an advance screening called the censored version “extremely frustrating” to watch, estimating that the film’s monsters are only shown on screen for a total of “one to two minutes.”

Calling himself “Angel Will Drive,” the poster said the “distinct” cuts are most noticeable in two scenes in the film’s second half, explaining that all gory images of aliens covered in blood have been removed as have scenes in which humans are attacked.

One scene from Alien: Covenant that involves a “broken back” has been changed so that “in the China version you can only see the scared expressions of the people outside the door.”

 China's Release of Alien: Covenant Loses 6 Minutes of Footage

It is being reported that a total of 6 minutes have been cut, putting the Chinese edit of the film down to 116 minutes. The majority of the cuts seem to have been focused around the Neomorphs, the Alien and gore.

While 6 minutes may not seem like a lot, The Bejinger report that the audience found that the cuts result in Alien: Covenant being “abrupt” and as “ruin[ing] the rhythm of the film.

These kind of edits are typical of film releases in China and likely come as no real surprise to those aware of this. 20th Century Fox’s Logan also saw 14 minutes of footage removed for its Chinese release.

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  1. tleilaxu
    It cuts around violence and spares the audience some bad CG shots, only dwelling on them for very brief seconds.

    I'm still not convinced there are any bad CGI shots in the film, nothing on the level of Maz Kanata from The Force Awakens anyway.
    Several shots of the Xeno during the third act are pretty bad, most notably the one where the xenos dorsal tubes clip through the floor as it goes into a vent.

    When I saw it, the tubes folded back as the alien went down. Is there still an issue of clipping?
    Yes there is. They should've just cut the scene short by a couple of seconds. There also the shot where it's moving through the corridor toward a door and Walter closes the door and it turns around. The CGI looks pretty sloppy there too, but the vent clipping is by far the worst. It looks good during the terraforming bay sequence though.
  2. Predaker
    It cuts around violence and spares the audience some bad CG shots, only dwelling on them for very brief seconds.

    I'm still not convinced there are any bad CGI shots in the film, nothing on the level of Maz Kanata from The Force Awakens anyway.
    Several shots of the Xeno during the third act are pretty bad, most notably the one where the xenos dorsal tubes clip through the floor as it goes into a vent.

    When I saw it, the tubes folded back as the alien went down. Is there still an issue of clipping?
  3. tleilaxu
    It cuts around violence and spares the audience some bad CG shots, only dwelling on them for very brief seconds.

    I'm still not convinced there are any bad CGI shots in the film, nothing on the level of Maz Kanata from The Force Awakens anyway.
    Several shots of the Xeno during the third act are pretty bad, most notably the one where the xenos dorsal tubes clip through the floor as it goes into a vent.
  4. necrotard
    As I said, I do feel for them having to put up with censorship in all of the films that are released in their country.  But as far as cuts for violence go, this edit seems pretty standard.

    At least you get to see some blood burst from Oram before the alien comes out.  You get the idea of what's happening.  And you see enough of the alien to get that it's present in each scene.

    I just got the impression from the reports that the alien was strictly removed for no reason and the whole film wouldn't make sense, that the edits went way beyond cutting for violence, and I don't think that's the really case here.  The editing and pacing aren't quite as masterful in this edit, but I think it's still a watchable film that Chinese audiences shouldn't be deterred from seeing in the theater.

    Then if they enjoy it enough to want to see it at home, they should buy a foreign blu-ray or bootleg a foreign cut and be treated to a little extra footage.
  5. Ingwar
    Our perception is different because we have seen original cut so we can compare both. Most of Chinese viewers cannot. Thematically it's still the same movie but action sequences are butchered big time. Feel sorry for Chinese moviegoers.
  6. necrotard
    Guys, it's not THAT bad, actually...  I just watched the medbay scene and all of the scenes with the xenomorphs.  It cuts around violence and spares the audience some bad CG shots, only dwelling on them for very brief seconds.  The movie still makes sense and I can honestly see some people preferring this cut.

    I was worried that much of the movie wouldn't make any damn sense, but they retained just enough to keep the movie coherent.

    It sucks that the Chinese have to deal with censorship and I'm very thankful to live in a county that lets me put my eyes on pretty much whatever I want, but I think reports of "cutting the alien out" were exaggerated and probably hurt the box office in China unnecessarily.
  7. Ingwar
    I think I found Chinese version. Haven't seen whole, just skipped to Alien scenes and it's been butchered. Gonna see all later on.

    *snip. We don't allow the sharing of pirated movies or etc here. Please don't share again. Hicks.

    Just skipped to the final fight. It looks horrible after censorship. Jesus.
  8. tleilaxu
    http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/heat-vision/chinese-censors-cut-michael-fassbenders-gay-kiss-alien-covenant-1014488

    I think we've already noted this was cut but -

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    "For the other missing parts, you don't notice or know when it happens, but you can really feel something is missing where the gay kiss is supposed to be," says Yu (who asked only to be identified by her last name), a 26-year-old assistant at an advertising agency in Shanghai who saw the movie Saturday night with friends. Yu said she had read about the missing kiss in local media reports and was waiting to see if she could guess where it was supposed to be.

    Is there a gay kiss in Covenant? Must have missed that.
    An android kissing its brother is obviously LGBT-normalizing Western imperialism.
  9. Gash
    http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/heat-vision/chinese-censors-cut-michael-fassbenders-gay-kiss-alien-covenant-1014488

    I think we've already noted this was cut but -

    Quote
    "For the other missing parts, you don't notice or know when it happens, but you can really feel something is missing where the gay kiss is supposed to be," says Yu (who asked only to be identified by her last name), a 26-year-old assistant at an advertising agency in Shanghai who saw the movie Saturday night with friends. Yu said she had read about the missing kiss in local media reports and was waiting to see if she could guess where it was supposed to be.

    Is there a gay kiss in Covenant? Must have missed that.
  10. Chronicle
    http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/heat-vision/chinese-censors-cut-michael-fassbenders-gay-kiss-alien-covenant-1014488

    I think we've already noted this was cut but -

    Quote
    "For the other missing parts, you don't notice or know when it happens, but you can really feel something is missing where the gay kiss is supposed to be," says Yu (who asked only to be identified by her last name), a 26-year-old assistant at an advertising agency in Shanghai who saw the movie Saturday night with friends. Yu said she had read about the missing kiss in local media reports and was waiting to see if she could guess where it was supposed to be.

     :-\ China just continues to butcher this film.
  11. Corporal Hicks
    http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/heat-vision/chinese-censors-cut-michael-fassbenders-gay-kiss-alien-covenant-1014488

    I think we've already noted this was cut but -

    Quote
    "For the other missing parts, you don't notice or know when it happens, but you can really feel something is missing where the gay kiss is supposed to be," says Yu (who asked only to be identified by her last name), a 26-year-old assistant at an advertising agency in Shanghai who saw the movie Saturday night with friends. Yu said she had read about the missing kiss in local media reports and was waiting to see if she could guess where it was supposed to be.
  12. Scorpio
    @Scorpio He is shitting on his own franchise thats why peopel are mad.Covenant was shit.And he is doing with those prequels what Lucas did with SW.

    But Lucas actually changed the original movies to fit with his prequels, adding digital characters and what not (but thankfully fans have restored the originals and are available to download, if illegally).  The original Alien films are still intact.  You have to appreciate that this is a new story and not a continuation of the old films.  But if you don't like it, I feel sad for you, because there is so much to like.
  13. Petr Švancara
    How can someone compare the 79's Alien with the latest Alien Covenant? Oh, Ridley Scott is not good enough at this time? His first Alien was simply the first one, audience never seen something like that until Scott made it, the first one was original and miracle in many ways. . everything after that was just another continuation, or expansion. That doesnt mean that other Alien movies was bad or worst, I just pointing out the fact, that with every next movie the whole surprise element slowly losing its potential, its harder and harder to made another Alien movie better than before, esspecialy after the first Alien and second Aliens. Personally, I love mostly the first one and the second one, but on the other hand. . I found every Alien movie interesting for multiple different reasons. So, maybe I love the first two, but I also like the rusty, dark atmosphere in Alien 3, I like the characters there and the whole change of overall movie theme. Alien Ressurection is on the other hand a little bit depraved, deviant. . I found that as both unique and original. Prometheus is my third favourite movie in this franchise, it is somehow different. . and I appreciate it a lot. It expand the whole Space Jockey theory in very unexpected way, once again I really appreciate it. What about Alien Covenant? Well, I like it. . not as much as the first two movies, but I still like it. . yes, I totally dont like some of the few things in Covenant, and believe me. . there are a lot of the stuff I found. . weird. But when I think about the Alien Covenant as a whole, I have only one, major, serious problem with this movie. . and that is the Lope death. He has the facehugger in his face for about 12 seconds, I dont understand how he can impregnate Lope so quickly, yes David could change the things so the Alien is now growing faster, and its born immediately without chesburster form. I can understand everything, but I dont buy how they manage to execute it. It feels so rushed, I have a really bad, super bad feelings about this. . this fact just killing me. It would be much better if Lope would be infected with the spores. . its gonna be a bigger surprise, and it would be atleast more logical. The Neomorph in the end would be much better. So, I like Covenant, but I have also mixed feelings about it, not to mention that the film itself could be even longer. Ridley needs to made another movie no matter what, Covenant have open end. . everything is pointless if we dont get another continuation. Sorry for my English, Im from Czech Republic, its not my language. Thanks for reading this.
  14. bummer
    yea, well it wont make a difference cause they already butchered our version first by removing 20 minutes of scenes.    there better be a restored directors cut when the bluray is released.   what an outrage, could have been a really good film.    :-[
  15. MnTd
    So we don't get to see the stupid little CGI creature that comes out of the guy's back bounce
    around while the lady so obviously kicks the air that they superimposed the cartoon on...
    Or listen to it's awful predator type noises. God, the more I think about it the more I get angry at this movie.
    I really wanted to love it so bad and I really love so much of it but they fuсked up the most IMPORATANT
    PARTS, which are the fuсking ALIENS!!!
  16. Jonesy1974
    . .i guess if u don't like a movie u simply don't like it. .and if u really enjoyed something then thats not gonna change either. .at least thats the way i am. .i did not like intersteller much. .i don't care if the critics thought it was brilliant made 20 billion at the box office, but if someone really loved it. .i would not try and spoil it for them either or change their mind and get them on my side. .i guess if i also loved it i might try and get others that did'nt like it that mich to give it another shot. .i would never tell people that insteller was crap and the directer is a hack just because it did not fall into my particular taste. .going to the extend of joining a forum to do that . .here is is looking at you ridley hater.. . So f**k you to!

    lol, yeah well his Tag tells you everything you need to know, he just wants to provoke a reaction. That's why I ignored his posts.

    Intersteller didn't float my boat either and I usually love Nolan's movies.
  17. juxtapose
    . .i guess if u don't like a movie u simply don't like it. .and if u really enjoyed something then thats not gonna change either. .at least thats the way i am. .i did not like intersteller much. .i don't care if the critics thought it was brilliant made 20 billion at the box office, but if someone really loved it. .i would not try and spoil it for them either or change their mind and get them on my side. .i guess if i also loved it i might try and get others that did'nt like it that mich to give it another shot. .i would never tell people that insteller was crap and the directer is a hack just because it did not fall into my particular taste. .going to the extend of joining a forum to do that . .here is is looking at you ridley hater.. . So f**k you to!
  18. Jonesy1974
    i thought covenant was f**king fantastic not a 10/10 or perfect, but it had some breathtaking visuals, action and plenty gore. .and the acting was top notch, i would not cut one second. .i would rather add those 20 minutes that was cut. .and i will never get the hatred for the xeno or the final 20 minutes. . .so it felt a bit rushed. .?. .so lets remove it completely. .?. .whaaaaat?. .lol. .that will fortunately never happen. .and the hatred that is now flung at covenant is getting toxic. .i wish the people that enjoyed the movie like i did would be more vocal. .

    . ,and if the movie never get a sequel cause of bad B0 it would be a tragedy. .but at least we got covenant and thats something. .a movie that for me was up there with the first 2.

    You can only say why you like Covenant so many ways and have people hit back with your wrong and its shit before you just give up.

    To be fair most forum members on here who didn't like the film articulate this in an adult, reasonable way whilst still respecting the views of those who do like the film.

    Unfortunately you will always get those who just make base, sweeping statements and believe everyone who disagrees are wrong but I think they are a minority and just try to ignore them as difficult as that may be.

    I loved the film just as you did and no one can change my view no matter what they say.
  19. newagescamartist
    i thought covenant was f**king fantastic not a 10/10 or perfect, but it had some breathtaking visuals, action and plenty gore. .and the acting was top notch, i would not cut one second. .i would rather add those 20 minutes that was cut. .and i will never get the hatred for the xeno or the final 20 minutes. . .so it felt a bit rushed. .?. .so lets remove it completely. .?. .whaaaaat?. .lol. .that will fortunately never happen. .and the hatred that is now flung at covenant is getting toxic. .i wish the people that enjoyed the movie like i did would be more vocal. .

    . ,and if the movie never get a sequel cause of bad B0 it would be a tragedy. .but at least we got covenant and thats something. .a movie that for me was up there with the first 2.

    I loved it too. The criticisms are extremely varied from the fanbase. Some hated that it destroyed the mythos from Prometheus. Others are pissed that David is the creator of the xeno. Others are mad about pacing. And some people are even upset about cgi monsters. The movie certainly isn't perfect, but I enjoyed it a lot.
  20. juxtapose
    i thought covenant was f**king fantastic not a 10/10 or perfect, but it had some breathtaking visuals, action and plenty gore. .and the acting was top notch, i would not cut one second. .i would rather add those 20 minutes that was cut. .and i will never get the hatred for the xeno or the final 20 minutes. . .so it felt a bit rushed. .?. .so lets remove it completely. .?. .whaaaaat?. .lol. .that will fortunately never happen. .and the hatred that is now flung at covenant is getting toxic. .i wish the people that enjoyed the movie like i did would be more vocal. .

    . ,and if the movie never get a sequel cause of bad B0 it would be a tragedy. .but at least we got covenant and thats something. .a movie that for me was up there with the first 2.
  21. Seed-and-Weed
    Ghostbusters Redux wasn't allowed in China due to the censors not allowing demonic imagery or something similiar.  Probably why a lot of the scenes were cut, and the extraterrestrial/alien theme may have given a slight pass? The Neomorphs looked human enough maybe? I have no clue, but it's probably relative to the Ghostbusters issue.
    Hell, the Stones can't even play Brown Sugar in China because it's about interacial sex.

    And interesting about them cutting the David/chestburster mimic part of the scene!  If China censors Christian imagery, it may fit with the whole Jesus Engineer/decaon mural theory. ;)

    As far as I know, Chinese censors don't really cut the film themselves. The FOX cuts the film and delivers the new version to the censorship. Censors decides whether it is passable or not.
  22. Deaconschristpose
    Ghostbusters Redux wasn't allowed in China due to the censors not allowing demonic imagery or something similiar.  Probably why a lot of the scenes were cut, and the extraterrestrial/alien theme may have given a slight pass? The Neomorphs looked human enough maybe? I have no clue, but it's probably relative to the Ghostbusters issue.
    Hell, the Stones can't even play Brown Sugar in China because it's about interacial sex.

    And interesting about them cutting the David/chestburster mimic part of the scene!  If China censors Christian imagery, it may fit with the whole Jesus Engineer/decaon mural theory. ;)
  23. ridleyhater
    Hey SM, it's not my handle name that is the problem, is it?  it's the film and the shitty job the filmmakers did.   i got as much right to disrespect ridley etc as much as you got the right to respect him/the film.  so stop with the personal innuendos, as i have equal right to express my view, as this is public forum after all, and i am sure with your imaginative handle name you can respect the fact that there are people, maybe even more so now ( including reviewers here and abroad) who are more confused and turned off by covenant ( which ridley says the NEXT sequel will be " clearer").  if you like that kind of sloppy filmmaking that tarnish the Alien lore, like AVP series , then that says a lot about YOU but that's your right.  buy please dont resort to excuses or personal innuendos to obstruct my equal right to disdain this garbage prometheus series that gets worse and more muddled ( not better).   I got MORE respect for the ALIEN lore than you, i am sure.  Nuff said.
  24. Scorpio
    All this hate for Ridley Scott now..  I can understand the hate for George Lucas because of the SW Special Editions and refusing to release the original versions, but I cannot understand the hate for Scott.  Especially the low brow remarks about his age.  The guy is passionate about movies, and he's a great director.
  25. BringbackJonesy!
    The Xenomorph 'point-of-view' shots were pretty awful too - their 'videogame' vibe kinda took me out of the movie when they appeared,  For such a 'perfect organism', it sure had some dodgy-looking vision!  If the Chinese are lucky, those shots will be cut too.
  26. Xanadu
    They should remove every Alien from it, I am really curious to see how a Alien movie without an Alien would look like. Instead have Alien's POV shots done in manner of Evil Dead.

    @salt the fries:
    Maybe YOU should show some respect to what cinema is.  Ridley scott clearly doesn't anymore.  ( even this site had a story that claimed covenant was rushed to made into a sequel when prometheus was already so messed up that they should have given more thought about the direction of the sequel.  but nooooo... ridley wanted to be a careless irresponsible filmmaker like today's self indulgent brainless directors, trumping his once good rep.)  and who said box office is the ultimate judge??... but box office does show films like  covenant is not on the same level as his glorious ALIEN etc as audiences know the sequel is as screwy as the "all over the place" prometheus.  Even ridley admitted he made mistakes.  these filmmakers are given hundreds of millions of bucks to make at least a movie with some clarity and precision in basic storytelling, and you would agree and expect them ( esp seasoned "masters" like ridley) to be careful with developing covenant after the "mistakes prone" prometheus!   did hitchcock work like this movie after movie?  He learned to be very careful after each mistake and then made a subsequent better film, with far less time and money.  and you want me to respect irresponsible development/ filmmaking exemplified by covenant just because it's from ridley (whom we rightly  expected a lot)??? You serious????   i have given him enough fu**king respect, over decades of really really shitty films ( recent being the counselor, exodus, anyone?, his last good movie was  Thelma & Louise and/ or  Black Rain?., not even the overrated half decent martian that took more time in development).  Maybe RIDLEY SHOULD STOP BEING THE CARELESS RIDLEY AND START RESPECTING THE/HIS AUDIENCE! nuff said.

    My reply post to "salt the fries" was somehow posted inside xanadu's post.  If that's the case, Dont know how that happened (apologies to xanadu.)
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