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A Beautiful Disaster, Alien 3 30th Anniversary Retrospective – AvP Galaxy Podcast #145

We have just uploaded the 145th episode of the Alien vs. Predator Galaxy Podcast (right-click and save as to download)! Corporal Hicks, RidgeTop, Omegamorph, Voodoo Magic and Xenomorphine are back for this retrospective episode on Alien 3 to discuss a film hailed by some as a misunderstood masterpiece, and an absolute disaster of a film by others. A divisive film amongst fandom, but undeniably a fascinating story of film-making with many could-have or should-have beens.

 A Beautiful Disaster, Alien 3 30th Anniversary Retrospective - AvP Galaxy Podcast #145

We discuss how our opinions on the film have changed, the film’s failures, it’s successes, our alternative ideas and plenty more!

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We’ve previously had the pleasure of being joined on the podcast by Charles de Lauzirika to discuss the effort that went into producing the Assembly Cut of Alien 3. If you haven’t already (or fancy a refresher) be sure to check that episode out! Also, make sure you keep an eye on AvP Galaxy for an upcoming interview with one of Alien 3’s screenwriters!

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  1. choccy milk
    Quote from: Darwinsgirl on May 31, 2022, 03:10:39 PMI haven't finished it yet. But so far there have been multiple points or observations that I had not made before. After having watched this film many, many times that was a bonus for me. ;D

    I enjoy having Omegamorph as a reviewer. He is not on as much and enjoy his views. As he and xenomorphine both stated The Bishop animatronics is so well done its one of my favorite scenes.
    Thank you kindly ;D I'm glad!

    I'm going to try and be more present to the movie-related podcasts!
  2. xeno_alpha_07
    QuoteI still want to know what the f**k was going around on VHS in New Zealand in the late 90's and early 2000's. It wasn't the theatrical cut, it wasn't as crude as the workprint, and the Assembly Cut wasn't out yet. It was, IIRC, about 13 minutes longer than the theatrical version.

    I had no idea there was a copy of Alien 3 on tape in New Zealand that was 13 minutes longer.  Was there any timecode or anything on it?  Can you remember if it was a bootleg tape or what extra footage it featured at all? I'm quite curious  :) 
  3. [cancerblack]
    Quote from: xeno_alpha_07 on Jun 01, 2022, 03:20:47 PM
    QuoteI didn't realise the workprint was from a cam of a test screening. I just thought it was a VHS tape.

    The workprint was on a VHS tape as it was common for editors to transfer rough cuts, etc to VHS tape at the time for post production for composers, sound effects editors and so on.  It wasn't a cam recording.  How the Alien 3 workprint was leaked I'm not sure.  The version of the workprint that is available online is a copy of a copy of a copy with the quality degrading each time.

    I still want to know what the f**k was going around on VHS in New Zealand in the late 90's and early 2000's. It wasn't the theatrical cut, it wasn't as crude as the workprint, and the Assembly Cut wasn't out yet. It was, IIRC, about 13 minutes longer than the theatrical version.

    Although it's worth noting that being the VHS era, fan or collector edits of certain films would get quietly introduced to rental houses sometimes, and Vincent Ward had family in the area which is likely irrelevant but I don't know where the f**k else it might have come from.
  4. xeno_alpha_07
    QuoteI didn't realise the workprint was from a cam of a test screening. I just thought it was a VHS tape.

    The workprint was on a VHS tape as it was common for editors to transfer rough cuts, etc to VHS tape at the time for post production for composers, sound effects editors and so on.  It wasn't a cam recording.  How the Alien 3 workprint was leaked I'm not sure.  The version of the workprint that is available online is a copy of a copy of a copy with the quality degrading each time.
  5. Corporal Hicks
    Yeah, Xenomorphine was talking about the test screening having no burster sequence. The ox-burster was filmed, then cut. Then after the testings, Fincher was given the money to go film the new dog-burster stuff. It was reshoot documentation on the old Alien Archives website where we learnt that the eggs were a part of the reshoot.

    I assume it was a VHS camcorder.
  6. Darkness
    Hmm, that's about the dog-burster sequence rather than the eggs. But surely by that point the ox-burster stuff would have already been filmed. Was that not already in the test screening or was the ox stuff completely cut out well before that?

    I didn't realise the workprint was from a cam of a test screening. I just thought it was a VHS tape.
  7. Corporal Hicks
    Quote from: Darwinsgirl on May 31, 2022, 03:10:39 PMOne thing though I enjoy watching the youtube broadcast and Omega you have a tendency to cover your mouth with your hand. And even with the volume turned up I can't always make out what is said it comes out jumbled. Just saying.  ;)

    I'll let him know that. And we're trying to pressure him into buying a proper microphone too.


    Jun 01, 2022, 08:05:26 AM

    Quote from: Darkness on May 31, 2022, 04:29:27 PMYou mentioned the test screenings. I can't find much info about what the differences were. @Corporal Hicks You mentioned in your ADI interview about the eggs. Was that true that there was no eggs initially?

    They're absent from the workprint vhs rip which was actually a taping of one of the screentested cuts of the film.

    Quote@Xenomorphine You quoted an interview from somewhere about Fincher saying that there wasn't money for it? Where's this interview?

    It's from the interviews in the Dark Horse adaptation. I've uploaded them here, Eric kindly photographed for me. https://imgur.com/a/TzE2iJG


    Jun 01, 2022, 08:06:36 AM

    Quote from: Kradan on May 31, 2022, 05:50:30 PMf**k yes ! You can't imagine how long have I been waiting for this !

    Hope it entertains!

    Quote
    Quote from: Darkness on May 30, 2022, 06:16:40 PMthe bad CGI

    *angry Corporal noises*

     :'( I'm hoping he knows now, that there's very little CGI!!!  :P


    Jun 01, 2022, 08:07:07 AM

    Quote from: immortalundead on May 31, 2022, 10:41:32 PMOnly started listening to podcasts recently, but I've been liking the previous ones about alien3, looking forward to listening to this one  :D

    Thanks immortal! Thanks for listening, and hope you enjoy this one. :)


    Jun 01, 2022, 08:07:34 AM

    Quote from: Kradan on May 31, 2022, 11:49:07 PMI wanna agree with RidgeTop about the difference between cuts. I once caught theatrical cut on TV and I have distinct memory of how jarring transition from shot of sprinklers to Dillon looking at a body of a dead inmate felt

    That's interesting to hear but it was never something that stuck out to me.
  8. Kradan
    I wanna agree with RidgeTop about the difference between cuts. I once caught theatrical cut on TV and I have distinct memory of how jarring transition from shot of sprinklers to Dillon looking at a body of a dead inmate felt
  9. Darkness
    You mentioned the test screenings. I can't find much info about what the differences were. @Corporal Hicks You mentioned in your ADI interview about the eggs. Was that true that there was no eggs initially?

    QuoteAaron: So, the appearance of the eggs and the Facehugger in the opening credits of Alien 3 has always been a point of conversation when it comes to the fans. Now if I remember correctly, the addition of the egg was actually a later thing following test screenings and we only see the one egg on screen but the call sheets actually mentioned two. Was that just an extra in case of accidents or do you recall if it was intended that we see the multiple eggs on screen to account for the multiple embryos.

    @Xenomorphine You quoted an interview from somewhere about Fincher saying that there wasn't money for it? Where's this interview?
  10. Darwinsgirl
    I haven't finished it yet. But so far there have been multiple points or observations that I had not made before. After having watched this film many, many times that was a bonus for me. ;D

    I enjoy having Omegamorph as a reviewer. He is not on as much and enjoy his views. As he and xenomorphine both stated The Bishop animatronics is so well done its one of my favorite scenes.

    One thing though I enjoy watching the youtube broadcast and Omega you have a tendency to cover your mouth with your hand. And even with the volume turned up I can't always make out what is said it comes out jumbled. Just saying.  ;)
  11. Darkness
    I watched the Assembly Cut and the Theatrical last weekend. I still prefer the Assembly Cut overall. I like that we see the Super Facehugger although the dog makes more sense than the ox. I remember when I first saw Alien 3. Must have been about '96 as a young lad when ITV were showing the trilogy one weekend. I didn't mind it at the time. As I got older, and when the Legacy DVD boxset came out in 2000, I really didn't like it. I was complaining about the bad CGI.

    Then when the Assembly Cut came out, it did grow on me. I like the setting, the cast and characters, the hybrid alien, the music. When I was watching the Theatrical last weekend, I do still understand why so many people really don't like it. It is a big contrast to Aliens and if it had have come out before Aliens, it would have been better received.
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