Alien 3 Workprint
This section covers the infamous workprint of Alien 3 that was made before the theatrical release in 1992. This version has no music throughout and it’s only available on VHS with poor picture and sound quality. There’s two great articles on the net that cover the Alien 3 Workprint. These are:
- AbsoluteAvP – Alien 3 Workprint – Written by SM. This covers the changes from the workprint to the theatrical but doesn’t take the 2003 Special Edition into account.
- AMR – Alien 3 Cut Scenes – Written by Nathan. Again, this is very detailed and uses script extracts. This article, however, takes the 2003 Special Edition into account and scenes are clearly marked if they come from the workprint or the special edition.
This article isn’t as detailed as those two. It’s more of a summary with pictures but this section only includes scenes that weren’t in either the theatrical version OR the special edition version. All pictures below apart from one are from the special edition version just to give you an idea of where they are in the workprint. This is because the workprint is really bad quality. You can download the Alien 3 Workprint here (1.1GB).
There’s a short scene that didn’t make it into either the theatrical or assembly version. It’s a shot of a monitor in the Sulaco in the opening sequence.
When Murphy is in the tunnels, he sings along to the ‘Rolling Stones’ song “Painted Black,” and not the theatrical version song; “In the Year 2525 (Exordium and Terminus)” by ‘Zager and Evans.’
Golic, Rains, and Boggs walk away, Golic says, “Into the dark. And a machines open a store. What are you looking for? Underwear. Cigarettes. Deodorant.” Rains says, “Deodorant, that’s a good idea.” This scene follows the scene in the Assembly cut (See Remembering Murphy).
When Andrews is informing the prisoners of the facts in the cafeteria just after Clemens is killed, there is some additional dialog and some alternate footage that is not included in either release. Andrews says, “At 14:00 hours, prisoners Boggs, Rains, and Golic left on a routine foraging mission in the underground network.” Also, when Ripley interrupts him later, she says, “It’s here,” twice.
Junior sacrifices himself by leading the alien to the toxic chamber room where the alien kills him. In the assembly version they removed the sound effect when he dies. You can also hear the alien screaming and trying to get out.
This is a short scene with Golic grabbing the fire extinguisher that he used to knock out Morse.
A slightly different scene with 85 and Ripley, It starts with new messages from 85 reporting deaths of Andrews, Clemens and eleven inmates. The monitor shots are arranged differently from the assembly cut.
There is a different scene of Golic’s death. When he enters the toxic waste chamber you can hear the alien in the background and later Golic screaming when he dies.
Motivating the Prisoners
Some slightly different dialog when Ripley and Dillon are talking to the prisoners. Ripley says, “What makes you think they’re going to care about a bunch of lifers who found god on the ass-end of space. You think they’re going to allow you to interfere with their weapons research? They think we’re crud and they don’t give a damn about one mate of yours that died. Not one.”
Luring the Beast
In the scenes where the prisoners are running through the tunnels trying to lure the alien into the leadworks there were several scenes taken out. There’s some extra dialog between the prisoners as they are running and another prisoner, Kevin, says, “Section 29 closed,” before he shouts, “This thing is really pissed off!”
Dillon & Troy
In another scene, Jude yells, “Get a fuckin’ move on!” Dillon shouts, “Troy! Troy! Help them! Help them!” Troy just looks around and then runs off. This scene is in the Assembly cut though in the workprint there is some additional dialog from Dillon.
In another scene, Dillon finds Troy’s body as he walks down one of the corridors, and he says, “Troy.” He stands over the body for a while and then moves on. Following that scene is another with Jude, who is carrying scissors, and Morse running down a corridor. Jude slips on something and falls on the ground. Morse stops and shouts, “Get up!” He walks back to Jude with his torch to see what happened. Jude says, “For fuck’s sake,” and looks at his hands which are covered with blood. He looks up and screams. His screams echo to the piston chamber where Ripley can hear them.
This is a new extended version of Jude’s death with some new footage.
The scene starts off with Ripley discovering the remains of Eric, the cook. When the company arrives and 85 welcomes them, there was some footage left out from both releases. Aaron says, “I tried to tell them,” and one of the company men asks, “Have you seen the beast?” Aaron replies, “Yes sir. Horrible. Unbelievable. She’s got one inside her.” Bishop II says, “We know that,” and behind him a large cage is set down. Aaron looks back and then turns around. He says, “You’re going to need a bigger cage than that.”
Ripley was originally more suicidal in the scene where she grabs the Alien’s tail and Dillon pulls her back. She yells, “Kill me! Kill me! Come on!” Dillon shouts, “Come on!” He also yells, “This is our last stand!”
When the Alien leaps out of the lead, there was a line cut in which Morse says, “Oh fuck!” The scene where Morse tells Ripley to turn on the sprinklers was originally very different. Ripley thinks of activating the sprinklers by herself and before doing so she says, “For the last time.” There was also some shots of the Alien removed.
Bishop II says, “Please, trust me. Let me help you. Hmm?” Following this line, is a very long shot of Ripley as she struggles to decide. During the pause, there are shots of Bishop II, Aaron and the company man, and Morse. Finally, Ripley answers, “No,”
What Are You Doing?
There is an added scene of Ripley walking on the platform and Bishop II asking, “What are you doing?” He asks the question again as seen in the theatrical version. Ripley’s fall is a little longer and there is no chestburster emerging from her. There’s a shot of Morse looking over the molten pit. The final scenes are arranged differently. First we see the video screen closing shots before we see the empty cryotubes and ending with Ripley’s final transmission.
Other Minor Workprint Scenes
- Murphy’s voiceover of “what kind of animal would do this to a dog” is noticeably different.
- Clemens says Fury 161 was a 1000 convict facility, rather than a 5000 convict facility.
- Superintendent Andrews Eulogy is one continuous shot, and is much clearer It also starts immediately, overlapping the establishing shots of the furnace area.
- Dillon’s Eulogy has no collage of characters, and there are no edits of the chestburster bursting from the dog.
- When Clemens briefs Ripley on Fury 161’s history, there is no shot of Ripley saying “I’ve been out here a long time.” Instead, it just shows Ripley’s face.
- The hiss of the Alien is much clearer, and I found it extremely more obvious that the Alien ‘spit’ acid into Murphy.
- Clemens’ line of “Nobody else would employ me” (and other lines) are dubbed differently.
- Dillon really screams to Morse to “Pour the Lead” while he is being eaten. He yells it several times to Morse, up to where the lead is actually poured.
Move onto Part 4 (Production Stills…etc) of Alien 3 Deleted Scenes.