The Unrated Edition of Alien vs. Predator is an extended version of the 2004 film, released in 2005. It is a straightforward extension of the movie, adding extra scenes and additional violence to the original theatrical version and extending the run time by almost 8 minutes.
The Unrated Edition was released on DVD on November 22, 2005. According to John Puccio of DVD Town, the extra footage contained "a few more shots of blood, gore, guts, and slime to spice things up... and tiny bits of connecting matter to help us follow the story line better, but none of it amounts to much".
UK/Australia extended cut
An alternate extended cut not seen elsewhere was released in the United Kingdom (on the 2-disc Extreme Edition DVD) and in Region 4 territories (Australasia). This version of the film included the additional opening scene set in 1904, but none of the other changes from the Unrated Edition. The later Definitive Edition DVD contained full Unrated Edition of the film.
Here follows a complete rundown of the differences between the theatrical release of Alien vs. Predator and the extended Unrated Edition.
- The Unrated Edition features a completely new opening, set at Razorback Point on October 10, 1904. Karl, one of the Norwegian whalers, is running around frantically, chased by something off-screen. He enters one of the buildings, and as he creeps around a cloaked Predator suddenly appears. Karl tries to flee but trips and falls to the floor. The Predator draws its Wristblades as it approaches him, and we see the laser pointer for its Plasmacaster moving up Karl's chest. The camera cuts to Predator's thermal vision, which then switches to an alternate vision mode and we see a Xenomorph that was lurking in the shadows beside Karl all along. The Xenomorph lunges at the Predator and he swipes at it with his Wristblades, before the film cuts to the opening credits, which are the same as those in the theatrical version.
- A member of staff brings pizzas to the Weyland Industries monitoring station, where another member of staff feeds his pet hamster sunflower seeds, before the satellite picks up the heat bloom beneath Bouvet Island. This sequence includes cameos by Alec Gillis and Tom Woodruff, Jr..
- After Sebastian finds the bottle cap at the dig in Mexico, he asks Juan, the man funding the archaeological excavations, for another month's funding so that they can search for artifacts. Juan refuses, telling them he intends to get another team to take over.
- Two new scenes are added immediately before the briefing on board the Piper Maru, expanding on some of the supporting characters. First, we see Thomas telling Sebastian that the check given to them by Weyland in return for meeting with him has cleared; Sebastian responds that they will politely listen to what Weyland has to say, then decline any offer and return to their dig in Mexico, making it clear they have no real intention of joining the expedition. Next we see Miller messing around in one of the snow cats and starting the engine. Verheiden approaches and pretends to be friendly, and Miller asks if he'll take a photo of him. Verheiden suddenly snaps back, "Get off, or you'll wear your ass for a hat!" He goes on to warn Lex to keep the "Beakers" away from the equipment. As they walk away, Miller asks Lex what Verheiden meant by Beakers, and she explains that it is a derogatory term for scientists, in reference to the character Beaker from The Muppet Show. To incorporate these additions, Stafford's subsequent introduction to the group is re-edited and most of his dialogue is removed.
- When one of the Predators kills Mikkel on the surface, additional CGI blood has been added to the Wristblades as they burst out of his chest. CGI blood has also been added when a Predator nails Sven to the wall with its Combistick.
- Miller finds a human skull and spine in the sacrificial chamber and comments to Lex that it was removed in one piece, noting that the spinal column was severed with a perfectly clean cut. They then hear a barely audible screech from the revived Queen in the bowels of the pyramid, but Miller passes it off as the wind moving through the tunnels. Sebastian joins them and heads in the direction of the sound, and the trio discover a trophy room adjacent to the sacrificial chamber, its walls stacked high with hundreds of human skulls. A fossilized Facehugger falls on Sebastian, startling them. Sebastian proposes it is some kind of scorpion, but Lex points out no scorpions can survive in Antarctica.
- When Scar kills Quinn at the bottom of the shaft through the ice, a lot more blood has been digitally added to the shot of the rocks getting sprayed.
- The scene where the Chestburster emerges from Adele is slightly bloodier, with CGI blood added to her shirt and coming from her mouth. The Chestburster itself is also covered in slightly more blood.
- The three Predators make their way to where their Plasmacasters were stored in the sarcophagus, but they find them gone. Following this, they split up and go after the humans.
- When Miller and Verheiden get separated from the others, Verheiden begins to lose his cool, but Miller manages to calm him down, pointing out that they're not dead yet. Verheiden replies aggressively, "Well, thanks, Professor," to which Miller responds that he is a doctor, not a professor.
- The Unrated Edition reveals what happens to Connors in the shaft — a Xenomorph attacks him from above and drags him away.
- After the initial attack by the Predators, Stafford is checking Bass' body while Weyland examines one of the Plasmacasters. Stafford philosophically asks what his man died for, and Weyland responds that he died making history. Stafford accusingly responds, "Whose? Yours?" before moving away.
- The scene where Stafford is trapped inside the net from the Netgun is embellished with additional CGI blood, both on the net and on the Combistick that impales him.
- A short shot of Sebastian recoiling from the fighting after Stafford is killed has been added.
- Weyland's death is re-edited and slightly bloodier. We no longer see Scar drive his Wristblades into Weyland's chest; instead, this happens off-screen, and in its place we see Lex and Sebastian react to his screams. We see Scar's bloody Wristblades emerging from Weyland's back before he tosses his corpse aside, before cutting back to Lex, who wants to go back and help. Sebastian convinces her it is hopeless, and as they flee Scar notices the Plasmacaster in Lex's backpack. Following this, a small trickle of CGI blood has been added coming from Weyland's mouth in the shot of his dead face.
- While they are separated from Scar, Lex and Sebastian find more hieroglyphs on the wall, and Sebastian surmises from them that the Predators are here for some kind of initiation ritual that marks their passage from immaturity into adulthood. The Plasmacasters are supposed to be their prize.
- The scene where Scar dismembers the dead Xenomorph is slightly longer, including an alternate shot of Lex asking, "What are you doing?" Scar also deliberately touches a nerve in the creature's brain with the dagger, causing its inner jaw to spring out. Lex jumps, causing Scar some amusement.
- Copies of the Unrated Edition DVD sold at Best Buy outlets in the United States also included the exclusive comic Alien vs. Predator: Whoever Wins...We Lose, which to date has never been made available anywhere else (although the comic itself was merely a reprint of pre-existing stories taken from Aliens vs. Predator: Annual #1).
- ↑ J Puccio, John (2005-11-31). "AVP: Alien Vs. Predator Unrated Version,Collector's Edition". DVDtown. Retrieved on 2008-01-20.