Four months after the debut Imax screening of Ridley Scott's Alien prequel - because that's what it is regardless of all the fuss about how it fits into the xeno saga - viewers can finally judge the movie on its own terms.
Nothing cuts through the gloss and wrapping of a movie better than a home viewing, and the result is a fractured, occasionally brilliant film.
Like a shattered mirror, shards of the film are superb, but harsh cuts to get the movie down to two hours have left a Frankenstein's monster, stitched together.
The performances, effects, set design and score are all great, but there are too many loose ends.
Maybe a director's cut or sequel will improve things, but as a standalone movie, this is just an elegant but annoying misfire.
Well worth repeated viewings, but still off target.