Alternate Main Title (Opening Credits) for ‘Outlander’

Apparently, we at Outlander TV News have been living a hole somewhere because this news just completely gobsmacked us all.  Several months ago, Imaginary Forces published their alternate (director’s cut) main title for Outlander or what I refer to as the opening credits.  Bear McCreary’s main title track is stripped of the vocals and simplified in this version.  Some of the scenes used are the same, but there are some new ones.  The new scenes definitely have a bit of different feel.  The dancers at Craigh na Dun have a certain effect placed on their movements that gives a slow trail to their present.  A big difference is the use of faces; they are much more prominent in the alternate opening credits, especially the main characters.  Even the reveal for the show’s title is completely different, but the focus on the Stones is still there.

Below is the alternate opening credits and then the original opening credits . . . and lots of screen caps after that.

Let us know what you think about these alternate opening credits.  Do you like them better?

Imaginary Forces – Outlander Main Title – Director’s Cut from Imaginary Forces on Vimeo.

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Source: Imaginary Forces

Post by Sarah Ksiazek, Screen Caps by Stephanie Bertone

  • Jan

    Yep, like them better, much more mystical!

  • Tierni

    I did like this one quite a bit. That is not to say I didn’t like the original, and my children love the vocals. We listen to it frequently from ITUNES. However, this one doesn’t distract at all, and I agree with Jan, it is more mystical. Am really looking forward to the second half. It will be here very soon, yeah!

  • von

    Agree there is a definite mystic quality with these but I preferred the vocals rather than just the music. Claire’s hands at the start pulled in the drama instantly and the shot of Jamie towards the end certainly got attention.
    Overall more evocative and interesting but I love the shot of Jamie on horse in original.

  • SunnyT

    I like this one, but would add the vocals to give it an even more mystical feel. It just isn’t the same without the vocals.

    • Debbie Shawver

      I agree with SunnyT!

  • D R Allen

    Is it because I’m a guy? I DESPISE this version! :-O

    If this came on the screen, it would make me think that I was about to see a feminine fantasy romance story (that I’ve been telling people around the world for 23 years that “Outlander” WASN’T)!!

    The last I heard, Starz is reporting 47% male viewership (I just CAN’T seem to locate figures from anyone else) – I can guarantee it wouldn’t have happened if Ron had betrayed the guys and chosen a slo-mo fantasy mish-mash like this to open the show. 🙁

    [I also agree w/”SunnyT” it’s just NOT the same w/out Raya Yarbrough’s vocals]

    Dave

    • Elise

      I agree with you that this version doesn’t show what Outlander is really about and if men who had not read the book saw this version they wouldn’t be interested to see what looks like a romance. I enjoyed the new scenes it showed, but I felt this version was to slow and I missed the vocals. I’m glad Ron went with the other main credits, he has done a great job portraying this wonderful story.

    • MontanaRed

      I don’t despise the alternative version — It’s very pretty. But I can see how that could be a problem from a guy’s point of view. The story may be told (mostly) by Claire, but there is a lot of testosterone-driven action in it, and that is clearer in the main credits in use currently.

  • Vay3286

    I like this one better actually. I do miss the vocals as well though…

  • Polly

    I prefer the original version. For me, it has more impact both visually and musically. It sets the scene for what has been seen and what is to come.

  • Lori

    Nothing wrong with it exactly, but I do prefer the version they ended up using. This one does seem to be a little more romanticized and feminine which is misleading about the series. The version being used is stronger.

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  • Caitdonnelly

    It’s lyrical and haunting– and I think it carries a greater sense of what’s coming to the Highlanders and their culture. Accurate, but there’s no melodic or thematic promise of the rebirth to follow in the Highlands Diaspora. Too sad. Love the pipes, though.

  • RobinRG

    I think the credits are different in different countries. I saw this (or something very similar) in relation to the UK broadcast, I believe. But don’t quote me on that! Lol