Ray Santilli, 58, claims the grainy image is a still from “genuine original footage” he based the fake 1995 film on.
He says it is proof that the 1995 hoax film, which initially purported to show an autopsy being carried out on a dead alien recovered from the supposed Roswell UFO crash site in 1947, WAS based on REAL original footage which came to light.
Express.co.uk is publishing the image, which appears to show three slides from a real of film, for the first time after being sent it by Mr Santilli.
It is suggested the slides show a dead alien, recovered from the Roswell crash, on an operating table.
Speaking exclusively to Express.co.uk, Mr Santilli said the “alien autopsy” film he released in 1995 was not a hoax but a “restoration or recreation.”
Mr Santilli, who is CEO of Orbital Media Group, said: “It was certainly not a hoax.”
ALIEN AUTOPSY? Ray Santilli claims this is a still from a 1947 video of the “Roswell incident”.
His 1995 release showed men in white coats apparently dissecting an alien, leaving UFO hunters convinced it was the smoking gun evidence they were looking for of the Roswell incident.
Truthers have been searching for proof since it was first claimed aliens crashed a flying saucer in the New Mexico desert near Roswell in July 1947 before the US Government covered up the evidence by storing the flying saucer and dead bodies in a secret military base.
It remains one of the world’s biggest conspiracy theories, but to the disappointment of alien hunters the 1995 footage was later branded an elaborate hoax.
Asked if the image said to be from the original film depicted an alien, Mr Santilli initially said: “Of course it does.”
ALIEN AUTOPSY: A scene from the 1995 Ray Santilli film which was done using actors.
He then said: “Let me just be clear. I was not there in 1947, so I can’t say for sure if it is an alien, but it is the original camera footage.”
Mr Santilli said the original footage came to light in 1992 when he was asked by Polygram, now Universal, do do a comprehensive documentary about Elvis Presley.
He said: “We placed ads in local papers in the Eastern Seaboard of the US for anyone who had seen Elvis in 1954 who had still images or footage.
“We listed the hotels we would be in and said to meet us and we would look at it and buy for cash.
“We came away with the largest collection of Elvis assets brought together on one occasion, it was a remarkable achievement.
“During the trip a cameraman in Cleveland asked if we were interested in anything else.
“At the time we had no knowledge of Roswell or aliens, but he claimed he was the cameraman working for the army airforce and explained the whole alien autopsy story.”
Mr Santilli said it tool two years of exchanges to reach an agreement to buy the footage.
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“By the time we got back it had deteriorated to a certain extent and we were not able to use it and recreated a fair section.”
However, when the recreated footage was released, Mr Santilli and his team did not make it clear it was a remake of poor original footage, which there was no mention of.
He still maintains that was the right thing to do.
He said: “If you look at the great works of art – these works of art are over 200 or 300 years old and have been restored with people working on them many times.
“they have very little bearing on the original image.
“We did the same thing with the moving image of the alien autopsy.”
He said that the recreated film was given to broadcasters “for free” who were told to “make a documentary and investigate the authenticity” of the footage.
Real alien? Ray Santilli in his office at the time he met with UFO researcher Philip Mantle.
Mr Santilli reportedly made millions from the footage.
He did not confirm an amount, but said the money his team made was from “home video” rights to the documentaries that broadcasters then made.
He maintained it was the right way to go about it.
He said: “We were not there in 1947 so did not want to misrepresent the event.
“It was not a hoax – Fox put up a million dollar reward for someone to come forward and say it was fabricated and it was 20 years before anyone spoke.
“If it was a hoax someone would have come forward a lot sooner.”
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Let me just be clear. I was not there in 1947, so I can’t say for sure if it is an alien, but it is the original camera footage.
So where is the original footage now?
He says he still has it, but some of the frames are missing.
He may release it in full at a later stage.
Mr Santilli also said full background checks were carried out on the cameraman, but he is not currently prepared to identify him, to kill off the doubters.
Mr Santilli contacted Express.co.uk after we reported on how Spyros Melaris, who was hired by Mr Santilli and film producer Gary Shoefield to make the black and white film, told the story of his involvement in a one-man West End show.
Mr Melaris revealed how the video was produced inside a north London flat, thousands of miles from the secret US base it was purporting to be in.
He explained how the “dead alien” in the 17-minute film, which has been viewed by millions of people across the globe, was created by a sculptor called John Humphreys, who was a special effects expert who had worked on the sets of Dr Who.
Mr Melaris said 1940s surgeons’ outfits and medical equipment were supplied from prop providers in the UK and USA.
The two pathologists were his brother and then girlfriend, he said.
Cow and lamb organs from a butcher were used to represent those of the extraterrestrial, and raspberry jelly was planned to be used for the brain, but it turned out to be “too dark”.
The 16mm film was then spliced with an original Pathe newsreel of a 1947 college baseball match in Roswell to help convince experts from Kodak it could be real, he said.
Mr Santilli said: “I refute the Spyros Melaris’s version of his involvement in Alien Autopsy. If anything Spyros was part of a team.
“He felt there should been more acknowledgement for his work or the artistic side.
Roswell solved? Gareth Watson said he saw the original film while playing the part of the doctor.
“We followed a plan, laid out by a sequence of events, they all did a remarkable job.
“There was original film, an original concept or story, and no one person was responsible for everything.”
Gareth Watson, who played the doctor observing the procedure in the fake footage, appears to confirm what Mr Santilli says about there being original footage that was recreated.
He took part in an email question and answer session with veteran UFO researcher Philip Mantle earlier this year.
Mr Watson said: “I was led to believe there was original footage of poor quality and this was ‘a recreation’, not a hoax.
“I was shown by Ray Santilli and Gary Shoefield a VHS copy of very grainy poor quality footage of an alleged alien autopsy.
“They decided it was not of commercial value in its current state hence the ‘recreation’.
“So I left with impression that what I saw was the original footage. I have no idea where that is now or what Ray Santilli did with it.
“The original footage was of very poor quality to the point I could have been looking at the yeti.”
Mr Mantle does not believe any original footage existed, and it was all just a hoax.
He said: “There are however a few people who still believe that Ray Santilli is telling the truth and there was original authentic film.
“One such gentleman in the UK is Colin Woolford. Colin and I disagree but we have remained on friendly terms.”
Mr Woolford tours the country giving lectures at UFO conferences where he argues the original footage is likely to exist.