Back To The Future: The Hill Valley Chronicles

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Tagline:
Back In Time For Teatime
Fanedit Type:
Original Release Date:
1985 / 1989 / 1990
Original Running Time:
342
Fanedit Release Date:
Fanedit Running Time:
327
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Brief Synopsis:
The Hill Valley Chronicles takes the enormously popular Back To The Future Trilogy and adapts it to a 'Quantum Leap' style 30 minute teatime TV show comprising of ten episodes. This new adaptation puts a fresh spin on the trilogy by reshaping the narrative so the parallel events of November 12 1955 in the trilogy collide with each other in action packed fashion.
Intention:
The primary purpose of the edit was to manipulate the events of BTTF1 to allow the 1955 scenes in BTTF1 to run chronologically parallel to the 1955 scenes in BTTF2, we see how November 12 1955 played out the second time around with two Martys and two Doc Browns inhabiting Hill Valley. I also thought the movies fit the ‘teatime sci-fi tvshow’ format well so a lot of work went into creating the previously, intro titles, end titles and ‘next time’ teaser for each episode ending on a cliff hanger where possible.
Other Sources:
Trivia for Mary Steenburgen fans, some audio effects used in her 1979 time travel movie with Malcolm Mcdowell 'Time After Time' were used in one of the episodes.
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Special Thanks:
Massive Thanks to That One Guy for taking the time to review and ultimately approve the edit.

A huge thanks to Scribbling Man for previewing the edit and coming up with some great ideas for improvements to the narrative and spotting some badly needed fixes. To SonOfSinbad also for meticulously checking each episode for anything that needed tweaking. Also big thanks to TheRyaney for the coverart (a fabulous job on that!) and to anyone else who made suggestions in the ITW thread, it was a very collaborative process on this one which I for one thoroughly enjoyed!
Release Information
MP4/M4V/MOV
Special Features
Episode List:

Episode 01: Things Ain't What They Used To Be
Episode 02: Future Proofing
Episode 03: Back And Forthright
Episode 04: Two Heads Are Better Than None *
Episode 05: A Date With Density *

(Choose your own way to watch the events of the evening of November 12 1955)

- The Temporal Junction Point/Amazing Coincidence Experience:
Episode 06 Happy Temporal Junction Point Of The Entire Space Time Continuum Day! * (An Extended 45 minute episode. In this version all the 1955 scenes from both movies are intercut)

- The BTTF First Time Viewer Experience:
Episode 06-A Temporal Junction Points of View Part One* (The events of November 12 1955 from a BTTF1 focused perspective)
Episode 06-B Temporal Junction Points of View Part Two* (The events of November 12 1955 from a BTTF2 focused perspective)

(Both need to be viewed but the viewing order is entirely up to the viewer)

Episode 07: Rio Bravado*
Episode 08 Hang 'Em At High Noon
Episode 09: The Good, The Bad And The Lovely
Episode 10: Back To The Future?

(* Black and white version also included)
Editing Details:
Essentially this is a re-ordering of events and scenes rather than any drastic cuts to any of the movies. The edit is spread over ten episodes with all original credit sequences/end titles from each movie removed.
Cuts and Additions:
- Everything is cut before Marty first meets with Jennifer from BTTF1
- All 1955 Scenes from BTTF1 play out intercut with the chronological counterpart in BTTF2 in episodes 4-7
- There are some trims and minor cuts to the 1955 scenes from BTTF1 and BTTF2 to help the intercutting of both movies during the Enchantment Under The Sea Dance, BTTF1's Clocktower finale and Biff and Marty's Almanac chase in BTTF2.
- Minor trims elsewhere to support the new TV format.
- New TV titles for each episode.
- 'Previously' and 'Next Time' teaser created for each episode.
- Episode 10 extended final credit sequence added
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A very imaginative way of looking at BTTF, one of the best fanedits I've seen. Great use of flashbacks. This trilogy works very well as a TV show. Perfectly chosen starts/ends to each episode.

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One of the more ambitious projects I've encountered during my search for the perfect fanedit. I really love the concept of presenting the familiar 3 movie structure as a 10 part miniseries and for the most part it works really well. The actual scenes play out in gloriously complicated realtime, with BTTF Marty and BTTF 2 Marty both endeavoring to change the past to avoid future tragedies and the editing for this is absolutely perfect.

I especially enjoyed the little touches such as adding a new opening title sequence and a cheesy end credits to every 'episode'. It really made it feel like watching a series from the 90's and was surprisingly feelgood.

Because of the extended format, some of the emotional beats of the first two movies fall a little flatter than they were intended, but this is more than offset by others hitting home even harder. Presenting the narrative in the unique format really emphasises the friendship between Doc Brown and Marty in a way that I have never felt by watching the movies alone. Their friendship really feels like a journey and their deep affection of one another just shines through so that by the end I had a real lump in my throat as their fantastic journeys came to an end.

The only (minor) criticism is that to set up the concurrent 1955 storylines, BTTF Marty escapes from the terrorists in the Delorean, only to wake up in bed. It doesn't really make any narrative sense but I expect it was a necessary compromise in order to have the first two films visits to 1955 run concurrently. Everything else is absolutely magnificent.


This was such a fun and novel way to watch the familiar stories in a new light. I'd highly recommend it to anyone!

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I was floored this was turned into a 10 episode series that made it spanned into adventures. The choices of jumping around a bit and with the help of some cool editing choices really made this one hell of an edit. A prized piece to behold!

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Every few years I get an urge to re-watch the BTTF trilogy. I came across this edit and thought it would be a fun\different way of the viewing the trilogy and I thoroughly enjoyed it. I watched the 1955 episodes in black and white which was great and would recommend it as it matches the era. I know the idea is to watch an Episode a week on a Saturday at 7.30pm like the golden days of TV aka 80's but I couldn't help myself and binge watched all episodes (thanks a lot Netflix!). I would highly recommend this way of watching BTTF at least once as it was fun way of watching the trilogy.

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This was one of the first edits I watched, I saw it in August but just haven't gotten around to leaving a review until now.

A very fun edit to watch, love how the timeline was changed (or at least the order it was displayed). Quality was top notch, making it 16:9 instead of widescreen was a nice touch. Really makes the difference between a film v. TV vibe.

I think I noticed a few cuts just because I'm so familiar with the source material, but they weren't poorly done or anything so all the editing still gets a 10/10.

Highly recommend this edit!

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