Back To The Future: The Hill Valley Chronicles

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This edit is a lot of fun. It provides a great, creative way to rewatch a trilogy that many have seen several times over already. The custom title cards, opening sequence and "previously on" are exceptionally well done and work well to sell it as a TV show. It's not perfect though. I felt that the first three episodes had some narrative inconsistencies that weren't explained and the editing could've been a bit tighter to make it seem like a real TV show. But it's a small complaint.

Where this edit really shines is in the middle episodes. The B&W treatment of the 1955 segment is stunning and fits perfectly. I almost wish the editor hadn't given the option of watching these episodes in colour, because B&W is far better. Episode 6 is worth the price of admission alone. The way the editor ramped up the action to the climax of this episode was brilliant. The narrative through 1955 can seem a bit confusing, but if you could keep up with Westworld, you shouldn't have an issue with this.

After that, it's basically BTTF3 edited into 3 episodes. It's less inspired than the 1955 segment, but there's only so much you can do with the source. It does its job. But, I think the editor missed a huge opportunity here. We start off in colour when we're in 1985 and 2015. We go back to 1955 and we're in B&W. Wonderful! We go even further back to 1885 and... we're back in colour? This would've been an excellent opportunity to go into a scratchy B&W, silent era look or even a sepia tone. The switch back to colour doesn't fit with the aesthetic (unless you watch it all in colour, I guess).

In the end, this is an impressive edit and well worth your time. Highly recommended.
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A very well done edit, Back To The Future works great as a half hour serial. [Spoiler warning] The first episode is a particular highlight, with viewers sharing Marty's confusion at how his world has changed. But the restructuring of the narrative does introduce problems. To me it appears that Marty suffers from temporary amnesia as a side effect of the time travel, and the lack of dialogue acknowledging this is unfortunate (I wonder if suitable voiceovers could be pieced together from other sources?). Or if there is no amnesia, concealing what he knows from the audience is an odd choice. And the concern over Doc's future during the 1955 scenes doesn't work well at all when we've already seen multiple episodes in which his future self is just fine - it might have been better to cut out that subplot entirely. Otherwise, the combined 1955 scenes are brilliantly done. And none of that is an issue in the last few episodes, which are pretty much flawless, albeit less experimental. The final "next time" teaser is nicely non-spoilery.

Overall, it's a enjoyable novelty for fans, but not recommended for first time viewers.
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Great Scott! Just binged the whole thing and it was a treat. Having seen the trilogy numerous times this was quite a fresh experience. Watched all color version. Sinbad managed to mix up the narrative and deliver it in ten thrilling episodes. Great credits design overall. Video editing excellent, audio editing quite solid except few instances of a bit louder music under spoken lines, mostly in "previous/next" snippets, and few mismatched audio levels but nothing that would upset a casual viewer. Highly recommended!
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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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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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