Northwest Passage: A Twin Peaks Fanedit

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Northwest Passage: A Twin Peaks Fanedit
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The series that redefined American television is re-imagined as a feature film.
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Original Release Date:
1990
Original Running Time:
980
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Fanedit Running Time:
300
Time Cut:
680
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Brief Synopsis:
Who killed Laura Palmer? The mystery unfolds in this re-edited version of the classic television series Twin Peaks.
Intention:
I wanted to see how Twin Peaks would play as a feature film, so I focused the narrative to just the mystery of who killed Laura Palmer, cutting all extraneous story lines. While the runtime is still longer than a feature film (approx. 5 hours) I did manage to condense the show considerably. I also reframed the original 4:3 aspect ratio to 16:9.


Best TV-To-Movie Edit 2011 Winner
Special Thanks:
Special Thanks to boon. Also, thanks to DwightFry, L8wrtr and Remixed by Jorge for watching rough cuts of this project and providing feedback.
Release Information:
AVCHD
Special Features
Three versions are available.
- 720p HD release in AVCHD format (two DVD-DL discs),
- SD release on DVD (two DVD-R discs),
- 720p MOV file (h.264 Apple TV friendly version)
Cuts and Additions:
There is no way to list everything that was cut. Simply, if there was a sub-plot that wasn’t needed for the Laura Palmer story it was axed. I’m sure for the purist this is blasphemy, but I urge those people to use their imagination and pretend “Twin Peaks” the series never existed. Virtually all scenes with Catherine Martell, Audrey Horne, Shelly Johnson, and Josie Packard have been removed. The scene where the killer is revealed has been tweaked extending the mystery until the end. Some footage from the final “Twin Peaks” episode has been incorporated.
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Cover art by QuickCut (DOWNLOAD HERE)
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Winner "Best TV-to-Movie Edit" in the 4th Annual Fanedit Awards

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(Updated: July 26, 2021)
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Disclaimer: I'm not a fan of Twin Peaks, and I've only previously managed to get through the pilot. However, this is a very well made edit. Cutting down 16 hours of content down to 5 hours is very impressive. And despite a lot being cut, the pace is not high. It still feels like a TV series. I mostly followed the plot (as much as is possible when Lynch is directing), although it is convoluted, and I started to lose track of things towards the end. I do believe even more content could have been cut at certain points to further streamline the narrative and place the focus on more essential points (although I respect that this has already been done to a great degree).

Editing-wise, the cuts were superb, the only thing I noticed were occasional quick music fades that are unavoidable when making TV-to-Film edits. I wish that some of the loud background music had been removed when characters were speaking, although this is no fault of the editor. Cutting the footage from 4:3 to 16:9 was a great idea, looked great on the TV. A/V quality was excellent.

In conclusion, this is a high quality edit, but Lynch is still a nutjob. I think fans of the series should definitely give this a watch, but non-fans are unlikely to be converted.
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(Updated: August 21, 2021)
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9.1
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For those like myself who enjoy the absurdist murder mystery of Twin Peaks but who have less patience for the soap operatics that make up the balance of the show, this edit is a godsend. It saves the viewer the chore of watching the entire show, and lays the groundwork for the superior (and not coincidenally, more Lynch-controlled) Fire Walk With Me and The Return. The only criticism I have is, as others have pointed out, the re-framing of the Black Lodge sequences from the end of the series and therefore the truncation of Cooper's ultimate fate, which sets the stage for The Return. So a word to the wise: you may want to partake of the series finale even after watching this edit. Aside from that, a fine achievement, renewing my interest in the hermetic small town with the damn fine coffee.

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An amazing feat! This is our go to watch for Twin Peaks! So much trimmed to make this a non-stop thrill ride. An awesome inspiring call to aspiring editors. Excellent.

The only issue that I had with this has been mentioned by others. The downplay of the Black Lodge. But it is almost perfect if you weren't a Black Lodge enthusiast.

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(Updated: September 29, 2014)
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7.3
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Positives:

Technically great. Audio/video are excellent, and it looks great in widescreen. You get the whole Laura Palmer story all in one sitting. Most of the pertinent scenes are here and fit in seamlessly, with a few exceptions. All of the unenjoyable filler is removed. No more Nadine ridiculousness or idiotic Civil War reenactments!

Negatives: The edit is just too straightforward, almost to the point where it is un-Lynch-like. Really the only Lynchian weirdness left is the visions various people (especially Cooper) have. Gone is any mention of the Black Lodge, which is my favorite aspect of the entire series. The long sequence in the Black Lodge is abridged and reduced to a vision Cooper has in the Road House when he remembers who the killer is (as revealed to him by Laura Palmer in a dream). It's clever editing, but I really miss the Black Lodge being an actual place, which makes the riveting scene where he enters it, as well as the subsequent long sequence inside it, much more impactful than what is seen here.

I would have left in: 1) Almost everything related to the Black Lodge, 2) Enough of the Windom Earle plot (which was pretty good) and surrounding subplots where the events of the final episode, including the entire Black Lodge sequence, make sense, and 3) Any scenes of Lynchian weirdness. For example, the scene where Agent Albert Rosenfield suddenly professes how he models his life after Ghandi and King. All this additional material would probably add an hour or two to the edit, but so be it.

Curiously, Q2's other Twin Peaks fanedit (to the Fire Walk With Me movie) adds in additional subplot elements and strengthens the Black Lodge element, so these two fanedits aren't really compatible.

There are a couple minor problems with the narrative where a transition is awkward because something got edited out that was necessary to explain a subsequent scene. One is the attempt to steal Laura's diary from Harold Smith. The entire Harold Smith subplot was so reduced that we don't know what Maddy is doing when she shows up and looks for the diary to steal.

There is a small problem with the widescreen conversion where, in the scene in the Black Lodge (here just a vision) where Laura flicks her fingers downward, her fingers are out of frame.

A very competent effort, but not what I was looking for. I'm not sure who would enjoy this other than people who don't like David Lynch but are curious about the main story in Twin Peaks.

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