Twilight Zone: Invitation to a Shoot-Out, The

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Twilight Zone: Invitation to a Shoot-Out, The
Faneditor Name:
Tagline:
Twilight Zone Meets Classic Trek!
Original Movie Title:
Franchise:
Fanedit Type:
Original Release Date:
1968
Original Running Time:
50
Fanedit Release Date:
Fanedit Running Time:
30
Time Cut:
23
Time Added:
3
Brief Synopsis:
In the time of the space age, a future ship's crew lands on a planet on a mission of peaceful first contact. The distrusting inhabitants, however, punish the spacemen for their intrusion, by recreating a famous Western gunfight, with the men forced to take on the roles of the ill-fated cowboys.
Intention:
A fan edit created to adapt a Classic Trek episode into an original Twilight Zone episode.
Other Sources:
Several of Serling's narrations are edited together, for both the opening and closing: 'The Little People'/'Elegy' (Teaser), 'The Gift' /'The Shelter' (Closing)
Release Information:
Digital
Editing Details:
Original footage edited down to 30 mins with a post-titles teaser and 1 x commercial break.
Converted entirely into monochrome.
Original TZ season one opening titles in place of the original Trek titles.
All opening credits for the original episode now in the opening of Act I.
End credits are left in tact, but with TZ season three closing music, and sped up to fit in with the TZ music, plus additional still frames of the three original closing credits.
Cuts and Additions:
Beyond minor trims throughout the story, the notable ones are as follows, all done largely for timing reasons :
- The entire opening bridge scene and Melkot buoy subplot.
- Kirk's attempts to temper the situation with both the Earps and the sheriff.
- McCoy encountering Doc Holliday for the first time
- The original close of Act II is the commercial break, albeit truncated.
- An additional shot of the Enterprise flying through space, has been added in the opening moments, post-titles.

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2 reviews
Overall rating
 
9.2
Audio/Video Quality
 
9.0(2)
Visual Editing
 
8.0(2)
Audio Editing
 
8.5(2)
Narrative
 
9.5(2)
Enjoyment
 
9.5(2)
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(Updated: July 05, 2021)
Overall rating
 
9.0
Audio/Video Quality
 
9.0
Visual Editing
 
9.0
Audio Editing
 
9.0
Narrative
 
9.0
Enjoyment
 
9.0
The Twilight Zone and Star Trek are two of my absolute favorite classic TV shows, so naturally this concept would appeal to me. And "Spectre of the Gun" is the most "ghostly" of the ST TOS episodes, which makes it the perfect candidate for the TZ treatment. Sadly, making it black and white means losing the red skies, which are a very important part of the atmosphere, but at the same time the monochrome enhances other moments (those closeup shots of the clock are more eerie in B&W).

And it's surprising how well this works after removing almost half of the episode. It feels complete and totally coherent, I only miss what I miss because I know the original well. Though, there are some aspects that spoil the experience a bit, and I'm afraid they need to be pointed out:

- First, the use of the CGI versions of the FX shots. Those are an eyesore for me every time (digital effects just don't belong in the sixties), and even more so when the edit aims to make the episode look even more vintage than it is. Still, I guess it's possible that The Warlord only had access to the CGIed versions of the episodes (my set has both those and the originals, but that might not be the case for all releases), so maybe he just did what he could.
- The slowed down establishing shots of the Enterprise at the start and end, in addition to being CGI, move in a jerky, jumpy way. I don't know the software used, but it shouldn't be that hard to fix.
- The added episode credits, while using the correct font, scream "digitally added". Again, I don't know the software The Warlord used, but for these things a slight Gaussian blur goes a long way.
- There's a quite noticeable hard cut in the audio near the beginning (00:53, right before the Melkotian first speaks). Given that this is the first edit by The Warlord that I have seen, that made me fear the worst, but fortunately there's no more issues of this kind (there's one at 10:38, between "Mr. Spock" and "Except for our handguns...", but that's actually in the original episode!) and other than that it's a great editing job.

And after all, this is an old-ish edit (two years and a few months, but The Warlord has released a lot more since), so for all I know these issues may not be present in his other edits. In any case, a very enjoyable and recommendable edit for fans of classic TV.
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Overall rating
 
9.4
Audio/Video Quality
 
9.0
Visual Editing
 
7.0
Audio Editing
 
8.0
Narrative
 
10.0
Enjoyment
 
10.0
The first of the Twilight Treks from The Warlord, and it does a good job of keeping the story focused on the plight of those stuck in the reality of the western town, the black and white provides an eerie visual flare to the show, allowing it to truly represent a story taken straight out of the 'Zone. The original's episode's sub plots are seamlessly removed. There are a couple of drawbacks, the Enterprise shots move a little too slow at the start and ending and doesn't flow well. That aside, this is a great Trek tale with an added wrinkle that enhances the experiance, and again proves how well the oddest Trek episodes fit so well in this format.
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