Witcher: Blood of Elves, The

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Original Release Date:
2021
Original Running Time:
454
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Fanedit Running Time:
158
Time Cut:
297
Time Added:
1
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Netflix
Brief Synopsis:
The main problem with this season was that instead adapting third book "Blood of Elves" writers have decided to go all in with their poorly written fan-fiction and most of the season was completely unrecognizable to the fans of the books. So, the idea was to create something at least resembling proper adaptation of "Blood of Elves" as there was no way to make it really faithful to the book. This edit is a movie build from book-accurate elements, things that keep the spirit of the books intact (and theoretically could happen in the story but were not described by Sapkowski in detail), some of the Netflix additions that I didnt mind too much and some of those that I do mind, but they're needed for continuity reasons.
Intention:
As a fan of Witcher books, I just wanted to have a shorter version of the show, that I could enjoy.
Other Sources:
- Witcher games soundtracks
- Soundtrack for polish TV show "Wiedźmin" (The Hexer) from 2001 by Grzegorz Ciechowski
Release Information:
Digital
Cuts and Additions:
- new opening crawl and title card added at the begnning
- the order of scenes is heavily rearranged
- Yennefer is put where her place is and is no longer a main character; she regains her powers with no connection to Ciri or Voleth Meir
- Voleth Meir subplot is completely excised along with Yen's betrayal nonsense
- episode 1 is trimmed for pacing reasons and it's ending is modified to have more book accurate feel to it
- there are no monoliths and Istredd has only one scene
- Eskel is introduced just to pay a tribute to the book character and give Ciri her introduction moment and we never see him again
- no prostitutes in Kaer Morhen
- Ciri's blood plotline was kept for continuity reasons, but nobody is considering trying the mutagen on her
- Fringilla's role is limited to three scenes
- Francesca is not psycho-babykiller anymore
- Cahir doesnt appear at all (he will return in proper time and place)
- we still have most of Dijkstra and Vizimir plotting scenes intact as well as some of the scenes involving mages
- during the conversation in Melitele temple Geralt asks yennefer to train Ciri in magic - used dialogue lines from episode 8 for that.
- scenes with Ciri and Yennefer riding on horseback and being at the broken bridge repurposed as part of Ciri's training
- Yennefer is not present at the fight with Michelets and Ciri doesn't teleport out of the temple
- no Emhyr's big reveal
- one deleted scene added
- a little modifications for some dialogue occur here and there
- 99,9% re-score (in stereo) with music from the games and old polish TV show as default audio. 5.1 original music audio included as well. Both options in english and polish.

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9.1
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9.8(4)
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8.3(4)
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9.3(4)
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8.5(4)
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9.8(4)
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9.8
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10.0
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10.0
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9.0
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10.0
Blood of Elves is the third instalment in the Witcher fan edit series of films for the Netflix Witcher series. While both The Last Wish & Sword of Destiny covered the events of season 1 for the most part, this installment is now firmly in Season 2 territory. Unlike that show however, this version streamlines the story into something teligible. The focus once again is predominantly on Geralt and when its on other characters its for beats that advance the plot. The original Netflix adaptation of season 2 completely lost me, I originally tuned out after a couple of episodes but I was not only able to watch all of this edit but also enjoy it, it serves to remind the power of editing and how good the original should have been. Gieferg has been able to gloss over much of the contrivance and cringe of the original and deliver a suitably entertaining fantasy experience.

Where the Netflix version began to really shift the focus away from Geralt like never before, this version really emphasized Geralt’s place in the events of the story in a way that should have been present in the original. Like the first three edits, the visual and audio cuts are spot on with this edit and watching this feels like the original was actually made this way. The music and sound design is seamless and a lot of the non-book sections have been glossed over as much as possible.

If you desperately hoped that the Witcher was good and are familiar with the source material you deserve to see this edit, it is genuinly worth your time, along with the previous two installments. Gieferg has also mentioned that there will be a fourth edit in the works. Can he made the rest of the series work as films? Its an uphill battle but so far so good!


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9.4
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'The Witcher' is saved. I'm doing a 999 call now I know Gieferg is on the case. Being honest I only watched this series once and all I remember is the Eskel horror show and the rest was just a blur as I slipped into a gloomy malaise. Watching this I had not read the list of changes and was apprehensive that the defilement of Kaer Morhen and Witcherdom in general was going to be an unavoidable feature. Now I see it is already mentioned I feel it is okay to do a spoiler and say that whole calamitous scenario is done away with and its like Eskel heads straight off out on another hunt... where the majority of Witchers are... gathering specimens..... Yes!!

The elves and blood are prominent storifics in the plotline. To someone who has not read the books this looks like a coherent, well put together dramatization. Only one or two obvious moments of forced dialogue alterations, and choppyness here and there but these are all welcome traits of a good fan-edited piece of work and are actually high points - mid-digits fully extended at Netflix here ;()

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Blood of Elves does a much better job with the Ciri story than the TV series did. The elves story seems condensed and this is a good thing. It doesn't seem to quite have an end here but rather sets up more of a story to come next season. Both story lines are mercifully streamlined, flow better and make more sense. The mages scenes being trimmed down makes sense as it should never have been a major focus. The video cuts don't seem as abrupt as in the other edits. There are a couple times where the audio edits/insertions are noticeable but not distracting. All in all a great job and an enjoyable watch.

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I'll start by saying that I'm a fan of The Witcher book series and a frustrated viewer of the show. Season One was good in parts, tolerable in others. Season Two is where the wheels came off. Gieferg therefore had their work cut out in trying to extract something worthwhile from this. I am pleased to say that their efforts where remarkably successful. Many of the most egregious plot elements have been removed and there is an overall narrative to follow. The material removed means that there is often a dearth of action in terms of monster fights, but the edit is successful in moving the story forward in a coherent way and it will be my chosen way to watch season two going forward. TV to movie adaptions are notoriously challenging, and a rubbish season of TV to movie edit is even more so. Gieferg has done a great job. You could nit pick over a few audio edits here and there, but the overall standard of editing is high and they have creatively built a movie from book-accurate plot elements and things that keep the spirit of the books intact. Looking forward to seeing what can be done with season three.

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