Witcher: The Last Wish, The

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Original Release Date:
2019
Original Running Time:
476
Fanedit Release Date:
Fanedit Running Time:
156
Time Cut:
320
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Available in HD?
Netflix
Brief Synopsis:
As a fan of The Witcher books I anticipated this adaptation but was eventually disappointed by it. The main reason of that disappointment was the fact that the writers decided to add unnecessary filler (in order to enlarge roles of Yennefer and Ciri which I consider to be huge mistake), and at the same time omitted important parts that were crucial to the story. This caused the show to be crippled version of the book, full of incosistencies, logical errors and boring plotlines. It is not possible to fix all of this, but I could at least make it closer to the books, especially the first one in the Witcher Saga, titled "The Last Wish". As it is in fact a collection of short stories, this edit aimed to create exactly that. A collection of stories about Geralt of Rivia based on what was actually in the books (more or less).
Intention:
To see how the series would work, presented in more traditional way (without mulriple timelines) and without most of the filler created by the writers which wasn't based on the books.
Other Sources:
- soundtrack from "Wiedzmin" ("The Hexer") by Grzegorz Ciechowski
- soundtracks from all three Witcher games
- Open Folk "Branle" CD
Release Information:
Digital
Editing Details:
Only Geralt stories based on "The Last Wish" book were used to create this edit which means it consists of five stories from episodes 1-5 from season 1. Everything else was cut.
Cuts and Additions:
- Geralt is the only main character here (as it was in the first book of the series), we stay with him most of the time, there's no Ciri (yet), and Yennefer shows up just when Geralt met her.
- Episodes 2 and 3 were switched here, so Jaskier doesn't disappear just after he is introduced. Because of that, prostitute's line in scene from Episode 3 mentioning bard was cut.
- a couple of little cuts here and there for better flow
- Re-scored audio tracks in english and polish were created with music from Witcher games soundtracks and polish "Hexer" TV show music by Grzegorz Ciechowski, but for all those who enjoyed Sonya Belousova and Giona Ostinelli's work, there's original audio track too.
- New title card added

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1 review
Overall rating
 
9.7
Audio/Video Quality
 
10.0(1)
Visual Editing
 
10.0(1)
Audio Editing
 
7.0(1)
Narrative
 
10.0(1)
Enjoyment
 
10.0(1)
(Updated: November 27, 2022)
Overall rating
 
9.7
Audio/Video Quality
 
10.0
Visual Editing
 
10.0
Audio Editing
 
7.0
Narrative
 
10.0
Enjoyment
 
10.0
With Henry Cavills recent departure, I thought I would look and see if anyone had made a fan edit that makes it closer to what the books present. Even though I haven't read them, its nice to watch a two and a half hour movie that focuses on Geralt instead of going all over the place in different timelines. Everything was mostly cut together seamlessly and the pacing felt right. I only notice two things and have a major gripe with the edit.

28:53 some weird color pallet change in the middle of the fight.

1:31:30 Cuts feel a bit jarring.

Then my major gripe with this edit is there is too much music. None of it bad but there needs to be some air for scenes to breathe. I constantly was annoyed that there was a music track in 95% of the scenes in the film. I remember two instances where there was no music and I felt I could breathe a bit. I love that the author is including music from the games as it fits well in this edit especially the fight scenes. But maybe remove tracks at certain points to help let the ambience carry the scene say during slower paced scenes of dialogue.

Examples 1:31:30 good music placement 2:02:26 Love how the music cuts off here though.

Overall though, definitely worth a watch even with the large amount of music present.

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