Indiana Jones and The Kingdom of The Crystal Skull: The Race With The Devil Cut

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Original Release Date:
2008
Original Running Time:
122
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103
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19
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Brief Synopsis:
A faster paced version of Crystal Skull. Removed a lot of filler and bad dialogue and weird action sequences, but it still remains essentially the same story as the original.
Intention:
I absolutely adore the series overall, but cannot ever bring myself to watch Kingdom of the Crystal skull. But when I forced myself to rewatch it I realised.. the movie has great qualities, but it's bogged down by some.. questionable decisions in the creative process. So I decided to see if I could simply bring it on par with the older movies, and.. I think I mostly succeeded. In my opinion the movie is now about (almost) on par with Temple of Doom, quality wise. Not a masterpiece by any means, but much more entertaining.

TLDR: I made this so people can watch these movies in succession without the fourth installment feeling like a huge deviation from the series' formula.
Additional Notes:
UPDATE: As of 12 december there is a new version available. Pm me me for the new link. It has a better transition with the jungle chase sequence and a better ending with no continuity errors! The old link will not work anymore. There are two alternate opening tracks with the song 'I fought the law' and the original 'Hound Dog' track for purists. Just to spice things up.
Other Sources:
Used the song 'Race with the Devil' for the opening sequence.
Special Thanks:
Special thanks to ArtisDead and Lantern51 for helping me bring the best out of this edit! Also thanks to my lovely fiance for supporting this newfound hobby.
Release Information:
Blu-Ray
Editing Details:
What I did was look at each scene as critical as possible. I notice some people tend to remove almost all humor, but I don't think comedy is a bad thing. I also didn't try to mess with the story line itself too much, just bring it in line with the rest of the series. A lot of people contribute Indiana Jones 4 being bad to for example over the top ants saying: "Ants don't work that way!". That's just being unfair to the franchise. Christianity doesn't work the way it's depected in part one and three either lol and I'm pretty sure the whole 'ripping out living hearts' isnt scientifically accurate either.
Cuts and Additions:
No yellow tint! Perfect HDR!
Every cut is seamless.
Completely new opening track which matches the sequence almost too perfectly!
Nuke scene re-edited to be more believeable.
Indiana Jones starts with less comedy. No Wubbayoos and no mind reading. Also no I like Ike.
Made Mac a more serious villain. 90% less JONESEY!
Removed the aliens untill the very end. There are no CGI Aliens anymore at all. Only skeletons. Still has the UFO, but it turns out the aliens were never the problem with the movie at all. Having only creepy skeletons helps the Indiana Jones vibe though!
Completely re-structured the ending at the temple with the skeletons.
Re-edited the waterfall to be actually visually appealing. Still three waterfalls, but let's be honest this is Indiana Jones. If you like Raiders and Temple of Doom then you should like this.
Re-edited the tree jump with the carboat to be more visually appealing.
No monkeys, completely re-structured the jungle chase. Ok I lied. It has one little background cameo Monkey. NO vine-swinging, though!
Mutt isn't Indiana Jones's son, so the driftsand is removed completely. Because it's a terrible scene in every way. They are trying to escape. why are they constantly shouting? This scene could have been awesome with some better acting can you imagine them going 'omg be quiet indy now grab this snake BY THE HEAD pls'. Removing this also helps the relationship between the Mutt and Indy feel genuine throughout the movie, because it's not muddied by Indy's parenthood.
Removed 50% of the banter between Marion and Indy, completely restructured the banter in the back of the truck. Also changed the dialogue with Marion's introduction to actually have a funny line.
I made John Hurt's character less clowning and an actual sad character.
Removed the blowdart scene in the cemetary, as fun as it was I found it didn't make sense and diminished the scene at the temple with the natives.
The movie is now a healthy one and a half hour! It breezes past!
All of the comedy is re-edited to make you smile. It's not trying to make you laugh. Just smile, that's enough.
I cannot stress this enough but I really enjoy Mutt/Indy's relationship now that the whole 'family' element has been removed.
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(Updated: February 01, 2023)
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I still remember going to see Kingdom of the Crystal Skull back in the theaters in 2008. My girlfriend at the time had never seen an Indy movie so we watched the first three in anticipation. The day finally arrived and we went to the theater. During the show, I was incredibly let down and honestly embarrassed that I made my gf watch the others. She tried to fake liking it for my sake because she knew how excited I was to see it. That was the only time I saw the movie all the way through.

Fast forward 15 years and we now have The Race with the Devil Cut. Finally, I can say that Kingdom of the Crystal Skull is a good movie and I truly enjoy it. This edit makes the film feel like it actually belongs in the same series as the previous three Indy films. The edits are seamless and all of the nonsense the original version of the film came with are now either gone completely or better edited.

I highly highly recommend this edit. DonkeyKonga did a tremendous job!

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I’m rating the edit more than the source - I normally don’t care for alien movies. This version was paced much better than the theatrical version. I remember tuning out of the jungle chase sequence - the edit made it very enjoyable. Also the Peruvian Indian fight with all the silly flipping was cut - thank god. Overall it matched the structure of the original 3 much better

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Previously the only Indy 4 edit I watched was a rather radical edit called Riddles of the Lost Gods which I very much enjoyed even with some minor changes I would have made to the opening...but much like that edit, this edit also proves that Indy 4 has a great film hiding behind all of the silliness and trimming the fat really shows it. In the case of this edit: Its a far more traditional Indy movie than the RotLG edit, and that's also a good thing. I watched the 3rd revision (I believe) of this edit and aside from a couple of artistic choices that I debated with the editor about (lol, I still believe in no nuke dang it), its almost flawless. I think if a V4 gets put out for this, it will (nuke included) be probably the most perfect cut you're going to see of this film.
Some of the choices made put a real burden on the editor, but it still worked out really well. Its different than RotLG and cuts things and keeps things that the RotLG kept/cut, but the main thing here is BALANCE between the silly and the serious and honestly both cuts proved that the theatrical cut just had way too many indulgences, and cutting a handful of the most egregious ones out makes immediately for a better film. So, keep the nuke cloud my friend, because everything else was so streamlined that it doesn't matter if its there or not.
Bottom line: Excellent cut. You absolutely should watch this.

UPDATE: Changed my scores to 10's across the board now. Just watched the latest edit with a fix to a scene I recommended and this thing is flawless now (well, if you can forgive the nuke that is, lol - its fine.).

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I really enjoyed this edit! It had been many years since I last saw this film, as I found the original to be very disappointing. This edit has renewed my enjoyment in this film; it now feels like a 'proper' Indy film! The cuts were seamless, and the audio was really good overall.
I highly recommend this edit for anyone who was disappointed in the original, and wants to see how this film should have been released in the first place!
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Crystal Skull is undeniably the weakest from the Indy movies, but DonkeyKonga's edit makes this movie way more enjoyable, the pacing and editing are great, lots of awful scenes/moments were either removed or shortened to a better experience, now the plot moves way quicker and doesn't have the padding the the original movie has, i can't recommend this edit enough!

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