Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull: Q2 Edition

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Original Release Date:
2008
Original Running Time:
122
Fanedit Release Date:
Fanedit Running Time:
108
Time Cut:
14
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Brief Synopsis:
A streamlined version of the film, in which the material that catered to the lowest common denominator and children under 5 was removed.
Intention:
I wanted to streamline the film and remove material that catered to the lowest common denominator.

Like many fans of the Indiana Jones series I was very disappointed with the fourth installment. In this cut I desaturated the color a bit so it’s similar to the other Indy movies, plus I added a little grain to give it the “film” look.
Additional Notes:
Updated in 2022 using the 4K UHD Blu-ray as source.
Release Information:
Digital
Cuts and Additions:
- prairie dogs have been cut
- Indy’s line “Not as easy as it used to be” has been replaced with the version from the trailer
- Spalko’s psychic abilities have been cut, including her opening the warehouse door
- warehouse scene has been trimmed
- nuclear test scene has been cut
- motorcycle chase has been trimmed (no library sequence)
- Indy’s line “Part time” has been replaced with the version from the trailer
- CGI scorpions have been cut
- Tarzan sequence has been cut
- giant fire ants have been reduced
- Marion isn’t a walking grin anymore
- Mutt’s emotional outbursts have been cut
- the aliens are now aliens and not inter-dimensional beings
- unnecessary dialog has been cut
Cover art by Q2 (DOWNLOAD HERE)
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I had fun, enjoy the movie. The original was goofy & too good. There was unnecessary dialogue & some acting is silly. It's good that you took out Mutt bad attitude, Mac stupid words, the refrigerator part & the awful monkeys. Nice edit, Visual & good Audio.

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A really fun experience. This film will always be a slightly sillier version of the already-silly Last Crusade, but it's far from the embarrassment of the original cut, and the characterizations (which are missing from Temple of Doom, the real black sheep of the franchise) are allowed to shine here. All excisions are done with the precision I except from Q2. There's a small bit of rough editing I noticed in the sequence in the truck, in which there are mini-remnants of cut shots, but that's a small quibble compared with the massive rescue effort performed on this film.

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8.7
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Really need to get to bed so this will be a very quick review after literally just watching this edit and hopefully I can come back and edit it another evening with some clearer and more concise detail and account of my opinion on this edit.

This is the first fan fix of KOTCS I've watched but straight away from other reviews and my own enjoyment of this edit (a surprise to me after remembering my utter disappointment of the theatrical version), I already know it will be one of my favourite edits if not my go to edit for this movie. Basically it turned a face palm inducing session into an enjoyable 1.5ish hours of returning to the world of IJ as I knew it and I really enjoyed myself most of the way through, even the flying saucer ending which on my original viewing was lame in the extreme but somehow works now in this edit.

There were a couple of bits I would have seen cut out still or edited differently (subjective personal preference), a few cuts earlier in the film were pretty obvious and there was one section where the music dipped quite low for a few seconds before rising back up to normal level and was probably the most distracting thing about the edit along with the scene were Jones is getting interrogated and the image basically turned all white but there was still shape to it so you could make out what was happening.

All up it turned a IJ theme park ride with complimentary but lame as hell humour from the operating staff back into an actual IJ movie that for a while I actually lost myself in and again found myself enjoying a new if rather derivative story in that world I suddenly recognised once all the distracting and over the top fluff was stripped away. It really appears in this case that there was a good movie hiding somewhere inside there and Q2 has done an excellent job in bringing it to the fore.

I plan to watch TM2CY's and NJVC's edits next and it will be quite interesting to compare back to this one.

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Across the board better than the original, and on the whole better than any other Indy 4 fanedit.

Q2 strikes the best balance of action, quest, and laughs. A telling example of humor is Q2's inclusion of "... teacher?" "Part-time." Other editors found it cheesy and cut it. Q2 not only kept the line, but improved on it (by using the take used in the trailer)! Is it cheesy? Sure, but we all laughed at it in the cinema. It reaffirms that Indy is back, the same hero who charmed us with his over-the-top yet irresistible "Trust me".

The visual edit of the FBI debriefing is perfect, enabling the bomb topic to be removed without any odd cut. The wedding improvement is brilliant, making us focus all the more on their facial expressions (we all know the gist of the words anyway).

I would have preferred no monkeys and vines, but within Q2's decision to keep some of that the result is intelligently done. Mud goes into a tree, Mud swings out of a tree.

My two requests are: give us your edit in glorious 1080p, and improve the waterfall sequence like NJVC's Raiders of the Lost Skull.

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