having a indy fanedit marathon and so i started with this edit of the last crusade, out of the original trilogy i've always felt this was the weakest of the three though it's still a very enjoyable film. i must admit in that i don't mind the opening as it was, however the removal with this edit is done really well. both audio and visual editing is perfectly executed though you do feel certain scenes have been removed especially during the desert fight scenes. overall i really enjoyed this edit and would highly recommend it.
just got done watching this one.
i had to have the cut list beside me because (other than classic lines/moments) i didn't notice anything missing. no jump cuts, no weird audio pops or fades.
there was only one way to quick moment of Connery at the end just before he whispers the name of God spelling bee trial. otherwise, all the cuts were terrific.
i really didn't notice either the continuity errors pointed out in other reviews.
i HATE silly one liners and vaudeville bits in movies, so this version of my favorite Indy film makes it even better.
i'm giving this a 10 across the board because i'm comparing it to the source and it's utterly solid from start to finish. the credits made are really nice and the end credit character montage is fun too. nice little addition there.
it would be nice if Droid would revisit this treatment in HD and maybe throw in some special features like some editing artists do now. but given it's release date, i understand why it's pretty bare, so i didn't let that effect my rating.
this edit accomplished exactly what was intended and it's appreciated.
great execution. the opening scene works even though it feels a bit rushed (because of the lack of young indiana) but otherwise works great. the new title sequence works well and is pretty fun (as well as the end credits, good job).
most of the edits were of superfluous, silly or unfunny bits – however, i think that a few should be left for continuity. (in addition to removing some bits that seemed to be “missed” in cutting.
i missed a few scenes and their removal was distracting… like: “my soul is prepared, is yours”, the dogfight scene, no ticket, and his dad’s speech at the cliff, when it comes down to it, i think the last crusade HAS to be >slightly< slapstick for it to work, however, clearly a lot of folks have found in this edit to improve on the original, but it is just too drastic for me. perhaps it is just nostalgia… ?
other than that, the continuity issues (how did indy get in the castle? what happened to the planes tail? where is the second plane? why are henry and marcus in the tank? etc.) ARE distracting.
edits that i REALLY liked were how the fireplace scene is reworked, elsa’s character is minimized and the more annoying bits from henry/sean connery are eliminated. however, i think this could easily be improved.
audio 8 (it seems to go quieter at times and the dialogue is way too low ?)