while the second indy film doesn't get much love i actually prefer this over the third film. perhaps it's because this film feels completely different from the previous film while crusade always felt more like a direct sequel to raiders. infodroid once again present another great fanedit, however some of the stuff that has been cut i rather enjoyed while short round and willie still have some annoying moments. not a fanedit to replace the original and a enjoyable watch overall
I loved TEMPLE OF DOOM as much as the other Indiana Jones movies growing up, but now as an adult, the flaws in it have become more apparent. The massive amounts of blood and gore seem more appropriate for an R-rated horror movie, while Short Round goes too far the opposite direction tonally, seeming like something out of a kids' movie. And don't even get me started on Willie Scott.
Infodroid has created an edit that mercifully removes much of the most embarrassing moments from the film. However, he leaves in some moments that are just as annoying as the ones he took out. And he cut some scenes that I really liked. It's not a matter of him doing it wrong so much as my taste differs from his on those points.
Some people disagreed with Infodroid on removing some of the gore from this movie. I wholeheartedly support it. I think that the Indiana Jones movies should be able to enjoyed by kids at least 10 years old and up, since that's the age I was (when I watched the TV versions), and this cut makes the film more in line tonally with the other Indy films.
This isn't a definitive version for me, but if you've watched TEMPLE OF DOOM a number of times, you owe it to yourself to see this alternate version.
i share two critiques of this edit with throw – 1> lets see a damn heart ripped out. this is (for me) almost the entire reason why this cult is portrayed as evil… it really moves the story along. and 2> the introductory scene flip flop was distracting. perhaps it would work better to disperse the willy introduction throughout their trek through the jungle? i dunno.
other than those two mentions, i REALLY enjoyed this edit. minimizing willie, short round and all the cheesiness REALLY pays out here (and much better than ADM’s more merciful edit).
i still miss some of the dinner scene. (this seems necessary to set the tone for indy showing up with fruit at willie’s door, too.) …but… i can see why both ADM and infodroid have chosen to remove it.
a really did enjoy temple of doom again and now that i’m not 9 this is a huge accomplisment! (LOL) thanks, infodroid!
Overall I thought it was really good, and I liked most of the edits.
VIDEO QUALITY: Video was very nice. crisp, no issues with any of the cuts. Easy 5 out of 5
AUDIO QUALITY: Overall it was pretty good. There were a few instances where it seemed like the levels were off. Once instance the dialog was extremely quiet. This only lasted briefly. There were a couple of other times that seemed exceedingly loud. Other than that it was good. there was a minor sync issue also that started about halfway through the film, but it was not really distracting. i noticed no cuts at all, and it all flowed very nicely. 4 out of 5
EDITING / STORYTELLING: I really liked most of the cuts. The intro was pretty cool to set the tone, however it was a little strange when it flipped back to the previous day. it just seemed a bit odd and didnt quite sit right with me. Perhaps if there was a longer pause before we go back to the previous day. I think the trimming of short round was just about right. I do like his character a lot, although he can be a bit much at times. Good trims. Same goes for Willy. very good trims. IMHO, I felt like the dinner scene was trimmed a bit too much. Not necessarily because I missed these scenes, but there seems to now be a bit of a continuity issue when Indy brings Willy the plate of fruit. Why is she so ravished? we dont know why exactly. Maybe that should have been trimmed a bit more if the dinner scene was trimmed so heavily. Another thing I missed was the thugee victom getting his heart ripped out. IMO, it really adds to the evil feel of the thugees. This is just my preference though. The edit worked fine without it, I just like it in there. I dont want to stress on these things too much. Almost all of the editing choices I thought were fantastic, and this was highly enjoyable. I recommend it to fans of the series. 4 out of 5 for me
DVD PRESENTATION: I LOVE the main menu!!! really cool. nice layout and video. The chapter menus had a bit to be desired. There were just so many chapters on the 2 pages that it was hard to really tell which chapter you were choosing. Fewer with numbers or titles would have been an improvement, but still good overall DVD. 4 out of 5.
So to sum it all up, this is a 4 of 5 for me, and close to a 5! If you like Indiana Jones, grab this edit!!
This is was a brilliant edit for me. The changes to the structure and characters made me enjoy Temple of Doom in a whole new light. No longer do I have to watch Temple of Doom first when doing a marathon so as to not feel so let down after Raiders.
Highlights – New opening sequence, dinner scene and the no-heart scene. I personally love the heart scene in ToD but the movie works just as well without it.
This is a classic edit for a good reason. Top notch editing here as InfoDroid turns Temple of Doom into classic Indy.