Indiana Jones and The Temple of Doom: Willie Scott Edition

Indiana Jones and The Temple of Doom: Willie Scott Edition

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Indiana Jones and The Temple of Doom: Willie Scott Edition
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Less whining and fewer dated special effects.
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Original Release Date:
1984
Original Running Time:
118
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Fanedit Running Time:
112
Time Cut:
6
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Brief Synopsis:
If adventure has a name, it must be Indiana Jones! Join Indy, his young sidekick Short Round, and famous American vocalist Willie Scott, on a quest for fortune and glory.
Indiana Jones and The Temple of Doom is our hero’s darkest adventure. After finding the remains of an ancient Chinese Emperor, Indy travels from China to India. There he risks his life, and soul, to recover a holy relic from the deadly cult of Kali worshipers.

The Willie Scott edition is a fanedit with a stronger female lead (removing excessive screaming and whining) and fewer distractions that pull the viewer out of the story (removing badly-dated special effects). Care was taken to cut as little as possible to achieve these goals. Where possible, excessive screams were silenced without cutting frames.
Intention:
Temple of Doom was the first Indiana Jones I saw in the cinema, and it's always kept a special place. Years later I understood the flaws and excessive darkness compared to Raiders and Last Crusade. I hoped that someone would find a way to improve it. Fast forward to the present, and here then is my attempt to make this a better Indiana Jones movie. Making Willie Scott less annoying and minimizing the most grating dated special effects is all that's needed. Where possible, excessive screams were silenced without cutting frames.
Special Thanks:
Thanks to The Scribbling Man for his clear, thorough and enthusiastic review, Plissken1138 for helping make the cover better, InfoDroid for the old but informative thread on his version, everyone who shared thoughts for improvement, and all the outstanding editors for setting the bar so high.
Release Information
AVI/MKV
Special Features
- Video: 1080p MKV
- Audio: AC3 5.1
- Subtitles: Yes (English, not hard-coded)
Cuts and Additions:
- Retained full Cole Porter song. I tried cutting the glittering dream sequence, but didn't like the opening's pacing with that gone.
- Cut Willie's unfunny line about Nurhachi being a "real small guy".
- Reduced Willie's screaming as they fall through the canopies outside the Obi-Wan Club.
- Cut Short Round's line "This is fun". It felt wrong while they're being chased and shot at.
- Willie does not lose Indy's gun during the car chase, nor complains about a cracked nail.
- Removed the pilot's snickering as he leaves the plane.
- Reduced Willie's screaming as they get ready to jump out of the airplane.
- Faded Willie's scream after they jump out of the plane.
- Cut 3 brief poorly-done green-screen shots as the raft goes down the mountain.
-‎ The raft falls into the river from a short cliff. One gravity-defying leap is enough.
- ‎Smoother transition onto the shaman.
- Reduced Willie's whining when they mount the elephants.
- Short Round calls his elephant "best friend" once, not twice.
- Willie does not scream at the jungle nightlife, letting us focus on Indy and Short Round's poker game. This scene helps establish the strength of their bond, making Indy's momentary betrayal and subsequent redemption in the temple all the more heart-wrenching.
-‎ Cut comments about the flying foxes. They are not vampire bats.
- The dinner scene is reduced. No eyeball soup, and fewer shocked responses from Willie and Short Round. The monkey brains are retained because they're too iconic to remove (viewers would miss them).
- Small trim to Indy getting strangled in his room.
-‎ Small trim to Willie offering herself to Indy.
- No distracting dead bodies pop out in the secret passage. Perhaps use it for a Goonies edit, not here.
- Cut Willie pushing on the statue's breasts. There was no point, she already had a door open.
- Trimmed Willie's panic over the bugs. No more whining over her nails.
-‎ Cut the obviously fake cave between the trap-room and the temple.
- Cut the brief shot of Mola Ram's hand entering the Thuggee victim chest. What a lousy "special" effect! Now the heart-ripping scene plays the same as UK censors required it.
-‎ Reduced the weakest effect shots in and of the lava pit.
-‎ Slight trim to Indy being forced to drink Kali's blood.
- Reduced some of Willie's screaming as she's lowered into the pit. Again remove the least successful effects shots in and of the lava pit. Including fireball licking toward Willie.
- Cut lackey getting konked on the head with sledgehammer ala Looney Tunes.
-‎ Cut worst stop-motion shots from mine-car chase. Cut worst fake-lava too.
-‎ Trimmed bad guys falling to the crocodiles, to remove worst special effects.
- Lots of audio transitions were reworked to keep the flow of the beat of John Williams' wonderful score. (The sacrifice scene in the temple was frustrating because the tempo kept accelerating, making it harder to hide cuts!).
-‎ Added FE logos at start and end.
-‎ Updated the English subtitles (not hard-coded).
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Plane jump and raft descent down the mountain
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(Updated: May 18, 2020)
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As far as I could tell, the audio and videos edits were seamless. If I hadn't already known, I probably wouldn't realize that anything had been cut.

I think that this edit excellently achieves its goal of trimming Willie Scott's comic-relief shenanigans and turning her into a more competent character. I never particularly minded Willie in the first place, but this is probably a big improvement for those who did.

While this edit didn't fix the main issues that I have with the movie, I'm not sure whether any edit can. For what it sets out to achieve, I think that it is a success.

My only complaint is the removal of the heart-ripping shot. The scene just seems odd without it to me, and I never had any problems with the special effects in that shot.

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Nice work.
After some minutes in, there are some subtly noticeable transitions but nothing remotely jarring.
AV quality is excellent and favors some gorgeous shots and setpieces.
I'm only deducting more on enjoyment because of the movie itself. I can't believe Willie could ever be more annoying than this.
Or that the whole film is pure slapstick (I hope that is the case anyway, there's no other excuse for Indy punching a clueless waitress in the face).
But I'm mostly grateful and impressed by the subtitles. It makes a world of difference for me as a non-native speaker, and seeing that it's not a common sight with fanedits, I want to praise this extra mile of lapis molari's editing standards.
By all means, a definitive improvement over the original.

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I always thought TOD was the weakest Indy movie.

I considered this to be true even after Kingdom of the Crystal Skull was released. Crystal Skull suffered from a lot of issues that affect modern cinema, but TOD was always bad. Different kinds of bads.

NJVC fixed Crystal Skull, changing the movie into something I can easily enjoy, Raiders of the Lost Skull.

TOD was something I never found really fixed...until now. I thought it was a pity, since it had some inspiring moments, and a young Indiana Jones, in a different, dark adventure.

I always thought it was because of including the kids in the story and the difficulty to film something realistic with so many kids... I thought that there was something not letting things work there.

But then I saw this release and watched it. What a big surprise. How Willie Scott was protrayed in the movie was the main lackluster... fixing Willie revives the film in so many ways!
Pace is better, character development and depth feels better, the story feels more real and natural....
This edit has left me with "my" go-to version of TOD. At last a version I can easily rewatch!

lapis did it for me. A version of the movie I can enjoy, despite its flaws (in the original movie).

This could be somehow considered a "feminist" edit, in the best meaning of the word possible and I cannot do anything else but strongly recommend its viewing.

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I like Temple of Doom. For a long time it was my favorite Indiana Jones film. Today, it would probably be The Last Crusade. I don't really bother ranking them as they are all great. However, there's no denying - Willie Scott was annoying and very forgettable female sidekick. By making those little, yet so effective, trims to her character the movie improves ten fold.

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