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:
Digital
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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Good work, I Liked the movie. Good Editing. I liked Willie much better, she was less bitchy, dumb and yelling. The audio was so good, I did not notice nothing bad. I remember seeing it back then & enjoying it just like now. You should have gotten edit award of the month. Thanks & keep up the good work.

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Lapis Molari knocks it out of the park with this fanedit on the technical level.

I hadn't watched the film in years (I've always hated this and Crystal Skull) but was willing to watch it in fanedit form with fresh eyes.

First, the editing is flawless. I noticed no unusual cuts, audio or pacing issues. The quality is all there, so now we are left with the film itself.

This time watching it, I didn't completely hate it. And that is an improvement for me. It's still nowhere near as a good as Raiders or Last Crusade, but it's lightyears ahead of the insipid Crystal Skull (even with fanedits).

So, for a deeply flawed film, this fanedit is a great improvement. It's definitely better than the theatrical cut and it has replaced my official version on my media server.

Good job, Lapis! Good job indeed!

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I remember watching the original and my only complaint about it was Willie Scott herself who I really couldn't but this edit doesn't literally change her character but makes her more tolerable and kinda see her in a softer light but she is still annoying and useless but in her defense, she is a damsel-in-distress archetype since this movie is obviously an homage to classic adventure movies like King Kong and she isn't the first female that Indy bicker and argue so I could forgive her character but not her personality nor the actress performance (and nepotism too lol). Because Willie Scott is in the entire movie, this toned-down version of her makes this movie experience less of a chore/endurance test and more fun and campy on her part. Surprisingly my only complaint is the edited-out parts of outdated SFXS scenes which are like as I said about the movies is part of the fun and campy theme of the movie which might upset some purists who expected a more conservative fan edit (and who hates Willie Scott too) and feels like the movie is censored especially at the Kali Ma scene but nevertheless, it does not affect the flow of the movie.

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A masterfully done edit, truly wonderful.
I have always considered Temple of Doom to be the weakest link in the original trilogy, but didn't realize how much better it could get just by trimming Willie Scott. It is not only a more pleasant viewing experience, and slightly less male-chauvinistic, but the pacing improves dramatically by removing the unnecessary close-ups on her shrieks.
The technical aspects, as always with Lapis Molari, are flawless. I especially appreciated the trimming of some of the horrible and obvious blue screen scenes.
All in all, a highly recommended edit.

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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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