As someone who didn't see any Indiana Jones movie before adulthood (and even then, only saw Temple of Doom once), I can safely say this is a great edit. Nothing felt like it was missing, & whenever I did notice something was cut ("We're not sinking, we're craaashinnnnnnnng!"), I didn't mind because the cut was so seamless.
My only real complaint is that some of the cartoonish portrayal of Indian culture is still in tact. I understand you can only do so much trimming away, but the "chilled monkey brains" bit didn't need to be there, as we already know that the Maharaja & his advisor are in cahoots with the Thuggee Cult. Honestly, any edit of ToD should come with one of those content warnings like the Banned 13 Looney Tunes cartoons, since this movie can be a bit yikes for some people.
Still, I do think Temple of Doom is a great movie & this is another solid edit from Lapis. I didn't even realize it was their first edit for the site, so extra kudos in that regard.
This is a *massive* improvement to the original - I actually found Willie to be a likeable character for a change!
When I saw Temple of Doom in the cinema on release I was fairly disappointed - I felt it was too over the top compared to Raiders, and Willie was just a screaming complainer who paled in comparison to Marion. This edit goes a long way in correcting that.
The editing is flawless and it’s only because I’ve seen the film several times over the years that I know scenes have changed - a first-time watcher wouldn’t spot anything amiss and I think everything flows extremely well. My DVD will be staying in its box in future!
I watched the fanedit on my Quest 2 VR headset via the Skybox app, which enabled the film to be watched in a (virtual) full-sized cinema. It looked excellent.
Many thanks to lapis molari for making this edit - whenever I get the itch to watch the Indy films again, Temple will no longer be the one that I’ll think, “hmmm, should I miss this one out?” :)
My wife and I loved this edit. Seriously, we felt like we were a part of the adventure. The group of three was together and in it together., No matter the odds. Willie came off so great and competent that I was able to focus on the strange dealings at hand.
This edit was done really well, and it made me like Temple of Doom a lot more than I did before. The changes were done so well that I could barely tell what was cut unless I remembered it from the original film. I would gladly show this edit over the theatrical version to someone who has never seen the movie before.