All, I have made additional major changes to my original KOTSC (in a new V2 version-see new edits below)
-Re-edited the introduction of Indy so he, (the main character) is presented first and Mac is second. This is for franchise consistency where we usually see him right away and not some other guy - This is really how it should be in hero movies in general and this was a really good observation from an editor on Youtube.
-Added back “Not as easy as it used to be” and put hands down line as after watching it I did not mind it and hits on the getting older motif.
-Removed the Flying Fridge sequence and Nuke survival. This is a BIG one…Ok. So I tried to watch it over and over again, but could not live with it or felt it was something I had to sit through and wait for it to end. Even after all these years, it is still out of place. I did some edits in the base as well to have them not mentioning the fridge and surviving it.
-To stick with the theme of every other Indy movie having the main artifact from the last movie easter egg (making it every movie that does a call back in my versions), I have added the grail leap of faith painting in the background of Indy’s home office when he is talking to Charles.
-Removed an extra repeated shot of the male prisoner in the insane asylum when Mut walks by, it was almost the same shot twice and did not match the timing of Mutt walking by and looking back at the man when it is shown twice.
-Removed an extra “Help” joke line from Indy to Oxley (of the total 5 that are repeating like an old comedy skit.) Only 1 " Help go now and it’s to help Mutt not go get help, which would not make any sense as the only other ones out there are the Russians .
-Returned some of the quick sand discussion about Mutt being Indy’s son to keep canon with DOD. Honestly at this point it does not matter if he is Indy’s real or step-son since Indy Marries Marion at the end. Added it back to please those that did want Indy to of have a biological relation with Mutt. Personally, I felt that the “real son” relationship in KOTCS was weak and and not developed out at all. In Dial, Mutt is just gone (or rather killed off)…anyway. It’s only a quick mention here.
-Another tie-in returns to Mutt being Indy’s son when in the truck. Here Mutt learns the truth, but the scene is edited shorter as in the theatrical, it kept going on with some very odd dialogue…removed the “You bet I am” line and mutt talking about the staying in school. In the theatrical he hears he is Indy’s son, but than kind of keeps talking which was odd. Edit just to clean things up a bit for this scene.
-When Indy and Marion are in the driver’s seat of the truck and Indy explains what they are going to do next (Indy usually makes it up as he goes along). There was a lot of extra dialogue here and have changed to him just saying “Grab the wheel” when she comes up. In the original, it felt like he was giving a scripted play by play of what they will do next which felt very off.
-Shortened the fight scene with the big guy, where a total of 23 punches are exchanged and 3 hits with a log/branch. It’s very long keeps going and going with them punching each other over and over. It’s like a loop. This one is again courtesy of an editor on Youtube.
-Edited so the tree does not hold the amphibious vehicle in a controlled catch so much (catches it and slows it down as they exit into the water)
-Shortened between the 2nd and 3rd water fall by just a few seconds as it had some dead time.
-Added the R2D2 and C3PO easter egg carving on the Inter-dimensional being’s throne. This is a real easter egg, but not really visible on 4K or HD version or easy to pick out and it is still only a second in my version but I did want to add it in. It is right when the temple starts crumbling and the closest shot of a chair and you see a piece of debris fall by the skeletons left foot. The carving is on the far right. Many have said the star wars reference of Skull was Indy saying I have a bad feeling about this, but I felt this one was better and needed to be there as the other are “visual” eggs.
-Changed the ending saucer scene to where you barely see the saucer for a second. It is almost as if you are not sure what you see before it disappears, which I think makes the interdimensional beings less “saucer men” and makes it so Indy still can say that he has “seen things he can’t explain” as opposed to being so much in your face with crystal clear CG.
I am also working in tandem on the 3D version of KOTCS (of this version 2), for those that want it and can play this full color full HD format, It will be after my Raiders release though.
This will be my final version of this film, at least for a while.
I feel this has tightened things up quite a bit and has made the film much more enjoyable.
Again, A major call out to 15MaF as this is still 60% of his fixes, which had I would say 50+ edits not mentioned here. We really owe him credit for taking charge on this one and making all this possible because Crystal Skull has certainly needed the most work.
If you still want the Fridge and the others stuff I removed, Version 1 link should still work, but I think this version now fits the series.