Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull: The Fox Cut


Updated: 7th May 2024

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Faneditor: TheFoxMan
Fanedit Type: FanFix
Fanedit Release Date: 11th September 2023
Fanedit Runtime: 1h:34m:0s
Time Cut: 0h:28m:0s
Time Added: 0h:0m:0s
Franchise: Indiana Jones
Genre: ActionAdventure
Original Title: Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull (2008)  
Original Release Date: 1st January 2008
Original Runtime: 2h:2m:0s
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Certificate: 12A
Format: Blu-Ray
Resolution: 1080p
Sound Mix: Stereo
Language: English
Subtitles: No

Synopsis:

The goal was to make this feel more like the Indiana Jones movies we loved in the 80s. After watching a few edits, I felt they were close, but I never fully got the experience I was hoping for. By removing bad dialogue, CGI and unfunny moments, I hoped to make this seem like a more serious film.


Intentions:

This is my first edit. Have been a big fan of this community for a few years and thought I would finally try my hand at this. I am a video editor by profession, typically working on commercials and marketing videos - so this was a fun side project! I started with Spence’s edit and built from that so a lot of my changes will be copied from his list. After seeing Dial of Destiny and really enjoying it - I realized I could no longer pretend Crystal Skull didn’t exist. There are too many emotional moments in Indy 5 that require some impact to come from Indy 4. One of the best scenes is when Indy talks to Helena about Mutt. I’d love if there was a version I could watch or show my kids that introduces Mutt and brings Marion back in to the series so Dial of Destiny can be the proper conclusion it’s meant to be.


Change List:

- Change the color/white balance to look more like the old films. - New transition from the Paramount Logo to the convoy arriving at Area 51. Cut out Elvis all together. After Dial of Destiny didn’t do the Paramount logo into a mountain transition I felt this was easier to tolerate. It also gets us into the action quicker. - New credits beginning after the Russians shoot the guards at the gate. - Cut Mac's lines about betting on getting out of this. - Cut "I meant drop dead comrade" and the punch that precedes it. - Cut entire dialogue with Indy and Spalko outside the warehouse. I feel like Harrison’s acting was always a little off in this sequence. Now she walks past him and directly to the warehouse. I think this works because later during the FBI interrogation, Indy asks “who is that woman” and describes her even though he had already been introduced to her. - Cut some of the searching around the warehouse. - We only see the hand of the alien for now, as an attempt at keeping some mystery. - Cleaned up the Mac is a Bad Guy reveal. - Made Indy start running quicker after shooting the guy in the foot. - Cut a short bit out of Indy’s mishap with swinging with the whip. There was always an awkward flailing shot that you could tell was wire work, as well as a groan he makes that I didn’t like. - Cut Mac's "You don't know him!" bit. - Removed a cutaway to Spalko and Mac getting in a truck. - Cut the groundhogs watching the rocket sled - Cut Indy falling off the rocket sled - Cut all of nuke town - Indy now looks down on the city with the assumption that is the base he ends up at - Cut the bit where they're scrubbing the radiation off of Indy. - Interrogation scene re-edited to remove the line about hiding in a refrigerator. This was an idea by DonkeyKonga - Used a shot amazingly edited by DonkeyKonga to cut out the line about surviving a nuclear blast. - Cut Mutt repeating "That's my mother" so he only says it once. - Sped up the gap between "knife" and "gunfight" - Cut the bit that looks like Indy is skiing behind the motorcycle - End the scene after Brody’s statue is destroyed. Indy gives Mutt a disapproving look and the scene cuts to his house. Library is cut. - Part time line is switched to trailer version - Lots of trims to the crypt sequence to speed it up and get the story moving. - Cut the bit where Indy tries to keep the ancient knife - Cut "saucer men from mars" - Cut out Spalko looking at the alien body with the crystal skull - Cut Ox dancing at the campfire. - Cut one shot of Indy in a trance that looks silly - Trimmed Marion's introduction so it's more quippy and feels like banter from Raiders. - Cut the snake being used as a rope. Changed the dialogue in this scene a bit to make it less jokey. Also added a new soundtrack to make the music less comedic during the entire quicksand scene. - Cut some of the back and forth in the back of the truck. - Cut Indy slicing into his pants. - Cut Marion grinning. - Seriously trimmed up the jungle chase sequence to move faster and have less obviously silly moments. - Monkeys are gone as well as much of the CGI sword fighting. I tried to keep in the shots that looked practical. - Changed the soundtrack during the jungle chase. I always felt the Mutt theme was too lighthearted and didn’t provide any tension to the scene. - Some minor cuts to the ants scene for pacing and to remove unnecessary silly jokes (like Spalko crushing an ant with her knees) - The big Russian isn't carried away by the ants. He just dies when they crawl all over him. - Indy picks up Ox and tells Marion to “get to the river!” - Spalko is saved from her tree branch and the Russians throw ropes down the side of the cliff to climb down - new subtitles are added to show that Indy has already made it to the river. - Natives no longer crawl out of the walls - they just sneak up behind the group and start to chase them - Cut out when the Aliens start consolidating into the one Alien. Spalko just burns up after the soldiers fly into the sky and Indy and Mutt barely escape. Not that it makes the most sense, but I’m not sure it has to. It’s clear the aliens are doing something bad when the eyes start smoking and the room starts spinning. She kind of dies with no pomp and circumstance but neither did the villains in Dial of Destiny. - Cut out Ox saying “Dad?” - Cut out Indy getting his job back and the dean running through the halls and getting the Bible. The movie now cuts directly from Akator being destroyed to the wedding. I also feels this keeps Indy’s issues with the FBI open ended. It’s not like they would just drop their suspicions if he told them everything that happened. It then kind of lines up with him leaving the college to go teach in New York in Dial of Destiny.


Additional Notes:

Used DaVinci Resolve and Avid Media Composer


Other Sources:

- Soundtrack from Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade - Videohive for stock waterfall footage - Audiojungle for sword and jeep sound effects


Special Thanks:

Thanks to ArtIsDead and DonkeyKonga for their amazing help and guidance with my first project. They were patient with me and walked me through every step of the process. What was submitted is much better than what I originally came to them with due to their expertise. Also special thanks to Donkey for creating an amazing visual effects shot during the interrogation scene! Also thanks to Spence for sparking my interest in this after watching his fanedit. The anchor of this edit is his edit and I just built on his ideas.


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