Indiana Jones fans have shared their anger after Channel 4 aired a censored version of Raiders Of The Lost Ark this weekend.
The classic 1981 film aired before the 9pm watershed on Sunday (January 3), and thus was edited to cut out a number of iconic scenes from the film.
Among those axed from the edited version was the scene where a group of Nazi villains have their faces melted after opening the Ark of the Covenant, and other scenes that depict graphic bloody injury.
In the wake of the film’s screening, fans have taken to social media to share their disappointment at the edited version.
“Right, just watching Raiders of the Lost Ark and IT HAS NOT SHOWN THE FACES MELTING,” one wrote. “Censored. That’s it, I’m done.”
Right, just watching Raiders of the Lost Ark and IT HAS NOT SHOWN THE FACES MELTING. Censored.
That's it, I'm done. #raidersofthelostark
— Dan Philipson (@dannypne7) January 3, 2021
Another wrote: “Channel 4 showing the censored version of Raiders of the Lost Ark. Pah, I’m out. I mean really? What’s the point of showing it?”
Channel 4 showing the censored version of Raiders of the Lost Ark. Pah, I'm out. I mean really? What's the point of showing it?
— Nick J Morfitt (@NickMorfitt) January 3, 2021
Another told the broadcaster that if “you’re not going to show a film in it’s entirety then either don’t bother showing it or show at a time where it doesn’t need to be censored/edited”.
@Channel4 if you're not going to show a film in it's entirety then either don't bother showing it or show at a time where it doesn't need to be censored/edited. Raiders of the Lost Ark, even the BBC show the melting and exploding heads.
— James (@jimjam_81) January 3, 2021
“What is the fucking point in showing Raiders of the Lost Ark if we’re not gonna see that dudes head melt,” one wrote, to which a fellow tweeter replied: “I thought Channel 4 prided itself on being a TV channel which didn’t cut films? The BBC showed ‘Raiders’ every Christmas the last decade without cutting that part out (they usually showed the film mid afternoon too)!!”
I thought Channel 4 prided itself on being a TV channel which didn't cut films? The BBC showed 'Raiders' every Christmas the last decade without cutting that part out (they usually showed the film mid afternoon too)!!
— John Pearce (@JohnPearce984) January 3, 2021
Last year, it was confirmed that Harrison Ford will be returning to reprise his role as Indiana Jones in a fifth film, which is “not a reboot”.
It was later confirmed that the film will be Ford’s last as the character. Production is set to begin in spring 2021, and the film is currently eyeing a July 2022 release date. The film was originally scheduled to be released in July 2019, before being subsequently pushed back to July 10, 2020 and then again to July 9, 2021.
“Nobody else is gonna be Indiana Jones!” Ford asserted last year when asked about the future of the character beyond himself. “Don’t you get it? I’m Indiana Jones. When I’m gone, he’s gone. It’s easy…”