Indiana Jones - The Complete Adventures

Indiana Jones - The Complete Adventures

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Director: Steven Spielberg

Cast: Harrison Ford

     
 

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After years of waiting, one of the most anticipated DVD sets is finally here -- The Adventures of Indiana Jones: The Complete DVD Movie Collection, a grand release for one of the most beloved and successful film trilogies in history. Packaged in a classy Lucasfilm/Paramount box, all three of the first films are included, with an exclusive bonus disc delving into the

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After years of waiting, one of the most anticipated DVD sets is finally here -- The Adventures of Indiana Jones: The Complete DVD Movie Collection, a grand release for one of the most beloved and successful film trilogies in history. Packaged in a classy Lucasfilm/Paramount box, all three of the first films are included, with an exclusive bonus disc delving into the behind-the-scenes meat long sought after by fans throughout the years. While it might not be the definitive, end-all-be-all release (that now-fabled set would have probably included the scrapped fourth entry in the series, still in pre-production at the time of this release), though be sure, this collection is simply jaw-dropping at times and worth the wait in the end. In this set, each film is presented in a pan-and-scan format, with an incredible Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround track, all digitally remastered by THX -- and boy, does it show! With lush hues and deep blacks, the series feels new all over again, with Raiders especially benefiting from its new brilliant picture and sound quality. Thankfully, there hasn't been too much digital tinkering on the images, with the subtle reflection during the snake pit scene still intact -- though a few matting issues in the Last Crusade seem to have been corrected. While having the trilogy finally hit the DVD market is truly something to rejoice about, the party really starts to heat up with the Bonus Material disc, featuring exclusive behind-the-scenes footage never seen outside of the Lucasfilm archives. First off, there are the three feature-length documentaries on the trilogy, which can be viewed separately or all together, clocking in at a whopping two-hour-plus running time. Covering each film throughout their story lines, while focusing in at each setup to break down various action pieces, casting decisions, and filming locations, the specials give you full access to most every major player in the production and completely justifies the non-inclusion of any audio commentaries. Classic stories are shared from everyone ranging from Spielberg to Lucas, Harrison Ford to every leading lady he fell for, to the beloved supporting cast including John Rhys-Davis, and yes, even Short Round (Quan Ke Huy) makes an appearance. Whether viewed back to back or each individually, these documentaries are at the core perfect studies of the trilogy, and with exclusive footage like bits from the infamous Tom Selleck screen test, they're the most exciting extras to hit the DVD market in a long time. Also on the disc are collections of featurettes that fill in the filmmaking gaps that the documentary glossed over. Clocking in a little over ten minutes each, the four sections represent the traditional (i.e. non-CG) technical sides of the film -- Stunts, Sounds, Music, and the Light and Magic. From the origins of the trilogy's sound effect library with Ben Burtt to footage of John Williams' original scoring sessions, the featurettes manage to affectively capture how the series was truly a joint effort with the very best people of their craft putting their all into the three films. Finally on the bonus disc, there's a massive Trailers section, which includes three trailers for Raiders (teaser, theatrical, and re-release), just the theatrical for Temple of Doom, and both the teaser and theatrical for The Last Crusade. As usual with long-awaited discs, there are still a few things missing. Where, in fact, are the deleted scenes? Also perplexing is the exclusion of the Temple of Doom teaser, included on one of the first video releases of Raiders. Of course, these are small gripes, and ones which only the eventual box set down the road will answer as to whether they'll see the light of day or not. Still, with the astounding transfers and engrossing extras, this box set should prove that the wait was well worth it -- for you can finally have pristine copies of the Indiana Jones trilogy among your collection, and that is truly a beautiful thing.

Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Ed Hulse
Aside from James Bond and Luke Skywalker, no action hero of the last 50 years has so captivated moviegoers as the intrepid Indiana Jones, whip-cracking adventurer nonpareil. The Indy triumvirate -- Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981), Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom (1984), Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade (1989) -- reflects the felicitous partnership of Hollywood heavyweights Steven Spielberg, George Lucas, and Harrison Ford. Inspired by cliffhanger movie serials of the '30s and '40s, producer Lucas (who actually created Indy) and director Spielberg introduced their archeologist-cum-soldier of fortune in Raiders, pitting him against Nazis hoping to locate and seize the Biblical Ark of the Covenant -- an artifact of immeasurable value and the reputed source of unlimited power. The initial Indiana Jones film is clearly the best, with superbly staged action sequences occurring at regular intervals to simulate the experience of watching a multi-episode serial in one thrill-crammed sitting. The first sequel, Temple of Doom, not only reflected the influence of cliffhangers but also seemed to have been drawn in part from such classic films as Gunga Din. This time around the villains were East Indian cultists practicing the occult arts and trying to sacrifice Indy's reluctant companion, a voluptuous blonde singer played by Kate Capshaw (later Mrs. Spielberg). Last Crusade harked back to Raiders, in that the bad guys were, once again, Nazis looking for a priceless religious artifact, this time the Holy Grail. Lest potential audiences be dissuaded by the similarity of plot, Lucas and Spielberg added a new character to the mix: Indy's archeologist father, portrayed by Sean Connery. The Indiana Jones films hold up splendidly today because they are unpretentious entertainments, made with all the technical virtuosity of latter-day movies but infused with the spirit of earlier Hollywood films that catered to Depression-weary and World War II audiences hungry for escapist fare. Moreover, the Jones trilogy gently pokes fun, without condescension, at the old serials and swashbucklers. The wildly implausible situations and hairbreadth escapes aren't corny, over-the-top sequences grafted onto movies with contemporary sensibilities; they're organic to the films. For sheer, unadulterated fun these movies are impossible to beat, and they promise countless hours of entertainment for those who buy this box set.

Product Details

Release Date:
10/21/2003
UPC:
0097360565942
Source:
Paramount
Region Code:
1
Time:
9:06:00

Special Features

Feature-length documentary: "Indiana Jones: Making the Trilogy"; "The Stunts of Indiana Jones"; "The Sound of Indiana Jones"; "The Music of Indiana Jones"; "The Light and Magic of Indiana Jones"; Original theatrical trailers; Exclusive access to the Indiana Jones DVD website; Full-screen version; Dobly Digital: English 5.1 Surround, French Dolby Surround, Spanish Dolby Surround; Subtitles: English, French, Spanish

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Scene Index

Side #1 -- Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark
1. South America, 1936
2. The Man With the Hat
3. The Golden Idol
4. Belloq and the Hovitos
5. Archeology Lesson
6. Special Assignment
7. Cautious Guy
8. Nepal: The Raven
9. Fight for the Medallion
10. To Cairo
11. The Marketplace
12. Basket Chase
13. Meeting With Belloq
14. Bad Dates
15. Tanis Dig
16. The Map Room
17. Reunited With Marion
18. Uncovering the Well of Souls
19. Into the Well of Souls
20. The Ark Revealed
21. Trapped
22. The Flying Wing
23. Desert Chase
24. Dragged Behind
25. The Bantu Wind
26. Confrontation at Sea
27. The Nazis' Secret Island
28. Indy's Bluff
29. The Ark Ceremony
30. The Power of the Ark
31. Washington D.C. and End Credits
Side #2 -- Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom
1. Shanghai, 1935/"Anything Goes"
2. Club Obi-Wan
3. Melee
4. The Getaway
5. Escape by Air
6. "Nobody's Flying the Plane"
7. Mayapore (The Village)
8. Sankara/Fortune and Glory
9. The Journey
10. The Jungle at Night
11. Approaching Pankot Palace
12. Audience With the Maharajah
13. The Feast
14. Nocturnal Activities
15. Assassin
16. Bugs
17. The Spike Chamber
18. The Temple of Doom
19. Stealing the Stones
20. Captives of the Thuggee
21. The Blood of Kali
22. Willie's Sacrifice
23. The Rescue
24. Freeing the Children
25. The Rock Crusher
26. The Mine Car Chase
27. Deadly Flood
28. The Rope Bridge
29. Standoff
30. Return to Mayapore
31. End Credits
Side #3 -- Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade
1. Utah, 1912/The Cross of Coronado
2. The Pursuit
3. Belongs in a Museum
4. Portuguese Coast, 1938
5. Barnett College
6. Meeting Donovan
7. Ransacked
8. To Venice
9. "X" Marks the Spot
10. Rats
11. Boat Chase
12. "Ah, Venice"
13. To Castle Brunwald
14. Family Reunion
15. "What Book?"
16. Brody and Sallah
17. Austrian & German Goodbyes
18. "Head for the Fireplace"
19. Motorcycle Chase
20. Grail Obsession
21. Into the Lion's Den
22. The Zeppelin
23. A Rebuke
24. Dogfight
25. Close Call
26. Hatay
27. Approaching the Canyon
28. Ambush
29. Belly of the Steel Beast
30. Tank Showdown
31. "I Thought I'd Lost You"
32. Canyon of the Crescent Moon
33. The Three Challenges
34. "Choose Wisely"
35. Crossing the Seal
36. Sunset and End Credits

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Heavy_Metal_Sushi More than 1 year ago
Growing up, these were among some of my favorite movies to watch! My siblings and I watched them quite a bit, along with Star Wars and some other great ones from back in the day. My parents were big fans of these movies as well, and would watch them with us a lot. If there is someone out there who has never seen these before...what the heck? Get on it! These are classic gems not to be passed up! Will always have a special place in my heart for these movies!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I have not seen the Indiana Jones in a while, but when I purchased this I was glued to my chair watching all 3 back to back. I watched the extras thrown in and then re watched my favorite parts of each film. Honestly, if you are a fan you have to purchase this. Also, I watched the new Indiana Jones and it just as good as the others might even be better. Highly recommended!
Guest More than 1 year ago
A new release of the Indiana Jones Trilogy, just in time for the release of the long awaited 4th installment. Contrary to many though, the movies have been previously released on DVD before, this is a an updated newer version, more bonus footage, and re-mastering. What started with Raiders of the Lost Ark has quickly become a fan phenomena. In fact most of todays archeologists will probably tell you they owe a lot to ol' Indy for making them interested in their fields. These movies are great and a this collection is a must have for fans and fans alike. If you've never seen the original three, it's well worth it. If you are looking forward to May 22, it's worth watching them again, and again. Indy makes Archeology fun!
Guest More than 1 year ago
tell me that you aren't tired of indiana jones ever since you saw it with your family years ago. raiders of the lost ark starts with indy and one of my fave heroines named marion having to find an equally creepy looking chest that'll unleash evil and seriously that ending was awesome with the ghosts and all. temple of doom is one that i find a little hard to watch but love short round and willie is a little annoying. indy, willie and short round are to go in search of sacred stones that was stolen from a village. along the way they find the stones but its under a volcano with a crazy priest sacrifice kind of guy and steals children so they'll become slave workers or something. that bridge scene was epic. last crusade i never got to see much of than the first two. in that one, indy with his father "sean connery" are in search of the holy grail and are chased by the bad guys yet again. and of course the next one called kingdom of the crystal skull where indy returns with marion and a new cast that includes shia from disturbia. here i guess they have to find an artifact that's a skull and can't wait to see it. so yeah that's pretty much of how its been in the series so far. glad that harrison is back with the trademark hat and whip and the theme song including the fear of snakes.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is the best ever i love indiana jones and now i can enjoy all the movies at once.............whooooooooh.
RJWatford More than 1 year ago
If you love action and adventure with a story that will keep you interested and engaged, Indiana Jones (any of the episodes) will be a great set of movies to view. It's the type of movies you will watch over and over again. I can never get enough of Indie or Harrison playing the role. The latest edition adds Shai LeBouf and he is good too.
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