Indiana Jones - The Complete Adventures

Indiana Jones - The Complete Adventures

Director: Steven Spielberg

Cast: Harrison Ford, John Rhys-Davies, Denholm Elliott

     
 

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… See more details below

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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 its original glorious 2.35:1 widescreen aspect ratio, 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 above 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.

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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.

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Product Details

Release Date:
10/21/2003
UPC:
0097360612547
Source:
Paramount
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
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; Widescreen version enhanced for 16 x 9 TVs; 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 [2:45]
2. The Man With the Hat [:29]
3. The Golden Idol [2:28]
4. Belloq and the Hovitos [4:06]
5. Archeology Lesson [1:56]
6. Special Assignment [:35]
7. Cautious Guy [:26]
8. Nepal: The Raven [2:34]
9. Fight for the Medallion [1:59]
10. To Cairo [3:03]
11. The Marketplace [2:30]
12. Basket Chase [2:29]
13. Meeting With Belloq [3:22]
14. Bad Dates [4:50]
15. Tanis Dog [:38]
16. The Map Room [2:02]
17. Reunited With Marion [3:41]
18. Uncovering the Well of Souls [2:11]
19. Into the Well of Souls [:24]
20. The Ark Revealed [4:00]
21. Trapped [2:51]
22. The Flying Wing [1:16]
23. Desert Chase [:11]
24. Dragged Behind [4:09]
25. The Bantu Wind [2:25]
26. Confrontation at Sea [:56]
27. The Nazis' Secret Island [1:37]
28. Indy's Bluff [:53]
29. The Ark Ceremony [1:23]
30. The Power of the Ark [:37]
31. Washington D.C. and End Credits [2:03]
Side #2 -- Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom
1. Shanghai, 1935/"Anything Goes" [:17]
2. Club Obi-Wan [2:35]
3. Melee [:22]
4. The Getaway [4:50]
5. Escape by Air [2:45]
6. "Nobody's Flying the Plane" [:19]
7. Mayapore (The Village) [1:38]
8. Sankara/Fortune and Glory [3:08]
9. The Journey [3:09]
10. The Jungle at Night [:39]
11. Approaching Pankot Palace [6:38]
12. Audience With the Maharajah [:48]
13. The Feast [1:26]
14. Nocturnal Activities [3:05]
15. Assassin [3:19]
16. Bugs [:11]
17. The Spike Chamber [3:36]
18. The Temple of Doom [2:23]
19. Stealing the Stones [1:58]
20. Captives of the Thuggee [3:04]
21. The Blood of Kali [4:18]
22. Willie's Sacrifice [:24]
23. The Rescue [:59]
24. Freeing the Children [4:01]
25. The Rock Crusher [2:55]
26. The Mine Car Chase [:53]
27. Deadly Flood [:11]
28. The Rope Bridge [5:47]
29. Standoff [2:16]
30. Return to Mayapore [1:38]
31. End Credits [3:16]
Side #3 -- Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade
1. Utah, 1912/The Cross of Coronado [4:41]
2. The Pursuit [1:08]
3. Belongs in a Museum [2:20]
4. Portuguese Coast, 1938 [3:37]
5. Barnett College [:06]
6. Meeting Donovan [2:19]
7. Ransacked [3:04]
8. To Venice [4:54]
9. "X" Marks the Spot [1:02]
10. Rats [1:34]
11. Boat Chase [2:00]
12. "Ah, Venice" [1:30]
13. To Castle Brunwald [1:53]
14. Family Reunion [5:16]
15. "What Book?" [:59]
16. Brody and Sallah [4:38]
17. Austrian & German Goodbyes [3:30]
18. "Head for the Fireplace" [3:00]
19. Motorcycle Chase [:05]
20. Grail Obsession [2:35]
21. Into the Lion's Den [4:23]
22. The Zeppelin [:15]
23. A Rebuke [1:28]
24. Dogfight [3:44]
25. Close Call [:10]
26. Hatay [2:41]
27. Approaching the Canyon [2:22]
28. Ambush [:26]
29. Belly of the Steel Beast [1:49]
30. Tank Showdown [2:55]
31. "I Thought I'd Lost You" [:08]
32. Canyon of the Crescent Moon [2:44]
33. The Three Challenges [2:34]
34. "Choose Wisely" [:42]
35. Crossing the Seal [2:02]
36. Sunset and End Credits [2:22]

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