Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981)
Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom (1984)
Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade (1989)
Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull (2008)
Starring: Harrison Ford, Karen Allen, Kate Capshaw, Sean Connery, Shia LaBeouf
The chronicled escapades of world-renown archaelogist Henry Jones, Jr. (Ford), have come to Blu-ray! Join the man better known as “Indiana” as he searches high and low for the riches of the Earth – “fortune and glory,” you might say. Dr. Jones and his friends fight off Nazis, Thugees, and Russians in a cross-continental adventure in the midst of Communism and the Cold War. Along the way, Indy is joined by the likes of a fellow treasure-hunter’s daughter named Marion (Allen), an obnoxious lounge singer named Willie (Capshaw), his father (Connery), and a rambunctious greaser named “Mutt” (LaBeouf), making for comedic banter and improbable action sequences throughout. Whether it’s saving the world from the wrath of God, restoring peace to an impoverished Indian village, wisely selecting the Holy Grail, or surviving nuclear weapons testing in a refrigerator, there’s no question that the Indiana Jones collection is one of the best movie series in American cinematic history.
The Story: Each story in the four-movie set focuses on Indiana Jones seeking the aforementioned fortune and glory. Along the way, Indy makes new friends, new enemies, meets beautiful women, is reunited with his long-lost family, and spans the globe in a race against time in hopes of procuring history’s most fabled treasures.
The Acting: Let’s be honest: Willie Scott has got to be one of the most annoying characters ever. Thankfully, other characters like Sallah (Rhys-Davies), Short Round (Quan), and Marcus Brody (Elliott) help construct an overall solid cast. Harrison Ford’s smug, sarcastic take on the good Doctor creates an instant likability and produces immediate chemistry with each co-star in all of the films. The crowning achievement of the “Indy” series comes in the third film as Ford and Sean Connery light up the screen as the father-son duo.
The Genre: For anyone who grew up in the ’80s and ’90s, Indiana Jones is the cream of the crop, the pinnacle of adventure films, the ultimate action hero. Indy’s wild adventures take him from the heat of the desert to the heart of an underground cult, from a Hitler book burning to the top of ancient American ruins. Sword fights, gun fights, bar fights, fist fights. Car chases, mine cart chases, motorcycle chases. Nazis, Asian mobsters, Nazis again, aliens. A brunette, a blonde, a different blonde, the same brunette. Indiana Jones is a man’s man. He’s simply the best. The absolute epitome of the action-adventure genre.
“The Complete Adventures” will remind viewers why Indiana Jones became a household name in America for decades. Fans of the series simply must re-live everything they know and love – and even the stuff they didn’t love – in stunning hi-def. (People are a little too harsh on that fourth movie, by the way.) The opportunity to experience Indy saga all over again is something that simply cannot be passed up. If you somehow just got out from underneath the rock you’ve been stuck under for the past 30 years, you’ve got a ton of great movies to catch up on – and the Salt Lake City DVD Examiner would strongly recommend starting with “Raiders of the Lost Ark,” then making your way through the rest of the disks in the box. And for all the rest of you, one the greatest parts of this collection may merely be not having to watch on VHS anymore. Oh yeah, and there are more bonus features than you can shake your whip at. It’s a must own for fans of action-adventure and children of the late ’80s. Ah, Indy… on glorious, digitally re-mastered Blu-ray.
Blu-ray bonus features:
Audio in: English, French, Spanish, Portuguese
Subtitles in: English, French, Spanish, Portuguese
Theatrical trailers for each film
Plus, SEVEN hours of bonus features, including:
– “On Set with ‘Raiders of the Lost Ark'”
– “The Making Of” featurette for each film
– Behind the Scenes featurettes based around stunts, sound, music, special effects, “creepy crawlies,” travel, Indy’s love interests, friends and enemies, props, and post-production.
Directed by: Steven Spielberg
Studio: Paramount Pictures
Running times: 115 minutes, 118 minutes, 127 minutes, 122 minutes
MPAA ratings: PG and PG-13 for adventure violence, gunplay, and scary images, including some violence against women, decapitation, religious themes, and mild profanity.
Costars John Rhys-Davies, Jonathan Ke Quan, Denholm Elliott, Julian Glover, Cate Blanchett
Blu-ray release date: September 18, 2012
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