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Indiana Jones: The Complete Adventures
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09.28.2012 By: Chris Bumbray
Indiana Jones: The Complete Adventures order
Director:
Steven Spielberg

Actors:
Harrison Ford

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WHAT'S IT ABOUT?
The iconic adventures of globe-trotting archeologist Indiana Jones (Harrison Ford) - all collected in one volume. Watch as Indy fights Nazis, the devil-worshiping Thuggee cult, dastardly Russians, and more!
IS IT A GOOD MOVIE?
God I love these movies. After getting this Blu-ray collection in the mail a few days ago, I dug into each of the four films, and outside the pretty awful fourth film (a huge mistake); these hold Ėup beautifully as some of the finest action adventure films ever made. In the pantheon of big-screen heroes, is there anyone outside of Sean Connery as James Bond thatís been as iconic as Harrison Ford as Indiana Jones? Those accustomed to Fordís grumpier parts from the last few years will be amazed to watch him in his prime as the badass Jones- and certainly, if there was ever a part tailor-made for an actor, this is it (amazing that Tom Selleck almost got the part).

Of the four films, RAIDERS OF THE LOST ARK is obviously the best. In fact, Iíd wager itís one of the best action films ever made, Anyone who was lucky enough to see this screened on IMAX a few weeks ago can testify to the fact that, despite being thirty-years old, RAIDERS is unmatched by any recent tent pole films in terms of action or spectacle. There are so many iconic action sequences here thatís itís hard to choose which is the best, although the half-hour stretch of film that sees Indy fighting Nazis attempting to take the ark via airplane (with his wicked mano-a-mano with Pat Roach being one of my all-time favorite on-screen brawls), and then via truck- in a chase which has been mimicked many times but never equaled, is pretty tough to match.

Everything about RAIDERS just feels timeless, as if it could have been made in any era. Those of you who havenít seen it in a while will be amazed at how violent it gets, with the gory-shoot out early on at Marionís bar, and the incredible face-melting conclusion- but again, this gory creepiness is part of what makes these movies so much fun. Of course, one mustnít forget about John Williamsí score, which Iíd wager is his all-time best, narrowly beating out his work on STAR WARS (NARROWLY).

The follow-up, INDIANA JONES AND THE TEMPLE OF DOOM has taken a lot of heat over the years, with many calling it the weak-link of the series. This is something I never understood, as too me itís almost as good as RAIDERS. The mean-spirited darkness of the film is an interesting contrast to RAIDERS, and the heart-ripping scene was one of the iconic scares from my childhood. I love everything about this movie, from Short-Round (the best kid sidekick ever), to Mola Ram, to the great mine-chase. Everything about it fíing rocks. Well- except maybe the whiny Willie- but it has to be said; Kate Capshaw was really hot in that opening Busby Berkley style kaleidoscope number.

INDIANA JONES AND THE LAST CRUSADE was clearly an attempt to get back to the tone of RAIDERS, and again, itís a pretty terrific adventure film, although the introduction of the PG-13 rating means the violence was toned down a bit compared to the last two movies. While some parts of the movie annoy me- especially the way Denholm Elliotís Marcus Brody is turned into a total moron, LAST CRUSADE does feature Indyís dad- played by none other than Sean Connery. This has certainly got to go down as one of the most inspired casting decisions of all time, and Connery- who had just won an Oscar for THE UNTOUCHABLES, seems to be having a ball as Indyís noticeably less bad-ass father (I especially love his shocked ďlook what you did!!!Ē after watching Indy kill the first of dozens of Nazis that meet their demise at Indyís hands over the course of the film). The opening bit with River Phoenix as young Indy (which spawned the YOUNG INDIANA JONES CHRONICLES) is also pretty damn great, with us seeing how one adventure gave Indy his iconic chin scar, and fedora. Really, the series should have been left here with Indy riding off into the sunset with his Dad- but alas, the fans would not allow it.

Which brings us to INDIANA JONES AND THE KINGDOM OF THE CRYSTAL SKULL. Sigh. CRYSTAL SKULL stands as the one review of mine I wish I could erase from the net, as I totally got swept up by fanboy hysteria, and gave the film a rave back when it came out. After seeing it a second time in theaters, I was amazed at how bad it really was- and damn if four short years later itís virtually unwatchable. While the ďnuke the fridgeĒ scene never really bothered me, and in fact- the whole first forty minutes is not bad, once Indy and Mutt head to South America, the film takes a detour into shitsville and never recovers. Aliens? In an Indiana Jones movie? Damn. Too bad Spielberg and Co., didnít just leave this off the set and pretend it never happened.

THE EXTRAS
Here's where the set comes up a bit short. While the three-part documentary on the making of each film has been ported over from the DVDs (but only in 480i), there's not a whole lot new here. The docs are all very good, featuring not only Tom Selleck's screen test, but also Tim Matheson's- and worthy of being watched-again.

The big new extra is the two-part On-set with RAIDER OF THE LOST ARK which is an hour long, and features exhaustive behind-the scenes footage, and deleted scenes (including the market-place sword-fight). This extra is incredible, although it's drag TEMPLE OF DOOM and LAST CRUSADE didn't get the same treatment.
The res of the bonus features consist mostly of featurettes examining everything from the music, to the famous melting-face scene, the stunts, the sound, etc. All told, they add up to another hour or so of extras. There's also a vintage making of for RAIDERS, and a lot of the extras from the KINGDOM OF THE CRYSTAL SKULL blu-ray are ported over. Finally, each film contains the original teaser and theatrical trailers in HD. A decent set, but I wish TEMPLE OF DOOM and LAST CRUSADE got their due.
FINAL DIAGNOSIS
One shitty installment aside, the INDIANA JONES films are pretty damn perfect, and a no-brainer purchase on Blu-ray, as theyíve never looked or sounded better. While the extras could have been a bit more comprehensive, and the price seems a little steep, itís nevertheless a must-buy.
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11:32AM on 09/28/2012

Why does every Indiana Jones post turn into a Crystal Skull bitch fest?

Some people just like to bitch. Some people just can't see through their hatred of George Lucas over the mediocre to horrible Star Wars prequels. The reality is Crystal Skull was no worse and no better than any of the sequels to Raiders, none of which were as good as Raiders, all of which are still fun to watch. The best thing about Crystal Skull though, is that it had finally stopped 24 years of douche bags whining about Temple of Doom. Hopefully they come out with a 5th, so douche
Some people just like to bitch. Some people just can't see through their hatred of George Lucas over the mediocre to horrible Star Wars prequels. The reality is Crystal Skull was no worse and no better than any of the sequels to Raiders, none of which were as good as Raiders, all of which are still fun to watch. The best thing about Crystal Skull though, is that it had finally stopped 24 years of douche bags whining about Temple of Doom. Hopefully they come out with a 5th, so douche bags can stop wining about Crystal Skull.
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11:56AM on 09/28/2012
Raiders is my all time favorite movie. I was lucky enough to see it when it first came out. They will never make movies like that again. I thought Temple was the weaker of the three. Crusade was a much better movie. We won't talk about the fourth one.
Raiders is my all time favorite movie. I was lucky enough to see it when it first came out. They will never make movies like that again. I thought Temple was the weaker of the three. Crusade was a much better movie. We won't talk about the fourth one.
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6:27PM on 10/06/2012
I always ranked Indy in the order they came out. Maybe it was that I saw Temple of Doom first, and it still couldn't compare with Raiders, but while Crusades is not a bad movie by any means, it suffers only slightly in my estimation because they brought back the Nazis sans a villain as good as Belloq, and Elsa turned out to be a real bitch. Really, it's equal with Temple of Doom just about, but very different. I only saw Crystal Skulls once, and just remember, aside from the shoddy cgi, a
I always ranked Indy in the order they came out. Maybe it was that I saw Temple of Doom first, and it still couldn't compare with Raiders, but while Crusades is not a bad movie by any means, it suffers only slightly in my estimation because they brought back the Nazis sans a villain as good as Belloq, and Elsa turned out to be a real bitch. Really, it's equal with Temple of Doom just about, but very different. I only saw Crystal Skulls once, and just remember, aside from the shoddy cgi, a lot of big sequences just felt like references to other sequences. Mutt dueling with Cate Blanchett was a flash back to the coal-cart chase sequence in Temple. And Blanchett's demise reminded me of when they opened the Ark. And while I didn't have a problem with the "nike the fridge" scene (one of the more original sequences in the movie), the scene where Marion drives out on a tree and into the river, Indy on his most reckless day wouldn't do something so stupid. Oh, sure, they got away, but a jeep is a poor substitute for a lifeboat.
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8:52PM on 09/30/2012
Seeing Raiders in the cinema with my dad when I was 12 is one of my favourite childhood memories. I wanted to see 2001 and I'm glad he talked me out of it. Crystal Skull was just ok, I thought the whole Mutt Williams thing was kind of stupid. I preferred the original City Of The Gods screenplay by Darabont. I always thought the best way to tackle an Indiana Jones sequel would be to bring back Short Round as an adult... as a butt-kicking ninja mercenary good guy dude who needs Dr Jones help to
Seeing Raiders in the cinema with my dad when I was 12 is one of my favourite childhood memories. I wanted to see 2001 and I'm glad he talked me out of it. Crystal Skull was just ok, I thought the whole Mutt Williams thing was kind of stupid. I preferred the original City Of The Gods screenplay by Darabont. I always thought the best way to tackle an Indiana Jones sequel would be to bring back Short Round as an adult... as a butt-kicking ninja mercenary good guy dude who needs Dr Jones help to track down a MacGuffin. Indiana Jones vs black magic ninjas - hilarity ensues.
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8:37AM on 09/28/2012

The Last Crusade has always been the weakest.

But I still love them all. I find the whole Junior aspect grating and hammy. The only thing that winds me up about Crystal Skull is the monkey swinging, otherwise it was good fun and I go back and watch it as much as the others.
But I still love them all. I find the whole Junior aspect grating and hammy. The only thing that winds me up about Crystal Skull is the monkey swinging, otherwise it was good fun and I go back and watch it as much as the others.
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