The Adventures of Young Indiana Jones, Volume One - The Early Years
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The overall effect of these handsome, feature-length stories, all shot on glorious location, is of a certain audacity--Lucas having the nerve to name-drop all over the place and situate Jones with some of the greatest achievers in world culture. But each episode is nothing less than spectacularly educational as well as entertaining. Scripts are carefully written to reflect what these famous individuals actually contributed to mankind, and to give a sense of what their personalities were like. The last three shows in Volume One find Jones at age 20 (played by Sean Patrick Flanery), now more or less on his own as he gets into various scrapes in Mexico (where he rides with Pancho Villa) and Ireland (where he meets William Butler Yeats). There is so much to glean from these stories, but even more to bask in on the sets many special features, which include multiple, exquisitely produced documentaries about the historical figures, political and artistic movements, and crucial events that play into this series. This is a great set for kids (probably beginning at the 6th grade level) and adults as well, preferably to watch together. --Tom Keogh
- Seven feature-length episodes: My First Adventure, Passion for Life, The Perils of Cupid, Travels With Father, Journey of Radiance, Spring Break Adventure, Love's Sweet Song
- 38 companion documentaries
- Historical overview
- Interactive game
- Interactive timeline
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This volume includes the episodes (I have described the first story on each disc, they each include a second story):
My First Adventure - Indy and T.E. Lawrence solve a murder mystery in Egypt.
Passion For Life - Indy goes on safari in Kenya with Teddy Roosevelt.
The Perils of Cupid - Indy falls in love with the daughter of Duke Franz Ferdinand in Vienna, Austria.
Travels with Father - Indy joins up with Leo Tolstoy after an argument with his father while visiting Russia.
Journey of Radiance - Indy visits the Holy City Benares in the Far East and meets Jiddu Krishnamurti.Read more ›
What is particularly insulting is the way in which the original pilot episode YOUNG INDIANA JONES AND THE CURSE OF THE JACKAL has lost its original second half which creates a discordant jump in the edited version on this set which is now called MY FIRST ADVENTURE
in the original version the story revolves around the theft of an Jackal headpiece from an egyptian tomb which is first investigated by young Indiana as played by Corey Carrier and then resolved by Sean Patrick Flannerys 16 year old version of Indy. the original version was well balanced , gripping and was resolved in the space of one episode. in the botched up version on this set all the Sean Patrick Flannerry material is gone, replaced with a story about Child slavery (episode 41)which renders MY FIRST ADVENTURE as a hatchet job.
Im selling my set and keeping my Original , UNCUT , off air copies from the original transmissions, as they are what I and a huge number of fans wish to own instead of this travesty
Instead of purchasing the next two sets, I think I'll save my money and purchase a vhs/dvd recorder. That way, at least I can have the original episodes on dvd. If you don't care about this aspect of the release, knock yourself out. As for me, I feel completely ripped off.
I received volume 1 as a Christmas gift, and since that time, I have become more and more frustrated as I watch the new edits. In fact, I am disappointed.
There are many things to laud in this release: the actors, the music (what a GREAT original score for the small screen), and the historical novel settings. HOWEVER . . .
Why does George Lucas need to rework everything he makes? A creator needs to let go of his final product and let his audience enjoy it as is with its imperfections and all. I read the background information about the new edits, and the rationale is to make the series more chronological and educational. So, instead of the original one-hour-long episodes, he has expanded them into two-hour long movies. Quite frankly, that is too long to watch for many kids (especially without the historical information, which, yes, is supplied in the form of extras). What was great about the original series is that Lucas supplied the bookends in the form of a modern maverick 93-year-old Indiana Jones. Yet, all of these scenes have been eliminated in the release of this DVD set.Read more ›
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WOW!! Never heard of this before buying it, but it is great! If you kids like Indiana Jones, this is an easy way to get them familiar with history as they watch Indy go through... Read morePublished 17 days ago by Dclark
This was new and sealed but some discs had audio and video problems that made them unwatchable. It was a big disappointment.Published 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
Well made entertaiment and bit of history comes along. Being a history lover this is lovely to see. Introduction of important persons is well made in fact but also by acting. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Kaarlo Suotamo
I was hoping there would be more action. It's very slow-moving.Published 3 months ago by N. Blackham
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|Entire Series available on TVDVD.com||
I purchased the set from TVDVD.com and while they say that the episodes are 'unedited as they appeared on TV' - they're wrong. They've taped the very same versions found on these releases (without George Hall and with the terrible editing decisions) as they appeared on the USA network (as... Read More
Jun 8, 2008 by Alias | See all 14 posts
|Is the tv series good for a 9 year old boy?||
Considering i'm posting this late, i'm not sure if you will get this, but i will answer it anyway.
He would enjoy The Young Indiana Jones Vol. 1 because it is much more light hearted and age appropriate. Vol. 2 deals with WW1, so there are alot of battles, gunfire, and death so i would... Read More
Dec 9, 2008 by D. Thomas | See all 8 posts
|Young Indy series vs. Indy movies||
I also prefer the series because of the educational aspects. I find it more interesting. I love history, and this presents the events in a personalized way.
Apr 19, 2008 by West Pittston Library | See all 5 posts
|YIJ episode?? Pls help!||
Ah, yes! You're talking about the episode, "London 1916", where Young Indy (played by Sean Patrick Flannery) meets suffragette Vicky. It's chapter 7 entitled "Love's Sweet Song" on the first volume of "The Adventures of Young Indiana Jones", disc 10 (I believe). ...
Dec 28, 2010 by Beatle Chic | See all 3 posts
Was holding off on buying these but found all three volumes on sale at Best Buy today for $50 each!
May 12, 2008 by Rene Fernandez | See all 8 posts
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