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The Adventures of Young Indiana Jones, Volume One - The Early Years

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The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles was based on the Indiana Jones series of films. The series follows the Indiana Jones character (as a young boy and as a young man) as he was growing up and experiencing his early adventures, where he gets into trouble, learns life lessons and encounters various historical figures along the way. The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles was filmed on location all over the world ~ including England, Russia, Spain, Czechoslovakia, Kenya, France, India, China, Austria, Egypt, the United States, Morocco, Ireland, Italy, Africa, Turkey, Greece and Thailand.

DVD sets don’t come more generous or well-intended than The Adventures of Young Indiana Jones: Volume One. George Lucas’ 1990s television series, inspired by his feature film collaborations with Steven Spielberg and actor Harrison Ford, used a childhood version of Jones as a catalyst for involving young viewers in the dynamics of 20th century history and thought. As much a scamp as Ford’s swaggering hero-with-a-bullwhip, little Henry "Indy" Jones (Corey Carrier) gets into a great deal of mischief in his travels around the world with his disciplined father, Professor Henry Jones, Sr. (Lloyd Owen, doing a credible version of Sean Connery’s voice from Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade). Also accompanied by his mother (Ruth de Sosa) and imperious tutor, Miss Seymour (Margaret Tyzack), Indy ends up in various unanticipated adventures with some of the most noteworthy individuals of his age. A trip to Paris finds him cavorting with young Norman Rockwell and an ultra-arrogant Pablo Picasso (who is out to prove that the style of aging Impressionist Edgar Degas is easy to forge). A stay in India lands Indy in the company of the great guru, Krishnamurti. In Russia, he feuds with Tolstoy as if the two were in a buddy movie. In Italy, Puccini puts romantic moves on Mrs. Jones, while Indy listens carefully in Vienna to definitions of love by none other than Freud, Jung and Adler.

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 set’s 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

Special Features

  • 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

Product Details

  • Actors: Sean Patrick Flanery, Corey Carrier
  • Format: Box set, Color, NTSC, Full Screen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo)
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 12
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Paramount
  • DVD Release Date: October 23, 2007
  • Run Time: 649 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (145 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #13,342 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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208 of 215 people found the following review helpful By C. A. Luster on August 29, 2007
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The Young Indiana Jones adventures come to DVD. Agreed I wish it was cheaper but then consider you are dealing with Paramount that charges over $100 per season for any of the Star Trek series. Considering that each episode is an hour and a half movie in itself and this does not seem quite so unreasonable. Furthermore it includes alot of extras whether you want them or not. I grant you I would like to see a 7 disk edition of just the episodes for a substancial savings. Personally I'm just thrilled to finally see them come to DVD. I am sure if you're patient you can probably get a package deal once all the volumes are released. The first 12-disc set includes seven feature-length episodes as well as 38 in-depth companion documentaries, an historical overview, an interactive game and an interactive timeline. The series was shot in 35 countries and showed key figures in the coming of age of the modern world. The interviews include celebrities like Gen. Colin Powell, Henry Kissinger, Gloria Steinem, Martin Scorsese, Barbara Boxer, James Earl Jones, Hal David, and Deepak Chopra.

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.
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221 of 236 people found the following review helpful By spaceman biff on November 9, 2007
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Sadly the versions of the original episodes on this set have been badly edited, removing both the original opening titles and the present day introductions by an older eyepatched Indy (as Played by George Hall) . Basicly Lucasfilm has released the TV Movie edits in a roughly chronological order to show how Indiana Jones grew up , which on this volume creates major continuity blunders as the Age of Lead actor Corey Carrier will jump by two or three years in the space of one movie. then he magicly de-ages for the start of the next Movie in the set.
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
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130 of 137 people found the following review helpful By JJ Cunningham on October 26, 2007
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I have been looking forward to this release since it was announced, and have all the episodes on vhs. I purchased the set, got home and realized that Mr. Lucas has done it again. These are not the episodes as originally broadcast, but rather edited together into "movies" with the Old Indy bookends completely excised. They are not even present as extras. The episode "London 1916" suffers tremendously from its treatment on this dvd; Old Indy meeting his lost first love years later (played by Jane Wyatt - gone from this release) always brought a tear to my eye. It's also edited behind another episode of Indy having a romance in Ireland, thereby completely diminishing the impact of Indy's first romance. "Travels with Father" has also had its bookend removed, replaced with a deleted scene which provides us a perfect example of why some scenes are better left deleted.
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.
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52 of 54 people found the following review helpful By Christopher M. Stanichar on January 25, 2008
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There has been no DVD that I have anticipated more than The Adventures of Young Indiana Jones. I have very fond memories of this series from my days in college. Even today, in many of my music history lectures, I make references to the series. Especially memorable episodes for me were the following: an episode in which the elementary school-aged Indy meets Degas and Picasso and another episode in which the twenty-something Indy got (bad) love advice from George and Ira Gershwin. Obviously, when the set was recently released, I was more than enthusiastic (a common reaction as can be judged by the other reviews).

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.
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I purchased the set from 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
new price?
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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