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The first of the three films, Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981), is also the best, a certified classic loaded with non-stop action, grand spectacle, a hero for the ages (played by Harrison Ford), a beautiful love interest, humor, horror, and a potent storyline that brings together a profound religious-archaeological icon (the Ark of the Covenant, nothing less than "a radio for speaking to God") and the 20th centurys most infamous villains (the Nazis). Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom (1984), the second entry, is generally considered the weakest of the lot--certainly it is the most dark and disturbing--but its still very entertaining, while The Last Crusade (1989) is closer to Raiders in many respects, with fine acting contributions from River Phoenix (as the teenage Indy) and Sean Connery (as Indys father), a strong James Bond-type feel, and the return of the Nazis, who this time are competing for another antiquity of incalculable value and significance (the Holy Grail). Although the collection is missing the extra bonus disc (with a two-hour "making of" documentary) that accompanied the 2003 DVD issue of the films, all three discs include new and insightful introductions by Spielberg and Lucas; there are also storyboards from various scenes and photo galleries on each disc. Among the best of the other features are "The Creepy Crawlies" (about the thousands of snakes, bugs, rats and other scary critters that populate the trilogy), "Travels with Indy" (a look at some of the exotic locations where the movies were filmed), "Indys Women" (a candid discussion with leading ladies Karen Allen, Kate Capshaw, and Alison Doody), and a behind-the-scenes detailing of the "melting face" effect seen in Raiders' thrilling ark-opening scene. --Sam Graham
Raiders of the Lost Ark is truly one of the best films ever made.
To sum up: fans of these movies are going to buy them regardless of what I say, but you can rest assured that you are getting your money's worth.
These movies were very well done, with action, adventure, humor and the good always wins eventually.
Always enjoyed all of Harrison Ford's adventure films. Having them all in one collection is great.Published 20 days ago by Dennis Brunty
We like these movies and wanted the complete set - order arrived promptly and the price was very good.Published 24 days ago by Barbara Kane
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|Changing the Title of "Raiders"||
At the end of the wikipedia entry for "Raiders of the Lost Ark", it says:
"For its 1999 VHS re-issue, the film was remastered in THX and for the first time was made available in widescreen. The outer package was retitled Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark to correlate... Read More
May 16, 2008 by Mary Dang | See all 5 posts
|Well...Which Release IS Actually Better?! (Movie-wise, Not Special...||
Hi there I have the the new box set and just check the file size of the main Feature for, The Last Crusade. It is 6.15 GB for the widescreen edition. So according to the data the your provide there's 0.55 GB difference (6.7-6.15= 0.55) between the two. Total disc size is 7.44 GB
May 24, 2008 by E. Przybyla | See all 6 posts
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Same films. Worth noting as well, Raiders popped up on a TV airing with a CG-redone scene, and it's NOT on this recent set of DVDs. It's merely a single shot but those tired of revisionings might want to grab this set before it's too late.
Jun 11, 2008 by Tyler Foster | See all 3 posts
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