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A six-minute introduction by Lucas and Spielberg is the prime special feature, with both men candidly addressing the film’s good and bad points (Lucas points out that the second Star Wars film, The Empire Strikes Back, was also the darkest of the original three; as for Spielberg, the fact that the leading lady would soon become his wife was the best part of the whole trip). Also good are "The Creepy Crawlies," a mini-doc about the thousands of snakes, bugs, rats and other scary critters that populate the trilogy, and "Travels with Indy," a look at some of the films’ cool locations. Storyboards and a photo gallery are included as well. --Sam Graham
Not as good as the first one, but better than the second. That’s been the consensus opinion regarding Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, the final installment in Steven Spielberg and George Lucas’ original adventure trilogy, throughout the nearly two decades since its 1989 theatrical release. It’s a fair assessment. After the relatively dark and disturbing Temple of Doom (1984), The Last Crusade (1989) recalls the sheer fun of Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981). With its variety of colorful locations, multiple chase scenes (the opening sequence on a circus train, with River Phoenix as the young Indy, is one of the best of the series, as is the boat chase through the canals of Venice), and cloak-and-dagger vibe, it’s the closest in tone to a James Bond outing, which director Spielberg has noted was the inspiration for the trilogy in the first place; what’s more, it harkens back to Raiders in its choice of villains (i.e., the Nazis--Indy even comes face to face with Hitler at a rally in Berlin) and its quest for an antiquity of incalculable value and significance (the Holy Grail, the chalice said to have been the receptacle of Christ's blood as he hung on the cross). Add to that the presence of Sean Connery, playing Indy’s father and having a field day opposite Harrison Ford, and you’ve got a most welcome return to form.
Special features include a six-minute introduction by Spielberg and Lucas, who discuss the grail as a metaphor for bringing Indy and his estranged father together and agree that Crusade is the funniest of the three films; "Indy’s Women," an American Film Institute tribute with leading ladies Karen Allen, Kate Capshaw, and Alison Doody each discussing her character (Capshaw candidly describes Temple of Doom’s Willie Scott as "whiny, petulant, and annoying"); "Indy’s Friends and Enemies," a look at the films’ various villains and sidekicks; plus storyboards and photo galleries. --Sam Graham
Kingdom of the Crystal Skull
Nearly 20 years after riding his last Crusade, Harrison Ford makes a welcome return as archaeologist/relic hunter Indiana Jones in Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, an action-packed fourth installment that's, in a nutshell, less memorable than the first three but great nostalgia for fans of the series. Producer George Lucas and screenwriter David Koepp (War of the Worlds) set the film during the cold war, as the Soviets--replacing Nazis as Indy's villains of choice and led by a sword-wielding Cate Blanchett with black bob and sunglasses--are in pursuit of a crystal skull, which has mystical powers related to a city of gold. After escaping from them in a spectacular opening action sequence, Indy is coerced to head to Peru at the behest of a young greaser (Shia LaBeouf) whose friend--and Indy's colleague--Professor Oxley (John Hurt) has been captured for his knowledge of the skull's whereabouts. Whatever secrets the skull holds are tertiary; its reveal is the weakest part of the movie, as the CGI effects that inevitably accompany it feel jarring next to the boulder-rolling world of Indy audiences knew and loved. There's plenty of comedy, delightful stunts--ants play a deadly role here--and the return of Raiders love interest Karen Allen as Marion Ravenwood, once shrill but now softened, giving her ex-love bemused glances and eye-rolls as he huffs his way to save the day. Which brings us to Ford: bullwhip still in hand, he's a little creakier, a lot grayer, but still twice the action hero of anyone in film today. With all the anticipation and hype leading up to the film's release, perhaps no reunion is sweeter than that of Ford with the role that fits him as snugly as that fedora hat. --Ellen A. Kim
For the Indiana Jones aficionado...get all four films in one package, and check out the book and video extras that come with it!Published 5 days ago by J.S.
discovered we were missing three of the 4 dvd , 3 of the movies we had on vhs so now all on disc. hurray
arrived in good time.
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Please. I'm sick of all the reviews on movies that haven't been released on disc yet. People are supposed to be reviewing the full package, not just the movie itself. We have IMDb for that.
For example, Avengers has 233 reviews, and it's got a month before the disc is out. Yes, the movie itself... Read More
Aug 26, 2012 by Andrea Marino Zavareei | See all 7 posts
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Sorry Marty, but whomever calibrated your TV should be fired. Contrast is not blown out in Cairo. When they are on the roof top. I see all the detail in the clothing, nothing is blown out. Marion's red pants are red as red could be. The red clothe belt of the sword guy Indy shoots is red. Red... Read More
Sep 27, 2012 by Damon | See all 10 posts
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Can we please stop this never-ending debate over Indy 4 and/or the Star Wars prequels, it has become incredible boring after 13 years since The Phantom Menace, 15 if you include the Star Wars: Special Editions.
Fine you don't like the fourth film, but did you really think Paramount/Lucasfilm... Read More
Jul 13, 2012 by J. Martin | See all 19 posts
|Video Defect in Last Crusade?||
The camera was mounted on the car and the vibration is what you are seeing. The shock mount couldn't smooth out ALL the motion and most probably they had some bumpy road when that anomaly occurred. Not a defect of the Blu Ray itself and apparently wasn't considered major enough to trigger a... Read More
Sep 21, 2012 by Marty Gillis | See all 4 posts
Spielberg does not allow commentary tracks on the films he directs. He feels it destroys the magic of the movies.
Sep 7, 2012 by Alfred Borden | See all 3 posts
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