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Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull [Blu-ray] (2008)

Harrison Ford , Cate Blanchett , Steven Spielberg  |  PG-13 |  Blu-ray
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  • Actors: Harrison Ford, Cate Blanchett, Shia LaBeouf, Karen Allen, Ray Winstone
  • Directors: Steven Spielberg
  • Writers: David Koepp, George Lucas, Jeff Nathanson, Philip Kaufman
  • Producers: Denis L. Stewart, Flávio R. Tambellini, Frank Marshall
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Blu-ray, Closed-captioned, Color, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 5.1), French (Dolby Digital 5.1), Spanish (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Subtitles: English, French, Spanish, Portuguese
  • Dubbed: French, Spanish
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated: PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: Paramount
  • DVD Release Date: October 14, 2008
  • Run Time: 122 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1,026 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001E75QGG
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #95,445 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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Harrison Ford, Cate Blanchett, Shia LeBeouf. Ford delights once again in a fourth turn as the adventurous, fedora-wearing archaeologist. After a daring escape, Indy's on the run from Russian spies who want him to locate an ancient artifact for use in a supreme military weapon. 2 Discs. 2008/color/122 min/PG-13.

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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




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370 of 468 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars So much time, so little result. August 18, 2008
Format:DVD
I love the first three Indy films. Like so many others I was greatly looking forward to seeing a new one. I thought (or hoped) that the very long time they took to come up with a script meant they were polishing it to a brilliant shine. After seeing the movie, I conclude it was really a long negotiation between Lucas, Spielberg, and Ford, with some of them eager to make a crappy movie, and some of them not, with the end result being crappy, but perhaps not as crappy as it might have been.

The movie started with a bit of promise (other than the infantile CGI prairie dog). I'm not as offended by the nuclear fridge scene as many are, because I know those mock towns weren't built at Ground Zero (or they would have been vaporized). They were built at a distance to judge the effect of the blast on places some miles from the explosion. So while it's not credible for Indy to survive being tossed around that much, he didn't exactly survive a nuclear explosion. Some of the other early scenes, such as those where Indy is actually discovering something, are also good.

Still...

About halfway through the movie, despite my fervent desire to like it, I realized it just wasn't working for me. No suspense. No real sense of urgency or danger. Low stakes. Too many marginal or pointless characters. Too much cartoon nonsense going on, far less believable than anything from the previous films (the stupid monkey vine swinging, Marian's idiotic tree-driving stunt, the multiple waterfall drops...none of it scary, none of it remotely convincing, or even fun). Marian's long-awaited big reveal was one of the biggest, flattest duds in film history.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars A 1 star film in the right context (otherwise, 0 stars) January 24, 2013
Format:DVD
The only reason I can think of to watch this film is that you obtained the DVD for free, you have nothing else to watch, you're trapped indoors by inclement weather, it's too late at night to do anything else, you're resigned to the fact that George Lucas has become a fool, you've forgiven Spielberg because even a director of his caliber makes a bad film now and them, you have a bunch of friends over who want to watch something funny, and you've either downloaded the Rifftrax commentary or you're all planning to yell at the movie for being a steaming pile of alien-skulled poopie.

Otherwise, it's a 0 star experience.
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250 of 334 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Crystal Numbskull October 10, 2008
Format:DVD
Personal sadness and disappointment here: what a great franchise this was, what a lovable character, now destroyed by pure Lucasian incompetence. I'd really loved all the first three movies, because in my opinion, they were perfect examples for timeless adventure classics and movie magic extraordinaire, each in its own style. Indy himself was one of my childhood heroes ... heck, I even loved the TV series (well, mostly), but when I saw this one, I almost puked my guts out. Honestly, I wanted to like it badly, but this flick is so incredibly stupid, so inconsistent and amazingly badly written, it's plain unbearable. All things which made the other movies so great are missing: the excitement of discovery, the thrilling adventure, the enjoyable character relations, the sarcastic yet charming humor, the over-the-top but still believable action scenes - all gone. What remains is this brainless, soulless, uninspired load of junk that (sadly) will score at the box office anyway, just because it's Indy - sort of. But worst of all, as you can clearly see in almost every take, the love is gone from the franchise. Even Harrison Ford looks mostly like he's just going through the motions. For my part, I blame it all on the ABSOLUTELY CRAPPY AND THOROUGHLY DUMB SCRIPT that 1) DENIES THE ACTORS ALMOST EVERY POSSIBILITY TO ACT (Karen Allen being the worst example) and 2) has literally everything that also made the star wars prequels fail: the ham-fisted dialogue, the completely ridiculous "storytelling", forced character development and relations, plot holes one could fly the death star through, overused CGI effects, the lamest humor imaginable ... the list goes on and on. Read more ›
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15 of 19 people found the following review helpful
By Rykre
Format:DVD
I thought that "Indiana Jones and The Last Crusade" was pretty bad, but this is the ultimate stinker! Why did they do this? Harrison Ford is old and decrepit these days. The sound man probably had to edit out all his wheezing when he just bent down to pick up his hat. So I can imagine he was struggling a lot with some of the scenes where a stuntman wouldn't work. And that energetic "Indiana Jones" theme music was ridiculous to hear knowing that Harrison Ford was probably ready to pass out from running so much on the screen.

No, I won't be buying this DVD. God, I hope they don't do another "Indiana Jones", at least not with Harrison Ford. It's OK to get another younger actor. They do for James Bond and it seems to work.

"Indiana Jones" is a great saga to continue (perhaps with a better story writer), but Harrison Ford should move on to something else. How about "Grumpy Old Men III".

I hope I can convince my kids to watch "Raiders of the Lost Ark" and "Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom" now that I've seen them put their fingers to their noses to this one. I can't blame them that they were disappointed watching this with me.

And one more thing; CGI is really killing the appeal of movie these days. It's like watching cartoons being put in the movie and we're suppose to take it seriously? The old-fashion visual effects and the lack of CGI is probably the reason why the original "Star Wars" trilogy was more visually believable and entertaining than the over-saturated CGI effects of the "Star Wars" prequel.

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4.0 out of 5 stars The boys and I loved the movie
The boys and I loved the movie. We might of enjoyed the other Indiana Jones movies more, but this is good to have with your collection.
Published 20 hours ago by Sheila Lyons
4.0 out of 5 stars Nothing New Except Entertainment Value
Indiana Jones And The Kingdom Of The Crystal Skull is the fourth movie of the franchise.Though the plot elements are certainly familiar, it still delivers the thrills and Harrison... Read more
Published 2 days ago by DESERTMAN40
4.0 out of 5 stars A great finish to the Indy series
A great finish to the Indy series. A little too much alien stuff for my taste, but still a good movie!
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2.0 out of 5 stars Indiana Jones is Back! And badder than ever, Literally.
Indiana Jones is Back! And Badder than ever, literally. In the 4th installment of this well recognized franchise we see Harisson Ford put the hat and whip back on, Despite seeing... Read more
Published 12 days ago by JAB
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Thank you ...
Published 20 days ago by Ana M. Magriz
2.0 out of 5 stars Just Meh.
I could have gone the rest of my life without seeing this, but was baited by the originals done years ago. Def not up to par for Indiana Jones fans.
Published 1 month ago by Coach Red
3.0 out of 5 stars LUCAS and SPIELBERG MADE GOING to MOVIES FUN AGAIN
Not the best of the Indiana Jones movies, 19 years in between adventures was way too long, but die-hard Indy fans may overlook that and still think back to 1989! Read more
Published 1 month ago by tony s.
5.0 out of 5 stars LOVE IT.. a must see
LOVE IT.. a must see
Published 1 month ago by E.J.S.
1.0 out of 5 stars One Star
Gilligan's Island.
Published 1 month ago by Uilem
4.0 out of 5 stars Not a classic, but still a good movie!
After a 19 year hiatus, Indiana Jones returns with another film. It is a good installment, but not a masterpiece like the original three. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Craig Johnston II
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**Commentary?**
Spielberg does not allow commentary tracks on the films he directs. He feels it destroys the magic of the movies.
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