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Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom (Special Edition) (1984)

Harrison Ford , Kate Capshaw , Steven Spielberg  |  PG |  DVD
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (278 customer reviews)

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Product Details

  • Actors: Harrison Ford, Kate Capshaw, Jonathan Ke Quan, Amrish Puri, Roshan Seth
  • Directors: Steven Spielberg
  • Format: Multiple Formats, AC-3, Color, Dolby, Dubbed, NTSC, Special Edition, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 5.1), French (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround), Spanish (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish, French
  • Dubbed: French, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: Paramount
  • DVD Release Date: May 13, 2008
  • Run Time: 118 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (278 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0014Z4ON4
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #18,651 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom (Special Edition)" on IMDb

Special Features

  • Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom: An introduction by Steven Spielberg & George Lucas
  • Creepy Crawlies
  • Locations
  • Storyboard sequence: The Mine Cart Chase
  • Galleries
  • Lego Indiana Jones: The Original Adventures game demo and trailer

Editorial Reviews

It’s hard to imagine that a film with worldwide box office receipts topping $300 million worldwide could be labeled a disappointment, but some moviegoers considered Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom, the second installment in Steven Spielberg and George Lucas’ 1980s adventure trilogy, to be just that. That doesn’t mean it’s a bad effort; any collaboration between these two cinema giants (Spielberg directed, while Lucas provided the story and was executive producer) is bound to have more than its share of terrific moments, and Temple of Doom is no exception. But in exchanging the very real threat of Nazi Germany for the cartoonish Thuggee cult, it loses some of the heft of its predecessor (Raiders of the Lost Ark); on the other hand, it’s also the darkest and most disturbing of the three films, what with multiple scenes of children enslaved, a heart pulled out of a man’s chest, and the immolation of a sacrificial victim, which makes it less fun than either Raiders or The Last Crusade, notwithstanding a couple of riotous chase scenes and impressively grand sets. Many fans were also less than thrilled with the new love interest, a spoiled, querulous nightclub singer portrayed by Kate Capshaw, but a cute kid sidekick ("Short Round," played by Ke Huy Quan) and, of course, the ever-reliable Harrison Ford as the cynical-but-swashbuckling hero more than make up for that character’s shortcomings.

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

Product Description

The second of the George Lucas/Steven Spielberg Indiana Jones epics is set a year or so before the events in Raiders of the Lost Ark (1984). After a brief brouhaha involving a precious vial and a wild ride down a raging Himalyan river, Indy (Harrison Ford) gets down to the problem at hand: retrieving a precious gem and several kidnapped young boys on behalf of a remote East Indian village. His companions this time around include a dimbulbed, easily frightened nightclub chanteuse (Kate Capshaw), and a feisty 12-year-old kid named Short Round (Quan Ke Huy). Throughout, the plot takes second place to the thrills, which include a harrowing rollercoaster ride in an abandoned mineshaft and Indy's rescue of the heroine from a ritual sacrifice. There are also a couple of cute references to Raiders of the Lost Ark, notably a funny variation of Indy's shooting of the Sherpa warrior.

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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Always My Favorite December 24, 2011
By Roman G
This has been my favorite of the Indiana Jones movies since I was a child, and it continues to be so. The visual splendor is amazing. From the streets to Shanghai to the forbidding Indian Palace... it's all very surreal. The soundtrack has all of the charm from Raiders with new, more intense, and emotional themes. A great adventure from start to finish.
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12 of 15 people found the following review helpful
IMHO, I acknowledge only two Indiana Jones movies worthy of greatness: the Original Raiders movie and this, the Temple of Doom. The other two Indy films: Last Crusade and Kingdom of the Crystal Skull are poorly paced, contrived, tired, simplistic and very derivative. I know many people disagree with this assessment, but hold Temple of Doom against the other two movies, and you will see the weaknesses: thin plotlines, poor action sequences, tired pacing and inferior storytelling. The last two movies that simply don't measure up to the first two.

TOD is definitely the darkest of the Indy films; watching the adventure unfold, you are literally lowered into the pits of hell, in the face of true evil and darkness, with one of the strongest villains in film history. This very movie created the PG-13 rating category, which says alot about the level of horror portrayed. Like Raiders, TOD is a fast paced adventure rocket ride that features superb photography, exotic locations, a wonderful new original musical score by John Williams and rip roaring action sequences that stand as textbook examples on how to expertly film an action movie. The various action sequences have a natural flow to them that are physically credible, well sequenced and exciting. Short Round and Willie Scott are Indy's companions in this sequel, and both add sporadic necessary humor and lightheartedness to break up and balance off the extremely dark and nightmarish sequences. Despite Spielberg's personal opinion about TOD not being his favorite Indy movie, I consider this film one of Spielberg's greatest film achievements. From beginning to the end, you are on the edge of your seat. This is pure adventure in the spirit of the old movie serials.
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13 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A more darker, complex Indy Jones tale! September 10, 1999
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Format:VHS Tape
"Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom" is a great departure from the first Indy movie. While still being filled with over-the-top acting, effects, and stunts, the violence is much more intense. This was the movie that caused the MPAA to create the "PG-13" rating.
That's not to say that the story shouldn't be viewed by most kids. Like anything else, it should be viewed first by the parents who should make the final decision. The strong violence, most of which is still in the comic-book style of "Raiders," goes down a darker road with much of it being directed at the children who are victims of the evil in this story. The most intense scene though (when a human heart is literally dug by hand out of a man's chest who sacrifices himself to the Hindu god Kali) is completely impossible but one that must be explained to the innocent mind of children.
Despite the extreme script, it's still a Spielberg, Lucas creation that's filled with imaginative images and a more fulfilling end to this chapter of the globe-trotting, two-fisted archaeologist Indiana Jones, played again wonderfully by Harrison Ford.
This is a must see for anyone who loves action/adventure stories and yes, it even has a little romance thrown in too (thanks to Kate Capshaw, the current Mrs. Spielberg).
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I will start by saying I have a soft spot for Raiders of the Lost Ark. I saw it in the theater in 1981, then watched it endlessly on cable in 1982. I was obsessed with the Atari video game at the time, and even just got a copy of that back in my hands for the first time in 30+ years. But by the time the sequel came out I had other interests and didn't see it. I caught occasional bits on TV here and there, but never felt the slightest urge to see it all the way though. When I saw The Last Crusade, I did like that one.

I purchased the Indiana Jones blu-ray set from Amazon, being lured in by the brief low price of $36 with free shipping. I watched Raiders for the first time in years, and still enjoyed it. It's typical Spielberg, which is normally by no means a compliment, but he does occasionally make a movie that I can enjoy, despite its shortcomings. And let me say that I CANNOT STAND John Williams' movie scores. His themes are so bombastic and over the top that I always dive for the remote to turn the TV down.

Having never seen The Temple of Doom all the way through, I found this to be a good excuse to finally give it a go. My original impressions of the bits I've seen were only amplified. This movie is terrible!! The Asian kid is remarkably annoying, and his shrill voice is very much akin to nails on a chalk board. I found myself wincing every time he interjected. The amount of gore is way over the top, especially for a PG movie. There were way too many things to make the viewer squirm - snakes inside snakes, insect eating, and bizarre creatures crawling all over. It was relentless. But what else was really painful was there was no seriousness about the film. It was almost like a cartoon with stupid attempts at wit and humor in every situation.
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