Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom (Special Edition)
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A six-minute introduction by Lucas and Spielberg is the prime special feature, with both men candidly addressing the films 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
- Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom: An introduction by Steven Spielberg & George Lucas
- Creepy Crawlies
- Storyboard sequence: The Mine Cart Chase
- Lego Indiana Jones: The Original Adventures game demo and trailer
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Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom is a very good film. Ford is excellent as usual, Kate Capshaw (the future Mrs. Spielberg) is kooky and kind of endearing, and Short Round is a decent kid sidekick (at least you don't want Indy to throw under the tracks or anything like that). Spielberg's direction is excellent as usual, and I haven't heard people complaining about this one like they have about the latest entry. This is a film that should be revisited.
It's one of those you-love-it-or-you-hate-it films, even amongst Indiana Jones fans. I know quite a few fans who think it's the best out of all four of the films. I also know quite a few who'd like to forget it was ever made.
The film (4/5):
After a near-fatal encounter with Chinese gangsters in Shanghai and a harrowing airplane escape, Indy (Harrison Ford) finds himself stranded in the heart of the Indian sub-continent. He and his companions, resourceful pint-sized sidekick Short Round (Ke Huy Qan) and whiny spoiled nightclub singer Willie Scott (Kate Capshaw), encounter the shaman of a small village which has fallen on very hard times lately. The shaman says that the village's children have been kidnapped, and all of the crops have failed. He and his fellow villagers believe that these tragedies have happened because their religious artifact, a polished brown stone with three white lines carved into one side of it, was stolen and taken to Pankot Palace, home of the regional governor known as the Maharajah.
Indy believes the stone to be one of the five legendary lost Sankara Stones. Seeing visions of personal fortune and glory, he agrees to travel to Pankot and retrieve the stone. Once there, he and his friends quickly discover why the stone was stolen. The Thuggee cult, worshippers of the evil goddess Kali, believe that the stone and the two others they've discovered give them immense control of the minds of other people. Even the Maharajah is under their mind-control. The head priest, Mola-Ram (Amrish Puri), and his trusted lieutenant (Roshan Seth) take great pleasure offering human sacrifices to Kali.Read more ›
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.
The new releases will coincide with the new movie, Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, which comes out on May 22nd. They'll have new special features designed to introduce new Indy fans to the old movies, and to introduce old fans to the new movie.
The Indiana Jones movies are George Lucas's recreation/update of the serialized adventures of the 1930s and '40s. The original three movies were made in the '80s and set in the '30s. They feature Harrison Ford as a mild-mannered archeology professor who moonlights as an adventurous seeker of priceless antiquities. This takes him to exotic locations across the world, and gets him in some very tight spots of the kind that only a movie hero could get into, or out of. He invariably finds himself opposed by dangerous men with evil plans for the powerful objects only he has the skills to recover. There are elaborate set pieces with creepy critters, ancient traps, fights with weapons from bare hands to airplanes and tanks, and sometimes supernatural forces. Along the way Jones manages to have some romance too. Humor is a big part of the fun.
This is the second in the series but is set one year earlier than the first Indy movie, Raiders of the Lost Ark, in 1935. After barely surviving an attempt to acquire an antiquity in China, Indy finds himself in India with a woman friend and male sidekick (a trio as in all three films).Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Classic movie! Who doesn't love Indiana Jones?! Recommend it to everyone. Blu-ray is crisp and the Digital Copy is a good bonus so you can enjoy the film on your tablet or phone.Published 3 days ago by Thatguy
This was a favorite movie of mine when I was a kid. I have a 10 year old nephew and I like introducing him to old action flicks. Read morePublished 9 days ago by Amazon Customer
This was to replaced a cracked one in my trilogy... As usual a lot of action mix with some violence.... Harrison Ford is very good looking in this one... Read morePublished 9 days ago by Louise D.