Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull (Two-Disc Special Edition)
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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.
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.Read more ›
An excerpt from my review on Pirates: Dead Man's Chest applies flawlessly here:
"It suffers from all the pitfalls you fear going into a sequel...bloated budget, very little growth from the main characters, overly-complicated plot, countless unnecessary scenes of which very few carry any sort of punch, etc."
It's clear from the outset that Lucas and Spielberg were zeroed in on the punchy, pulp fiction action that Indy was first conceived, vs. catering to a more modern, movie-going audience. If you go into it expecting a freshly scripted, character-enriching experience, you'll likely be disappointed. If you're looking for a nostalgic popcorn-popper, chances are you'll be satisfied.
Many will cry foul over the film's plot being related to aliens. That was the center of pulp fiction in the 50s and clearly that was important to the writers here. I can't argue with the creators in terms of their subject matter, but I will say this: the alien theme, while I understand its origins in the mind of the filmmakers, was a big and VERY NEEDLESS jump in the genre. It reminded me of what a new writer does to a previously existing successful series in any medium, such as a TV show, or comic book. They've got hundreds, if not thousands, of mythologies to choose from and they settle on...campy, American pop culture? A really risky premise and unfortunately, a theme that Lucas insisted on. But hey! It's Lucas' baby, we need to accept the premise to move on, which bring me to frankly, the biggest and most glaring problem....the STORY/SCRIPT/PLOT.
1. The entire Area 51 sequence: TOTALLY UNNECESSARY. The story could easily have started from the university.Read more ›
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Love Indiana Jones........ But really poor script with ludicrous ending that has spoilt a really amazing trilogy even with TOD flaws.Published 4 days ago by steven mccrory
Blu looks nice but the story / execution def not up to par with rest of the series. Raiders, Crusade, Temple and Kingdom (a distant fourth place) in that order of my viewing... Read morePublished 9 days ago by Seb T.
Terrible, Terrible, Terrible. A horribly cartoonish joke version of an Indiana Jones movie...even if it was intentional, it's still bad.Published 21 days ago by Hdale
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|Sigh... more pre-release blu-ray "reviews..."||
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
|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
|Will There Be Changes To The Blu-Ray Editions?||
No, Spielberg said himself there WILL NOT be any changes what so ever. I guess he learned his lesson when he changed ET.
Jun 14, 2012 by Comm. John | See all 8 posts
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