Raiders of the Lost Ark (Widescreen Edition) [VHS]
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The extras on this disc definitely do NOT warrant purchasing this edition if you already own the previously-released Indy Trilogy DVD set. The extras can basically be summed up in a word: "meh." Each of the handful of featurettes is around 10 minutes or less, and there are no surprises. Some brief "making-of" clips from the filming of "Raiders" are semi-interesting, but are all very short. Another featurette is just a bunch of actors from the series making bland comments about how great Indiana Jones is, set to overly-familiar clips from the various movies (Watch Indy run from the giant ball! Now watch him shoot the swordsman!). The endless repetition of clips from the movie is one of the tiresome aspects of DVD bonus material, and serves mainly to make you so sick of the film that you don't want to see it again for awhile!
The best featurette is the one about how they did the "melting face," but even this is short and, really, no great shakes. Next is the apparently mandatory "for interest to fanatics only" stuff like storyboards and a gallery of production stills. Finally, there's a brief commercial for the Lego Indiana Jones video game, which actually (and tellingly) is one of the more entertaining of the extras.Read more ›
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 first three 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.
Raiders was the first in the series. In 1936, having barely survived an unsuccessful attempt to find (OK) and bring home (whoops!) an ancient idol from Peru, Indiana Jones is recruited in a race against the Nazis to recover the Ark of the Covenant (yes, the one mentioned in the Bible, but with lots of added mythology), which is reputed to have the power to make an army invincible.Read more ›
The action is masterfully handled by Spielberg, especially in the classic opening scene where Indy avoids a series of lethal booby traps to obtain a rare idol, only to have a giant boulder start rolling after him. Indy's reply when asked how he's going to catch up with a truck is "I don't know, i'm making this up as I go!" That classic line sums up the off-the-cuff action sequences which are all reminiscent of the building tension and excitement of the spirit of the old serials of the 50's. John Williams' score for the film has become one of the most instantly recognizable movie theme tunes ever composed, except for JAWS and STAR WARS (Anyone who asks what's so great about John Williams, just ask them to hum notes from any movie, and it'll be Williams) and is one of the most popular soundtracks of all time. And the supporting cast of Karen Allen, Paul Freeman, Ronald Lacey, John Rhys-Davies and Denholm Elliott elevates the film to true classic status.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Watch this with the family and it was another winner for my 7 & 8 year olds!Published 5 days ago by Aydorene
It was fun to rewatch this movie after many years. This movie is a classic adventure film. I remember loving this movie (and Harrison Ford) when it first came out. Read morePublished 5 days ago by Mommy Marmar
One of my favorite adventure films! Tomb Raider was based on Indiana, but Indiana Jones will always be my favorite.Published 7 days ago by Thatguy
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|Anyone else having audio issues with this DVD?||
I thought I was crazy while watching it. The audio seemed to be very loud during non-dialogue scenes, then quiet when there was dialogue, almost to the point of not being able to make out what was being said. I think it is very noticeable when Indy is running from the natives to the sea plane... Read More
Jun 23, 2008 by Matt Levine | See all 3 posts
|what does 'special edition' mean?||
Thanks for answering a question that had been on my mind. I could not for the life of me remember the title of the original film as being Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark. I really thought my mind was slipping for a minute there!
Sep 28, 2012 by James N. Smith | See all 3 posts
|Raiders on Blu Ray in 2011...||
(I hope George doesn't try to "improve" it, that would suck, please, Steven, you are my only hope, please prevent that!)
Jan 30, 2012 by Rock Fan | See all 2 posts
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