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The Adventures of Young Indiana Jones, Volume Two - The War Years

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The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles was based on the Indiana Jones series of films. The series follows the Indiana Jones character (as a young boy and as a young man) as he was growing up and experiencing his early adventures, where he gets into trouble, learns life lessons and encounters various historical figures along the way. The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles was filmed on location all over the world ~ including England, Russia, Spain, Czechoslovakia, Kenya, France, India, China, Austria, Egypt, the United States, Morocco, Ireland, Italy, Africa, Turkey, Greece and Thailand.

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George Lucas’ The Adventures of Young Indiana Jones: Volume Two, The War Years continues the extraordinary narrative, historical, and production achievements found in Volume One. As with the first series, each feature-length program (re-editing material from the original, one-hour broadcasts to smooth out the chronology of Jones’ experiences as a child and young man) resembles a theatrical experience more than episodic television. Each drama is remarkably rich in layered detail, shedding light on major events, figures, and ideas from a pivotal era in world history. Where Volume One largely focused on the early childhood of Indiana Jones as he traveled the world in the company of his parents, meeting the likes of Picasso, Tolstoy, Freud, and T.E. Lawrence, Volume Two is exclusively concerned with Jones’ experiences during World War I. This time, Jones (Sean Patrick Flanery, introduced in the final episodes of Volume One) is serving in the infantry of the Belgian army under an assumed name, eventually rising in rank from corporal to captain and becoming a spy after paying extensive, nightmarish dues on the war’s front line in Europe. The series captures some of the horror of World War I’s most infamous battles, directly inserting Jones into the thick of the action at Verdun, the Somme, the Middle East, and elsewhere. In time, Jones is repeatedly recruited to become a secret agent, going undercover in Austria to help forge a separate peace between the last Habsburg emperor and the allies, and playing a crucial part in the survival of British and Australian forces crossing a merciless desert. Along the way, Indy befriends Bolsheviks preparing for the Russian Revolution, has a romance with Mata Hari, attempts a prison break with Charles de Gaulle, and has a wonderful encounter with Albert Schweitzer. As with Volume One, this follow-up box set includes an astonishing number of excellent special features, primarily dynamic documentaries about many of the real-life people and incidents introduced in the stories. These extras provide much depth and analysis without being at all dry; a creative history teacher would do well to incorporate them (and, for that matter, the shows themselves) in a class about the 20th century. --Tom Keogh

Special Features

  • More than two dozen in-depth documentaries
  • Interactive timeline
  • Interactive game
  • Eight full-length episodes: Trenches of Hell, Demons of Deception; Phantom Train of Doom; Oganga, the Giver and Taker of Life; Attack of the Hawkmen; Adventures in the Secret Service; Espionage Escapades; Daredevils of the Desert

Product Details

  • Actors: Sean Patrick Flanery
  • Format: Box set, Color, NTSC, Full Screen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo)
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 9
  • Rated:
    NR
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  • Studio: Paramount
  • DVD Release Date: December 18, 2007
  • Run Time: 726 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (98 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000W4TGIQ
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,910 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Adventures of Young Indiana Jones, Volume Two - The War Years" on IMDb

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By Brandon J. Smith VINE VOICE on December 29, 2007
Format: DVD
One thing's for sure: this is a very different Young Indiana Jones than is found in the Volume 1 collection. Because the episodes of The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles we compiled into movies and then arranged chronologically, almost the entire volume 1 set followed the precocious child version of Indy. With volume 2, we're fully in the world of the teenage Indiana Jones - or, "Henri Defense," as he would claim to be in order to join the Belgian army. As with the early adventures, Indy encounters many famous historical figures, but there the similarities end. The focus is now much more on the horrors of war and Indy's growth from boy to man, through his varied experiences both in war and love.

The production value is first rate, the war sequences extremely well done and often brutal to watch. The battle sequences are as good or better than most modern war movies. Unlike the adventures of boy-Indy, these episodes are not meant for children of all ages. This is definitely PG-13 stuff, at least (in particularly, I'm thinking of a moment in which rats are seen crawling over dead soldiers on a Verdun battlefield - gruesome stuff. There are also some surprisingly explicit sex scenes thrown in). None of it goes over the top, but it's definitely a more intense viewing experience.

A personal favorite of mine is the second disc, "Demons of Deception." In the second half, written by Carrie Fischer, Indiana Jones is on leave in Paris, where he has a love affair with Mata Hari. An extremely well-done episode, all of Indy's best and worst traits are revealed, from his idealism and enthusiasm to his possessiveness and occasional hypocrisy.

Each disc has a number of bonus materials, short documentaries about the era and some of the historical figures featured in the episodes. They are for the most part very well done and are a nice addition to the collection.
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The second in a three volume set of the Adventures of Young Indiana Jones has been released and Paramount is certainly wasting no time in getting these out in anticipation of the new Indiana Jones film. The second volume features 8 full length episodes over 9 discs, with the last disc being an interactive bonus disc. Once again the set is packed with historical documentaries, some two-dozen, that relate to the themes of the episodes.

Those who might be looking for an Indiana Jones lite may be surprised to know that there is little mention of archaeology or treasure hunting in these episodes. In fact, the set might me subtitled "The War Years" as these adventures are set against the backdrop of World War I. Each full length episode runs approximately 90 minutes. Some are two connected episodes from the TV show while others were shot as full length features. We follow Indy's exploits first as a corporal in the Belgian army and later as an agent for the French Secret Service.

The opening movie, "Trenches of Hell" deals with the horrors of war as Indy is on the front lines, joined by his friend Remy (Ronny Coutteure). His unit is assigned to take a chateau occupied by the Germans. While not gory, the battle scenes are quite intense. Soldiers are shot, blown up, gassed, and burned alive with flame throwers. These are massive and very well-framed scenes, especially for a TV show. Indy is eventually captured and sent to a prison that is supposed to be escape-proof. There he meets Charles De Gaulle, then a captain, and they plot their escape.

In "Demons of Deception" Indy is now a runner for the French army. Several top generals argue over an attack which will be a disaster if it goes on as planned.
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According to the 1999 VHS releases, George Lucas set out to create a series that would take a subject reviled by many a student and make it more accessible. The extras on the disc are to provide an accurate (as reasonably accurate as possible anyway) historical perspective of the fictional stories contained in the set. Many of the subjects to be covered in this release do not fall into the repertoire of so-called "common knowledge" but provide incredibly valuable lessons and information.

Lucas has set out to make these sets about the history instead of burying it with one or two 20-minute featurettes as many a modern film release would have done. For this, I think he should be applauded, not lambasted.
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As someone who never got to see these episodes the first time around, I was curious to what they were like and how much of the Indiana Jones character they managed to capture. Needless to say, I was amazed and delighted. While there is no archaeology, there is plenty of adventure. While there is no Harrison Ford, Sean Patrick Flanery does a splendid job as young Indy. Indeed, these episodes show how the character of Indy comes to be the adventurer we first see in Raiders. The production values are impressive and the acting is some of the finest I ever saw in a television show. Matter of fact, these seem more like miniature movies than a TV show and is well worth the time of any Indiana Jones fan. Below is a list and description of the episodes contained in this collection:

Trenches of Hell: Finds Indy and his pal Remy encountering the horrors of war. Along the way, Indy gets captured and meets Charles de Gaulle. A very intense episode and prepares you for what is to follow in this volume.

Demons of Deception: Indy is now a motorcycle courier and faces a moral dilemma concerning the orders he is carrying. Afterwards, he encounters Mata Hari and two begin having an affair.

Phantom Train of Doom: My personal favorite in this collection. Indy falls in with a group of rag tag specialists who are ordered to find a German weapon.

Oganga, The Giver and Taker of Life: Indy and Remy meet Albert Schweitzer in the African Congo.

Attack of the Hawkmen: This episode largely features on the planes and airmen of World War I, where Indy encounters The Red Baron - Manfred Von Richthofen

Adventures in The Secret Service: Here, Indy must escort two nobles into Austria in hopes of a plan that could shorten the war.
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