The Adventures of Young Indiana Jones, Volume Two - The War Years
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- 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
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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.
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.Read more ›
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.
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.Read more ›
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The cinematography is superb! Overall, it's a well done production.Published 8 days ago by Robert Wick
I remember this series when it was on TV. It will be fun to see it again.Published 11 days ago by MsPop
Excellently written plots with many historical figures in these fictional stories.Published 1 month ago by Donald G. Cofrancesco
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