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Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark 1981

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Accompanied by his feisty, independent ex-flame Marion Ravenwood (Karen Allen), the two-fisted archaeologist embarks on a thrilling quest to locate the mystical Ark of the Covenant. Indy must discover the Ark before the Nazis do, and he has to survive poison, traps, snakes and treachery to do so.

Starring:
Harrison Ford, Karen Allen
Runtime:
1 hour, 55 minutes

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Product Details

Genres Adventure, Action
Director Steven Spielberg
Starring Harrison Ford, Karen Allen
Supporting actors Paul Freeman, Ronald Lacey, John Rhys-Davies, Denholm Elliott, Alfred Molina, Wolf Kahler, Anthony Higgins, Vic Tablian, Don Fellows, William Hootkins, Bill Reimbold, Fred Sorenson, Patrick Durkin, Matthew Scurfield, Malcolm Weaver, Sonny Caldinez, Anthony Chinn, Pat Roach
Studio Paramount
MPAA rating PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
Captions and subtitles English Details
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Format Amazon Video (streaming online video)

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Format: DVD
"Raiders of the Lost Ark" is universally considered to be an extremely entertaining action/adventure movie, so I won't waste your time reviewing the film itself. If you've already seen it, you know it's awesome; if you haven't... well, to quote Indiana Jones himself: "Trust me." It actually does live up to the hype. What's truly important for those thinking about purchasing this "special edition," however, is a discussion of the bonus material.

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.
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I saw this movie in the theatre when it was released and was blown away by the characters and the film art of Spielberg. ET is widely credited as Spielberg's finest but I believe that Raiders is clearly his best.The movie is exceptionally well written and produced. Casting was brilliant and the editing and production all very well executed.

Raiders is filled with action, relentless action. It is both at times violent and graphic without being either gratuitous or gory. It has a female lead love interest that while mildly romantic is never sexist or exploitive outside of the development of the story.The script contains no profanity. The lost Ark of the covenant containing the stone tablets given to Moses by the Hebrew God which he then brought down . . . the ark is an artifact, a relic. Jones is an archeologist and his interest is purely academic.

The Ark is an object of great power, the bible speaks of it leveling mountains. An army that carries the Ark before it is invincible. Don't open your eyes Marian, don't look at it.

When the Ark is recovered and safely in the hands of the United States Government it will be kept in a safe location. What safe location asks Jones? A safe location where it's secrets will be studied by top people. What top people asks Jones? Top People. In the end the ark is again lost forever.

While I have seen it a hundred times, I watched it again the other evening having not seen it in years and found it to be just as entertaining and just as remarkable in the way it was produced. It is in my opinion the best action adventure film of all time - and one that you can take the kids to see.
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This production and its storyline and characters was new and fresh, so it came without any pre-conceptions. That, along with the great characterizations, snappy dialogue, and overall storytelling/production made this exciting to watch, even if for the "umpteenth" time. Harrison Ford really "played" the part and the personna. When viewed in perspective with the sequels that followed, some of them also were great, but the first episode definitely is the best.
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One of the best Indiana Jones installments. Still a classic that can stand alone, or be part of a collection of Indiana Jones films. Acting and the excitement generated in the film make the viewer believe she or he is part of the story.
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Format: DVD
I've probably seen "Raiders Of The Lost Ark" as many times as any other movie I've ever watched in my life. Each year or two from age 12 or so now to age 31, I've sat down and enjoyed this film. The amazing thing about it? It never seems to get old!

For a basic plot summary, "Raiders" sees archeology professor Dr. Indiana Jones (Harrison Ford) getting a tip that the Nazis are digging at the supposed place of the long-lost Ark of the Covenant. Armed with his trusty whip, adventurer's cap, leather jacket, and journal of clues, Indy rushes to Cairo for perhaps the greatest "find" of his life. Along the way, he meets up with old flame Marion (Karen Allen), as well as getting himself both in and out of numerous dramatic scrapes.

Almost without a doubt, "Raiders" set the standard to which action/adventure movies are now held. The music is eternal, the scale is large, and the action is always moving ahead despite still being able to support interesting characters/dialogue. Only helping matters is the fact that Ford is perfectly cast as Indy, creating what is at least in the conversation for most iconic film role of all-time. From the very first time you see Indy, you know that this guy is an adventurer through and through. It's tough to have such a visceral connection to a character without any background, but director Steven Spielberg makes it seem effortless.

I could go on and on about why "Raiders" is such a great film (both technically and culturally), but I'll suffice it to say that some 36 years after its initial theatrical release it still remains not only a classic in the "stuffy" sense, but also a movie that new viewers of today can appreciate just as much. People 36 years from now will be saying the same things...I'm sure of it!
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