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Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom (Special Edition)
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Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom brings you non-stop thrills and excitement like nothing you’ve ever experienced. Indy (Harrison Ford), his sidekick Short Round and nightclub singer Willie Scott (Kate Capshaw) go from high-flying action above the Himalayas to a nail-biting runaway mine car chase and finally a spine-tingling escape from a fortress-like mine in India. Hang on tight as the world’s ultimate action hero takes you on a heart-pumping roller-coaster ride of adventure that’s guaranteed to keep you on the edge of your seat.
Harrison Ford as Indiana Jones
Kate Capshaw as Willie Scott
Jonathan Ke Quan as Short Round
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Archaeologist Jones bails out over the 1935 Himalayas with a blonde and a Chinese orphan. Directed by Steven Spielberg.
Its hard to imagine that a film with worldwide box office receipts topping $300 million worldwide could be labeled a disappointment, but some moviegoers considered Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom, the second installment in Steven Spielberg and George Lucas 1980s adventure trilogy, to be just that. That doesnt mean its a bad effort; any collaboration between these two cinema giants (Spielberg directed, while Lucas provided the story and was executive producer) is bound to have more than its share of terrific moments, and Temple of Doom is no exception. But in exchanging the very real threat of Nazi Germany for the cartoonish Thuggee cult, it loses some of the heft of its predecessor (Raiders of the Lost Ark); on the other hand, its also the darkest and most disturbing of the three films, what with multiple scenes of children enslaved, a heart pulled out of a mans chest, and the immolation of a sacrificial victim, which makes it less fun than either Raiders or The Last Crusade, notwithstanding a couple of riotous chase scenes and impressively grand sets. Many fans were also less than thrilled with the new love interest, a spoiled, querulous nightclub singer portrayed by Kate Capshaw, but a cute kid sidekick ("Short Round," played by Ke Huy Quan) and, of course, the ever-reliable Harrison Ford as the cynical-but-swashbuckling hero more than make up for that characters shortcomings.
A six-minute introduction by Lucas and Spielberg is the prime special feature, with both men candidly addressing the films good and bad points (Lucas points out that the second Star Wars film, The Empire Strikes Back, was also the darkest of the original three; as for Spielberg, the fact that the leading lady would soon become his wife was the best part of the whole trip). Also good are "The Creepy Crawlies," a mini-doc about the thousands of snakes, bugs, rats and other scary critters that populate the trilogy, and "Travels with Indy," a look at some of the films cool locations. Storyboards and a photo gallery are included as well. --Sam Graham
- Is Discontinued By Manufacturer : No
- MPAA rating : s_medPG PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
- Product Dimensions : 7.5 x 5.5 x 0.5 inches; 4 Ounces
- Item model number : 132834
- Director : Steven Spielberg
- Media Format : Multiple Formats, Color, Dolby, AC-3, Dubbed, NTSC, Special Edition, Subtitled, Widescreen
- Run time : 1 hour and 58 minutes
- Release date : May 13, 2008
- Actors : Harrison Ford, Kate Capshaw, Jonathan Ke Quan, Amrish Puri, Roshan Seth
- Dubbed: : French, Spanish
- Subtitles: : English, Spanish, French
- Language : English (Dolby Digital 5.1), French (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround), Spanish (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround), Unqualified
- Studio : Paramount
- ASIN : B0014Z4ON4
- Country of Origin : USA
- Number of discs : 1
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The first thing that stands out is that the writing took a step backwards from Raiders of the Lost Ark. There Jones was partnered with Marion (Karen Allen) who was his equal in terms of toughness and willingness to fight. Here you get Willie who spends almost her entire time on screen complaining, screaming and whining. There were scenes created specifically for her to freak out like when they’re in the jungle and she runs into a bunch of animals. It gets really annoying.
When Jones and company show up at the palace there was also a lot of bad exoticization of Indian culture. They go to a feast where snakes, bugs, soup with eyeballs in it and monkey brain are served. India was still foreign enough for the writers to portray it as a very strange and odd place that a Westerner would be disgusted by. It’s very disrespectful.
Overall it seemed like The Temple of Doom was a takeoff of an old exploitation movie. Hence the dinner, the cult, etc. That makes it by far the worse out of the four Indiana Jones films. I’m still a sucker for the series so I still watch the movie when it’s on but it’s just a disappointment.
To those who say this is "a horrible movie": Did you fail to notice that Dr. Jones puts aside (temporarily, at least) his quest for personal "Fortune and Glory" because...because why? Because he sees that hundreds of children...CHILDREN, for crying out loud!...have been kidnapped and used as SLAVE LABORERS in a mining operation. He sees they are starving, he sees them being whipped before his very eyes. This makes Indy very, very angry. Just as he despises Nazis, Indy despises those who would treat children in this manner. (Indy also hates snakes, but there I disagree with him philosophically/aesthetically. I think snakes are beautiful and magnificent! Sorry about this little digression!) Being Indiana Jones, he will not be content to start a petition demanding the release of the children. He will swing into personal action! Yay, Dr. Jones!! There is still some decency in the world after all, you see. Well, this was 1935, of course. You grasp my point, though, yes?
I understand that a just-published book by a well-known film critic posits that Mr. Spielberg has "issues with women." That this is manifested in his treatment of Kate Capshaw's character ('Willie') in this movie in particular. Yes, she is made the butt of a running series of sight gags wherein she is menaced by real dangers, with Indy dismissing her screams of terror as hysterical overreactions to being in an unfamiliar environment. You know, "typical woman stuff." But is this movie not, among other things, a wicked satire of the "Saturday morning adventure serials" of the 1930s/1940s in which, if a woman character is running from danger, we may bet she will trip and twist an ankle? So our manly hero will be forced to pluck her from her undignified situation and carry her to safety? Hmmm? Are the "set pieces"/stunt work way over the top, quite preposterous indeed? Of course they are!! Precisely because THIS IS a satire! Great Caesar's Ghost, does no one retain a sense of humor nowadays? A final note: I am not an expert on the real history of the Thugees sect, but if their leader in this story isn't one of the most effectively scary villains of 1980s filmmaking I don't know who the heck we'd substitute for him. I doff my own fedora to Dr. Jones and Steven Spielberg...Oh, right, this is a Blu-ray. The image is mostly very sharp, even in dimly-lighted scenes, and the audio will rattle your floorboards if you give it a chance. Unless you're watching it on your phone or a tablet! But why the devil would you want to do that if you're a real movie lover?!?
If you've never watched these movies, change that. Don't be like my mom and think these are horror movies and refuse to watch them. Sure, there are scary parts, because these movies are adventure films. But definitely not horror. :)
This movie has the stunning Kate Capshaw screaming her head off - LOL! And Harrison Ford is simply incredible in one of his iconic roles. John Williams is at the peak of his composing game as well.
The movie isn't flawless, but I love every minute of it.
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DVD plays perfectly well but the 'very good' quality did not match other second hand DVDs that I have had with the same description. Case a bit dishevelled and dirty feeling. DVD badly marked but as I stated it plays perfectly.
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