Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom
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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
- Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom: An introduction by Steven Spielberg & George Lucas
- Creepy Crawlies
- Storyboard sequence: The Mine Cart Chase
- Lego Indiana Jones: The Original Adventures game demo and trailer
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