Indiana Jones: The Adventure Collection
The world's favorite whip-wielding archaeologist gets a new DVD reissue
Reviewed by Rick Klaw, Fri., May 23, 2008
Indiana Jones: The Adventure CollectionParamount, $59.98 (set), $29.98 (individually)
By way of 1930s movie serials, exotic locales, and witty scripts, the Indiana Jones films introduced one of the most popular and exciting action heroes of the 20th century. The whip-wielding archaeologist Indiana Jones, portrayed by the rakish Harrison Ford, challenged world-dominating Nazis and power-hungry Kali worshippers through three highly successful, rousing adventures: Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981), Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom (1984), and Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade (1989). In anticipation of the fourth installment, Paramount has reissued the three movies as Indiana Jones: The Adventure Collection, available separately or as a set.
Each film's disc includes a new introduction by creators George Lucas and Steven Spielberg, well-produced short pieces that offer fascinating tidbits. The aloof Lucas explains why, in opposition to Spielberg, he insisted that the sensational Karen Allen not return after Raiders. Lucas decided that not only should each adventure be self-contained but should feature a different leading lady, as well. Spielberg disliked the whole Temple of Doom experience, excepting, of course, the part where he met his future wife, Kate Capshaw. In a likable, intelligent manner, Spielberg argues that the script and ideas for Doom were inferior to the standards established by the first film and later reinforced by the third movie.
Each disc contains two additional short documentaries, storyboards, and photo galleries. The discs for Raiders and Last Crusade, like the films themselves, contain the best pieces: "The Mystery of the Melting Face," a behind-the-scenes look at the special effects of the climatic scene in Raiders, and "Indy's Women Reminisce," featuring Allen, Capshaw, and Alison Doody in conversation about their roles.
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