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Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark [VHS] [1981]

Harrison Ford , Karen Allen , Steven Spielberg    Parental Guidance   VHS Tape
4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (55 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Harrison Ford, Karen Allen, Paul Freeman, John Rhys-Davies, Ronald Lacey
  • Directors: Steven Spielberg
  • Writers: George Lucas, Lawrence Kasdan, Philip Kaufman
  • Producers: Frank Marshall, George Lucas, Howard G. Kazanjian, Robert Watts
  • Language: Arabic, English, German, Hebrew, Nepali, Spanish
  • Classification: PG
  • Studio: Paramount
  • VHS Release Date: 6 Mar 2000
  • Run Time: 115 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (55 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00004D389
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 400,862 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Steven Spielberg and George Lucas's 1981 resurrection of the Saturday-matinee adventure genre was deservedly popular, and kicked off a successful trilogy. Set in 1936, this first feature introduces Harrison Ford as Indiana Jones, an archaeologist and adventurer whose quests for rare antiquities frequently find him running from one menace or another. Raiders Of The Lost Ark finds Dr. Jones in the middle of a Nazi plot to use the mysterious powers of the Ark of the Covenant to win the war. Karen Allen plays the love interest with an old-fashioned "man's woman" appeal (she can drink anybody under the table and is free with her fists). The constant, cliffhanger appeal of the movie is great fun--one is always wondering how Indy will get out of one scrape after another--and Ford's career got a big boost with his self-effacing but masculine portrayal of the hero. --Tom Keogh

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First in the Indiana Jones trilogy, starring Harrison Ford as the bullwhip-wielding archaeologist and adventurer. The year is 1936, and Indy has been charged with retrieving the Ark of the Covenant, which US intelligence believes contains the original Ten Commandments. The agents of Hitler are also on the trail, however, and it is up to Indy and old flame Marion Ravenwood (Karen Allen) to get to the Ark first.

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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars See it again!!! 28 Dec 2010
Format:DVD
"Raiders" is the first and best of the Indiana Jones movies.

I have a hard time believing that anyone hasn't seen this movie so I'll skip the plot and go straight for the main reason you should watch it again. The transfer to DVD is absolutely stunning, probably the most impressive clean up I've ever seen. It really looks as though it could've been filmed yesterday.

The sound has been given a nice makeover as well. Forever a classic, this movie can't be seen too many times.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Latter day (almost) swashbuckler 16 Feb 2000
By A Customer
Format:VHS Tape
What a splendid intro to the trilogy. When this came out I was just a wee nipper but soon discovered that it wasn't just myself and other kids caught up in the fantasy. It's actually a sequel to Temple of doom set during the 2nd world war. Scary military police are on his trail even to Nepal, across to Eygypt culminating in a freaky scene where they open the ark of the covenant (I wont say whats in it).
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
By SiMo
Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
Lets face it, for anyone who bought the blu-ray boxset a couple of years ago just to get their hands on the (at the time) exclusive blu-ray edition of 'Raiders'... you know you did. No one wants the turkey that is (even by Spielberg's and Ford's admissions) the second film, ..... the third's so-so, and don't even get me started on the abysmal fourth film.

THIS is the jewel in the boxset, the classic first and best - AT LAST available on it's own and at a great price to boot.
Gorgeous re-mastered picture, punchy crisp sound. I've waited years to get my hands on this singular title and was not disappointed. You will not be either!. Buy it! :)
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars So so good 14 Aug 2013
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
My daughter saw the Indy show at disney this year and when we explained it was based on a film she asked to see it. I could hardly say no! It is a classic film, I don't know anyone who dislikes it. I did cover eyes during the face melting scene but the rest is not really that bad (even Alfred Molina's unfortunate demise). She loved it and so did we!
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5.0 out of 5 stars As perfect a movie as you'll ever get 17 Aug 2014
By Darren
Format:Blu-ray
Raiders of the Lost Ark (none of this "Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark" nonsense) is about as perfect a movie as you're ever likely to watch. It's my all-time favourite film. Riding the immediate success of his movie Star Wars, George Lucas handed to his mate Steven Spielberg an idea for a movie that would enter action movie legend, spawn three (inferior) sequels, a TV series and an iconic hero.

Based on the republic adventure serials, "Raiders" opens with a jungle set-piece that feels like the conclusion from some earlier episode. Our hero, archaeologist adventurer Indiana Jones finds a South American temple in 1936, and what follows is a breathtaking and gripping opener that sees him dodge traps, spikes, pits and a giant rolling boulder as he attempts to recover a gold treasure. Following this we get to catch our breath as we are shown his other life, as a professor in the classroom. Government agents warn him that the Nazis are seeking the mythical "Ark of the Covenant" and Jones must team up with old girlfriend Marion Ravenwood, and head first to Nepal and then to Egypt to try and recover the Ark before the Nazis do.

The film never lets up, with one superb set-piece after another, with some comedic moments in Cairo, a thrilling scene when he uses the sun to discover the location of the Ark in a discovered Map Room, the snake-infested Well of Souls, and a lengthy but superb chase scene involving the Ark on board a truck. Fights, skeletons, snakes, Nazis and even a submarine lead to the film's sinister conclusion.

Awesome, in every way, and nary a CGI effect in sight. If only films were still made like this!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Harrison Ford makes history come to life 29 Mar 2005
By bernie TOP 500 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Format:VHS Tape
This is the first in a series of fun to watch action packed movies based on what an archeologist should be. Being a first you will not notice the pattern of the film unless you are used to Saturday matinees.
We hit the deck running on this one as we see Indiana Jones making a John Wayne type of entrance. So much that you do not notice the dubious looking character next to him Statipo (Alfred Molina). Until he says "Give me the Idle and I will give you the whip."
Now settled down, after his near miss with the natives, Harrison Ford is a professor (Indiana Jones) teaching the fact that archeology is a search for facts not some thrill ride.
That very afternoon he is confronted by some government agents. It seems that his old professor Abner Ravenwood has disappeared. They picked up some radio transmissions that contained the name of Abner and a city Tannis. Immediately Indiana Jones knows that the Nazis (natural bad buys) are looking for the Ark of the Covenant (which can be used as a weapon of unspeakable power) and somehow he must bet them to it for the sake of the world.
He is helped by an old love interest Marion (Karen Allen) and rivaled by an old nemesis Dr. Rene Belloq (Paul Freeman).
Does it really exist?
How can he beat them to it?
Why is he on the outs with Abner?
Hold on for a thrill a minute and don't eat any bad dates.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars THE Greatest adventure ever! 22 April 2002
By A Customer
Format:VHS Tape
Indiana Jones is the epitimy of adventure films. Raiders of the Lost Ark is without a doubt the best adventure film ever made. It has action, suspense and romance. The only other adventure to rival Raiders is Bond who does not come close to being the adventure of Raiders. The only films to near Raiders level of adventure are Temple of Doom, and Last Crusade. I recommend Raiders of the lost ark to any adventure fan.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Who doesn't like Indie? A great film that I can now carry around with me! ^_^
Published 28 days ago by Alpha Luna
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Watch loads
Published 1 month ago by michelle Gregg
5.0 out of 5 stars Forgot how much I enjoyed it...
Watched this the other night with the family - of course we'd all seen it before, but there was much more to the film than I remembered - better than I expected!
Published 2 months ago by SN
4.0 out of 5 stars A good Harrison Ford fix for the women of the household.
Still a good film, despite me feel old and the kids saying how 'plasticy' the melting baddies looked at the end. Under-10s these days: hmmm.
Published 3 months ago by Dan
5.0 out of 5 stars Still very exciting!!!
This is one of the great films. Had not seen it for many years, so it was really exciting to watch it again.
It seemed to have been digitally remastered?
Published 3 months ago by bernadette watts
5.0 out of 5 stars It is Indiana Ruddy Jones!
If you are planning on buying this film because you've never heard of it or seen it before then you are a silly person! Read more
Published 3 months ago by Nicholas Munday
5.0 out of 5 stars Still marvellous...if a little cheesey
To men of a certain age this film will remind them of the kind of men we wanted to become and how un-PC it now is to be like Indy. To quote Karen Allen, "A Bum! Read more
Published 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Great movie!
Works perfectly, and it arrived on time. I got it for my brother as a birthday present because he is a fan of Indiana Jones, and he is very happy with this DVD, and so is my dad,... Read more
Published 12 months ago by Sarah
5.0 out of 5 stars Fabulous film
Years after it was made this film is still fantastic. My boys LOVE it! Entertaining and funny in places but my boys think the set pieces and fight scenes are the best.
Published 13 months ago by Karen Sheard
4.0 out of 5 stars review
I bought this for a friend. They were very pleased with the product. It was exactly as expected. Thanks a lot.
Published 13 months ago by Nicola
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