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

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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: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (89 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00004D389
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 464,129 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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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.


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 --This text refers to the DVD edition.

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4.8 out of 5 stars

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Mr. G. Robinson VINE VOICE on 3 Dec. 2014
Format: DVD
Following on from the misjudged and underrated failure of 1941, Stephen Spielberg and George Lucas needed at hit. Raiders was that hit.
Harking back to 40's and 50's TV and Movie serials, where the main character always wore a hat (so the stuntman could hide his face) and managed to save the world on a regular basis, Spielberg's unabashed action adventure story focusing on the adventures of Archaeologist Professor Indiana Jones is a welcome relief from the slavish fashion for realism that was often served to us by Hollywood in the 60's and 70's.

Focusing on action and adventure, an exciting story, outstanding performances, especially from Ford, Rhys Davies and Paul Freeman, a witty script, and pitch perfect direction from Spielberg, we are presented with an almost flawless film (forget that maddening submarine paradox if you can) from the terrifically exciting opener set deep in the Jungle to the stunning finale with that pleasing nod to Wells's Citizen Kane. The villains are wonderfully menacing, especially Ronald Lacey as a sinister and threatening Nazi henchman. Their search for the Ark of the Covenant, obstructed by Indie all the way, is a master class in efficient filmmaking.

Spawning 3 sequels of varying quality, Raiders has aged well and is still the best of the four by some margin, however that doesn't mean Doom or Last Crusade are not good because they are. However Crystal Skull is a big disappointment, even with that huge budget.

Wrapped up efficiently in 111 minutes, Raiders is superb entertainment for all.
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20 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Mrs. D. Guest on 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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By The Demon on 11 Aug. 2012
Format: DVD
I really love this film. It's action packed and is a great action\adventure movie! There are lots of great gun fights that I loved and some of the movie was even very, very intense. The film jumps straight into the action which I really liked and the actuall story (plot) of the film was really good. This has to be one of the best films I have ever watched and has something everyone likes! It's a great thrilling movie packed with action and excitement - I love it. It's just a great, great film that everyone on the planet should watch and I think that anyone who hates this film, eventhough it's their opinion, is a idiot who doesn't have a mind. So in the remaining paragraphs, I will be informing you on all of my views on this movie. After reading this review, I hope I have inspired you to just take a chance at this movie and see how it goes; if you don't like it then fine, don't watch it again but I really hope you do like it because it is a great movie!

Firstly, I love acting for this film. It is very good and all of the actors play thier part really well. My favourite actor in this movie is Harrison Ford because it is easy to think that he is actually Indiana and that, I think, is the best job any actor can do. But the other actors and actresseses (sorry about my spelling) are still good. To be honest, all of them are at the same level of acting and are all really good - they are all perfect for their roles in the movie and should all be known as the best actors and actresseses (sorry again) in the world.

As well as that, I also think that the script is really good. It is accurate and is roughly what the characters would say in real life. I don't know any one who could write a better script than that (in my opinion).
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Spike Owen TOP 500 REVIEWER on 25 Jan. 2013
Format: DVD
Raiders of the Lost Ark is directed by Stephen Spielberg and collectively written by Lawrence Kasdan (screenplay), George Lucas (story) and Philip Kaufman (story). It stars Harrison Ford, Karen Allen, Paul Freeman, Ronald Lacey, John Rhys-Davies and Denholm Elliott. Music is scored by John Williams and cinematography by Douglas Slocombe.

What can you say about Raiders of the Lost Ark that hasn't been said before? It has been analysed, deconstructed, praised and written about at length by everyone from the highest of film critics to the man of the street film lover and his dog. Truth is, is that nothing new can be added to the millions of tomes written about what Spielberg coyly announced was his B movie homage to adventure serials of the 30s and 40s.

In simple factoid terms it was roughly made for $20 million and went on to make nearly $400 million! It quickly pulled Spielberg out of a depressive rut after the critical mauling of his period comedy movie 1941. It announced Harrison Ford as a superstar actor whilst simultaneously introducing pop culture references that still thrive today. It won four Oscars and was nominated for a further four, and as it made archaeology sexy it heralded the opening of a new era for the summer blockbuster. The whole production (apart from Spielberg) were taken ill whilst filming in Tunisia and it was the start of a franchise that still brings great GREAT pleasures to millions of fans.

Why is Raiders so adored? That it is a film that still entertains royally today, where once loved in 1981 is still loved by the very same older and wiser people in the new millennium? The answer is it gets everything right, it transcends its basic source to reveal one of the most exhilarating action/adventure movies ever made.
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