on 20 October 2012
I shall start with the films first. The picture quality is great but not perfect as there is slight graining but nothing to worry about. The sound has been improved and does make for more involved viewing. The only extra's to be found on each film disc are trailer's used to advertise themselves at their release, hardly pushing the boat out. The bonuses have been kept for the 5th disc where you will find alot of documentary footage galleries and not much else. The Collector's set I am actually pleased with unlike other reviewer's. I really like the notebook which is really well put together although the writing is like a truelife doctor's and need's a little time to read. I was rather hoping that they were going to include the South Park episode which would have been fantastic. I had never seen the 4th film untill this release and have to say I am still in two minds, It's not horrifically bad as the other film's are'nt perfect but can't understand why Alien's are involved. Would have been just as happy with the trilogy collectors edition but perhaps in time we will all get used to the 4th film. Would also have been nice to have the box in wood just as Rome season 2 was released in dvd. Instead you get cardboard which unfortunately will not close properly. Again LOTR box has a hidden magnet mechanism to ensure this and so it can be arqued that this release was designed as a money making exercise. 5 Star's because of the origional trilogy and the notebook just don't pay too much for this set, I paid £60 as I pre-ordered and therefore am not at the mercy of cynical seller's. There are rumour's that there will be another film in the future as the 4th is considered abismal by so many so you may want to hold off for a few years, I am more than happy with this set and see no reason on buying (if there is a 5th film) as it will mean nothing to me.
on 11 October 2012
If ever there was a must have Blu-ray box set this is it. With the exception of Star Wars , this box set is quite possibly the most sort after Blu-rays out there and I wasted absolutely no time at all when this dropped through my letter box and was in my Blu-ray player in under a minute!
Can never decide which is my favourite Spielberg movie , Raiders or Jaws , but just glad that I now finally own them both on Blu-ray.
Picture transfer is once again just breathtaking. Crisp , clear although the first thing that I noticed on Raiders was that the whole film seemed to have what can only be described as a "gold filter" over the camera lens , which has a noticeable effect with the colour compared to the VHS and DVD releases.
This is by no means a bad thing , but I have read numerous (although somewhat exaggerated) complaints about it , but for me , it just makes the film feel more like the old action serials that it intended to be like , and the colours warm and more pleasing to the eye...For me anyway.
Only have the one minor gripe about the transfer which is , ever since the introduction of Hi-Def images , particularly on older films , they do tend to show up flaws in camera work. Notably in Raiders , the scene where the tarantula runs across Alfred Molina's chest appears to be completely out of focus , and the scene where Indy is hiding behind some wooden crates before he steals the undersized uniform is really quite grainy (or speckling effect) , but these are the only flaws I've noticed with the first three films and if you blinked , you'd miss them , so will quite happily let it go.
Truth be told , my real apprehension of this transfer was with Mr Lucas's itchy fingers attached to the films.
Have to say , I was a little nervous about buying this box set before reading any reviews about it , but his involvement in the restoration is not apparent.
Absolutely "Nooooooo" tweaking here , apart from the deleted reflection on the glass from Indy's encounter with the cobra that was done a few years ago , which I think is universally agreed is a good use of CGI tinkering and can't possibly believe anyone , not even a hardline purist , would complain about it.
The sound is presented in 5.1 DTS master audio and sounds fantastic. John Williams , with yet another iconic score , just sounds staggering and the gunfight in Marion's bar sounds like Indy's firing a cannon with every gunshot.
The almost cartoon-like "THWACK" with every punch , which was always purposely exaggerated , sounds even more so with the new sound and is definitely more satisfying to hear.
Although I do find a little too much use of the subwoofer with this transfer which seems to be used on everything , which is more unusual rather than a complaint , but hey! Thats the neighbours problem !
The extras are excellent and most die hard fans would have already seen the majority of the 7 hours worth , most of which have been transferred straight from the VHS and DVD releases , which again is not a bad thing as I like to have them all in one place rather than having to keep older formats just for a particular feature.
The only new addition to the features that I've noticed is the "On set with Raiders of the Lost Ark" documentary with some rarely seen gag reels , deleted and alternative scenes which was an absolute joy to watch , and even though I consider myself a die hard fan of these films , I must have missed these over the years as I'd never seen them before.
If , like me , you ever wondered how Indy survived the long journey atop of a submarine without drowning , then one of the deleted scenes gives you the answer... Kind of.
I could waffle on about the other movies but will just say , ALL of them are beautifully transferred , and Temple of Doom is fully uncut for the first time on UK shores with a minute or so of extra gore and violence... And swinging through trees with monkeys aside , I like all the films.
Not quite as good a transfer as Jaws or the Alien Anthology box set , which has set the bar very high indeed for quality in older movies on Blu-ray , but I really am talking about minuscule differences here and its very difficult to select the best quality out of those three.
Its a shame that Paramount hadn't stuck to their guns as they had announced that all their films released on Blu-ray would be in 7.1 sound , and to be fair , every film from them that I've bought has been... this being the only exception so far , although this is probably down to Mr Lucas's bizarre reluctance to use 7.1.
Still , in my humble view its perfectly fine and definitely deserves a very worthy 5 star rating for an outstanding transfer to Blu-ray , and think you'll be very impressed with this box set nonetheless , and for me , this is a definite purchase.
on 25 November 2015
I haven't seen Indiana Jones in years so I decided to treat myself to this wonderful box set. I got in on offer (Black Friday Sale) but even if I had to pay the full price, I wouldn't mid. This box set is simply brilliant. Not going to talk about the movies, as they are all great and you probably already watched all of them, so I am going to speak about the packaging. The box set couldn't be any sturdier, the materials used to make it are of a high quality and some of the front graphics are glossy. The set is packed will illustrations that couldn't be any better, making it so visually attractive that you wouldn't even wanna open it so you don't ruin it. Behind every disc there are a couple of pictures showing behind the scenes moments as well as the original poster of that particular movie. Overall, it's definitely worth the money, if you are in a doubt, don't be - get it! If you are a collector or simply want to own, if you love Indiana Jones, this is the one to get.
Why is this box set so expensive when trilogies, quadrilogies and antholgies of other film franchises are so much cheaper?
I think the answer to that is that the films are still so popular and watchable time and time again.
Indy Has become such a heroic figure over the years. Whilst the character of an adventurer was nothing new, the idea of a nerdy professor turning into a dashing gun-totting whip-cracking hero was totally different. Harrison Ford played the part perfectly and deserves a lot of credit for bringing the character to life.
I don't think many would argue that the original film was the best, but there are a lot of arguments over the next few films. I didn't particularly rate the Crystal Skull, but at the same time it was a fix that the Indy fans needed, myself included.
I took the plunge and paid out for the Blu-Ray versions and I am so glad I did. I have many films on DVD and I just know that they would be equally good/bad if they were on BR, but this set is so much better because of the higher resolution. There are many films that have had such a wow factor when they came out on BR and this is one of them. If you were to advertise the advantages of BR this film set would be in the top set. It is visually stunning, vibrant, bursting from the screen. Clarity of the characters faces and their expressions add life to the films.
This really is a showcase set. If you are a fan of Indy and are contemplating DVD or BR, go BR you will be so much happier that you did.
I don't comment on audio as I only have TV speakers and whilst the sound was clear and good, I am not in a position to say how much better it is than DVD.
on 27 August 2008
'Raiders of the Lost Ark'
For all the criticisms George Lucas has received in recent times, we must remember that he did manage to come up with this gem of an idea for a perfect action movie, and in doing so he created one of the most iconic action hero's that cinema has ever seen. A role perfectly played by its star, Harrison Ford.
The script, written by Lawrence Kasdan, is expertly directed by Steven Spielberg, who by this stage of his career was firing on all cylinders. He takes Kasdan's script and perfectly balances the dialogue with the action creating a finely tuned fast paced action film.
The opening scene and the `Truck Scene' showcase Spielberg's uncanny ability to create stunning set-pieces within his movies. This is something that really sets him apart from other directors, and makes 'Raiders' not just one of the best action films of the 80s but one of the defining action films of all time. 5/5
'Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom'
Second time round for Indy and in my opinion the third best movie.
At the request of George Lucas, scriptwriters Willard Huyck & Gloria Katz turned in a far darker and more foreboding script than the previous movie. George felt that the second film should be a lot darker, following in a similar vein to the second Star Wars film, `The Empire Strikes Back'.
With a lot of script ideas left over from `Raiders' the film certainly wasn't short on creativity or action set pieces. But, it seems Spielberg wasn't entirely comfortable with the "dark" direction George had decided to take the franchise. Spielberg wisely injects a lot more humour into the script, which is handled very well by Harrison Ford and Ke Huy Quan, creating some highly amusing scenes. Kate Capshaw's performance as Willie Scott is routinely criticised, and admittedly there is a lot of screaming to contend with, but in my opinion I feel it's a well balanced performance that doesn't detract from the other actors, or from the actual film.
My main criticism is that a great deal of the movie is spent within the Temple itself and I felt the film could have benefited had they made more out our hero's escape. I'm every bit as grateful as our intrepid action hero to see daylight after so many hours spent in the doom and gloom.
Although this is one of the weaker films in the cannon, it still remains a thoroughly enjoyable, extremely fast-paced, exciting action epic, knocking spots of any imitators. Thus proving that, even Spielberg on a bad day is better than most directors on a good day. 4/5
'Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade'
A perfectly balanced sequel, with some fine comedic chemistry from Ford and Connery.
This remains my favourite Indy sequel/prequel. Spielberg gets a firm grip on the reins and delivers, arguably, the finest of the Indiana Jones movies.
The real genius lies in the addition of Sean Connery, who plays Indy's Father. It works well and provides some great on screen chemistry between him and Ford, thus creating some laugh out loud comedic moments. Ford routinely pulls faces and shrugs shoulders as his Dad continually undermines him. I have always felt that Ford's comic ability is greatly underappreciated, and it should also be noted that Ford is one of cinema's finest physical actors, reacting to kicks and punches like no other actor, and in doing so, adds tension and excitement to the films most exciting set-piece, the `Tank Scene'. 5/5
'Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull'
Nineteen years in the making, and numerous screenwriters that all had Ford, Spielberg and Lucas banging heads over the films overall direction. The question is, was it worth the wait...?
Well, I found the opening sequence thoroughly exciting, and after Raiders, I consider it the best opening sequence of the franchise. There have been criticisms of the flying fridge scene, and although it is 'over the top', it is by no means anymore unrealistic than Indy leaping out of a plane on a life raft, or a mine cart jumping thirty foot over the breaks in the tracks. I think the problem with this scene is that it shows Indy as an indestructable super-hero, and that is not what Indiana Jones is about.
Harrison Ford, although obviously older, delivers a decent performance as the ageing Indiana, and Shia LaBeouf tries to make the best out of an underwritten written character. But where the film really fails is with the other supporting characters; Ray Winstone's Mac, is badly written and underdeveloped. The film misses out on what could have been a great performance. Karen Allen reprises her role as Marion Ravenwood, she lights up the screen upon her arrival, but sadly doesn't have much else to do for the rest of the movie. The wonderful John Hurt is utterly wasted, and the likeable Cate Blanchett delivers one of the worst and most ineffective villians to ever step in front of the camera.
My biggest criticism is that the `Jungle Chase' lacks any tension whatsoever, and the blame has to lie with Hollywood's current fascination with CGI. It doesn't look real, and makes it impossible for your brain to immerse itself into the action. You have no belief that the characters are in any peril. However, negatives aside, parts of this film are very enjoyable.
This films faliure pretty much lies within the script, and Spielberg's lacklustre direction. David Koepp's script lacks intrigue and character motivation, only an amateur script writer would have a double agent reveal himself in the first five minutes of the film, and having read Frank Darabont's `City of Gods' script, there is no doubt it would have made the better movie, and it is a terrible shame it wasn't the script they decided to go with. 2/5
on 18 November 2015
Some films give you that “warm and fuzzy” feeling, y’know? And Indiana Jones is high on that list.
The blu-ray transfers are great and not much that I can spot in the way of messing with it, like studios oh so often feel the need to do these days.
With the tons and tons of extras, I don't see how anyone could be disspointed buying this box set. many hours of entertainment and well worth the price.
on 25 September 2012
This box set came out here in Denmark today. I love it. I have also ordered this Limited Edition because of the memorabilia. The movies look amazing. Simply stunning. If you have any doubts, don't. The video and audio everything it should be. I personally don't mind the fourth movie, but the ones I will be seeing are "Raiders of the Lost Ark" and "Last Crusade." The second movie never appealed to me (never liked the Willie Scott character) and I will even go as far as saying that I like the fourth one better. The bonus features will take me about a year to see, I reckon, even though I have seen a lot of it before. I don't think the price is bad for the amount of quality and contents you get, so I see no reason to hold out for individual releases. I guess it's a matter of taste.
on 28 May 2015
A compelling film franchise with one of the most famous action heroes of all time. Harrison Ford plays the hero of Indiana Jones with charm akin to what he did with Han Solo in The Star Wars Original Trilogy. One of the most famous collaborations of all time with George Lucas as creator and executive producer of the franchise and Steven Spielberg as director of the film series. John Williams as composer of the movies creates another well known film music.
Raiders Of The Lost Ark.
A well- structured action film with a character that is relentless and compelling love story with Marion Ravenwood. Great time setting in the 1930's which is an homage to film serials of that time which was something similar that Lucas did with the Star Wars original trilogy. Nazis as villains are superb and a creepy storyline with the lost ark. Masterful direction by Spielberg.
Indiana Jones and The Temple of Doom.
A surprisingly interesting prequel which takes a darker turn from the first installment which Lucas did also with The Empire Strikes Back. Willie Scott and Short Round are interesting sidekicks that are also maybe stereotyped. It is violent sometimes which are perhaps too scary for young kids. A different take in the The Indiana Jones film series but still worthy.
Indiana Jones and The Last Crusade.
The most comedic film of the bunch with funny timing with Indiana Jones who this time joins up with his father to find the grail. It pays respect to the original film which it does fantastically.
Indiana Jones and the Kingdom Of The Crystal Skull.
This installment manages to respect it's timeline by going to the fifties rather than being modern which is rare to see in films nowadays, but is filled with disappointments and cliches given by both Lucas and Spielberg. An interesting sidekick passably played by Labeouf the Russians are forgettable villains even for Cate Blanchett's standards. Karen Allen has a nice return as Marion Ravenwood, but Harrison Ford is a bit weary to play an old Indiana Jones which he surely also will be by playing an old Han Solo in the upcoming new Star Wars Trilogy.
All 4 Indiana Jones movies in this superb boxset. Raiders of The Lost Ark is the first of the movies, and though it's hard to believe there are people out there that haven't seen it regardless of what you might think of it, it introduces archaeologist Indiana Jones who goes on a quest to find religious relic the Ark Of The Covenant before the Nazis can claim it for themselves. Full of terrific action scenes and good effects that have been cleaned up for the bluray release and very good performances from the cast including Harrison Ford as Indiana Jones with Karen Allen, Denholm Elliot and John Rhys Davies this is sheer entertainment from start to finish and one of director Steven Spielberg's best films. Sequel Indiana Jones And The Temple Of Doom is slightly darker and more of a prequel set a year before Raiders and sees Indiana Jones in India saving a local village from an evil religious cult that is after some powerful stones. Once again terrific action scenes and effects cleaned up for the bluray, this also comes completely uncut and once again has very good performances from the cast. A sequel as good as the original. Indiana Jones And The Last Crusade sees Indiana Jones teaming up with his father in a race to stop the Nazis from finding the holy grail. A lot of fun with Sean Connery and Harrison Ford forming a terrific double act as father and son and once again has terrific action scenes and cleaned up effects for the bluray release and amazingly for a 3rd movie in a franchise still just as good as the original movie. Watch for the opening sequence with a young River Pheonix as a young Indiana Jones. The 4th and final movie, Indiana Jones And The Kingdom Of The Crystal Skull, is set in the 50's and sees an older Indiana Jones go up against the Russians this time in the hunt for a lost city. Terrific fun to watch despite an overload of cgi and an ending which screams Close Encounters Of The Third Kind this is the final film in the series at least so far with Shia Lebeuf, Ray Winstone, Cate Blanchett, John Hurt and Jim Broadbent joining the cast and Karen Allen making a welcome return from Raiders of The Lost Ark. All 4 films have terrific action throughout and are great entertainment. This is one of the best bluray boxsets out there and a must for film fans.
on 17 October 2013
This collaboration between Steven Spielberg and George Lucas brings one of the most loved franchises ever made. Raiders of the Lost Ark is one of Spielberg's best movies while Last Crusade has a great father and son relationship with Harrison Ford and Sean Connery. Temple of Doom while not in the same league as the other two original films is still a good film, even though some of the characters are a little annoying. Kingdom of the Crystal Skull however is a disappointment, with too much CGI and too many new characters aligned with Jones.
So while the films maybe 50/50, this is still worth the money with one of the greatest movie characters brought to life.