56 of 60 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Noooooooo tweaking on this Blu-ray!
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 it was in my Blu-ray player in under a minute!
Can never decide which is my favourite Spielberg movie , Raiders or Jaws ,...
Published 14 months ago by Julian
3.0 out of 5 stars review
I was happy with the product being a big fan of the Indianna Jones series. Nice to have them in a set so I can watch them whenever the mood takes.
Published 4 months ago by Nicola
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56 of 60 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Noooooooo tweaking on this Blu-ray!,
This review is from: Indiana Jones The Complete Adventures [Blu-ray]  [Region Free] (Blu-ray)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 it 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 is very noticeable from 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 with 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 ever 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.
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 the three.
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... DEFINITELY , A MUST BUY !
83 of 93 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Greatest Action Films of All Time,
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
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful transition to Blu Ray,
This review is from: Indiana Jones The Complete Adventures [Blu-ray]  [Region Free] (Blu-ray)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.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant!,
This review is from: Indiana Jones The Complete Adventures [Blu-ray]  [Region Free] (Blu-ray)Always been a great fan of the Indiana Jones franchise. Digitally remastered in visual and sound and in Blu-ray format, these classical films have never looked better, in my opinion anyway. Delivered in a great amount of time and the discs are in good quality when they arrived. Would greatly recommend this Blu-Ray collection.
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars worth the wait.,
This review is from: Indiana Jones The Complete Adventures [Blu-ray]  [Region Free] (Blu-ray)I'm not going to review the films - we have all seen them and love them. The blu ray transfer - especially on the much older first 3 films - is fantastic. Sharp, crisp, the colours are brilliant. The sound is also excellent, great surround sound, a very well done transfer. If i had one critisism, it would be about the packaging.Another bonus is Temple of Doom has been reclassified with a 12 certificate and is uncut.It now features the complete uncensored sacrificial scene and Shortround getting tortured as well as several other bits that were previously edited. It comes in a fairly sturdy box, but wrapped around this box, seemed to be a poorly glued card, which i have just found out is one of those pointless things that informs what the contents are,and isnt actually part of the box, so can be removed. Also, the cardbox file insert,which contains the discs isn't very sturdy - in fact,after taking it out for the first time,there is now a crease down the spine. Other than this, it is a great buy!
9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Treasure,
This review is from: Indiana Jones The Complete Adventures [Blu-ray]  [Region Free] (Blu-ray)So, here we go again. Barely four years after the second DVD box set reissue, Indiana Jones gets his umpteenth releases - this time on shiny Blu Ray. And you know what these films are like. So, what don't you know?
The films have never ever looked so good. Even with the cinema releases in 1981,1984, and 1989, the original cinematic presentations have never been this precise, this sharp, and this rich. The colours and images are sharp, remastered, and strong. "Temple of Doom" for example, has never felt quite so brutal. Or, for that matter, the effects have never looked quite so brutally of their time. You can see, every few minutes, the detail of the minature planes, the post composited matte paintings, the back projections, the bizarre shading and colour schemes of multiple layers of effects. But that is part of the charm : if it was left to Lucas, for example, they'd all be CGI'd with the Thugees shooting first.
Now, in the strict chronology of the plot, you should watch "Temple Of Doom" first. The version on the UK BluRay is also the one that hasn't been seen since the theatrical cut in 1984 : complete with beating hearts ripped from the flesh of human sacrifices and (by Indy standards) some fairly graphic rough and tumble. With "Doom" first, this dark film, in which our hero starts out a thinly sketched cad by numbers who gallivants around the world graverobbing for cash. After his minor case of drinking possessed human sacrifice blood, almost setting his whiny, annoying girlfriend on fire, and liberating a cave of child slaves, it's as if Indy had a life changing road to Damascus revelation and found himself a conscience. On the other hand, "Doom" is a dark hearted semi-horror, chock full of human sacrifice ripped out hearts, bugs, child slaves, and brainwashed demonic posession. (Lucas was getting divorced, so this is his divorce movie). If this were the first film, everyone would regard "Raiders" as the same as "Empire".
"Raiders", the first made but second chronologically (making "Doom" one of the first cinematic prequels of all time), is a stone cold, 100% classic, made of nothing but endlessly quotable lines ("Bad Dates", "Now, fraulein, what shall we talk about?", "Blow it back to God"), and one of the greatest films ever made ; bold, brash, utter po-faced, ridiculous, utterly manly and a cross between the long lost adventure serials and a supernatural James Bond movie. It also looks glorious. Fresh and sharp, with detail popping off the screen.
"Last Crusade" is another technical achievement : although, like all the rest of the films, there's no commentary (which is a shame, Lucas loves a good yak, Spielberg can't stand them) : and whilst it revisits the plot of "Raiders" : Nazis chasing after a holy object of terrible power, The usual old rubbish. But then, with what the films lose in common sense, they make up for in brazen charm, unstoppable momentum, and invention. Few other films would see the pensioner James Bond and Han Solo run across a beach using birds to down a murderous prop plane.
And then there's the last "Crystal Skull", which is a severe disappointment. Without Denholm Elliott (dead), Sallah (erm...), Sean Connery (um... presumed retired), and a shoehorned in kid (Shia LeBonk), and not explaining the bad guys, and a plot that doesn't make much sense, it's like getting back with your ex, and seeing who she really is after twenty years away. Still, if you want to own the other films, you have to own this, so "Crystal Skull" is an extra bonus disc you need never play, anyway.
After that, you get to the extra material, it is both tantalising and exhaustive, and a bit boring : most of the extras are presented in Standard Definition, being straight ports of the 2004 DVD Documentary, and the 1981 featurette is obviously both unremastered, and VHS sourced, with appalling picture quality for a major studio release. Even the film footage used on that documentary has the same, blotchy, washed out, blur you get from a third-generation VHS tape. The 'new' material is primarily a 4:3 Standard Def onset compilation from the time which is again, no better than DVD quality, but a fascinating cinema-verite document of the moment. The extras disc is bulked out lots of minifeatures from the 2004 and 2008 sets, and contains about half of the material taken from the "Crystal Skull" standalone release.
Of course, this isn't the complete Indiana Jones : Ford's brief reprise of the role for TV's "Young Indiana Jones" is missing, as are most of the extras that appear on the seperate release of "Kingdom of The Crystal Skull", and the individual introductions from the 2008 releases : but as a catch all set of some of the finest action movies of the century, then this is it.
9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Temple of Doom Uncut,
This review is from: Indiana Jones The Complete Adventures [Blu-ray]  [Region Free] (Blu-ray)***Blu Ray Release***
Specs for this product on another website state that, for the first time ever in the UK, the blu ray will feature the UNCUT version of INDIANA JONES AND THE TEMPLE OF DOOM. Having seen the uncut version on Region One DVD from the states, this is great news and will save me having to track down the US version of this release instead. Some of the cuts for gore and violence inflicted upon the film on it's initial release in the UK - at the time in order for it to pass as a PG certificate - were rather jarring and it will be great to have this on Blu Ray as Spielberg and Co. originally intended it to be seen!
The final installment aside, which was a disappointment, this set features some of the greatest and most enjoyable family adventures films in the history of film.
15 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "Snakes! Why did it have to be snakes!?",
Everyone knows what these films are all about.
My favorite is probably the first one, Raiders of the Lost Ark. It was just so entertaining and exciting, perfect would be the correct word to describe.
The Temple of Doom was very good as a movie too, but if I had to choose the "worst" Indy film, it would probably be the Temple of Doom (though I really enjoyed it) since I didn't like the darker theme that much.
Last Crusade was very close to the Raiders when it comes to quality, and it's my second favorite of the Indy films. And the humour was hilarious, I laughed about half the time of the movie. Connery and Ford are just perfect together.
Many have said that Crystal Skull is a weak Indy film, but I really loved the whole movie. There are also a couple of surprises in the movie and dammit, Harrison Ford's performance was just as good as in the original Indy films! You just have to give some credit to a man who still does, in his sixtys, something like this.
The quality of the films is great. I don't have anything bad to say about the picture and sound quality. The box art is very nice too.
The special features are very interesting, but it's kind of strange they didn't include the Bonus Features disc from the 2003 Indy box for this one. There are about 30 minutes of bonus features and some photo galleries for each of the original Indy films.
It was a very big plus they put a two-disc edition of Crystal Skull in this box set, as the bonus disc for Crystal Skull has several hours of bonus features.
If you already have the 2003 box set, you should just buy the two-disc edition of Crystal Skull, but if you don't have these movies already on DVD, go ahead! These movies are a piece of film history. Steven Spielberg did a great job directing these, and let's not forget George Lucas, who is the creator of Indy, and the executive producer of these films.
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars For those days where you are in need of an Indiana Fix,
6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Yes, Temple of Doom is fully uncut!!!,
This review is from: Indiana Jones The Complete Adventures [Blu-ray]  [Region Free] (Blu-ray)I think everybody already needs to know everything there is is about these fantastic films, so I won't bother reviewing the movies themselves.
Firstly, yes, for the first time ever in the UK, Temple of Doom has been reclassified with a 12 certificate and is released fully uncut. The movie now features the complete uncensored sacrificial and Shortround getting tortured scenes as well as several other bits that were previously edited. The uncut version has been available worldwide since the film's initial release except for, you guessed it, in the UK where bits were edited in order for it to secure a PG rating, but thankfully no longer.
Picture and sound are amazing. I have worn these films out on VHS and DVD with the amount of times I have seen them, but the Bluray experience was like watching them for the first time. The colours are vivid, and the picture so clear that there is detail I have never seen before. The only downside is that some of the matt painting and effects shots now look very obvious, but this is how the films were originally made, and thankfully they have not added any out of place CG to hide the fact like Lucas has with the original Star Wars Trilogy. Crystal Skull was obviously going to look the best, but in all honesty the original trilogy looks like it was made yesterday, and can compete with any modern day digital CGI fest.
The set comes on five discs all housed in a nice compact and rigid cardboard slip case, that opens out to display what looks like some new beautifully commissioned artwork and photo stills for each movie. It's a pity the same design choice wasn't applied to the discs, which are oddly just plain white with the film's title on them, but this is a minor detail. As well as the four movies, there is a fifth disc which contains over 7 hours of bonus documentaries and such, so there is plenty to keep you entertained here.
There is a more expensive set also available which contains various collectable prop replicas, but I cannot comment on whether it is worth the extra money as this is the only one I have seen. At the end of the day, if you just want a definitive, no frills collection of the Indy films, then this is it, and definitely worth the upgrade from DVD. Recommended.
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