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5.0 out of 5 stars Indiana Jones & The Superb Blu Ray Box Set, 21 May 2014
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This review is from: Indiana Jones The Complete Adventures [Blu-ray] [1981] [Region Free] (Blu-ray)
Indiana Jones Movies: Raiders Of The Lost Ark, Indiana Jones & The Temple Of Doom, Indiana Jones & The Last Crusade, Indiana Jones & The Kingdom Of The Crystal Skull.
Directed by Steven Spielberg
Starring.
Harrison Ford as Indiana Jones.
Distributed by Paramount Pictures.
(1981-1984-1989-2008).
Language English.
Box office of all four films combined : $1,978,055,564.

Blu Ray Info.
5 disc set.
RegionB/2
Ratio: Raiders/Temple Of Doom/Last Crusade 2.35:1, Kingdom Of The Crystal Skull 2.40:1
Sound:5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio.

Running time.
Raiders Of The Lost Ark: 115 minutes approx.
Indiana Jones & The Temple Of Doom: 118 minutes approx.
Indiana Jones & The Last Crusade: 127 minutes approx.
Indiana Jones & The Kingdom Of The Crystal Skull: 123 minutes approx.

Extras.
7 hours of additional content featuring.
On Set With Raiders Of The Lost Ark.
Film Foursome, The making of all four movies".
Cast & crew interviews.
Sneek Peeks:
Stunts, Sound, Special effects & much more.

Raiders Of The Lost Ark:
1936, Archaeologist Professor Indiana Jones is hired by the US Government to find the mystical Ark of the Covenant which is believed to still hold the 10 Commandments & the key to the humanly existence of Mankind.

Indy is aided by ex girlfriend Marion Ravenwood as the duo get involved in plenty of fights, Chases while encountering many deadly traps in their quest to locate the Ark before the Nazis & Indys arch rival Rene Belloq do.

Belloq wishes to obtain & use the Ark as a weapon unleashing it's horrific terrifying power upon the world, Can Indy stop him?

Timelord Thoughts.
This Blu ray release is stunning as Director Steven Spielberg has overseen a frame by frame restoration of this classic adventure movie that looks & sounds clearer & sharper than ever.

This film is a bona fide classic movie featuring a outstanding performance by Harrison Ford as Indiana Jones, The plot moves along at a cracking pace as our adventurer evades countless traps & near death perilous situations.

With great support from Karen Allen, Paul Freeman & Ronald Lacey, Raiders Of The Lost Ark is a timeless film of action & adventure of the highest quality filmmaking & one of Spielbergs best movies.

Timelord Rating.
10/10

Indiana Jones & The Temple Of Doom.
After surviving a near death adventure in Shanghai, Indiana Jones, Short Round & singer Willie Scott escape a plane crash & arrive in a small village in India were Indy is asked to retrieve the mythical three Shankara Stones that have mysteriously disappeared along with the villages young children.

Indy, Short Round & Willie arrive at local Maharaja place that does not reveal the whereabouts of the children as Indy eventually finds a hidden underground passage leading to the temple of the sacrificial Devi Maa Kali run by voodoo priest Mola Ram who has the three Shankara Stones in his possession & uses the villagers kidnapped children for slave labour.

Indy must escape the temple by a mine cart, Free the enslaved children, Retrieve the Shankara Stones & battle against Mola Ram & his vicious Thuggee guards.

Timelord Thoughts.
At last Indiana Jones & The Temple Of Doom is fully restored & uncut for the first time in the UK that has upped the movies rating to a 12a as the movie now features slightly gorier sequences.

This is a excellent prequel as events in this movie take place here before Raiders, Harrison Ford once again gives a excellent performance as Indiana Jones doing the majority of the stunts himself which is a credit to the actor who endured chronic back pain during the movies production which resulted in shutting down production on the movie for 2 months to allow Ford to recover from a back operation.

Kate Capshaw (Mrs Steven Spielberg) as Willie Scott is more a damsel in distress character than Karen Allens feisty Marion Ravenwood yet Capshaw does well adding the film with it's more humourous elements, While Ke Huy Quan as Short Round is an excellent addition to the franchise & it's a pity the character featured in only one movie.

This is a more violent darker toned movie than Raiders & caused the MPAA to issue the infamous PG-13 rating that caused many cuts in the UK print to obtain the PG rating but at last we can see how it was originally intended to be seen.

From the excellent opening sequence to the nerve shredding finale Indiana Jones & The Temple Of Doom delivers great action & excellent adventure & is a worthy follow up to Raiders Of The Lost Ark.

Timelord Rating.
10/10

Indiana Jones & The Last Crusade.
When Professor Henry Jones Sr suddenly goes missing while pursuing his life's obsession of finding the Holy Grail, His son archaeologist Indiana Jones is sent his dad's Grail diary & is asked by private collector Walter Donovan to attempt to retrieve the Grail that gives eternal life to those who drink from the cup of Christ, Indy agrees as he wants to find his father & uncover the truth of why he's suddenly gone missing.

Indy is aided on his quest by museum curator Marcus Brody & Dr Elsa Schneider who is actually working for the Nazis who have captured Indys father as they want him to find the Grail for them so they can seek the Grails power of eternal life giving them the upper hand in the War & gain world domination.

Indy must rescue his father & stop the Nazis who are in cahoots with Donovan from getting there hands on the Grail at all costs.

Timelord Thoughts.
This is a phenomenal movie from the opening showcasing the origins of a young Indy played by the late River Phoenix to the trap ridden tension packed climax Indiana Jones & The Last Crusade delivers on action, Drama & suspense.

Harrison Ford once again dons the fedora & cracks the whip this time aided by his father former James Bond actor Sean Connery who gives one of his best career performances as Henry Jones Sr which is such perfect casting as who better to play Indys father than a former 007.

The father & son chemistry between Ford & Connery as the Jones's is believable & is one of the movies highlights, The action delivers in spades especially the excellently filmed Tank chase sequence while the nerve shredding climax shows Indy having to use his wits at passing several tests in retrieving the Holy Grail that keeps you on the edge of your seat.

Threequels unusually deliver a movie as good as the original but this movie is exception to the rule as it is easily on par with Raiders Of The Lost Ark for spectacle, A enjoyable action adventure movie from begining to end.

Timelord Rating.
10/10

Indiana Jones & The Kingdom Of The Crystal Skull.
Famed Archaeologist Indiana Jones is called back into action when he becomes embroiled in a Soviet plot lead by the sinister Irina Spalko to uncover the secrets behind the mysterious artefacts known as the Crystal Skull as the Soviets wish to obtain & use the Skulls mythical power to overpower the West.

Indy is aided by a young man named Mutt & discovers a link to a woman that has a connection with his past as Indy races against the clock to sabotage the Soviets deadly plan to destroy the West & return the Skull to it's rightful place.

Timelord Thoughts.
I was so excited with anticipation about the release of this movie after 19 years I was about to see a new Indiana Jones film at the cinema, Ford, Lucas, Spielberg all returning what could possibly go wrong?

Well the lacklustre script for a start as Kingdom Of The Crystal Skull just doesn't deliver the spectacle of the three previous movies, The opening is a great introduction to the story's set up but from there the film loses it's way & feels very flat, The action sequences haven't the zest of the three previous movies barring a decent chase sequence in the Jungle.

Harrison Ford is excellent as usual & considering his age delivers what action there is superbly while John Hurt gives an excellent understated performance as
Professor Oxley.

Shia Labeouf is passable as Mutt, Ray Winstone is a little OTT as Mac while Karen Allen returning as Marion Ravenwood is vastly underused in this film so thank god that Cate Blanchett delivers decent villainous duties as Soviet agent Irina Spalko.

The climax is boring & very lacklustre, Gone is the nerve shredding climax of the previous three movies instead replaced by a series of below par traps & an ending that baffles the mind.

Alien beings coming from the space between spaces is not only confusing but very silly, Partly to blame for this is George Lucas as it was he that co-wrote this dire script with Jeff Nathanson, Even the usually decent screenplay writer David Koepp couldn't polish this script & it beggars belief why Lucas rejected Frank Darabounts brilliant alternative script as with that script this film could've matched the brilliance of the three previous movies yet as it stands Indiana Jones & The Kingdom Of The Crystal Skull is a disappointing entry to an otherwise excellent franchise.

Timelord Rating 5/10

This is well worth upgrading to Blu ray as the movies have never looked or sounded better plus the uncut version of Temple Of Doom is included for the first time & comes with over 7 hours of bonus content.

A superb boxset & a must buy purchase for Indy fan's.

Timelord Overall Rating.
9/10
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