Indiana Jones Trilogy [DVD]
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Raiders Of The Lost Ark ( B/set Disc 1)-Archeologist-adventurer Indiana Jones masterfully vanquishes all manner of foe while in search for the Ark of the Covenant in this a ction packed adventure. Nom; Indy & Temple Of Doom ( Boxset Disc 2)-In this box office smash, Indiana Jones must rescue some missing children kidnapped by religious terrorists in the Orient who happen to possess some stolen, sac; Indy & The Last Crusade (B/set Disc 3)-After settling down to a quieter life, Indy is thrust back into action when his father mysteriously disappears while on a quest for the Holy Grail.
As with George Lucas's other movie franchise, there's a vein of mysticism running through the Indiana Jones Trilogy. Watching all three back-to-back it's possible to unravel the chronology and chart the spiritual journey of our hero: the idealistic Young Indy ("It belongs in a museum", implores River Phoenix in the opening escapade of The Last Crusade) grows up to become a cynical fortune-hunter seen trading archaeological treasures with Chinese gangsters at club "Obi-Wan" in The Temple of Doom. From there we follow his path to redemption via three mystical religious objects: respectively Hindu (the Shankara stones in Temple of Doom), Jewish (the Ark of the Covenant in Raiders), and Christian (the Holy Grail itself in Last Crusade).
But that's just the subtext. Along the way, this knight-errant archaeologist undertakes improbable adventures (featuring spiders, snakes, rats, insects and Nazis galore), rescues damsels in distress (even when they really don't want to be rescued, such as Kate Capshaw in Temple of Doom), and still finds time to bond with his dad (Sean Connery, in one of cinema's great cameo roles as Dr Jones Sr.)
Steven Spielberg revels in Lucas's recreation of 1930s cliff-hanger serials, infusing every scene with kinetic energy and infectious enthusiasm and creating any number of iconic sequences that have become touchstones of cinematic history. Director and producer are more than ably assisted by regular composer John Williams, whose swashbuckling Korngold-inspired Raiders theme casts Harrison Ford as a modern-day Errol Flynn. Although a fourth movie is promised, this trilogy plays like a self-contained whole that leaves nothing wanting: from the witty dialogue and breathtaking action choreography to the near-perfect casting, this is popular movie-making at its very peak. --Mark Walker
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I do like the completeness of all collections and this omission may rankle with some.
Firstly, there is only one truly great film in this set (Raiders) with and averagely good one (Last Crusade) and a borderline bad one (Temple of Doom) bringing up the rear. Now, before it all kicks off, hear me out:
There is nothing, so far as I'm concerned, more exciting in any film, ever, than the first 25mins of `Raiders' - it has everything, a lesson in great filmmaking. And the thing `Raiders' really had going for it was a great maguffin in the Ark of the Covenant. Like many people who watched the first time around, I'd never really heard of it (despite C of E upbringing!) and I was captivated. Educated even!! Great writing, great acting etc etc...magic. Endlessly watch-able.
Fast forward to Temple of Doom. Problem: what is Indy going to look for this time? Because, the Ark was so much a part of the first film, we needed something equal to the task second time around. Problem upon problem: there ain't many antiquities which have as much story potential as the Ark of the Covenant. There are lots of `mysterious artefacts' which have arisen over the years, but none of those, really, has the oomph of the Ark. Infact, when George Lucas first heard about the Ark, he had been looking for just such a thing for his character `Indiana Smith' - this is how important it was to have the right object to chase.
I guess they knew this, but in the rush to give us a second film, they dealt with the problem...by not dealing with it. Oh, yes there are those magic stones or whatever they are, but they are almost - infact they are, a subplot and nothing more.Read more ›
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