by HELEN GEIB
In anticipation of the imminent release of Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, Paramount last week released a boxed set of the intrepid archaeologist slash treasure hunter’s first three adventures, Raiders of the Lost Ark, Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom, and Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade. Film and audio have been meticulously restored for the new DVD transfer. It’s quite reasonably priced for a three movie set and die hard fans of the series will likely want to pick this up to replace the older DVD releases. Even if you only like the first and third movies, this set promises good value for the price.
I can hear my inner cynic protesting that a four movie boxed set will undoubtedly be released later this year, so why not wait for that? To which I answer, not a single frame of film has been “improved” for this release. Who knows if this is the last chance to acquire Raiders before Spielberg starts mucking it up like he did with ET, or, heaven forfend, like Lucas did with Star Wars?
The set includes a bonus disc with extra features. The extras are not copious, but on the flip side actually look like they’re worth watching. The main feature is a two hour-plus documentary with behind the scenes footage and new interviews with practically everyone involved in making the films. Other extras are short features on the music, sound, special effects, and stunts.
Other new releases this week: National Treasure 2: Book of Secrets, Strange Wilderness