Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull [WS] [DVD] [2008]

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Overview

Ratings & Reviews


Overall Customer Rating:
82% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (62 out of 76)

Special Features


  • The Return Of a Legend Featurette
  • Pre-Production Featurette
  • Closed Captioned

Synopsis


Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull
Everyone's favorite archeologist adventurer dusts off his hat and trusty whip for yet another globetrotting trek as Indiana Jones returns to the big screen nearly 20 years after racing for the Holy Grail alongside his father in Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade (1989). Harrison Ford reprises his role as the iconic, snake-loathing screen hero in a sequel that also finds Karen Allen returning to the series for the first time since 1981's Raiders of the Lost Ark. Ray Winstone, John Hurt, Jim Broadbent, and Shia LaBeouf round out a cast that also features Cate Blanchett in the role of villainous Russian operative Agent Irina Spalko. Steven Spielberg calls the shots on a script penned by David Koepp (and adapted from the screen story by executive producer George Lucas). ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi

Cast & Crew


  • Harrison Ford
    Harrison Ford - Indiana Jones
  • Cate Blanchett
    Cate Blanchett - Irina Spalko
  • Karen Allen
    Karen Allen - Marion Ravenwood
  • Ray Winstone
    Ray Winstone - George "Mac" McHale
  • John Hurt
    John Hurt - Professor Oxley



Customer rating

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  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    an adventure of ultimate knowledge

    Posted
    frank12345

    Let me share with you what the gods shared with me. Ultimately, pain and suffering is all mankind will ever know. Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull is a great addition to this historical trilogy ... the Indiana Jones films are some of the best works ever produced. Crystal Skull begins ten years after the infamous crash landing at Roswell New Mexico on a military base in Nevada. Doctor Jones is forced by Soviet agents to locate the remains of the alien that crashed on that fateful night in hangar number 51. The crate he is looking for is highly magnetized so this produces an opportunity for Indy to not only find the remains, but to rid the Soviets of their weapons. After finding the crate the scene is set for Indy's big escape. (Bet you didn't see that coming) Indy's first attempt at freedom is thwarted by a-a well, I won't say but this leads up to a more exciting and Houdini like exit from Hangar 51. (I did not notice, but was told the Ark of the Covenant can be seen during Indy's escape.) Alright, Indy escaped the Russians (was there any doubt?) But now he's found himself in an atomic bomb testing town mere seconds before a bomb is to be dropped. Wowsers! How will Indiana survive this? Indiana returns to find out he is under FBI investigation because his friend is a Soviet agent. First he tried to kill Indy now he betray's his country. Staying true to the Indiana films, Doctor Jones returns to Marshall University, where he is offered a leave of absence to avoid being fired because of the investigation. Here is when we meet Mutt Williams (Shia LaBeouf) star of 2007 blockbuster Transformers Transformers Mutt tells Indy that his old friend has disapperred after discovering the crystal skull outside of Peru. So, like Carmen San Diego, we are off to Peru. Upon discovering that Harry Oxley was placed in a Peruvian jail and then kidnapped by the Russians, Indiana discovers clues to the whereabouts of Francisco de Orellana's grave, a Conquistador who vanished in the fifteen hundreds looking for El Dorado--the fabled city of gold. Indy and Mutt, guided by clues only the gods can see, discover the crystal skull in Orellana's grave. I will leave it there for those who haven't seen this spectacular addition to the Indiana Jones' lineup. Some say that George Lucas should have left this series alone. I say Thank you George Lucas for giving us another wonderful film, and for staying faithful to the original trilogy. If you love Indiana Jones, you'll love this film. And if you didn't, well ... not everyone has good taste.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Not as good as the originals, but plenty of fun

    Posted
    CrimsonKing42

    Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull (KOTCS) is the newest addition of the timeless Indiana Jones series. All of the talent that made the first three films what they are has returned (including Karen Allen, Indy's love interest from Raiders of the Lost Ark), but there's one major problem with the film: It's been twenty years since the last Indy film was made, and thus a film that might have been much better received had it been made in the early 90's has become a mixed bag of tricks for most. Now, I should first say that I rather liked this film, so if your opinion differs and you really refuse to hear otherwise, then this review is not for you. With that said, KOTCS begins in the mid-50's with Dr. Jones and his friend George finding themselves in the captivity of a gang of Soviet spies, led by Dr. Irina Spalko who is Stalin's head of paranormal research. It turns out that they've been taken to a secret facility at Area 51 (where, it turns out that the government stashed the Ark of the Covenant in the first film; not one of this film's more intelligent moments), and that Spalko wants Jones to help them find a mysterious artifact. *There are spoilers below, but I recommend reading on even if you haven't seen this. It will likely make the movie easier to deal with when you see it* It turns out the artifact is an alien body. The Russians are seeking a mysterious crystal skull which Spalko believes will allow the Soviets to eventually acquire mind control, with which they can indoctrinate the entire world. Jones must, of course, stop them, with the help iof teenage hooligan Mutt Williams who comes to Jones for help in finding his stepfather, an old friend of Indy's who in fact married Marian Ravenwood, Indy's love interest from Raiders of the Lost Ark. A lot of the film lacks originality, as in the past twenty years, much of what the first three films made so fresh and timeless has been re-done a few too many times. It's possible that this film would have been better received as a unique entity, rather than as an attempt to recapture Indy's former glory. It's possible that the original trilogy has acquired a reputation slightly greater than what it deserved because it has become such a significant part of many of our lives. I enjoyed KOTCS. There were some good chases, and in a few moments, the jokes about Harrison Ford's old age really hit home. This is a fun period actioner. If you liked the old films, and you're willing to forgive it's inferiority, give it a shot. Hopefully you'll share my opinion of it.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 1 out of 5 stars

    Why George?!?!?...Why?!??!?!

    Posted
    Ohitsappropriate

    I grew up watching the Indiana Jones movies...when I was a lad I would wear my fedora and bullwhip and run around the neighborhood whipping at the nerds and geeks...hya!!! hya!!!...but I can't understand why, after all these years, you make this pile of garbage...why not just leave it be??? Harrison Ford was pretty good actually, and maybe the best part of the movie...Karen Allen really seemed like an afterthought and her and Indy's dialogue was two clicks south of corny...Shia LaBeuf is terrible in everything...he's a little whiney girly type, which is fine for some roles but not as Indy's son...This movie certainly could have used some Sallah...I mean holla holla, where you at Sallah?!?...Sean Connery would have been an asset..."I'll take 'swords' for $500"...the Russians could've been an acceptable replacement for the Germans but the chick in this was laughable...we need a real bad guy not some weird dominatrix lady that reminds me of my uncle Freddie... The script was embarassing (Lucas can't write)...Speilberg doesn't have it anymore in my opinion...he used to inject any project he touched with movie magic...Jaws, E.T., Close Enc., Indy I-II-III, Poltergeist I (uncredited)...all the way up to Saving Private Ryan save for a few duds (The Color Purple!!!!....Oprah!!!???!!...give me a break)...but then he ran out of movie magic...such a shame but at least we have his early stuff... The real shame is that this move could've been really really great and instead it was a major letdown...National Treasure II starring Nick Cage the paperclip (although he was brilliant as H.I.) was actually better than Crystal Skull...This one should've been called "Indiana Jones and the Subpar Script with a Side of Cheese and Shia LaBeuf is Terrible"...I'm going to go cleanse myself by watching "Raiders of the Lost Ark"...

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Indy’s back

    Posted
    CKCSWHFFAN
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    I was 1st in the door opening day for the first 3 Indy film. I was unable to do this for this film. The 1st film I waited to see since "Revenge of the Sith". The last days of filming were done in my home town. It is a very good film but is the least favorite of the 4 films to me. Why? Could the audience follow these searches or understand what the heck was going on? Some of the script was not good. How many of us got tried of Mutt & his old comments? La Beouf did NOTHING for me. Great to have Karen back. The script between Indy & Marion on their relationship needed work. I think Cate did a great job in her role. When a film starts out with the King that is good. Still trying to figure out why Elvis’s "Hound Dog" was not on the soundtrack CD. They already had to pay you know a lot of money for use of the song in the film. Jim Broadbent, an Oscar winner, used in a TINY PART to make up for the death of Denholm Elliott & the Marcus Brody role. SEAN SHOULD HAVE BEEN IN THE FILM. The DVD package. Man, nice but MISTAKES. 1. It is 1 of those you have to open 1 end to get the package/DVD’s out the other side. TOO MUCH WORK. 2. No chapter search list. 3. No bloopers or deleted scenes Good extras on it. GUESS GEORGE WILL PUT THAT ON THE NEXT RELEASE OF THE FILM TO DVD. YOU KNOW GEORGE, THAT WILL BE OUT IN A YEAR OR TOO. I am glad Indy is back despite the mistakes.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Spirit Remains

    Posted
    cnova711

    It is interesting to note all of the criticisms for this film when if anyone paid any attention to the intentions of the creators, they would understand the reason for the sci-fi ending. This movie, as in the other films in the series, is based on the popular cinema of the period that the film takes place in. The first three films followed the serials of the 30s as they were all SET in the 30s. Serial adventures full of cliffhangers banking on the outrageous but nonetheless enormously entertaining. Kingdom of the Crystal Skull takes place in the 50s. What was the popular cinema of the time? Science Fiction films with aliens and UFOs aplenty. So to stick with the formula of correlating an Indy film with the popular genre of the era the movie is based in did not change. Thus the explanation of the ending and the cheesiness of certain scenes/effects. Indy4 is another throwback to the films of yesteryear. It is impossible to live up to people's expectations with sequels to beloved franchises. It is perhaps one of the trickiest tasks to pull off in Hollywood. In conclusion, Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull follows the same formula of the first three and you will feel like you just watched an Indiana Jones movie when it is over. Critical nitpicking is allowed, but it may hinder you from enjoying the ride. This movie is designed to thrill and it is effective. Enjoy.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    A great return to Indy territory

    Posted
    jigawatts121

    Having grown up with the Indy trilogy, I was incredibly excited when I heard about the fourth movie finally getting made. I will be honest and say I enjoy it more now having seen it three times. Indy's development and character traits have become more obvious and Lucas/Spielberg/Ford/Koepp did a wonderful job tying the movies, television series and other literature together to support this. I am also in strong favor of the science fiction approach to the plot as well. Indiana Jones has always been intended to be a supernaturalpursuit and aliens (outerspace or interdimensional) are perfect for this type of story. The material on the second disc is terrific, we get a 1+ hour making of the movie, several additional docs, 3 animatic action sequences with music that did not make it onto the CD soundtrack and the demo for the LEGO Indiana Jones for XBOX360, plus trailers, photos, etc. Sorry, just like the other dvds there are no deleted scenes. The picture and sound are excellent. I could watch this ten more times.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Older, smarter, a bit-slower, but still Indie

    Posted
    JimG944

    5 of 5 stars for the action-adventure movie Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull. Really nice to have Indiana Jones back after two decades. Older, smarter and a bit slower, but, still the Indy we all know and love. The movie opens with the Russians (oh, we're in the 1950's now) trying to break-into Area 51 to recover an artifact. They've brought Jones as a hostage and to find the artifact in the storage warehouse. From there, we're on a typical Indie quest. I can tell you that there is a Crystal Skull (or two) involved. We do see the return of Marian (Karen Allen) as Indie's lost girlfriend. There are other surprises in this movie. Expertly crafted and on par with all three previous Indie movies.Richly photographed, great sets, great action and fun chases. I have added this movie to my list of favorites and highly recommend it! This is a two bag-of-popcorn feature movie! Let's hope for more adventures in the future.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Good addition to movie collection

    Posted
    lilguysmom

    I bought this mainly so I'd have all of the "Indiana Jones" movies in our collection. This one is certainly NOT my favorite, but it's ok. It's full of excitement and the usual "Indy" brand of stunts. Despite being 20+ years older since "Raiders", Harrison Ford still proves that he has the stuff to wear the fedora. I had trouble reconciling the silver-haired man on the screen with the dark and dashing hero of the earlier films. But, he proved his mettle once again. This film contains a lot more profanity than the previous ones; I guess that's why it earned the PG-13 rating. The scenes with the ants are extremely intense and rather frightening for children, so parents should exercise caution. The premise of this film, with the aliens, is rather far-fetched and is a deviation from the earlier films' search for religious artifacts. The film is a good addition to complete the "Indy" library of any collector but I still prefer the original "Raiders" and "Last Crusade" to this installment.

    I would recommend this to a friend



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