Indiana Jones (Harrison Ford) is no ordinary archeologist. When we first see him, he is somewhere in the Peruvian jungle in 1936, running a booby-trapped gauntlet (complete with an over-sized rolling boulder) to fetch a solid-gold idol. He loses this artifact to his chief rival, a French archeologist named Belloq (Paul Freeman), who then prepares to kill our hero. In the first of many serial-like escapes, Indy eludes Belloq by hopping into a convenient plane. So, then: is Indiana Jones afraid of anything? Yes, snakes. The next time we see Jones, he's a soft-spoken, bespectacled professor. He is then summoned from his ivy-covered environs by Marcus Brody (Denholm Elliott) to find the long-lost Ark of the Covenant. The Nazis, it seems, are already searching for the Ark, which the mystical-minded Hitler hopes to use to make his stormtroopers invincible. But to find the Ark, Indy must first secure a medallion kept under the protection of Indy's old friend Abner Ravenwood, whose daughter, Marion (Karen Allen), evidently has a "history" with Jones. Whatever their personal differences, Indy and Marion become partners in one action-packed adventure after another, ranging from wandering the snake pits of the Well of Souls to surviving the pyrotechnic unearthing of the sacred Ark. A joint project of Hollywood prodigies George Lucas and Steven Spielberg, with a script co-written by Lawrence Kasdan and Philip Kaufman, among others, Raiders of the Lost Ark is not so much a movie as a 115-minute thrill ride. Costing 22 million dollars (nearly three times the original estimate), Raiders of the Lost Ark reaped 200 million dollars during its first run. It was followed by Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom (1985) and Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade (1989), as well as a short-lived TV-series "prequel."~Hal Erickson
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LEGO Indiana Jones: The Original Adventures Game Demo
Harrison FordIndiana Jones
Karen AllenMarion Ravenwood
Denholm ElliottMarcus Brody
Don FellowsCol. Musgrove
William HootkinsMajor Eaton
Patrick DurkinAustralian Climber
Matthew Scurfield2nd Nazi
Malcolm WeaverRatty Nepalese
Pat RoachGiant Sherpa/1st Mechanic
Steve HansonGerman Agent
Eddie TagoeMessenger Pirate
Tony VogelTall Captain
Ted GrossmanPeruvian Porter
Jack DearloveMr. Ford's Stand-In
George LucasScreen Story
Philip KaufmanScreen Story
Norman ReynoldsProduction Designer
Leslie DilleyArt Director
Robert WattsAssociate Producer
George LucasExecutive Producer
Howard KazanjianExecutive Producer
Michael FordSet Designer
Deborah NadoolmanCostume Designer
Kelly KimballCostume Designer
Ben BurttSound/Sound Designer
Roy CharmanSound/Sound Designer
Steve MaslowSound/Sound Designer
Kit WestSpecial Effects
Richard EdlundSpecial Effects
John T. VanVlientAnimator
Glenn H. Randall, Jr.Stunts
Richard L. AndersonSupervising Sound Editor
Action and Adventure,Adventure
Raiders of the Lost Ark
Year of Release
Special Edition, DVD
Dolby Digital w/ sub-woofer channel, stereo, THX-Certified Mastering
Enhanced Widescreen for 16x9 TV
English, French, Spanish
English, French, Spanish
Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark [Special Edition] [DVD] 
Back in the day my Mother & I went to a Sunday matinee, a film called "Raiders Of The Lost Ark" both of us were not expecting much, I knew Harrison Ford was in it from "Star Wars" fame other than that I knew very little about the premise. To our surprise we were about to take a nail biting on the edge of your seat adventure the likes we had never seen & after the film we both agreed it was a great action & adventure film with style & a flair that was rare for its time in the decade that saw the death of the drive-in theater & an industry slowly leaving American shores in search of cheaper locales. What we saw was the culmination of 50 years since sound came about with Hollywood understanding & formulating great film making.. par excellence!
Director Steven Spielberg really took the reins and directed one of his best films and it didn't hurt having George Lucas in the background ensuring the storyline stayed tight this was the best of the series because this is a film that did not rely on its FX or it's elaborate set pieces it had a real script that was engaging, full of energy and moved with a purpose without the need to side-plot due to lack of material it stayed on track from beginning to end.
The sequels that came after showed sparks yet fell short to the superior original.. I know, that's what they all say yet in this case it is the undisputed truth that ROTLA is far superior to what came after, sequel after sequel that became FX extravaganza's with substandard scripts & actors that relied more & more on set piece after set piece with plots that were not on par with the original.
Video - Very good Blu-ray image but not great.. Blacks are not inky and at times look dark gray. Flesh tones look unnatural at times with an orange tinge yet in daylight everything looks natural. Not the type of video you will say is demo material but it looks darn nice and it appears the grain is intact with no filtering or digital manipulating yet you will see very little film damage it's a clean presentation.
Sound - Very strong soundtrack in DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 does this great film justice A very well rounded aural experience is to be had with nice rear field channel usage, when the action begins you will be immersed in sound.
I stayed away from the film series set since I feel the others do not even come close to this highly original film, they were just riding off the fame of a truly great production.. a moment in American film making that will never come again!.... I highly recommend this Blu-ray!
5 star film...3 1/2 star Blu-ray
I ordered this product on black friday because it came with a digital copy. When i got the movie home and tried to register the digital copy it said it had already been claimed. And then i looked at the bottom of the digital copy card and it said it expired in December 2015 (3 years ago).
This classic film is only available for rent or purchase on the various platforms. It was a bargain at this price and a joy to watch again! Now that it is part of my library of DVDs I will not have tp pay for a rental through a streaming service.
Director Steven Spielberg reinvented the action genre in 1981 with Raiders of the Lost Ark: a fun adventure the whole family can enjoy. Endless jokes and crafty set pieces lead you on a journey around the world. Raiders of the Lost Ark was written with a sarcastic and clever tone by Lawrence Kasdan. Spielberg makes good use of miniatures, practical effects, special effects, close ups, wide shots, and tracking panning shots throughout Raiders. You will be hard pressed to find a more fast-paced adventure film than Raiders of the Lost Ark.
John Williams composed perhaps the most uplifting score of his career: you are swept off your feet when you hear the Indiana Jones theme kick in. The music accompanies the tense moments and thrilling action sequences alike with an apt sonic swirl. I love the Indiana Jones soundtrack to this day.
Harrison Ford is so likable and relatable as the bumbling yet intelligent Indiana Jones. You believe he can fight with some prowess, while also believing in his archaeological talents.
Likewise, Karen Allen is deft and cool as Marion Ravenwood, Indiana Jones' love interest and romantic foil. Allen is excellent as adventurer, rough house fighter, as well as the romantic leading lady. She is funny and sweet, while always giving Raiders of the Lost Ark some much appreciated verbal thrashing. I think Karen Allen was well suited as Indiana's opposite.
In conclusion, Raiders of the Lost Ark holds up today with a swift adventure feel. You always believe in Indiana Jones from his lectures, to his home, to his action sequences. It is as much fun as when I first saw it in the theater.