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Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark [Special Edition] [DVD] [1981]

  • SKU: 8773179
  • Release Date: 05/13/2008
  • Rating: PG
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    Overview

    Ratings & Reviews


    Overall Customer Rating:
    99% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (595 out of 602)

    Special Features


    • New introduction by Steven Spielberg and Geroge Lucas
    • The Indy Trilogy: A crystal clear appreciation
    • The mystery of the melting face
    • Snakes alive! The well of souls storyboards
    • Photo galleries
    • LEGO Indiana Jones: The Original Adventures Game Demo
    • Closed Captioned

    Synopsis


    Raiders of the Lost Ark
    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, Rovi

    Cast & Crew


    • Harrison Ford
      Harrison Ford - Indiana Jones
    • Karen Allen
      Karen Allen - Marion Ravenwood
    • Denholm Elliott
      Denholm Elliott - Marcus Brody
    • Paul Freeman
      Paul Freeman - Belloq
    • Wolf Kahler
      Wolf Kahler - Dietrich



    Customer rating

    Rating 4.8 out of 5 stars with 602 reviews

    99%
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    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      80's Par Excellence!

      Posted
      Reconredneck
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      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 would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      classic action movie fun in beautiful HD quality

      Posted
      GreaterThanDiNozzo
      • My Best Buy® MemberMember

      Chances are that you already know that this is a highly entertaining popcorn movie classic that spawned one of the most popular American movie action-adventure movie trilogies of its time (I prefer to act as if the disappointing and unnecessary Crystal Skull outing never happened), so all I need to tell you is how the Blu-ray transfer looks on this disc. I haven’t seen the movie look this good since I saw it back in the theater in the early 1980s. I didn’t notice any issues with the transfer and fortunately there’s not excessive use of DNR to artificially smooth over the picture (which notoriously ruined a Blu transfer of Arnold’s action blockbuster Predator and some other big titles). The only down side to this stand-alone release is that the only extras are a few trailers & re-release trailers. If you want behind-the-scenes & interviews, you’ll have to get the Complete Adventures boxset, which has a bonus disc of supplementary materials, including some Hi-Def making-of material of Raiders that wasn’t on the old trilogy dvd boxset. If all you need is a really good-looking Blu-ray transfer of the film itself, this is the way to go. This is probably my favorite film of the Indy Jones trilogy, followed by Last Crusade and then Temple of Doom, but they’re All a blast!

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      A modern day classic.

      Posted
      varmintx
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      Raiders of the Lost Ark is quite possibly the best adventure film ever made. The now iconic character, the brainchild of George Lucas and Steven Spielberg, is a wonderful amalgamation of your classic dashing, tough, and yet, intellectual hero. Practically every character is dripping with...well, character. Dialogue is sharp and witty. Action sequences are thrilling with incredibly inventive choreography. The film just never seems to have an off-beat throughout its runtime. Simply put, adventure films just can't get any better. The blu-ray's audio/visual presentation are certainly in keeping with the film's quality. At times, you would almost believe this is a film shot today as the color and clarity are that spectacular. The audio is no slouch either delivering some surprising bass for a film of its age and John William's score absolutely shines.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      The Best Adventure Film Ever! Hands Down!

      Posted
      DylansDad
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      While it may have been the role of Hans Solo in `Star Wars' that planted the name of Harrison Ford within the collective consciousness of the American (and world for that matter) public, it was his portrayal of the adventurous Indiana Jones in the '81 blockbuster `Raiders of the Lost Ark' that made him the iconic film legend he is today. The first of three epic adventures, `Raiders of the Lost Ark' is in my estimation the best of the series so far (a fourth is now in production so who knows). If this is your genre of entertainment you have found your pot-of-gold. Amazing special effects, superb cast, an unforgettable soundtrack and a script and storyline overflowing with clever, quotable dialogue and heavy supernatural undertones that are absolutely mesmerizing. Simply the "Best of the Best!

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 1 out of 5 stars

      Wrong Description of Product on Best Buy Website

      Posted
      Philla
      • My Best Buy® Elite MemberElite Member

      This is a review of the Best Buy product (SKU: 5414169), NOT the film. The only reason I purchased this item was to get the digital copy, as I am in the process of getting all my favorite movies online via UltraViolet / Vudu, and the product description states that it contains the Blu Ray disc, the DVD and a UV (Ultraviolet) redemption code for this movie. After waiting a few weeks for this item to be delivered I was dismayed to find out that is only contains the Blu Ray disc. I thought I might have been sent the wrong item, but reading some of the previous reviews it seems that the item description is incorrect in stating that this item comes with the DVD and UV copy. I have raised the matter with Customer Service, so I hope they are able to resolve this to my satisfaction...

      No, I would not recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      The best. Ever.

      Posted
      ColonCatastrophe
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      I don't have fond memories of Indiana Jones from my childhood. I watched the films, liked them, but for me, Star Wars and Jurassic Park were what ruled the roost. With a couple of decades and a fresh perspective, I found a new enjoyment for the series. I've also realized just how integral Harrison Ford was to the best era for film (Late seventies to late eighties, Star Wars, Blade Runner, Indiana Jones...) I've now gotten to the point where I watch the Indi trilogy a few times a year and find myself enthralled by just how great the journey is. Ford's cocky attitude perfectly makes Indiana Jones a character you have to cheer for. The Raider's blu-ray is fantastic, and although it doesn't have all of the supplemental material that the set has, it is still worth every penny.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Great Classic

      Posted
      setupman

      This is a great movie. I loved watching all the Indiana Jones movies as a kid. This movie has adventure, humor, and lots of action. There is even romance in the movie for the women. Harrison Ford is also a terrific actor and does well acting in this movie as a treasrure hunter. Even though the movie is an older movie if you haven't watched it in years like myself it is like you are watching it for the first time. It will keep you guessing whats going to happen next. This is a great movie to watch with your kids of appropriate age. Also, if you have any kind of surround sound equipment, dolby digital adds more enjoyment in watching this movie. It has very good surround sound for its age. I would recommend this movie to anyone who likes action and adventure.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Raiders Of The Lost Ark

      Posted
      Slimdwiz

      This is the movie that launched a franchise.Indiana Jones(Harrison Ford) is an archeologist.We first see him in the Peruvian jungle in 1936,running thur a booby-trapped (complete with an oversized rolling boulder) temple to retrive a solid-gold idol.He loses the artifact to his chief rival,a French archeologist named Belloq(Paul Freeman).This movie has some great setpieces with music,and characters.In the movies third and final act where they open the Ark Of The Covenant.Steven Spielberg has an eye for detail,along with the screen writers making the film work up till the credits start to roll.If you were born in the 80's or just have an eye for old movies than this is a classic.

      I would recommend this to a friend



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