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Indiana Jones: The Complete Adventures [5 Discs] [Blu-ray]

This box set serves up the first four Indiana Jones films, Raiders of the Lost Ark, The Temple of Doom, The Last Crusade, and Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, as well as a wealth of behind-the-scenes and making of footage for each of them.
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    100% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (838 out of 845)

    Special Features


    • On Set With Raiders of the Lost Ark - Witness the making of Raiders as it happened with newly revealed footage that puts you on the set during production, alongside filmmakers, cast and crew
    • Film Foursome: The "Making Of" All 4 Indiana Jones Films - Join filmmakers Steven Spielberg and George Lucas for an up-close look at each production, and the evolution of the original action hero, Indiana Jones
    • Cast & Creator Interviews
    • Behind-the-Scenes Peeks: Stunts, Sounds, Special Effects

    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

    Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom
    The second of the George Lucas/Steven Spielberg Indiana Jones epics is set a year or so before the events in Raiders of the Lost Ark (1984). After a brief brouhaha involving a precious vial and a wild ride down a raging Himalyan river, Indy (Harrison Ford) gets down to the problem at hand: retrieving a precious gem and several kidnapped young boys on behalf of a remote East Indian village. His companions this time around include a dimbulbed, easily frightened nightclub chanteuse (Kate Capshaw), and a feisty 12-year-old kid named Short Round (Quan Ke Huy). Throughout, the plot takes second place to the thrills, which include a harrowing rollercoaster ride in an abandoned mineshaft and Indy's rescue of the heroine from a ritual sacrifice. There are also a couple of cute references to Raiders of the Lost Ark, notably a funny variation of Indy's shooting of the Sherpa warrior. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

    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

    Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade
    The third installment in the widely beloved Spielberg/Lucas Indiana Jones saga begins with an introduction to a younger Indy (played by the late River Phoenix), who, through a fast-paced prologue, gives the audience insight into the roots of his taste for adventure, fear of snakes, and dogged determination to take historical artifacts out of the hands of bad guys and into the museums in which they belong. A grown-up Indy (Harrison Ford) reveals himself shortly afterward in a familiar classroom scene, teaching archeology to a disproportionate number of starry-eyed female college students in 1938. Once again, however, Mr. Jones is drawn away from his day job after an art collector (Julian Glover) approaches him with a proposition to find the much sought after Holy Grail. Circumstances reveal that there was another avid archeologist in search of the famed cup -- Indiana Jones' father, Dr. Henry Jones (Sean Connery) -- who had recently disappeared during his efforts. The junior and senior members of the Jones family find themselves in a series of tough situations in locales ranging from Venice to the most treacherous spots in the Middle East. Complicating the situation further is the presence of Elsa (Alison Doody), a beautiful and intelligent woman with one fatal flaw: she's an undercover Nazi agent. The search for the grail is a dangerous quest, and its discovery may prove fatal to those who seek it for personal gain. Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade earned a then record-breaking $50 million in its first week of release. ~ Tracie Cooper, 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

      Amazing Movies - Lacking Features

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      TroyInt
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      The Indiana Jones movies are phenomenal, so I won't go too much into the movies themselves. My review is based on this package and its features. It's very confusing trying to figure out which features have carried over and which have not. Lucas/Spielberg are VERY greedy when it comes to multiple releases, and not carrying over features. When the movies originally came out as a box set, all features (which were very well done!) were on a fourth disk. All of those features have carried over here, the long 3-part making of, and the featurettes which focused on specific topics. Then in 2008 the movies were released individually with some brief new features on each. Some of those have carried over, but none of the three nice little introductions by cast and crew are on the blu-rays. Why do that to fans? Just so we don't sell our old ones and pad the used market. (There was really no reason besides double-dipping for the blu-rays to not be released in 2008 as well.) That fourth disk with the great features was nowhere to be found in these releases. The 2 disk edition of Crystal Skull had two very nice featurettes on the first disck, which are NOT on the blu-rays. And the second disk with an exhaustive and thorough making-of documentary has been whittled down to about 1/3 of its original content. Again no reason to do this except to make fans hesitate to sell their old ones. What I did was get the special editions and then found the fourth disk of extras used online by itself. So what's new? A 50 minute "on the set" documentary that consists entirely of vintage interviews and glimpses of the filming from different angles from the set of Raiders. This one is actually very well assembled, but it is just an assembly. There are even some glimpses of deleted scenes. There is also a 45 minute made-for-TV vintage documentary from 1981, which although well made for its day, ends up looking like a lesser reflection of the previous assembly. As far as image and audio quality, all the movies look and sound phenomenal, even for blu-ray. Still no comprehensive deleted scenes or commentaries. Spielberg says he hates doing both, and thus never will. This is total BS! He's holding back for the Special-Collector's-Signature-Diamond-Uber edition that will inevitably come, just to squeeze a little more out of us. By then everything will be streaming anyway. Do what I did, get these from the library for the new special features and maybe try them out for image quality once. But at this price, it's not worth tossing away my satisfying DVDs unless the blu-rays were more inclusive. In conclusion, if you don't already own these in some format - yes get the blu-rays! If you have the special edition individual movies and can get the fourth disk from the original set, then don't bother.

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    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Great films, disappointed in package

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      CKCSWHFFAN
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      This note is for the stores & the release week price. I was 100% disappointed by Best Buy’s price. I have been watching the price online for months before the release 9-18-12 so I was guessing, hoping for around $50.00. Best Buy was $65.00 which is around the price I watched online for months so this was NOT a good deal in my opinion Best Buy Now, being an Indy fan since day one. I was first in the door opening day for the first three films. In order, how I rate the films: 1. Raiders, 2. Last Crusade, 3. Temple & 4. Crystal Skull. So, I was looking forward to this package. I give the films together the 5 rating. NOW, THE PACKAGE GETS A 3. I was VERY DISAPPOINTED IN THIS. I expected more. I enjoy extras. They made so many mistakes I now compare this to the 9 disc "Star Wars saga" set released a year before. NOT perfect either but far better than this, yes a different company. Fox not Paramount. OK, "making of" special. Raiders has two & the other films have one each. Where was "The Great Movie Stunts" special from CBS Harrison hosted? Where were spoofs? Many of them over the years. From the previous DVD releases, AFI from 2003 talking to Karen, Kate & Allison. NEVER shown complete, just a few minutes of it so you would expect the whole conversations with the women. But NO we get the same few minutes. Bad, disappointing. Friends and Enemies section from a previous DVD release, did NOT cover Skull. Plain jane discs, no ark work just logos. Each film disc extras are trailer. Raiders has three including one reissue, Temple two, Last Crusade two & for a Crystal Skull has three BUT A LABELING ERROR, THESE THREE TRAILERS ARE LABELED AS TWO, THREE & FOUR. And, chapter breaks. Needed to be better. And, Crystal Skull had far fewer stops & two that SHOULD HAVE FOR SURE HAD CHAPTER STOPS, CATE'S FIRST APPEARANCE & KAREN'S FIRST APPEARANCE. NOPE. So, glad to have the films on blu ray. And, we know George. They will be re-released on blu ray in a couple of years with better extras.

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    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Great adventures and faulty kingdoms lie ahead!

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      LordSteve01
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      These films are long revered in the world of cinema, even more so among the fans of the New Hollywood crew that was born in the late 60's, so I feel like I shouldn't really waste too much time picking these films apart. However, for those of you who have not seen any of the Indiana Jones films, I will give a brief overview of what to expect. Most of it can be summed up in a single word, and that is: ADVENTURE. These films are full of it. Taking inspiration from the pulp novels and comic books of the early to mid 1900s - mainly the latter half. Indie, or Indiana Jones, is a wonderful and charismatic character, a great deal due to the fantastic job done by Harrison role as the lead role. Joining his side is a great cast of characters through each film - including a new leading lady with each entry (much like the ladies of James Bond). My favorite being Short-Round from the second film. The only weak entry being the latest, Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, simply because it takes a rather strange and unimaginative turn towards the end. A lot of Indie fans find this film to be an insult to the original trilogy, but I wouldn't go as far - I just think that the movie was a little too ambitious for what an Indiana Jones film represents and the fans knew that something wasn't right, only to be proven correct at the end. And it came at a time when Hollywood and its A-class filmmakers were at a crossroad of confusion towards what the fans want to see and what the filmmakers want to do. Kind of like the Star Wars Ep1-3 mess, only not as bad. It still has Spielberg written all over it and there are some really fun parts in the movie, so I wouldn't say it hurts the collection any. If anything, the original trilogy is so good, that 4th film is just a bonus that you will either like, or you wont. Younger audiences will find a great parallel between Indiana Jones and Nathan Drake from the video-game series Uncharted, as these two guys are practically the same character and the stories they move through are very similar as well. If it weren't for Indiana Jones, we wouldn't have characters like Nathan Drake. These films sit nicely next to the original Star Wars trilogy and the Back to the Future trilogy. Highly recommended for people of all ages!

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    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      One of the best & most Influential movie series.

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      SamT
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      I'm ashamed to admit, I hadn't seen any of these movies in over 20 years, so I viewed them without nostalgia or any preconceptions. This package is a good value, coming with Two great moves, a decent one, and one that is pretty bad. I gave it five stars based on having the complete series for a good price, but took away one due to the lousy packaging. To the manufacturers: I HATE WHEN MOVIES COME IN A CARDBOARD SLEEVE INSTEAD OF A PROPER CASE! They are a pain to take out of the sleeve, and I'm always worried that I'm going to scratch them. A couple of my brief impressions of each movie: Raiders of the Lost Ark - Wow, I was blown away at how much I liked this movie! Great action and pacing, amazing characters, and a mostly good story. Marry me Marion! 9/10 (I rate things harshly) Temple of Doom - Not a bad movie, but my first thought after watching was that they couldn't make a worse Indiana Jones movie (I was so, so wrong). Overall I thought it was ok. Great action, but I hated Willy, and mostly disliked short round. I can't even count how many times I wanted them to shut up! 6/10 The Last Crusade - Another great movie, not as good as Raiders in my opinion though. The characters are mostly good, I love Indy's interactions with his father. I like Elsa, but not nearly as much as I like Marion. Great humor, which is the one thing I feel this movie did better than the first on. 8.5/10 Crystal Skull - It wasn't as bad as I'd heard, but by Indiana Jones standards it is. It's not a terrible movie, but it didn't do much that was good either. Too many problems are solved by a certain plot device. The action is good for the most part. I love that Marion is back, though I'm not fond of her son. Shia LaBeouf is a good actor, but he keeps choosing roles like this one that just don't suit him. 4/10

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    • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

      Great films... but not a good Blu-ray set

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      Indy1234
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      I'm a huge fan of the Indiana Jones movies, and at one point I had a VHS box set of the original trilogy. When I saw the 5-disc Blu-ray set at Best Buy, I was really excited to re-own a great set of movies I would watch over and over again. I took it home to immediately start a marathon but was disappointed. On every disc I put in my LG Blu-ray player, it would either freeze up or if the disc finally loaded, it loaded without a menu. This was workable for the discs with the films because I could still get to the movie by clicking Play on my remote. However, I assume there are language and subtitle options for every film; I just can't see the menus. So I don't have the ability to watch the films in Spanish or any subtitles if I wanted to. The biggest problem was on the disc with the DVD extras. After trying to reload the disc five times, it finally loaded but again without a menu. By hitting Play, it started the behind the scenes featurette for Raiders but after that featurette it goes back to the main disc page (still blank without a menu). I can't view any of the other extras. The picture quality of the films is great so they are fun to watch, but I wouldn't recommend it because of the disc loading issues.

      No, I would not recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      almost an excellent set

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      luckydragon
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      Of the four Indiana Jones movies in this set, THE LAST CRUSADE is head and shoulders above the rest and reaches the apex of the Indiana Jones formula of high adventure, action, humor and special effects. The combination of film history's two great action stars, Sean Connery and Harrison Ford and the excellent rapport between them as father and son is unsurpassed in the series. The script is excellent and easily the best of the series with the clever action gags on the tank being unbeatable and pure entertainment. On the flip side is the much-maligned KINGDOM OF THE CRYSTAL SKULL which starts out very well with the sci fi angle of the Roswell UFO incident but then rapidly self-destructs when it transitions to the mythological crystal skull angle. The son of Indiana Jones (Shia LaBeouf) was another negative aspect of this movie. Sean Connery turned down THE KINGDOM OF THE CRYSTAL SKULL---perhaps because it was a cameo role---but it turned out to be a good decision because the excessive CGI-laden movie looked phoney and the concept was too farfetched---even for an Indiana Jones movie. However, I highly recommend this set for its non-stop action, clever writing and high adventure escapism.

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    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      the definitive Indy!

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      CoastalFilm
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      It's hard to review a group of films so iconic in the American film landscape. Suffice it to say that the original trilogy is quintessential 80's adventure at its best. Technically, the bluray presentations are very good, considering the age of the films and the advancement in technology since they were first filmed. That having been said, the "newer" the film, the better the bluray upgrade. Unfortunately, the worst film of the bunch, Crystal Skull, is the best picture quality. At least that makes it worth a second look it you haven't seen it for a while. Other than the unfortunate choice by director Steven Spielberg to NOT do commentary tracks, or allow others to do them, the special features are excellent-- a mix of new material, and material ported over from the DVD special editions. Of note: if you are a special feature fanatic, like I am, and if you happen to own the individual edition of Crystal Skull, don't get rid of it. the features for this film were pared down for the box set. Overall, as you might expect, a very hearty recommendation for this classic series.

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    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Created nostalgic spell, modernized the genre

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      The first film in this series was nostalgic perfection, but with the muscular technical virtuosity acquired from a half century of directors-to-be studying the genre . It was a true gift to people who grew up on the old swashbuckling films, the "man of the jungle" actioners and 1940s detective thrillers (and director Spielberg obviously included himself as a recipient). Even if the films are uneven (we didn't need the R-ish darkness of "Temple of Doom)" the series resurrected not just the feel of old adventure films but the spirit that is often undermined by directors that don't take themselves or their audience seriously. One exception I can recommend that complements the Indy movies: "Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow"

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