Movie Reviews

DVD Review: “Indiana Jones (The Adventure Collection)”

(Paramount. 3 discs. Color. Widescreen. Rated PG and PG-13. Directed by Steven Spielberg. Music by John Williams.) Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981), Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom (1984), Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade (1989).

Just on the off-chance you’ve been living under a rock, here’s a news flash: the newest entry in the multi-million-dollar Lucas/Spielberg franchise, Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, is opening on May 22nd. It only took 19 years. And surprise, surprise: here’s a reissue of the first three films. The only real question is whether this set is worth obtaining. The answer is that it all depends: the set does tout some “all-new special features,” such as new introductions by Spielberg and Lucas, storyboards and galleries, and several brief featurettes. The most fun for me were “Indy’s Women Reminisce” with Alison Doody, Kate Capshaw, and Karen Allen getting together a few years ago to talk about their roles; and “The Mystery of the Melting Face” which details the special effects wizardry that went into the climactic scene in Raiders. However, most Indy fans who bought the big brown box set five years ago (and some got the extra 4th disc which some stores offered) might want to hold off on this one, since the movies themselves are exactly the same, and we all know there will be another box set this Christmas (in both regular and Blu-ray versions) which will include the new film. The Adventure Collection is best for completists and those who are Indy-less and don’t want to wait until the holidays.