Movie Renter's Guide - May, 2008


"Indiana Jones: the Adventure Collection" (SD DVD)


Do I really have to detail the plots of these three movies? Is there anyone who has not seen them all at least once, maybe ten times?

They are, in order, Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981), Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom (1984), and Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade (1989).

All three take place during an incredible time of human history, pre-World War II, so there are plenty of bad guys to choose from.

In one of the documentaries, Steven Spielberg says he wanted to make films that reminded him of the old Republic serials, and they certainly do, with lots of action, girls, and cliff hanging suspense.



  • Paramount
    1981, 1984, 1989, Color, Rated PG, PG, PG-13, 1 Hr 55 min, 1 Hr 58 min, 2 Hr 6 min
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • 480i
  • Codec: MPEG-2
  • English DD 5.1
  • Directed by Steven Spielberg
  • Starring Harrison Ford and a lot of other great actors who really made these movies terrific
  • Entertainment:
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  • Extras:
  • Violence: Yes
  • Sex: Mild
  • Language: Mild


The trilogy encompasses what is probably the best threesome ever made. The fourth installment is due in theaters this month. Ford looks good, but cannot hide nearly two decades of aging, no matter how much makeup is applied. Obviously a huge amount of computer generated effects too, something that was not available in the 1980's series. I imagine we all hope it stands up to the first three.


These are the latest SD DVD versions, sold in a box set with brand new extras that have not been seen before. I don't think the video and sound are any different than that in the individual movies, released a while back. I anticipate that we might see all four movies in a Blu-ray box set by the end of 2008.


What really sells this box set is the inclusion of the extras, with several on each disc, such as how they did the melting face in the first movie. There is also an interview with the three female stars of the films, including Karen Allen, Kate Capshaw, and Alison Doody.