Movie Renter's Guide - October, 2008

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"Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull" (Blu-ray)

movie-october-2008-crystal-skull.jpgSynopsis

It's 1957 now, and Indie is aging. But not enough to keep out of trouble.

Communist spys, led by Col. Dr. Irina Spalko (Blanchett) kidnap Indie and take him to a warehouse where the US supposedly stores all their secrets, including the remains of a space alien. Spalko wants the body because she believes it will lead her to a secret kingdom in Peru, called Akator, where the bodies of other aliens are buried. Supposedly, those in possession of the aliens' remains will hold an unspeakable power over the minds of humans.

Of course, Indie escapes, and when he gets back home, he is approached by a young man, Mutt Williams (LeBeouf), who tells Indie that an old colleague of his, Dr. Harold Oxley (Hurt), has been kidnapped in Peru, and that Mutt's mother went down there to help, and now she is a prisoner as well.

Indie and Mutt go to Peru, find some secret notes left by Dr. Oxley, and digging through some ancient artifacts, discover a crystal skull, in fact, the one that Col. Spalko is seeking.

Indie and Mutt are captured by the Russians, and Indie is forced to talk Oxley, who is now a babbling nut case, into revealing where Akator is located.

Indie escapes again, and everyone makes a mad dash to Akator.

 

 

Specifications

  • Paramount Pictures
  • 2008, Color, Rated PG-13, 2 Hr 2 min
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • 1080p
  • Codec: Not Specified
  • English 5.1 Dolby TrueHD
  • Starring Harrison Ford, Cate Blanchett, Karen Allen, Ray Winstone, John Hurt, Shia LaBeouf
  • Directed by Steven Spielberg
    Rating
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  • Violence: Mild
  • Sex: No
  • Language: Mild

Commentary

The way the movie ends, it implies this is the last of the series. But, I wouldn't count on it.

Technical

The image has an aging color appearance, like an old 1950's movie. It was also shot with a diffuser on the lens here and there, I suppose to make Harrison Ford and Karen Allen not look so old. The sound is top notch in quality. This is a collector's movie, for all sorts of reasons.

Extras

Tons of extras, including Pre-Production, The Return of a Legend, Warrior Makeup, The Crystal Skulls, and many other things.