Snakes that, thank heaven, were in a glass enclosed exhibit were drawing crowds at Comic Con. They herald the coming on September 18 of the Complete Adventure Collection of Indiana Jones on Blu-ray from Lucasfilm Ltd. and Paramount Home Media Distribution.
Thirty one years ago, we first met Indiana Jones the whip snapping reluctant hero who battles Nazis, Russians, swords and bullets, but cringes when confronted by a few slithery reptiles. From Raiders of the Lost Ark and his chilling encounter with the snakes, his adventures continued in The Temple of Doom and the Last Crusade, which actually wasn’t his final appearance. The Kingdom of the Crystal Skull brought Jones out of retirement nineteen years later in 2008.
2012 brings us The Complete Adventure Collection with an upgraded version of Raiders using 4K scan of the original negatives to find and repair any damage. They’ve improved the sound track also taking it from mono to stereo surround sound. The improvements were supervised by director Steven Spielberg and sound designer Ben Burtt. You can enjoy all four films in 1080p high definition with English 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio. The set includes extras, interviews and such, and something they are keeping secret for now. I just hope it doesn’t involve snakes.
The snakes and other stories are well imprinted in the memories of avid movie goers. In Raiders of the Lost Ark, Indiana Jones (Indy) sets off to find the long-lost Ark of the Covenant and encounters a snake pit in the Well of Souls. In the Last Crusade, he finds himself at odds with the Nazis who are trying to find the location of the Holy Grail. Finally, Indy reemerges in Kingdom of the Crystal Skull seeking, you guessed it, a crystal skull which has mystical powers related to a city of gold.
Indy fights a crocodile in the Nintendo Wii video game
Indiana Jones has permeated society in the form of film, video games, music, and toys engaging both adults and children. Kids enjoy LEGO, the ?E? rated Video Game-Indiana Jones the Original Adventures. If music is your thing, Amazon offers individual tracks on MP3 from Kingdom of the Crystal Skull at .99 cents each or $6.99 for the CD of all 19 tracks. Connoisseurs can order the re-mastered sound tracks collection of John Williams’ music from all four movies for $49.34.
Indiana Jones’ Officially Licensed Fedora
Toys from Lucasfilm Ltd include Indy’s whip which plays Indiana Jones theme music and authentic whip-cracking sounds as you swing the soft, three-foot whip. It runs on 3 AA batteries and is advertised for ages 4 and up. It will give new meaning to a description of your child as ?a young whipper-snapper.? Then there is an adult’s hat and whip set – I suppose it makes a great gift for a friend who is into S&M. So popular, that it’s out of stock, unfortunately. Replicas of Indy’s infamous hat go from a costume variety for $12.99 to a quality Indy-style fedora for $121.98. However, the original hat has a story to it and is officially licensed by a company in Stockton, California.
As to the anticipated new four film set, Amazon is taking preorders of the Blu-ray 5 disk for $74.96. The older unretouched DVD set is still available for $44.50. You can watch the trailer for the Complete Adventure Collection on Amazon.