By Jen Chaney
"Indiana Jones: The Adventure Collection," a DVD box set released May 13, exists for one primary reason: to promote Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull.
The people at Paramount Pictures are no dummies. It makes sense to issue this DVD set ($50) — which boasts a new slate of bonus features — at a time when fans of Harrison Ford's fedora-wearing, snake-fearing hero are eager to revisit the first three movies.
But the question consumers must ask is: Do I already own the Indiana Jones collection released in 2003? If the answer is yes, there is no reason to buy the new one. All three movies — Raiders of the Lost Ark, Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom and Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade — look exactly as they did on the previous collection; none of them have been remastered. And while the bonus features on the newer model are decent, they don't veer anywhere near the greatness of the two-hour making-of documentary found on the first Indy DVD, which boasted tons of behind-the-scenes material and footage of other actors (Tom Selleck! Sean Young!) auditioning for the leads.
The latest DVDs do come with one important benefit: Each can be bought individually ($27), a luxury the initial release did not allow. Each disc comes with three unique featurettes, a look at a scene in storyboard form, photo galleries and, surprise, surprise, previews for Crystal Skull and the soon-to-be-released Indiana Jones Lego video game.
The best bonus? The Melting Face!, a featurette that reveals how the filmmakers made one of the Nazis literally dissolve when the Ark of the Covenant is opened in Raiders.