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Jonesing for Indy? DVD set adds little

By Jen Chaney

Washington Post

"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.

Jonesing for Indy? DVD set adds little 05/21/08 [Last modified: Wednesday, November 3, 2010 12:05pm]
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