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Indiana Jones 4-Movie Collection 4K Review

“Indiana Jones 4-Movie Collection” is a must own 4K set.

While we all wait for the fifth installment to be released in 2022, Paramount has graciously released the first 4 films in a new 4K set. You probably don’t need me to tell you about each of the 4 films at this point, but I will anyway!

“Raiders of the Lost Ark” is a classic at this point. It’s the prime example of an action-adventure that just happens to pay homage to the serial adventure that inspired it. It’s a simple story about a teacher/archaeologist searching for the Ark of the Covenant. Unfortunately, the evil Nazis and the sleazy Belloq are also trying to find it as well.

Harrison Ford permanently cemented himself as not only an action hero in the title role here, but among the most celebrated movie stars of all time. He’s humorous, dashing, and has great chemistry with Karen Allen (Marion) and John Rhys-Davies (Sallah) especially. The movie itself doesn’t have a single wasted scene. It’s jam packed with action, chase sequences, stunts, a giant rolling rock, snakes, and, yes, even a monkey. Plus, who can forget what is arguably one of the best endings in cinema?

“Indiana Jones And The Temple Of Doom” has always been a divisive sequel that is actually a prequel and, indeed, I myself am split on it. The story finds Indy, Short Round, and Willie becoming embroiled in an adventure involving a stone, child slaves, and a vicious cult. On one hand, it has some of the best action sequences (the mine cart and bridge sequences) and features the lovable Short Round (played by Ke Huy Quan). On the other hand, the movie has a decidedly darker tone that doesn’t fit with the rest of the series. It’s also perhaps one of the grossest movies with the bugs, snakes, monkey brain, eyeball soup, heart grabbing, and so on. And then there’s Willie (Kate Capshaw) who is so obnoxious that she hampers the movie as a whole.

“Indiana Jones And The Last Crusade” has always been my personal favorite. It has everything you could want from a movie and an Indy Movie. It’s jam packed with action in the air, on the land, and on the sea. It has the best comedic moments of the franchise primarily thanks to the incredible chemistry between Sean Connery and Harrison Ford and the inclusion of more scenes with Sallah and Marcus Brody. The more personal plot involving a father and son and The Holy Grail resonates more than any of the other stories in this franchise. Simply put, it is pure cinematic joy.

The Cold War set “Indiana Jones And The Kingdom Of The Crystal Skull” is another divisive sequel, but I’ve always felt it’s a misunderstood tribute to 50’s sci-fi. The plot concerns the titular Crystal Skulls, Soviet Agents, a missing Professor, and the introduction of Indy’s son. Marion also makes a grand return to the franchise and seeing her with Indy again is one of the highlights of the movie to be sure. Now, don’t get me wrong, this is a flawed movie with some truly goofy moments like the monkeys, gophers, fridge, and giant ants (although that was clearly a nod to “Them”). It also greatly misses the presence of Sallah, Brody, and Indy’s father. Still, it’s great to see Indy back in action and the focus on Indy’s family again goes a long way here. 

Video/Audio:

Presentation: 2.39:1 2160p. How do the films look? So I’m sure everyone is wondering how these films look. The good news is they are all nice upgrades from the Blu-ray releases. Each subsequent film looks better than the next and the colors really pop here. I was especially blown away by minor things like the skylines, Willie’s dress, and the clarity of the grand sets.

Audio Track: Dolby Atmos. How do the films sound? As good as the picture quality is, the sound is even better. The Atmos tracks are off the charts good here. Not only has John Williams iconic score never sounded better, but the action completely fills the room. A true Chef’s kiss. Note: Multiple language options including Spanish, French, Italian and Japanese are available.

Extras:
* Digital copies of all 4 films
* A double-sided fold out poster of the film posters and a map.
* “Raiders of the Lost Ark” teaser, theatrical and re-issue trailers.
* “Indiana Jones And The Temple Of Doom” teaser and theatrical trailer.
* “Indiana Jones And The Last Crusade” teaser and theatrical trailer.
* “Indiana Jones And The Kingdom Of The Crystal Skull” theatrical trailers 2, 3 and 4.
* “On Set With Raiders Of The Lost Ark”- A 2 part extra comprised of “From Jungle To Desert” and “From Adventure To Legend” which contain set footage, deleted scene glimpses, interview clips, outtakes, storyboards, and more. Great extras ported over from the Blu-ray set.
* 5 making of featurettes- “The Making Of Raiders Of The Lost Ark (1981),” “The Making Of Raiders Of The Lost Ark,” “The Making Of The Temple Of Doom,” “The Making Of The Last Crusade,” and “The Making Of The Kingdom Of The Crystal Skull.”
* 12 behind-the-scenes extras all previously released on Blu-ray/DVD- “The Stunts of Indiana Jones,” “The Sound Of Indiana Jones,” “The Music Of Indiana Jones,” “The Light and Magic Of Indiana Jones,” “Raiders: The Melting Face!,” “Indiana Jones And The Creepy Crawlies,” “Travel With Indiana Jones: Locations,” “Indy’s Women: The American Film Institute Tribute,” “Indy’s Friends And Enemies,” “Iconic Props,” “The Effects Of Indy,” and “Adventures In Post Production.”

June 14, 2021 - Posted by | 4K UHD Review | , , , , , ,

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