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Indiana Jones: Raiders of the Lost Ark

Harrison Ford , Karen Allen , Steven Spielberg    PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)   VHS Tape
4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (132 customer reviews)
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Steven Spielberg and George Lucas's 1981 resurrection of the Saturday-matinee adventure genre was deservedly popular, and kicked off a successful trilogy. Set in 1936, this first feature introduces Harrison Ford as Indiana Jones, an archaeologist and adventurer whose quests for rare antiquities frequently find him running from one menace or another. Raiders finds Dr. Jones in the middle of a Nazi plot to use the mysterious powers of the Ark of the Covenant to win the war. Karen Allen plays the love interest with an old-fashioned "man's woman" appeal (she can drink anybody under the table and is free with her fists). The constant, cliffhanger appeal of the movie is great fun--one is always wondering how Indy will get out of one scrape after another--and Ford's career got a big boost with his self-effacing but masculine portrayal of the hero. --Tom Keogh

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Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark in VHS, Digitally THX Mastered for HI FI sound and video.


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5.0 out of 5 stars Harrison Ford makes history come to life Oct. 13 2006
By bernie TOP 100 REVIEWER
Format:VHS Tape
This is the first in a series of fun to watch action packed movies based on what an archeologist should be. Being a first you will not notice the pattern of the film unless you are used to Saturday matinees.

We hit the deck running on this one as we see Indiana Jones making a John Wayne type of entrance. So much that you do not notice the dubious looking character next to him Statipo (Alfred Molina). Until he says "Give me the Idle and I will give you the whip."

Now settled down, after his near miss with the natives, Harrison Ford is a professor (Indiana Jones) teaching the fact that archeology is a search for facts not some thrill ride.

That very afternoon he is confronted by some government agents. It seems that his old professor Abner Ravenwood has disappeared. They picked up some radio transmissions that contained the name of Abner and a city Tannis. Immediately Indiana Jones knows that the Nazis (natural bad buys) are looking for the Ark of the Covenant (which can be used as a weapon of unspeakable power) and somehow he must beat them to it for the sake of the world.

He is helped by an old love interest Marion (Karen Allen) and rivaled by an old nemesis Dr. Rene Belloq (Paul Freeman).

Does it really exist?

How can he beat them to it?

Why is he on the outs with Abner?

Hold on for a thrill a minute and don't eat any bad dates.
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5.0 out of 5 stars How's your Heart? Aug. 19 2010
Format:VHS Tape
My family and I saw this movie many years ago. I bought the movie because of the happy memories we still share about it. It is a wonderful, action packed, edge of seat movie at the end of which I realized I had been holding my breath much of the time. There is a terrifying scene near the beginning in which helpers get pinned to the tunnel wall by razor sharp spears and "Indie" (the hero) is pursued down the tunnel by a bone crushing .... Well, you gotta see it if you have not already. Just be prepared for a severe test of your bladder control! I saw the movie when I was a lot younger. I saw it again when I bought it just recently. I am happy to report that, despite being much older, my bladder is still in good shape!

The "ark" which Indie seeks is the ancient Ark of the Covenant in which the Hebrew people carried the two stone tablets on which the finger of God had written the Ten Commandments in the presence of Moses. The Ark has great powers and Nazi archaeologists want to seize it to defeat Germany's enemies. Indianna Jones saves the world!
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5.0 out of 5 stars A wonderful and action-packed film!!!!!!! June 26 2004
By Shane
Format:VHS Tape
If you're a fan of 30's and 40's serials,adventure films,Spielberg's work,or Harrison Ford, this is the movie for you!!!!!! This film has so many amazing scenes your jaw literally drops.the film also has some great acting,especially John-Rhys Davies(Gimli of The Lord of the Rings) as Sallah and Harrison Ford as our hero,Indiana Jones.Overall,you will love this film.It's worth checking out!!!!!!!!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Return Of The Great Adventure... May 28 2004
Format:VHS Tape
"Either of you guys ever go to Sunday School?" - Indiana Jones brings Eaton & Musgrove's church attendence records into question in "Raiders of the Lost Ark".
From the director of "Jaws" and the creator of "Star Wars" comes the adventure film that all others in its genre are held up to, "Raiders of the Lost Ark". After twenty-three years and counting, I can honestly say that the film has yet to be outmatched (sure there have been good action/adventure films since "Raiders", including its own sequels, but I haven't seen a film that has had an indeliable, definitive impact that "Raiders" has left in a long time, possibly since the original "Star Wars")
Hired by the U.S. Government, archeologist/adventurer, Indiana Jones is on a race against evil to retrieve the lost Ark of The Covenent, the chest that contains the original stone tablets of the Ten Commandments. The ones that Moses brought down from Mount Harab and smashed. When was the last time YOU went to Sunday School!? Along the way Indiana meets up with an ex-girlfriend of his, Marion Ravenwood, outraces and dukes it out with legions of Nazis, and has plenty of close calls including a truck chase, The Well of Souls and its snakes (& Indiana's deathly phobia of them), a slugfest with a mechanic and his flying wing, and the opening of the Ark itself (lets just say GOD isn't to happy when mortals decide to open the Ark & sift through its contents).
An absolute modern-day classic. Why? "Raiders"' opening, from the Paramount logo to the natives chasing Dr. Jones, the bar fight, the basket chase, The Well of Souls, the truck chase (that alone gets 5 stars), the opening of The Ark in all its glory, John Williams' Oscar nominated score, I could go on all day long, but, you get the drift.
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4.0 out of 5 stars The Moose Hole - 'Raiders' Dig Up a Classic Feb. 21 2004
Format:VHS Tape
Few classics in the history of motion pictures can be as easily recognizable for their theme music alone as Raiders of the Lost Ark and remain enduring beyond that identifiable element. When the feature was originally released in 1981, it certainly had a lot of potential going for it. Rising director Steven Spielberg showed potential with such hits as Jaws and Close Encounters with the Third Kind but lack-luster features like 1941 and The Sugarland Express hindered him from being a break-out commodity in Hollywood just yet. Added to the mix was the creative talents of another rising film-maker, George Lucas, who had just come off one the biggest motion picture phenomena of all time, Star Wars. Paramount executives must have been biting at the bit to see what these two creative geniuses could cook up but even they had to question their choice of relative unknown actor Harrison Ford as the lead role. But despite relative criticism, both Spielberg and Lucas believed they had the perfect choice after witnessing the former carpenter in American Graffiti and Star Wars. The real judgment would be determined by the movie-going public and whether or not they would endure a two-hour feature about a man with a hat and a whip.
The story centers on the adventures of a head-strong paleontologist as he searches for one of the most spiritual artifacts in the history of the world. There is no paleontologist in the world like Indiana Jones. He's seen it all from booby traps to a gigantic rolling boulder to spear-throwing natives. All in the name of archeology and maybe a little love here and there throughout his exhilarating exploits. But this new venture may be the most challenging of them all. The United States government, in their efforts to battle the Axis-powers during World War II, enlists Mr.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Instant Hollywood Legend
This was the most popular film in the summer of 1981, and played to packed audiences. It must have resonated with people's emotions as an action film unlike many others. Read more
Published on July 15 2004 by Acute Observer
5.0 out of 5 stars The mother of all adventure movies!
Yes folks, this is the one movie that started it all and became a pop culture phenomenon. This is the story of a Arceologist "Indiana Jones" ( Harrison Ford) who is on a mission to... Read more
Published on Dec 30 2003 by John Lindsey
5.0 out of 5 stars Snakes. Why does it have to be snakes?
Will anyone who's seen this film EVER forget that line? Our intrepid hero has a flaw, a weakness, an Achilles heel: snakes. He really, really, really doesn't like them. Read more
Published on Dec 3 2003 by Peggy Vincent
4.0 out of 5 stars Rough & Tough: Indiana Jones whips Bond Any Day
I remember watching "Raiders of the Lost Ark" for the first time as a child and wanting to go out and buy a whip and a hat. Read more
Published on Nov. 25 2003 by Daniel R. Sanderman
4.0 out of 5 stars Harrison Raids our Psyche
Entertaining. Comedy AND adventure. A slice of mythical history explored in cinematography. What more could you want?
This is certainly a film that stands the test of time. Read more
Published on Nov. 15 2003 by Alicia Walker
5.0 out of 5 stars The 1940 Serials Live On
Based on the 1940's serials, this movie has it all. Non-stop action, mystery, suspense, and a love story to boot. This is the role that I will always remember Harrison Ford by. Read more
Published on Nov. 10 2003 by Michael A. Newman
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic Blockbuster
Oh, for the days when movies where about the good old battles between good and evil, before the days of moral relativism and political correctness. Read more
Published on Nov. 8 2003 by Gary Selikow
5.0 out of 5 stars Just to be honest...
Anyone who remembers "High Road to China" knows that Tom Selleck could have played Indiana - except for one problem: he would have been too tall. Read more
Published on Oct. 29 2003 by Eric C. Sanders
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