- Format: THX, Widescreen, NTSC
- Language: Arabic, English, German, Hebrew, Nepali, Spanish
- Number of tapes: 1
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- Studio: Paramount
- VHS Release Date: Jan. 8 2004
- Average Customer Review: 169 customer reviews
- ASIN: 0792157648
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Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark (Widescreen)
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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 --This text refers to the Blu-ray edition.
This is a new title for the original Raiders of the Lost Ark.
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"Tanis development proceeding. Acquire headpiece, Staff of Ra. Abner Ravenwood, U.S."
The above secret German cable is the motivation for this fantasy adventure film (from a story by George Lucas and Philip Kaufman, directed by Steven Spielberg). For if the Germans acquire the headpiece, they will be able to locate the lost Ark of the Covenant with its mysterious powers. (The Ark of the Covenant is a chest that contains the stone tablets in which the Ten Commandments are inscribed.)
It's up to Indiana Jones (Harrison Ford) to locate the Ark before the Germans do. Dr. Jones is Professor of Archaeology, expert on the occult, and obtainer of rare antiquities. Jones' trademark when he's in the field is his bullwhip and Fedora (a type of hat).
This movie could very well be the greatest adventure film of all time. The viewer is treated to one cliff hanger after another. As well, the acting and special effects are good. (This is Alfred Molina's acting debut.)
What I especially liked was the blend of humor, adventure, and drama. Also, the music by the great John Williams is unforgettable.
Photography was in France, Tunisia, Hawaii, and studios in England.
The title of this movie was originally "Raiders of the Lost Ark" but was later changed for marketing purposes.
This film originated from George Lucas' desire to create a modern version of the serials of the 1930s and 1940s.
The budget for this movie was eighteen million dollars. It has grossed almost three-hundred and ninety million worldwide!
Finally, the DVD itself (released in 2008) has six extras. I found most of them interesting.
In conclusion, I would recommend that you have your seat belts on when you view this film. Why? Because you're going to be taken on a non-stop action-adventure!!
(1981; 1 hr, 51 min excluding end credits; wide screen; 31 scenes)
<<Stephen PLETKO, London, Ontario, Canada>>
Jones is introduced to a nazi plot to obtain the Ark of the Covenant, an artifact they believe will give them the power to conquer the whole world. Jones sets out to foil their plot and on his travels he hooks up with an old amour, Marion Ravenwood(Karen Allen) and the exeptional stereotypical Gestapo man Toht(Lacey) that continues to be his nemesis throughout the movie.
The movie seems to breath new life into the old saturday night matine cliffhanger style. The movie is sure to keep you on the edge of your seat. Indiana Jones got knack to getting out of a tight situation, although he rarely uses firearms. Most often it is the whip or the fist. The fist is something Marion also favours in her dealings with bad guys.
This movie is simply fantastic in all its aspects, the plot is fun, the action is there all the time and presented in a humorous way. The casting is perfect too, who can imagine another Indiana Jones than Fords?
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