- Language: English
- Subtitles: English, French, Spanish
- Dubbed: French, Spanish
- Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
- Number of discs: 2
- Studio: Paramount Studio
- Average Customer Review: 40 customer reviews
- ASIN: B00005JPO1
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Indiana Jones And The Kingdom Of The Crystal Skull (2-Disc Special Edition) [Import]
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Ford/Allen/Blanchett/Labeouf ~ Indiana Jones & The Kingdom Of The Crystal Skull
Harrison Ford, Cate Blanchett, Shia LeBeouf. Ford delights once again in a fourth turn as the adventurous, fedora-wearing archaeologist. After a daring escape, Indy's on the run from Russian spies who want him to locate an ancient artifact for use in a supreme military weapon. Nearly 20 years after riding his last Crusade, Harrison Ford makes a welcome return as archaeologist/relic hunter Indiana Jones in Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, an action-packed fourth installment that's, in a nutshell, less memorable than the first three but great nostalgia for fans of the series. Producer George Lucas and screenwriter David Koepp (War of the Worlds) set the film during the cold war, as the Soviets--replacing Nazis as Indy's villains of choice and led by a sword-wielding Cate Blanchett with black bob and sunglasses--are in pursuit of a crystal skull, which has mystical powers related to a city of gold. After escaping from them in a spectacular opening action sequence, Indy is coerced to head to Peru at the behest of a young greaser (Shia LaBeouf) whose friend--and Indy's colleague--Professor Oxley (John Hurt) has been captured for his knowledge of the skull's whereabouts. Whatever secrets the skull holds are tertiary; its reveal is the weakest part of the movie, as the CGI effects that inevitably accompany it feel jarring next to the boulder-rolling world of Indy audiences knew and loved. There's plenty of comedy, delightful stunts--ants play a deadly role here--and the return of Raiders love interest Karen Allen as Marion Ravenwood, once shrill but now softened, giving her ex-love bemused glances and eye-rolls as he huffs his way to save the day. Which brings us to Ford: bullwhip still in hand, he's a little creakier, a lot grayer, but still twice the action hero of anyone in film today." --Ellen A. Kim --This text refers to an alternate DVD edition.
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"Whoever finds [the crystal skull] will control the greatest natural force the world has ever known."
The above (spoken with a Russian accent) comes from this science fiction adventure movie, the fourth film in the Indiana Jones franchise.
It was created by George Lucas and directed by Steven Spielberg.
This movie was released nineteen years after the previous film (the fantastic "The Last Crusade," 1989). It acknowledges the age of its star, Harrison Ford (who plays Indiana Jones) by being set in 1957. (Ford was 64 in this movie.)
This movie also pays tribute to sci-fi B-movies of the 1950s, pitting Indy against Soviet Agents who are searching for a telepathic crystal skull. The Head Soviet Agent is Irina Spalko (Cate Blanchett, who gives a good performance).
Indy is aided by his former partner, Marion Ravenwood (Karen Allen) and her son Mutt Williams (Shia LaBeouf). Marion appears in the last half of this movie.
To keep continuity with the three previous Indiana Jones movies, traditional stunt work was used instead of computer-generated doubles.
I personally enjoyed this movie. Yes, there are some absurd scenes (liked the "nuked the fridge" scene) but overall it was a good movie with, what I thought, was an important message. I especially liked the fact that this movie gave brief homage to Indy's father, Henry Jones Sr. (played by the first 007, Sean Connery) and to his late archaeological academic colleague Marcus Brody (Denholm Elliott, 1922-1992). We even get to see very briefly the Lost Ark (which was the relic Indy sought in the sensational blockbuster, "Raiders of the Lost Ark," 1981).
Although this film is no "Raiders" or "Last Crusade," it does have its moments.
Director Steven Spielberg said in an interview that "I'm very happy with this movie." (This is unlike his negative comments about the dark "Temple of Doom," 1984.) He even said Cate Blanchett's Irina Spalko was his favourite villain of the series. (Note that Blanchett was 12 years old when "Raiders" came out.)
As with the previous films, this movie features the unforgettable music of the great John Williams.
This movie was a financial success, grossing over 780 million dollars worldwide, making it the franchise's highest-grossing film. (This is probably due to nostalgia for the series. I found "Raiders" and "Last Crusade" much more entertaining.)
Finally, the DVD itself (single-disc edition released in 2008) has 2 extras. I found both to be interesting.
In conclusion, this is a solid sequel to end the Indiana Jones series!!
(2008; 1 hr, 55 min excluding end credits; wide screen; 16 scenes)
<<Stephen PLETKO, London, Ontario, Canada>>
Suitable for the whole family.
The movie was bit of a stretch, though. The plot, for example, suffered from multiple loose ends.
SPOILER ALERT #1: The show was not as good as first 2 Indiana Jones films. The 'fridge' incident (you'll know it when it happens), for instance, was flat-out unbelievable, because all the bouncing around would have killed anyone. Yet, Indy walked away apparently unscratched. I didn't believe it and, for me, that obvious problem tainted how I viewed the rest of the film - which contained additional problems.
SPOILER ALERT #2: An implied message in the story was: "Stay dumb, instead of pursue education." I didn't like that. Yet, characters where, essentially, punished for their curiosity.
SPOILER ALERT #3: The part where the 'big mystery' was supposed to be explained didn't explain much and seemed out-of-place.
So, although, this show would probably be dissatisfying, for those who pay attention, the movie did have some entertaining qualities.
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