Here we go, another Indiana Jones movie premiering â€“ and so of course, here is another collection of the previous Indiana Jones movie releases, all in a neat and tidy slipcase, almost exactly the size of a single VHS cassette in slipcaseâ€¦ Please, Grandma, what was VHS; I seem to hear my grandchildren of the future gathering around my senior-citizen issue rocking-chair and asking. Pah, my little darlings â€“ let me tell you about Umatic format, with the millions of little screws holding the whole darned thing together â€“ now that was a video format with hair on itâ€™s chest!. Indiana Jones, hair on chest. Pardon the momentary distractionâ€¦ back to the topic at hand â€“ the new Indiana Jones movie collection.
The movies themselves hold up rather well; how original it seemed when â€œRaiders of the Lost Arkâ€ returned to pure entertainment; how cheerfully bare of anything socially relevant and meaningful! Just pure fun, returning to a cliff-hanging Saturday morning matinee adventure serial, with improbable feats, wicked villains, a stalwart hero, exotic locations, hidden treasure, lots of creepy crawly critters and a gorgeous and feisty leading ladyâ€¦ OK, Willi Scott in â€œThe Temple of Doomâ€ screamed too much â€“ obviously a little short in the feisty department. And having children in peril is somewhat of a no-no. Cliff-hanging â€“ oh, boy â€“ the scene over the gorge just about defined that particular element.
The Last Crusade featured the incomparable Sean Connery, and a return of some familiar sidekicks (Marcus and Salah), plus those infatigable all-purpose villains, the Nazis. What would thrillers have to do for villains if they didnâ€™t have Nazis? I swear, I think there must be a secret cave under Hollywood somewhere, where the last few remaining Nazis are kept on life-support, perhaps fed on the blood of virgins and wheeled out on a dolly for appearances as the Only Remaining Politically Correct Villain Which Will Not Permanently Piss Off the General Movie-Going American Public â€“ and tax the movie making credentials of those last two or three directors who still make movies for that niche audience, of course. I am certain that the whole series did wonders as far as recruiting archeologists â€“ who wouldnâ€™t want to be Indiana Jones?
Returning to the topic at hand – each individual movie has the relevant extras included on the disc (not as a separate disc, as was done in the last slip-cased all-in-one release) and each of them with a promo for the new Indy release. Ok, so consider the point made and pounded in with a sledgehammer already. The best of the lot is a short feature on how they made the incredible melting face in â€œRaidersâ€, and a retrospective discussion titled â€œIndyâ€™s Women Reminisceâ€. Fortunately for this feature they only included the three ladies from the movies â€“ not from the â€œYoung Indiana Jonesâ€ TV series. (In that case, they might have needed a stage the size of the Met Opera to hold them all.)
Indiana Jones â€“ The Adventure Collection is available from Amazon.com. The new installment of the franchise premiers May 22 â€“ like the hardcore fans need to be told!
Sgt. Mom is a free-lance writer and member of the Independent Authors Guild who lives in San Antonio and blogs at The Daily Brief. Her current book â€œTo Truckeeâ€™s Trailâ€ is available here, and her upcoming â€œAdelsverein Trilogyâ€ will be available in December, 2008. More about her books is at her website www.celiahayes.com.