When it comes to movies, not a whole lot of stuff will really freak me out.  Requiem For A Dream, yes, but not a whole lot more than that.  Yet this is a movie which, for whatever strange reason, just really gets under my skin.

Starting this May 15th, now available in a special edition collector’s DVD boxed set from Paramount Pictures and Lucasfilm Limited comes the second chapter in one of the greatest adventure stories of all time.  Indiana Jones And The Temple Of Doom is ready to bring home.  Relive one of those important stories which still gets your blood pumping after all these years.  Introduce your children to a hero they will grow to love nearly as much as you used to.

For those who somehow managed to make it this long in life without knowing what this movie is about, it is the story of Indiana Jones and his adventures in China and India.  He and his sidekick Short Round and the nightclub singer Willie Scott are thrown from an airplane and lost in a village which is being drained of life by a great evil.  Indy and his friends go to see about getting back the magical stone of the townspeople and find something worse than they imagined.  There are spiders and monkey brains and hands plunging into the chests of people and an incredible mine car chase scene.  The story only gets so much better after that.

The special features included in this special edition collector’s DVD boxed set are a new introduction to the film from George Lucas and Steven Spielberg, a featurette looking into the use of all the creepy creatures in each film, a look at all the different locations which were used in this film, the storyboards from the mine cart chase scene, selected photo galleries and a game demo for the Lego Indiana Jones Original Adventures video game.

This is a freaky movie.  The scene where Indy drinks the blood and loses his mind – that still scares me.  Yet this is still a very good movie.  It is a darker look at Indy than the other two movies were and that does follow the standard Lucas/Spielberg views on trilogies, that something must get worse before it gets any better (see The Empire Strikes Back for more evidence of this phenomenon).  The special features are wonderful and the movie is a great piece within one of the most influential movie series in America.

This Temple Of Doom might not tear your heart out, but it will certainly fill it with a touch of that old excitement.

This DVD is available at Amazon.com.

Nathaniel Jonet

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