Amazon’s Gold Box Deal of the Day is Indiana Jones: The Complete Adventures for $29.99 (61% off the MSRP). The set contains Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark, Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom, Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, and a fifth disc packed with bonus features. I own this set, and at $30, it’s a damn good deal. The transfers are terrific, the bonus features are worth your time, and the Crystal Skull disc makes a great coaster. Click here to go buy the set. Remember, Amazon Gold Box Deals are only good until the end of the day.
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The current state of Hollywood blockbusters is not one where an actor comes to define a role, but rather where the character on screen determines the box office, and, if successful, the direction of the franchise. The 007 films have been doing it for a while and it’s worked pretty well for them. Now, with veteran actor Harrison Ford approaching the day he’s no longer able to crack the whip, Disney and Lucasfilm might be considering a James Bond approach to the franchise. One actor they have in mind for the archaeologist adventurer? Disney’s resident raccoon (voice) Bradley Cooper. Hit the jump for more.
[Update: The folks over at /Film have a separate, "high-placing" source who claims that this entire story is untrue. So to recap: nobody knows anything.]
Last week, Disney and Paramount finally came to a financial arrangement with regards to future Indiana Jones films. Now that Disney owns Lucasfilm, the studio is in charge of developing and distributing the further adventures of Dr. Jones, while Paramount maintains distribution rights over the previous four films and gets a cut of the revenue from additional sequels. Though some fans sparked to the thought of a new Indiana Jones movie coming to theaters soon, Disney Studios chairman Alan Horn today told the folks at Variety not to expect a new Indy film for at least two to three years, adding, “We don’t have a story. We need a story.”
There will surely be new Indiana Jones movies in the future, be they sequels or reboots, and when they do come to fruition, Lucasfilm will be producing. The studio is rather busy at the moment though, as they have their hands full trying to launch a new Star Wars trilogy.
The legal entanglement that was the Indiana Jones franchise has now been untangled. When Disney purchased Lucasfilm, there was a question of how future Indiana Jones films would proceed since Paramount released the first four movies. Today, Disney announced that it has reached an arrangement with Paramount regarding the franchise. Under the new deal, Disney has acquired distribution and marketing rights to all future Indiana Jones films along with its current ownership of the rights that it secured when it purchased Lucasfilm. Hit the jump for more, including where Paramount fits into this new deal.
Another day, another actor confirming he/she has auditioned for Star Wars. At this point, J.J. Abrams and producer Kathleen Kennedy are canvassing Hollywood to put together their cast for Star Wars: Episode VII, and it’s hard to find any young actor or actress who wouldn’t be game to at least audition for a role. Saoirse Ronan confirmed as much when she said that she went in for a part but “so has everyone,” and now Fruitvale Station star Michael B. Jordan has confirmed that he read for a role as well.
Additionally, Harrison Ford has chimed in about reprising two of his most famous characters, saying he hasn’t made a decision yet with regards to a Star Wars return but he’s eager to break out the whip for another go-around with Indiana Jones. Hit the jump for more, including Jordan’s comments on him possibly starring in The Fantastic Four and Independence Day 2.
Harrison Ford has not one but two movies opening in the coming months, which means the press has double the opportunities to hound him about his involvement in Star Wars: Episode VII and the prospect of a fifth Indiana Jones film. Talk of the latter has somewhat subsided over the past few years, with Ford, Steven Spielberg, and George Lucas continuing to rattle off the same “if we can come up with a good idea” line that they’ve been spouting for years. It’s a true sentiment, but when one looks at Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull—which the trio deemed a worthwhile endeavor—the question becomes whether the audience thinks it’s a good idea to return to the Indiana Jones well.
While promoting the upcoming thriller Paranoia, Ford recently spoke a bit about the prospect of Indiana Jones 5, saying that he’s game to reprise the role as long as he doesn’t have to “kick as much ass.” Hit the jump to read his full comments.
With Comic-Con 2013 officially open, earlier tonight I was able to walk around the convention floor for Preview Night. In years past, before the convention sold out the moment tickets went on sale, you could walk around Preview Night casually picking up what you wanted, while also checking out the cool new toys. This is no longer the case. These days, as soon as the doors open, badge holders rush in to try and buy the numerous exclusives only for sale at the convention. While I get why everyone is racing to buy things, I do miss the days where it was all a little more casual.
While walking around the convention floor, I was able to take over 150 pictures. Included in the assortment are pics of Lego, toys, posters, art, comic books, The Walking Dead, the Marvel booth (Thor 2), some amazing Sideshow Collectibles, vintage Superman costumes from the films and TV shows, original props from The Wizard of Oz, James Bond, Watchmen, Indiana Jones, the PS4 and Xbox One, and so much more. However, while I saw many cool things tonight, I definitely think one of the highlights is the brand new LEGO Delorean from Back to the Future! Hit the jump to check it all out.
All of the hooplah surrounding Arrested Development Season 4′s debut on Netflix last weekend got me waxing nostalgic for another beloved series that was all too short-lived: Paul Feig‘s Freaks and Geeks. When you consider its impressive shelf life, it’s hard to believe the series only aired on NBC for one season and consists of merely 18 episodes. For the sake of comparison, ABC Family’s The Secret Life of the American Teenager will air its series finale this Monday and will finish with five seasons and 121 episodes in hand. Continuing down that path, Freaks and Geeks averaged just above 6.5 million weekly viewers during its run while Secret Life‘s most watched episode to date (the Season 2 premiere) garnered a little over 4.5 million viewers. In addition to the frustration I feel for having 103 more Secret Life episodes to never watch than Freaks and Geeks episodes to cherish, this also provides an interesting example of the ratings expectations/requirements of a network series in comparison to that of a cable series.
I could go on and on doing my best Brendan Bettinger: Stats Genius impersonation but the real reason I’m here is to present this week’s Top 5. In this installment you have at your disposal our visit to the set of Man of Steel, Allison watching the Indiana Jones movies for the first time, After Earth interviews with Will and Jaden Smith, another set visit for The Wolverine, and Matt’s review of the aforementioned fourth season of Arrested Development. As you’ve grown to expect, a brief recap and link to each of the above makes its home after the jump.
Amazon’s Gold Box Deal of the Day is Indiana Jones: The Complete Collection on Blu-ray for $38.99 (61% off) The set contains Raiders of the Lost Ark, Temple of Doom, The Last Crusade, Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, and a bonus disc of special features. I own this set, and the transfers are terrific. The picture and sound quality is top notch, and even if you own the DVDs of the first three movies, this is a worthwhile upgrade, especially at today’s price. “But I don’t want Crystal Skull!” I hear some cry. That’s okay! It also functions as a drink coaster. Like all Gold Box deals, it’s only good while supplies last or until midnight tonight. Click here to buy. For hundreds of additional DVD and Blu-ray deals, click here. And for more Indiana Jones stuff, be sure to read Allison’s recent series, “Confessions of an Indiana Jones Virgin“.
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Our daily series where Allison Keene watches the Indiana Jones movies for the first time. Read her intro/explanation here, and here’s her reviews of Raiders of the Lost Ark, Temple of Doom, and The Last Crusade.)
Finally, the “real” last one (maybe?): Kingdom of the Crystal Skull. It’s a perilous thing, rebooting a franchise as an extension, not as a clean slate, two decades after its last installment. But I may shock a few with my critique: I didn’t hate it. Actually, I liked it better than Temple of Doom, though not like that’s saying much on my personal scale. Still, aside from the over-reliance on CGI and some clunky, unfunny dialogue (and having the time period shoved down our throats, something the earlier films never did aside from, y’know, the fact that there were Nazis), I thought overall the story made sense within the context of the other storylines. Yes, even “that thing.” Hit the jump for more.
Our daily series where Allison Keene watches the Indiana Jones movies for the first time. Read her intro/explanation here, and here’s her reviews of Raiders of the Lost Ark and Temple of Doom)
Praise be to the sequel gods for The Last Crusade, which did right by the franchise by stabilizing things from the shaky ground of Temple of Doom. After I had some time to digest that later film I still think it’s the odd man out in the franchise (so far). It’s a B-movie from front to back, and while that’s not a bad thing on its own, it just doesn’t fit in with the rest of the Indiana movies. For Last Crusade, Steven Spielberg wisely returned things to their Lost Ark roots: Nazis, Biblical artifacts, and a new PG-13 rating. After what I had seen under the PG banner in the last two films, I was practically expecting a two hour orgy of sex and death. Instead, I got a really funny and engaging movie. Whodda thunk? Hit the jump for why this was definitely the best of the franchise.
Our daily series where Allison Keene watches the Indiana Jones movies for the first time. Read her intro/explanation here, and here’s her review of Raiders of the Lost Ark.)
On the momentum from Raiders of the Lost Ark, I got my popcorn ready for another rough and tumble installment of maybe the raciest PG movie series ever. But Temple of Doom left me and my popcorn cold. It may be the most unnecessary prequel-sequel I’ve ever seen. It didn’t add anything to the Lost Ark storyline. It actually didn’t incorporate any elements of the original besides the fact that Indiana Jones is Indiana Jones. The museum, the Ravenwoods, the class he never teaches … not even mentioned. Instead we get dropped in Shanghai and confoundingly dazzled by a musical number before a John Woo film breaks out. What?
Temple of Doom was violent, but not as much as Raiders of the Lost Ark, which was more specifically gruesome. Still, death by crushing machine, alligator, burning pit of lava, etc, is pretty bad, but them’s the breaks when you are dealing with Indy. Hit the jump for why I don’t think I’ll be setting India as a vacation destination any time soon.
First of all, what was the MPAA like in the past? This movie has a PG rating? As I heard someone say recently, “PG in the 80s translates to a light R now.” Nazi faces melt off, a man gets cut into pieces by a propeller blade, there are innumerable corpses and there’s a foul-mouthed broad smoking and drinking … if I was 10 years old I would be losing my mind right now (with excitement). Actually, my current self was pretty excited, too. Raiders of the Lost Ark caught me immediately with a classic, old Hollywood shot of Our Hero Indy (Harrison Ford) emerging from the shadows. The music, the shot — everything was a classic set up of “this is the good guy, and he’s going to save the day.” What’s not to like? Then there are three corpses in the first ten minutes. Bring me some more popcorn. This just got real. Hit the jump for why I love snake barbecue.
So here it has happened again, another strange gap in my movie knowledge has been uncovered: I’ve never seen any of the Indiana Jones movies. Like with Star Wars, I’m not sure I have any explanation beyond that my parents aren’t that into movies, and I was busy watching a lot of TV. And on the whole, based on my straw poll research, in my day [reaches for cane] girls weren’t really steered towards those kinds of movies; at least, before they became such huge hits. In any case, I remedied some of this cinematic gap starting in high school, and ended up minoring in film in college. What you may not know about many film programs though is that they tend to end their discussion of cinema around 1968 (it took so long to get to talkies in my semesters of film history that when Al Jolson spoke actual words in The Jazz Singer we clapped and wept).
In summation: what they don’t teach you, usually, in film history is about Indiana Jones. What’s a girl to do? I’m always looking to learn, so better late than never, right? Hit the jump for what I already know about the films (pretty much zilch) and what I hope to accomplish with this series.
Every time there’s a new home video format, there are always a couple of films that wait years to hit the market. But what better way to get people excited about buying something they’ve already owned (and perhaps multiple times)? And so finally in 2012, we get Indiana Jones: The Complete Adventures on Blu-ray. It comes with all three Indiana Jones films and this other film on Blu-ray with an additional disc of bonus features. All things told, the supplements don’t warrant an upgrade, but the picture and sound quality make this a must have. Our review of the Indiana Jones: The Complete Adventures Blu-ray set follows after the jump.