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4K Ultra HD Review: Indiana Jones 4-Movie Collection

June 29, 2021

By John Corrado

Steven Spielberg’s classic adventure movie Raiders of the Lost Ark, which introduced audiences to the bullwhip-cracking, fedora-wearing archeologist Indiana Jones (Harrison Ford), was released exactly forty years ago this month on June 12th, 1981.

To celebrate this milestone, Paramount has released all four films in the Indiana Jones franchise in a new 4K Ultra HD collection, that includes Raiders of the Lost Ark along with 1984’s Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom, 1989’s Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, and 2008’s Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull.

The centrepiece of the collection is obviously Raiders of the Lost Ark, the one that started it all. Sending Indiana Jones on a globetrotting race against the Nazis in 1936 to find the Ark of the Covenant, Raiders is a rip-roaring adventure that features one of Ford’s best performances in one of his most iconic roles. The film features still-excellent special effects, including the classic “face melting” scene, and is enlivened by a rousing musical score courtesy of John Williams, with an iconic theme that runs through all four films. It’s a classic through and through.

While Raiders remains the best of the bunch, Temple of Doom and Last Crusade, which includes the welcome casting addition of Sean Connery as Jones’ father, are also classics in their own right, rounding out one of the best film trilogies of all time. Then there’s Kingdom of the Crystal Skull. While this legacy sequel, which is set in the 1950s and features Shia LaBeauf as Jones’ son, gets somewhat of a bad rap, I still think it’s an entertaining film on its own terms, even if it is not up to the level of its predecessors.

The main draw of this release are the 4K remasters. The films have been remastered from 4K scans of the original negatives with Dolby Vision and HDR-10, with the approval of Spielberg himself. They also feature Dolby Atmos soundtracks that were remixed at Skywalker Ranch under the supervision of sound designer Ben Burtt, using the original sound elements. This is probably the best these films have ever looked at home, and fans who are wanting to upgrade should be pleased with the quality.

Bonus Features (4K Ultra HD):

The set comes with a fifth disc devoted entirely to bonus features, boasting seven hours of previously released content. The discs are held in plastic trays that are glued to a cardboard trifold, which comes housed in a cardboard case. Some new featurettes on the restoration work and sturdier packaging on the standard release would have been welcome (there is a Best Buy exclusive Steelbook version as well), but this is still a solid 4K set all around.

The package comes with a pretty nice fold-out map featuring a timeline of events from the films on one side, and all four movie posters on the other. Digital copy codes for all four films are also included. A full list of the bonus features is below.

On Set With Raiders of the Lost Ark

• From Jungle to Desert

• From Adventure to Legend

Making the Films

• The Making of Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981 documentary)

• The Making of Raiders of the Lost Ark

• The Making of Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom

• The Making of Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade

• The Making of Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull (HD)

Behind the Scenes

• The Stunts of Indiana Jones

• The Sound of Indiana Jones

• The Music of Indiana Jones

• The Light and Magic of Indiana Jones

• Raiders: The Melting Face!

• Indiana Jones and the Creepy Crawlies (with optional pop-ups)

• Travel with Indiana Jones: Locations (with optional pop-ups)

• Indy’s Women: The American Film Institute Tribute

• Indy’s Friends and Enemies

• Iconic Props (Kingdom of the Crystal Skull) (HD)

• The Effects of Indy (Kingdom of the Crystal Skull) (HD)

• Adventures in Post Production (Kingdom of the Crystal Skull) (HD)

Indiana Jones 4-Movie Collection is a Paramount Home Entertainment release. Raiders of the Lost Ark is 115 minutes and rated 14A, Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom is 118 minutes and rated PG, Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade is 126 minutes and rated PG, and Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull is 122 minutes and rated PG.

Street Date: June 15th, 2021

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