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Indiana Jones And The Raiders Of The Lost Ark

The Adventures Of Indiana Jones: The Complete DVD Movie Collection / Widescreen
Genre: Action Adventure

Reviewed In Issue 78 (Nov 2003) Of Widescreen Review®

Harrison Ford, Karen Allen, Paul Freeman, John Rhys-Davies & Denholm Elliott

WSR Review Scores
WSR Picture Rating: 4.5
DD Sound Rating: 5
DTS Sound Rating: NA
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Critics' Composite Score: 5
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If adventure has a name, it must be Indiana Jones. Fans of this popular series of movies will no doubt be pleased by their arrival on DVD. The four-disc set includes the movies--

 DVD General Information

(Studio/Distributor): Paramount Home Entertainment
(Catalog Number): 05659
(MPAA Rating): PG
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(Retail Price): $69.99
(DVD Type): Single Side, Dual Layer (DVD9)
(Widescreen Edition): Yes
(Full Screen Edition): No
(Anamorphic Widescreen): Yes
(Running Time In Minutes): 115
(Color Type): Color
(Chaptered/Scene Access): Yes
(Closed Captioned): Yes
(Regional Coding): 1
(Theatrical Year): 1981
(Theatrical Release): Yes
(Direct-To-Video Release): No
(DVD Release Date): 10/21/03
(THX® Digitally Mastered): Yes

 Credits Information

(Director): Steven Spielberg
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Special Notes:
$49.95 MAP (Minimum Advertised Price). Available only in "The Adventures Of Indiana Jones: The Complete DVD Movie Collection" -- not available individually at this time. The set is also available in a modified 1.33:1 (4:3) version.) Versions purchased at Best Buy will include an exclusive fifth disc, which includes ten minutes of additional bonus material.

Story Synopsis:
("Indiana Jones And The) Raiders Of The Lost Ark" is the action-packed classic that set the standard for the modern-day action-adventure. Globe-trotting archaeologist Indiana Jones (Ford) is hired to find the mystical Lost Ark of the Covenant. Love interest Marion Ravenwood (Allen), rival (fly-eating) archaeologist Belloq (Freeman) and the ultimate screen villains, the Nazis complicate the adventure. "Raiders" was the top-grossing movie of 1981, and was the winner of five well-deserved Academy Awards. (Michael Coate)

DVD Picture:
The anamorphically enhanced 2.35:1 DVD picture looks fantastic! Well worth the wait, the restored images are sharp and detailed, with nicely rendered depth and clarity to highlight the intricate sets and locations. There are, however, a few shots that exhibit a soft focus. Colors are richly saturated, with lush greens and vivid hues, natural fleshtones, and deep blacks. A discriminating eye may notice the occasional edge enhancement in some scenes, but its presence is quite minimal. Contrast and shadow delineation are nicely balanced, with satisfying visual information in the darker scenes. Of course, the opening sequence is a bit dark, but that is to preserve the mysterious man in the shadows until his on-screen debut. The source element is quite clean, with little in the way of dirt or film grain. There are occasional instances of pixelization, shimmering artifacts, or moir

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