A new trailer has been released for Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull. They do not release an imbed version and so it is only viewable in the flash player here. There is some exciting new footage shown in this trailer and I can't wait for the May 22nd release date!
Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull on DVD
It’s Here! It’s Here! I know what I want for my birthday, Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull on DVD. It’s out on DVD October 14 2008 as a 2 disc special edition, Blue Ray and as a super pack Indiana Jones - The Complete Adventures Collection (Raiders of the Lost Ark/ Temple of Doom/ Last Crusade/ Kingdom of the Crystal Skull). I’m pleased to see the cover art is better than some of the other pictures that were being vetted but I still think they could have used something better. Unfortunately the cover for the super pack was not nearly as nice as the last super pack they did. The extras include behind-the-scenes material on visual effects, stunts, makeup and the far-flung locations where the movie was shot.
I should warn you… Hi I’m Brian and I’m a fan of Indiana Jones. This was a great Indiana Jones movie not the best but definitely up there. The reviews of this movie is mixed and mainly it’s because people either got it or not. Fans loved this movie because it kept with the over the top swashbuckling adventure we have come to love and expect from an Indiana Jones film. If you are not a fan of this then I am pleased to see you have read this far and would recommend sating your interest by starting with Raiders of the Lost Ark. My full review can be read here: Exploring: Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull.
Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull picks up 18 years after The Last Crusade. Indiana gets pulled back into action chasing after the mythological Crystal Skull trying to keep the soviets from getting it first. His journey takes him from Connecticut, through New Mexico, the Jungles of Peru and Mexico City.
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Exploring: Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull
Review of: Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull Overall Rating: 10
Well worth the wait, Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull was an amazing movie experience. George Lucas and Steven Spielberg pulled it off again and created another Indiana Jones movie that fans will be proud of. They were able to bring back the over the top wild ride packed full of exploration, history and the sense of humor we have come to know and love from the Indiana Jones move series.
They brought back an amazing cast for the film: Harrison Ford, Cate Blanchette, John Hurt, Karen Allen, & Ray Winstone. Each of them really brought their characters to life making them believable. For those concerned about Harrison's ability to pull off Indiana Jones then their fears will be put to rest. For me the biggest concern was not in the appearance of Harrison Ford but it was in Harrison's ability to pull off the vitality of Indiana Jones. When we first see him it is a little jarring but that is actually due to the makeup used to make him look dirty and distressed so he would look appropriate for the situation that Indiana Jones was in. Then shortly into the movie Indiana has to get himself out of a very difficult situation where he explodes into action running, jumping, ducking and dodging.
Lucas brilliantly weaves in the disparate historical events, mysteries, and cultural idiosyncrasies of the late 40's early 50's. For more information about the story line and to watch the trailer for Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull check out the May theater or renter post.
- How Lucas took a moment to address what happened to Marcus & with Indiana's dad.
- Naming Shia LaBeouf's character Mutt I found hilarious since Indiana was the dogs name and a Mutt is the name of a mixed breed dog. Lucas puts it in and doesn't draw attention to it except for one cafe scene where Indiana without realizing it makes a similar critique about the bizarre nature of Shia's name that Indiana gets in the Last Crusade.
- I love that Indiana Jones used the very same reference name of Jr. and Henry that he complained about his father using in the Last Crusade.
- Maintained the spirit, vitality, adventure, and humor we have come to know and love from Indiana Jones movies
- How all of the ancient traps and secret compartments maintained a Rube Goldberg feel to them with all of the moving parts and gears.
- How they did not allow it to become a move about the Aliens. Instead the story keeps it's focus on the the message, the exploration, and the archeology.
- The very touching scene where Lucas pulled a tip of the hat to Joseph Campbell where he has Indiana teach the follow your bliss message.
- The nice way we were brought up to speed on what happened in the intervening years with out stopping the flow of the main story.
- I loved how Lucas was able to put in a lot of wonderful edifying life messages without becoming preachy or taking from the flow or experience of the story.
Dislikes / Concerns
- Shia LaBeouf' did not make me believe he was a greaser. His acting lacked some of the cultural Idiosyncrasy and toughness that a real greaser would have. He "acted" tough but was way over compensated. I'm still debating with myself if it was a flaw in the acting or a brilliant attention to detail tied into the back story of the character with him being a poser to the greaser community.
- I got terribly concerned with the passing of the torch scene at the end of the movie. Thankfully Lucas zigs when I expected him to give into the Hollywood typical zag. If he would have zag it would have ruined a great movie and I commend Lucas for not giving in.
May "Theater Or Renter?"
It's time once again for our favorite game "Theater Or Renter?" Rules of the Game: Watch the trailers. Rate the Trailer. Then Put in your comments below the trailer: does the trailer and buzz make you want to watch it in the theater, rent it, or not interested at all, and why?
For May we have four movies:
| Iron Man: [Watch trailer here]
Release Date May 2nd. Official Site. Listed as Action, Adventure, Drama, Sci-Fi.
The story from the official site: Tony Stark a billionaire industrialist and genius inventor who is kidnapped and forced to build a devasting weapon. Instead he builds a high-tech suit of armor and escapes captivity. when he uncovers a nefarious plot with global implications he puts on his powerful armor and vows to protect the word as the superhero Iron Man.
Other posts related to the movie: Iron Monger v Iron Man
| Speed Racer: [Watch trailer here]
Release Date May 9nd. Official Site. Listed as Action, Family, Sport.
The story from the official site: Speed Racer is a natural behind the wheel. Born to race cars, Speed is aggressive, instinctive and fearless. His only real competition is the memory of his brother Rex Racer who death in a race left behind a legacy that Speed is driven to fulfill. When Speed's family racing business is threatened he has to beat Royalton in the very same race that took his brother's life, a cross-country rally called The Crucible.
| The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian: [Watch trailer here]
Release Date May 16th. Official Site. Listed as Adventure, Family, Fantasy.
The story via Wikipedia: 1941: a year has passed in our world since the first adventure ended, but in Narnia, almost 1,300 years have passed, and now it is time for the Pevensie children to return and make history. The villainous King Miraz prevents the rightful king, his young nephew Prince Caspian, from ruling the land of Narnia. Caspian uses Susan's magic horn that was left in Narnia to summon the four Pevensies to help him and a small army of Old Narnians reclaim his rightful throne.
| Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull: [Watch trailer here]
Release Date May 23rd. Official Site. Listed as Action, Adventure.
The story from the official site: It's been 18 years since the Last Crusade and Indiana gets pulled back into action chasing after the mythological Crystal Skull trying to keep the soviets from getting it first. His journey takes him from Connecticut, through New Mexico, the Jungles of Peru and Mexico City.
Swinging With Indiana
The New Indiana Jones Trailer is out! There isn't much in the trailer with the first 1/2 consisting of clips form the previous films but the last 1/2 I found to be confirming. It looks like they kept the same spirit of Indiana (not the dog) where he has cool moves but that they don't always work. I chuckled at the clip when, while running to catch a truck he skillfully lashes out his whip and gracefully swings to land on the back of it but then misses and lands in his pursuers truck... classic. I am really looking forward to seeing Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull which will be in theaters May 22.
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Indiana Jones and Inspiration
Vanity Fair put out an outstanding article where they interviewed George Lucas, Harrison Ford, and Steven Spielberg about the new movie to come out "Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull" to be released May 22. In the article they give us a nice look at what we can expect from the next Indiana Jones installment. The article also included some cool new pictures. The film was shot at several locations: New Mexico, New Haven Connecticut, Fresno California, Hawaii, and in the Studio.
Some other things we know about the film is that it is set 20 years latter in 1957 during the Cold War where Dr. Jones is against the Cold War Russians.
Shia LaBeouf's also has a role in the movie which is not known yet but is suspected to be as Indy's and Mrs. Ravanwood's child but that rumor is not confirmed. As vanity fair puts it "Rising star Shia LaBeouf joins the cast in a role that no one connected with the film will confirm is the love child of Indy and Marion"
The Seed (MacGuffin) for the idea that would drive the story was first realized while shooting and working on the young indiana jones series. Lucas said "...I was doing Young Indiana Jones, and I was actually with Harrison, shooting a little piece for it, and I was up in Wyoming, where he lives, and I came up with this MacGuffin..."
Ford and Spielberg did not like the original idea but Lucas wasn't going to give up. Over the years he kept pushing it and after going back and forth for a while they came to a script that all parties were happy with.
The inspirational source for the Crystal Skull will come from the 50's B movie classics. As Lucas said "...So instead of doing a 30s Republic serial, we’re doing a B science-fiction movie from the 50s. The ones I’m talking about are, like, The Creature from the Black Lagoon, The Blob, The Thing. So by putting it in that context, it gave me a way of approaching the whole thing.” This should mean that the Skull would be of alien or monster origin but we will have to wait till May 22nd to find out for certain.