Whether you’re giving or receiving, there are few things better than a gift. It feels great to get one, it feels wonderful to give one, it’s just a nice thing. Gifts in movies are kind of the same. They represent a bond between characters that can be layered with meaning. The person getting the gift can be either appreciative or disappointed, the person giving it either sincere or malicious. There’s just so many ways you can go with it.
Being as it’s the holiday season, we decided to pick out our favorite gifts in movie history. Not necessarily the best ever, just our favorites. That means not all of these are “good” gifts. Some, in fact, are awful. But it’s the act of giving them, whether in the context of an overall film or series, that makes them awesome and memorable. So, below, we count down our 25 favorite gifts in movie history. Read More »
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Fans have waited over half a year for artist Dave Perillo to complete his Indiana Jones poster trilogy. On Friday July 11, he does just that. The Acme Archives will release Perillo’s take on Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade Friday, at a time between 10 and 11am PST. The fitting companion to Raiders of the Lost Ark and Temple of Doom is a 12 x 36 silkscreen in an edition of 250. Below, check our our exclusive reveal of the Dave Perillo Last Crusade poster. Read More »
Paramount Home Video and Lucasfilm have officially announced the release of Raiders of the Lost Ark, Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom and Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade individually for the first time ever in High Definition. As you may recall, the original Indiana Jones trilogy films were previously only released as part of the Indiana Jones: The Complete Adventures box set, forcing fans to own the much despised fourth installment Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull.
(A side rant: the box set didn’t feature the television series The Adventures of Young Indiana Jones, yet still claimed to be the “Complete Adventures.”)
Now the first three films will be released on bare-bones Blu-ray discs (with a digital copies available through iTunes) on December 17th, 2013. Digital HD versions via streaming and download services will be available earlier on November 19th, 2013. Read the full press release with full special feature details after the jump, and see all the new cover art.
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Earlier today we were talking about the anniversary of Jurassic Park, released on this day in 1993. But in mid-1990, director Steven Spielberg wasn’t yet set to film Michael Chrichton’s novel, which hadn’t been released. Having made Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, Spielberg had grown up a bit with the romance Always, released six months after the third Indy picture, and was poised to take over another film related to growing up: 1991’s Hook.
So this 1990 interview catches Spielberg in what looks now like a transitional phase, before the staggering success of Jurassic Park and the first flowering of the digital effects age and the opening of the DreamWorks era. The director talks about many aspects of his career: his non-blockbuster choices (The Color Purple, Always, Empire of the Sun) and lack of Oscar nominations for some of his work. He talks about his desire to make Rain Man, which took director Barry Levinson to the Oscars in 1989, and which Spielberg directed before commitment to Indiana Jones interceded.
This is a candid half hour with a man who was already one of the biggest directors in the world, but who also has many successes in front of him. It’s a great conversation with which to cap off your afternoon. Read More »
For years Steven Spielberg didn’t embrace DVD and all of his classic films stayed on VHS only. Eventually, he had a change of heart. The same can be said for the DVD to Blu-ray conversion. Spielberg was originally tentative to allow his films onto the new high definition format but has since changed his mind. Jurassic Park is already out. Jaws is on the way, as is E.T. The Extra Terrestrial and, most likely, others are too. The most exciting release, though, may be the set of Indiana Jones films which will be released on Blu-ray September 18.
A new trailer for the release has come online showing a bunch of fantastic behind the scenes footage, some of which was reportedly not on the DVD box set released several years back. Check out the trailer below. Read More »
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Any artist who can graphically represent the Indiana Jones films in an interesting visual way, and also manage to completely ignore Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, is a-okay in my book. That’s why you should check out the following trilogy of posters by French graphic designer Maxime Pecourt after the jump. Read More »
Briefly: We’ll have to wait for the full details and box art, but today Paramount announced that a box set containing Blu-ray editions of all four Indiana Jones movies: Raiders of the Lost Ark, Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom, Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade and Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull.
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Indiana Jones was famous for saying that things belong in a museum, so he probably would have loved a museum that not only traveled, but had his name on it. Fortune and glory, kid. Fortune and glory.
Indiana Jones and the Adventures of Archeology, presented by National Geographic, is a traveling exhibit that features original props from the four films as well as an interactive tour of actual sites shedding light on the Holy Grail and Arc of the Covenant and much more. It recently opened at the Montreal Science Centre in Montreal, Quebec, Canada and will remain there until September 18. Then, it’ll embark on a tour of Europe and Asia. So, as of now, this is the only North American stop. Read More »
We’ve featured many of artist Eric Tan‘s creations in past Cool Stuff columns: we’ve spotlighted his work for past Pixar productions, X-Men, among other things. Tan has been creating a series of posters for the Indiana Jones film series. You can see his Raiders of the Lost Ark and Temple of Doom posters in our linked Cool Stuff articles. His latest poster if for the third film in the original trilogy – Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade (a film title which use to be really clever because it meant two different things at the same time… use. to. be.) See the full poster after the jump.
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