Steven Spielberg and George Lucas famously created the first Indiana Jones film, Raiders of the Lost Ark, as a loving homage to the adventure films and serials that they loved in their youth. Elements of those movies are everywhere in Raiders, even as the Spielberg film is defined by a specific post-Jaws blockbuster sensibility.
Now there is a great video called Raiders of the Lost Archives, which culls footage from 30 films made between 1919 and 1973 (indlucing several big Charlton Heston films) and presents that footage side-by-side with the opening sequence of Raiders of the Lost Ark. Check it out below. Read More »
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Odds are if you read this site, you are an incredibly huge fan of Raiders of the Lost Ark. It’s pretty much a given. If you love films, especially geek, genre films, then Steven Spielberg and George Lucas‘ introduction of Harrison Ford‘s Indiana Jones character is either right near, or the absolute epitome of, what this little art form we call “film” can do. It’s thrilling, it’s funny, it’s surprising, it’s pretty much perfect in every single way. Plus, it was released long before most of us were eating, drinking and sleeping our love of the art form. For that reason, whenever we can delve into the kind of trivial, behind the scenes minutia that went into making the movie, we have to call it out.
Or, you can now just get all that in one place.
Jamie Benning has been making documentaries, or “filmumentaries” as he likes to call them, based on our favorite films for quite some time. He brings together all the tiny bits of interesting insider information you’ve always heard about Star Wars, Empire Strikes Back, Return of the Jedi, and now Raiders of the Lost Ark, and puts them in a well-edited, entertaining package that runs along side the main feature becoming almost a visual commentary on the movie. Raiding the Lost Ark is the title of his latest production and while it’s not 100% done, Benning has put the first 17 minutes online. Watch it after the jump. Read More »
This week saw a 30th Anniversary screening of Raiders of the Lost Ark in LA. The screening comes a couple months after the actual anniversary of the film’s release, but Steven Spielberg has been busy; pushing it to this week allowed he and Harrison Ford to take the stage after the screening on Tuesday. Their talk included a few candid bits of trivia that fans of both men might appreciate. One is that Harrison Ford was given a chance to have the lead role in Jurassic Park — a role which eventually went to Sam Neill.
Check out a list of things we learned from the post-screening talk, after the break. Read More »
On Tuesday, Steven Spielberg appeared in LA after a screening of a new digital print of Raiders of the Lost Ark. The print was created from the same new master files that will ultimately be used to create a Blu-ray release. And in a move that will likely delight fans, he expressed regret over alterations made to E.T. a few years ago, where guns were digitally replaced with walkie-talkies, and says that the Blu-ray release of that film will be the original 1982 version. His comments also suggested that the few digital tweaks made to Raiders of the Lost Ark for its 2003 DVD release might also be rolled back.
We’ll have another piece with other good trivia bits that came out of the post-screening talk, but the E.T. and Raiders blu-ray comments are below. Read More »
“True love is hard to find. Sometimes you think you have true love and then you catch the early flight home from San Diego and a couple of nude people jump out of your bathroom, blindfolded, like a goddamn magic show.” And while that second sentence has nothing to do with the rest of this article (it’s just one of my favorites, two points if you get the reference) the first one does. True love IS hard to find. We look for it in another person. We look for it in our daily lives and, as film fans, we look for it in movies. And though we see a lot of movies we really like, only a precious will hear the “L” word.
For most of us, Steven Spielberg‘s 1981 masterpiece Raiders of the Lost Ark fits the bill. It’s become the quintessential adventure movie of our time and not only spawned two (okay, three) sequels, but innumerable copycats both in and out of the adventure genre. Most of us would call it perfect and, time and time again, Raiders solidifies that claim.
Lost co-creator and Prometheus/Star Trek screenwriter Damon Lindelof would agree and, in celebration of an upcoming 30th anniversary screening of Raiders, he’s penned a high-school-type love letter to the movie as if it was a person. He makes some great points and even pees his pants. Read an excerpt after the jump. Read More »
Director Steven Spielberg and producer Peter Jackson appeared at the 2011 Comic Con International to promote their upcoming film The Adventures of Tintin. It was Spielberg’s first appearance at the long-running San Diego convention and the packed crowd in Hall H gave him a standing ovation. After the jump you will find what I learned from the panel.
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This weekend marks the 30th anniversary of Raiders of the Lost Ark, which first hit theaters on June 12, 1981. There are lots of obvious ways to celebrate that anniversary (I’m sure Paramount would suggest going to see Super 8) but here’s a less obvious one. Check out the screen test for a version of Indiana Jones that never came to be. Tom Selleck tested for the role (playing opposite Sean Young, in the role of Marion) and was offered the part, but when his Magnum, P.I. contract prevented him from doing the movie, the lanky actor lost the role (obviously) to Harrison Ford. The screen test is available on the web, and if you’ve never seen it you should hit the jump to check out alterna-Indy. Read More »
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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 »