(aka "Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark" )

 

directed by Steven Spielberg
USA 1981

 

You have to love a movie that is so devilishly clever as to make the hero's every effort, no matter how Herculean, irrelevant to the conclusion. Had Dr. Jones elected to go on an extended vacation to Mozambique and never have anything to do with the Ark of the Covenant, nothing would have changed. Jones doesn't save the day. In fact, he doesn't come close to rescuing it, unless one considers his having failed as being the key to success. (Although he does get the girl.) Yes, the movie ends with melting faces, but, underneath all of that liquefying flesh and exploding heads, there's an abundance of irony just waiting for the attentive movie-goer to unearth. When was the last time that an action hero has been so utterly, completely inconsequential as Indiana Jones?

Excerpt from James Berardinelli  review found HERE

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Theatrical Release: June 12th, 1981

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DVD Comparison:

Paramount Home Entertainment (part of the Indiana Jones Trilogy Boxset) - Region 1 - NTSC vs. Paramount Home Entertainment - Region 2 - PAL

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Distribution Paramount Home Entertainment
Region 1 - NTSC
Paramount Home Entertainment
Region 2 - PAL
Runtime 1:55:08 1:50:36 (4% PAL speedup)
Video

2.35:1 Original Aspect Ratio

16X9 enhanced
Average Bitrate: 8.28 mb/s
NTSC 720x480 29.97 f/s

2.35:1 Original Aspect Ratio

16X9 enhanced
Average Bitrate: 8.30 mb/s
PAL 720x576 25.00 f/s

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Paramount Home Entertainment (part of the Indiana Jones Trilogy Boxset)

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Paramount Home Entertainment

 

Audio

English Dolby Digital 5.1, French and Spanish Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround

English Dolby Digital 5.1, Czech Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround, German Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround, Hungarian Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround

Subtitles English, French and Spanish, None English, English HoH, Czech, Dutch, German, Hungarian, Polish and Turkish, None
Features Release Information:
Studio: Paramount Home Entertainment

Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen anamorphic - 2.35:1

Edition Details:
• THX Optimizer
• DVD-ROM: indianajones.com -web site access
 

DVD Release Date: October 21, 2003

Part of Indiana Jones Trilogy, special cases in cardboard box

Chapters 31

Release Information:
Studio: Paramount Home Entertainment

Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen anamorphic - 2.35:1

Edition Details:
• THX Optimizer
• DVD-ROM: indianajones.com -web site access

 

DVD Release Date: November 1st, 2003
Part of Indiana Jones Trilogy, special cases in cardboard box

Chapters 31

 

 

 

 

Comments

There is not a lot of difference between these issues - except the Region 2 DVD may be very slightly sharper with some additional audio and subtitle options. I don't see any significant cropping from one version to the next, but I do hate the yellow Region 1 subtitles. Contrast seems comparable. Extras are the same, audio goes to the PAL for the many options and menus are duplicates.

- Gary Tooze

 

 





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(Paramount Home Entertainment (part of the Indiana Jones Trilogy Boxset) - Region 1 - NTSC - TOP vs. Paramount Home Entertainment - Region 2 - PAL - BOTTOM)

 


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Sound:

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Extras: tie
Menu: tie
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Distribution Paramount Home Entertainment
Region 1 - NTSC
Paramount Home Entertainment
Region 2 - PAL
Runtime 1:55:08 1:50:36 (4% PAL speedup)

 

 

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