Almost a lifetime after the last Indiana Jones movie (19 years to be
precise), Harrison Ford once again dons the Fedora hat and
transforms into Dr. Henry "Indiana" Jones.
Unlike the previous movies, Director Steven Spielberg and
co-creator George Lucas create a true 1950's pulp classic with a
healthy dose of B-grade science fiction elements which goes hand in
hand with the Indiana Jones character.
Although seeing this at the movies, I was a little disappointed (19
years is quite a lot of expectations), however seeing it again on
Blu-ray, I've totally changed my tune as once you have accepted the
genre of the film and where the character was heading, the movie is
Without spoiling the story, it revolves around an alien skull that
the Russians wish to acquire as apparently, it holds the secrets of
the universe. Unfortunately for Indiana, he is railroaded into the
hunt which brings together new faces (Mutt Williams) and also an old
flame of Indy, Marion played by the delightful Karen Allen.
It features action, adventure and a healthy dose of comedy with a
touch of romance. Although not as impressive as the first movie, it
is probably on par with Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom.
Definitely an entertaining roller coaster ride for lovers of this
genre or the character.
Where the 2-disc Blu-ray collection does shine is through the
special features which spotlights on not only the character but how
the fourth movie was made. Spielberg is quite frank in one
documentary that almost has him making fun of the stories that
George has sent him in the past. The featurettes are quite nostalgic
that really take you down memory lane and makes you appreciate the
fourth installment even better.
terms of video and audio, the Blu-ray version is truly amazing.
The video quality for Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal
Skull is so detailed with vibrant colours and sharp images.
Presented in 1080p/AVC MPEG-4, it is a visual treat on a high
definition TV, especially with the CGI effects.
The audio mix is presented in Dolby TrueHD 5.1, and is actually even
more impressive than the video quality.
conclusion, Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull pays
homage to the original character and sets a new direction for the
mythos. On Blu-ray, the presentation is simply breathtaking and is a
must have collection!
- Indiana Jones
- The Return of a
- Production Diary:
Making "Kingdom of the Crystal Skull"
- Warrior Makeup
- The Crystal Skulls
- Iconic Props
- Adventures in Post
- The Effects of Indy
- Closing: Team Indy