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Indiana Jones and the Raiders Of The Lost Ark

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8.41 h 55 min1981X-RayPG
Get ready for thrills in Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark. Indy and his ex-flame Marion Ravenwood dodge booby-traps, fight Nazis and stare down snakes in their incredible worldwide quest for the mystical Ark of the Covenant.
Directors
Steven Spielberg
Starring
Harrison FordKaren AllenDenholm Elliott
Genres
AdventureAction
Subtitles
English [CC]
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EnglishEnglish [Audio Description]
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Supporting actors
Paul FreemanWolf KahlerJohn Rhys-DaviesRonald LaceyAnthony HigginsAlfred MolinaVic Tablian
Producers
Frank MarshallGeorge Lucas
Studio
Paramount Pictures
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4.7 out of 5 stars

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  2. 13% of reviews have 4 stars
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Mark ChisholmReviewed in the United Kingdom on 01 November 2020
5.0 out of 5 stars
Childhood Memories
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Films as one gets older generally become less important, especially today when most are either utter pants and all of the others are uniformly excellent. In other words today, it's much harder to have a film that captures the imagination of everyone by being unique and wonderous.

When I was a child, this was not the case. Most films that had special effects were not very good and the TV even worse.

Then came Star Wars that step changed the sci-fi movie genre and left me awe struck. Not that long afterwards, came Raiders.

And for me this was the movie of my childhood. I went to see the film with a friend not knowing anything about it and actually intending going to see a different film. That film was not available (oh how the youth of today have it easy) so I plumped to see this one.

And it was everything that my imagination was capable of imagining. I loved, mystery stories and books like Biggles and this film played every aspect of those genres perfectly. It was - and is - the greatest adventure film ever made.

This download is of course a perfect rendition of the original so no rubbishy VHS nonsense. It isn't of course 4K hi def but that does not matter. It has the charm of a film that was in itself a love letter to early 1930's adventure films.

From the very first seconds there is a magic about this film that cannot be ignored. It captivates and excites from the off helped of course by a music score that in itself could sell the movie. As a small boy I was tempted to run around the room clutching my parts when the opening du du du-du lines kicked in. I still could., although it would lack a certain amount of charm at fifty three and probably end up with me being arrested.

Bottom line is that this is a once in a lifetime film. A magical experience that has lost non of it's charm, wonder and outright excitement forty years on.
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WinterpantsReviewed in the United Kingdom on 25 July 2021
5.0 out of 5 stars
Benchmark film
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The first Indiana Jones feature is the perfect distillation of all those classic 1930s to the 1950s adventures such as The African Queen and King Solomon's Mines, featuring Harrison Ford, one of the most charismatic film stars of the time. Set piece leads into set piece, but it all flows so smoothly, it doesn't feel contrived or lopsided. The supporting cast all seem iconic and the characters have been subsequently imitated by dozens of lesser movies. Another strength is that analogue stunts were favoured over greenscreen and CGI.
Spielberg somehow manages to bring new life to a staid action format; the giant rolling boulder, a spy monkey, torture instruments that are actually coat hangers...nearly every scene contains innovative ideas in a way that hasn't really been seen since.
The special FX do look a bit dated now, and the franchise dropped the ball a bit as the sequels made questionable choices - Sean Connery as Jones Sr, a wise cracking kid sidekick, being launched a mile inside a freezer by a nuclear explosion and surviving...but this film still remains an irrefutable classic.
4 people found this helpful
Carpo CollinsReviewed in the United Kingdom on 26 April 2018
5.0 out of 5 stars
Raiders looks good, sound epic and loud on blu ray
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The movie looks good and sounds great on this region-free blu ray. The image is a bit darker than on previous releases (VHS; dvd). This blu ray does include a slightly cleaned-up print of the film (so that the cobra's reflection is no longer visible on the plexiglass protection for Harrison Ford during the Well of Souls sequence). Sound effects are particularly loud (whip cracking; gunshots), and John Williams' grand orchestral score thunders here. This is a bare-bones blu ray (with 3 trailers including the early teaser from early '81), which is just fine- you can always get hold of the multi-pack set for the documentary. But if you only want the movie to preserve for future viewings/generations, then get hold of this one- it's a classic. This is an ideal purchase if you only want the first of the 4 films (so far).
12 people found this helpful
Abul KalamReviewed in the United Kingdom on 26 October 2020
4.0 out of 5 stars
Easy watching
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loved this as a kid, but I now realise how little attention to detail Steven Spielberg had. He makes a lot of obvious mistakes. My children are 7 year old and 9 year old basically took it a part. i.e. the scene where he gets in a magic box on a train. When the antagonist opens the box, its empty and Mr Jones is running outside. As my kids pointed out, the box is not actually magic its a trick and if there is a hole in the bottom of the train, directly under the wheels. Normally old indie would be dead, I got this for a large part of the ending too.However overall it was fun and they did like it. But they had the same issues with back to the future. I think my generation was less cynical. 
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MrCarlsonReviewed in the United Kingdom on 20 June 2022
5.0 out of 5 stars
Amazing print, great sound. Bare bones extras
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This movie looks fabulous in 4K. There are breathtaking scenes in it, beyond the childhood memories that it already invokes. It's truly a standout release image and sound wise. The only true letdown is the lack of extras, save for a couple of trailers. I know Spielberg has a weird rule about not doing Audio commentaries, but a nice documentary or two would have been much appreciated. The artwork in the steelbook is gorgeous, though mine did come with a small dent in the back, and the miniature poster is a cute addition.
L.WReviewed in the United Kingdom on 13 March 2016
4.0 out of 5 stars
My favourite Indiana Jones film.
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A film that gave us a story packed full of action, amazing stunt work, a really imaginative production design, a fantastic score and lastly one of the greatest heroes in cinema, Indiana Jones, an archaeologist/adventurer. The film released in 1981 took inspiration from the swashbuckling 1940s/1950s era of Hollywood, in that respect the premise is simple, our hero must find the treasure, rescue the girl and save the world. The film was largely shot on location in North Africa and this adds a touch of grit and realism which really benefits the film, you see the little flies landing on the actors faces during a few close ups and see the sweat rolling off their brows. The film largely takes place in one location Egypt, with the very early part set in South and North America.

The Blu Ray transfer looks really great, with lots of rich earthy colours, reds, browns, sandy yellows, greys & dark leathery brown, these tend to make up most of the costume design. The picture aspect ratio is 2.40:1 (Wide screen) with a 5.1 audio sound.
The supporting cast are also very well written and good fun too, from the heroes to the villains. The tone of the film is adventurous and the pacing certainly gives the whole thing a massive injection of energy. There's a slight theme of magic v rationality, as the initially sceptical Indiana Jones is confronted with the dangerous reality of the power held within the lost ark he is seeking.

There is not much in the way of character development, though the relationship between Dr Jones and the feisty and rather attractive Marion Ravenwood changes over the course of the film. The movies hail from the decade that was the 1980s and so we're given a slightly stronger female love interest than audiences were used to in the 1960s and 1970s, Marion's character shares similarities with Princess Leia in the Empire Strikes Back or Charlie Blackwood in Top Gun, beautiful and alluring but also a tough-minded woman who takes no nonsense and will stand up for herself. You could certainly get away with more too in the 1980s cinema than you can today, the film features quite a lot of violence, blood and swearing for something that children were allowed to watch, I doubt a PG film today could get away with anything like this.

The film's logic is not intended to be taken as 100% realistic, a main character in a realistic action film would probably die after the first 10 minutes. For this reason it's possible to overlook the numerous injuries Jones picks up which would put most people into hospital. The fact the German's had no presence in Egypt is also something you have to overlook in the film, the British in fact were in control of Egypt in 1936, it would have made more sense if the Fascists were working from Libya, but then Libya doesn't feel as Biblical as Egypt does, so I suppose the location was switched. You'd have to be pretty picky though to let things like this stop you from enjoying the film, the whole thing is about a search for a magic chest. Things do get a bit silly when our hero is thrown into an ancient tomb full of deadly snakes, what have they been eating? Equally a load of dead bodies full on Marion in the tomb complete with screaming sound effects from them. Again it's just silly. The main critique of the film is how impersonal the characters feel. Marion for example is more strung along for the adventure than because she's an anti-facist. The Nazis are more an obstacle to Indie than an evil force to be defeated regardless of archaeology.
8 people found this helpful
J O'ConnorReviewed in the United Kingdom on 02 March 2020
1.0 out of 5 stars
Not for us!
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Me and my Son were sooo disappointed with this film. We didn’t see it in the 80s but love 80s movies. Maybe we expected too much! It started off ok but became pointless and boring. Too much action packed chasing the Ark, very little storyline! I suppose it’s just our personal taste. Some people probably loved it. And I’m pretty sure it received lots of Oscar nominations/awards in its day!
3 people found this helpful
M.IReviewed in the United Kingdom on 26 December 2020
4.0 out of 5 stars
Classic
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This has aged fairly well and looks mostly HD on Prime, which is remarkable for a film of its age. Charismatic, likeable lead and camp, OTT baddies. This coupled with a strong female lead and some truly funny bits, makes this a great film, though it is a bit gruesome and scary in bits for young kids. Subtitles were not great, unfortunately, with lots of conjoined words otherwise it'd be a 5 star.
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