Officially copyrighted as 'The Greatest Adventure Series EVER' this is a solid value box set of the entire Indiana Jones movie saga from start to finish!
Raiders of the Lost Ark - the 1981 original remains quite possibly the single greatest adventure film period, cementing Harrison Ford as a screen icon and launching the whole story. From villainous Nazi's, Biblical prophecies and myth, Karen Allen's fiesty Marion Ravenwood and some outstanding set pieces playing out over a global setting it set a new cinematic benchmark that few other films have matched - 5 stars!!
Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom - isn't my favourite overall, as despite a few noteworthy set-pieces (the opening musical number, plane ride and of course, the runaway mine cars) it just seems to lack the same pace and adventure as the first. It's still really good, and Kate Capshaw is fun as spoiled singer Willy - but Raiders still beats it! - 3 stars
Indiana Jones and The Last Crusade - A real return to the old Indy magic with another mythical story at it's core, some terrific action and Indy squaring off against those familiar enemies of his - the Third Reich! Flying everywhere across the globe from Venice through Germany to the deserts of the ancient world the pace is fast and Sean Connery makes an outstanding addition as Indy's father. Pure chemistry between the two actors is hard to hide and they work brilliantly together! Plus the final scene was (at the time) a perfect way to end the story! - 5 stars.
Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull - it was belated, and reviled by some by I really don't find it that bad. The move from the 30s to the 50s was required by Ford's age and so instead of using inspiration from the old 30s serials Lucas went to the 50s and took what was around then in that era's B movies (the Atomic menace, teenagers, the Cold War and even some giant Ants!!) added to a plot about little green men - well, that was the 50s as well! Ford may have been 65 at the time but still delivers, amongst some great set-pieces and fun action, alongside the very welcome return of Karen Allen as Marion Ravenwood. It's not the best of the series, but nowhere near as bad as rumour would have it. - 3 stars
For the money, this is great value, filled with great memories from childhood of the intrepid explorer so many kids wanted to be themselves!!