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Format: DVD
Sku: 207562354
UPC: 097361328270
UPC 14: 00097361328270
Rating: Game Rating Code
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Chapter 24 in the Complete Adventures of Indiana Jones.
Archaeologist indiana jones goes in search of the lost ark of the covenant which holds the ten commandments.

"...the kind of movie that first got you excited about movies when you were a kid. (Translation for today's children: It's better than anything on TV.)  Gene Siskel, Chicago Tribune
"...Spielberg turns the pure adventure of Saturday afternoon serials into a solidly entertaining spectacle.  Howard Karren, Premiere
"Finds the right balance between reverence and wit.  Keith Phipps, The Onion A.V. Club
"Spielberg can never top this. Period.  Luke Y. Thompson, Dallas Observer
"...Ford gave one of his most memorable performances as Indiana Jones, a dashing Saturday matinee idol for the modern age.  Marjorie Baumgarten, Austin Chronicle
"...[Ford] succeeds in fully embodying a comic-book style hero without ever descending into camp.  TV Guide
"One of the most deliriously funny, ingenious and stylish American adventure movies ever made.  Vincent Canby, The New York Times

Editor's Note
Action-packed and adventure-filled, RAIDERS OF THE LOST ARK is director Steven Spielberg's loving homage to the Saturday matinee cliffhanger serials of his childhood. When the Allies discover the Nazis are planning to use the Lost Ark of the Covenant as a weapon, the U.S. government enlists archaeologist-adventurer Indiana Jones (Harrison Ford) to locate the biblical treasure chest where the remains of the broken tablets of the Ten Commandments were placed. En route, Jones and his feisty ex-girlfriend, Marion (Karen Allen), must escape the clutches of evil Nazis, duplicitous "natives," and a nest of venomous snakes--not to mention the wrath of God. The groundbreaking special effects and furious, never-ending pace make for a stylish whirlwind of a movie, topped off with a fabulous sense of humor. This bare-knuckled, barnstorming, pot-boiling, eye-popping bucket of Technicolor popcorn became Paramount Pictures' highest-grossing film, and deservedly so--RAIDERS OF THE LOST ARK is quite simple one of the most enjoyable movies ever made.


Video Features DVD, Spanish, No Longer Produced

Technical Info

Release Information
Video Mfg Name Studio: Paramount
Video Release Date Release Date: 9/16/2008
Video Release Year Original Release Date: 1981
Video CategoryId Catalog ID: 132827
Video UPC UPC: 00097361328270
Video Number of Discs Number of Discs: 1

Audio & Video
Video Audio Spec Available Audio Tracks: Spanish Dubbed
Video Subtitle Available Subtitles: English
Video Color Spec Video: Color

Aspect Ratio
Video Aspect Ratio Widescreen  2.20:1

Cast & Crew

Video Cast Info Alfred Molina
Video Cast Info Denholm Elliott
Video Cast Info Harrison Ford
Video Cast Info John Rhys-Davies
Video Cast Info Karen Allen
Video Cast Info Paul Freeman
Video Cast Info Ronald Lacey
Video Cast Info Wolf Kahler
Video Cast Info Douglas Slocombe - Cinematographer
Video Cast Info Frank Marshall - Producer
Video Cast Info George Lucas - Editor
Video Cast Info George Lucas - Based On Story By
Video Cast Info George Lucas - Executive Producer
Video Cast Info John Williams - Original Music By
Video Cast Info Lawrence Kasdan - Screenplay
Video Cast Info Leslie Dilley - Art Director
Video Cast Info Michael Kahn - Editor
Video Cast Info Norman Reynolds - Production Designer
Video Cast Info Philip Kaufman - Based On Story By
Video Cast Info Steven Spielberg - Director


Winner (1982)
   Video Award Name British Academy Awards, Norman Reynolds, Best Production Design/Art Direction
   Video Award Name Grammy, John Williams, Best Album of Original Score Written for a Motion Picture or Television Special
   Video Award Name Oscar, Norman Reynolds, et. al., Best Art Direction-Set Decoration
   Video Award Name Oscar, Richard Edlund, et. al., Best Effects, Visual Effects
   Video Award Name Oscar, Michael Kahn, Best Film Editing
   Video Award Name Oscar, Bill Varney, et. al., Best Sound
   Video Award Name Oscar, Ben Burtt, Richard L. Anderson, Special Achievement Award For Sound Effects Editing

Nominee (1982)
   Video Award Name Oscar, Douglas Slocombe, Best Cinematography
   Video Award Name Oscar, Steven Spielberg, Best Director
   Video Award Name Oscar, John Williams, Best Music, Original Score
   Video Award Name Oscar, Frank Marshall, Best Picture

Winner (1982)
   Video Award Name People's Choice, Raiders of the Lost Ark, Favorite Motion Picture

Memorable Quotes

"Snakes. Why'd it have to be snakes?"----Indiana Jones (Harrison Ford) to Sallah (John Rhys--Davies)

"I don't know. I'm making this up as I go."----Jones to Sallah

Professional Reviews

"...[A] fantasy-adventure....An exhilarating escapist entertainment....A vibrant and period-perfect world of wonders..." 06/10/1981

New York Times
"...Off and running at a breakneck pace....One of the most deliriously funny, ingenious and stylish American adventure movies ever made..." 06/12/1981 p.C10

Chicago Sun-Times
"...One of the classic entertainments....Its foundations are personal, and passionate....The movie is just plain fun....It's done with a kind of heedless joy..." 04/30/2000 p.5

"RAIDERS revived for a new generation the pure cinematic joy of action." 12/01/2003 p.13

ReelViews 10 of 10
Although there are plenty of special effects in the movie, Raiders of the Lost Ark was made in an era when stunt work was more critical than anything added in post production. Ford did many of his own stunts, and ended up with the cuts and bruises to show for them (not to mention a torn ACL)...For composer John Williams, who has long been favored by both Spielberg and Lucas, the chance to work on Raiders of the Lost Ark offered him an opportunity to collaborate with them both, and to add another memorable theme song to his list of credits. In the five-year period from 1977 to 1982, Williams created five of movie-dom's most popular title tracks: Star Wars, Close Encounters of the Third Kind, Superman, Raiders of the Lost Ark, and E.T....The deserved popularity of Raiders of the Lost Ark resulted in a huge box office bonanza for Paramount Pictures. This is the kind of movie that, even today, audiences immediately fall in love with. It has all the right ingredients: a smart script, a likable hero, a dash of romance, more than a touch of comedy, and a lot of fast-paced action. In 2003, it's a formula, but Spielberg and Lucas were the ones who established the recipe by using ingredients both old and new...Raiders of the Lost Ark is a movie to be savored by viewers of all ages and all persuasions. - James Berardinelli

Chicago Sun-Times 10 of 10
"Raiders of the Lost Ark" is an out-of-body experience, a movie of glorious imagination and breakneck speed that grabs you in the first shot, hurtles you through a series of incredible adventures, and deposits you back in reality two hours later -- breathless, dizzy, wrung-out, and with a silly grin on your face. This movie celebrates the stories we spent our adolescence searching for in the pulp adventure magazines, in the novels of Edgar Rice Burroughs, in comics -- even in the movies...It's actually more than a movie; it's a catalog of adventure. For locations, it ticks off the jungles of South America, the hinterlands of Tibet, the deserts of Egypt, a hidden submarine base, an isolated island, a forgotten tomb -- no, make that two forgotten tombs -- and an American archaeology classroom...For villains, it has sadistic Nazis, slimy gravediggers, drunken Sherpas, and scheming Frenchmen..."Raiders of the Lost Ark" is a swashbuckling adventure epic in the tradition of "Star Wars," "Superman -- The Movie," the James Bond pictures, and all the other multimillion-dollar special-effects extravaganzas. It wants only to entertain. It succeeds. Watch it with someone you know fairly well. There will be times during the film when it will be necessary to grab somebody. - Roger Ebert

Product Attributes

Product attributeActor:   Ford,Harrison
Product attributeLabel:   Paramount Home Video
Product attributeMusic Format:   DVD
Product attributeVideo Format:   DVD
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