Video Release: December 17, 2013
Studio: Paramount Home Entertainment
Steven Spielberg's rip-roaring prequel to 1981's smash hit, "Raiders of the Lost Ark". Here, dashing, whip-wielding archaeologist/adventurer Indiana Jones is joined by comely chanteuse Willie and a young Asian lad named Short Round. Together, they search for a mystical stone stolen from an Indian community by the neighboring village, which is ruled by a teenage overlord. Exotic locales, wild chases, death-defying cliffhangers, last-minute rescues, screaming damsels, and tribal sacrifices are the order of the day as the threesome attempt to acquire the stolen stone.
The continuing saga of Indiana Jones, occuring chronologically before "Raiders," finds Indy venturing into India in search of magical stones. Along the way he tries to save hundreds of children enslaved by a leftover Thugee cult. Of all the series, this one plays most like the Saturday serials to which Lucas and Spielberg were paying homage.
Color by Rank; prints by DeLuxe, shot with Panavision equipment. Filmed at Thorn EMI-Elstree Studios in Borehamwood, England and Sri Lanka, Macau, Mammoth Mountain and the Tuolomne and American Rivers in California. Thanks to Balfour Beatty Nuttal Victorial Project, Sri Lanka. Additional cast: Philip Stone (Captain Blumburtt), Roy Chiao, David Yip, Ric Young, Chua Kah Joo, Rex Ngui, and Philip Tann, Dan Aykroyd, Pat Roach. Additional special effects: Michael Pangrazio (matte painting supervisor), Lorne Peterson (modelshop supervisor), Charles Mullen (animation supervisor), Derek Howarth (chief modeller), Richard Conway (chief special effects technical), Joe Johnston (California special effects art direction) Additional credits: Deborah Fine (research), Pay Ling Wang (production manager Macau), Patty Chan (assistant director Macau), Willie de Silva (production manager Sri Lanka), Ranjit H. Peiris (assistant director Sri Lanka). Stand-in for Harrison Ford: Jack Dearlove.