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Indiana Jones And The Kingdom Of The Crystal Skull

Indiana Jones And The Kingdom Of The Crystal SkullBuilding on a legend, Steven Spielberg
  takes us on an awesome adventure
  following in the footsteps of the great
  archaeologist Indiana Jones as he
  battles his way in the 1950s to the fabled
  Akator to solve the mystery of the
  Crystal Skull — in Indiana Jones And
  The Kingdom Of The Crystal Skull
...”

A TERRIFIC AND COMPULSIVE story based around the mysterious crystal skulls that were found in South America and are said to be of unknown origin, being formed of one single piece of seamless quartz, Indiana Jones And The Kingdom Of The Crystal Skull is now coming to DVD.

The opening shots of typically 50s youngsters trying to bait a military car in a convoy into a showdown in the Nevada Desert in 1957 is developed beautifully using some arresting images such as hubcap reflection shots — but somehow you know that this harmless little prank is a distraction from the convoy's real mission.

Indiana Jones (Harrison Ford) has been captured and taken to a secure military compound in the middle of nowhere by Soviet agents, led by Dr Irina Spalko (Cate Blanchett), who is accompanied by an old friend of Indy, George 'Mac' Michale (Ray Winstone) — who appears to be working with the Russians. Irina claims to be a mind-reader and wants Indy to help them find something — a box that he examined ten years earlier. And it is the beginning of Indy's dangerous search for the Crystal Skull of Akator.

Indy is unperturbed. After an amazing fight sequence (aren't they always?) the archaeologist gets away and is later approached by a young man, biker Mutt Williams (Shia LaBeouf) who wants Indy to find his missing mother.

But the bad guys have caught up with Indy, who jumps onto Mutt's Harley Davison to escape — cue a brilliantly orchestrated and highly amusing chase through the ivy-walled halls of Marshall College and the surrounding streets as Irina and her men try to recapture Indy. Watch out for a pure comedy moment where Indy comes face-to-face with one of his students — played by Chet Hanks, who must surely be up for some more prominent roles — right in the middle of all the mayhem.

Following leads from riddles left by a former colleague, the supposedly obsessed and deranged Professor 'Ox' Oxley (John Hurt) — who wrote the word 'Return' in several different ancient languages on a wall — Indy and Mutt find themselves in Peru and trekking through the lush South American jungles in search of the graves of seven missing Conquistadors who are believed to have stolen the skull from Akatar. Indy know he must find the skull and return it to the Mayan temple but all the time they are being relentlessly pursued by the Soviets — who will stop at nothing to get their hands on the skull and its eerie secrets.

Irina believes the one who returns the skull to its rightful place will gain power over the minds of men and cites — a power that will enable her to realise Stalin's dream of a new frontier of psychic warfare.

There are shocks in store for Indy as the Soviets become too close for comfort and they find Mutt's mother — none other than Marion Ravenwood (Karen Allen) — and Professor Oxley (John Hurt) and reel from one danger to another. It's non-stop excitement all the way to the spectacular, astounding finale with the typically Indiana Jones brand of adventure and humour stitching the breathtaking tale together.

Indian Jones And The Kingdom Of The Crystal Skull contains stunning footage and special effects and benefits from the usual great one-liners, fun and frolics and general monkey-ing around that singles out these fantastic, thrill-laden adventures.

Directed by Steven Spielberg and Produced by Frank Marshall, with George Lucas and Kathleen Kennedy as Executive Producers, Indiana Jones And The Kingdom Of The Crystal Skull is the newest adventure in the phenomenally successful Indian Jones series, which has already earned six Academy Awards® and over $2 billion worldwide.

The stunning Music is by John Williams; Director of Photography is Janusz Kaminski; the Screenplay is by David Koepp; and the Story is by George Lucas and Jeff Nathanson.

The highest-grossing instalment of the phenomenally popular adventure franchise, with more than £440 million taken at the global box office, Paramount Pictures and Lucasfilm Ltd's Indiana Jones And The Kingdom Of The Crystal Skull will make its highly-anticipated debut on DVD and Blu-ray, courtesy of Paramount Home Entertainment and packed with sensational behind-the-scenes special features, on 10 November, 2008.

The film is available as a two-disc Special Edition DVD and Blu-ray, featuring hours of new content that opens up the world of Indiana Jones as never before through in-depth footage of Steven Spielberg and his cast and crew at work. From Shia LaBeouf's training to become a master swordsman to Harrison Ford's reunion with his fedora, whip and Marion Ravenwood, viewers can watch the magic of cinema's greatest action-adventure hero returning to the big screen, as well as the extraordinary work of the legendary artists who have brought Indy's latest thrilling adventure to life. Loaded with spectacular bonus features that allow viewers to accompany the filmmakers and cast on a fascinating journey behind the scenes of this modern classic.

In addition, all four Indiana Jones films will be showcased in the quintessential Indiana Jones collection which includes the first three films plus the two-disc Special Edition DVD of the latest instalment.

Indiana Jones And The Kingdom Of The Crystal Skull two-disc special edition DVD | RRP: £24.99 | Cert: 12 | Running Time: 122 minutes approx.

Special Features

Disc 1
: The Return Of A Legend; Pre-Production.

Disc 2
: Production Diary: Making Kingdom Of The Crystal Skull | Shooting Begins: New Mexico | Back To School: New Haven, Connecticut | Welcome To The Jungle: Hilo, Hawaii | On-Set Action | Exploring Akator | Wrapping Up | Warrior Makeup | The Crystal Skulls | Iconic Props | The Effects of Indy | Adventures in Post-Production | Closing: Team Indy | Pre-Visualization Sequences: Area 51 Escape | Jungle Chase | Ants Attack | Galleries: The Art Department; The Adventure Begins; Cemetery and Jungle; Akator; Stan Winston Studio; Corpses, Skeletons & Mummies; Aliens and Crystal Skulls; Production Photographs; Portraits; Behind-The-Scenes Photographs.

Indiana Jones And The Kingdom Of The Crystal Skull
two-disc special edition Blu-ray | Release Date: 10 November, 2008 | RRP: £29.99 | Cert: 12 | Running Time: 122 minutes approx.

Special Features (Blu-ray)

Disc 1: Indiana Jones Interactive Timelines | The Return Of A Legend | Pre-Production.

Disc 2: (As for DVD Disc 2).

"Indian Jones And The Kingdom Of The Crystal Skull contains stunning footage and special effects and benefits from the usual great one-liners, fun and frolics and general monkey-ing around that singles out these fantastic, thrill-laden adventures" — Maggie Woods, MotorBar