Indiana Jones Blu-ray Collection Review

Published 3 years ago by , Updated September 19th, 2012 at 7:59 am,


Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade

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My favorite of the four films – and the best in the Blu-ray transfer, as well. Out of all the Blu-ray transfer collections I own (The Matrix, Alien, Back to the Future, Jurassic Park Star Wars) this one is the best. I had to view it on two televisions to make sure, but there are no flaws in the 1080p picture. This collection is worth the buy simply for this movie’s re-release. The third acts’ desert chase, the opening with Young Indy and the underground Venice scenes are probably the best examples of where this transfer is so brilliant. Fans will also love close-ups of the Grail diary where they can actually read stuff in the book, which is really cool.


Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull

The Cast of Indiana Jones and Kingdom of the Crystal Skull Indiana Jones Blu ray Collection Review This one wasn’t anything new. It is the most recent and the only one in the series with a previous Blu-ray credit to its name. The Blu-ray ranks right up there with the rest of the Indy Blu-ray presentations in terms of raw visual excellence. Sure, the story isn’t that great – but it’s no less impressive than the previous three, visually.


Bonus Features

What is a Blu-ray collection without the Bonus Features? However, This area of the release is my biggest complaint; the special features are somewhat lacking. Much like the re-release of Jurassic Park, fans who already owned the DVDs will get the same features from those, with only two added behind-the-scenes features on Raiders called “From Jungle to Desert” and “From Adventure to Legend,” all in 1080p HD.

These are great features that offer never-before-seen insight into the film that started it all – but the same kind of added attention to all the movies would have been really cool, too.

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As for the sound quality, this collection offers 5.1 DTS-HD and just brings a whole new immersion into the films; you actually feel like you are in the jungles or the crypts and tombs with Indy or his villainous foes. It is quite amazing how much detailed sound separation you get with this latest edition, so if you have the set-up it’s totally worth the purchase.

This set is worth the purchase just to have the original films in Blu-ray, if nothing else. Does it lack in the extras? Yes, and there are no digital copies either, but all in all there isn’t much to complain about.

Rating: 4.5 stars out of 5

Kevin Coll (@WhatAboutKevin)

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  1. Sorry, but I refuse to repurchase films that I already own in DVD format. With the upconversion my Blu-Ray player does, as well as the original Dolby Digital, I enjoy the movies just fine.

    • That may be so, but you have more of the digital tinkering on the DVD.

  2. Dammit, it’s RAIDERS OF THE LOST ARK. Lucas adding the “Indiana Jones and the” crap to all of the official artwork is ridiculous. It will always be “Raiders….” to me. Too bad TOD and LC didn’t get the restorations they also deserve. That 4th so-called “movie” will make a nice outdoor coaster.

    • While i completely agree with you. I also think they did it like that to make it more like the serials from the 30′s and 40′s that inspired it.

    • I was surprised that the “Indiana Jones and the…” wasn’t added to the title with the IMAX release of Raiders.

  3. The packaging is worth a complaint. It’s one of those terrible cardboard things that the discs slip into. Never had discs that do not get scratched from that kind of packaging. Also the binding on the “book” is pretty bad and likely to fall apart very quickly. Also the information is the set is totally lacking any information about what special features are included ( there is no booklet ) the only information you get is the sticker on the back of the box. In fact there is very little information in the “book” just lots of stills so not sure what the point of going in this direction was.

  4. I too have the original trilogy DVD collection. I’d love if I could just get Raiders and Crusade on Blu-ray, skip the other two to save my money. Except for the two made-for-Blu-ray features, everything else does not benefit from the HD upgrade. Oh well, maybe I’ll hold out for the individual movies to come out, but it seems like Lucasfilm is going to stick to the quadrilogy collection.

  5. Formats are as much products of their time as movies. Blu-ray to me means “upgraded movies I have on dvd,” appropos of this era of remakes. And maybe a few movies like “Beyond the Black Rainbow” that are made to look like they’re on VHS tapes.
    I might give Raiders a gander for the map room sequence. I thought that would clean up nice.

  6. Saw ToD on cable earlier and the use of green screen was very obvious in the chasm scenes. Has that been addressed with the blu-ray?

    • Good point. Although it’s not green screen. Green screen wasn’t used back then. It was blue screen, but same idea. The scene where it would be very apparent in the climactic bridge fight. There was a lot of blue screen used there. Not sure how the Blu-ray transfer can address that.

      • Ah, had no idea about blue v. green screen, thanks for the neat information!

  7. Still gotta get the Star Wars set first… but thanks for the review!
    Even with the lack of special features and the 4th movie’s inclusion, I’m still interested in buying this collection, I mean, come on people! It’s Indiana Jones in HD!!

    • Here Here!!
      This is Indiana Jones we are talking about.
      Also, the Star Wars set is pretty amazing. I hated the prequels but they look great on Blu-ray.

  8. I will get it for sure

    And I know I’m in the minority here but, I didn’t hate the 4th movie. Sure it wasn’t as good as the first 3, but it was still enjoyable. Yes, the story is a little out there, but it’s based on religion just like the first 3, except the region is not Christianity. Anyway, not trying to open up another discussion as it has been talked to death, just putting in my two cents.

  9. That Crystal Skull picture looks fake. The light sources seem way too unnatural, and the background looks like it was added in-place of a green screen. That last movie was entertaining, but not up to the quality of the first three. There were just too many things that were impossible to believe. Too unrealistic (i.e. refrigerator scene, ants, waterfalls).

    Why do people have to put fake backgrounds everywhere in movies now? Is it so hard to just film outside. Jiminy Cricket!

    • p.s. I could be wrong on the lighting. I suppose if it were “outside” lights wherever they were. And perhaps I was a bit negative. The original three look like they’ll be fantastic (especially Raiders!).

  10. It’s a shame that they couldn’t re-encode the old extras in HD. (In fact, I read another review that states that extras that were in HD on the Crystal Skull BD are in SD on this set!)

  11. I just got The Indiana Jones Collection on Blu-Ray and its a pretty good set but not even close to the quality or content of Star Wars The Complete Saga on Blu-Ray, you can easily tell the time effort Lucasfilm took in restoring Star Wars for BD compared to Indiana Jones plus I love Star Wars,I only like the Indy movies,just my two cents my fellow Ranters.

  12. …sorry for my writing mistake,I meant to say “the time AND effort Lucasfilm took in restoring Star Wars”.