Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade
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
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.
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.
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)