Who could forget that first Indiana Jones movie?
Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981).
It was set in 1936. Our hero (played by Harrison Ford) was hired by government agents to locate the Ark of the Covenant before the Nazi Germans did.
They knew or at least thought the Ark was full of “religious artifacts” and whoever owned it would be invincible.
With the help of his former lover and tough bar owner Marion Ravenwood (Karen Allen) and his friend Sallah (John Rhys-Davies), Indiana manages to recover the Ark in Egypt.
But, of course, that’s only the beginning — the Germans steal the ark and place Indiana and Marion into a pit full of poisonous snakes and seal the top. That’s when our hero throws out that classic line “Snakes? Why did it have to be snakes?”
In a later film we discover why Indiana is scared of these slithering reptiles.
We remained captivated by all of his future adventures — Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom (1984); Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade (1989) and Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull (2008).
Along the way we have front row seats to human sacrifice and torture, spurred on by holy Sankara Stones, which can be used to take over the world, meet his father Henry (Sean Connery), and learn it was more then a one-night-stand with Marion.
Mac (Ray Winstone) turns out to be Indiana’s son (his real name revealed to be Henry Jones III), and Indiana is reunited with, and eventually marries, Marion.
All of this is now available on a 4K Ultra HD four-disc set from my friends at Lucasfilm Ltd. and Paramount Home Entertainment.
As you might expect, the color and sound are spectacular.
The set also includes a Blu-ray™ with seven hours of previously released bonus content. One of those additions on this set goes with Raiders of the Lost Ark, two featurettes — From Jungle to Desert and From Adventure to Legend. There’s also a collectible booklet with behind-the-scenes images from all four films.
And don’t forget a fifth film is scheduled for release on July 29, 2022. Ford will reprise the title role.