It's been nearly 20 years since the last Indiana Jones film adventure, but Thursday sees the release of a fourth installment, "Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull."
As you might expect, a special-edition, three-disc set titled "Indiana Jones: The Adventure Collection" (Paramount, 2008, $59.98) has preceded the new film.
"The Adventure Collection" features remastered and restored versions of "Raiders of the Lost Ark" (PG, 1981), "Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom" (PG, 1984) and "Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade" (PG-13, 1989).
This release might be unnecessary for those who already own the previously released, "Adventures of Indiana Jones" collection (2003). But it's nice to have all three films in one handy package, and this economically priced package offers fans a way to do their "homework" before the new film's release.
"Raiders" is by far the best of the bunch and is a lot of fun, though "Temple of Doom" hasn't aged particularly well.Bonus features: Introductions by producer George Lucas and director Steven Spielberg, behind-the-scenes production features ("The Melting Face," "Creepy Crawlies" and "Friends and Enemies"), "The Women: American Film Institute Tribute," galleries and storyboard sequences, and video game demos ("Lego Indiana Jones: The Original Adventures").