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Perfect review Ralph; especially of the opening scenes in raiders. I was worried, then it statbilized to a nice presentation. LOVE The Last Crusade. This is an amazing set to own

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Hi Ralph,

I watched the Raiders of the Lost Ark last night, and I think you were generous on the video ratings. Like you, I expected something much better.... Comparing it to the Bond movies in the 60-70s, or with Cleopatra, SWs, it still doesn't cut it in terms of the video...There was some strange stuff going on in the scene with Indy's back full of taranturas... Also, sometimes looks kind out of focus.... Like you said it has a fair amount of pop, and there is black crush here and there....
The audio is a different story... It is really good....

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Hi Ralph,
I watched the Raiders of the Lost Ark last night, and I think you were generous on the video ratings. Like you, I expected something much better.... Comparing it to the Bond movies in the 60-70s, or with Cleopatra, SWs, it still doesn't cut it in terms of the video...There was some strange stuff going on in the scene with Indy's back full of taranturas... Also, sometimes looks kind out of focus.... Like you said it has a fair amount of pop, and there is black crush here and there....
The audio is a different story... It is really good....

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I understand what you mean Chris. Unfortunately I think what you're are seeing is inherent.

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Guess I'm not as much of a stickler as a lot of you folks. I watched Raiders through my Oppo BDP-93 projected 9 1/2 feet wide at 1080p by my Panny PT-AE2000 and thoroughly enjoyed it.

I was distressed by the way the disks are packaged - you have to get a fingerprint on a disk to get it out - so I came up with a fix.

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1) With the Indy disk in its sleeve, pushed fully in, lay your template disk on top of the page so that it's lined up with the disk in the sleeve.

2) With your pen, make two dots on the page, inside the hole of the template disk, at nine o'clock and three o'clock. Put the template disk aside.

3) Lay your straightedge on the page so that it is just under the two dots and extends out to the right-hand edge of the page.

4) With the razor, cut a line from a little to the left of the left-hand dot out to the right-hand edge of the page.

5) Gently lift the two cut edges up (no need to make a crease) to expose the hole in the disk.

6) Lay the flaps back down for storage (and to admire the artwork). Lift them up to put your finger in the disk's hole to slide it out without having to grip it by both sides.

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I tried to watch Last crusade last night but I found it boring. I guess ive seen these movies quite a number of times in my life they just don't do it for me anymore. Though Jaws I can still watch and not be bored.

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I tried to watch Last crusade last night but I found it boring. I guess ive seen these movies quite a number of times in my life they just don't do it for me anymore. Though Jaws I can still watch and not be bored.

I don't find it boring necessarily, but to me the series is Raiders of the Lost Ark, plus a few sequels of minor consequence. My complaint is mainly that it became a comedy franchise more than anything. If it weren't for Sean Connery (which really was a good casting choice), Last Crusade is no better then Crystal Skull in my eyes.
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Agreed that there's Raiders and... some other movies in the package where Harrison Ford wears the same costume.

I just got the blu-ray and found the Raiders video quality to be abominable -- forget lack of detail or out-of-focus (could be from the original) -- the real problem is the thing looks PHOTOSHOPPED. I have a 1080i broadcast version for comparison, and it is very obvious how they messed with the colors. The most appalling example is when they first lift the Ark up out of is stone container -- in the 1080i HDTV you can see all sorts of colors and detail in their clothing and the poles they use to lift it -- in the blu-ray everything is just YELLOW. Indy's jacket? YELLOW. Sallah's belt? YELLOW. Giant statues in the background? YELLOW. Some jerk fooled with it in Photoshop to make it "better".
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I don't find it boring necessarily, but to me the series is Raiders of the Lost Ark, plus a few sequels of minor consequence. My complaint is mainly that it became a comedy franchise more than anything. If it weren't for Sean Connery (which really was a good casting choice), Last Crusade is no better then Crystal Skull in my eyes.

Considering that Indy Jones is essentially James Bond in work clothes - and without Bond's high-tech equipment - it really was poetic justice to cast the original James Bond as Indy's father.

Personally, I like all the Indy films except the second one, which is a little morally dark for my taste. I even bought the three box sets of backstory DVDs tracing his adventures from the age of nine to young adulthood, which Lucas apparently saw as his way of "giving back" - each of those stories (and there are around 30) has him developing his moral code and skills through encounters with major historical figures in all walks of life in very well done short stories, which are accompanied by multiple half-hour documentaries suitable for classroom use about all those historical periods and figures, once the story whets the students' interest in them.

It was clearly designed as Lucas' legacy.

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I HATED Crystal Skull when I first watched it, which was shortly after it came out on disc. That may, though, have been more a matter of my changed taste in movies than the film's fault, because I bought this Blu-ray set (cheap!) and then watched all the movies nearly back-to-back (though not in "canonical" order), and my opinion of Crystal Skull went up - but my opinion of the series as a whole, including Raiders, kind of went down. What I saw was that all the movies were a mixed bag of far-fetched plots, absurd action sequences, and wild improbabilities, like the serials they were modeled upon, and Crystal Skull wasn't really much out of line with the others with regard to those things. Maybe not the best of the series, but probably not the worst (though Shia LaBeouf's acting is not to my liking at all), and not that bad a movie when taken with the pound of salt (on your popcorn, of course) that these movies should be taken with.
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Considering that Indy Jones is essentially James Bond in work clothes - and without Bond's high-tech equipment - it really was poetic justice to cast the original James Bond as Indy's father.
Personally, I like all the Indy films except the second one, which is a little morally dark for my taste. I even bought the three box sets of backstory DVDs tracing his adventures from the age of nine to young adulthood, which Lucas apparently saw as his way of "giving back" - each of those stories (and there are around 30) has him developing his moral code and skills through encounters with major historical figures in all walks of life in very well done short stories, which are accompanied by multiple half-hour documentaries suitable for classroom use about all those historical periods and figures, once the story whets the students' interest in them.
It was clearly designed as Lucas' legacy.

I couldn't agree more. The Young Indiana Jones series is very high quality and is entertaining. Having historical significance is a plus and it helped my kids learn about that period in time in a fun way.

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I tried to watch Last crusade last night but I found it boring. I guess ive seen these movies quite a number of times in my life they just don't do it for me anymore. Though Jaws I can still watch and not be bored.

I can watch Jaws over and over. But only from when the trio go out on the boat, until the end. Before that, is a very ordinary film, that bores me.

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