My Grade: B-
Indiana Jones: Making the Trilogy (2003 Video)
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My Grade: B-
When Willard Huyk and Gloria Katz were asked to work on the Temple of Doom, they were handed a lot of leftover scenes that never make it into the previous film and an order to name every character after a major crew members' pet. Kate Capshaw now claims to have been a serious art house actress before meeting Spiel, but her IMDb credits reveal no such thing. What is blatantly obvious was Stevens infatuation with her: they never stopped flirting on set. Chatter Lal talks more about other pictures on his resume than Temple, while the grown up Short Round still has his speech impediment. Enough time has past to be able to talk about Harrison's torn shoulder muscles, followed by a lot of tiresome apologizing for the fact that this one was "so much darker" and "not as much fun" as Raiders. It is also made clear that Frank Marschall was more like an errant boy than a producer, always getting nasty assignments like bug handling.
After all that complaining about the lack of lightness in the second film, everybody brightens up discussing The Last Crusade. Old footage only shows them fooling around on set (quite a difference compared to Star Wars). Sean Connery tells about the input he had on his character: making him less Yoda and more Sean. There are 1988 interviews with River Phoenix and Denholm Elliott with GREAT BIG DATES IN THE SUBTITLES so nobody would think these people are still alive. By this time they were running out of creepy crawlies and had to breed disease free rats themselves (as well as mechanical ones to set on fire). It is also revealed most of the Nazi uniforms were the genuine article, but the seagulls on the beach had to be played by doves. Spielberg spends a lot of time explaining the last ten minutes of the picture, yet fails to explain how that poor ancient knight felt when realizing he guarded the grail all those centuries for nothing. Neither do they mention that either Harrison's head got bigger over the course of three pictures or his hat decidedly smaller.
8 out of 10
I just did a very long comment so right now I am going to do a shorter one. I was lucky enough to get the four-disc Indiana Jones set and this was a feature on the fourth disc. Some scenes drag on, but this is one fun documentary, just be prepared for three hours worth of material. My favorite segment is the segment for Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom, being as that is more fun and tells you some very interesting little experiences that the crew had, but all segments have that.
Pretty much the whole documentary is the making of Raiders of the Lost Ark, Temple of Doom, and Last Crusade. There are interviews with actors and George Lucas and Steven Spielberg and they talk about the making of the whole trilogy. The casting for Raiders, the bridge for Temple of Doom, and the rats of the Last Crusade are just a couple of the many things that they talk about. The Raiders segment is roughly 80 minutes, Temple of Doom is roughly 40 minutes, and Last Crusade is roughly 50 minutes. Overall, this is a great documentary that gives you some interesting information about this great trilogy.
Recommended Documentaries: Within a Minute.