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Indiana Jones and the Lost Phantom City of the Gods

Author: Chip_douglas from Rijswijk, ZH, Netherlands
22 May 2009

*** This review may contain spoilers ***

You know how some DVD's have a hidden extra button at the end of their special features presentation that looks very intriguing but then just turns out to be the credits for the people who authored the disc itself? Well, Laurent Bouzereau has made a habit out of concluding each series of short documentaries he produces for a particular film with a separate entry to feature his own crew credits. To spice things up a bit, it is introduced by a few lines from director Steven Spielberg and a montage of outtakes and unused material from his on-set shoot that turns into a roll-call of sorts that lists the prominent cast and crew-members along some that never get any mention (for instance, catering).

This montage is heavy on the overlapping fades and zooms. In fact, it looks to me like a lot of this footage is culled from the bits one would normally discard: the parts where the cameraman is deciding on which particular person to focus. In order to discard this feeling, each person's name is listed in that square yellow font used on each Indiana Jones poster for the subtitles. You know, the one that a lot of people here on the IMDb thought should have been superimposed at the start of the actual picture instead of the even more blocky font that opens 'Crystal Skull'. What these IMDb users seemed to forget was that only one out of four Indy films opens with the famous comic book font that's on the poster, and that's The Temple of Doom.

And while I'm on the subject; even more absurd was the complaint that Shia LaBeouff's character wasn't worthy of getting the 'and Shia LaBeouff' credit on the opening credits. That particular user thought John Hurt's character should have had that distinction. There's just no pleasing some internet critics (and these days, isn't everybody one?).

5 out of 10

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