Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Raiders: A Lost Art

With the blu-rays of the Indiana Jones movie series hitting shelves a week from today, George Lucas and Co. have re-released the inaugural Indy opus, 1981's Raiders of the Lost Ark, back to theaters for a special one week, IMAX-only engagement. I had the opportunity to hit up my local cineplex this past weekend and scratch seeing Raiders on the big screen off the ol' bucket list. What really struck me is how truly timeless the movie is. I can't even attempt to count how many times I've seen it, to the point that every cut, every music cue, and every sound effect is imprinted on my cerebellum, and yet there I was completely engrossed, completely engaged.

That says something about the film's staying power an amazing thirty-plus years after its debut, and demonstrates how they just don't make 'em like that anymore. While the subsequent Indiana Jones entries had their highs (1989's Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade -- just as perfect as Raiders, as far as I'm concerned) and lows (guess), they still bespeak the iconic alchemy that Lucas, Steven Spielberg, and Harrison Ford uncorked with that original. For more on why Raiders continues to thrill, check out this very nice appreciation by Brendan Foley that also offers some thoughts on why the sequels do and don't work.

Raiders of the Lost Ark is playing at your local cineplexes through this weekend, and I highly recommend giving it a go, whether you've seen it before or (especially!) if you've never seen it at all. Need more convincing? Check out the re-release trailer after the jump:


Parvez Ahmed said...

I'm glad you posted about Raiders. I really loved the Brendan Foley piece! The Indy series is second only to SW in terms of its impact on my childhood. Looking forwarding to marveling at the BD transfer!

Zaki said...

Yep, super excited to check all of 'em out in HD.