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Lucasfilm preparing 'Making of' Indiana Jones books?
21/02/07, 4:02pm EST

Star Wars is turning 30 years this year. And to celebrate that Lucasfilm will be releasing what should be the ultimate The Making of Star Wars book this April.
And yesterday StarWars.com published an article in which Lucasfilm Executive Editor Jonathan Rinzler talks about the creation of this 'Making of' book and mentioned that there are more 'Making of' books coming, and not just for the Star Wars fans. Here follows an interesting except from that article:
First, however, Rinzler is busy researching a second set of books chronicling the making of another famous trilogy -- or rather quartet -- of films. "That's the number one priority for the moment," he says.

Another famous Lucasfilm trilogy? Soon to become a quartet? Hmmm, the only other Lucasfilm trilogy I can think of is Indiana Jones... and hey, that's about to become a quartet!
Executive Editor Jonathan Rinzler seems to be saying that we may expect official word on 'Making of' Indiana Jones books soon.

Yet another thing to look forward to fellow Indy fans!

The Making of Star Wars book will arrive in stores this April, which will be offered in a 324-page trade paperback edition ($35) and a 372-page deluxe hardcover with stamped George Lucas signature on the cover ($75).

Source: StarWars.com


UPDATED: Lucas talks Young Indy Chronicles
06/03/07, 5:06pm EST

George Lucas was guest at the Museum of Television and Radio’s William S. Paley Festival Saturday night. The first 90 minutes of the two-hour event were devoted to The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles and the efforts to bring that series to DVD with accompanying documentaries and study guides.

Helen H. who attended this 'Evening With George Lucas' event reported to TheForce.net: "Indy Jones Chronicles are currently being cleaned up, are having documentaries added to them and will be shopped as “films for a modern day high school history class.” He’s [Lucas] hoping they’re released on DVDs very soon."

Update: IGN.com published an article on Lucas' Young Indiana Jones Chronicles DVDs containing more detailed info and bits on the process of making this DVD collection:

The DVDs will include the reedited versions of the series previously available on VHS, which took the 44 episodes of the show and turned them into 22, 90 minute, feature length stories. Lucas conceived of doing this very early on, and when the series first wrapped production, shot footage that would help link the episodes more cohesively.

Lucas mentioned how the series was shot on 16mm, which allowed more money to be spent on the production and allow for longer shooting schedules than it would have otherwise had. However, he said, "we're in the process of enhancing and cleaning up [the picture] for DVD." Having mentioned the cost constraints the The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles was under, he also humorously stated, "We're spending more to clean things up then we did to shoot it."

Read the full article online at IGN.com.

Sources: Jared Barrett, Ain't It Cool News and TheForce.net.

 

McCallum talks about the Young Indiana Jones DVDs
26/04/07, 1:57pm EST

Dutch Lucasfilm fansite Tosche Station recently talked with Star Wars & The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles producer Rick McCallum about his career, the upcoming Star Wars TV-series and the release date of The Adventures of Young Indiana Jones DVD collection.

Tosche Station: You mentioned ”Young Indiana Jones”. When will it finally be released on DVD?

Rick McCallum: "We are hoping that the first set will be released just before Christmas. I’m not sure about the date since Paramount is releasing it. Since Star Wars was finished one of the things we have been doing was making 94 documentaries which will be completed by the end of this month. (editors note: april 2007) These go with the TV series. There is a historical timeline that takes you trough the life of Young Indy and incredible documentaries about the people that he meets. That was a fun and fantastic experience."

Visit Tosche Station to read the full interview with Rick McCallum.


LEGO whips Indiana Jones 4 license?
01/06/07, 2:53pm EST

Cool Toy Review overheard at Celebration IV last weekend that LEGO will be producing toys for Indiana Jones 4. Here's what Cool Toy Review posted on their site:

During Celebration IV, one of the guys at LEGO wasn't being mindful of the crowds, or more precisely the two ears of said crowd, when he let it slip that they will be producing toys for Lucasfilm's upcoming Indiana Jones IV feature film. While details are a bit sketchy, it is safe to assume that these will be shown later this year.

Click here to read the original article.

Thanks to Jonesy and the members of The Raven for the link.

 

Indiana Jones 4 Licensing Partners Announced
18/06/07, 1:05pm EST

Upcoming Indiana Jones Adventure to be Backed by Major Companies in Global Licensing and Promotional Program.

SAN FRANCISCO--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Indiana Jones, the world’s greatest action hero, returns to theaters May 22, 2008, and his newest on-screen adventures will be supported by an impressive array of leading companies as part of a broad global licensing and promotional campaign across a wide range of product categories designed to appeal to all ages.

In the toy category, Hasbro, Inc. (NYSE:HAS) will develop a broad line of action figures, vehicles and role play as well as games.

LEGO, the world’s best-selling construction toy brand, has also come on board as the exclusive licensee for building sets.

Hallmark is on board in the greeting cards, party goods and ornaments categories, and Random House, Scholastic and DK Publishing will provide the foundation for a robust publishing program.

Following their string of best-selling titles, LucasArts will support the franchise with breakthrough Indiana Jones video games that will allow players to “live” all-new Indy adventures.

In addition, the upcoming Indiana Jones movie will also be supported by a strong slate of major promotional partners, including Burger King and MARS North America, with more partners to be announced soon.

It’s been 19 years since the last film and we are sensing a huge pent-up demand for everything Indy,” said Howard Roffman, President of Lucas Licensing. “We’re delighted that blue chip companies like these want to be part of the incredible experience of bringing Indy back to the big screen and introducing him to a whole new generation."

The people who grew up with Indiana Jones have become today’s parents,” Roffman continued. “If our experience with Star Wars is any guide, we think they’ll want to introduce their kids to Indy and share this great new adventure together.

Starring Harrison Ford, Shia LaBeouf, Cate Blanchett, Ray Winstone and John Hurt, the new Indiana Jones adventure begins production this month.

The movie is a Lucasfilm Ltd. production, directed by Steven Spielberg and distributed by Paramount Pictures. Frank Marshall returns as producer with George Lucas and Kathleen Kennedy as executive producers. The movie follows the wildly successful Raiders of the Lost Ark in 1981, Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom in 1984, and Indiana Jones and The Last Crusade in 1989.

Lucas Licensing, a Lucasfilm Ltd. Company, manages the global merchandising activities for all Lucasfilm entertainment properties, including Star Wars and Indiana Jones.

Source: Lucasfilm Ltd.

 

LEGO has exclusive rights to Indy 4 property
18/06/07, 1:30pm EST

LEGO Group Secures Exclusive Construction Category Rights to Indiana Jones(TM) Property.

NEW YORK, June 18 /PRNewswire/ -- LEGO Group, the world's leading construction toy manufacturer, today announces a partnership with Lucasfilm Ltd. to produce building sets based on the Indiana Jones franchise -- one of the most globally successful movie series ever made.

Three worldwide blockbuster films, and the highly anticipated May 2008 premiere of the new Indiana Jones movie, will provide inspiration for a series of highly iconic and action-packed build-and-play adventures of the rogue archaeologist and hero.

"There is such a natural synergy between Lucasfilm and LEGO enthusiasts of all ages that makes combining our stories with the LEGO play pattern an easy decision," said Howard Roffman, President of Lucas Licensing. "We are thrilled to have a chance to share the history and success of LEGO Star Wars with another Lucas franchise."

Four playsets based on the classic trilogy are slated to launch in January 2008. Three sets based on iconic scenes from Raiders of the Lost Ark include: Temple Escape ($49.99 USD) which brings the legendary rolling boulder scene to life in LEGO form as Indy faces spiders and poisoned darts in his search for the Golden Idol of Fertility. With Race for the Stolen Treasure ($29.99 USD), kids build two desert vehicles and recreate Indy's truck-hopping fight to save the treasure. Indiana Jones and the Lost Tomb ($19.99 USD) recreates the eye-popping suspense of Indy rescuing Marion from slithering snakes in an Egyptian tomb. And based on Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade action, Motorcycle Chase ($9.99 USD) depicts the scene where Indy and his father escape with the map to the hidden temple.

Four more constructible playsets based on the fourth movie will launch in May 2008, with suggested retail prices ranging from $9.99 to $79.99 USD.

"We are thrilled to be bringing yet another blockbuster Lucasfilm property to life for LEGO kids and adult enthusiasts," said Jill Wilfert, vice president, partnership and alliance management for the LEGO Group. "The marriage of strong story, well-known characters, dynamic vehicles and action-oriented movie scenes with the classic LEGO play pattern is a proven winner, and Indiana Jones lends itself perfectly to the build-and-play world of LEGO building."

For more than 25 years, audiences have been enraptured by the exploits of Indiana Jones. The film trilogy -- Raiders of the Lost Ark, Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom, and Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade -- garnered 14 Academy Award nominations, won 7 Oscars, and grossed over $1,182,000,000 at the box office. The films are among the most popular movies ever made and have become a legendary part of film history.

About the LEGO Group

The LEGO Group (www.lego.com) is a privately held, family-owned company, based in Billund, Denmark. It was founded in 1932 and today the group is one of the world's leading manufacturers of play materials for children. The LEGO Group is committed to the development of children's creative and imaginative abilities through its products, which can be purchased in more than 130 countries, and its employees are guided by the motto adopted in the 1930s by founder Ole Kirk Christiansen: "Only the best is good enough."

LEGO and the LEGO logo are trademarks of the LEGO Group. (C) 2007 The LEGO Group.

(C) 2007 Lucasfilm Ltd. All rights reserved. MEDIA CONTACT: LEGO Systems, Inc. Michael McNally 860-763-6731 or press@america.lego.com LEGO Group

Source: The Earth Times Online - with special thanks to Stefan Zwanzger.

 

Indiana Jones in LEGO!
22/06/07, 4:15pm EST

Indy LEGOEarlier this week, LEGO Group announced a partnership with Lucasfilm Ltd. to produce building sets based on the Indiana Jones franchise.

And here on the right we have the very first image of the Indiana Jones LEGO minifig!

Three worldwide blockbuster films, and the highly anticipated May 2008 premiere of the new Indiana Jones movie, will provide inspiration for a series of highly iconic and action-packed build-and-play adventures of the rogue archaeologist and hero.

Four playsets based on the classic trilogy are slated to launch in January 2008:
- Temple Escape (Raiders playset)
- Race for the Stolen Treasure (Raiders playset)
- Indiana Jones and the Lost Tomb (Raiders playset)
- Motorcycle Chase (Last Crusade playset)

Four more constructible playsets based on the fourth movie will launch in May 2008.

A whole lot more info can be found in the LEGO Press Release published on June 18th, 2007.

 

New Indiana Jones books in the making
23/06/07, 2:38pm EST

When searching for Indiana Jones books at Amazon you'll discover that there are new Indy novelizations and other books scheduled to be released in 2008. Here under follows a list of what the USA as well as the Canadian version of Amazon show.

Lucasfilm is apparently aiming for a younger audience with these new Indiana Jones books.

Announced at Amazon.com (USA):

1. Glow-in-the-Dark Indiana Jones (Ultimate Sticker Books)
- Reading level: Ages 9-12
- Paperback: 16 pages
- Publisher: DK Children (March 17, 2008)


2. Indiana Jones (Ultimate Stick Books)
- Reading level: Ages 9-12
- Paperback: 16 pages
- Publisher: DK Children (March 17, 2008)


3. Indiana Jones: The Ultimate Guide
- Reading level: Ages 9-12
- Hardcover: 144 pages
- Publisher: DK Children (March 17, 2008)


4. The Adventures of Indiana Jones
by Campbell Black, James Khan and Rob MacGregor
- Paperback: 720 pages
- Publisher: Del Rey (February 26, 2008)

It looks like The Adventures of Indiana Jones will be a bind up of the three original Indiana Jones film novelizations. Campbell Black, James Khan and Rob MacGregor are the authors of these original books plus it's listed as being 720 pages long.

Announced at Amazon.ca (Canada):

1. Indiana Jones: Last Crusade Novelization
by Ryder Windham
- Paperback
- Publisher: Scholastic Us (April 1 2008)


2. Indiana Jones: Raiders of the Lost Ark Novelization
by Ryder Windham
- Paperback
- Publisher: Scholastic Us (April 1 2008)


3. Indiana Jones: Temple of Doom Novelization
by Suzanne Weyn
- Paperback
- Publisher: Scholastic Us (April 1 2008)


4. Indiana Jones: Movie Novelization
by James Luceno
- Paperback
- Publisher: Scholastic Us (April 1 2008)


5. Indiana Jones: Movie Reader
by Ben Harper
- Paperback
- Publisher: Scholastic Us (April 1 2008)


6. Indiana Jones Scrapbook
- Paperback
- Publisher: Scholastic Us (April 1 2008)


7.

The Adventures of Indiana Jones
by Campbell Black, James Khan and Rob MacGregor
- Paperback: 720 pages
- Publisher: Del Rey (Feb 26 2008)

Ryder Windham previously wrote two scrapbooks for Star Wars; Attack of the Clones and Revenge of the Sith. These books are basically heavily illustrated, hardcover "behind the scenes"movie guides for children (approx. ages 12 - 16). The books contain info about the characters, the storyline, and the people behind the scenes.
And Scholastic Us also released three such scrapbooks for the original Star Wars trilogy back in 1997.

Special thanks to 'walker' and 'Gobi-1' from The Raven message boards for the info.

 

Young Indiana Jones Chronicles coming to DVD
10/07/07, 4:50pm EST

TVShowsOnDVD.com reported today that Paramount Home Entertainment will release The Adventures of Young Indiana Jones - Volume 1 on DVD October 23rd, 2007. There will be a total of three volumes.

This release date of The Adventures of Young Indiana Jones - Volume 1 is chosen to help promote the fourth Indiana Jones film, which will be released worldwide on May 22, 2008. So we may also expect to see Volume 2, and maybe even Volume 3, on sale before Indy 4 hits the theatres in May!

More info on The Adventures of Young Indiana Jones tv-series (previously know as The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles) can be found here.

Source: ComingSoon.net

 

New Indiana Jones toys at the San Diego Comic-Con!
18/07/07, 2:58pm EST

Hasbro has let me know that they will be "sneak-previewing" a few figures from their Indiana Jones series at the San Diego Comic-Con next week.

The Hasbro toy company already hinted on this Indy sneak-preview earlier this month in an interview with Star Wars collection site Boba's Bounty. But their quote never really found its way to the Indiana Jones fans.

Here's what Hasbro told Boba's Bounty earlier this month:

Hasbro: "We are glad to hear about the interest in IJ - because we are pumped too! While we will be sneak-previewing some figures at Comic Con International, we have to keep the details under wraps for now. We will divulge that there are some very familiar scales as well as a few surprises in the line. Suffice to say that we have top men working on it. The same top men that have been bringing you the Star Wars line, so there should be a lot of consistency in approach."

Special thanks to Hasbro for the confirmation today.

 

Sideshow will produce Indiana Jones collectibles
23/07/07, 9:31am EST

Sideshow Collectibles, one of the largest exhibitors at Comic-Con, has revealed to the Los Angeles Times that they have struck a new licensing deal with Lucasfilm to produce collectibles from all four Indiana Jones films!

"Anyone crazy enough can now stick a life-sized bust of Indy right in the middle of the living room."

Many people alredy assume Sideshow will release a Premium Format Indiana Jones statue (18" tall). And hopefully they will also produce 1:6 scale figures of Indiana Jones and other characters from the films. which would be fantastic as Sideshow has already produced some great looking Star Wars figures in that same1:6 scale!

And if Sideshow Collectibles will indeed release a life-sized bust of Indiana Jones, then I hope it'll look at least as good as the Indy bust sculptor Howard S shows on his website.

 

Press Release on Sideshow's Indiana Jones licence
25/07/07, 5:34am EST

Sideshow Collectibles has published a press release to announce their new licensing deal with Lucasfilm for Indiana Jones figures.

Thousand Oaks, California (July 2007) - Sideshow Collectibles is proud to expand its relationship with Lucasfilm with the announcement of a new licensing deal to produce collectibles from the Indiana Jones film series. The adventure series began with the 1981 release Raiders of the Lost Ark, followed in 1984 by Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom, and by Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade in 1989. After fourteen nominations and seven Academy Award wins for the film franchise, the adventure continues with a much-anticipated fourth installment yet to be titled, set for release on May 22, 2008. Sideshow's product line will be inclusive of all four Indiana Jones films and will include 12-inch Figures, Premium Format Figures, and Life-size Busts that will range in price from $69.99 to $599.99.

Professor of archaeology Indiana Jones is frequently called upon to save priceless relics from falling into the wrong hands. Dr. Jones faces many dangers as he travels the world, battling enemies from power-hungry Nazis to voodoo priests. Jones pieces together mysterious clues, deciphers ancient maps and navigates deadly booby-traps in search of hidden artifacts. Armed with his trusty bullwhip and charming wit, Indiana Jones defeats evil, woos distressed damsels, and recovers supernatural treasures.

About Sideshow Collectibles
Since its 1994 beginning, Sideshow Collectibles has distinguished itself as a premier manufacturer and distributor of licensed and proprietary collectible products that reflect a passion toward creating unique, highly sought after figure collectibles as well as film prop replicas and fine art collectibles. The collaborative efforts of Sideshow artisans result in intricately detailed likenesses of popular characters, including film and television monsters, villains, heroes and mystical creatures of fantasy, as well as legendary figures from history. With offices located in Thousand Oaks, California, Sideshow products are available online at www.SideshowCollectibles.com and through select specialty retailers worldwide.

Source: SideshowCollectibles.com

 

San Diego Comic-Con Coverage Begins
25/07/07, 6:37am EST

Indy display
Indy figures display!
StarWars.com is already on site in San Diego and has posted the first batch of images from the event — of course, the showroom is still in a bit of a rough state since the public won’t be seeing it until tomorrow, but just in case you’d like a sneak peek behind the scenes, check out their continuing Comic-Con photo series here.

Their photo series include a first look at the wonderful displays promoting the new Indiana Jones toys.
Be sure to check back tomorrow for a first glimpse at the new Indiana Jones figures!

Source: Star Wars Blog

 

Dark Horse will publish new Indiana Jones comics
26/07/07, 5:20am EST

Dark Horse, the publisher of all Indiana Jones comics from the 90's, has released a new press release in which they announce Indiana Jones' triumphant return to comic books in 2008!

Indiana Jones for a new generation 7/25/07
Lucasfilm's celebrated action/adventure hero, Indiana Jones, the forerunner of popular characters such as Lara Croft, will be making a triumphant return in 2008 with the yet-to-be-titled fourth installment of the Indiana Jones film series. Starring Harrison Ford and directed by Steven Spielberg, the film is slated for release in May 2008. Dark Horse Comics is excited to announce that it has acquired the comic book rights to the world's most famous adventurer and will launch a new series in 2008. Fans can plunge themselves into the adventures of the fedora-wearing archaeologist well before then.

In February 2008, Dark Horse Comics will publish the first of two Indiana Jones Omnibuses collecting Dark Horse's previous entries in the saga. Then April sees the release of volume one of Indiana Jones Adventures —a digest-sized graphic novel designed for the enjoyment of young readers as well as adults. The Indiana Jones Adventures volumes and the Omnibuses will continue on a quarterly basis—including Omnibuses for the Young Indiana Jones Chronicles and the original Marvel run of Indiana Jones comics.

A comics adaptation of the film will be released simultaneously with the motion picture, followed immediately by an all-new Indiana Jones comics series.

You can also find this press release at the Dark Horse website.

 

UPDATE: Hasbro's Indiana Jones figures are here
27/07/07, 6:32pm EST

Update: Star Wars blog posted a first photo of Hasbro's prototype 12" Indiana Jones figure, also slated for release next year!

Hasbro has introduced their new Indiana Jones figures at the San Diego Comic-Con today. Their Indiana Jones toy line will celebrate all four Indy movies. On display at their booth was just a taste of the classic assortments, with 3 3/4" figures and the "Galactic Heroes"-style cutesified pairs for fans of all ages.

Adventure Heroes' IndyStar Wars blog explains:
Two packs of the "Adventure Heroes" collection include Indy and the German Mechanic, Indy and the Cairo Swordsman, Belloq and the spirit of the Ark (God’s wrath has never been sooooo cute!) and Sallah and a Mummy. On display at the Hasbro booth is a market place Marion with monkey sidekick.

Of the 3 3/4" collection, Hasbro’s floor display showcases Indy, Belloq and Sallah, while some of images shown during the presentation also included the Cairo Swordsman, the Monkeyman, and marketplace Marion Ravenwood complete with frying pan. Each figure comes with an ‘artifact’ (like the headpiece to the staff of Ra or the golden fertility idol of the Chachapoyan warriors) as an extra collectible. Look for them in 2008.

Hasbro's 3 3/4
The first figures of Hasbro's 3 3/4" Indiana Jones collection.

Visit Star Wars blog and CoolToyReview.com to view the first photos of Hasbro's new Indiana Jones figures on display at Comic-Con.
Or you can start drooling at more clear promo photos of the new Indy figures at Toy News International.

Hasbro also has a pair of coins they are handing out at Comic-Con: one for Star Wars, and one for Indiana Jones 4 that says: "The adventure continues... May 2008!" You can view photos of these coins at Rebelscum.com.

 

Prototype Indiana Jones statues at Comic-Con
27/07/07, 7:34pm EST

12-inch Indy sculpt
Sideshow's 12-inch
Indy head sculpt.
Sideshow Collectibles announced their new licensing deal with Lucasfilm for Indiana Jones figures only a few days ago. And yesterday Sideshow already sneak-previewed the head sculpt of the first 12-inch Indiana Jones figure at the Comic-Con. Even though this is already the most perfect Harrison Ford head sculpt I've ever seen to date, it is still unfinished as sculptor Trevor Grove is currently waiting for approval.
The photo of Trevor's head sculpt here on the right was taken by D.Martin Myatt from CoolToyReview.com.

Gentle Giant surprisingly also had a few Indiana Jones statues on display at the Comic-con. They showed 2 prototype Indiana Jones statues and a bronze Indiana Jones bust of about 7-inches tall. These statues are not final and are waiting for approval from the licensor.

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Prototype Indiana Jones statues by Gentle Giant.

Longtime visitors may have heard the name of 12-inch Indy figure sculptor Trevor Grove before as he is an old friend of TheRaider.net. Trevor is the maker of our Indy Toons and used to impress fellow Indy fans with his Indy artwork. But that has all been a long time ago as he is now dedicating all his time and effort to sculpting the perfect Indy for Sideshow Collectibles.

 

The Adventures of Young Indy DVD cover art
21/08/07, 5:47pm EST

dvdactive has received the first images of The Adventures of Young Indiana Jones 'Volume One' DVD box art! And as you can see here; it looks absolutely beautiful!
The retail price of this first volume should be around $117.99. And is reported to contain 12 DVDs. Twelve!!

dvdactive writes:
The Adventures of Young Indiana JonesParamount Home Entertainment has sent over artwork for the first volume of The Adventures of Young Indiana Jones. The 12 disc package will be available to own from the 23rd October, and should retail at around $117.99. According to our friends at TVShowsOnDVD.com, the set will include extensive historical documentaries, a "Revolutions Interactive Game", an "Interactive Timeline", & a "Professor Video".

Head over to dvdactive to view 2 large images of The Adventures of Young Indiana Jones DVD package artwork!

And many thanks to Jayson Crittenden for the heads up.

 

Young Indiana Jones Chronicles DVD details
31/08/07, 1:36pm EST

The Adventures of Young Indiana Jones Volume One

First of Three Volumes Unearths Treasure Trove of Interactive Materials That Bring 20th-Century History to Life

SAN FRANCISCO -- The Emmy®-award winning series The Adventures of Young Indiana Jones makes its long-awaited DVD debut on Oct. 23 with an unprecedented array of all-new bonus materials, which allow viewers to dig deeper into the real-life events behind young Indy's globe-trotting coming-of-age.

"I've always been fascinated by the people and events of history," said George Lucas, creator of the series that ran on network television from 1992 to 1994. "Young Indiana Jones gave me the chance to explore issues and ideas that had so much to do with the emergence of the modern age we live in today." The Adventures of Young Indiana Jones Volume One is the first of three collections of the series and is released by Lucasfilm Ltd., CBS Home Entertainment and Paramount Home Entertainment. The first 12-disc set includes seven feature-length episodes as well as 38 in-depth companion documentaries, an historical overview, an interactive game and an interactive timeline.

The 38 historical companion films are original works from the Lucasfilm documentary unit, headed by CBS News veteran David Schneider. The documentaries complement the episodes with insights from scholars, historians and luminaries from a wide range of disciplines, bringing remarkable and fresh insight into The Adventures of Young Indiana Jones. They include interviews with Gen. Colin Powell, Henry Kissinger, Gloria Steinem, Martin Scorsese, Barbara Boxer, James Earl Jones, Hal David and Deepak Chopra, along with some of the nation's pre-eminent academics.

A critically acclaimed combination of adventure, romance and history, The Adventures of Young Indiana Jones was shot in 35 countries and utilized the talents of the industry's most distinguished actors, directors and writers, earning 11 Emmy Awards and 26 nominations over the course of its production. In addition, The Adventures of Young Indiana Jones was the first television series to use digital production, pioneering processes that would pave the way for Lucas' own Star Wars prequels.

"Young Indiana Jones was one of the most ambitious and complex projects that had ever been attempted for television, and the result was an amazing series that showed a completely different side to Indy," said series producer Rick McCallum, who also produced the three Star Wars prequels and the Special Editions of the original Star Wars Trilogy. "Over the years, the fan support for Young Indiana Jones has swelled, and I'm asked about it everywhere I go. So, I'm really happy that people who grew up with it can at last have it for themselves, and that a new generation will be able to discover the brilliant acting, directing, writing and storytelling that has always been the hallmark of an extraordinary venture."

The feature-length episodes star Sean Patrick Flanery (Boondock Saints, "The Dead Zone") as teenaged Indy and Corey Carrier (Nixon) as 9-year-old Indy. The extraordinary cast of guest stars includes Christopher Lee, Vanessa Redgrave, Max von Sydow, Anne Heche, Lukas Haas, Elizabeth Hurley, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Jeffrey Wright and Daniel Craig.

During its network-television run, critics described the series as intelligent, daring, well written, irreverent, and unprecedented in scope and production values.

The Hollywood Reporter called the series "exciting, fun, adventurous, brilliantly made and with a story that's simply charming." Bill Moyers said, "These exciting tales are the way to a youngster's imagination -- and his grandfather's, too. History's never been told more vividly or more engagingly for the young and old alike. May Young Indy be my grandson's companion far into the 21st Century."

The Young Indiana Jones films also feature the work of some of the industry's biggest names in directing and writing. Directors include Bille August (Les Miserables), Mike Newell (Harry Potter And The Goblet Of Fire), David Hare (Strapless, screenplays for The Hours and Damage), Terry Jones (Monty Python and the Holy Grail and The Life of Brian), Deepa Mehta (Water), Joe Johnston (The Rocketeer, Jurassic Park III), Nicholas Roeg (The Man Who Fell To Earth, Don't Look Now), and Michael Schultz (Car Wash, TV's Everwood). Writers include Rosemary Anne Sisson (Upstairs, Downstairs), Frank Darabont (The Shawshank Redemption) and Jonathan Hensleigh (Die Hard with a Vengeance).

The Adventures of Young Indiana Jones Volume One, debuts Oct. 23 and also features an interactive historical timeline that gives an exciting and educational cross-section of the early 20th century. Volume Two will follow on Dec. 18, with Volume Three scheduled for release in Spring 2008. The complete three-volume collection will contain 22 feature-length movies and 94 documentaries, interactive games developed by River Deep, an interactive timeline produced by Terra Incognita Productions and an historical overview by noted author and University of Texas history professor H.W. Brands.

DVD The first of three comprehensive collections, The Adventures of Young Indiana Jones Volume One is a 12-disc set presented in full screen with Dolby Digital English Stereo and English subtitles. The DVD is Not Rated in the U.S. and rated PG in Canada.

The DVD disc breakdown is as follows:

Disc One: My First Adventure
While on an archaeological dig in Egypt's Valley of the Kings, Indy uncovers an ancient mummy and fresh corpse. With the help of T.E. Lawrence, the legendary Lawrence of Arabia, Indy solves an intriguing murder mystery only to find himself thrust right back into danger when he is kidnapped by slave-trading brigands. Dragged on a terrifying journey across the burning sands of North Africa to the slave markets of Marrakech, Indy finds that he must rely on his courage and wits to survive the brutal ordeal.

Companion Historical Documentaries:

  • Archaeology: Unearthing Our Past
  • Howard Carter and the Tomb of Tutankhamun
  • Colonel Lawrence's War: T.E. Lawrence and Arabia
  • From Slavery to Freedom

Disc Two: Passion For Life
The beautiful Masai Mara game reserve in Kenya is the locale as Indy goes on safari with former President Teddy Roosevelt. When he becomes lost in the savage African bush, Indy finds that he must fight for his life against all manner of exotic and dangerous wildlife. Exotic wildlife of another kind await him in Paris when he accompanies a young Norman Rockwell on a rollicking tour through the bohemian world of Parisian fine art. Wild parties, wilder women and artist temperament are on full display as Pablo Picasso and Edgar Degas clash over their contrasting styles of painting, while painting the town red at a gaudy late-night soiree.

Disc Three: (Passion For Life bonus disc)
Companion Historical Documentaries:

  • Theodore Roosevelt and The American Century
  • Ecology: Pulse of the Planet
  • American Dreams: Norman Rockwell and the Saturday Evening Post
  • Art Rebellion: The Making of the Modern
  • Edgar Degas: Reluctant Rebel
  • Braque Picasso: A Collaboration Cubed

Disc Four: The Perils of Cupid
In beautiful Vienna, Indy falls for the lovely young daughter of soon-to-be assassinated Archduke Franz Ferdinand of Austria. But the course of true love does not run smoothly and he must seek advice from two of the founding fathers of psychology, Sigmund Freud and Carl Jung. Romantic complications of another kind turn up in Florence, Italy, when Indy and his mother meet the great opera composer Giacomo Puccini. Dismayed to find his lonely mother succumbing to the sensuous charms of the charismatic Puccini, Indy frantically looks for a way to reunite his parents and rekindle their love before it's too late.

Disc Five: (The Perils of Cupid bonus disc)
Companion Historical Documentaries:

  • Giacomo Puccini -- Music of the Heart
  • It's Opera!
  • The Archduke's Last Journey -- End of an Era
  • Powder Keg -- Europe 1900 to 1914
  • Sigmund Freud -- Exploring the Unconscious
  • Carl Jung and the Journey of Self Discovery
  • Psychology -- Charting the Human Mind

Disc Six: Travels with Father
A trip to Russia takes Indy from the opulent palaces of the aristocracy to the fetid villages of the peasant class when he runs away from home after an argument with his parents. Joining up with novelist Leo Tolstoy, the two go on the road, engaging in philosophical discussions and clashing with colorful Gypsies and ferocious Cossacks. Realizing that there's no place like home, Indy rejoins his mom and dad and travels with his father to an isolated Greek monastery perched high on the peak of a mountain. The arduous journey, including a harrowing trip in a tiny cage up a thousand-foot mountainside, brings father and son closer together.

Companion Historical Documentaries:

  • Seeking Truth -- The Life of Leo Tolstoy
  • Unquiet Voices -- Russian Writers and the State
  • Aristotle -- Creating Foundations
  • Ancient Questions -- Philosophy and Our Search for Meaning

Disc Seven: Journey of Radiance
A jaunt through the mystical Far East takes Indy to the Holy City of Benares where he befriends the lonely and isolated young leader of the Theosophy movement, Jiddu Krishnamurti. Surrounded by supplicants and hangers-on, Krishnamurti struggles to have faith in himself and to fulfill the destiny decreed for him by his worshippers. In the process he shows Indy just how strong the power of faith can be. Indy's mother also learns a lesson in faith and trust when she must rely on some poor Chinese villagers and their traditional medical techniques to save the life of her son who lies perilously close to death with typhoid fever.

Companion Historical Documentaries:

  • Jiddu Krishnamurti -- The Reluctant Messiah
  • Annie Besant -- An Unlikely Rebel
  • Medicine in the Middle Kingdom
  • Eastern Spirituality -- The Road to Enlightenment

Disc Eight: Spring Break Adventure
Indy and his girlfriend Nancy Stratemeyer, whose father created the Nancy Drew mystery series, visit the fascinating laboratory of inventor Thomas Edison. The two must contend with dangerous German spies as they struggle to keep Edison's top secret new invention out of the hands of hostile enemy agents. To keep him from getting into any more trouble, Indy is sent to visit his Aunt in New Mexico. While there, he is kidnapped by Pancho Villa and swept up into the Mexican Revolution. Chaotic, free-wheeling border towns, a "Wild Bunch" style train robbery and a colorful barroom encounter with a young George Patton make for thrilling entertainment in this action-packed movie.

Disc Nine: (Spring Break Adventure bonus disc)
Companion Historical Documentaries:

  • Thomas Alva Edison -- Lighting up the World
  • Invention and Innovation -- What's Behind a Good Idea?
  • The Mystery of Edward Stratemeyer
  • Wanted: Dead or Alive -- Pancho Villa and the American Invasion of Mexico
  • General John J. Pershing and his American Army
  • George S. Patton -- American Achilles

Disc Ten: Love's Sweet Song
Landing in Ireland right before the Easter Rebellion, Indy mixes romance and revolutionary politics when he falls for a beautiful young colleen whose brother is mixed up in the Irish resistance movement. Across the waters in England he encounters a similar problem when his love affair with a strong-willed young woman is derailed by her fervent belief in the women's suffrage movement and her need for independence. Violent street brawls, a terrifying Zeppelin raid and a seriocomic dinner party with Winston Churchill provide plenty of thrills in this exciting, romantic adventure.

Disc Eleven: (Love's Sweet Song bonus disc)
Companion Historical Documentaries:

  • Easter Rising -- The Poets' Rebellion
  • The Passions of William Butler Yeats
  • Sean O'Casey vs. Ireland
  • Ireland -- The Power of the Poets
  • Winston Churchill -- The Lion's Roar
  • Demanding the Vote -- The Pankhursts and British Suffrage
  • Fighting for the Vote -- Women's Suffrage in America

Disc Twelve: (Interactive Disc)
Special Features:

  • "Revolution" Interactive Game, based on Spring Break Adventure allows players to become Indy and make their own decisions based on Indy's adventures. As well as entertaining, this game has educational elements.
  • Extensive Interactive Timeline that details the history and locations of Indy's adventures and previews footage of the companion documentaries.
  • Historical Lecture: The Promise of Progress is an exploration of the people and events of the Industrial Revolution, spanning the late 19th century to the early 20th century

Source: StarWars.com

 

Young Indy on DVD: A Tour of Disc 1
01/09/07, 2:12pm EST

The official Star Wars site has a look at what's on the first disc of the upcoming 12-disc Adventures of Young Indiana Jones DVD set.

Here follows an except of Lucasfilm's look at what we can expect to find on the first disc of twelve.

My First Adventure stars Corey Carrier as Indy, Ruth De Sosa as Anna Jones, Lloyd Owen as Henry Jones and Margaret Tyzack as Helen Seymour.

Guest stars include Joseph Bennett (Howards End) as T.E. Lawrence, Pip Torrens ("Poirot," "Doctor Who") as Howard Carter, Kevin McNally (Gibbs in the Pirates of the Caribbean films) as Walter Harris, Rowena Cooper as Emily Keene, Ashley Walters as Omar, Oliver Ford Davies (Sio Bibble in the Star Wars prequels) as the ship's captain and Vic Tablian (Barranca and Monkey Man in Raiders of the Lost Ark) as Demetrios.

  • The Egypt segment originally aired as part of the two-hour pilot, Young Indiana Jones and the Curse of the Jackal in 1992, where it was paired with the Mexico 1916 chapter wherein Indy, played by Sean Patrick Flanery, gets embroiled in the Mexican Revolution. That segment is now part of Disc Eight, also in this set.
  • The Egypt segment was shot in July and July of 1991 in Egypt and Almeria, Spain.
  • The Tangiers segment has never aired, as was shot specifically for the late 1990s repackaging of Young Indy's adventures as two-hour movies. It is shot five years later than the preceding Egypt segment (February and May of 1996), so Corey Carrier looks and sounds different in the second half of My First Adventure.
  • The bridging segment where T.E. Lawrence confronts Demetrios was shot in Tunisia on August 11, 1997, during the production of Star Wars: Episode I The Phantom Menace, with Joseph Bennett and Vic Tablian returning to reprise their roles and doubles playing the parts of Pierre, Indy, and Helen.

Head over to StarWars.com to read the full feature article containing more info and photographs.

And read the full Press Release to find out what will be on the other eleven discs of this upcoming 12-disc Adventures of Young Indiana Jones DVD set, to be released on October 23, 2007.

 

Young Indy on DVD: A Tour of Disc 3
09/09/07, 10:12am EST

Awaiting the release of the first Adventures of Young Indiana Jones DVD set next month, the official Star Wars site presents an old interview done with youngest Indy actor Corey Carrier. The interview with Carrier was taken by Dan Madsen when The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles television series had just begun production.

"Well, my manager got a list of shows that you could try out for," said Carrier, "and this show came up, so I went in for it and met some people. They gave me a script. I studied it, learned it, and went in there and just said the lines. They said, 'That's good. Can you come back maybe Wednesday?' They made an appointment and I just kept coming back until I met the producer Rick McCallum. Then, on the third or fourth try, I met George Lucas, so I guess they liked me and I was cast for the role."

In another new article at StarWars.com you can have a look at what's on the third disc, supplemental material for the second chapter of Indy's adventures, Passion for Life.

Head over to StarWars.com to read the full interview with Corey Carrier and the third disc article.

Thanks to Kent Markwart for the heads up!

 

First look at the LEGO Indiana Jones playsets
13/09/07, 1:14pm EST

Cool Toy Review just received images of the first 4 LEGO Indiana Jones playsets which are slated to hit stores in January 2008. The 4 playsets on the photos are:
    Motorcycle Chase
    'Motorcycle Chase'
  • Temple Escape ($49.99 USD) which brings Raiders' legendary rolling boulder scene to life in LEGO form as Indy faces spiders and poisoned darts in his search for the Golden Idol of Fertility.
  • Race for the Stolen Treasure ($29.99 USD), kids can build two desert vehicles and recreate Indy's truck-hopping fight to save the Ark of the Covenant.
  • Indiana Jones and the Lost Tomb ($19.99 USD) recreates the eye-popping suspense of Indy rescuing Marion from slithering snakes in an Egyptian tomb.
  • Motorcycle Chase ($9.99 USD) depicts the scene where Indy and his father escape with the map to the hidden temple.

Visit Cool Toy Review to view the box covers of the first four LEGO Indiana Jones playsets.

Four more constructible playsets based on the fourth movie will launch in May 2008, with suggested retail prices ranging from $9.99 to $79.99 USD.

 

Young Indy on DVD: A Tour of Disc 4
17/09/07, 4:42pm EST

The official Star Wars site has published another interview with a member of the cast from The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles tv-series. This time they share an old interview with Ruth De Sosa; the actress who played the character Indy refers to as the "sweetest, smartest, most wonderful woman who ever lived.", his own mother.

The role of Anna Jones has much to be admired -- a strong and intelligent woman who travels all over the world. In real life, the role took De Sosa to Africa, China, England and (what was then) Czechoslovakia, where she worked with talented professionals in front of and behind the camera. Not surprisingly, the actress had nothing but love and respect for the character she brought to life.

"I think that Anna is a very good mother and wife," she stated during production in an interview conducted by Dan Madsen. "I think she's very, very excited by the journey. She was raised in America, and the chance to see the world is a dream come true. Through her travels, she grows a lot and learns a great deal about people. It's very exciting to her; she wouldn't want to stay home and settle down."

In yet another new article at StarWars.com you can have a look at what's on the fourth disc, supplemental material for the third chapter of Indy's adventures, Perils of Cupid.

Head over to StarWars.com to read the full interview with Ruth De Sosa and the fourth disc article.

Thanks again to Kent Markwart and 'thefiddler' for the heads up!

 

First look at Indiana Jones packaging designs
18/09/07, 1:40pm EST

Cool Toy Review scores another exclusive as they now got a first look at the packaging design for the upcoming Indiana Jones merchandise. They say that this may or may not be the final design we'll see in stores, "but if you're an Indy fan, then you're sure to get chills from these new photos! "
Cool Toy Review
Their photos reveal the following packaging designs:
  • Blister Packaging Design
    The basic card design for action figures and other items.
  • Window Box Packaging Design
    The basic box design for vehicles, role playing toys, and other items that sit on the store shelves.
  • Hanging Tag Packaging Design
    Tag design for attaching to items like plush toys, apparel, or loose pieces.
  • Header Card Packaging Design
    Card design for bagged items hanging from pegs.

Head over to Cool Toy Review to get a closer look at these amazing looking Indiana Jones packaging designs!

Thanks to Mitchell Hallock and 'Sompeetalay' for the news link.

 

Indiana Jones 4 candy tie-ins coming
24/09/07, 4:47pm EST

Brandweek has published an article about the candy tie-ins you can expect for next summer's blockbusters like The Dark Knight and Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull. Here follow some Indy-candy excerpts from the article:

Even Mars is getting into the act with its Snickers Adventure bar containing a hint of chai and coconut. The limited edition offering ties in with Lucasfilm's Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull. The Indy tie-in also extends to M&M's, which will offer limited-edition Mint Crisp flavor.

The Snickers Adventure Bar accompanying the spring release of Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull will merely say on the wrapper “New flavor kick” instead of mentioning the exotic addition chai and coconut. M&M’s also connects with Indy through a six-week run of Crispy Mint, a flavor that previously was available during the year-end holidays. Advertising support likely will include the M&M’s spokescharacters donning adventure garb on store displays with “Get M before they’re lost.”

Click here to read the full article.

Thanks to 'Skylover', 'Mr. Lucky' and Kent Markwart for the links.

 

Young Indy on DVD: A Tour of Disc 5
25/09/07, 4:33pm EST

The official Star Wars site reveals to us which documentaries we may expect to find on the fifth disc of the upcoming 12-disc Adventures of Young Indiana Jones DVD set - Volume 1.

Here follows list of all the documentaries to be found on the fifth DVD:

  • Giacamo Puccini: Music of the Heart (0:25:34)
  • It's Opera! (0:29:02)
  • The Archduke's Last Journey: End of an Era (0:20:55)
  • Powder Keg: Europe 1900 to 1914 (0:26:06)
  • Sigmund Freud: Exploring the Unconscious (0:21:56)
  • Carl Jung and the Journey to Self Discovery (0:19:30)
  • Psychology: Charting the Human Mind (0:26:33)

Read the full A Tour of Volume 1: Disc 5 article at StarWars.com for more in depth info.

Thanks to Kent Markwart for the article link.

 

A The Making of Indiana Jones book is coming
29/09/07, 2:14pm EST

StarWars.com has announced that Del Rey Books will publish tie-in books based on the long-awaited, eagerly anticipated new movie, Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull. Including a complete The Making of Indiana Jones book covering all 4 Indiana Jones films!

Del Rey will also be publishing The Making of Indiana Jones by Laurent Bouzereau and J. W. Rinzler, a behind-the-scenes look at the people, places, technology, and events that went into the creation of all four Indiana Jones movies, beginning with the classic Raiders of the Lost Ark and culminating with an up-close-and-personal look at the brand-new blockbuster.

"We're very excited to be working with Del Rey on the new Indiana Jones books," said Carol Roeder, Lucasfilm's Director of Publishing. "Del Rey was there with the first Star Wars novel, and the first Indiana Jones novel, so it's wonderful to be able to continue the great adventure together."

Click here to read the original announcement at StarWars.com.

 

UPDATE: Young Indy Volume Two DVD box art
02/10/07, 2:34pm EST

UPDATE: Have a look at the official The Adventures of Young Indiana Jones Media Kit (pdf - 3.08 MB) and read all about the chapters and documentaries collected in Volume Two and Volume Three! Volume 2 - The War Yearsdvdactive has published the box art of The Adventures of Young Indiana Jones 'Volume Two - The War Years' DVD set! And just like the Volume One box, it again looks absolutely beautiful!

Look a bit closer at the cover of this Volume Two - The War Years DVD box and you'll recognize Catherine Zeta Jones and James Bond actor Daniel Craig, both in the early days of their career! Catherine as well as Daniel appear in the Young Indy adventure: Chapter 15: Daredevils of the Desert.

Head over to dvdactive to view large images of The Adventures of Young Indiana Jones DVD Volume 1 and Volume 2 package and interior artwork!

Thanks to Jose Angel Villar for the heads up.

 

Indiana Jones joins the Star Wars saga
02/10/07, 4:57pm EST

Video games site Gametrailers.com has revealed that Indiana Jones is an unlockable character in the upcoming LEGO Star Wars: The Complete Saga video game!
Click here to view two fun video clips of Indiana Jones whipping plenty droids.

The LEGO Star Wars: The Complete Saga video game will be released for the WII on November 6th, 2007. While we Indyfans will have to wait till summer 2008 to join Indy in his very own LEGO Indiana Jones: The Video Game.

While we are on the subject of LEGO Indiana Jones; you can find bigger photos of the first 4 LEGO Indiana Jones playset boxes online at Eurotoys.com. And you can view a LEGO catalogue scan of these four Indy playsetsat our message boards right here.

Thanks to John Green and Cliff for the links.

 

Young Indy on DVD: A Tour of Disc 6
09/10/07, 5:47pm EST

The official Star Wars site has published an old interview with Lloyd Owen. In The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles tv-series Lloyd Owen played Professor Henry Jones, a character that was first created by Sean Connery in Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade.

"I believe Henry was a good father," said Lloyd. "I think that's obvious by the way Indy has turned out. He even said in the film that he's not the kind of father that says, 'Eat your food, go to bed, brush your teeth!' He's not that kind of guy at all. He's a very liberal parent for the 1900s."

When asked how he would compare father with son, Lloyd responded, "I think the stubbornness and sense of purpose is in both Indy and Henry, and their understanding of cultures all over the world. Actually, what's great about this entire series is that it is very open to all cultures and that's specifically true in the episode we did in India, [Journey of Radiance]"

In yet another new article at StarWars.com you can have a look at what's on the sixth disc; the chapter named Travels with Father and four documentaries on subjects mentioned in this Young Indy adventure.

Head over to StarWars.com to read the full interview with Lloyd Owen and the sixth disc article.

 

Indy 4 comic adaptation team announced!
11/10/07, 3:55pm EST

Indiana Jones Omnibus
Volume 1 cover
In this week's Star Wars: Dark Times #5 comic by Dark Horse you will find a most interesting announcement in the letter column! Dark Horse reveals the name of the writer and illustrator who will team up to adapt Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull to comic books!

Dark Horse: Not only will John Jackson Miller, writer of Star Wars Knights of the Old Republic, be adapting the new Indiana Jones film to comics, Dark Horse will also be launching the all-new, all-ages-friendly Indiana Jones Adventures, as well as collecting its classic Indy comics in a line of Indiana Jones omnibuses.

Indyfan 'yodazone' brought this up over in the Dark Horse Star Wars forums and got a response from Associate Editor, Jeremy Barlow:

Jeremy Barlow: "It's true! And Luke Ross (Samurai: Heaven and Earth) is illustrating it! (And, not that it matters, I'm editing the whole line.) You kids are in for some kick-ass Indy comics next year, believe it!"

Be sure to pay a visit to John Jackson Miller's official site where he had already announced this news back in late August.

John Jackson Miller: "And I can also add that this is a great honor — speaking as someone who not only adored the original films, but snarfed up all the old comics off the rack. I still have a spare unopened polybag with Raiders #1-3 (wonder what that's worth?) — and I remember one of the earliest things I bought at a comics shop nearly 25 years ago (was it that long?) was the first issue of John Byrne and Terry Austin's Further Adventures of Indiana Jones, a series I followed faithfully thereafter."

A quick search at the Dark Horse website gives you a nice overview of previous comic book projects John Jackson Miller and Luke Ross have worked on.

Thanks to 'yodazone' for mentioning this news at The Raven!

Posted by Gilles V

 

Lots of new Young Indiana Jones DVD coverage
14/10/07, 5:46am EST

The History Channel is airing episodes of The Adventures of Young Indiana Jones every Saturday morning at 7AM/8C and every Sunday morning at 8AM ET/PT on History International.
In addition, The History Channel website also has a new Young Indiana Jones section with more information on the series and a photo gallery.

At StarWars.com you will find two new articles with info and photos on the 7th and 8th disc of the upcoming The Adventures of Young Indiana Jones - Volume 1 DVD box, to be released on October 23.

And last but definitely not the least; at MovieWeb you can view 8 The Adventures of Young Indiana Jones - Volume 1 videos with scenes from the series, interviews with George Lucas & producer Rick McCallum, and a behind the scenes look at the DVD extras including a very cool looking interactive timeline!

Click here to view all 8 of MovieWeb's The Adventures of Young Indiana Jones - Volume 1 videos.

Thanks to Mitchell Hallock and Rocky Ponti for the Young Indy links.

Posted by Gilles V

 

More new Young Indiana Jones DVD coverage
21/10/07, 10:32am EST

UGO recently interviewed actor Sean Patrick Flannery about his experiences making The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles 15 years ago. In the interview Sean Patrick explains he did most of his own stunts as young Indy and also mentions the trouble of switching directors from episode to episode.

At StarWars.com you will find two new articles with info and photos on the 9th and 10th disc of the upcoming The Adventures of Young Indiana Jones - Volume 1 DVD box, to be released on October 23.

The official Star Wars site has also published an old interview with Margaret Tyzack who played young Indy's very strict and stern tutor, Helen Seymour, in The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles tv-series.

Margaret Tyzack agreed that her character does have a major influence on Young Indy, in an interview originally conducted by Dan Madsen while the television show was in production.

"Some people say to me, `Don't you think she's rather hard on Indy?' And I say no, she is a Victorian lady and the thought of a child is, initially, rather dismaying to her. She's used to teaching adults, not children. Most Victorians believed that children should be seen and not heard. They thought of children as young minds to be formed and educated and molded. Victorian children who were fortunate enough to receive any education at all were in a classroom that was run very strictly. Perhaps Helen is a little firmer than other people were because she never dealt with children before in her life. And she does initially say, `I'm not a governess, I'm a tutor.' I think Indy and she eventually come to respect each other, and as he grows up he realizes what an influence she had on him."

The first volume of The Adventures of Young Indiana Jones arrives on DVD on October 23 in a 12-disc boxed set.

Thanks to Mitchell Hallock for mentioning UGO's interview with Sean Patrick Flannery.

Posted by Gilles V

 

New Adventures of Young Indiana Jones website
22/10/07, 4:48pm EST

Paramount Home Entertainment launched a new mini-site for the upcoming The Adventures of Young Indiana Jones DVDs. There isn't much new information on the site yet, except for a very cool new Young Indiana Jones trailer revealing the cover art of the Volume Three DVD box to be released in Spring 2008.

Visit the new: YoungIndy.com

The Adventures of Young Indiana Jones - Volume One will be available on DVD in the USA (Region 1) tomorrow!!
The region 2 version of Volume One will only become available in the UK, starting in January 2008.

Posted by Gilles V

 

Yale involved in Young Indiana Jones DVDs
23/10/07, 5:04pm EST

The Yale Daily News has published an article discussing the new Young Indiana Jones DVD sets, and how many Yale professors are featured on the extras discussing Indy and his encounters with some of histories more famous individuals. This deepens the connection that Indy already has with Yale, the backdrop to Indiana Jones 4's Marshall College.

Eight Yale professors and alumni are featured on the DVD of the first season of the 1990s television show? The Adventures of Young Indiana Jones,? which will be released Tuesday. In several interviews that appear on the special features section of the DVDs, the Yale luminaries provide commentary on the historical periods and social phenomena featured in various episodes of the Indiana Jones television series ? from the First World War to Western forays into 19th-century Africa.

Some students interviewed said although they prefer the movie version of Indiana Jones or know little about the television version, the Yale presence in the old TV series might compel them to rent the DVDs.

So you see Indiana Jones is still the topic of news around New Haven!

The Adventures of Young Indiana JonesVolume One is available on DVD in the USA as of today!

Posted by Mitchell Hallock

 

Sideshow Collectibles' Indiana Jones figures video
05/11/07, 6:02pm EST

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Sideshow's 12"
Indy head sculpt.
Sideshow Collectibles released a new video feature detailing their plans for the Indiana Jones line! Get inside information direct from Sideshow’s Creative Director as he discusses some behind-the-scenes info about the development of this much-anticipated new license!
Follow the link to Sideshow's Spooktacular Video Page and click the 'Indiana Jones and Sideshow Collectibles' video to check it out.

Sideshow Collectibles has also released new shots of Trevor Grove's sculpt of Harrison Ford's head for the upcoming 12" figure.
Old visitors to TheRaider.net will definitely know Trev Grove as the multi-talented creator of this fine Indy art and the great Indy Toons!

Posted by Gilles V

 

Indiana Jones 4 Limited Edition Photo
05/11/07, 6:03pm EST

UPDATE: OfficialPix their allotment of this photograph is now sold out. StarWarsShop.com purchased a block of these photographs last week. Look for them on their site soon.

OfficialPix is proud to offer their first fully licensed Indiana Jones photograph. They are offering the very first photograph taken by Steven Spielberg of Harrison Ford in Indiana Jones gear on the set of Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull.

This 11x14 inch limited edition photo is printed on glossy Fujifilm archival paper and is limited to only 250 hand-numbered units. Each Lucasfilm licensed photograph sports the new film logo and comes bagged and boarded with our 1" round prizmatic Indiana Jones sticker.

Get one today for you and a friend before they are all gone! Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull comes to a theater near you Memorial Day 2008.

And this for only $19.99! But be quick as the photo at this size is limited to only 250 units world-wide! Click here to place an order.

Posted by Gilles V

 

Topps Heritage: new Indiana Jones trading card set
06/11/07, 3:19pm EST

Topps Indy Trading Cards
Topps' Indy one sheet.
Airbrush artist and illustrator, Cat Staggs gave the Indy fans at The Raven the first look at the up and coming Indiana jones Trading Card set from Topps! There she reveals a photo of the new Indiana Jones trading cards one sheet taken at a card show in New York over the weekend.

According to the Topps one sheet this new Indiana Jones trading card collection consists of 90 retro-cool cards featuring new photos from the original movies. As well as "Super Collectible Inserts" including sketch cards drawn by many contributing artists, authentic autographs, and sequentially-numbered parallels. Shipping will begin in February 2008.

The two sketch samples displayed on the one sheet were made by Cat Staggs herself. You can view more of her sketches and airbrush art at her AirbrushCat portfolio site.

Special thanks to Cat 'neko' Staggs for revealing the one sheet photo at The Raven!

Posted by Gilles V

 

LEGO unraveling Kingdom of the Crystal Skull
13/11/07, 3:42pm EST

It might not be much, but it could be a glimpse of the action that awaits moviegoers next May. 'Brickset' has posted the four LEGO sets that will be released to coincide with the next Indy film.

Not that we didn't know the film has something to do with Indy in the jungle, but it does mention a - SPOILERS ahead - "jungle cutter". Perhaps that was what that Russian army truck that had that modified "cow-catcher" on the front of it that was seen a few months back in those aerial shots from Hawaii that leaked out.

The four new sets, to be released in May 2008, are listed below.
  • 7624 - "Jungle Duel"
  • 7625 - "River Chase"
  • 7626 - "Jungle Cutter"
  • 7627 - "Temple of the Crystal Skull"

Source: LEGO fansite Brickset.

Thanks to Alessandro and Rob Smart for the news link.

Posted by Mitchell Hallock

 

New 7" Indiana Jones action figure
17/11/07, 3:12pm EST

The new Toyfare magazine (issue #125) contains a photo of a brand new 7" Indiana Jones figure. According to their article, the new Indy figure - sculpted by Gentle Giant - will become available at the Disney Parks starting December 2007 - next month!

According to the photo in Toyfare magazine, the new 7" Indy figure comes in full gear with as accessories a gun, whip, sword, golden idol, grail diary and a cool base.

7" Indy figure

Special thanks to "Indyfans" for the news and magazine scan!

Posted by Gilles V

 

Licensed Indiana Jones photos at Official Pix
28/11/07, 4:53pm EST

Official Pix offers a new collection of 35 Indiana Jones superior quality photos online for sale. And they have plans to add another 35 every month till Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull arrives in theaters!

Each of their Indiana Jones photos comes with an 'Official Pix' prizmatic logo sticker placed in the bottom corner of the image.

Visit Official Pix to view all their Indy products.

Posted by Gilles V

 

Kellogg's Indiana Jones cereal box
28/11/07, 5:56pm EST

The marketing machine is starting to roll like a giant boulder as we get closer to the launch of Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull.

One of the first food tie-ins to appear will be from the good folks at Kellogg's who will make sure that you day will get off to a running start with Indiana Jones cereal. Pour some milk and munch down the chocolate corn puffs with marshmallow skulls! Well, at least they didn't have hearts from the Temple of Doom.

Kellogg's Indiana Jones

This photo shows a salesman sample (not final) of the box which is rumored to arrive in stores in April 2008.

Posted by Mitchell Hallock

 

First photos of Indiana Jones candy wrappers
30/11/07, 3:16pm EST

In September Brandweek announced Indy candy tie-ins from Snickers and M&M's in expectancy of Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull. And today we get a first look at their special "Adventures of Indiana Jones" candy wrappers!

Note the limited-edition Mint Crisp flavor M&M's and its spokescharacters donning adventure garb on the wrappers with quotes like "Treasure is a girl's best friend", "Looks dangerous. You go first." and "If you break it, you bought it." Snickers' Adventure bar also contains a limited edition Indy flavor; a hint of chai and coconut!

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Very special thanks to Citizen Kane for posting these Indy candy wrappers photos online at The Raven.

Posted by Gilles V

 

Orders are being taken for Indy action figures
02/12/07, 3:54pm EST

Entertainment Earth is taking pre-orders for Wave 1 of the new line of Indiana Jones action figures from Hasbro and the cartoonish style "Adventure Heroes" figures aimed at the younger crowd. If you do not want to start raiding your local toy shop, you can order now and wait for these plastic treasures to arrive in the mail!

It should be noted that the figures don't ship until May, but listed in the assortment are several "mystery figures". Hmm..., could that be Mutt?, Mac?, a Crystal Skull King?, or maybe the Tooth Fairy? We will have to wait and see.

Go go Entertainment Earth for more Indy figures pre-order info.

Posted by Mitchell Hallock

 

LEGO's official Indiana Jones countdown
04/12/07, 3:55pm EST

LEGO Indiana Jones
Lego Jones, Senior.
LEGO fan site BrickZone.net has published a first review of the Indiana Jones Motorcycle Escape set to be released in January 2008. The review comes with a great series of photos from this set. Click here to read the review an view their photos.

And the official LEGO site has started a countdown to their Indiana Jones toys release next month! Their Indy teaser page doesn't "show" much more than a cool LEGO Indy figure in front of a flash background.
But hidden from plain sight is a link to download a LEGO Indiana Jones wallpaper! So start searching by moving your mouse over the page.

Here's a hint to locate the hidden wallpaper: [ fourth idol from your left. ]

Posted by Gilles V

 

Young Indiana Jones Volume 2 DVDs coming Dec. 18
04/12/07, 4:30pm EST

SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. (Dec. 3, 2007) – The Adventures of Young Indiana Jones continue on DVD December 18 as the teenaged hero heads into World War I. From the Battle of the Somme to the fringes of the African jungle and the heart of revolutionary Russia, the DVD collection explores history with hours of all-new documentary programming to complement creator George Lucas’ Emmy®-award winning series.

The Adventures of Young Indiana Jones: The War Years is the second of three collections and is released by Lucasfilm Ltd., CBS Home Entertainment and Paramount Home Entertainment. The expansive nine-disc collection includes eight feature-length episodes, as well as a comprehensive assortment of exhaustively researched special features providing insights into the historical people and events that inspired the series.

The series was a great way to spark interest in the events of the past, but I always felt that we had only scratched the surface of Young Indy’s potential,” said Lucas, creator of the series that that ran on network television from 1992 to 1994. “We had made the initial introduction to history, and I am thrilled that the DVD extras can provide the tools that allow audiences to dig even deeper.

The October release of The Adventures of Young Indiana Jones: The Early Years DVD collection earned widespread acclaim among critics, including from the Los Angeles Times, which lauded the comprehensive extras created by the Lucasfilm documentary unit, headed by CBS News veteran David Schneider. By digging into the true stories behind the adventures, the documentaries “deepen the resonance and expand the dimensions of the show” (The Baltimore Sun) with insights from scholars, historians and luminaries from a wide range of disciplines. They include interviews with Gen. Colin Powell, Henry Kissinger, Gloria Steinem, Martin Scorsese, Barbara Boxer, James Earl Jones, Hal David and Deepak Chopra, along with some of the world’s pre-eminent academics.

A critically acclaimed combination of adventure, romance and history, The Adventures of Young Indiana Jones was shot in 35 countries and utilized the talents of the industry’s most distinguished actors, directors and writers, earning 12 Emmy Awards and 27 nominations over the course of its run. In addition, The Adventures of Young Indiana Jones was the first television series to use digital production, pioneering processes that would pave the way for Lucas’ own Star Wars prequels.

I think fans are in for a treat with The War Years, which contains some of my favorite episodes,” said producer Rick McCallum. “We wanted audiences to understand all aspects of war, from the horror of the front lines to the contrasting philosophies of those on the outskirts and in the crossfire. World War I offered so many settings, and I think our brilliant cast and crew brought them all to life – from the savagery of the Battle of the Somme to the heroism of the Australian Lighthorsemen to the ‘reverence for life’ that was born in Albert Schweitzer's Africa.

The feature-length episodes star Sean Patrick Flanery (Boondock Saints, The Dead Zone) as teenaged Indy. The extraordinary cast of guest stars in The War Years volume includes Friedrich von Thun, Anthony Daniels, Christopher Lee, Timothy Spall, Catherine Zeta-Jones and Daniel Craig.

Embraced by critics during its initial network run for its daring action, intelligent writing and high production values, the series was described as a “technical triumph” (Daily Variety) that “enlarges the tube with its wide screen vistas and galloping action” (The San Francisco Examiner). The Hollywood Reporter described the show as “the kind of action-adventure series that was made for families to watch together,” while the Daily News asserted that “George Lucas may well have found the answer to educating our allegedly illiterate youth who have sacrificed reading for the boob tube.

The Young Indiana Jones films also feature the work of some of the industry’s biggest names in directing and writing. Series directors include Bille August (Les Miserables), Mike Newell (Harry Potter And The Goblet Of Fire), David Hare (Strapless, screenplays for The Hours and Damage), Terry Jones (Monty Python and the Holy Grail and The Life of Brian), Deepa Mehta (Water), Joe Johnston (The Rocketeer, Jurassic Park III), Nicolas Roeg (The Man Who Fell To Earth, Don’t Look Now), and Michael Schultz (Car Wash, TV’s Everwood). Writers include Rosemary Anne Sisson (Upstairs, Downstairs), Frank Darabont (The Shawshank Redemption) and Jonathan Hensleigh (Die Hard with a Vengeance).

The Adventures of Young Indiana Jones: The War Years arrives on DVD Dec.18. Volume Three is scheduled for release in Spring 2008. The complete three-volume collection will contain 22 feature-length movies and 94 documentaries, interactive games developed by River Deep, an interactive timeline produced by Terra Incognita Productions and an historical overview by noted author and University of Texas history professor H.W. Brands.

The second of three comprehensive collections, The Adventures of Young Indiana Jones: The War Years is a nine-disc set presented in full screen with Dolby Digital English Stereo and English subtitles. The DVD is Not Rated in the U.S. and rated PG in Canada.

The DVD disc breakdown is as follows:

Disc One: The Trenches of Hell
As a young soldier in the Belgian Army, Indy learns first-hand the savagery of warfare while participating in the Battle of the Somme. Almost succumbing to despair as his life becomes an endless round of artillery barrages, nerve gas attacks and decaying corpses, Indy fears that death will be his only way out. Then he is captured by the Germans and confined to a POW camp where he and fellow prisoner Charles de Gaulle hatch a daring scheme to win their freedom in true Great Escape style.

Companion Historical Documentaries:

  • Siegfried Sassoon: A War Poet’s Journey
  • Robert Graves and the White Goddess
  • I Am France: The Myth of Charles de Gaulle
  • The Somme: A Storm of Steel

Disc Two: Demons of Deception
Indy addresses the moral ambiguities of leadership when confronted with win-at-any-cost military officials who have a callous disregard for the lives of the men they command. The gut-wrenching horror of trench warfare, vividly depicted in harrowing battles scenes, is contrasted when Indy goes on leave in Paris and engages in a torrid affair with infamous spy Mata Hari. She shows him that love, like war, can also be fraught with deception, disillusionment and heartbreak.

Companion Historical Documentaries:

  • Marshal Petain’s Fall From Grace
  • Flirting With Danger: The Fantasy of Mata Hari
  • Into the Furnace: The Battle of Verdun
  • Reading the Enemy’s Mind: Espionage in World War I

Disc Three: Phantom Train of Doom
Indy is ordered to locate and destroy a powerful German artillery gun that is mysteriously able to appear and disappear at will, leaving death and destruction in its wake. Assisting him is a colorful group of soldiers nicknamed “The Old and the Bold” because of their old age and reckless courage. Their mission takes them on a dangerous journey across the German-held veldt via wagon train and hot air balloon. Overcoming all manner of obstacles presented by the enemy, his own side and the harsh African terrain, Indy relentlessly follows the trail of the mega-gun right into the bowels of a secret mountain hideout where he plans an explosive end for the phantom train of doom.

Companion Historical Documentaries:

  • Chasing the Phantom: Paul von Lettow Vorbeck
  • Dreaming of Africa: The Life of Frederick Selous
  • At Home and Abroad: The Two Faces of Jan Smuts

Disc Four: Oganga, The Giver and Taker of Life
On a vital military mission for the Allies, Indy comes across a disease-ravaged African village and is able to rescue one small child from certain death. The presence of the child endangers the mission, leaving Indy fighting his conscience, his sense of duty, his own men and the enemy as he battles his way across country. Depressed by the turmoil around him, Indy reaches his lowest point. Hope appears in the presence of Albert Schweitzer, a profoundly inspiring and committed doctor, philosopher and musician. Helping out at Schweitzer’s jungle hospital, Indy finds his faith in humanity restored and his outlook on life forever changed.

Companion Historical Documentaries:

  • Albert Schweitzer: Reverence for Life
  • Waging Peace: The Rise of Pacifism
  • Congo: A Curse of Riches

Disc Five: Attack of the Hawkmen
Working with the French Secret Service, Indy joins the legendary Lafayette Escadrille flying unit and embarks on dangerous airborne reconnaissance missions behind enemy lines. A run-in with German Ace Manfred von Richthofen leads to a death-defying dogfight that leaves Indy grounded and hot-in-pursuit of German aircraft designer Anthony Fokker. Undercover in hostile enemy territory, Indy discovers that the Germans possess a remarkable secret weapon that could change the course of the war. He resolves to bring news of it back to the Allies…if he doesn’t destroy it first.

Companion Historical Documentaries:

  • Blood Red: The Life and Death of Manfred von Richthofen
  • Anthony Fokker: The Flying Dutchman
  • Flying High for France: The Lafayette Escadrille
  • War in the Third Dimension: Aerial Warfare in World War I

Disc Six: Adventures in the Secret Service
Indy finds that he must enlist the help of Habsburg royalty when he embarks on a dangerous diplomatic mission through enemy-held Europe into the palace of Emperor Karl of Austria. Endangering his life and the lives of his royal charges, Indy gambles all in a desperate attempt to bring the war more quickly to an end. Then, in chaos-ridden Russia, Indy finds his espionage work once again threatening lives when he infiltrates a group of young Bolsheviks and begins to sympathize with their plight. As the country lurches toward revolution, Indy finds himself torn between loyalty to his friends and his military duty.

Companion Historical Documentaries:

  • Karl: The Last Habsburg Emperor
  • V.I. Lenin: History Will Not Forgive Us
  • The Russian Revolution: All Power to the Soviets!

Disc Seven: Espionage Escapades
Going undercover as a dancer for the Ballets Russes in Spain, Indy meets an old friend, the flamboyant Pablo Picasso. Plotting to discredit some German diplomats, Indy engages in a series of comic misadventures with a trio of bumbling spies before being shipped off to Prague on another mission. His assignment is simple: get a telephone installed in his apartment and wait for instructions. But he is thwarted at every turn by apathetic officials, mind-numbing rules and infinite paperwork. Only one man, Franz Kafka, offers him any assistance. This film is a farcical take on the stereotypically suave portrayal of espionage and also pokes fun at the narrow-minded evil of bureaucracy, which weaves its ineffectual web into an absurd straightjacket.

Companion Historical Documentaries:

  • Impresario: Sergei Diaghilev and the Ballets Russes
  • Franz Kafka’s Dark Truth
  • Ballet: The Art of Dance

Disc Eight: Daredevils of the Desert
Receiving orders to assist the British in an attack on the ancient Middle Eastern desert town of Beersheba, Indy goes undercover with a beautiful lady spy. Relying on his wits and her tantalizing skills at belly dancing, the daring duo works desperately to defuse the explosives placed in the city’s vital water wells by occupying Turks. The story culminates in a spectacular cavalry charge by the gallant soldiers of the Australian Lighthorsemen Regiment whose very survival hinges on the success of Indy's mission.

Companion Historical Documentaries:

  • Col. Lawrence’s War: T.E. Lawrence and Arabia
  • Lines in the Sand: The Middle East and the Great War

Disc Nine: (Interactive Disc)
Special Features:

  • " Special Delivery” Interactive Game
    Extensive Interactive Timeline that details the history and locations of Indy’s adventures and previews footage of the companion documentaries.
  • Historical Lecture: War and Revolution examines the twin forces of violence that intertwined in the early 20th century to change the world.

CBS Home Entertainment manages the worldwide DVD business for the CBS Corporation across all lines of content including current hits and classic series from the vast CBS library, as well as new releases from Showtime Video. CBS Home Entertainment products are released on the CBS DVD label.

Paramount Home Entertainment (PHE) is part of Paramount Pictures Corporation, a unit of Viacom (NYSE:VIA, VIA.B), a global entertainment company that produces and distributes filmed entertainment through the Paramount Motion Picture Group. PHE is responsible for the worldwide sales, marketing and distribution of home entertainment products on behalf of various parties including: Paramount Pictures, DreamWorks SKG, Paramount Vantage, Paramount Classics, Nickelodeon, MTV, Comedy Central, CBS, PBS and Hasbro and for providing home entertainment fulfillment services for DreamWorks Animation Home Entertainment.

Lucasfilm Ltd. is one of the world's leading film and entertainment companies. Founded by George Lucas in 1971, it is a privately held, fully integrated entertainment company. In addition to its motion-picture and television production operations, the company's global activities include Industrial Light & Magic and Skywalker Sound, serving the digital needs of the entertainment industry for visual-effects and audio post-production; LucasArts, a leading developer and publisher of interactive entertainment software worldwide for video game console systems and PC; Lucasfilm Animation, founded in 2003 to create animated television productions; and Lucas Licensing, which manages the global merchandising activities for Lucasfilm's entertainment properties. Additionally, Lucas Online creates Internet-based content for Lucasfilm's entertainment properties and businesses. Lucasfilm’s motion-picture productions include five of the 20 biggest box-office hits of all time and have received 16 Oscars and 48 Academy Award nominations, while Industrial Light & Magic has received 14 Academy Awards and Skywalker Sound has received 18 Oscars. Lucasfilm’s television projects have won 12 Emmy Awards.

Source: StarWars.com

Posted by Gilles V

 

Disney's new 7" Indiana Jones action figure is out!
05/12/07, 5:09pm EST

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Photo by Dan Briggs.
The brand new 7" Disney exclusive Indiana Jones action figure has hit the shelves at Disneyland, California, for the price of $12.95.

According to the fans at The Raven, the 7" Disney exclusive Indiana Jones action figure has yet to arrive at the Indiana Jones Adventure Outpost at Disney-MGM Studios in Orlando, Florida.

UPDATE: CoolToyReview.com has posted 10 good photos of the new exclusive 7" Disney Indiana Jones action figure.

Posted by Gilles V

 

Indiana Jones military hats at StarWarsShop.com
07/12/07, 4:07pm EST

StarWarsShop.com is giving Indy fans something to look for under the Christmas tree or in a stocking with two new Indiana Jones military style hats.
Stop on over to their new Indy mini store to purchase them today for $19.99 (US) each.

Both Indiana Jones military hats ship in January 2008.

Posted by Mitchell Hallock

 

Topps Announces Indiana Jones Heritage Trading Cards
08/12/07, 2:45pm EST

Last month we mentioned that Topps is planning to release a new Indiana Jones Heritage trading cards series in February 2008.
Earlier this week Topps announced the new Indy cards series on their website with a press released containing more information on the new Indy trading cards series.

New York, NY - Dec. 4, 2007 - The Topps Company is among a select few licensees releasing official merchandise in advance of the summer 2008 movie, Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull. The company’s Indiana Jones Heritage cards will ship at the end of February and will be available exclusively in hobby and specialty markets, not at mass retail.

The card imagery will feature 90 memorable scenes from all three original movies, with card designs paying homage to the Raiders of the Lost Ark cards first published by Topps in 1981. The retro-inspired Heritage branding and packaging – complete with vintage grey-back card stock and bubble gum in every pack – is sure to resonate with many collectors who grew up with the earlier Indiana Jones films.

Topps is in the process of finalizing arrangements with numerous cast members of the original movies to provide authentic autographs for the series. A list of confirmed signees will be announced shortly. An impressive roster of well-known illustrators is also on board to contribute original, one-of-a-kind Indiana Jones sketch cards. In addition, sequentially-numbered parallel cards round out the random, insert card offerings.

Overall interest in the Indiana Jones franchise is building. A recent nationwide poll of moviegoers, conducted by MovieTickets.com, concluded that the upcoming Indiana Jones movie, now in post production, is the #1 anticipated film scheduled for next year. As announced sometime ago, the original creative team of Harrison Ford, director Steven Spielberg and executive producer George Lucas has re-united to bring this latest Indiana Jones adventure to the screen.

"We’re thrilled to be associated once again with this truly extraordinary property", says Ira Friedman, Topps/VP of Publishing. "Our Heritage treatment for the original movies is a nostalgic and fun way to kick off our Indiana Jones trading card initiative. We’re certain the core fans will treasure this early appetizer; the first phase of an ongoing program that will transition to the new movie and beyond." says Friedman.

Visit Topps.com for more information on this company's other trading card series.

Posted by Gilles V

 

35 new licensed Indy photos online at Official Pix
12/12/07, 5:53pm EST

Official Pix is happy to announce the addition of 35 new images to its growing selection of classic Indiana Jones photographs. From Raiders to Crusade, there are lots to choose from.

For a limited time, you can take 20% off any Indiana Jones purchase. Check them all out here. Grab some today for you and a friend. Don't delay, offer ends December 15, 2008.

And just in time for the holidays, Official Pix is happy to offer all visitors to TheRaider.net free domestic (USA) shipping on any order placed within two days - starting from today till December 14, 2007. So hurry!
Just type coupon code 'FREESHIPPING' to have the discount applied.

Posted by Gilles V

 

Limited edition Temple of Doom image on sale
13/12/07, 6:17pm EST

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Limited edition photo.
New from Official Pix, this extremely rare image from Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom is now available as a limited edition shared exclusive at StarWarsShop!

No one can forget the harrowing rope bridge scene from Temple of Doom -- Indy slashes the ropes suspending himself and the other heroes above an abysmal gorge in order to escape certain death.
In celebration of that classic cinematic moment and the return of Indiana Jones to theaters next summer, Official Pix has printed a stunning, high quality on-set image from Temple of Doom's rope bridge location, showcasing Indy in his element, whip and sword at the ready.

A fantastic image that has rarely if ever been published, there are only 250 of these available worldwide. Measures 11x14 inches. Comes bagged and boarded.

Posted by Mitchell Hallock

 

Indiana Jones gets busted!
14/12/07, 12:15pm EST

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Indy on Horse Statue.
The fine artists at Gentle Giant have worked their magic on Star Wars, Pirates of the Caribbean, and other films, and have now turned their focus on Indiana Jones with new sculpts! Releasing in July will be the first in the line of Indiana Jones mini busts. The Indiana Jones mini bust depicts Indy in his trademarked leather jacket, fedora and whip from Raiders of the Lost Ark. The bust stands 7.5 inches tall and comes with a hand-numbered Certificate of Authenticity. Limited Edition run TBD. Image coming soon! Can already be pre-ordered online at StarWarsShop.com for just $49.99.

Along with the Indiana Jones mini bust, comes the first release in the statue line, Indiana Jones on Horse statue as seen in Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade. This great sculpt stands 11 inches tall. Comes with a hand-numbered Certificate of Authenticity. Limited Edition run TBD. This Indy on Horse statue is also available for pre-orders online at StarWarsShop.com for $199.99.

Pre-orders are also being taken now at GentleGiantLtd.com.

Thanks to Darrin, Jay Cormier, John Alexander and Sompeetalay for the news.

Posted by Mitchell Hallock

 

Topps Indiana Jones Autograph Cards
15/12/07, 5:31pm EST

StarWars.com announces that as part of the new Indiana Jones Heritage Trading Cards created to celebrate the summer 2008 release of Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, Topps is releasing limited-edition Indiana Jones autograph cards featuring the signatures of the stars of various films in the Indiana Jones franchise.

Hardcore Indiana Jones fans and collectors alike will have the opportunity to collect cards featuring the autographs of Karen Allen (Marion Ravenwood), John Rhys Davies (Sallah), Ke Huy-Quan (Short Round), Julian Glover (Walter Donovan), Paul Freeman (Rene Belloq), Wolf Kahler (Colonel Dietrich), Roshan Seth (Chatter Lal), Ric Young (Kao Kan), Kevork Malikyan (Kazim), George Harris (Simon Katanga), Vic Tablian (Monkey Man), Vernon Dobtcheff (Butler), Isla Blair (Mrs. Donovan) and Philip Tan (Chief Henchman).

The Heritage trading cards will be available only at hobby market and comic stores.

Posted by Mitchell Hallock

 

Adventures of Young Indy: The War Years
18/12/07, 5:57pm EST

Volume Two: The War Years The Adventures of Young Indiana Jones: The War Years is available on DVD in the USA (Region 1) as of today!

Click here for StarWars.com's final tour of the discs of this set with Young Indy on DVD: A Tour of Volume 2, Disc 9.

And visit our Young Indiana Jones on DVD pages for more information on these DVD sets.

The region 2 version of Volume One will only become available in the UK, starting in January 2008.

Posted by Gilles V

 

Dr. Pepper's Indy soda promotion
19/12/07, 4:08pm EST

Our good friend Les David has posted photos of a very nice looking salesman's kit with info on an upcoming Indy soda promotion by Dr. Pepper on his ThrowMeTheIdol.com.

Text inside the kit reveals some info on the Indiana Jones Dr. Pepper soda tie-in marketing campaign we may expect around summer 2008.

Go check out the photos and info at Les' Indy collection site ThrowMeTheIdol.com!

Posted by Gilles V

 

LEGO Indiana Jones playsets at Toys"R"Us
21/12/07, 4:45pm EST

Several people informed me that some LEGO Indiana Jones playsets could already be found at Toys"R"Us earlier this week. And although every source announced the new LEGO Indy toys to be released in January 2008, the LEGO Indiana Jones sets have been officially released at Toys"R"Us starting today!
Site visitor Jeff T saw rows of them at a Toys"R"Us store this very morning.

Two LEGO Indiana Jones playsets can already be ordered from the Toys"R"Us website. And you can also pre-order all four LEGO playsets at StarWarsShop.com - although you'll have to wait till January 30 for the shipping.

And you can find a nice review of the LEGO Indiana Jones: Temple Escape - "This set is a monster!" - playset online at the Indyfansfilm.com website!

Visit our LEGO Indiana Jones info pages for more information on these new playsets.

Thanks to Jeff T and Mitchell Hallock for the info.

Posted by Gilles V

 

The Complete Making of Indiana Jones Cover
22/12/07, 2:27pm EST

As announced last September, Random House/Del Rey will be releasing The Complete Making of Indiana Jones on May 22, 2008, the same day the fourth Indy adventure is set to hit theaters!

Penned by Lucasfilm's J.W. Rinzler, the The Complete Making of Indiana Jones will cover the making of all four Indy movies, including Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull. If the new book is anything like Rinzler's Making of Star Wars, which exhaustively chronicled the making of the first Star Wars movie, Indy fans should be in for quite a treat.

The final front and back covers of the book are shown at StarWars.com. And they look most promising!

Source: StarWars.com

Thanks to Mitchell Hallock & Sompeetalay for the news link.

Posted by Gilles V

 

Why Did It Have To Be Snakes?
23/12/07, 11:34am EST

Why Did It Have To Be Snakes: From Science to the Supernatural, The Many Mysteries of Indiana Jones written by by Lois H. Gresh & Robert Weinberg is one of probably many unofficial books on Indiana Jones to be released in the coming months.

Why Did It Have To Be Snakes will be released in paperback on April 18, 2008. The bok counts 256 pages consisting of 4 chapters highlight all 3 films as well as Young Indiana Jones' adventures.

Below is breakdown of chapters and sections.

Chapter 1. Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark
- The Hovitos Temple and Golden Idol
- Deadly Tarantulas
- Gigantic Rolling Boulder
- South American Indian Weapons: Poison Darts, Bows and Arrows
- Archaeology
- Real-life archeologists like Indiana Jones
- Bullwhips
- Fedoras
- Leather Jackets
- The Nazis and the Occult
- The Ark of the Covenant
- Staff of Ra
- Tanis, the Lost City of Ancient Egypt
- The Well of Souls, the Temple, and the Map Room
- Deadly Snakes
- Sea Planes and Luftwaffe Airplanes
- Cliff Roads Near Cairo
- Nazi U-Boats
- Secret German Submarine Bases
- Secret Jewish Ceremonies and Sacred Breastplates
- The Ark: Telephone Link to God
- Top-Secret U.S. Archives

Chapter 2. Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom
- Giant Gongs in Club Obi-Wan in Shanghai
- Anything Goes
- The Nurhachi
- The Gigantic Diamond
- Poisons and their Antidotes
- The Shanghai Mob
- The Route from Shanghai to India
- Northern India and the Hindi Language
- Delhi and Pankot
- Maharajah
- Monsoon
- Sivalinga
- Shiva
- Three Lines of the Universe
- Giant Vampire Bats
- Baboons in India
- Snake Charmers
- Giant Owls of India
- Big Reptiles of India
- Mutiny of 1857
- Why Did It Have to Be Snake Surprise?
- Giant Insects
- Thuggees and Kali
- Ripping Out Someone's Heart and He Doesn't Die
- Drinking Blood
- Zombies
- Voodoo Dolls
- Crocodiles

Chapter 3. Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade
-
Utah, 1912, and the Boy Scouts
- Grave Robbers, Spanish Conquistadors, and the Cross of Coronado
- Circus Trains and the Jones family
- The Search for Facts, not Truth
- Walter Donovan, American Nazi
- The Holy Grail
- The Rising Nazi Menace
- The First Crusade
- The Catacombs of Venice
- Rats
- Venice
- The Brotherhood of the Cruciform Sword
- Book Burning
- Zeppelins
- The Birds in the Skies
- Hatay
- The Phantom II
- The Temple of the Crescent Moon
- The Third Brother
- The Cups of Kings and Carpenters

Chapter 4. Young Indiana Jones.
-
My First Adventure: Lawrence of Arabia and The Curse of King Tut
- Passion for Life: A Party in France, a Safari in Africa, a Romance in Vienna
- Travels With Father: Three Writers, a Boy Genius, and a Famous Scientist
- Spring Break Adventure: Prelude to War
- Trenches of Hell: The Horrors of War
- Phantom Train of Doom: At War in Africa
- Attack of the Hawkmen: Working with the French Secret Service
- Daredevils of the Desert: On the Edge of Africa
- Treasure of the Peacock?s Eye: Dracula and the Eye of the Peacock
- Winds of Change: Back in the USA
- Hollywood Follies: Indy in Hollywood

You can pre-order the book Why Did It Have To Be Snakes at Amazon.com.

 

Revealing Indiana Jones 4 LEGO sets
25/12/07, 3:03pm EST

Multiple LEGO websites have published very revealing SPOILER pictures of three Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull playsets.

To view these very SPOILER photos you will have to visit Brickset.com but beware as this page will not only show you SPOILER photos of the three LEGO Kingdom of the Crystal Skull playsets but also the revealing titles of all four sets!
At the Eurobricks forum you will find even slightly better versions of these new SPOILER playsets photos.

Visit our LEGO Indiana Jones pages for more information on all upcoming Indy playsets. And don't worry for revealing spoilers as they are all safely hidden from plain sight.

Thanks to Matt Coury and Paul Kanter for the links.

Posted by Gilles V

 

Covers of Various New Indy Books Revealed
28/12/07, 2:37pm EST

The online Amazon book stores are not only listing everything from Indiana Jones 4 film tie-ins, but also other Indy-based books such as the Indiana Jones Handbook, Indy sticker books and more.
Here follows a list of just released book covers from upcoming official Indiana Jones books:

The Lost Journal of Indiana Jones
by Henry 'Indiana', Jr. Jones

Paperback: 200 pages
- USA, UK, Canada: Pocket Books
(May 6, 2008)

Indiana Jones Heroes and Villains Sticker Book

Paperback: 16 pages
- USA: DK Children (March 31, 2008)
- UK: DK Publishers Ltd (May 1, 2008)
- Canada: DK Plc P/B (May 8, 2008)

Indiana Jones Ultimate Guide
by Jim Luceno

Hardcover: 144 pages
- USA: DK Children (April 21, 2008)
- UK: DK Publishers Ltd (May 1, 2008)
- Canada: DK Child's H/B (May 8, 2008)

Indiana Jones Golden Treasure Sticker Book

Paperback: 16 pages
- USA: DK Children (March 31, 2008)
- UK: DDK Publishers Ltd (May 1, 2008)
- Canada: DK Plc P/B (May 8, 2008)

The Indiana Jones Handbook:
The Complete Adventurers Guide

by Denise Kiernan, Joseph D'Agnese

Hardcover: 176 pages
- Canada: Quirk (Mar 15, 2008)
- UK: Quirk Books (April 2008)

Meet Indy: I Can Read
(Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull)

Paperback: 24 pages
- Germany: HarperCollinsChildren'sBooks
(May 5, 2008)

Meet Mutt: I Can Read
(Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull)

Paperback: 24 pages
- Germany: HarperCollinsChildren'sBooks
(May 5, 2008)

Thanks to L Schmitz and Patrick McCauley for some of the links.

Posted by Mitchell Hallock - update by Gilles V

 

The Gentle Giant Mini-Bust Exposed
28/12/07, 3:06pm EST

One of our message board members, named 'groves', has posted an image of what appears to be the Indiana Jones mini-bust by Gentle Giant Ltd.. This Indiana Jones mini-bust is similar in look to the Raiders of the Lost Ark poster by the late, great Richard Amsel. It is unknown if this image shows the final approved mini-bust!

You can view a larger version of this Indiana Jones mini-bust image at our message boards, aka The Raven.

Posted by Mitchell Hallock

 


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