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, Vol. 1 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 (The Boondock Saints) 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), Terry Jones (Monty Python and the Holy Grail), Deepa Mehta (Water), Joe Johnston (Jurassic Park III), Nicholas Roeg (The Man Who Fell to Earth), and Michael Schultz (Car Wash). 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, Vol. 1, 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.
The first of three comprehensive collections, The Adventures of Young Indiana Jones, Vol. 1 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.
My First Adventure - While on an archeological 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
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.
Passion For Life bonus disc featuring 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
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.
The Perils of Cupid bonus disc featuring 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
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
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
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.
Spring Break Adventure bonus disc featuring 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
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.
Love's Sweet Song bonus disc featuring 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
- "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.