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HDMS Review - Indiana Jones & The Kingdom Of The Crystal Skull


Movie Title:- Indiana Jones & The Kingdom Of The Crystal Skull -

Movie:- 4 Out Of 5 - Indiana Jones' (Harrison Ford) newest adventure begins in the desert Southwest in 1957 -- the height of the Cold War. Indy and his sidekick Mac (Ray Winstone) have barely escaped a close scrape with nefarious Soviet agents on a remote airfield. Now, Professor Jones has returned home to Marshall College -- only to find things have gone from bad to worse. His close friend and dean of the college (Jim Broadbent) explains that Indy's recent activities have made him the object of suspicion, and that the government has put pressure on the university to fire him. On his way out of town, Indiana meets rebellious young Mutt (Shia LaBeouf), who carries both a grudge and a proposition for the adventurous archaeologist: If he'll help Mutt on a mission with deeply personal stakes, Indy could very well make one of the most spectacular archaeological finds in history -- the Crystal Skull of Akator, a legendary object of fascination, superstition and fear. But as Indy and Mutt set out for the most remote corners of Peru -- a land of ancient tombs, forgotten explorers and a rumored city of gold -- they quickly realize they are not alone in their search. The Soviet agents are also hot on the trail of the Crystal Skull. Chief among them is icy cold, devastatingly beautiful Irina Spalko (Cate Blanchett), whose elite military unit is scouring the globe for the eerie Crystal Skull, which they believe can help the Soviets dominate the world... if they can unlock its secrets. Indy and Mutt must find a way to evade the ruthless Soviets, follow an impenetrable trail of mystery, grapple with enemies and friends of questionable motives, and, above all, stop the powerful Crystal Skull from falling into the deadliest of hands.

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Video:- 5 Out Of 5 - This is the 1st THX Certified Blu-Ray I've seen and let me tell you; its amazing. How Lucasfilm have stylized the movie to look like the originals is beyond me, but they have done it. The general color tone is very similar to the original movie's and looks very authentic. The camera's are about as good as it gets, the resolution is pin sharp
and filled with color. Even with the stylized look it still pumps out rediculously good looking color, and I have never seen a new movie that has the feel of a great classic movie like this. The disc is basically perfect, but I do have to nit-pick...The disc doesn't get a reference quality review just because I felt that there were issues in the backgrounds of some shots, specifically at the end in the church. Noise or artifacts Im not quite sure, with a mix of film grain, and I am being very picky here. I give reference quality to discs that don't have any flaws. Considering that this is THX's 1st disc I am suprised that the quality is this high, and I hope to see more THX Blu-Rays in the future. A great looking disc.

Audio:- 5 Out Of 5 - REFERENCE QUALITY - There is no doubt in my mind that Indiana Jones is a reference disc in terms of audio. The THX logo alone at the start of the movie is unbelievable and has to be heard on a high end system to really hear how dynamic it is. The movie also some of the best if not the best sound I've ever heard, in terms of sheer sound quality and dynamic range. I always pick up of vocal quality and Indiana Jones is almost too good, the quality isn't harsh like some Blu-Rays, but completely smooth sounding. You must turn this movie up loud because the soundstage is huge!!! This is a flawless sounding disc, and finally proves to me that DOLBY TRUE HD when given great material is equal in every respect to DTS MASTER AUDIO. AMAZING!!!

Summary:- 5 Out Of 5 - I don't think the movie is up with the best Indiana's, but it was certainly fun to watch, with the video and audio being incredible means this is a must own title. Highly recommended.

Reviewed by Carl Mulder
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