Since 1981 the film series “Indiana Jones” has been one of the greatest successes of cult director Steven Spielberg: The first part “Raiders of the Lost Ark” alone grossed around 400 million US dollars worldwide. Three other, no less successful sequels – “Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom” (1984), “Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade” (1989) and “Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull” (2008) – as well as numerous novels, Comics and computer games followed. In March 2016, Disney finally announced a fifth, as yet nameless film. But the shooting was repeatedly postponed and with it the start date, most recently to July 2022. While the world continues to wait for Harrison Ford to return in the role of the grave-robbing archeology professor, die-hard fans can enjoy a special treat Sweeten: All four “Indiana Jones” films are now being released in 4K quality for the first time. Other DVD and Blu-ray tips of the week are the heist thriller “Crime Game” and the series “The Salisbury Attack”.
“Indiana Jones” (V: 10. June)
It’s been 40 years since “Raiders of the Lost Ark”, the first of four Indiana Jones films to date, hit cinemas around the world. Just in time for the anniversary, all films are now being released in 4K in one box. The story begins in 1936: Dr. Indiana Jones (Harrison Ford) lives a nicely furnished double life: Normally, as a university lecturer with wire-rimmed glasses, he brings his students closer to the dust-dry subject of archeology. But in his spare time, the scholar mutates into a grave robber. Then he steals centuries-old works of art to house in the museums of his choice. The films include Karen Allen as Indy’s ex-lover Marion Ravenwood and the Scottish actor Sean Connery, who died in 2020, as Indy’s father. Even if many of the effects of the older films no longer seem entirely up-to-date: The atmosphere is still convincing today.
Price 4K: around 90 euros
USA, 1981-2008, director: Steven Spielberg, running time: 482 minutes
“Crime Game” (VÖ: 11. Juni)
The Bank of Spain is considered to be one of the best protected buildings in the world. A break-in seems impossible not only because of the immediately adjacent headquarters of the Spanish army. Ironically, a young engineer named Thom (Freddie Highmore, “The Good Doctor”), who recently graduated from university, wants to try anyway. Together with the art dealer Walter (Liam Cunningham, “Game of Thrones”) Thom wants to get a long-lost treasure from the bank’s safe. You have exactly 105 minutes to do this. Because only then is the whole country, including the responsible security guards, distracted from the public viewing for the final of the soccer world championship, in which Spain will play against the Netherlands.
Price DVD: around twelve euros
ESP, 2021, director: Jaume Balagueró, running time: 114 minutes
“The Salisbury Poison Attack” (released June 11)
When a man and a younger woman collapsed on a park bench in Salisbury, England on March 4, 2018, no one knew that it was an attack on the former Russian-British double agent Sergei Skripal. The BBC miniseries “The Salisbury Poison Attack” (2020) shows the residents’ resolute reactions to an invisible enemy. The focus is on health officer Tracy Daszkiewicz (Anne-Marie Duff), who pulled out every possible lever to protect the residents of Salisbury from further contamination. But the policeman Nick Bailey (Rafe Spall), who helped Skripal and his daughter, was infected and barely survived. Contrary to what one might expect, “The Salisbury Poison Attack” is not an espionage drama; without having to forego tension, the willingness to act of those responsible on site is dramatized instead.
Preis DVD: around 19 Euros
GBR, 2020, director: Saul Dibb, running time: 181 minutes