This is a list of The Adventures of Young Indiana Jones DVD additional features. It contains the special features and bonus content found on the The Adventures of Young Indiana Jones DVD box sets (Volumes 1 - 3). The special features are not rated.
- 1 History
- 2 Companion historical documentaries
- 3 Interactive Bonus Disc
- 4 Notes and references
- 5 External links
History[edit | edit source]
In 2002, series producer Rick McCallum confirmed in an interview with Variety that DVDs of the series were in development, but would not be released for "about three or four years". At the 2003 press conference for the DVD release of the Indiana Jones films, Jim Ward revealed that Lucasfilm had no firm release plans at the time, and that the company got constant requests for the series' release. At the October 2005 press conference for the Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith DVD, McCallum explained that he expected the release to consist of 22 DVDs in all, which would include around 100 documentaries which would explore the real-life historical aspects that are fictionalized in the show. For the DVDs, Lucasfilm upgraded the picture quality of the original 16mm prints and remastered the soundtracks. This, along with efforts to get best quality masters and bonus materials on the sets, delayed the release to a date later than expected.
In 2004, in preparation for the restoration of the original Star Wars trilogy, Lucasfilm sent Lowry Digital some of the 16 mm footage from the series as a test. It is unknown what effect, if any, that this had to do with the series' DVD release.
On March 3, 2007, George Lucas was a guest at the Museum of Television and Radio's Paley Festival, where he explained that the DVDs were still being worked on, and that he had had difficulty convincing Paramount to release the series on DVD. In an April 2007 interview with Star Wars fan site Tochestation.nl, McCallum stated that after five years in production, the "first set" of the series was expected to be released around Christmas of 2007—although he could not confirm the exact date or any other details. On July 10, 2007, Paramount Home Entertainment (through CBS DVD, whose cousin production company predecessor, Paramount Television, partnered with Lucasfilm on the series) announced that the series will be released in three volumes on DVD, with the first set to be released on October 23, 2007; however, at Star Wars Celebration Europe, Rick McCallum stated that the first DVDs will be released on October 13th. Since the 13th was on a Saturday, this was deemed by some to be unlikely. StarWars.com finally confirmed October 23, 2007 as the correct first date, while giving December 18, 2007 as the release date for the second volume, and Spring 2008 as the planned release date for the third volume. Two variations of Volume One were released: one as simply "Volume One", and the other as "Volume One, The Early Years" in order to match the subtitle of Volume Two.
The History Channel acquired television rights to all 94 of the DVD historical documentaries. The airing of the documentaries was meant to bring in ratings for the history channel and serve as marketing for the DVD release and the theatrical release of Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull. The History Channel and History International began airing the series every Saturday morning at 7AM/8C on The History Channel, and every Sunday morning at 8AM ET/PT on History International. Following each episode, two documentaries related to the respective episode are aired. A new division of History.com was created devoted to the show. Additionally, as Paramount and Lucasfilm had already reserved IndianaJones.com solely for news and updates related to Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, StarWars.com temporarily served as the official site for the DVDs—providing regular updates, insider looks and promotions related to them. However, Lucasfilm and Paramount soon set up an official website proper for the series—YoungIndy.com. Paramount released a press kit for the media promoting the DVDs, which consists of a .pdf file and several videos with interviews with Lucas and McCallum, and footage from the DVDs. A trailer for the DVDs was also published on YoungIndy.com, with a shorter version being shown on The History Channel and History International.
Lucas and McCallum hope that the DVDs will be helpful to schools, as they believe the series is a good way to aid in teaching history. Lucas explained that the series' DVD release will be shopped as "films for a modern day high school history class." He believes the series is a good way to teach high school students 20th Century history. The plan was always to tie the DVD release of the series to the theatrical release of the fourth Indiana Jones feature film, Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull. Lucasfilm held an exhibit at the 2008 Teaching & Learning Celebration in New York, where the series was previewed to educators.
|DVD Name||Region 1||Region 2||Description|
|The Adventures of Young Indiana Jones: Volume One, The Early Years||October 23, 2007||February 25, 2008||TBA|
|The Adventures of Young Indiana Jones: Volume Two, The War Years||December 18, 2007||March 24, 2008||TBA|
|The Adventures of Young Indiana Jones: Volume Three, The Years of Change||April 29, 2008||April 28, 2008||TBA|
The DVD release is in three volumes as The Adventures of Young Indiana Jones:
- The Adventures of Young Indiana Jones: Volume One, The Early Years was released on October 23, 2007. It contains 12 discs, including Chapters 1-7, as well thirty-eight in-depth companion documentaries, interactive game & timeline, and a historical overview. It contains all of the episodes with Corey Carrier as well as some episodes with Sean Patrick Flanery.
- The Adventures of Young Indiana Jones: Volume Two, The War Years was released on December 18, 2007. It contains 9 discs, including Chapters 8-15, as well twenty-six in-depth companion documentaries, interactive game & timeline, and a historical lecture.
- The Adventures of Young Indiana Jones: Volume Three, The Years of Change was released on April 29, 2008. It contains 10 discs, including Chapters 16-22 and thirty-one documentaries, interactive game & timeline, and a historical lecture.
The DVDs present the re-edited versions of the series, similar to the VHS release. While the original television broadcast versions skipped around chronologically in the character's life—alternating stories between Indy as a child and Indy as a teenager—the DVDs present Indy's life in chronological order. The DVD episodes correspond to two one-hour TV episodes, combined together, with the George Hall bookend segments removed. Some of the episode pairs work well together, such as episodes 6 and 7 forming Oganga, the Giver and Taker of Life. However, others are more disjointed, such as Passion for Life, which was made from "British East Africa, September 1909" and "Paris, September 1908".
Besides the chapters of the series, the DVD set included ninety-four companion historical documentaries related to the chapters, and one disc in each volume included an interactive timeline, interactive game, and a historical overview lecture.
Companion historical documentaries[edit | edit source]
Ninety-four historical documentaries were created over a nearly five-year period by Lucasfilm's documentary crew for the DVD release of the series. Each documentary covers a historical topic connected to the chapter to which it is associated. The television broadcast rights for these documentaries was secured by the History Channel.
From Volume One, The Early Years:[edit | edit source]
- My First Adventure Special Features (Vol. 1 Disc 1)
- Passion for Life Special Features (Vol. 1 Disc 3)
- The Perils of Cupid Special Features (Vol. 1 Disc 5)
- Travels with Father Special Features (Vol. 1 Disc 6)
- Journey of Radiance Special Features (Vol. 1 Disc 7)
- Spring Break Adventure Special Features (Vol. 1 Disc 9)
- Love's Sweet Song Special Features (Vol 1. Disc 11)
From Volume Two, The War Years:[edit | edit source]
- Trenches of Hell Special Features (Vol 2. Disc 1)
- Demons of Deception Special Features (Vol 2. Disc 2)
- Phantom Train of Doom Special Features (Vol 2. Disc 3)
- Oganga, The Giver and Taker of Life Special Features (Vol 2. Disc 4)
- Attack of the Hawkmen Special Features (Vol 2. Disc 5)
- Adventures in the Secret Service Special Features (Vol 2. Disc 6)
- Espionage Escapades Special Features (Vol 2. Disc 7)
- Daredevils of the Desert Special Features (Vol 2. Disc 8)
- Lines in the Sand - The Middle East and the Great War
- Col. Lawrence's War - T.E. Lawrence and Arabia (note: repeated from Vol 1. Disc 1)
- Tales of Innocence (Vol. 3 Disc 1)
- Masks of Evil (Vol. 3 Disc 2)
- Treasure of the Peacock's Eye (Vol. 3 Disc 3)
- Winds of Change (Vol. 3 Disc 5)
- Mystery of the Blues (Vol. 3 Disc 7)
- The Scandal of 1920 (Vol. 3 Disc 8)
- Hollywood Follies (Vol. 3 Disc 9)
Interactive Bonus Disc[edit | edit source]
George Lucas had planned to produce interactive content for the series ever since it debuted. The final DVD in each set is entitled "Interactive Bonus Disc" and contains three features. The Interactive Bonus Disc for Volume One is Disc 12; for Volume Two is Disc 9; and for Volume Three is Disc 10.
DVD-ROM Minimum System Requirements:
- PC: Windows 2000 (SP1) with Pentium 4 processor, 1 GB RAM, 150 MB hard disk space, 64 MB video card, 16 bit sound card, & DVD-ROM drive
- Mac: OS X Version 10.3.9+, G4, 1 GB RAM, & 150 MB hard drive space
Interactive timeline[edit | edit source]
An interactive timeline is included on each set. It is designed as a DVD-ROM feature.
Historical overview lectures[edit | edit source]
- Vol. 1 - Historical Lecture: "The Promise of Progress"
- Vol. 2 - Historical Lecture: "War and Revolution"
- Vol. 3 - Historical Lecture: "New Gods for Old"
Interactive games[edit | edit source]
An interactive game, designed as a DVD-ROM feature, is included on the Interactive Bonus Disc for each box set.
- Vol. 1 - The Adventures of Young Indiana Jones: Revolution, based on Spring Break Adventure
- Vol. 2 - The Adventures of Young Indiana Jones: Special Delivery, based on Oganga, The Giver and Taker of Life
- Vol. 3 - The Adventures of Young Indiana Jones: Hunting for Treasure, based on Treasure of the Peacock's Eye
Notes and references[edit | edit source]
- Hettrick, Scott (October 24, 2002). Bigger Picture: Producer to Rattle the Sabers. Videobusiness. Retrieved on 2006-06-24.
- Lucas opens up at Paley Festival - Entertainment News, Film News, Media - Variety
- Nordyke, Kimberly (April 30, 2007). Web series, Lucas docus are History. HollywoodReporter.com. Retrieved on 2007-04-30.
- Crupi, Anthony (May 1, 2007). History Channel site reborn with 94 Lucas docs. HollywoodReporter.com. Retrieved on 2007-04-30.
- The Lost Chronicles of Young Indiana Jones - thread at the StarWars.com message boards
- Wiest takes part in documentary on Lucas series. Hattiesburg American (June 10, 2005). Retrieved on 2006-07-09.
- Wiest takes part in documentary on Lucas series. Hattiesburg American (June 10, 2005). Retrieved on 2006-07-09.
- Amazon.co.uk: The Adventures Of Young Indiana Jones Vol.1 : DVD: Vanessa Redgrave,Anne Heche,Elizabeth Hurley,Corey Carrier,George Hall,Lukas Haas,Catherine Zeta-Jones,Sean Patrick Flanery
- Amazon.co.uk: The Adventures Of Young Indiana Jones Vol.2: DVD: Corey Carrier,Vanessa Redgrave,Anne Heche,George Hall,Catherine Zeta-Jones,Elizabeth Hurley,Lukas Haas,Sean Patrick Flanery