The Adventures of Young Indiana Jones is the name given to the re-edit of The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles in 1999 for airing on television and release on VHS and DVD. While the original television show was primarily one-hour programs with the occasional two-hour special, able to be divided into forty-four one-hour episodes, the episodes were re-edited into twenty-two feature length chapters for the video release.
In 1999, several of the chapters of The Adventures of Young Indiana Jones were released on VHS. The remaining chapters were aired on ABC in 2001. In 2007-2008, all the chapters were re-released in DVD box sets, with companion historical documentaries.
The revised and updated edition of the book George Lucas: The Creative Impulse, by Charles Champlin, explains how The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles series would be re-edited into the new structure of twenty-two "Chapter" TV films, for the 1999 VHS release. George Lucas had apparently intended to do this since the early 90s. New footage was shot in 1996 to be incorporated with the newly re-edited and re-titled "chapters" to better help it chronologically and provide supposedly smooth transitions. The newly shot "Tangiers, 1908" was joined with "Egypt, 1908" from the original pilot episode Young Indiana Jones and the Curse of the Jackal to form My First Adventure, and "Morocco, 1917" was joined with "Northern Italy, 1918" (now re-dated as 1917) to form Tales of Innocence. The "Mexico, March 1916" segment from Curse of the Jackal has been joined with "Princeton, February 1916" to form Spring Break Adventure. Also included in the home video release were four unaired episodes made for the ABC network, "Florence, May 1908", "Prague, 1917", "Transylvania, 1918", and "Palestine, 1917".
The 1999 collection also included the four episodes that were made for the ABC network that never aired. Including Florence, May 1908, Prague, Aug. 1917, Transylvania, Jan. 1918, and Palestine, 1917 (note that the dates of these episodes have changed to be a part of the collection). Palestine may end up as the most interesting as it has been made into a film of its own, versus the one-hour version that aired in Europe. As stated above Tangiers, 1908 and Morocco, 1917 were filmed just for this collection. Finally, the little bit of Princeton, 1919 that was shown in the Family Channel's airing of Young Indiana Jones: Travels with Father, was actually a part of its own one-hour story now combined with Paris, May 1919.
A notable difference from The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles and The Adventures of Young Indiana Jones is the removal of nearly all the bookend segments from the original episodes. All of the bookends which included George Hall, who portrayed a nonagenarian Indiana Jones who recounts the adventures of the episode were removed. Sean Patrick Flanery's bookends for Young Indiana Jones: Travels with Father were removed and expanded into part of the second half of Winds of Change. The only bookend segments that were retained can be found in Mystery of the Blues, which has Harrison Ford portraying Indy during 1950. Despite the removal of the George Hall bookends, each chapter ends with Old Indy closing his diary–a shot that was originally used only for the 1994-1996 Family Channel TV movies.
All episodes had their original opening titles removed. The episodes were edited into 22 feature-length chapters, with two original episodes that were chronologically connected (or in some cases, connected by theme) edited together. The exceptions are Daredevils of the Desert, which was expanded for its feature-length version, and Winds of Change, which was edited from three separate episode, with part of one episode originally having been aired as the bookends to Young Indiana Jones: Travels with Father. New titles were created for each chapter, often based on the theme of one of the chapter's halves.
In addition to the removal of the bookend segments, some chapters included new footage to help connect the separated storylines of the two episodes being edited into one story. While much of this bridging material had been filmed at the time of the episode's filming, some additional scenes were filmed after the show had aired. In some of the new additional scenes that were shot in 1996 with Corey Carrier, digital techniques were used to shrink Corey to make him appear younger.
To present the story of Indiana Jones' life as a more continuous saga, several episodes of The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles were moved from their original place in the timeline presented in the episode titles. For instance, Chapter 3: The Perils of Cupid has the events of "Vienna, November 1908" take place before the events of "Florence, May 1908".
Other smaller changes were made. In some instances, characters were re-dubbed–sometimes with completely new voice actors. Rather than fading quickly to the end credits, most of the chapters slowly transition from the series' color footage to a version of the footage rendered to look like old black and white film reels. The credits themselves were also changed in many instances. The Lucasfilm logo at the end of each episode was replaced with the then-most recent Lucasfilm logo at the beginning.
As is the case with many TV series, the "bumpers" were also removed; at commercial breaks, either Corey Carrier, Sean Patrick Flanery, or George Hall would announce over an image of the opening credits that the series would be right back. Additionally, several previews for episodes were made, with each having one of the three previously mentioned actors saying that the episode being previewed was coming up next.
The VHS release of The Adventures of Young Indiana Jones was in 1999. Each chapter was released on its own videotape, with its chapter number as being part of The Complete Adventures of Indiana Jones, which combined the Young Indy episodes with the three existing films. However, not every chapter was actually released for public sale. The chapters that were not released on VHS were later aired on ABC in 2001. In 1999, re-edited versions of the series were released on VHS. However, only twelve of the planned twenty-two tapes were produced. In April 2007, producer Rick McCallum announced that the complete series was being prepared for DVD release; the first set of episodes would be available by Christmas 2007.
- See also: List of Young Indiana Jones episodes
On October 26, 1999, half of the series was released on VHS in the United States for $14.99 each, along with a box set of the feature films making up The Complete Adventures of Indiana Jones. The series was labeled as Chapters 1-22, while the films were labeled as Chapters 23-25. In an effort to promote the series, Treasure of the Peacock's Eye was included with the purchase of the film trilogy box set in the US, and Oganga, the Giver and Taker of Life was included internationally. As a result, while the other videos are often expensive and difficult to find, multiple copies of Peacock and Oganga could often be found at many thrift stores for low prices. Each VHS tape included a "Passport to Adventure" booklet with rebate offers, a scratch-off chance to win a vacation, and a sticker that could be applied to a special map of Indy's adventures. The videogame Indiana Jones and the Infernal Machine was advertised along with the release.
The twelve VHS releases were released worldwide over the course of the year 2000, including the U.K., Netherlands, Hungary, Germany, Mexico, France, and Japan. The UK and Netherlands tapes were in PAL format, while the tapes released in the rest of the countries were in NTSC format. As late as September 2000, Paramount was undecided about releasing the remaining 11 VHS tapes,, but ultimately decided to not release any more.
In 2001, the Sci-Fi Channel aired ten chapters of The Adventures of Young Indiana Jones, and in 2007 and 2008, The History Channel and History International aired chapters of The Adventures of Young Indiana Jones. The 2007-2008 airings were accompanied by the Lucasfilm historical documentaries.
Lucasfilm remastered the re-edited episodes for the series' DVD release, and upgraded the picture quality of the original 16mm prints. The series was released on DVD release 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 contained 12 discs, which included Chapters 1-7, as well as thirty-eight in-depth companion documentaries, an interactive game, timeline, and a historical overview. It contained 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 contained 9 discs, which included 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 contained Chapters 16-22 and thirty-one documentaries. Lucas and McCallum hoped that the DVDs would be helpful to schools, as they believe the series is a good way to aid in teaching 20th Century history. Lucas explained that the series' DVD release would be shopped as "films for a modern day high school history class."
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 series' DVD release".—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.
|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 Adventures of Young Indiana Jones was released as a series of DVD box sets, containing the complete series of The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles, presented as a set of 22 feature-length episodes. It is divided into three volumes:
- Volume One: The Early Years was released in the United States on October 23, 2007 and contains 12 discs, including chapters 1-7, as well thirty-eight in-depth companion documentaries, interactive game & timeline, and an historical overview. It contains all the episodes with Corey Carrier as Indiana Jones (ages 8-10), as well as some episodes with Sean Patrick Flanery as sixteen-year-old 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 an historical lecture.
- 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 an historical lecture.
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.
Notes and references
- Hearn, p.170-179
- Nordyke, Kimberly (April 30, 2007). Web series, Lucas docus are History. HollywoodReporter.com. Retrieved on 2007-04-30.
- The Lost Chronicles of Young Indiana Jones - thread at the StarWars.com message boards