"It's the adventures that made the man, and the man who became the legend."
The Complete Adventures of Indiana Jones is the banner name given to the 1999 VHS release that combined The Adventures of Young Indiana Jones with the three movies existing at that time. It was the first time episodes from The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles television series were officially released on home video in the United States, albeit re-edited, and the final time the theatrical films saw a release on VHS. LaserDisc versions were announced for the collection which ultimately never materialized.
The collection was intended to have 25 chapters in total (one on each videotape), numbered in the chronological story order. However, only twelve of the chapters from The Adventures of Young Indiana Jones were released. Upcoming chapters were announced for the following year but were canceled.
These missing chapters were later aired on ABC in 2001 and would not see a home release until the DVD box sets which went on sale in the months preceding the theatrical debut of Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull in May 2008.
Chapters[edit | edit source]
Each VHS listed itself as Chapter [X] in the Complete Adventures of Indiana Jones.
The chapters that were actually released were:
- Chapter 6: Spring Break Adventure
- Chapter 8: Trenches of Hell
- Chapter 10: Phantom Train of Doom
- Chapter 11: Oganga, The Giver and Taker of Life
- Chapter 12: Attack of the Hawkmen
- Chapter 13: Adventures in the Secret Service
- Chapter 15: Daredevils of the Desert
- Chapter 16: Tales of Innocence
- Chapter 17: Masks of Evil
- Chapter 18: Treasure of the Peacock's Eye
- Chapter 20: Mystery of the Blues
- Chapter 22: Hollywood Follies
- Chapter 23: Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom
- Chapter 24: Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark (retitled in this and subsequent releases from its original theatrical title, Raiders of the Lost Ark. The title card in the film remains unaltered.)
- Chapter 25: Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade
Opening promo[edit | edit source]
Each videotape began with a promotional commercial advertising the collection.
Now on video. If it's excitement you want, thrills you seek, action you crave; then remember adventure does have a name: Indiana Jones. And now you can see him like you have before. Digitally re-mastered by THX and, for the first time, available in both standard and widescreen editions. Featuring all-new interviews by George Lucas, Steven Spielberg, and Harrison Ford. Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark. Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom. Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade. And introducing for the first time on video: The Adventures of Young Indiana Jones. Twelve feature-length adventures starring Sean Patrick Flanery. Each with a special introduction by George Lucas. Together, they're The Complete Adventures of Indiana Jones. Now available on video.
Release[edit | edit source]
As well as being sold individually, the theatrical trilogy (Chapters 23-25) were sold in a boxset that came bundled with Chapter 18: Treasure of the Peacock's Eye.
The set is notable for being the first and only time Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom was marketed as a prequel to Raiders of the Lost Ark. However, the trilogy boxset inscription and opening commercial promoted the film as the second installment in the trilogy.
This release also marked the first time that the three Indiana Jones theatrical films were released on VHS in widescreen format, and with THX remastering. Each film's opening titles and end credits on the pan-and-scan versions were presented in letterbox.
Additionally, the box set versions of the films included new interviews with Harrison Ford, George Lucas and Steven Spielberg. The videos of The Adventures of Young Indiana Jones included customized introductions from Lucas, and interviews with Lucas and Sean Patrick Flanery.
- The Adventures of Young Indiana Jones: A Look Inside
- Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom: A Look Inside
- Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark: A Look Inside
- Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade: A Look Inside