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Documentary Review | Indiana Jones Bonus Material

Indiana Jones: Bonus Material is less of a film on its own as much as it is simply a collection of several shorter videos which provide a behind the scenes look into the production of the original Indiana Jones Trilogy.  While there is not an abundance of art to these films, they completely serve their purpose and entertainingly show the process that went into making some of the most popular films of all time. If you are a fan of Steven Spielberg’s films, Indiana Jones: Bonus Material, will be very enjoyable to you.

The features are divided into three specific segments that specialize on each of the first three Indiana Jones features: Raiders of the Lost Ark, Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom, and Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, showing behind the scenes footage from the production of each of the three films as well as interviews with some of the primary filmmakers such as, Steven Spielberg, George Lucas, Harrison Ford, Kathleen Kennedy, and Frank Marshall.   One thing that I would have liked to hear more from in the primary segments was the way that John Williams wrote his score for the films. While a separate video on the disc does cover this, I felt that in general the documentary glossed over Williams’ extremely vital role.  However, overall the segments are entertaining, wonderfully avoiding the pitfalls that most special feature segments fall into, and shed a perspective that otherwise would have been unknown. I would recommend anyone who has ever been interested in either Steven Spielberg’s process or film making in general to view this interesting special features.

Written by: Parker Gehring

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