Sunday, 10 June 2012

Young Indiana Jones

Some years ago I owned VHS copies of several of the episodes from the YOUNG INDIANA JONES CHRONICLES. These were created by George Lucas and produced during the early 1990s. As the name suggests they featured the adventures of Indiana Jones during the early years of the twentieth century. Young Indiana Jones was portrayed by Sean Patrick Flanery, and the stories were action adventures that put Young 'Indi' at the heart of many important events.

My VHS tapes were passed on to charity shops some time ago, and in retrospect I realised that I wished that I had kept them in some format that I could still view. A quick search on the Internet revealed that I could buy the entire boxed series of DVDs for what it would cost me to buy the individual episodes that I had previously owned ... so I bought the lot!

The Adventures of Young Indiana Jones: Volume 1


This volume contains 12 DVDs:
  • Disc 1: My First Adventure (Egypt & Tangiers 1908 plus Special Features)
  • Disc 2: Passion for Life (British East Africa 1909 & Paris 1908)
  • Disc 3: Passion for Life (Special Features)
  • Disc 4: The Perils of Cupid (Vienna & Florence 1908)
  • Disc 5: The Perils of Cupid (Special Features)
  • Disc 6: Travels with Father (Russia & Athens 1910 plus Special Features)
  • Disc 7: Journey of Radiance (Benares & Beijing 1910)
  • Disc 8: Journey of Radiance (Special Features)
  • Disc 9: Spring Break Adventure (Princeton & Mexico 1916)
  • Disc 10: Love's Sweet Song (Ireland & London 1916)
  • Disc 11: Love's Sweet Song (Special Features)
  • Disc 12: Interactive Bonus Disc
The Adventures of Young Indiana Jones: Volume 2


This volume contains 9 DVDs:
  • Disc 1: Trenches of Hell (Somme & Germany 1916 plus Special Features)
  • Disc 2: Demons of Deception (Verdun & Paris 1916 plus Special Features)
  • Disc 3: The Phantom Train of Doom (German East Africa 1916 plus Special Features)
  • Disc 4: Oganga, the Giver and Taker of Life (German East Africa 1916 & Congo 1917 plus Special Features)
  • Disc 5: Attack of the Hawkmen (Ravanel, France & Alhorn, Germany 1917 plus Special Features)
  • Disc 6: Adventures in the Secret Service (Austria & Petrograd 1917 plus Special Features)
  • Disc 7: Espionage Escapades (Barcelona & Prague 1917 plus Special Features)
  • Disc 8: Daredevils of the Desert (Palestine 1917 plus Special Features)
  • Disc 9: Interactive Bonus Disc
The Adventures of Young Indiana Jones: Volume 3


This volume contains 10 DVDs:
  • Disc 1: Tales of Innocence (Northern Italy & Morocco 1917 plus Special Features)
  • Disc 2: Masks of Evil (Istanbul &Transylvania 1918 plus Special Features)
  • Disc 3: Treasure of the Peacock's Eye (London/Egypt 1918 & South Pacific 1919 plus Special features)
  • Disc 4: Winds of Change (Paris & Princeton 1919)
  • Disc 5: Winds of Change (Special Features)
  • Disc 6: Mystery of the Blues (Chicago 1920)
  • Disc 7: Mystery of the Blues (Special Features)
  • Disc 8: Scandal of 1920 (New York 1920 plus Special Features)
  • Disc 9: Hollywood Follies (Hollywood 1920 plus Special features)
  • Disc 10: Interactive Bonus Disc
Apparently the 'Special Features' include a total of ninety-four short documentaries that relate to various aspects of the 'Adventures', and the Interactive Bonus Discs each have a game on them as well as an interactive timeline.

This entire boxed series of DVDs was not cheap ... but I think that I got value for my money!

16 comments:

  1. Oh, nice! I used to watch those when they originally aired.

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  2. Just so you aren't thrown by it, but in that first volume Indy is a 10-12 year old kid. IIRC I completely hated those episodes because of that. YMMV.

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  3. My favorite episodes of the series are the ones on "The War Years" DVD.

    I don't think they ever released the entire series on VHS, at least I was never able to get them and was shopping at a pretty good video store.

    Elderac

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  4. That's a lot of viewing hours Bob, hope you can paint as you view!

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  5. Fitz-Badger,

    I watched some on cable TV years ago and I am looking forward to watching them all later this year.

    All the best,

    Bob

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  6. SAROE,

    Thanks for that information. I might well avoid those episodes.

    All the best,

    Bob

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  7. Elderac,

    It was the 'War Years' episodes that I have seen ... and enjoyed.

    I think that you are right. I have only seen the whole series in DVD format.

    All the best,

    Bob

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  8. Jim Duncan,

    I can - and will - learn to do both!

    All the best,

    Bob

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  9. Now there's something I've been meaning to watch again. I have confused memories of this from my childhood.

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  10. My reaction is based on when they aired on TV. They might be OK to me know. Possibly be a product of the "Robin the Boy Wonder Effect".

    That is, you hate Robin because, while you might GROW-UP to be Batman; Robin is your age and already fighting crime, while you sit on the couch.

    So, super young Indy was showing me up, but if WWI broke out again, I could have cool adventures when I turned 18.

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  11. Re:the child Indy episodes - The only episodes of this series that I've seen have been a couple of the first set, with him as a child accompanying his parents on a Grand Tour. I didn't think they were too bad, certainly not enough to want to skip them.

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  12. I've only seen a dozen or so episodes but really enjoyed them and must think about acquiring the full set
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    The ones in the Belgian army in Africa stick out and his encounter with the Suffragette and Churchill

    Deeds not Words!

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  13. Arquinsiel,

    It might be worth getting hold of the DVDs and watching them again in sequence. This is what I plan to do.

    All the best,

    Bob

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  14. SAROE,

    Point taken!

    I will probably watch them in sequence after all.

    All the best,

    Bob

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  15. Dr Vesuvius,

    Having read the various comments that have been made, watching them in sequence makes sense.

    All the best,

    Bob

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  16. Ross Mac,

    My favourite episode was the one set in East Africa,.

    All the best,

    Bob

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