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The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles - The Adventures of Young Indiana Jones on DVD: Part 1 of a 3-Part In-Depth Look

A 3-Part Special Report Posting over the Weekend of Sept. 21st-23rd

Posted by David Lambert
    Bringing the early 20th century to life, THE ADVENTURES OF YOUNG INDIANA JONES combines breathtaking photography, cutting edge production and family-friendly fun with a meticulous attention to historical detail. Creator George Lucas' dream was of a series that could make history exciting for younger viewers.

    "I wanted young people to realize that history is really about people more than it's about events," said Lucas. "I wanted to show that those people are just like we are, regardless of their impact on philosophy, music, religion and culture. And Indy's childhood was a natural vehicle for the kinds of stories I had envisioned."

    This fall, discover an exploration into the 20th Century with Paramount Home Entertainment! The Adventures of Young Indiana Jones: Volume 1 is the first installment in the critically acclaimed series being released for the first time on DVD beginning October 23rd, 2007. The Adventures of Young Indiana Jones: Volume 1 is the first of three collections of the series and is released by Lucasfilm Ltd., CBS Home Entertainment and Paramount Home Entertainment. The first 12-disc set includes seven feature-length episodes as well as 38 in-depth companion documentaries, an historical overview, an interactive game and an interactive timeline.

    The 38 historical companion films are original works from the Lucasfilm documentary unit, headed by CBS News veteran David Schneider. The documentaries complement the episodes with insights from scholars, historians and luminaries from a wide range of disciplines, bringing remarkable and fresh insight into The Adventures of Young Indiana Jones. They include interviews with Gen. Colin Powell, Henry Kissinger, Gloria Steinem, Martin Scorsese, Barbara Boxer, James Earl Jones, Hal David and Deepak Chopra, along with some of the world's pre-eminent academics.

The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles - Volume 1 comes to DVD on October 23, 2007, the first of 3 volumes with all 22 "chapters" of the early adventures of the man with the hat. These feature-length editions are based on the 44 episodes of the 1992-96 Emmy-winning television series starring Corey Carrier as Indy when aged between 8 and 10, and Sean Patrick Flanery as Indy when aged 16 through 20. The first volume contains 7 episodes, 38 companion historical documentaries, an Interactive DVD Timeline and other extras specified in the press release: a "Revolution" Interactive Game, and the "Historical Lecture: The Promise of Progress" featurette. The second DVD volume of The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles arrives on December 18th, and the third volume is planned for Spring 2008, in a run-up to the May 22, 2008 box-office debut of the long-awaited fourth Harrison Ford film, Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull.

Look for TVShowsOnDVD's separate stories on Volume 2 and Volume 3 - with lots of details and pictures - to be posted during the next two days. For now, we begin with an in-depth look at the first volume. Quite a bit of the information below, starting underneath the box art, mirrors the Volume 1 press release. However, there is a bit more information we decided to share with you about the contents of this package, including Directors, Writers and some of the Guest Stars. For those of you unfamiliar with the show, be sure to take a look at the pictures at the bottom, taken from chapters contained on the first volume. Young Indy is seen at King Tut's tomb, on safari in Kenya with former President Theodore Roosevelt, and as a teen adventurer riding a horse into action. The show certainly maintained the flavor of the films!

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Contents of The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles - Volume 1:

        While on an archaeological dig in Egypt's Valley of the Kings, Indy uncovers an ancient mummy and a fresh corpse. With the help of T.E. Lawrence - the legendary Lawrence of Arabia - Indy solves an intriguing murder mystery only to find himself thrust right back into danger when he is kidnapped by slave-trading brigands. Dragged on a terrifying journey across the burning sands of North Africa to the slave markets of Marrakech, Indy finds that he must rely on his courage and wits to survive the brutal ordeal.
    • Directors: Jim O'Brien, Michael Schultz
    • Writers: Jonathan Hales, Jule Selbo
    • Companion Historical Documentaries:
      • Archaeology: Unearthing Our Past
      • Howard Carter and the Tomb of Tutankhamun
      • Colonel Lawrence's War: T.E. Lawrence and Arabia
      • From Slavery to Freedom

        The beautiful Masai Mara game reserve in Kenya is the locale as Indy goes on safari with former President Teddy Roosevelt. When he becomes lost in the savage African bush, Indy finds that he must fight for his life against all manner of exotic and dangerous wildlife. Wildlife of another kind awaits him in Paris when he accompanies a young Norman Rockwell on a rollicking tour through the bohemian world of Parisian fine art. Wild parties, wilder women and artistic temperaments are on full display as Pablo Picasso and Edgar Degas clash over their contrasting styles of painting, while painting the town red at a gaudy late-night soiree.
    • Directors: Carl Schultz, RenĂ© Manzor
    • Writers: Matthew Jacobs, Reg Gadney
    • Guest star: Lukas Haas
    • Companion Historical Documentaries:
      • Theodore Roosevelt and the American Century
      • Ecology: Pulse of the Planet
      • American Dreams: Norman Rockwell and the Saturday Evening Post
      • Art Rebellion: The Making of the Modern
      • Edgar Degas: Reluctant Rebel
      • Braque - Picasso: A Collaboration Cubed

        In beautiful Vienna, Indy falls for the lovely young daughter of soon-to-be assassinated Archduke Franz Ferdinand of Austria. But the course of true love does not run smoothly and he must seek advice from two of the founding fathers of psychology, Sigmund Freud and Carl Jung. Romantic complications of another kind turn up in Florence, Italy, when Indy and his mother meet the great opera composer Giacomo Puccini. Dismayed to find his lonely mother succumbing to the sensuous charms of the charismatic Puccini, Indy frantically looks for a way to reunite his parents and rekindle their love before it's too late.
    • Directors: Bille August, Mike Newell
    • Writers: Matthew Jacobs, Jule Selbo
    • Guest Star: Max von Sydow
    • Companion Historical Documentaries:
      • Giacomo Puccini: Music of the Heart
      • It's Opera!
      • The Archduke's Last Journey: End of an Era
      • Powder Keg: Europe 1900 to 1914
      • Sigmund Freud: Exploring the Unconscious
      • Carl Jung and the Journey of Self Discovery
      • Psychology: Charting the Human Mind

        A trip to Russia takes Indy from the opulent palaces of the aristocracy to the fetid villages of the peasant class when he runs away from home after an argument with his parents. Joining up with novelist Leo Tolstoy, the two go on the road, engaging in philosophical discussions and clashing with colorful Gypsies and ferocious Cossacks. Realizing that there's no place like home, Indy rejoins his mom and dad and travels with his father to an isolated Greek monastery perched high on the peak of a mountain. The arduous journey, including a harrowing trip in a tiny cage up a thousand-foot mountainside, brings father and son closer together.
    • Directors: Michael Schultz, Deepa Mehta
    • Writers: Frank Darabont, Matthew Jacobs and Jonathan Hales
    • Companion Historical Documentaries:
      • Seeking Truth: The Life of Leo Tolstoy
      • Unquiet Voices: Russian Writers and the State
      • Aristotle: Creating Foundations
      • Ancient Questions: Philosophy and Our Search for Meaning

        A jaunt through the mystical Far East takes Indy to the Holy City of Benares where he befriends the lonely and isolated young spiritual leader, Jiddu Krishnamurti. Surrounded by supplicants and hangers-on, Krishnamurti struggles to have faith in himself and to fulfill the destiny decreed for him by his worshippers. In the process, he shows Indy just how strong the power of faith can be. Indy's mother also learns a lesson in faith and trust when she must rely on some poor Chinese villagers and their traditional medical techniques to save the life of her son, who lies perilously close to death with typhoid fever.
    • Directors: Deepa Mehta, Gavin Millar
    • Writers: Jonathan Hensleigh, Rosemary Anne Sisson
    • Companion Historical Documentaries:
      • Jiddu Krishnamurti: The Reluctant Messiah
      • Annie Besant: An Unlikely Rebel
      • Medicine in the Middle Kingdom
      • Eastern Spirituality: The Road to Enlightenment

        Indy and his girlfriend Nancy Stratemeyer, whose father created the Nancy Drew mystery series, visit the fascinating laboratory of inventor Thomas Edison. The two must contend with dangerous German spies as they struggle to keep Edison's top secret new invention out of the hands of hostile enemy agents. To keep him from getting into any more trouble, Indy is sent to visit his aunt in New Mexico. While there, he is kidnapped by Pancho Villa and swept up into the Mexican Revolution. Chaotic, free-wheeling border towns, a "Wild Bunch" style train robbery and a colorful barroom encounter with a young George Patton make for thrilling entertainment in this action-packed movie.
    • Directors: Joe Johnston, Carl Schultz
    • Writers: Matthew Jacobs, Jonathan Hales
    • Companion Historical Documentaries:
      • Thomas Alva Edison: Lighting up the World
      • Invention and Innovation: What's Behind a Good Idea?
      • The Mystery of Edward Stratemeyer
      • Wanted: Dead or Alive: Pancho Villa and the American Invasion of Mexico
      • General John J. Pershing and his American Army
      • George S. Patton: American Achilles

        Landing in Ireland right before the Easter Rebellion, Indy mixes romance and revolutionary politics when he falls for a beautiful young colleen whose brother is involved in the Irish resistance movement. Across the waters in England, he encounters a similar problem when his love affair with a strong-willed young woman is derailed by her fervent belief in the women's suffrage movement and her need for independence. Violent street brawls, a terrifying Zeppelin raid and a seriocomic dinner party with Winston Churchill provide plenty of thrills in this exciting, romantic adventure.
      • Directors: Gillies MacKinnon, Carl Schultz
    • Writers: Jonathan Hales, Rosemary Anne Sisson
    • Guest Stars: Elizabeth Hurley, Vanessa Redgrave
    • Companion Historical Documentaries:
      • Easter Rising: The Poets' Rebellion
      • The Passions of William Butler Yeats
      • Sean O'Casey vs. Ireland
      • Ireland: The Power of the Poets
      • Winston Churchill: The Lion's Roar
      • Demanding the Vote: The Pankhursts and British Suffrage
      • Fighting for the Vote: Women's Suffrage in America
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