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The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles - Early Cover Art And An Exclusive Complete Listing of Episodes & Historical Docs for Volume 2!

Part 2 of a 3-Part Special Report Posting over the Weekend of Sept. 21st-23rd

Posted by David Lambert
    From master storyteller George Lucas, this action-packed Emmy-award® winning TV adventure series follows the youthful travels of Young Indy as he is a witness to history in the making.

    This set also provides standalone documentaries on the real historical figures and events featured in each episode. It's an engaging interactive experience which is both entertaining and educational...and something the whole family can enjoy.

    Filmed in 23 different countries, traveling over 165,000 miles, the cast and crew shot for 152 weeks and the series featured over 1,500 speaking parts and 50,000 extra's. Included in this set are eight feature-length adventures...with feature film production values. It’s also loaded with high caliber, in-depth documentaries produced by renowned 60 Minutes producer David Schneider placing each adventure in true historical context.

    Nearly 15 years after the series debuted on ABC, Young Indy lives again on DVD, accompanied on his journey through history by 94 all-new companion documentaries, professorial lectures, games and an interactive timeline.

    "Fiction is a great way to spark interest in fact, and these collections should provide a fun way to get a glimpse into some really fascinating historical events," said Lucas. "With so much material to enhance the experience, the DVD documentaries really make the package complete."

The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles - Volume 2 comes to DVD on December 18, 2007, the second 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 second volume contains 8 episodes, 26 companion historical documentaries, an Interactive DVD Timeline and other extras not yet revealed. The first DVD volume of The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles arrives on October 23rd, 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 1, already posted, and Volume 3 - with pictures lots of details, including a first picture of the Interactive DVD Timeline - to be posted tomorrow. For now, we continue with an in-depth look at the second volume. That begins below the cover art, seen by most of you for the first time here, and clearly marked as "Artwork Not Final," and therefore subject to change. This artwork has been sent to retailers already, and some of them have decided to make it public, so we are sharing it with our readers, and will bring you finalized art whenever it is ready. Also be sure to take a look at the pictures at the bottom, taken from chapters contained on the second volume. These images are taken from "Daredevils of the Desert," "Espionage Escapades" and "The Phantom Train of Doom" (Chapters 15, 14 and 10, respectively).

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        As a young soldier in the Belgian Army, Indy learns first-hand the savagery of warfare while participating in the Battle of the Somme. Almost succumbing to despair as his life becomes an endless round of artillery barrages, nerve gas attacks and decaying corpses, Indy fears that death will be his only way out. Then he is captured by the Germans and confined to a POW camp where he and fellow prisoner Charles de Gaulle hatch a daring scheme to win their freedom in true "Great Escape" style.
    • Director: Simon Wincer
    • Writer: Jonathan Hensleigh
    • Companion Historical Documentaries:
      • Siegfried Sassoon: A War Poet's Journey
      • Robert Graves and the White Goddess
      • I Am France: The Myth of Charles de Gaulle
      • The Somme: A Storm of Steel

        Indy addresses the moral ambiguities of leadership when confronted with win-at-any-cost military officials who have a callous disregard for the lives of the men they command. The gut-wrenching horror of trench warfare, vividly depicted in harrowing battles scenes, is contrasted when Indy goes on leave in Paris and engages in a torrid affair with infamous spy Mata Hari. She shows him that love, like war, can also be fraught with deception, disillusionment and heartbreak.
    • Directors: René Manzor, Nicolas Roeg
    • Writers: Jonathan Hales, Carrie Fisher
    • Companion Historical Documentaries:
      • Marshal Petain's Fall From Grace
      • Flirting With Danger: The Fantasy of Mata Hari
      • Into the Furnace: The Battle of Verdun
      • Reading the Enemy's Mind: Espionage in World War I

        Indy is ordered to locate and destroy a powerful German artillery gun that is mysteriously able to appear and disappear at will, leaving death and destruction in its wake. Assisting him is a colorful group of soldiers nicknamed "The Old and the Bold" because of their old age and reckless courage. Their mission takes them on a dangerous journey across the German-held veldt via wagon train and hot air balloon. Overcoming all manner of obstacles presented by the enemy, his own side and the harsh African terrain, Indy relentlessly follows the trail of the mega-gun right into the bowels of a secret mountain hideout where he plans an explosive end for the phantom train of doom.
    • Director: Peter MacDonald
    • Writer: Frank Darabont
    • Companion Historical Documentaries:
      • Chasing the Phantom: Paul von Lettow Vorbeck
      • Dreaming of Africa: The Life of Frederick Selous
      • At Home and Abroad: The Two Faces of Jan Smuts

        On a vital military mission for the Allies, Indy comes across a disease-ravaged African village and is able to rescue one small child from certain death. The presence of the child endangers the mission, leaving Indy fighting his conscience, his sense of duty, his own men and the enemy as he battles his way across country. Depressed by the turmoil around him, Indy reaches his lowest point. Hope appears in the presence of Albert Schweitzer, a profoundly inspiring and committed doctor, philosopher and musician. Helping out at Schweitzer's jungle hospital, Indy finds his faith in humanity restored and his outlook on life forever changed.
    • Director: Simon Wincer
    • Writer: Frank Darabont
    • Guest Star: Friedrich von Thun
    • Companion Historical Documentaries:
      • Albert Schweitzer: Reverence for Life
      • Waging Peace: The Rise of Pacifism
      • Congo: A Curse of Riches

        Working with the French Secret Service, Indy joins the legendary Lafayette Escadrille flying unit and embarks on dangerous airborne reconnaissance missions behind enemy lines. A run-in with German Ace Manfred von Richthofen leads to a death-defying dogfight that leaves Indy grounded and hot-in-pursuit of German aircraft designer Anthony Fokker. Undercover in hostile enemy territory, Indy discovers that the Germans possess a remarkable secret weapon that could change the course of the war. He resolves to bring news of it back to the Allies...if he doesn't destroy it first.
    • Director: Ben Burtt
    • Writers: Matthew Jacobs, Rosemary Anne Sisson and Ben Burtt
    • Guest Star: Anthony Daniels
    • Companion Historical Documentaries:
      • Blood Red: The Life and Death of Manfred von Richthofen
      • Anthony Fokker: The Flying Dutchman
      • Flying High for France: The Lafayette Escadrille
      • War in the Third Dimension: Aerial Warfare in World War I

        Indy finds that he must enlist the help of Habsburg royalty when he embarks on a dangerous diplomatic mission through enemy-held Europe into the palace of Emperor Karl of Austria. Endangering his life and the lives of his royal charges, Indy gambles all in a desperate attempt to bring the war more quickly to an end. Then, in chaos-ridden Russia, Indy finds his espionage work once again threatening lives when he infiltrates a group of young Bolsheviks and begins to sympathize with their plight. As the country lurches toward revolution, Indy finds himself torn between loyalty to his friends and his military duty.
    • Directors: Vic Armstrong, Simon Wincer
    • Writers: Frank Darabont, Gavin Scott
    • Guest Star: Christopher Lee
    • Companion Historical Documentaries
      • Karl: The Last Habsburg Emperor
      • V.I. Lenin: History Will Not Forgive Us
      • The Russian Revolution: All Power to the Soviets!

        Going undercover as a dancer for the Ballets Russes in Spain, Indy meets an old friend, the flamboyant Pablo Picasso. Plotting to discredit some German diplomats, Indy engages in a series of comic misadventures with a trio of bumbling spies before being shipped off to Prague on another mission. His assignment is simple: get a telephone installed in his apartment and wait for instructions. But he is thwarted at every turn by apathetic officials, mind-numbing rules and infinite paperwork. Only one man, Franz Kafka, offers him any assistance. This film is a farcical take on the stereotypically suave portrayal of espionage and also pokes fun at the narrowminded evil of bureaucracy, which weaves its ineffectual web into an absurd straightjacket.
    • Directors: Terry Jones, Robert Young
    • Writer: Gavin Scott
    • Guest Star: Timothy Spall
    • Companion Historical Documentaries:
      • Impresario: Sergei Diaghilev and the Ballets Russes
      • Franz Kafka's Dark Truth
      • Ballet: The Art of Dance

        Receiving orders to assist the British in an attack on the ancient Middle Eastern desert town of Beersheba, Indy goes undercover with a beautiful lady spy. Relying on his wits and her tantalizing skills at belly dancing, the daring duo works desperately to defuse the explosives placed in the city's vital water wells by occupying Turks. The story culminates in a spectacular cavalry charge by the gallant soldiers of the Australian Lighthorsemen Regiment whose very survival hinges on the success of Indy's mission.
    • Director: Simon Wincer
    • Writer: Frank Darabont
    • Guest Stars: Daniel Craig, Anthony Daniels and Catherine Zeta-Jones
    • Companion Historical Documentaries:
      • Col. Lawrence's War: T.E. Lawrence and Arabia
      • Lines in the Sand: The Middle East and the Great War
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