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Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom


May 22, 1984

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Oct 20, 2003

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Harrison Ford
Kate Capshaw
Steven Spielberg


Paramount Pictures

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In this second episode of the adventures of Indiana Jones (played by Harrison Ford), director Steven Spielberg, with a script penned by George Lucas, put the suave and sophisticated archeologist into another fast-paced escapade. This time Indy uncovers a cult practicing voodoo and human sacrifice --and gets the roller-coaster ride of a lifetime.

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Why Is Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom Rated PG?

Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom is rated PG

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If you haven’t seen this film since it released in 1984, you may do well to take a peek prior to inviting the family to gather ‘round the big screen. Rated PG prior to the implementation of the MPAA PG-13 rating, it has far more intense violence than what you would typically find in a newer movie with the same rating. Many people are killed in various ways including an impaling with a flaming skewer, a hanging from a ceiling fan, and a man crushed under a huge wheel (blood is shown). During a cult ceremony, a man, has his heart ripped out of his chest while alive (the wound miraculously heals). Other scenes show people, including children, being whipped. Men are thrown off a cliff into a river of crocodiles (we see the animals chomping on something and clothing is floating on the water). A scene has men with machine guns shooting bullets randomly throughout a room of people, some of which are shot (blood shown). Discussions of voodoo religion and demonstrations of a voodoo doll are included, along with the drinking of human blood. Some suggestive sexual remarks are made and an unmarried man and woman exchange sexual banter as they discuss having intimate relations. A naked statue is seen and a characters place their hands on its breasts. Language consists of one moderate scatological expletive, a few mild profanities and terms of deity. Some viewers may feel this movie is somewhat derogatory toward people from the nation of India. As well, the protagonist treats women in a demeaning way on a couple of occasion, including using a whip to wrap around a woman’s waist and pull her toward him. Social drinking is portrayed.

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Canadian Home Video Rating: PG

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Blu-ray Notes: Indian Jones and the Temple of Doom

Release Date: 17 December 2013

Paramount Pictures has announced a Blu-ray release of each of the four movies in the Indian Jones Franchise. Sold individually, these tiles include:

Indian Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark

Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom,

Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade

Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull

Bluu-ray Notes: Indiana Jones: The Complete Adventures

Release Date: September 18, 2012

Paramount is releasing all four of the movies in the franchise about the great cinematic archeologist and packaging them into one 5- disc Blu-ray set called Indiana Jones: The Complete Adventures.

DVD Notes: The Adventures of Indiana Jones

(Raiders of the Lost Ark / The Temple of Doom / The Last Crusade)

Release Date: October 21, 2003

Available in a 4-disc set, The Adventures of Indiana Jones includes all three movies (Raiders of the Lost Ark / The Temple of Doom / The Last Crusade), digitally restored and remastered—so you wont miss any of the gory details. Other bonus materials provided are; a making-of documentary, featurettes about the stunts, sound, music and “lights and magic” of the trilogy, as well as original theatrical trailers. You can also go online with an exclusive weblink for more behind the scenes pictures and promotions. The audio tracks are available in English (Dolby Digital 5.1) Spanish (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround), French (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround), with English, Spanish and French subtitles.

May 13, 2008:In anticipation of the 2008 release of Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, Paramount Home Entertainment is re-releasing to DVD the Indiana Jones series (Raiders of the Lost Ark, Temple of Doom and The Last Crusade)

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