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Raiders!: The Story Of The Greatest Fan Film Ever Made (2015/Drafthouse Blu-ray w/DVD)

Picture: B/B- Sound: B/B- Extras: B Film: B

Drafthouse Films presents Raiders!: The Story of the Greatest Fan Film Ever Made (2015), a fun documentary that chronicles the exploits of a group of eleven year olds in Mississippi who decided to make a 'shot-for-shot' remake of Steven Spielberg's adventure classic film Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981). Beginning the filming at age eleven and working on the project over the seven year period of their adolescence to teen-hood, they managed to shoot every scene in the film except for one - the infamous fist fight scene that takes place between Indy and a Nazi next to the Nazi plane. Now all adults, the friends reunite and decide to raise the funding necessary to complete their film to close the chapter in their lives. This documentary film is produced and directed by Tim Skousen and Jeremy Coon.

The documentary shines in showing the love of the art of filmmaking and the bold determination these boys had in creating this project. All of them plagued with their parents getting divorces and other home problems, these young filmmakers used their Raiders project as a sense of escapism. For anyone who has made a low budget/no budget film, this is a fun and relatable documentary that serves as a love letter to Raiders of the Lost Ark and not a film intended to make any sort of profit.

Presented in 1080p high definition with a widescreen aspect ratio of 1.78:1 and a nice sounding Dolby Digital 5.1 track, the film looks and sounds fine on Blu-ray disc. While the interviews are all in 1080p and look sharp and crisp, many of the clips from the original fan film are in 1.33:1 are of varying quality. Also included is a DVD edition that is presented in standard definition with a anamorphic 1.78:1 and a lossy Dolby Digital 5.1 track.

Special Features include...

16 page booklet with original storyboards from the fan film

Audio Commentary

Deleted Scenes

Outtakes from the Raiders Adaptation

Q and A from the 2003 premiere of the adaptation at Alamo Drafthouse

Reversible Cover


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A fun film that is a good watch for filmmakers or fans of Indiana Jones, check it out in all its fanboy glory.

- James Lockhart



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