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6 Degrees Entertainment

'The Adventures of Young Indiana Jones, Volume 3'
(Sean Patrick Flanery, et al / 10-Disc DVD / PG-13 / (1992) 2008 / Paramount)

Overview: The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles was based on the Indiana Jones series of films. The series follows the Indiana Jones character (as a young boy and as a young man) as he was growing up and experiencing his early adventures where he gets into trouble learns life lessons and encounters various historical figures along the way.

DVD Verdict: The young Indiana Jones’ adventures continues and concludes with this final set that covers the years 1917 to 1920. Indy has adventures and bumps into some famous faces along the way. We even get to see Harrison Ford put on the fedora in this final round! By this time Indiana Jones was played exclusively by Sean Patrick Flannery and gone were the flashbacks to the much younger Indy. This final volume concludes the adventures, but we do get to see the elder Jones (Harrison Ford) and that episode is the only one that is more akin to what aired on television when the series first aired.

Disc One: Tales of Innocence - In Italy, Indy's espionage work takes him behind enemy lines where he embarks on an important propaganda assignment that he hopes will bring a swift end to the war. Along the way, he engages in a comic rivalry with Ernest Hemingway (Jay Underwood) over the affections of a beautiful Italian girl.

After being wounded in action, Indy is transferred to North Africa where he joins the French Foreign Legion. While trying to uncover the identity of a traitor in his own ranks, Indy battles hostile Berber tribesmen and engages in an innocent flirtation with author Edith Wharton (Clare Higgins).

Disc Two: Masks of Evil - A top-secret mission for French Intelligence brings Indy to Istanbul during the First World War. Exploring the city's dark and dangerous streets, he is thrust into a web of betrayal and murder when he discovers a vile plot to assassinate French espionage agents.

Evil of a more enduring kind awaits him in Transylvania where he engages in mortal combat with bloodthirsty Vlad the Impaler and his horrific army of the living dead. With his very life at stake, Indy must garner all his strength and wits in order to defeat the fiend and save mankind.

Disc Three: Treasure of the Peacock's Eye - The war in Europe ends but a new adventure begins for Indy when a mysterious man's dying words--"The eye of the peacock!"--sends him on a thrilling treasure hunt for one of Alexander the Great's most treasured possessions.

Pursued by a dangerous one-eyed man, Indy follows the trail of the diamond from London to Alexandria to the South Seas where he has a run-in with a murderous band of Chinese pirates. The shipboard battle that ensues is a spectacular display of swords, guns and flying fists.

Marooned by the pirates on a remote desert island, Indy is captured by savage headhunters, but before they can turn him into a shrunken head and cannibal stew, he is rescued by anthropologist Bronislaw Malinowski (Tom Courtenay) and makes a life-altering decision.

Disc Four: The Winds of Change - Working as a translator in Paris brings Indy in contact with T.E. Lawrence (Douglas Henshall), Prince Faisal of Arabia (Anthony Zaki) and Ho Chi Minh (Alec Mapa). The brutality of realpolitik devastates the idealistic young Indy, and he returns home only to discover the ugly face of bigotry as encountered by his boyhood friend, Paul Robeson (Kevin Jackson).

Disc Six: Mystery of the Blues - Going to college and working in a seedy speakeasy brings Indy into contact with jazz great Sidney Bechet (Jeffrey Wright), who teaches him how to play the blues.

Unfortunately, he also crosses paths with up-and-coming thug Al Capone (Nicholas Turturro) and it's only with the assistance of his dorm roommate, future Untouchable Eliot Ness (Frederick Weller), that Indy is able to solve a vicious murder and prevent himself from ending up in a pair of cement overshoes.

Disc Eight: Scandal of 1920 - In New York City, Indy covers a lot of ground as he stage-manages a Broadway musical, parties with 5th Avenue high society, reads poetry with Greenwich Village bohemians and trades barbs with the literary wits of the Algonquin Roundtable. Composer George Gershwin (Tom Beckett) accompanies Indy in his adventures as he attempts to ensure that the show goes on despite temperamental stars, malfunctioning props and the fact that he's dating three very different women at the same time.

Disc Nine: Hollywood Follies - While working for a Hollywood movie studio, Indy finds that he is no match for wily, megalomaniacal director Erich von Stroheim (Dana Gladstone) when the two lock horns over the ever-increasing budget of Stroheim's film Foolish Wives. Though battered by the film industry, Indy decides to give it one more chance and goes on a location shoot with legendary director John Ford (Stephen Caffrey).

Ford and his cronies, including aging gunman Wyatt Earp (Leo Gordon), help him to see the magic of movies and moviemaking, and when an actor is accidentally killed, Indy pitches in to save the film.

And so just in time for the return of Indy to the big screen, we conclude the adventures of his youth in this final volume. The show is a fun time capsule and this set has a grand amount of historical documentaries that educate as well as entertain. This is a Full Screen Presentation (1.33:1) enhanced for 16x9 TVs and comes with the Special Feature of:

Unhealed Wounds: The Life of Ernest Hemingway (34 minutes)
The French Foreign Legion: The World's Most Legendary Fighting Force (28 minutes)
The Secret Life of Edith Wharton (30 minutes)
Lowell Thomas: American Storyteller (29 minutes)
For the People, Despite the People: The Ataturk Revolution (30 minutes)
The Greedy Heart of Halide Edib (28 minutes)
The Ottoman Empire: A World of Difference (33 minutes)
Dracula: Fact and Fiction (24 minutes)
Bronislaw Malinowski: God Professor (29 minutes)
Anthropology: Looking at the Human Condition (23 minutes)
New Guinea: Paradise in Peril (25 minutes)
The Best Intentions: The Paris Peace Conference and the Treaty of Versailles (33 minutes)
Woodrow Wilson: American Idealist (28 minutes)
Gertrude Bell: Iraq's Uncrowned Queen (33 minutes)
Ho Chi Minh: The Price of Freedom (31 minutes)
Paul Robeson: Scandalize My Name (32 minutes)
Robert Goddard: Mr. Rocket Science (31 minutes)
Jazz: Rhythms of Freedom (31 minutes)
Al "Scarface" Capone: The Original Gangster (27 minutes)
Prohibition: America on the Rocks (32 minutes)
On the Trail of Eliot Ness (29 minutes)
Louis Armstrong: Ambassador of Jazz (31 minutes)
Ben Hecht: The Shakespeare of Hollywood (31 minutes)
Hellfighters: Harlem's Heroes of World War I (29 minutes)
Tin Pan Alley: Soundtrack of America (31 minutes)
Wonderful Nonsense: The Algonquin Round Table (26 minutes)
Broadway: America Center Stage (30 minutes)
Erich von Stroheim: The Profligate Genius (32 minutes)
The Rise of the Moguls: The Men Who Built Hollywood (25 minutes)
Irving Thalberg: Hollywood's Boy Wonder (32 minutes)
The World of John Ford (33 minutes)
A 64-minute Historical Lecture entitled 'New Gods for Old' by Professor H.W. Brands (of the University of Texas at Austin)
DVD-ROM features include an interactive timeline and a “hunting for treasure” game.