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Have You Seen This?: 'Raiders of the Lost Ark: The Adaptation'

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The DVD of Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull goes on sale today. I can’t say I hated the movie (the first half hour was okay), but that’s mostly because I so flattened my expectations. Sure, it was a gas to see a Dr. Jones with a few more years (and miles) on him — but there was something so soulless and tired in the story and direction. Anyway, this seems as good a time as any to peep a few minutes of Raiders of the Lost Ark: The Adaptation. You might remember reading about this a few years back: three young teenage Raider fans, who in 1982, decided to make a shot-for-shot recreation of the movie — a seven-year endeavor in which they had to make do with local talent, their own modest resources, and plenty of ingenuity and gumption. Check out their story (which has a great ending) and then be (in this order) amused, charmed, and impressed by the vision of three talented (and determined) middle-school students from a small town in Mississippi.

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