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Title:   Raiders of the Lost Ark: The Adaptation
Director:   Eric Zala
Year:   1989
Genre:   Adventure
Times Seen:   1
Last Seen:   07.29.06

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Notes History
Date Viewed Venue Note
07.29.06Alamo Downtown A bunch of kids got together and remade Raiders pretty much shot-for-shot over a period of seven summers. It's kind of an interesting history of how this film, err.. video, came into the public eye (the gist is that Eli Roth brought it to a BNAT and played some of it, which motivated the Alamo to get the kids out to show the film here which in turn led the kids to show it around different places... all the proceeds going to charities or whatnot so they don't get sued by Spielberg and Paramount). It pretty much is exactly what it sounds like: a shot-on-video version of Raiders with kids in all the roles and coastal Mississippi settings. It's kind of cool to see - the crowd was pretty warm toward it - but now that I've seen it I can kind of seal this experience off. It reminded me a bit too much of the horrible stuff I did when I was a kid with the VHS camcorder and my buddies (thankfully all of that stuff is lost to the ages)... and it ends up just making me want to see the real version. Still though, I think it's pretty cool that the kids actually spent all that time and finished it... talk about determination. Also, there was some awesomely dumb-idea bits in the movie like fires breaking out in a basement, setting kids on fire, and a hilarious anecdote related during the Q&A where they tried to make a plaster mold of one of the kids' face to pretty horrendous results. I had a pretty good time, really glad I saw it... but you know, I'm not craving to get my own copy or anything like that.

My favorite parts of the movie were anything dealing with the monkey in the original film. Of course these kids in Mississippi didn't have any monkies at their disposal so they used this little sleepy puppy instead. It'd be fine except they still put this puppy wherever the monkey was originally... so you end up with the 16 year-old Indy walking around with a puppy on his shoulder, manhandling and carrying it like it was still a monkey. That, and the puppy's eyepatched assassin owner tooling around in a HUFFY bike, tickled my fancy the most.
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