“Raiders” is the kind of documentary that makes film nerds happy. Watching a couple of boys from Mississippi grow up and continue their Spielbergian remake, we something magical happen. While they don’t become Spielberg, they find the joys of filmmaking. Now, in their adult years…they come back together to finish their loving tribute to Indy. The documentary is supported by interviews from famous Raiders fans and Sallah himself.
Yeah, I know that Sallah has a real name and that’s Gimli Dude from Sliders. But, let’s focus on what matters. Drafthouse Films should be commended for staging a documentary about something that moves beyond fan film. This is a labor of love from a time when things like this just didn’t happen. After all, how is this release any different than famous early films like “Equinox” or “Amblin”? If you have the chance, I recommend picking it up and pairing it with the original film.
It’s not always fair to compare a fan film to the original, but it’s admirable to see where the fans matched up things so perfectly. Plus, they were kids! Such loving documents rarely exist in the film world. Make sure to listen to both commentaries after finishing the film.
- Dual Audio Commentaries
- Deleted Scenes
- 1.78:1 1080p transfer
- DTS-HD 5.1 master audio track