Andrew's Review of Raiders of the Lost Ark
Raiders of the Lost Ark(1981)
"Raiders of the Lost Ark" is a classic and when I heard it was coming to IMAX for a limited time, there was no way I was going to miss it! It's one of Spielberg's most memorable films, and one of the reasons his name is synonymous with Hollywood. It has Hollywood written all over it: big budget summer film, grand sets, spectacular villains, awesome hero, pretty female lead, and epic in adventure. The opening scene has to be one of the most famous in cinema, and from there it doesn't slow down until the end. I have no complaints with the film, however, I felt it wasn't necessary to project it on IMAX. I felt a digitally restored release on the normal screens would have been just fine. IMAX is too big and the image didn't even cover half of it! The opening in particular looked fuzzy and out of focus, which scared me. Thankfully the rest of the film looked just fine. The image is the best it's ever been and the audio was fantastic. I just don't think it justified an IMAX release (and the ticket cost!). All that still can't take away from the joy of the movie though and it was a lot of fun watching it in theaters.