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Creator George Lucas Critically Acclaimed
The Adventures Of Young Indiana Jones Comes to
Its Thrilling Conclusion on DVD April 29

More Than 30 Companion Documentaries Supplement Young Indy's Adventures
With Insights Into the Facts Behind His Globetrotting Exploits

SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. (February 4, 2008) -Excitement and early 20th-century history combine in the action-packed final volume of creator George Lucas' Emmy® Award-winning THE ADVENTURES OF YOUNG INDIANA JONES, coming to DVD April 29.

In a compilation "like no other DVD collection ever released" (Dallas Morning News), THE ADVENTURES OF YOUNG INDIANA JONES: The Years of Change, provides an up-close look at history with the world's favorite action hero as a guide.

Presented on 10 jam-packed discs, THE ADVENTURES OF YOUNG INDIANA JONES: The Years of Change offers more than 25 hours of entertainment, including seven feature-length episodes and more than 30 entirely new documentaries exploring the people, places and events Indy encounters in his travels - from the creation of the Middle East to the Broadway boom, the birth of jazz and even the early days of Hollywood.

"It's great to know that Young Indy is being re-discovered on DVD," Lucas says. "We always hoped the series would show that history isn't just something old and dusty that you find in libraries. History is all around us, and it's exciting because it's always teaching us something about our own world."

In THE ADVENTURES OF YOUNG INDIANA JONES: The Years of Change, Sean Patrick Flanery (Boondock Saints, "The Dead Zone") stars as Indy, alongside such acclaimed actors as Anne Heche ("Men In Trees"), Jane Krakowski ("30 Rock") and Jeffrey Wright (Casino Royale). The 10-disc set is released by Lucasfilm Ltd., CBS Home Entertainment and Paramount Home Entertainment.

"Young Indy shows a different side to Indiana Jones and reminds us of the academic roots behind Indy's affinity for adventure," says series producer Rick McCallum.  "The hero we know as ‘Indiana' is first and foremost Dr. Jones, a man whose love for history and thirst for knowledge started when he was young, proving that learning about the world can lead to incredible things."

The acclaimed documentaries were produced over a four-year period by former CBS News producer David Schneider. "The real stories behind Young Indy's adventures are fascinating and often surprising," Schneider says. "The Years of Change completes George's vision for the Young Indy DVDs as a window into history that will spark curiosity and inspire viewers to learn even more. This set offers everything that Indiana Jones fans love: more action, more excitement, and the unfolding drama of history that truly brings the past to life."

The Adventures of Young Indiana Jones DVD collections have received widespread praise from critics.   "Vivid and imaginative" (Baltimore Sun) with "grand content" (Los Angeles Times), each of the three volumes features an unprecedented amount of special features that includes interviews with scholars, historians and luminaries from a wide range of disciplines.

A critically acclaimed combination of adventure, romance and history, The Adventures of Young Indiana Jones was shot in 35 countries and utilized the talents of the industry's most distinguished actors, directors and writers, earning 12 Emmy Awards and 27 nominations over the course of its run. In addition, The Adventures of Young Indiana Jones was the first television series to use digital production, pioneering processes that would pave the way for Lucas' own Star Wars prequels.

The Young Indiana Jones films also feature the work of some of the industry's biggest names in directing and writing.  Series directors include Bille August (Les Miserables), Mike Newell (Harry Potter And The Goblet Of Fire), David Hare (Strapless, screenplays for The Hours and Damage), Terry Jones (Monty Python and the Holy Grail and The Life of Brian), Deepa Mehta (Water), Joe Johnston (The Rocketeer, Jurassic Park III), Nicolas Roeg (The Man Who Fell To Earth, Don't Look Now), and Michael Schultz (Car Wash, TV's "Everwood").  Writers include Rosemary Anne Sisson
(Upstairs, Downstairs), Frank Darabont (The Shawshank Redemption) and
Jonathan Hensleigh (Die Hard with a Vengeance).

 THE ADVENTURES OF YOUNG INDIANA JONES complete three-volume collection contains 22 feature-length movies and 94 documentaries, interactive games developed by River Deep, an interactive timeline produced by Terra Incognita Productions and an historical overview by noted author and University of Texas history professor H.W. Brands.



The third of three comprehensive collections, THE ADVENTURES OF YOUNG INDIANA JONES: The Years Of Change is a 10-disc set presented in full screen with Dolby Digital English Stereo and English subtitles.  The DVD is Not Rated in the U.S. and rated PG in Canada.

The DVD disc breakdown is as follows:

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 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.

Companion Historical Documentaries:

  • Unhealed Wounds: The Life of Ernest Hemingway
  • The French Foreign Legion: The World's Most Legendary Fighting Force
  • The Secret Life of Edith Wharton
  • Lowell Thomas: American Storyteller

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.

Companion Historical Documentaries:

  • For the People, Despite the People: The Atatürk Revolution
  • The Greedy Heart of Halide Edib
  • The Ottoman Empire: A World of Difference
  • Dracula: Fact and Fiction

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!"-send 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 and makes a life-altering decision.

Companion Historical Documentaries:

  • Bronislaw Malinowski: God Professor
  • Anthropology: Looking at the Human Condition
  • New Guinea: Paradise in Peril

Disc Four:

  • The Winds of Change

Working as a translator in Paris brings Indy in contact with T.E. Lawrence, Prince Faisal of Arabia and Ho Chi Minh. 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.

Disc Five:

Companion Historical Documentaries:

  • The Best Intentions: The Paris Peace Conference and the Treaty of Versailles
  • Woodrow Wilson: American Idealist
  • Gertrude Bell: Iraq's Uncrowned Queen
  • Ho Chi Minh: The Price of Freedom
  • Paul Robeson: Scandalize My Name
  • Robert Goddard: Mr. Rocket Science

Disc Six:

  • Mystery of the Blues

Going to college and working in a seedy speakeasy brings Indy into contact with jazz great Sidney Bechet, who teaches him how to play the blues. Unfortunately, he also crosses paths with up-and-coming thug Al Capone and it's only with the assistance of his dorm roommate, future Untouchable Eliot Ness, that Indy is able to solve a vicious murder and prevent himself from ending up in a pair of cement overshoes.

Disc Seven:

Companion Historical Documentaries:                                               

  • Jazz: Rhythms of Freedom
  • Al "Scarface" Capone: The Original Gangster
  • Prohibition: America on the Rocks
  • On the Trail of Eliot Ness
  • Louis Armstrong: Ambassador of Jazz
  • Ben Hecht: The Shakespeare of Hollywood
  • Hellfighters: Harlem's Heroes of World War I

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 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. The film includes wonderful production numbers and a marvelous musical score.

Companion Historical Documentaries:

  • Tin Pan Alley: Soundtrack of America
  • Wonderful Nonsense: The Algonquin Round Table
  • Broadway: America Center Stage

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

Companion Historical Documentaries:             

  • Erich von Stroheim: The Profligate Genius
  • The Rise of the Moguls: The Men Who Built Hollywood
  • Irving Thalberg: Hollywood's Boy Wonder
  • The World of John Ford

Disc Ten (Interactive Disc):

Special Features:                  

  • Extensive Interactive Timeline that details the history and locations of Indy's adventures and previews footage of the companion documentaries.
  • Historical Lecture: New Gods for Old
  • "Hunting for Treasure" Interactive Game

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Leslie Ryan