Throwback Trailer Thursday: Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom

Welcome to “Trailer Tuesday” where I talk about trailers for upcoming movies.

In my quest to post a trailer every day for a week, in order to make up for some slow updates as of late, I’m going to take a slight detour today and post an old trailer instead of a new one.  You see, today is my 30th birthday, and among many other things that means that it’s been 30 years since I was first exposed to Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom.  My mother was watching the film when it caused her to go into labor with me, so I’ve got a pretty strong personal connection to the film.  I thought it’d be fun to take a look back at how that 1984 film was marketed in the theater, so take a peak at this vintage trailer and read on for my thoughts:

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Analysis: Jurassic Park, Our Generation’s Star Wars

Before our recent IMAX 3D viewing of Oz the Great and Powerful we were treated to a preview for the 3D re-release of Jurassic Park on April 5th (coincidentally, exactly 50 years before First Contact between humans and Vulcans, according to Star Trek).  This preview was in the form of a 3 or 4 minute clip, slightly edited to make it “suitable for all audiences”, from the T. rex attack on the tour vehicles.  Despite the volume being at levels that could do permanent hearing damage, my biggest recurring complaint about our local IMAX screen, and my general negative feelings about 2D-3D converted films, as opposed to movies filmed with 3D cameras, the scene was still absolutely captivating.  And while I wish they would just re-release Jurassic Park in 2D IMAX like they did with Raiders of the Lost Ark, and even considering that I saw Jurassic Park on the big screen at our local 1920s Fox Theatre, I’m still now officially excited for April 5th.

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