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retro trailer: ‘Raiders of the Lost Ark’

Take a look back at an old trailer…

Interesting… this trailer actually features music from the actual score of the movie. That never happens, at least not in recent years. You’ll often hear music from another movie, an older movie, over a trailer for a different film, because trailers are typically cut today before a movie is even finished (and the score would be one of the last elements to be finalized). So what was the deal here, I wonder…

But this music… this music is the music of my love of movies. This is the movie that made me realize that movies were gonna have to be my life, that I had no choice in the matter. Damn you, Steven Spielberg.

Interesting, too, how little action there is in this trailer. A trailer cut today for this flick would be all action, no philosophy, no talk of God. It would be all Nazis screaming and the Flying Wing exploding and Indy’s bullwhip and Marion yelling, “I was a child, I was in love!” and slapping Indy. There’s a little bit of that here, but not much.

Ah, there’s something I could fill my time with, if I had time: Making new trailers for old movies. You know, This is how Hollywood would try to sell Indy to us today…

Raiders of the Lost Ark is available on DVD in Region 1 and Region 2.

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