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Stoo 05-07-2015 10:24 AM

Raiders! - The Story of the Greatest Fan Film Ever Made
The documentary is finally out and is starting to make the rounds at film festivals in the U.S. and Canada. Since mid-March, it has been shown in Austin, Dallas, Chicago and Toronto. Having not heard anything about its release, it came as quite a surprise to read an article about it in a Canadian newspaper a few days ago.

Reviews that I've read have been mixed, mainly for unevenness & editing, but I still cannot wait for the chance to watch this crazy & fascinating tale. (Although vital to the story, one thing I'm NOT looking forward to is seeing more than 5 seconds of that disgusting, fat slob with the unruly red hair & beard.)

Congratulations to Chris Strompolos, Eric Zala, Jayson Lamb and Angela Rodriguez.:hat: Next step is a "Hollywood" version with actors playing you as tweens!:D

Anyone lucky enough to catch it yet? Please post reviews or upcoming screenings.

Dig the poster design. Reminds me of those 3 Indy mosaic graphics by Maxime Pecourt.

Mods: Since the documentary has the same title as the book, feel free to merge this with the other thread, if you want: Raiders Adaptation Book Release

indytim 07-31-2015 11:32 AM

The Den of Geek! website have posted a review of the documentary here ...

Stoo 05-11-2016 05:31 PM

New Poster
How do you spell, A-M-A-Z-I-N-G?

Like this:

Tohtally Indy 05-13-2016 08:46 AM

Love the new poster! Looking forward to seeing the touring show if it gets somewhat close to my area.

Moedred 06-01-2016 04:22 PM

100% on Rotten Tomatoes, and now streaming on Netflix.

Moedred 06-06-2016 03:54 PM

This looks like a video Stoo would make...

BiffMan 06-11-2016 12:55 AM

Just saw this at the Alamo Drafthouse tonight with Chris and Eric (as well as Tim League) in attendance with an awesome Q&A between the Raiders! and Adaptation screenings.

This was the first time I'd seen the 2015 cut of the Adaptation with the plane scene integrated. Chill-inducing and fits surprisingly well with the original footage. If anything it just enhances the craft and intent of the original that much more by showing just how close they can get when given the time and resources.

Just wonderful and I highly recommend catching it for the shared experience of seeing it in a crowd if it shows in a theater near you.

Forbidden Eye 06-15-2016 03:13 PM

I saw this at The Cinefamily event in DownTown Los Angeles Sunday with Chris and Eric there.

I've long read about this Adaptation(thanks to this website ;) ) and seen some clips of YouTube, but this was the first time I had ever watched this from beginning to end. It was definitely a riot, as someone who also spent my time making crappy student movies when I was that age(that I said, I never put as much dedication to any particular project as they did). The new scene with the airplane propeller was actually quite impressive(camcorders have come a long way in our HD world).

The documentary was great, as it was a very fun story of fan obsession. Some people could make fun of the lack of originality in Hollywood due to the fact that bio-pic is in the process of development, but watching this documentary it was clear a very entertaining bio-pic could easily be made as their story was a perfect balance of comedy and drama; the story would tackle all of the aspects of human drama from crime and police interaction to parental divorce to friendship betrayal. And the fact that all of this hard work went into something that was a shot-for-shot remake of a classic would certainly make for a hilarious feature in the vein of say Ed Wood. It was nice to see they managed to interview John Rhys-Davis.

Even chatted a little bit with both Chris and Eric before heading out. Fun night.

Moedred 06-18-2016 12:12 PM
One of probably many interviews out there...

Moedred 09-16-2016 04:57 PM


Originally Posted by Moedred
100% on Rotten Tomatoes, and now streaming on Netflix.

Slipped to 89%. If it wasn't before, it is now, in your region, maybe...?

MaxisIndy 09-20-2016 09:19 AM

Whip It!
Whip It Good!

Moedred 05-03-2017 06:22 PM

I finally had a chance to watch this, and it's excellent. The outtakes from the 1980s are just as interesting as the adaptation, so this was the right approach. Releasing a documentary is often the right step towards a dramatization (Jack Abramoff and Harvey Milk features come to mind), if that's still in the cards. There were three and a half decades to work with (Clint Eastwood just made a feature about 3.5 minutes!) and it's moves fast like an adventure film should. This means it was trimmed for speed, and 30 minutes of deleted scenes are on the Blu Ray, for a total of 90 minutes of bonus features. Also it avoids a pet peeve of mine, cropping aspect ratios so everything fits current televisions.

The few dissenters question the pursuit of something unoriginal, someone else's intellectual property. They would call into question any fan creation. I think this is misguided because, that's how you learn. I once worked at a camp in Europe where it seemed everyone could play guitar, and the song book was stuffed with American hits, but I couldn't play a chord, partly because of the expectation to got good enough to create your own thing. It's better to participate in the enjoyment with no timetable in mind. Satire is an outlet to have it both ways, and that can get you noticed professionally.

Moedred 05-05-2017 05:13 PM

The place to buy the DVD/Blu combo by the way is not Amazon, but here from Drafthouse Films, for $15.99.

Maybe pick up something weird on the way to checkout.

Stoo 03-11-2018 07:12 PM

Finally saw the documentary on Netflix and enjoyed it very much. A certain amount of tension was created over Eric's negotiations for more time off work in order to get the Flying Wing scene done. Plenty of interviews and outtake footage made it even more engaging. Interesting to see Jayson's cynicism about the project and quite shocking to hear about Chris' period of hard drug use.

I still marvel at Jayson's solution for the Ark ghosts (which was so impressive for someone of such a young age) and love the story about the 'older' teen who was asked by the parents to supervise the fire scenes. He sat around drinking beers and convinced the kids to use even MORE lighter fluid! :eek:

Didn't realize that it was co-directed by Jeremy Coon, the producer & editor for "Napoleon Dynamite".

Now to buy the DVD. It's a worthy companion piece to anyone's Indiana Jones collection.

Moedred 04-30-2018 06:22 PM

Drafthouse actually has some hefty shipping and handling fees. Meanwhile itís about as cheap as itís going to get on Amazon.

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