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Old 02-26-2010, 02:55 PM   #1
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Raiders of the Lost Archives: A Shot-by-Shot Comparison

Here’s an entirely different way to watch the first 13 minutes of “Raiders of the Lost Ark”, the opening sequence which blew me away in 1981 and continues to do the same today. Behold a shot-by-shot comparison of “Raiders” vs. an assortment of various adventure flicks. This took me 2 DECADES to assemble but it’s finally finished! A labour of love...

30 films were used. Who can name them all? Since the shots of the Paramount logo would be impossible to determine, I’ll begin by saying that they are Rudyard Kipling’s, “The Light That Failed” and the great, “Secret of the Incas”. (So there’s 2 out of 30 for ya.)

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Some sequences from the other Indy movies are possible to duplicate using old clips and I plan on doing some more in the future. In this one, there are a few, tiny glitches here & there but I grew tired of tinkering and let them be...Enjoy (and be sure to watch it fullscreen)!
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Old 02-26-2010, 03:17 PM   #2
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Wow, Stoo, that was one really cool movie!
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Old 02-26-2010, 03:29 PM   #3
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Stoo! Absolutely incredible.

I can see it truly was a labor of love.

My favorite clips are those where the dialogue seems to match up.

Amazing work. Thanks so much for sharing this!

Spielberg and Lucas would certainly enjoy it. I hope they get a chance to see it. It captures exactly what they wanted to capture.
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Old 02-26-2010, 04:05 PM   #4
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very good indeed!!! "now we can see the magic of the film you bring back to us!"
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Old 02-26-2010, 06:53 PM   #5
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Pretty amazing! I can't imagine the work that went into it! The part with Belloq is GOLD!
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Old 02-26-2010, 06:54 PM   #6
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Wow, this is REMARKABLE.

Please list the movies! I'd like to see some of these jungle adventure films from days gone by.
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Old 02-26-2010, 09:35 PM   #7
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Wonderful. Absolutley wonderful. I've got treasure of the incas as one of the films used. But I can't even guess the others
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Old 02-27-2010, 01:45 AM   #8
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Brilliant!
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Old 02-27-2010, 04:56 AM   #9
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Tremendous Stoo!!!

Stoo,
I thought it was amazing. What a really wonderful 13 minutes of pure nostalgic entertainment. Its safe to say that Charlton Heston is the real precursor to Indiana Jones, with great clips from SECRET OF THE INCAS and THE NAKED JUNGLE. I looked and looked for John Wayne .... and thought I may have glimpsed him as one of the pilots towards the end ... but I may be wrong.
It was well worth the wait Stoo, a tremendous acheivement. Thanks for posting it.
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Old 02-27-2010, 10:46 PM   #10
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Wow Stoo! You really went all out! I loved it!
Kind of reminds me of these videos.

"Premakes" Raiders of the Lost Ark (1951)... A frame by frame breakdown


"Premakes" Raiders of the Lost Ark (1951)

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Old 02-28-2010, 05:03 PM   #11
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Really great job.

I really enjoyed watching it.

It was a bit freaky how some were almost identical....

Worth watching over again to see what I missed It really draws you to watch side to side as the original is so great but the clips you found are so interesting.

Ver well done.

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Old 03-01-2010, 08:48 AM   #12
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Wow, Stoo!

Even though I shouldn't be surprised at how good the "compilation" is (seeing as you did it), it still amazed me.

I can see how that took years to accomplish. But the end result is great and really payed off.

Now I want to go home and watch some of the old adventure movies on my shelf!
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Old 03-02-2010, 06:36 PM   #13
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Thanks so much to everyone for all your comments. They are much appreciated. Glad you enjoyed it!

@Montana: Glad you like it, Matt.

@goodeknight: Thanks for your kind words. Yes, I would love it if George or Stevie ended up having a glimpse.

@indyclone: Thanks, Mark. I know what you mean about "the magic" in Raiders.

@Indy’s brother: Thanks, bro'. The Belloq part could have been better but I was tired of working on it and needed to clear some space on my computer. I’m still not enitrely happy with the final thing...maybe I'll do a re-dux for the 2-part YouTube version!

@Lance: I will eventually post all the titles but would like to have a little contest*** first! Thanks, all the same, Lance.

@lao che & sons: Hi, Lao. Thanks but it's “SECRET of the Incas” not “TREASURE”!

@Inexorable Tash: My man, Tash! Thanks a lot, bud.

@Annie: Glad you liked it, Annie. Yes, the thread about those videos was the main impetus to finish mine. Chuck Heston is Indiana Jones

@Dr Bones: There are numerous identical shots which remain untouched but, to be honest, there are many which have been flipped, cropped, darkened, slowed down, de-colourized or run backwards for a better match. (I cheated a little bit.) Glad you enjoyed it enough to watch it again.

@Ska: Was hoping you’d see this thread, Ska. If there’s anyone out there who can figure out what the films are, it should be you! Appreciate your compliments. As you well know, collecting the films takes many years. I started pulling stuff together on the computer in August 2007 so had been editing it on & off in my spare time for 2 ½ years. On deck...the TRUCK CHASE!

...and finally to Mr. Secret of the Incas, himself, James of http://www.secretoftheincas.co.uk/
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I thought it was amazing. What a really wonderful 13 minutes of pure nostalgic entertainment. Its safe to say that Charlton Heston is the real precursor to Indiana Jones, with great clips from SECRET OF THE INCAS and THE NAKED JUNGLE. I looked and looked for John Wayne .... and thought I may have glimpsed him as one of the pilots towards the end ... but I may be wrong.
It was well worth the wait Stoo, a tremendous acheivement. Thanks for posting it.
Thanks for your kind words, my friend. It would be my honour to have a link to it through your equally amazing website. Or I could send you the original file.

My collection of early Indy-type films started in the ‘80s but it wasn’t until the early ‘90s, after recording “Incas” on TV, that I realized a shot-by-shot retelling would actually be possible. I had made really, crude versions on VHS but in the digital age of non-linear editing, it was possible to finally bring my plan to fruition. Anyway, I really appreciate the fact you felt it was a 'tremendous achievment'. Thank you very much.

Re: John Wayne…DING DING! You found him! Good eye, James! He is also in 2 other scenes which I forgot about. The Duke can be briefly seen running from the boulder at 9:45 and leaving the mouth of the cave at 9:52.

***A prize of 100 Swiss Francs (roughly $100) to whoever can name all the films!
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Old 03-02-2010, 07:13 PM   #14
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Just FANTASTIC!!!
Thanks for sharing!
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Old 03-13-2010, 04:19 PM   #15
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On deck...the TRUCK CHASE!
Finally got to view it. Amazing! You have to have had an eye for those shots all these decades. I don't know how you managed every last one.
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Old 03-13-2010, 07:07 PM   #16
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That was great. I loved how the dialogue from Raiders almost fitted the mouth movements of the comparison shots. Just brilliant. It goes to show plagiarism is only a legal term. In art it's necessary.
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Old 03-15-2010, 04:59 PM   #17
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Just FANTASTIC!!!
Thanks for sharing!
Thanks for coming out of lurkdom to say that! Cool username, by the way.
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That was great. I loved how the dialogue from Raiders almost fitted the mouth movements of the comparison shots. Just brilliant. It goes to show plagiarism is only a legal term. In art it's necessary.
Thanks, Mickiana. Glad you enjoyed it. I may just actually work on improving the lip-sync.
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Finally got to view it. Amazing! You have to have had an eye for those shots all these decades. I don't know how you managed every last one.
Very pleased to hear from you, Moedred. Call me crazy but I sketched out every frame (+250) and also did the same for the truck chase. Took me a looooong time...






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Old 03-15-2010, 10:48 PM   #18
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That is an INCREDIBLE work. Congrats!
Do I detect more than a couple of shots from 33's King Kong?
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Old 03-16-2010, 04:59 PM   #19
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Grazie, Yure! I've been to Italy 6 times but have never visited Naples. Been close, though...POMPEI!

Glad you liked it and you are indeed correct. Shots from "King Kong" were included. I had other options for some of the clips used in the jungle run but the "Kong" stuff was far superior since it's one of the greatest adventure movies ever made. Here's the breakdown:

00:45-00:49 men walking away from camera into jungle
00:52-00:53 Robert Armstrong walking away from camera into fog
01:20-01:22 long, side shot of men trekking through jungle
02:10-02:11 men approching riverbank
08:39-08:42 "Throw me the idol!" Bruce Cabot
08:43-08:44 "No time to argue!" Bruce Cabot (CROPPED)
08:56-08:58 Bruce Cabot climbing up chasm cliff
09:16-09:17 Bruce Cabot climbing over chasm edge (FLIPPED/MIRRORED)
11:23-11:26 2 shots of Bruce Cabot running through jungle (1st dissolves from a thicket of bamboo in another film.)
11:52-11:54 Robert Armstrong running away from camera into jungle

Thanks to Yure, that's the 4th title out of 30 (I think it's actually 32). C'mon guys & gals, can you pick out the flicks?
"The Light That Failed" (1939)
"Secret of the Incas" (1954)
"The Naked Jungle" (1954)
"King Kong" (1933)
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Old 03-25-2010, 01:26 PM   #20
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"...and finally to Mr. Secret of the Incas, himself, James of http://www.secretoftheincas.co.uk/
Thanks for your kind words, my friend. It would be my honour to have a link to it through your equally amazing website. Or I could send you the original file.

My collection of early Indy-type films started in the ‘80s but it wasn’t until the early ‘90s, after recording “Incas” on TV, that I realized a shot-by-shot retelling would actually be possible. I had made really, crude versions on VHS but in the digital age of non-linear editing, it was possible to finally bring my plan to fruition. Anyway, I really appreciate the fact you felt it was a 'tremendous achievment'. Thank you very much.

Re: John Wayne…DING DING! You found him! Good eye, James! He is also in 2 other scenes which I forgot about. The Duke can be briefly seen running from the boulder at 9:45 and leaving the mouth of the cave at 9:52."

Hi Stoo
I would be honoured to link your great work to my site ... if I only could!!
Unfortunately, after the computer crashed, everything has been lost, and the site will be rebuilt from scratch in a month or so. As soon as the new site is up and running, the first thing that goes on the links page will be your little masterpiece. A colleague from work is rebuilding the site, and he has told me that you can reach him at -

phish451@hotmail.com

for the original file.

ps. The John Wayne clip is from THE THREE MUSKETEERS serial, isn't it, Stoo?
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Old 03-29-2010, 02:39 PM   #21
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Oh, no. James! First your "Incas" spoof went belly-up and now your computer. That is terrible news! Good luck getting your excellent site back on-line. In case you don't already have one, I highly suggest investing in an external hard drive for backups - it's a life saver!
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ps. The John Wayne clip is from THE THREE MUSKETEERS serial, isn't it, Stoo?
CORRECT. James, I'm extremely impressed! Have you seen that one? How did you figure it out? For anyone who doesn't know, this version of "The Three Musketeers" is about 3 men in the French Foreign Legion and John Wayne plays an American pilot. Great serial and it's NOT from Republic, folks!

So that's 5 titles out of 30. Keep it goin'...

"The Light That Failed" (1939)
"Secret of the Incas" (1954)
"The Naked Jungle" (1954)
"King Kong" (1933)
"The Three Musketeers" (1933)

For the YouTube version, a few fixes will probably be made and I'd like people's opinions on this shot. Currently, a Tarzan film represents Indy dropping into the water:



...but I'm considering changing it to use this (but in black & white). What do y'all think?

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Old 03-30-2010, 04:48 AM   #22
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More Indy spoof titles, Soo!

Hi Stoo
Yes, I own THE THREE MUSKETEERS John Wayne serial. I have almost every Duke Wayne movie ever made on dvd.

Here are a few more additions to the list of your 13 minute jungle masterpiece:

Cary Grant in GUNGHA DIN
Carl de Vogt in DIE SPINNEN
George Montgomery and David Farrar in WATUSI
Rod Taylor in TRADER HORN
Johnny Weismuller in TARZAN AND THE AMAZON QUEENS
Stewart Granger in KING SOLOMONS MINES
Spencer Tracy in STANLEY AND LIVINGSTONE

and lastly, a pure guess here, was the spider on the bed clipped FROM RUSSIA WITH LOVE?
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Old 03-30-2010, 04:18 PM   #23
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Nice going, James! You nailed some of the main ones and out of your 8, six are correct!

I didn't know that "The Three Musketeers" is available on DVD. This was raided for a few more clips without The Duke.

03:28 - Villain in white fedora representing Barranca after Indy whips the gun out of his hand
08:29 - Heroine running through cave tunnel representing Indy running across the booby-trapped floor
09:45 - John Wayne running through cave tunnel representing part of the boulder chase
09:52 - John Wayne (or a stunt double) leaping the mouth of the cave.
09:53 - The clips of the man rolling down the hill are from the same film but I can't remember if it's The Duke's character or not.
10:56 - Villain in white fedora representing Indy escaping while the Hovitos are distracted by Belloq's presentation of the idol.
12:33 - The ending sequence in the plane (minus the clip of the snake & the sunset)

Cary Grant from "Gunga Din" was used just for that one shot of the jump over the bottomless pit so nice spot, James!

Carl de Vogt from "Die Spinnen/Spiders", Stewart Granger and Rod Taylor are all major players. You've just identified LARGE chunks of the spoof. Again, I'm very impressed. George Montgomery and David Farrar from "Watusi" are both used in several shots throughout. (Speaking of Rod Taylor, have you ever seen "Dark of the Sun"?)

Spencer Tracy as Henry Morton Stanley. There are also a couple of other shots from "Stanley and Livingstone" (ex. the long shot of the natives running forward over the field). In the pre-internet days, I spent a lot of time and effort to try and obtain a copy of this film because I knew it existed on VHS. To no avail...then one day...it played on the Biography Channel!

Tarzan. There are indeed, 3 Tarzan films but "Tarzan and the Amazons" is not one of them. Good guess on the spider shot but the James Bond scene you're thinking of is from "Dr. No." and no, it's not from that. The spider on the pillow is from the one of the films you've already named, "Watusi".

So...James' expertise brings the total to 11 out of 30.

"The Light That Failed" (1939)
"Secret of the Incas" (1954)
"The Naked Jungle" (1954)
"King Kong" (1933)
"The Three Musketeers" (1933)
"Die Spinnen/Spiders (1919)
"King Solomon's Mines" (1954)
"Watusi" (1959)
"Trader Horn" (1973)
"Stanley and Livingstone" (1939)
"Gunga Din" (1939)

HINT: 2 of the titles James picked out had earlier versions.
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The John Wayne serial THE THREE MUSKETEERS has been available over here in the U.K. for some time now. Its available in three different dvds of the whole serial. I have seen DARK OF THE SUN, and used to own it on video, but I have got rid of them all (about 4,000) because they were taking up too much room. There was was some titles too, and many rare ones, but the wife forced me to get rid of them all - or face the consequences!
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Old 04-09-2010, 12:42 PM   #25
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Three more off the list - hopefully!

Three more titles off the list stoo.
RAIDERS OF GHOST CITY
TRADER HORN (1931) with Harry Carey and Duncan Renaldo playing "Peru"
KING SOLOMONS MINES (1930's version with Cedric Hardwicke).
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