George Lucas, creator of the phenomenally successful "Star Wars" saga, as well as the "Indian Jones Trilogy" and "American Graffiti", now enters your living room with the most entertaining history lesson of your life! Lucas, together with the ABC Television Network present The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles.!
The ten years from 1908 to 1918 that are the subject of The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles encompass a fascinating era in politics, art, music and science. The series alternates between episodes where Indy is a ten year old who is accompanying his father on a lecture tour around the world, and a seventeen-year-old Indy who has joined the Belgium army. During his travels Indy fights in the Mexican Revolution with Pancho Villa, is introduced to the wonders of Egypt by T.E. Lawrence and loses his virginity to the infamous Mata Hari; plus along the way meets everyone from Norman Rockwell to Theodore Roosevelt, from George Gershwin to Pablo Picasso, from Puccini to Albert Schweitzer.
George Lucas has always made great use of music in his film productions. He has treated this television project no differently and has seen to it that each episode contains an exceptional musical score and enough music for a full feature film! To compose the vast amounts of music for this project, Lucas selected veteran composer Laurence Rosenthal who has been an active film composer since his scores for the 1962 film The Miracle Worker and A Raisin in the Sun. The prestigious assignment of assisting with the daunting task of composing hour upon hour of original music fell to newcomer Joel McNeely. McNeely has a firm command of a symphony orchestra and early reviews have the young composer being favourably compared to none other than John Williams.
This disc begins what will be a continuing series of compact discs on Varese Sarabande featuring music from this production. Each episode's score is distinctly unique from the others with individual ethnic influences. This first disc contains music from the following four episodes and is over 75 minutes long!
1. VERDUN, 1916
While serving as a courier for the French and Belgians, 16-year-old Indy experiences first-hand the horror of trench warfare during the Battle of Verdun and must make a personal moral decision that could result in sending thousands of men to a senseless death.
2. PEKING, 1910
While visiting the Great Wall with his mother and tutor, ten-year-old Indy falls deathly ill. They are forced to seek shelter with a peasant family isolated in the countryside, and Indy's mother can only pray that the wonders of Chinese medicine are more than folklore.
3. PARIS, 1908
Eight-year-old Indy meets a young American art student named Norman Rockwell at the Louvre. While sneaking out to comb the cafes of Paris, they find themselves caught up in a humorously elaborate scheme devised by a brash new artist, Pablo Picasso, to prove a point to the aged Edgar Degas.
4. BARCELONA, 1917
As a military intelligence officer, 17-year-old Indy hooks up with three alarmingly incompetent spies from England, France and Italy. As a part of a plot to encourage the Spanish to turn against the Germans and join the Allies, Indy is forced to go undercover as a ballet dancer, in the process proving that anything that can go wrong will.
The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles is clearly a major television event! The production values far exceed anything else currently being seen. The series was previewed with airings of six episodes during this past spring but is now back with a full slate of brand new episodes. These begin in America in late September. Many more adventures await. Look for future volumes to include trips to Vienna, London, New York, Chicago, Africa, Italy, India, and Russia.
Each disc will feature an original painting by Matthew Peak, son of the late Robert Peak who was internationally renowned for his paintings for such films as the "Star Trek" series, "Apocalypse Now", "Excalibur", "Camelot", "My Fair Lady", and "Silverado". The 33-year-old Matthew Peak created the original artwork for all six of the "Nightmare on Elm Street" films plus the recent Lili Zanuch film "Rush". Peak's work is also featured on the Varese Sarabande releases Hollywood Chronicle, Miklos Rozsa: Hollywood Legend and the brand new Hollywood Backlot among others. A very exciting new talent!