Young Indiana Jones DVDs

The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles was released on DVD in the U.S. in 3 volumes. The first volume was released October 23, 2007, the second volume on December 18, 2007, and the third on April 29, 2008. At the time of release the list price of each volume was $49.99. Along with the episodes are historical companion films which are original works from the Lucasfilm documentary unit headed by CBS News veteran David Schneider.

The only other country I have info on is the U.K. where the DVDs have also been released. The first volume was released 25th February 2008, the second volume 24th March 2008, and the third 28th April 2008. At the time of release the retail price was £44.29.

The Adventures of Young Indiana Jones Volume 1

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While on an archaeological dig in Egypt's Valley of the Kings, Indy uncovers an ancient mummy and a fresh corpse. With the help of T.E. Lawrence - the legendary Lawrence of Arabia - Indy solves an intriguing murder mystery only to find himself thrust right back into danger when he is kidnapped by slave-trading brigands. Dragged on a terrifying journey across the burning sands of North Africa to the slave markets of Marrakech, Indy finds that he must rely on his courage and wits to survive the brutal ordeal.

Directors: Jim O'Brien, Michael Schultz
Writers: Jonathan Hales, Jule Selbo
Companion Historical Documentaries:
  • Archaeology: Unearthing Our Past
  • Howard Carter and the Tomb of Tutankhamun
  • Colonel Lawrence's War: T.E. Lawrence and Arabia
  • From Slavery to Freedom


The beautiful Masai Mara game reserve in Kenya is the locale as Indy goes on safari with former President Teddy Roosevelt. When he becomes lost in the savage African bush, Indy finds that he must fight for his life against all manner of exotic and dangerous wildlife. Wildlife of another kind awaits him in Paris when he accompanies a young Norman Rockwell on a rollicking tour through the bohemian world of Parisian fine art. Wild parties, wilder women and artistic temperaments are on full display as Pablo Picasso and Edgar Degas clash over their contrasting styles of painting, while painting the town red at a gaudy late-night soiree.

Directors: Carl Schultz, Rene Manzor
Writers: Matthew Jacobs, Reg Gadney
Guest star: Lukas Haas
Companion Historical Documentaries:
  • Theodore Roosevelt and the American Century
  • Ecology: Pulse of the Planet
  • American Dreams: Norman Rockwell and the Saturday Evening Post
  • Art Rebellion: The Making of the Modern
  • Edgar Degas: Reluctant Rebel
  • Braque + Picasso: A Collaboration Cubed


In beautiful Vienna, Indy falls for the lovely young daughter of soon-to-be assassinated Archduke Franz Ferdinand of Austria. But the course of true love does not run smoothly and he must seek advice from two of the founding fathers of psychology, Sigmund Freud and Carl Jung. Romantic complications of another kind turn up in Florence, Italy, when Indy and his mother meet the great opera composer Giacomo Puccini. Dismayed to find his lonely mother succumbing to the sensuous charms of the charismatic Puccini, Indy frantically looks for a way to reunite his parents and rekindle their love before it's too late.

Directors: Bille August, Mike Newell
Writers: Matthew Jacobs, Jule Selbo
Guest Star: Max von Sydow
Companion Historical Documentaries:
  • Giacomo Puccini: Music of the Heart
  • It's Opera!
  • The Archduke's Last Journey: End of an Era
  • Powder Keg: Europe 1900 to 1914
  • Sigmund Freud: Exploring the Unconscious
  • Carl Jung and the Journey of Self Discovery
  • Psychology: Charting the Human Mind


A trip to Russia takes Indy from the opulent palaces of the aristocracy to the fetid villages of the peasant class when he runs away from home after an argument with his parents. Joining up with novelist Leo Tolstoy, the two go on the road, engaging in philosophical discussions and clashing with colorful Gypsies and ferocious Cossacks. Realizing that there's no place like home, Indy rejoins his mom and dad and travels with his father to an isolated Greek monastery perched high on the peak of a mountain. The arduous journey, including a harrowing trip in a tiny cage up a thousand-foot mountainside, brings father and son closer together.

Directors: Michael Schultz, Deepa Mehta
Writers: Frank Darabont, Matthew Jacobs and Jonathan Hales
Companion Historical Documentaries:
  • Seeking Truth: The Life of Leo Tolstoy
  • Unquiet Voices: Russian Writers and the State
  • Aristotle: Creating Foundations
  • Ancient Questions: Philosophy and Our Search for Meaning


A jaunt through the mystical Far East takes Indy to the Holy City of Benares where he befriends the lonely and isolated young spiritual leader, Jiddu Krishnamurti. Surrounded by supplicants and hangers-on, Krishnamurti struggles to have faith in himself and to fulfill the destiny decreed for him by his worshippers. In the process, he shows Indy just how strong the power of faith can be. Indy's mother also learns a lesson in faith and trust when she must rely on some poor Chinese villagers and their traditional medical techniques to save the life of her son, who lies perilously close to death with typhoid fever.

Directors: Deepa Mehta, Gavin Millar
Writers: Jonathan Hensleigh, Rosemary Anne Sisson
Companion Historical Documentaries:
  • Jiddu Krishnamurti: The Reluctant Messiah
  • Annie Besant: An Unlikely Rebel
  • Medicine in the Middle Kingdom
  • Eastern Spirituality: The Road to Enlightenment


Indy and his girlfriend Nancy Stratemeyer, whose father created the Nancy Drew mystery series, visit the fascinating laboratory of inventor Thomas Edison. The two must contend with dangerous German spies as they struggle to keep Edison's top secret new invention out of the hands of hostile enemy agents. To keep him from getting into any more trouble, Indy is sent to visit his aunt in New Mexico. While there, he is kidnapped by Pancho Villa and swept up into the Mexican Revolution. Chaotic, free-wheeling border towns, a Wild Bunch style train robbery and a colorful barroom encounter with a young George Patton make for thrilling entertainment in this action-packed movie.

Directors: Joe Johnston, Carl Schultz
Writers: Matthew Jacobs, Jonathan Hales
Companion Historical Documentaries:
  • Thomas Alva Edison: Lighting up the World
  • Invention and Innovation: What's Behind a Good Idea?
  • The Mystery of Edward Stratemeyer
  • Wanted: Dead or Alive: Pancho Villa and the American Invasion of Mexico
  • General John J. Pershing and his American Army
  • George S. Patton: American Achilles


Landing in Ireland right before the Easter Rebellion, Indy mixes romance and revolutionary politics when he falls for a beautiful young colleen whose brother is involved in the Irish resistance movement. Across the waters in England, he encounters a similar problem when his love affair with a strong-willed young woman is derailed by her fervent belief in the women's suffrage movement and her need for independence. Violent street brawls, a terrifying Zeppelin raid and a seriocomic dinner party with Winston Churchill provide plenty of thrills in this exciting, romantic adventure.

Directors: Gillies MacKinnon, Carl Schultz
Writers: Jonathan Hales, Rosemary Anne Sisson
Guest Stars: Elizabeth Hurley, Vanessa Redgrave
Companion Historical Documentaries:
  • Easter Rising: The Poets' Rebellion
  • The Passions of William Butler Yeats
  • Sean O'Casey vs. Ireland
  • Ireland: The Power of the Poets
  • Winston Churchill: The Lion's Roar
  • Demanding the Vote: The Pankhursts and British Suffrage
  • Fighting for the Vote: Women's Suffrage in America

The Adventures of Young Indiana Jones Volume 2

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As a young soldier in the Belgian Army, Indy learns first-hand the savagery of warfare while participating in the Battle of the Somme. Almost succumbing to despair as his life becomes an endless round of artillery barrages, nerve gas attacks and decaying corpses, Indy fears that death will be his only way out. Then he is captured by the Germans and confined to a POW camp where he and fellow prisoner Charles de Gaulle hatch a daring scheme to win their freedom in true Great Escape style.

Director: Simon Wincer
Writer: Jonathan Hensleigh
Companion Historical Documentaries:
  • Siegfried Sassoon: A War Poet's Journey
  • Robert Graves and the White Goddess
  • I Am France: The Myth of Charles de Gaulle
  • The Somme: A Storm of Steel


Indy addresses the moral ambiguities of leadership when confronted with win-at-any-cost military officials who have a callous disregard for the lives of the men they command. The gut-wrenching horror of trench warfare, vividly depicted in harrowing battles scenes, is contrasted when Indy goes on leave in Paris and engages in a torrid affair with infamous spy Mata Hari. She shows him that love, like war, can also be fraught with deception, disillusionment and heartbreak.

Directors: Rene Manzor, Nicolas Roeg
Writers: Jonathan Hales, Carrie Fisher
Companion Historical Documentaries:
  • Marshal Petain's Fall From Grace
  • Flirting With Danger: The Fantasy of Mata Hari
  • Into the Furnace: The Battle of Verdun
  • Reading the Enemy's Mind: Espionage in World War I


Indy is ordered to locate and destroy a powerful German artillery gun that is mysteriously able to appear and disappear at will, leaving death and destruction in its wake. Assisting him is a colorful group of soldiers nicknamed The Old and the Bold because of their old age and reckless courage. Their mission takes them on a dangerous journey across the German-held veldt via wagon train and hot air balloon. Overcoming all manner of obstacles presented by the enemy, his own side and the harsh African terrain, Indy relentlessly follows the trail of the mega-gun right into the bowels of a secret mountain hideout where he plans an explosive end for the phantom train of doom.

Director: Peter MacDonald
Writer: Frank Darabont
Companion Historical Documentaries:
  • Chasing the Phantom: Paul von Lettow Vorbeck
  • Dreaming of Africa: The Life of Frederick Selous
  • At Home and Abroad: The Two Faces of Jan Smuts


On a vital military mission for the Allies, Indy comes across a disease-ravaged African village and is able to rescue one small child from certain death. The presence of the child endangers the mission, leaving Indy fighting his conscience, his sense of duty, his own men and the enemy as he battles his way across country. Depressed by the turmoil around him, Indy reaches his lowest point. Hope appears in the presence of Albert Schweitzer, a profoundly inspiring and committed doctor, philosopher and musician. Helping out at Schweitzer's jungle hospital, Indy finds his faith in humanity restored and his outlook on life forever changed.

Director: Simon Wincer
Writer: Frank Darabont
Guest Star: Friedrich von Thun
Companion Historical Documentaries:
  • Albert Schweitzer: Reverence for Life
  • Waging Peace: The Rise of Pacifism
  • Congo: A Curse of Riches


Working with the French Secret Service, Indy joins the legendary Lafayette Escadrille flying unit and embarks on dangerous airborne reconnaissance missions behind enemy lines. A run-in with German Ace Manfred von Richthofen leads to a death-defying dogfight that leaves Indy grounded and hot-in-pursuit of German aircraft designer Anthony Fokker. Undercover in hostile enemy territory, Indy discovers that the Germans possess a remarkable secret weapon that could change the course of the war. He resolves to bring news of it back to the Allies...if he doesn't destroy it first.

Director: Ben Burtt
Writers: Matthew Jacobs, Rosemary Anne Sisson and Ben Burtt
Guest Star: Anthony Daniels
Companion Historical Documentaries:
  • Blood Red: The Life and Death of Manfred von Richthofen
  • Anthony Fokker: The Flying Dutchman
  • Flying High for France: The Lafayette Escadrille
  • War in the Third Dimension: Aerial Warfare in World War I


Indy finds that he must enlist the help of Habsburg royalty when he embarks on a dangerous diplomatic mission through enemy-held Europe into the palace of Emperor Karl of Austria. Endangering his life and the lives of his royal charges, Indy gambles all in a desperate attempt to bring the war more quickly to an end. Then, in chaos-ridden Russia, Indy finds his espionage work once again threatening lives when he infiltrates a group of young Bolsheviks and begins to sympathize with their plight. As the country lurches toward revolution, Indy finds himself torn between loyalty to his friends and his military duty.

Directors: Vic Armstrong, Simon Wincer
Writers: Frank Darabont, Gavin Scott
Guest Star: Christopher Lee
Companion Historical Documentaries:
  • Karl: The Last Habsburg Emperor
  • V.I. Lenin: History Will Not Forgive Us
  • The Russian Revolution: All Power to the Soviets!


Going undercover as a dancer for the Ballets Russes in Spain, Indy meets an old friend, the flamboyant Pablo Picasso. Plotting to discredit some German diplomats, Indy engages in a series of comic misadventures with a trio of bumbling spies before being shipped off to Prague on another mission. His assignment is simple: get a telephone installed in his apartment and wait for instructions. But he is thwarted at every turn by apathetic officials, mind-numbing rules and infinite paperwork. Only one man, Franz Kafka, offers him any assistance. This film is a farcical take on the stereotypically suave portrayal of espionage and also pokes fun at the narrowminded evil of bureaucracy, which weaves its ineffectual web into an absurd straightjacket.

Directors: Terry Jones, Robert Young
Writer: Gavin Scott
Guest Star: Timothy Spall
Companion Historical Documentaries:
  • Impresario: Sergei Diaghilev and the Ballets Russes
  • Franz Kafka's Dark Truth
  • Ballet: The Art of Dance


Receiving orders to assist the British in an attack on the ancient Middle Eastern desert town of Beersheba, Indy goes undercover with a beautiful lady spy. Relying on his wits and her tantalizing skills at belly dancing, the daring duo works desperately to defuse the explosives placed in the city's vital water wells by occupying Turks. The story culminates in a spectacular cavalry charge by the gallant soldiers of the Australian Lighthorsemen Regiment whose very survival hinges on the success of Indy's mission.

Director: Simon Wincer
Writer: Frank Darabont
Guest Stars: Daniel Craig, Anthony Daniels and Catherine Zeta-Jones
Companion Historical Documentaries:
  • Col. Lawrence's War: T.E. Lawrence and Arabia
  • Lines in the Sand: The Middle East and the Great War

The Adventures of Young Indiana Jones Volume 3

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In Italy, Indy's espionage work takes him behind enemy lines where he embarks on an important propaganda assignment that he hopes will bring a swift end to the war. Along the way, he engages in a comic rivalry with Ernest Hemingway over the affections of a beautiful Italian girl. After being wounded in action, Indy is transferred to North Africa where he joins the French Foreign Legion. While trying to uncover the identity of a traitor in his own ranks, Indy battles hostile Berber tribesmen and engages in an innocent flirtation with author Edith Wharton.

Directors: Bille August, Michael Schultz
Writer: Jonathan Hales
Companion Historical Documentaries:
  • Unhealed Wounds: The Life of Ernest Hemingway
  • The Secret Life of Edith Wharton
  • Lowell Thomas: American Storyteller
  • The French Foreign Legion: The World's Most Legendary Fighting Force


A top secret mission for French Intelligence brings Indy to Istanbul during the First World War. Exploring the city's dark and dangerous streets, he is thrust into a web of betrayal and murder when he discovers a vile plot to assassinate French espionage agents. Evil of a more enduring kind awaits him in Transylvania where he engages in mortal combat with bloodthirsty Vlad the Impaler and his horrific army of the living dead. With his very life at stake, Indy must garner all his strength and wits in order to defeat the fiend and save mankind.

Directors: Mike Newell, Dick Maas
Writer: Rosemary Anne Sisson, Jonathan Hensleigh
Guest Star: Bob Peck
Companion Historical Documentaries:
  • For the People Despite the People: The Ataturk Revolution
  • The Greedy Heart of Halide Edib
  • Dracula: Fact and Fiction
  • The Ottoman Empire: A World of Difference


The war in Europe ends but a new adventure begins for Indy when a mysterious man's dying words - The eye of the peacock! - send him on a thrilling treasure hunt for one of Alexander the Great's most treasured possessions. Pursued by a dangerous oneeyed man, Indy follows the trail of the diamond from London to Alexandria to the South Seas where he has a run-in with a murderous band of Chinese pirates. The shipboard battle that ensues is a spectacular display of swords, guns and flying fists. Marooned by the pirates on a remote desert island, Indy is captured by savage headhunters, but before they can turn him into a shrunken head and cannibal stew, he is rescued by anthropologist Bronislaw Malinowski and makes a life-altering decision.

Director: Carl Schultz
Writer: Jule Selbo
Companion Historical Documentaries:
  • Bronislaw Malinowski: God Professor
  • Anthropology: Looking at the Human Condition
  • New Guinea: Paradise in Peril


Working as a translator in Paris brings Indy in contact with T.E. Lawrence, Prince Faisal of Arabia and Ho Chi Minh. The brutality of realpolitik devastates the idealistic young Indy, and he returns home only to discover the ugly face of bigotry as encountered by his boyhood friend, Paul Robeson.

Directors: David Hare, Michael Schultz
Writers: Jonathan Hales, Matthew Jacobs
Companion Historical Documentaries:
  • Woodrow Wilson: American Idealist
  • Gertrude Bell: Iraq's Uncrowned Queen
  • Ho Chi Minh: The Price of Freedom
  • Paul Robeson: Scandalize My Name
  • Robert Goddard: Mr. Rocket Science
  • The Best Intentions: The Paris Peace Conference and the Treaty of Versailles


Going to college and working in a seedy speakeasy brings Indy into contact with jazz great Sidney Bechet, who teaches him how to play the blues. Unfortunately, he also crosses paths with up-and-coming thug Al Capone and it's only with the assistance of his dorm roommate, future Untouchable Eliot Ness, that Indy is able to solve a vicious murder and prevent himself from ending up in a pair of cement overshoes.

Director: Carl Schultz
Writer: Jule Selbo
Guest Stars: Nicholas Turturro and Jeffrey Wright
Companion Historical Documentaries:
  • Al Scarface Capone: The Original Gangster
  • Ben Hecht: Shakespeare of Hollywood
  • On the Trail of Eliot Ness
  • Louis Armstrong: Ambassador of Jazz
  • Jazz: Rhythms of Freedom
  • Prohibition: America on the Rocks
  • Hellfighters: Harlem's Heroes of World War One


In New York City, Indy covers a lot of ground as he stage-manages a Broadway musical, parties with 5th Avenue high society, reads poetry with Greenwich Village bohemians and trades barbs with the literary wits of the Algonquin Roundtable. Composer George Gershwin accompanies Indy in his adventures as he attempts to ensure that the show goes on despite temperamental stars, malfunctioning props and the fact that he's dating three very different women at the same time. The film includes wonderful production numbers and a marvelous musical score.

Director: Syd Macartney
Writer: Jonathan Hales
Guest Star: Anne Heche
Companion Historical Documentaries:
  • Tin Pan Alley: Soundtrack of America
  • Broadway: America Center Stage
  • Wonderful Nonsense: The Algonquin Roundtable


While working for a Hollywood movie studio, Indy finds that he is no match for wily, megalomaniacal director Erich von Stroheim when the two lock horns over the ever-increasing budget of Stroheim's film Foolish Wives. Though battered by the film industry, Indy decides to give it one more chance and goes on a location shoot with legendary director John Ford. Ford and his cronies, including aging gunman Wyatt Earp, help him to see the magic of movies and moviemaking, and when an actor is accidentally killed, Indy pitches in to save the film.

Director: Michael Schultz
Writers: Jonathan Hales, Matthew Jacobs
Companion Historical Documentaries:
  • Erich von Stroheim: The Profligate Genius
  • The World of John Ford
  • Irving Thalberg: Hollywood's Boy Wonder
  • The Rise of the Moguls: The Men Who Built Hollywood

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