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Episode 17.5: Better Red than Dead

Well, here I go adopting communism again.

It’s been panned by fans and newcomers alike, it’s Triple Play! No, wait. It’s Indiana Jones. That’s right, I’m sorry. Who can really tell the difference with that reaction though? It’s Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, written by David Koepp and released on May 22, 2008.


Show-notes:


6:01 Never even heard of The Post, but at least it looks better than Ready Player One.
11:17 Here’s all the stuff David Koepp wrote.
12:08 And here’s all the stuff Harrison Ford has been in. Guess you don’t need to do much when you have all that Lucasfilm money.
18:00 According to the Indiana Jones wiki, it is Shia.
31:51 Possibly Indiana Jones and the Emperor’s Tomb.


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Episode 17: Satanic Cults for Kids!

Kind of like bring your kids to work day: bring your kids to cult day!

This is a classic 80’s trilogy, and if you’re wondering why we did it now, well Steven Spielberg has that movie coming out. You know, Ready Player One. And that was the only thing we could come up with in March to capitalize on. The only thing we wanted to capitalize on really. It’s Indiana Jones, released in 1981, 1984, and 1989.


Show-notes:


3:11 Raiders must have been an interesting movie to make.
7:11 Here’s the full transcript of the discussion. This thing is 90 pages long.
8:46 That would be Nevada Smith.
10:27 Check out some of the stuff they cut out of Raiders in this 1979 draft.
13:36 Read more about Raiders casting.
14:41 Patrick Wilson.
18:36 Yeah I guess I do know this theme.
18:53 All the Peru scenes in Raiders were done in Hawaii.
26:24 More about the “dark” times Spielberg and Lucas were going through before Temple of Doom.
27:48 And some people didn’t really like it.
40:20 This interview.
51:22 Pryde of the X-Men. I always forget about that Spider-Man voting thing at the beginning.

Also check out theraider.net, pretty good site for IJ info, and we used a lot of the info from here. Not sure if it’s all true though.


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Episode 2: I Wanted Dinosaur Action

Dun dun, dun dun, dun dun dun, dun dun dun dun.

On this episode of Triple Play, Kiyan and Dylan explore another movie juggernaut. Last time it was Back to the Future,  this time it’s Jurassic Park. These movies, however, seem to dip in quality far quicker than Back to the Future did. Listen in and take  journey behind the scenes and explore the Jurassic Park trilogy (excluding Jurassic World, of course). Remember, we spared no expense!

A large portion of our information can be found in the DVD extra documentary The Making of Jurassic Park, which can be found on youtube if you have 48 minutes to spare in addition to this hour long podcast.

For information on the special effects and the creation of the dinosaurs, you can read this fascinating article from Empire Magazine’s August 1993 issue.

io9 put together a compilation of behind the scenes videos about the dinosaur puppets in about 2012, which you can find over here.

We briefly touched upon how the film approached the topic of scientifically accurate vs. fictionally exciting dinosaurs. A comprehensive list of scientific inaccuracies can be found at this dinosaur related website here. 

The Lost World: Jurassic Park, besides having a ridiculous name to type out every time, also had an interesting production history which we touched on a bit. A more in-depth look at the creation of the second film can be found here.

Michael Crichton’s website features tidbits of information on the second film, including comments from Michael Crichton himself before he passed in 2008.

Most  of our information on the third film can be seen in this review from Variety that appeared on their website in July of 2001.

The banner for this episode does not use the theatrical release poster for Jurassic Park, as the Back to the Future banner did. This is largely because it features a black background, which is really rather annoying when you need the poster to form a distinctive triangle. This alternate unused poster, created by famed movie poster artist John Alvin (who did the Indiana Jones and E.T. movie posters), was used instead.

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Episode 1: Skateboard Rampage

I suppose it’s a hoverboard rampage in the future, right?

For the very first actual episode of Triple Play, Kiyan and Dylan did their second one day marathon of Back to the Future! Back to the Future is one of Dylan’s favorite movies, so it’s a good thing they started with it… It also happens to have it’s 30th anniversary this year! Today, July 3rd, happens to be exactly 30 years to the day that the first film premiered.

This was our first episode in this slightly more freeform style, and as such there are some minor errors committed throughout the episode. Below are some corrections, as well as some further information for anyone who is curious enough to want to know more about the Back to the Future trilogy.

Information on the genesis of Back to the Future and the origin of the movie can be found on the Making of Back to the Future Part 1 Documentary that is part of the DVD extras for the 25th anniversary edition of the film.

Here is some information on the earlier drafts of Back to the Future. The fourth revision of the script, which features a more brooding Marty and a different opening scene (which Dylan mistakenly identifies as the refrigerator script) can be read online over here.

A list of Alan Silvestri’s scores, including notes on all of his 15 collaborations with Robert Zemeckis can be found at wikipedia. It’s also worth it to note that while Zemeckis did ask for the more bombastic score, it was Spielberg who disliked the Romancing the Stone score, and not Zemeckis.

A discussion on the casting of Eric Stoltz, and some brief footage of him as Marty can be found, once again, in the DVD extras from the 25th anniversary edition of the film. However, the New York Times has the short clip from the making of documentary hosted on their website.

Kiyan was correct, Christopher Lloyd was an actor in Star Trek III, on the recommendation of Leonard Nimoy. On the other hand, Skinhead turns out not to be the one who wears 3-d glasses.

Thomas F. Wilson did, in fact, play the 2015 version of Biff Tannen, according to IMDB.

Quite a bit of our information on the creation of the second and third films can be seen and expanded upon in Empire’s oral history of the franchise, which can be found over here.

For clarification the original theme is the one that is one of the most recognizable movie themes, not the westernized one in the third film. To hear the “westernized” version of the theme tune used in the third movie, you can click over to a youtube video over here. For comparison here is a link to the pretty recognizable regular version of the theme.

Very recently, Robert Zemeckis has stated that there will only be a reboot of Back to the Future… over his dead body. Thank goodness for that.

For anyone with a love of point and clicks, or TellTale games, or just Back to the Future in general, you can find the Back to the Future video game at TellTale’s official website here.

The Back to the Future musical was announced back in 2014, (you can read a press release here on the BBC website) and was (and probably still is) planned to premiere on London’s West End this year, for the 30th anniversary of the film.

For an extension of what we’ve discussed in this podcast, and an obviously far more in-depth look at the making of Back to the Future , be sure to check out We Don’t Need Roads: The Making of the Back to the Future Trilogy, which you can purchase on Amazon. Neither Kiyan nor Dylan have read it, but it’s definitely probably on one of their “to-read” lists.

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