Indiana Jones And The Kingdom Of The Crystal Skull (Paramount, 2008) D: Steven Spielberg, w/ Harrison Ford, Shia LaBeouf. Rating: NNN; DVD package: NNNN
In a mediocre movie, it's best to focus on the good moments. Along with the spectacular sets and inventive action sequences, those would include Karen Allen's manic glee during the big jungle chase, Cate Blanchett's crisp comic-book villainy as the Russian agent hunting the all-powerful titular skull and John Hurt's mind-warped professor.
It's also wise to overlook the bad moments. That's not easy, given the pervasive bloat, shapeless story and self-congratulatory tone, but you can safely hit the fridge during Indy's interrogation, firing and his wedding.
The extras are better. The making-of docs are highly detailed, particularly those on sound effects, the making of the crystal skull and one in which Spielberg, George Lucas and Harrison Ford discuss the genesis of the project.
EXTRAS Disc one: conceiving-of doc, pre-production doc. Widescreen. English, French, Spanish audio and subtitles. Disc two: six-part production diary, five making-of docs, crew doc, pre-visualization sequences, galleries. Widescreen. English audio. English, French, Spanish subtitles.