Indy IV Warm Up: Temple of Doom

Temple of Doom Poster

If I say that the main poster for Temple of Doom, drawn by Bruce Wolfe, is the weakest of the the main posters created for the first three Indys I hope you’ll understand that it only suffers because it is being compared to truly great achievements. The truth is that there is plenty of things to love about this poster.

The main strength of the poster is that it gets the Jones is back excitement just right. It and it does so simply by having Indiana standing there in the corner, entering some dangerous looking underground construction but still looking as calm as a man can possibly be. Yeah, he is back, and he is as cool as ever.

Much like the film this poster is darker and more serious than the usual for the series, even giving Indy a machete to go along with his whip. The endearing self-confidence is there, but the fun, the vistas, the amazement is lacking.

After the film had already been released it got another poster, this time from Drew Struzan, that was much more faithful to the spirit of the series.

Temple of Doom Poster

Struzan has said this is his favorite Indy poster, and I can see why. It was used on the DVD cover and because of that I imagine it will become more and more associated with the film.


6 thoughts on “Indy IV Warm Up: Temple of Doom”

  1. If you’re still on the fence: grab your favorite earphones, head down to a Best Buy and ask to plug them into a Zune then an iPod and see which one sounds better to you, and which interface makes you smile more. Then you’ll know which is right for you.

  2. Apple now has Rhapsody as an app, which is a great start, but it is currently hampered by the inability to store locally on your iPod, and has a dismal 64kbps bit rate. If this changes, then it will somewhat negate this advantage for the Zune, but the 10 songs per month will still be a big plus in Zune Pass’ favor.

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