Blu-ray, DVD, Digital HD Release: Raiders!: The Story of the Greatest Fan Film Ever Made

Blu-ray, DVD & Digital Release Date: Aug. 16, 2016
Price: Blu-ray/DVD/Digital Combo $22.99
Studio: Drafthouse/MVD

Raiders!: The Story of the Greatest Fan Film Ever Made is a new documentary on, well, at the very least, the most inspired fan adaptation of a popular film ever created.

After Steven Spielberg’s classic Raiders of the Lost Ark was released 35 years ago, three 11-year-old boys from Mississippi set out on what would become a 7-year-long labor of love and tribute to their favorite film: a faithful, shot-for-shot adaptation of the high-octane action adventure film. They finished every scene…except one: the film’s explosive airplane set piece.

Raiders!1Over two decades later, the trio reunited with the original cast members from their childhood in order to complete their masterpiece. Featuring interviews with original Raiders actor John Rhys Davies, director Eli Roth and more, Raiders! zooms in on the story of this long-gestating project’s culmination, chronicling the friends’ dedication to their artistic vision-mixed in with some movie magic-to create a personal, epic love letter to a true modern classic.

Tim Skousen and Jeremy Coon’s critically-acclaimed documentary (Certified Fresh by Rotten Tomatoes with an 88% rating and an Audience Score of 90%) premiered at SXSW in 2015 and enjoyed a healthy festival campaign before its debut in theaters and On Demand.

Special features include more than four hours of bonus content including dual audio commentary tracks (with Skousen & Coon as well as one with film subjects Chris Strompolos & Eric Zala), deleted scenes from the documentary, outtakes from the adaptation, Q&A footage from the Adaptation’s 2003 premiere at the Alamo Drafthouse in Austin, TX, and a photo booklet featuring storyboard art from the Adaptation.


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Founder and editor Laurence Lerman saw Alfred Hitchcock’s North by Northwest when he was 13 years old and that’s all it took. He has been writing about film and video for more than a quarter of a century for magazines, anthologies, websites and most recently, Video Business magazine, where he served as the Reviews Editor for 15 years.