Really wasn’t planning to go full-on anti-Indy today, but ah well…
Assuming for the moment that George Lucas actually chooses to get bogged down in the minutiae of his empire, down to the granular level in such things as revising and approving home video packaging art…
And assuming that he views his Indiana Jones properties with much the same psychology as those of Star Wars: that being that the newest stuff is the best and more or less supersedes, replaces, improves upon and rewrites what’s come before (which is why you see newer Star Wars marketing materials playing up Anakin, Hayden Christensen, Palpatine, and relegating Luke, Leia and Han to the backgrounds)…
Then I suppose it shouldn’t be surprising at all that packaging like this Indiana Jones collection emerges in which the logical visual ordering of the series becomes IV, I, III and then II.
Because that order makes sense to everyone, right? We’re simply putting them in random, kind of how-George-likes-them order?
Well, at least it offers a quick reminder of how terrible that Crystal Skull poster was and recalls how the first three movies’ one-sheets focused on Indy’s character. Just look at the eyes, the smirk, the posture and visual dynamics of I-III.
And then in IV all you see is shadows and that mother effing skull.
Dead horse and all, but: what a waste.