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The Fan Film on DVD 


Produced by Eric Zala, Chris Strompolos and Jayson Lamb

Directed by Eric Zala
Running time: 106 mins


         At long last – you can now own the actual, more talked-about-than-seen completed shot-for-shot recreation!  Including the completed Airplane Scene, with cast reunited after 25 years.  Rated 100% on Rotten Tomatoes.  Extras include special photo slideshows and filmmaker commentary!



         ​“…One of the strangest permutations of '80's nostalgia to hit movie screens—the now-notorious RAIDERS OF THE LOST ARK: THE ADAPTATION, a 106-minute shot-for-shot amateur-video remake of the 1981 Spielberg-Lucas adventure flick, created over a span of seven years by a group of kids in small-town Reagan-era Mississippi.  


         Filled with ingenious contraptions and overweening jerry-rigs, THE ADAPTATION remakes Raiders on less than 1/2,000th of Paramount's original $20 million budget, conjuring exotic locales out of cardboard sets in parents' basements, casting tweens in Boy Scout uniforms as Nazi bad guys, and rolling a gigantic hand-crafted boulder through the family garage to create the film's signature scene. 


  "Nothing short of slapdash spectacular.”    



The Fan Film on DVD

  • For the first time ever, a special "BACKSTAGE PASS" to the making of RAIDERS OF THE LOST ARK: THE ADAPTATION as told by co-creators Eric Zala (Director & Belloq) and Chris Strompolos (Producer, Indy). Learn about the famous boulder scene. Where did those snakes come from anyway? How did kids get a hold of a truck? And all that fire? How did they do it? Now you can find out!

  • A personal look back from Eric, sharing vintage personal photos, production sketches and stills from when we made ADAPTATION as kids… as well as a behind-the-scenes look at shooting the Airplane Scene as adults.

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