Must Watch: Raiding the Lost Ark

You are not a bigger fan of Raiders of the Lost Ark than Jamie Benning is. Don’t even bother trying. Out of nothing more than love for the film, Benning has released his own 2.5-hour documentary on the making of the film that goes more in-depth than any doc approved by Spielberg or Lucas.

I don’t know how he did it, but Benning’s film, Raiding the Lost Ark, is chocked full of incredible details, footage, and even interviews Benning conducted himself, that have never been seen by the public until now. It’s a staggering achievement, considering Benning had no access to the Lucasfilm archives or any of the big names responsible for making the film. Ten months in the making, Benning devoted his own time, money, and resources into reading, interviewing, and gathering every fact he could find, all to create this incredibly comprehensive, entertaining documentary. It contains collected materials from videos, stills, tie-in comic books, original animations and artwork, and much more.

If you’re trying to remember where you’ve heard the name Jamie Benning before, then you probably saw one of his previous documentaries. He made one each for the films of the classic Star Wars trilogy, which proved wildly popular on YouTube — until Fox’s legal hounds had them yanked. (You can still watch all three of them on Vimeo).

Read more about his work on Raiding the Lost Ark at Empire Online, and watch the entire film above. Follow Benning’s future work at

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