Later this year, Paramount Home Media Distribution will bring The Complete Indiana Jones Collection to Blu-ray. Director Steven Spielberg's beloved adventure series stars Harrison Ford (Blade Runner) as the title character, an archaeologist and college professor whose perpetual search for rare and mysterious treasures puts him in great danger.
From Paramount's official press release:
"The man with the hat is back Ц and looking better than ever! The world's favorite globe-trotting archaeologist is, at long last, embarking on his greatest adventure Ц when The Complete Indiana Jones Blu-ray Collection comes to Blu-ray Disc from Lucasfilm Ltd. and Paramount Home Media Distribution. The [set] will...include all four of Indy's thrilling adventures, [including]":
The collection will mark the Blu-ray debut of the first three pictures; only Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull is now available on the format.
Paramount has yet to provide a complete list of technical and supplementary details, though the studio noted in the Indiana Jones press release that the package would "us[e] the highest possible high definition picture and audio presentation Ц along with a 'best of' collection of documentaries, interviews, featurettes, and a few new surprises."
While Paramount has not set a formal release date, The Complete Indiana Jones Blu-ray Collection "will be excavated in the fall of 2012."
While I hate having to repurchase Crystal Scuzz, I'll do it if it means getting the 3 good Indiana Jones flicks. I just hope the documentaries on that bonus disc on the first DVD release are carried over.
I think you'll be happy to know that Spielberg has promised that he will not change Raiders (this article was old enough that there isn't any mention of the other two coming out, only Raiders, so I presume you can just go ahead and apply that thought to the others too, since it seems to be his general philosophy on the issue now after E.T. In fact, speaking of E.T., it looks like the Blu-ray may only include the 1982 version (music to your ears, I imagine). Source of all this information below:
Surprised they've included Crystal Skull.John Hurt is a great actor but his character in that annoyed the hell out of me.They must of got majority audience feedback now that the movie sucked.They've included it for the same reason the movie was made which is to make more money.
Great piece of news, but can't they make a set with just the first three movies? I don't care for "Kingdom of the Crystal Skull", by far the weakest of the series. Same remark for the "Jurassic Park" trilogy: they should have made the movies avalaible individually...
I wish they just released the trilogy and pretend the fourth one doesn't exist. the first three are incredibly consistent and entertaining. I tried to re-watch the fourth and I couldn't even get through 30 minutes
As much as I love Indiana Jones, and trust me, I do...as someone stated on here, it's starting at $75, which in my view is far too much. I'll wait for a major price drop, I can deal with my Complete Adventure Collection for now.
Awesome about time, cant wait for this to arrive this year, I am going to have 2 copies of part 4 though, as I have my target digi book, allready signed by Harrison Ford, Spielberg, shia, Karen Allen, John Hurt, and Cate Blanchet.
so i wont be selling that.
I am really excited about this set, I can't wait to watch the first three films in HD! However it does suck for those of us who already own Kingdom Of The Crystal Skull on Blu-Ray, because buying this set means buying a second copy of the film on Blu-Ray. I thought that Kingdom Of The Crystal Skull was a great movie, it was one of the first movies I bought on Blu-Ray. I hope that all the Special Features from the 2003 DVD Boxset of the first three Indiana Jones films all be ported over to the Blu-Rays, and I assume that the Blu-Ray of Kingdom Of The Crystal Skull included in the set will be the current edition that is already available.
I was hoping that Spielberg and Paramount would put out two Boxsets on Blu-Ray, one with the first three films, and one with all four films.
The good news: This is finally coming out this Fall. Aw, HELL yeah!
The bad news (for those of you, myself included, who already have the fourth movie on Blu-ray): You have to double-dip on that movie to get the first 3 movies. Aw, HELL no!
Don't understand all the negativity about KOTC. I actually enjoyed it more than TOD - that was way too dark. Of course they were going to include it in the set - were people expecting Paramount to simply toss it aside...?
Middleman6573, you should change your name to Wiseman. Everything you said is so true. People always knock Crystal Skull. But its not anymore corny than the rest of them. And Temple of Doom is the worst. Common magic rocks ? The first is a classic, the rest are just entertainment.
I knew they'd shoehorn Crystal Skull in there even though it's already been released on Blu. Exactly why I never bought the KOTCS standalone when it came out. Indy's pretty much the last big film series to get a Blu-ray, so color me excited.
@tridon, E.T. is also coming to BD this year. Inside the To Kill a Mockingbird BD box there is an ad promoting both Jaws and E.T. on BD for later this year!! Universal should release Schindler's List on BD!!
its a definite buy for any blu collector...but i would wait for black friday for a more approriate price or amazon deal that will happen for this collectors sets. its happened for all of them. aliens, lotr, etc.
I'm fully confident that the Blu-ray discs will look and sound amazing. The Lowry restoration looks great on DVD and even better on the 1080p versions available through nefarious means over the 'tubes'.
I'm just excited to finally get some DTS-HD MA action!! BWAHAHAHAHAHA!
Son of a! Just traded in my three year old unopened "Crystal Skull" DVD last week; have never even seen it. I would have sent the "Adventures of" set right along with it, but thought I might need that one for awhile. Oh well, really looking forward to Indy on Blu-ray (finally!!) even if it means getting another worthless copy of "Crystal Skull."
Somebody's gotta stand up for Temple of Doom. It's got so many classic scenes: Antidote Scuffle, Chilled Monkey Brains, "We are going to die!", Kali Ma, Minecart Chase, Child Slavers, Drawbridge Fight...
Just to counterbalance the negativity, I vastly prefer the darkness of ToD to the cheesy father/son dynamic in Last Crusade. Plus, Last Crusade stupidly insinuates that everything that made Indiana Jones the man he is happened in one afternoon: here's why he's afraid of snakes, here's why he wears a hat, here's why he uses a whip. PUH-LEAZE.
I like all four movies personally. Not all to the same degree, but I tend to be more forgiving than my blu-ray brethren. Crystal skull was better upon subsequent viewings. My preference (if anyone cares) is 1,2,3,4. Maybe it was the age I saw Temple but it's my 2nd favorite.
I do already own Crystal Skull. Looks like a family member or friend will get my extra copy once I get these. I agree the price is pretty high. I'm sure they'll eventually release them separately. I'm also sure they'll be another boxset if the 5th one ever gets off the ground.
i am happy but i just pray to god then dont messup the transfers i pray to god theres is not DNR or edge enhansment because that would just be a shame for sure i am very veyr happy tho i can get ride of the dvd version hell i might keep the dvd copys tho i love them too much lol.i loved all 4 of these films too much.
I'm really happy these are announced, and will totally get it, but really annoyed with Paramount for not providing an alternative for all the people who bought Indy 4 who are now going to be stuck with an extra copy, which we probably won't even be able to give away because anyone who's an Indy fan enough to want 4 will be getting the complete set anyway. Oh well, should've known this would happen. Still, yay, Indy 1-3 coming to BD!
I really don't know why anyone would have expected them not to include the fourth film, regardless of the merits or lack thereof of that film. This isn't the first time that a film was released individually and then again in a box. I bought "2001: A Space Odyssey" and then purchased the Kubrick box when it came out, so I have two copies of that. Such is life. This really isn't such a terrible tragedy. Anyone who bought the 4th film had to know that the full set was eventually going to be released.
But what they should do is offer an "upgrade" plan if you already have the fourth film. You would mail in the "proof of purchase" tag (or the disc) and you would get a coupon that gives you a discount on the box. That would show a respect for the consumers.
They will all eventually come out as separate releases - be patient. It makes sense for the studios to release the box first and grab the big bucks and release the separate films later. While there's always some exceptions, this has been the release pattern for most series.
And while I agree that the 4th film wasn't very good, it was terrible compared to the earlier films in the series. It wasn't necessarily terrible compared to most of the crap that shows up in theatres these days. As bad as it was, between that film and "Transformers", I'd rather watch the 4th Indy film.
@get1080pnot720p IMBd users would have you believe that The Dark Knight is one of the top 10 movies of all time. It's meaningless.
I get that you'd rather not pay for a movie you don't like, but it makes perfect sense from the studio's perspective. As Zoet said, they'd obviously prefer you plunk down more money for the whole set than just the one or two you want. C'est la vie.
As for the transfer of Resurrection, I don't know and I don't care. That movie is garbage.
Great way to read this thread - just read the hidden comments. They're far more interesting than the 95% who are just yay'ing over Paramount screwing them by doing what we all KNEW they'd do (packaging all four films together). Hey, geniuses at Paramount! Anyone who wanted the fourth film has had a few YEARS now to have purchased it on blu-ray. The rest of us want the other films and JUST the other films. Ugh!
@get1080pnot720p, Depends on how you access value. Even though I hate Alien Resurrection, I consider the Anthology a valuable addition to my collection. I'm not interesting in pretending it, or the fourth Indiana Jones film, never happened.
I mean, it's content. I'd rather KotCS be there and never watch it than purge it from the history books altogether. To pass on glorious HD versions of the trilogy just because they threw in the new one too strikes me as a weird, self-righteous attitude.
@get1080pnot720p, I could point out some titles if you're actually interested in my opinion, but I was more illustrating the point that when you own several hundred films, it's impossible to uphold a sterling standard of quality.
@get1080pnot720p, I don't consider IMDb a valid gauge for quality, so that statistic means nothing to me. The average price you paid per title means even less.
You've more than convinced me that you're a discerning consumer, but you're waging a holy war against Kingdom of the Crystal Skull like you don't own Journey to the Center of the Earth with Brendan Fraser.
What are you guys talking about???!?!?!? Temple of Doom was a fine addition to the series. And I'll consider Crystal Skull simply a bonus to the boxset. Remember, buying this day 1 means $75... buying it a few months later during an Amazon sale means $40. Four films for less than $80 is a normal price point... patience, Docca Jones.
@get1080pnot720p, I fully understand the implication of your including that enlightening statistic, I'm merely saying I find it irrelevant to my point, which is that KotCS doesn't do anything to your collection that M. Night Shyamalan's The Happening didn't do first.
Great news this is officially announced now - just have to wait and find out if the UK release will contain an uncut version of TOD or if I'll have to import the US version... *fingers crossed for the former*
I like them all, even Crystal Skull... it's still Indiana Jones, and there are great moments.
I wish they would make a box with only the 3 first though, since I already own Crystal Skull on Blu-Ray.
Can't wait anyway!
Hmm...I wonder if I open it at the store when I pick it up, hand them back Crystal Skull with a pair of industrial strength tongs (so as not to contaminate my flesh with its putrid stench)....would they give me store credit for something else? Or whould they chase me out of the store and ban me from returning for giving them such an insult?
The Crystal Skull whiners never cease to emerge. Like clockwork, really. There's always additional comedic value whenever they think its just simply not allowed that someone else can enjoy something simply because they didn't; same with newer Star Wars installments. It's my least favorite of the four films, but that doesn't mean it isn't still a fantastic adventure flick with its own set of homages. Sorry, I'll take the 1950's B movie elements with the flying saucer and the ancient alien civilization over another christian religious artifact. My issues with it aren't the fact that there's aliens or "inter-dimensional beings", or the scene where Mutt swings around with monkeys. The latter last about thirty seconds out of a two hour movie. It's kinda hilarious to me how brief little things like that can not only ruin a movie for people, but give them the energy to whine about it for now going on four years. Get over it. My problems stem from the fact that the film went through multiple drafts before settling on David Koepp's version, which feels far too much like a Frankenstein's monster of a story. Lots of different ideas, some done much, much better with more excitement and feeling in other drafts (Frank Darabont's).
All in all, it's still a very entertaining film with a couple of my favorite action sequences that Spielberg has done in a very long time (Jungle chase, Campus chase). The fact is that people just can't get over the change of time period, the use of blending traditional practical effects with todays standards of CGI. It's not the 80's anymore, get used to it. I'm sure Indy 5 is on its way with even more (and you'll all see it after you purchase the movie you supposedly hate for the second time).
I gotta address this one gem, though, as I always laugh when I see it:
"it purposefully works to pretend that events from prior Indiana Jones films simply didn't happen so that millions more dollars could be raked in. Drinking from the grail, for example (dead father, old Indy"
For a fan of the "real" Indy films, you'd think you would have paid more attention. It's clearly stated by the knight that the power of the Grail does not extend past the seal. The knight was immortal as long as he remained there and drinking from the cup. "But, beware: the Grail cannot pass beyond the Great Seal, for that is the boundry, and the price, of immortality." Donovan's efforts were for naught.