In September, Paramount Home Media Distribution will bring Indiana Jones: The Complete Adventures 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.
The set will include all four of Indy's 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's five-disc package offers each film in its 2.39:1 original aspect ratio with 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio tracks. Steven Spielberg and his sound designer Ben Burtt supervised the A/V restoration work; Paramount's press release describes the work done on Raiders of the Lost Ark, noting that the feature "has been meticulously restored with careful attention to preserving the original look, sound, and feel of the iconic film. The original negative was first scanned at 4K and then examined frame-by-frame so that any damage could be repaired. The sound design was similarly preserved using Burtt's original master mix, which had been archived and unused since 1981. New stereo surrounds were created using the original music tracks and original effects recorded in stereo but used previously only in mono. In addition, the sub bass was redone entirely up to modern specifications and care was taken to improve dialogue and correct small technical flaws to create the most complete and highest quality version of the sound possible while retaining the director's vision."
Update: The set will also contain the following bonus supplements:
Newly produced On Set with Raiders of the Lost Ark featurettes:
From Jungle to Desert
From Adventure to Legend
Making the Films featurettes:
1981 The Making of Raiders of the Lost Ark documentary
The Making of Raiders of the Lost Ark
The Making of Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom
The Making of Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade
The Making of Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull
Additional behind-the-scenes featurettes:
The Stunts of Indiana Jones
The Sound of Indiana Jones
The Music of Indiana Jones
The Light and Magic of Indiana Jones
Raiders: The Melting Face!
Indiana Jones and the Creepy Crawlies
Travel with Indiana Jones: Locations
Indy's Women: The American Film Institute Tribute
Indy's Friends and Enemies
Iconic Props in Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull
The Effects of Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull
Adventures in Post Production for Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull
High definition trailers and teasers for each film
Indiana Jones: The Complete Adventures streets on September 18th.
Question. If they scanned the original negative for Raiders, did they go back and edit those gaffes like they did with the DVD set from 2003? That cobra scene works a lot better when you can't see its reflection in the protective glass.
I like the cover artwork for the set. Looking forward to the complete Indiana Jones Blu-Ray Collection on September 18th. I like all the Indiana Jones films and they are some of the greatest adventure films of all-time. Indiana Jones is awesome!!!
This was supposed to come out when Crystal Skull came out on Blu-ray initially and I was pissed at the delay. But if these transfers are comparable to the ones from the classic Star Wars Trilogy, I think they will be worth the wait.
I like all 4 Indiana Jones films and yes that includes kingdom of the crystal skull. I just don't understand why their are some fans / people out their that don't like the 4 Indy film sure the alien aspect of the film I did not like but in the end it's still a fun Indiana Jones Adventure. And I will be getting this Blu-Ray Box Set.
@ Smart; Yes, JP is Region-free. I live in Canada and use a North American PS3 and it's completely Region free including all the special features. Buy it from Amazon UK. Not sure if it's still heavily discounted but I had pre-ordered it when it first came out in the spring and it only cost me $13 shipped.
While I'd love to buy this set, I really hope they don't drop the second disc from Crystal Skull. I held off on buying the individual release of that in hopes we'd get a box set, and I really don't want to have to buy both just to get the extras for one movie.
So far, only Raiders is 4K. Hopefully, Spielberg has learned not to mess with his films digitally and the reflection will still be there and the fly going into the mouth. Films need to be left alone, warts and all.
@skyofcrack: Couldn't agree with you more. With exception of a couple of flm directors who disagree the majority have accepted the idea that the purpose of BD is to show the films not as they would look if they had been shot in 2012 (crystal clear, highly processed, looking like a video game) but as close as possible to how they looked when they were first exhibited, warts and all as you said. It's taken time for most to have come around to this view. Hopefully no one tries to rock the boat from this point on.
An artist's work is never done. You must be able to refine your work if you want, especially if you have the tools and toys to do so. Erase the reflection, erase the warts, it doesn't take away from the movie or experience. Obviously Greedo and walkie-talkies are overboard, out of bounds, and downright criminal. But the little things that truly are little, I don't mind.
Films are actually done when they are released to the public. If directors want to make any alterations after that they need to release director's cuts which would be in addition to the original version already available so one has a choice.
Raiders is a part of my cherished movie going memories. Really looking forward to the new audio mix on Blu-ray. I'm reasonably confident the sound will leave me slack-jawed in awe just as Star Wars did.
Haters are gonna hate. Always. Just a fact of life. I, however, thought Kingdom of the Crystal Skull was bar none the catís pajamas -- fun, weird, imaginative and different from its predecessors just enough to have its own identity and in a way that felt fittingly organic, given the new time setting and the age of the titular hero. It belongs right up there with the first three, in my opinion.
While itís awesome to hear that Raiders is getting the full treatment with a 4K, frame-by-frame scan of the original negative, are Temple of Doom and Last Crusade being denied the same level of TLC? If so, why? Youíre doing everything right with this one so far, Mr. Spielberg, just donít play favorites. The cinematography and lush color pallet of Temple of Doom is maybe the best of the entire series, and certainly deserves the same degree of restoration. Yes, I realize itís YOUR redheaded stepchild, but there are countless fans out there that love it as much (some, if not more so) than the first.
Be even-steven and give the two sequels the Blu-ray quality they rightly deserve. If this not be the case, I can only hope it is because Raiders, being the oldest, was substantially worse-for-wear than the other two installments.
I was glad the (obviously unintentional) reflection of the Cobra facing Indy was removed for the Raiders DVD. It's a mistake and was never intended to be there. James Cameron removed Bishop's waste protruding from the hidden hole in Aliens and I didn't hear any complaints. What's the difference?
Anyone know if that reflection will be present or removed on the Blu-ray?
From the cover, I assume the Blu-ray logo strip will lift off like the Star Wars set. They couldn't possibly design the cover to have his hand permanently obscured like that. Could they?
Please be a book-style case like the Star Wars and Alien sets. Pretty please.
Unless the pre-release info is more or less bogus, the bonus disc from Indy 4 must not be included, since it's a 4 disc set and it's unlikely, or at least very ill-advised, that they'd try to squeeze two BDs onto one for part 4.
Glad to hear they seem to have made a new effort for the first film at least. Though, I'm still not entirely clear whether the press sheet is referring to a brand new effort or the one that was done some years back, as it got quite the face lift not too long ago by studio standards. And it's not uncommon for studios to refer to five to ten year old work, as if it was just finished yesterday.
Ingram, I seem to remember you rationalizing the purchase of something in the past...can't remember what it was, however. Crystal Skull is an abomination that has absolutely no right to be packaged with the three real "Indiana Jones" films. It was designed to rake in money from the hapless victims expecting something from Spielberg (I remain convinced that Lucas dominated the entire production; it has his signature directorial stench all over it), as well as to simply shift Shia into the role (in his defense, he wasn't the reason why the movie sucked so much [the reasons are far too long to list here]). "Hating" and "being bluntly honest" are two very different things (and rationalizing purchases is anti-consumer; I'm not too big a fan of that kind of thing). That said, of course I'm still going to buy this set, knowing fully well that I'm being taken advantage of by Spielberg, Lucas, and Paramount. Anyone else remember when Spielberg mentioned that the three Indiana Jones films would either be released separately or as a set (without the fourth)? Yeah, I didn't think so (but I do).
For anyone that is worried that Temple of Doom and Last Crusade won't be restored LFL said on the indianajones.com site the following : This five-disc collection boasts fully color corrected digital master versions of The Temple of Doom and The Last Crusade, and the highly anticipated frame-by-frame full restoration of Raiders of the Lost Ark.
if there really are only four discs in the set then that is bad news. It means that each movie will be compromised in PQ and AQ by having to share its disc with the film's special features. I keep hoping that Amazon is right with their 5 disc spec. but it doesn't look promising.
Update: Sneaky folks at Bluray have just updated their information to say 5 disc set. Yipee!
According to The Digital Bits, everything from the 2003 release is included, but not everything from the 2008 release or the Crystal Skull Blu-ray. I would suggest you cross-reference the top Amazon review of the 2008 set and the list of KOTCS features with The Digital Bits, and decide how valuable the missing stuff is to you. I found that I'll be fine with just this set.
So about Spielberg and commentaries...
Is he against doing them HIMSELF, or is he against them altogether? If he's not going to do any for his biggest films, why can't other people involved witht he movies do them, like the actors, etc.? No commentaries on the Indy films is almost criminal.
I really hope there is more never before seen extras being released for the other films as well. I'd be more than a little disappointed if all we got were two new featurettes about Raiders and none of the other films. Call me an extras whore but I'm shelling out some extra dough for the UK limited edition. Never imported before but I figured this would be the ideal release to get a big edition of since these are my favorite films of all time.