Every once in a while a sudden realization hits you, and shocks you to your very core. Like, for example, that the only Indiana Jones movie currently available on Blu-ray is The Kingdom of the Crysal Skull. That's fundamental proof that there's something wrong with the universe. Or at least it was… until today. Paramount and LucasFilm Ltd. have just announced Indiana Jones: The Complete Adventures will finally arrive in high-definition on September 18, 2012.
The set will include Raiders of the Lost Ark, Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom, Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade and the previously-available Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull. The press release had the following to say about the film's hopefully-impressive restoration:
"Supervised by director Steven Spielberg and renowned sound designer Ben Burtt, Raiders of the Lost Ark 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"The sound design was similarly preserved using Burtt’s original master mix, which had been archived and unused since 1981.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. The result is an impeccable digital restoration that celebrates the film and its place in cinematic history."
No word yet on special features, but given the treatment LucasFilm gave Star Wars: The Complete Saga we can probably expect a similarly lush treatment. Also, like Star Wars: The Complete Saga, we're going to have to call foul on Indiana Jones: The Complete Adventures for leaving out the "Young Indiana Jones" series. Granted, we don't need "Young Indiana Jones," per se, but the semantics-obsessed critics inside of us can't help but wonder if the title of the new box set was ill-conceived.
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