The Complete Indiana Jones Collection comes to Blu-ray

1 Mar 2012

Indiana JonesThe Complete Indiana Jones Blu-ray Collection will see all four Indiana Jones in HD for the first time.

Paramount Distribution and LucasFilm announced the good news in the briefest of statements, promising "the highest possible high definition picture and audio presentation".

The Blu-ray box set will include documentaries, interviews, featurettes and "a few new surprises".

Thankfully, these should be good rather than bad surprises, after Steven Spielberg promised to leave all the crucial elements of the films intact.

Speaking at a 30th anniversary event for Raiders of the Lost Ark back in September, Spielberg said: "This is the best I think it’s ever looked.

"In preparation for the eventual release on Blu-ray we had to correct the print again and get the original negative out of the salt mines, and then we had to do the separations, and basically the files, which are just amazing, with all the technology of today, without changing any of the movie materially.

We haven’t removed anything, we haven’t added CGI, there’s no digital enhancements! It’s purely the movie some of you may remember from 1981."

You can watch a trailer for The Complete Indiana Jones Blu-ray Collection on YouTube, while it's already available to pre-order on Amazon in the US for $75.

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@ AEjim at least the nuke test site was indicative of the times.The speed ground rocket flying out of area51 is a well less believable scene. & if they leave out 4 they may as well leave out 2.

The remaster of the movie (picture and sound) is just the beginning for perfectionists like Spielberg and Lucas - they want to be involved in every element of a Blu-ray release, it seems. That means reviewing the remaster to check they're happy with it (and fiddling if they're not...); deciding the extras; recording/re-recording commentaries; creating any Blu-ray-specific content needed for the extra; approving the packaging, the marketing, the pricing.........

And all this when they're not already engaged in directing/producing a new movie (Spielberg's been a really busy bunny with both film and TV projects recently) or undergoing the same re-release process for Blu-ray/cinema (Lucas was always going to put Star Wars first).

It's a miracle the boxset's arrived this fast. Hopefully it means they've been too busy to meddle!

Many thanks for the info Clare, very much appreciated.

It seems ridiculous that the remaster was done so long ago for these movies yet the release is just seeing the light of day, is that purely to do with the popularity of blu ray i wonder...uptake needing to get to a level where Paramount can shift significant copies of the set??

Please don't say i'm going to have to buy the Bond set and Indy within weeks of each other, ouch, i think my bank balance won't be looking too healthy after that! I'm guessing £70 ish for the Indy set judging by the Star Wars price....that could be £160 or so on 2 boxsets, gulp Cry

Oldboy: No news yet re UK specifics - sure the story will get updated as/when that changes. US pre-order has no date, either, and the original announcement just said Autumn (well, 'Fall' to be precise).

And yes, the 4K remaster for these Blu-rays was done by Lowry several years back - they told me that when I was talking to them in 2008 about the James Bond re-releases. And now we're getting the full set of both probably a few weeks apart. My poor bank account....


Any news regarding UK pricing and release date for this??

I can't wait for this seems like a long time since rumours emerged about these coming to bluray, i'm sure i heard rumours of this before Star Wars. So happy it's not been tampered with, what a releif!

"We haven’t removed anything, we haven’t added CGI, there’s no digital enhancements! It’s purely the movie some of you may remember from 1981."

Bummer, Lucas is so keen on his CGI I kinda wished he'd erase the whole "Nuclear fridge" scene or indeed just delete number four altogether... Wink