As if September already wasn't a packed enough month for Blu-rays (just look at the mammoth amounts of awesome hitting store shelves on 9/25/12), it just got a little crazier with Paramount unveiling a September 28th, 2012 release date for the long-anticipated arrival of the entire Indiana Jones film series to Blu-ray.
The set, dubbed Indiana Jones: The Complete Adventures, will feature all four films in HD together for the first time, and if the wording in the press release below is any indication, it seems like the most love went into the presentation of Indy's first foray to the big screen, Raiders of the Lost Ark. We're sure all of the films will look and sound stunning when this set hits - and we'll surely bring you a review of the whole package - but it's nice to know the most beloved in the series is not only being transferred from a 4K master, but that its new DTS-HD MA 5.1 track was overseen by original sound designer Ben Burtt.
Unfortunately we don't have any concrete details on the special features earmarked for this release, but we'll definitely update you with them once we do. In the mean time, here's the full press release:
UPDATE: And now we do have special feature details, but we'll just let the Blu-ray trailer do the talking:
SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. (June 26, 2012) – In June of 1981 director Steven Spielberg and executive producer George Lucas introduced the world to Indiana Jones when the unforgettable Raiders of the Lost Ark debuted in theaters. Exploding to instant acclaim, the film has now been carefully restored, alongside remastered versions of the archaeologist’s other thrilling adventures—Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom, Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade and Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull. Prepare for excitement, adventure and snakes—why did it have to be snakes?—all with pristine picture and sound when INDIANA JONES: The Complete Adventures debuts on Blu-ray September 18, 2012 from Lucasfilm Ltd. and Paramount Home Media Distribution.
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The sound design was similarly preserved using Burtt’s original master mix, which had been archived and unused since 1981.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.
The installments in the franchise have won a combined seven Academy Awards®. Relive every heart-pounding thrill like never before as all four films arrive together, for the first time presented in 1080p high definition with English 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio accompanied by a collection of documentaries, interviews, featurettes and new bonus features.
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