Indiana Jones fans, rejoice. The Man with the Hat and his adventures – well, the extant four – will be released on 4K UHD in less than three months.
That’s right. On June 8, to mark the 40th Anniversary of the release of Raiders of the Lost Ark, Paramount Home Media Distribution and Lucasfilm will unleash the five-disc Indiana Jones 4 Movie Collection box set, featuring the four Steven Spielberg-directed films (Raiders of the Lost Ark, Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom, Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, and Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull in glorious 4K Ultra-High Definition.
Per Blu-ray.com, Paramount states:
The cinematic classic that started it all—Raiders of the Lost Ark—celebrates its 40th anniversary this year, having first introduced audiences to the man with the hat on June 12, 1981. Forty years later, the legendary hero continues to captivate new generations of fans.
Now, for the first time ever, all four films are available together on 4K Blu-ray with DOLBY VISION and HDR10 for ultra-vivid picture quality and state-of-the-art DOLBY ATMOS AUDIO. Each film has been meticulously remastered from 4K scans of the original negatives with extensive visual effects work done to ensure the most pristine and highest quality image. All picture work was approved by director Steven Spielberg.
In addition, all four films were remixed at Skywalker Sound under the supervision of legendary sound designer Ben Burtt to create the DOLBY ATMOS soundtracks. All original sound elements were used to achieve the fully immersive DOLBY ATMOS mixes while staying true to each film’s original creative intent.
As I reported a few weeks ago, it was a sort-of open secret that Paramount, which owns the distribution rights to the first four films produced by George Lucas and directed by Spielberg, planned to release this set (which, thankfully, is not titled Indiana Jones: The Complete Movie Collection; James Mangold is currently working on the as-yet-untitled Indiana Jones V, so naming it anything else than Indiana Jones 4 Movie Collection would be silly.
According to Paramount’s release, the four feature films will be presented on 4K UHD, and each disc will include a sampling of theatrical trailers as extras. In addition, Indiana Jones 4 Movie Collection will also come with a 1080p Blu-ray with a suite of behind-the-scenes documentaries and featurettes, most of which should be familiar to owners of the 2003 DVD and 2012 Blu-ray sets.
The INDIANA JONES 4-MOVIE COLLECTION includes a collectible booklet with behind-the-scenes images from all four films. Each film is presented on 4K Blu-ray Disc with original theatrical trailers and access to digital copies. The set also includes a Blu-ray with seven hours of previously released bonus content as detailed below:
- On Set with Raiders of the Lost Ark
- From Jungle to Desert
- From Adventure to Legend
- Making the Films
- The Making of Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981 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 (HD)
- Behind the Scenes
- 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 (with optional pop-ups)
- Travel with Indiana Jones: Locations (with optional pop-ups)
- Indy’s Women: The American Film Institute Tribute
- Indy’s Friends and Enemies
- Iconic Props (Kingdom of the Crystal Skull) (HD)
- The Effects of Indy (Kingdom of the Crystal Skull) (HD)
- Adventures in Post-Production (Kingdom of the Crystal Skull) (HD)
Although there will be fans who will complain about Paramount and Lucasfilm’s decision to not create new behind-the-scenes extras, there many more – including this blogger – who are eager to get their hands on this 4K UHD box set. As a matter of fact, I already have this in pre-order on Amazon.
I have been a fan of the Indiana Jones franchise – I love the George Lucas-produced TV series The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles and the re-edited for DVD version The Adventures of Young Indiana Jones, so even though June is going to be an expensive month for me (I also have the Blu-ray set of Baseball: A Film by Ken Burns on pre-order), I’m looking forward to seeing these exciting homages to the serials of the 1930s and ‘40s in the 4K Indiana Jones 4 Movie Collection set.
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 Since the 1990s, Lucasfilm has rebranded the film as Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark so the title matches up with the rest of the series, but only in promotional materials and the packaging. In the film’s opening sequence, the main title still appears as Raiders of the Lost Ark.