If 2012 has demonstrated anything so far it’s (arguably) that IMAX trumps 3D. IMAX 3D versions of such summer blockbusters as The Avengers and Men in Black III generated more goodwill than regular 3D versions, while Amazing Spider-Man (native 3D) and Dark Knight Rises (native IMAX) likewise earned kudos for their IMAX presentations. By comparison, post-conversion 3D jobs on old(er) effects extravaganzas like The Phantom Menace and Titanic yielded mixed responses.

That’s all to say: cinephiles should be mostly upbeat about the announcement that Raiders of the Lost Ark is getting a one-week exclusive IMAX run beginning September 7th, as buildup to the unveiling of the Indiana Jones Blu-ray Collection on September 18th. Moreover, AMC theaters is capping off that week by holding a marathon screening of all four Indy films (yes, even Kingdom of the Crystal Skull).

Steven Spielberg’s iconic globetrotting adventure has been digitally remastered for showing on a massive IMAX screen, but without the tampering or “enhancements” to the original theatrical cut that made Spielberg’s E.T. re-release controversial (that goes double for Lucas’ Star Wars re-release). The Raiders IMAX trailer offers a brief, but tantalizing, sneak peek at the extensive visual refining Spielberg’s classic has undergone – without losing the grainy texture that characterizes the film’s original 35 mm print, distinguishing it from contemporary digitally-shot releases.

Here are some official statements on the Raiders IMAX release:

“When I saw the stunning quality of the picture and heard the enhanced sound in an IMAX theatre, I was quite literally blown away and hope that audiences will enjoy the experience as much as I did,” said Spielberg.

“We are honored to present all the excitement of Indiana Jones in a way it’s never been experienced before – IMAX,” said Greg Foster, Chairman & President, IMAX Filmed Entertainment.  “We look forward to celebrating this iconic film with longtime fans as well as a new generation of moviegoers.”

Tickets and a list of participating theaters for Raiders screening can be found at the official IMAX website.

Here are the basic details for AMC’s Indiana Jones Quadrilogy Marathon:

  • It takes place on Saturday, September 15th, beginning at 10: 30 a.m.
  • All four Indiana Jones films will be shown, presumably in the order of their initial theatrical release (even though Temple of Doom is chronologically first).
  • Collectible posters and lanyards will be available.
  • Tickets are $25, with $5 Bonus Bucks for AMC Stubs members.

To see which AMC theaters are participating, go HERE.

Lastly, have an early look at the limited-edition Raiders of the Lost Ark IMAX poster (for a chance to win the Indiana Jones Blu-ray collection, head on over to Fandango):

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Are you looking forward to seeing Raiders of the Lost Ark on the big, big screen? Let us know in the comments section.

Source: IMAX, AMC