With the Star Wars: The Complete Saga Blu-ray selling like gangbusters -- in spite of controversial changes like computer-generated Ewok-eyeballs -- it was only a matter of time before Indiana Jones made similar moves.
Today, Lucasfilm and Paramount are announcing that The Complete Indiana Jones Blu-ray Collection will be available for purchase fall 2012 with a "best of collection" of special features and "a few new surprises," too.
Check out the press release below for all the available details:
The man with the hat is back – and looking better than ever! The world’s favorite globe-trotting archaeologist is, at long last, embarking on his greatest adventure – when 'The Complete Indiana Jones Blu-ray Collection' comes to Blu-ray Disc from Lucasfilm Ltd. and Paramount Home Media Distribution. The Complete Indiana Jones Blu-ray Collection will be excavated in the fall of 2012 and will include all four of Indy’s thrilling adventures, using the highest possible high definition picture and audio presentation – along with a “best of” collection of documentaries, interviews, featurettes and a few new surprises.
What exactly does "a few new surprises" entail? Your guess, as ever, is as good as ours.
For Indiana Jones fans worried that George Lucas' compulsion to change his old films has rubbed off onto his friend, Steven Spielberg (as it did temporarily in 2002 with E.T.), fear not -- Indiana Jones is safe.
Back in September, at a 30th anniversary event for Raiders of the Lost Ark, Spielberg talked about what we could expect from the inevitable Indy Blu-ray collection:
"This is the best I think it’s ever looked, because 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."
He also talked about the changes he made to E.T. for the special edition (courtesy of our own Roth Cornet), which he has since come to regret:
“I tried this once and lived to regret it. Not because of fan outrage, but because I was disappointed in myself. I got overly sensitive to [some of the reaction -- including parents who had been less than pleased with the guns in the film] to 'E.T.,' and I thought if technology evolved, [I might go in and change some things]…it was okay for a while, but I realized what I had done was I had robbed people who loved 'E.T.' of their memories of 'E.T.'”
Suffice it to say, there's no need to worry about Spielberg inserting a computer-generated Indiana Jones dance number for the Blu-ray collection. I mean -- they'll probably wait for the 3D theatrical release to do that, right?
The Complete Indiana Jones Collection hits shelves fall 2012.
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