Raiders of the Lost Ark Coming to IMAX Theaters


David Itzkoff:

It’s the kind of revelation that would melt the face of any die-hard Indiana Jones fan (this time, with joy): “Raiders of the Lost Ark,” the 1981 adventure film that introduced that globe-trotting archaeologist, will receive a one-week Imax release next month, Lucasfilm said on Tuesday.

Heaping on top of an already outstanding month for Blu-Ray and film fans, Raiders of the Lost Ark is making its way to IMAX theaters across the United States in early September.

The Blu-Ray collection will be available roughly ten days after the film’s limited theatrical re-release.

Indiana Jones: The Complete Adventures

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Arriving on September 18, 2012 for $75, Indiana Jones finally makes his way to the wonderful world of high-definition content. Including remastered editions of the originals and all new 5.1 DTS-HD master audio, the collection (despite the fourth iteration of the series) is far too brilliant to ignore. Of further brilliance, Raiders of the Lost Ark has been graced with a complete restoration from a 4K scan of the original negatives.

Considering the complete James Bond Collection arrives a mere week later — on the same day as The Avengers, no less — September is shaping up to be a fantastic month for Blu-ray owners everywhere.

Indiana Jones: The Complete Adventures is available for pre-order from Amazon.

Indiana Jones Blu-Ray Collection Announced for Fall 2012

Fairly unsurprising news in and of itself, but, as SlashFilm points out, there is cause for optimism:

There’s reason to hope, too, that the Blu-ray release of Raiders of the Lost Ark will be the original release version, with no digital removal of minor ‘flaws’ like reflections of snakes in plexiglass. Last year, at an anniversary screening of RaidersSteven Spielberg said,

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 you some of you may remember from 1981.

Only time will tell.