It’s true that with every new format, there comes a wait for some catalog favorites. Studios like to dish out their crown jewels during high sales periods so people buy them as holiday presents. For those hoping to spend some quality time with Dr. Indiana Jones in 1080p, the wait is almost over. This fall we will get a box set of all four Indiana Jones films. For Steven Spielberg fans this is a banner year for Blu-ray as it will be joining his longed-for Jaws, which also is hitting Blu later this year.
Paramount didn’t let the cat out of the bag in terms of what’s coming with the movies, though there has been a DVD box set with a long form documentary, and re-releases – done in conjunction with the release of Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull – had new feautrettes. What’s most interesting is the possibility of new material. There was a leak a while back of a blooper from Temple of Doom that had cameos from Barbara Streisand, Carrie Fisher and Irvin Kershner… here, take a look at that (the original video seems to have been removed, so this is the best of what’s still out there):
The press release doesn’t offer many clues:
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.
And here’s a Trailer (from Collider):
So I guess what we have to look forward to is “a few new surprises.” Unfortunately, the fourth film is already on Blu-ray so for those who already owned it, it looks like they’re going to get double dipped, and those who didn’t own it are going to be forced to if they want the trilogy. The one positive? The Crystal Skull set was a two disc affair, so it’s possible that it will be an eight disc set to match what’s been previously released. There is more stuff out there, though George Lucas is notoriously protective and the recent Star Wars set was good – but nowhere near definitive. Still, Indy.
Will you buy this when it streets?