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I told you it's going to be a busy September as far as Blu-rays are concerned. In addition to the freshly announced Hitchcock box set and MARVEL'S THE AVENGERS, you now also have to add INDIANA JONES to your wish list, as Paramount Home Media Distribution has set September 18 for what they're calling INDIANA JONES: THE COMPLETE ADVENTURES, which contains all four films, plus special features.
The special features have yet to be detailed, but what will catch your eye, if you weren't already sold on the idea of owning Indy on Blu-ray, is the fact that RAIDERS OF THE LOST ARK has been carefully restored under the supervision of Steven Spielberg and sound designer Ben Burtt, in order to maintain the original look, sound and feel of our introduction to Indiana Jones.
According to the press release sent my way:
The original negative was first scanned at 4K and then examined frame-by-frame so that any damage could be repaired.
The sound design was similarly preserved using Burtt’s original master mix, which had been archived and unused since 1981. New stereo surrounds were created using the original music tracks and original effects recorded in stereo but used previously only in mono. In addition, the sub bass was redone entirely up to modern specifications and care was taken to improve dialogue and correct small technical flaws to create the most complete and highest quality version of the sound possible while retaining the director’s vision. The result is an impeccable digital restoration that celebrates the film and its place in cinematic history.
It looks like INDIANA JONES: THE COMPLETE ADVENTURES will set you back just under 100 bucks, according to the pre-sale on Amazon, but, as far as I'm concerned, to get a pristine copy of RAIDERS and remastered versions of TEMPLE OF DOOM, LAST CRUSADE and... yes, even KINGDOM OF THE CRYSTAL SKULL, since I'm a completist... that's money well spent.
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