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UPDATED WITH TRAILER!! RAIDERS OF THE LOST ARK Is Getting An IMAX Re-Release And AMC Is Having An Indy Marathon!!

The Kidd here...

I only wish more studios would get behind this idea of retrospective screenings without tacking on 3D. But in a true sign of awesomeness, word has leaked out that Paramount is planning a re-release of RAIDERS OF THE LOST ARK, in anticipation of the INDIANA JONES: THE COMPLETE ADVENTURES Blu-ray box set release in September... and to truly ring in the fortune and glory that comes with such an idea, this isn't just any old re-release. This one's coming in IMAX.

El Mayimbe of Latino Review blew the lid off this one via Twitter, and, after checking in with my sources, it looks like a window of Friday, September 7 through Thursday, September 13 (giving you less than a week to take advantage of this chance to see Indiana Jones again, this time on the big, BIG screen... and right before the September 18 street date for the Blu-ray).

Paramount hasn't returned any calls for comment, so the number of screens right now remains a mystery, but I'm anticipating a huge roll-out here to build excitement for the box set. That means you should be able to see RAIDERS in both the traditional 70mm IMAX format as well as the Digital IMAX with those screens free and clear of new fare until RESIDENT EVIL: RETRIBUTION hits on the 14th, which explains the tight window of the release.

Oh, sure... you can save your pennies for the Blu-ray release if you want... but who knows when you're going to get another chance to see Indiana Jones projected like this again. I know I'm getting my ticket. 

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Courtesy of Yahoo!, here's your trailer for RAIDERS OF THE LOST ARK in IMAX...

Plus, the icing on the cake is that AMC is also rolling out an entire Indiana Jones marathon on September 15. That's all four movies - RAIDERS OF THE LOST ARK, THE TEMPLE OF DOOM, THE LAST CRUSADE and KINGDOM OF THE CRYSTAL SKULL - back in the theatre for your adventurous viewing pleasure. The Blu-ray box set comes only a couple days later, but is that really the same as being able to watch Indy in a theatre again surrounded by fellow Indy fans?

-Billy Donnelly

"The Infamous Billy The Kidd"

BillyTheKidd@aintitcool.com

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  • Aug. 14, 2012, 5:23 p.m. CST

    1st

    by Brian Hopper

  • Aug. 14, 2012, 5:26 p.m. CST

    Hopefully without any tampering on the original film, I suppose

    by Ricardo

  • Aug. 14, 2012, 5:29 p.m. CST

    Fortune and glory.

    by adeceasedfan

  • Aug. 14, 2012, 5:29 p.m. CST

    Replace guns with walkie talkies?

    by Doggus47

    They can replace guns with walkie talkies, do new CGI face melting, and add in a "NOOOOOO!!!!" somewhere. Maybe Hayden Christensen can be one of the spirits flying out of the ark.

  • Aug. 14, 2012, 5:30 p.m. CST

    HELL YES!

    by fimano

    My alltime favourite movie on the big, scratch that, IMAX screen. HELL YES!!!!!

  • Aug. 14, 2012, 5:30 p.m. CST

    Can I take my 6 year old to this?

    by Somerichs

    I mean, really, what's worse, never having gotten to see this on the big screen or suffering through a few nights worth of nightmares where peoples' faces are melting? Seems a pretty fair tradeoff...

  • Aug. 14, 2012, 5:31 p.m. CST

    This time the Swordsman willl shoot first.

    by ray a

  • Aug. 14, 2012, 5:31 p.m. CST

    Look at that set

    by Fart Magnus

    In particular, look at the receding, long distance to the right of Indy and under the ball. Yeah I know lenses can make backgrounds look further back and so on but LOOK AT THAT. That's an ACTUAL set that goes BACK, creating a true SETTING. No fucking green screen, matte-lined fuzzy(or too crisp)projected background. Some hard working guys with hammers had to ACTUALLY build that bloody place - not some geeks with a mouse and a bottle of water next to their keyboard. THAT is REAL movie magic guys!

  • Aug. 14, 2012, 5:33 p.m. CST

    Coming the the UK too I hope..

    by Axl Z

  • Aug. 14, 2012, 5:33 p.m. CST

    NO COMMERCIAL IMAX IN NEW MEXICO

    by LT Weezie

    I love living in NM, but alas, there are just two IMAX setups in the state, and both are at museums and just show IMAX science fare, and no commercial films. Have seen RAIDERS on HUGE screen venues, and in 70mm, but alas, no IMAX. Supposedly they ARE beginning construction on one in Albuquerque, and since I have to drive by the site every day going to work, I can see they ARE doing something...we can only hope it is SOONER rather than LATER!!

  • Aug. 14, 2012, 5:36 p.m. CST

    just think

    by jon pertwee

    if joe kubert had been the guy who looked after indy's whip, he'd have had a retrospective about his career and his effect on pop culture, the day he died. but he wasn't. very sad aicn, very sad.

  • Aug. 14, 2012, 5:37 p.m. CST

    Dum da dum dum, dum da dum, dum da dum dum, dum da da, da, dum!

    by kindofabigdeal

  • Aug. 14, 2012, 5:37 p.m. CST

    cool beans!

    by Titus05

    great to see a theatrical re-release (I still think only movies filmed with IMAX cameras should be shown on IMAX screens)...I'm definitely getting the Blu-ray set but doubt I'm going to see it in the theater but happy to see Paramount doing this

  • Penis.

  • Aug. 14, 2012, 5:38 p.m. CST

    This could become my very first IMAX viewing.

    by iakobos

    We haven't had one were I live to now and Raiders would be awesome to see on the big(ger) screen again. I remember how exciting it was to see in the theaters when I was kid. Heck, it was the first movie I ever got to see twice in the theaters.

  • Aug. 14, 2012, 5:40 p.m. CST

    By far THE most violent PG film ever made. I mean,

    by Brian Hopper

    multiple scenes of people being shot in the head... blood sprayed from man struck by propeller... people blown up in car... etc etc. How Spielberg got that stuff past the MPAA still boggles my mind.

  • Oh, wait...

  • Aug. 14, 2012, 5:41 p.m. CST

    Great news

    by jack

  • Aug. 14, 2012, 5:41 p.m. CST

    Now this is a great idea!

    by Annie The Pod Racer

    Let "The Neverending Story" be next on the Imax!

  • Aug. 14, 2012, 5:41 p.m. CST

    Fucking A... I'm there fucko's

    by Mr Soze

    Greatest movie of all time.

  • Both Spielberg and Lucas have acknowledged this. not that i complain.

  • I saw a 70mm print back in the 90's but it was slightly beat up and missing frames here and there. I guess towards the end of a movies run, less scrupulous projectionists would trim frames from their favorite scenes to keep, or to sell.

  • Aug. 14, 2012, 5:48 p.m. CST

    It won't look that great in IMAX

    by Rupee88

    better just in a regular theater with larger screen. Anyway this sounds like more of a publicity release than them expecting anyone to actually go see it.

  • My home theater setup may not be as big as the average theater, but it's a lot more comfortable with a properly calibrated projector, a curved screen, and no fucking texting! But...if I can see the restored Raiders print in true 70mm, then I'm there. If not, the beautiful Blu-rays will suffice. I'm watching Jaws tonight with a few friends. And you can bet your ass I'll be marathoning all 4 (Yes, ALL FOUR!) Indy movies the weekend of the Blu-ray release.

  • Aug. 14, 2012, 6 p.m. CST

    WhileI don't like conversions of any kind, I will support this.

    by Trying_It_Again_Part_2

    It won't be "true" IMAX, but I look forward to seeing it in a theater again with like-minded souls. The restoration should be incredible!

  • Aug. 14, 2012, 6 p.m. CST

    Billy,...

    by Kevin

    Why? A new transfer. A good theater. That is all that is needed. If Follywood would just put these out,.....never mind.

  • Count your blessings!

  • Aug. 14, 2012, 6:06 p.m. CST

    My daughter's name is Indiana

    by slone13

    And it ain't cause her mother and I are Hoosiers fans.

  • Aug. 14, 2012, 6:08 p.m. CST

    Alien and Blade Runner deserve IMAX treatment more

    by unparanoid_android

    love Raiders to death, but it was shot in the fashion of Saturday morning television - i.e it looks good on smaller screens. Don't think IMAX will make it look much better.

  • Aug. 14, 2012, 6:12 p.m. CST

    Awesome.

    by HapaPapa72

    Haven't seen it in the theater since it came out when I was 9 years old. Still one of the best birthdays ever. What more to say about one of the greatest movies ever made? I'm there. With my 8 year olds in tow, of course.

  • Aug. 14, 2012, 6:15 p.m. CST

    I thought Jurassic Park was getting a 3-D rerelease too

    by Mikeyeieio

  • Aug. 14, 2012, 6:22 p.m. CST

    Cool

    by sith_rising

    Don't care about Blu-Ray, but will definately go see this

  • Aug. 14, 2012, 6:25 p.m. CST

    If it comes within 50 miles, I'm taking my son

    by ATARI

  • Aug. 14, 2012, 6:35 p.m. CST

    My first child is due that week.

    by one9deuce

    I'd hate to miss their birth.... ....but this is RAIDERS OF THE LOST ARK! In IMAX, unaltered, totally restored, and in IMAX! The only other release that could get me this fired up is STAR WARS unaltered, totally restored, in IMAX, and UN-FUCKING-ALTERED. Steven Spielberg, showing the film industry how to do everything perfect with the ET, JAWS, and RAIDERS OF THE LOST ARK releases.

  • Aug. 14, 2012, 6:42 p.m. CST

    PLEASE let this be REAL IMAX.

    by Lord Elric

    The process might add some grain, but seeing RAIDERS on a screen similar in size to the one I saw it in would be beyond fantastic. I really miss those huge, 70mm screens...

  • ... Just to make sure it's totally, perfectly executed.

  • Aug. 14, 2012, 6:43 p.m. CST

    I like Raiders #3...

    by J

    While the opening tomb-raiding sequence is one of the greatest things to ever come out of Hollywood, so much of the rest of the film is a yawner. It has its moments, sure, but the 3rd one is far and away my favorite. #2 has its problems, but at least I don't get bored watching it like I do during segments of Raiders. As for the 4th... well, that one doesn't exist so I don't even know why I mention it.

  • Aug. 14, 2012, 6:43 p.m. CST

    Because...Practice makes perfect

    by Zombiana_Jones

    Y'know, unlike the tagline of that last post.

  • Aug. 14, 2012, 6:48 p.m. CST

    The only one I like.

    by Simpsonian

    The others are just too over the top for my liking...

  • But I think this is it.

  • Aug. 14, 2012, 6:50 p.m. CST

    Will it be with or without the snake reflection?

    by bah

    One of the greatest movie bloopers of all time, and they had to erase it for the DVD. Own that shit, Spielberg!

  • Aug. 14, 2012, 6:52 p.m. CST

    slone13. That is awesome!

    by adeceasedfan

    I named my son after a Terminator character. You win the prize.

  • Aug. 14, 2012, 6:52 p.m. CST

    No unparanoid_android

    by one9deuce

    RAIDERS OF THE LOST ARK was most certainly not shot in the style of Saturday morning television. You're 100% incorrect. It was inspired by the serial cliffhangers shown at movie theaters, but it was produced from beginning to end with A+ talent at every level in every department. Douglas Slocombe's cinematography is breathtaking and a clinic on how to shoot 2.35 aspect ratio widescreen. His use of deep focus and light and shadow is just jaw dropping in RAIDERS. Especially in the prologue, and particularly in the idol room. For chrissakes, if you don't know what you're talking about, don't post it in the talkback.

  • Aug. 14, 2012, 6:53 p.m. CST

    and thank god it will not be in 3D

    by Simpsonian

  • Aug. 14, 2012, 6:58 p.m. CST

    I also like to think of Raiders as being an A+ at every level

    by Brian Hopper

    in terms of the talent and craft involved in that film. In every respect, from script to actors to cinematography, editing to sound to music and fx (practical and post)... everything, and I mean EVERYTHING, is first-class all the way. A truly great screenplay at the base of it, with still-unsurpassed action sequences, and incredible sense of humor and warmth... just a joy to watch this film. Every scene from beginning to end is its own little nugget of gold. THE greatest action film ever made, and more generally a masterpiece of cinema. The best.

  • Aug. 14, 2012, 7:06 p.m. CST

    This was shot in 35mm, right?

    by Ricardo

    Wont it be blown into a low res deformed picture? Can someone familiar with the format answer this one?

  • Aug. 14, 2012, 7:11 p.m. CST

    Yes. Please.

    by ultragoregrind

    I hope my city is lucky enough to get this, because i am SO there.

  • Aug. 14, 2012, 7:21 p.m. CST

    35mm still has more resolution than most digital camera.

    by blackmantis

    The restoration is taken from the 4k scan of the original negative elements. Most film prints are several generations away from the original negative, so more grain is introduced into the film than if you were seeing it raw. There will be grain, but not as much as you would probably expect. Lo res and deformed it would not look. It will look the best it possibly could which is all I care about, and sound even better. Also, it will most surely be letterboxed and not blown up to the full IMAX frame, which is almost square.

  • Aug. 14, 2012, 7:23 p.m. CST

    I assume this will be a limited release...

    by WeylandYutani

    I hope that there are lines around the block so that Paramount and Lucasfilm are persuaded to do a much larger release and not just NY, LA and Chicago.

  • Aug. 14, 2012, 7:24 p.m. CST

    Awesome...finally my chance to see this one on the BIG screen.

    by DementedCaver

    TEMPLE OF DOOM was the first flick I paid my own way to see. In a theater that is no more. Now I have a chance to see Raiders. I got to see the classic THE GOOD THE BAD AND THE UGLY this year in a vintage 30's theater....and loved it. So cool to walk down to the restroom after the movie and hear The Ecstacey(sp) of Gold playing over the speakers.

  • Aug. 14, 2012, 7:25 p.m. CST

    Cool! Raiders is meant to be projected on a huge screen

    by Chuck_Chuckwalla

    It's like Lawrence of Arabia, it just works better on a big screen. And IMAX? That will be even better than when I saw it thirty years ago. Should we be thanking George Lucas for allowing this to happen? I'm thinkin' yeah. Thanks George, for throwing us one.

  • Aug. 14, 2012, 7:28 p.m. CST

    Meh. I'd rather see a 4K presentation

    by Logan_1973

    RAIDERS wasn't shot for IMAX, I don't see how it would benefit from the format. They might as well run it in 3D.

  • Aug. 14, 2012, 7:32 p.m. CST

    Karen Allen's hairy bush outline in that silk dress on IMAX

    by thelordofhell

    I'm in!!

  • Aug. 14, 2012, 7:37 p.m. CST

    Sloane13, you are my hero!!!

    by notcher

    Great name for a daughter. Hope you have a shotgun ready for when she is older cuz every geek is going to be after her!!!

  • Aug. 14, 2012, 7:46 p.m. CST

    DMR needs to die

    by dvdmike

    IF it was a new 70mm blow up I would be there in seconds

  • Aug. 14, 2012, 7:52 p.m. CST

    Cool! It'll be out on my birthday..

    by quadrupletree

    Guess I'll have to treat myself to this.

  • Aug. 14, 2012, 7:53 p.m. CST

    it was never filmed in Imax or 70mm so what gives..?

    by D o o d

    why not just release it in it's original format remastered? why? why? why? fucking lucas!

  • Aug. 14, 2012, 7:58 p.m. CST

    snakes to be replaced by cute little puppies

    by walt

  • Aug. 14, 2012, 8:02 p.m. CST

    d o o d

    by Logan_1973

    I agree. Films not shot in 70mm shouldn't be getting the IMAX treatment. And to be fair, if we're going to say fuck you Lucas (although I don't think he was behind this), then its fair to say fuck you Alamo Drafthouse who are pulling the same trick with GHOSTBUSTERS and LAST CRUSADE.

  • yep

  • Aug. 14, 2012, 8:09 p.m. CST

    Woah

    by Mako

    If this is true... it's the best news I've heard in a long long time. RAIDERS is my fav and best film ever!! Seeing it back on the BIG SCREEN better than ever will be awesome. Too bad Universal didn't do this with JAWS.

  • Aug. 14, 2012, 8:15 p.m. CST

    Yes!

    by dukeroberts

    ROTLA on the big screen again! Awesome sauce!

  • Aug. 14, 2012, 8:28 p.m. CST

    can't wait

    by umbral_shadow_

    the only downside is that Lucas will get a little more richer, but fuck I can't resist this.

  • Aug. 14, 2012, 8:29 p.m. CST

    "after checking in with my sources" LOL

    by Hardboiled Wonderland

    Just admit Latino Review got the scoop first, give them the credit, and quit with the posing. You are NOT the movie version of Jake Adelstein.

  • Aug. 14, 2012, 8:34 p.m. CST

    rolling ball scene

    by t

    instead of running forwards why didn't indy just lie down and let the ball roll past, it should be possible with the side ramps, look at the main pic above.

  • Aug. 14, 2012, 8:40 p.m. CST

    What's the point...

    by borsky

    Raiders is probably my favorite movie ever, but I can't get excited by this. Sure, it's great that it's getting another release that might enthuse new audiences, but as far as I'm concerned, if it wasn't intended for IMAX then why bother? Too much emphasis these days on format to boost the viewing experience. I first saw Raiders in a shoddy, run down local on a beat up 70 mm screen. Was I less impressed? No. Because it was the story, the characters, the cinematography, the music piped through tinny speakers and ramped up to 11. Quality will always shine through, and for all its effects and enhancements Avatar is still a piece of dog shit.

  • Aug. 14, 2012, 8:41 p.m. CST

    silv what? are you going to a real IMAX or crappier IMAX digital?

    by MurderMostFowl

    real iMAX is 70mm/15perf with an aspect ratio of 1.4:1 The difference is night and day for footage shot in IMAX 70mm. For blowups like this there's tradeoffs, in that you're going to not fill the whole screen for a 2.35:1 film or even 1/3rd of it. I'm sure the blow up will actually be projected in something less wide like 1.8:1 or even 16:9 just so you get some real vertical resolution benefit. The thing I hate about blow ups for IMAX is the "I'm looking up your nose" effect it has on closeups.

  • Aug. 14, 2012, 8:41 p.m. CST

    Because then he'd be sealed inside the tomb forever.

    by blackmantis

    Also, he didn't have much time to think.

  • Aug. 14, 2012, 8:49 p.m. CST

    SLOAN13 - WE NAMED THE DOG INDIANA!

    by Darth Busey

  • Aug. 14, 2012, 8:49 p.m. CST

    IT'S NOT THE YEARS. IT'S THE MILEAGE.

    by Darth Busey

  • Pass.

  • Aug. 14, 2012, 9:10 p.m. CST

    PLEASE release this in Boston

    by Nasty In The Pasty

  • Aug. 14, 2012, 9:28 p.m. CST

    This is awesome and they really should have done this with Jaws!

    by Proman1984

  • Curious minds are interested in watching it!

  • Aug. 14, 2012, 9:55 p.m. CST

    awesome.............news..................!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    by Balkin Flabgurter

  • Aug. 14, 2012, 10:31 p.m. CST

    Oh look! George Lucas needs more of your money!

    by KongMonkey

    How many times can you re-release the only two film franchises you've ever been involved with, you looney fucking lumberjack? Go ahead and remake Howard the Duck in IMAX 3D like you really want to, since you can't seem to think of anything original other than cornering the market on merchandising.

  • Aug. 14, 2012, 10:50 p.m. CST

    If it's coming to Boston in true Imax, I hope it's at the aquarium..

    by Lao_Che_Air_Freight

    If I go all the way down to fucking Jordan's for this, that's gunna suck. I think they did Clones at the aquarium, didn't they Nasty?

  • Aug. 14, 2012, 11:07 p.m. CST

    Bah, it's only coming to ImaxLite at the Common

    by Lao_Che_Air_Freight

  • Aug. 14, 2012, 11:08 p.m. CST

    Tickets available at imax.com now

    by Lao_Che_Air_Freight

    Punch in Sep 7th...

  • Aug. 14, 2012, 11:19 p.m. CST

    charliechaplinfilmsin3d

    by one9deuce

    The boulder seals off the temple entrance. If Indiana Jones had let it go over him he would probably end up dying in there.

  • Aug. 14, 2012, 11:25 p.m. CST

    RAIDERS looked and sounded fine in 70mm

    by Lord Elric

    and Six Track stereo surround. With some futzing, one can show a 70mm print in IMAX and it will look fine. Now...where's the IMAX release of THE SHINING?

  • Aug. 15, 2012, 12:07 a.m. CST

    No 15/70 remastered blow up prints are being made, just digital IMAX

    by Jimmy Cain

    Sounds like Paramount is only going to re-release the film in Digital LIMAX, they're too cheap to make any 15/70 IMAX prints of this classic which sucks because those Digital Multiplex IMAX screens suck, smaller theatre and smaller screen. There is no difference between digital IMAX and TDS, or Real D, etc. so to put their name on that is lame. When you hear "Raiders" and IMAX you automatically think of the gigantic screen with the remastered blow up 15/70 print. I could understand the studio being cheap and avoiding actual IMAX prints if this was "She's Out of My League" but "Raiders?" Come on!!!

  • Aug. 15, 2012, 12:18 a.m. CST

    Link to Article about IMAX re-release

    by Jimmy Cain

    http://artsbeat.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/08/14/raiders-of-the-lost-ark-to-receive-imax-re-release/ Also the theatres listed on the IMAX site are all of the smaller digital IMAX screens.

  • Aug. 15, 2012, 12:24 a.m. CST

    saw it in 1981. 6 years old.

    by cesareo

    My mom had to assuage me by saying Toht melting face was ketchup. A perfect movie and one hell of an introduction to one of the major driving forces of my life.

  • Aug. 15, 2012, 12:27 a.m. CST

    The up conversion of Attack of the Clones

    by Wheel99

    was not bad. I am in on this.

  • Aug. 15, 2012, 12:41 a.m. CST

    Damnit Universal should have had Jaws out this summer

    by Chairman_Kaga

    For the same reason, pushing the Blu-Rays.

  • Talk about showing you age, guys. Before home video really put up a fight, popular movies would get re-released every few years. Raiders is certainly no exception, and it's exactly the type of movie that should be getting this treatment. So put the cap on your faux cynicism, because anyone who wouldn't want to see a newly restored Raiders in Imax shouldn't even be pretending to be a fan. I have no idea if I'll be able to go this, but you can bet your ass that I want to see the movie on the big screen again. It's how the movie was meant to be seen, and it's how it was introduced to the world.

  • then proceed with re-re-re-release.

  • Aug. 15, 2012, 2:38 a.m. CST

    You said it bantuwind...

    by Ruester

    I don't claim to remember the days before VHS but by God I have no problem spending money on an IMAX version of Raiders. Especially when people spent money to watch a Spider-Man origin...again. What's the difference? Hell, at the very least, if I go to see Jaws in a 4K print on IMAX, at I know it's a good movie to begin with.

  • Aug. 15, 2012, 3:08 a.m. CST

    it's not shot on IMAX so fuck off with this cash grab

    by Windowlicker74

    why are all the nerds falling for this?

  • Aug. 15, 2012, 3:42 a.m. CST

    Lawrence Of Arabia screening locations

    by Madmacks

    Hey Kidd. Any word yet on where Lawrence Of Arabia will get theatrical screenings?

  • Aug. 15, 2012, 4:51 a.m. CST

    They should replace all of those inaccurate Nazi swastikas

    by buggerbugger

    ...with the much more authentic Hydra emblem.

  • Aug. 15, 2012, 6:45 a.m. CST

    Imax is a bit over rated.

    by Orbots Commander

    Like somebody else mentioned, after a few minutes, you forget about the screen size and you become acclimated to it. It's before the lights go down, when you sit down in an Imax theater and get a look at the size of the screen, that is the best part of the experience, as far as Imax goes.

  • Aug. 15, 2012, 6:48 a.m. CST

    Worst Imax experience ever.

    by Orbots Commander

    It was in an a local 'Air and Space Museum' in Uniondale, Long Island, and they projected the movie on a dome. It stretched the image out to all corners, so you were swiveling your head for the entire length of the movie. Gave me a migraine for the entirety of the next day.

  • Aug. 15, 2012, 6:51 a.m. CST

    Best Imax experience...

    by Orbots Commander

    ...was at the Lincoln Center Lowes, NYC, to see Avatar, down the block from that all-glass building Apple Store (which is another sight to behold).

  • Aug. 15, 2012, 6:59 a.m. CST

    This has nothing to do with Lucas, you uneducated wankers.

    by Logan_1973

    It's a studio move all the way, and the Alamo Drafthouse is pulling the same shit.

  • Aug. 15, 2012, 7:28 a.m. CST

    Wait... they went back in time and reshot the whole thing in IMAX?

    by NeonFrisbee

    Oh, no, wait, they're just gonna project the original print on a giant screen? You are officially the biggest jackass in the universe if you actually pay to see this instead of just waiting for the bluray.

  • We're all in agreement that Raiders is the only truly good one, right? I mean, surely no one in their right mind would give any praise to any of the other Indy movies, all of which have ranged from mediocre (Last Crusade) to merely bad (Temple of Derp) to downright AWFUL in the extreme (Crystal Skullfuck).

  • Aug. 15, 2012, 7:47 a.m. CST

    I can't believe that people are complaining about this.

    by seanny_d

    Listen, would I rather just have a standard 35MM print instead of having to go to one of those fake IMAX theaters? Absolutely. <p>That being said, this is Raiders on a big screen. And I've seen plenty of DMR conversions of movies at IMAX. Harry Potter, V for Vendetta, Superman Returns, etc. All of these were released in IMAX despite not having one frame of footage shot in IMAX.<p><p> In fact, only FOUR Hollywood movies have actual IMAX footage. Dark Knight, Transformers 2, Mission: Impossible 4, and Dark Knight Rises. That's it. Nothing more. And they've been releasing Hollywood movies in IMAX for over ten years. I think it started in 2001 for Apollo 13. So this isn't some sort of unprecedented move here. <p><p>I'm only 28 years old. I saw Raiders for the first time on either a VHS as a child or as some sort of Saturday afternoon broadcast. This is my first time that I'll ever have the ability to watch Raiders on a big screen. (I almost said Indy, but I forgot I did see Crystal Skull. I wish I could still forget.) Can't we just celebrate that fact? If you see it as a cash grab, simply don't go. But there's no way you're going to dampen my enthusiasm for this experience.

  • Aug. 15, 2012, 7:51 a.m. CST

    no BANTUWIND, it wasn't meant to be seen on an IMAX screen

    by Windowlicker74

    so please cut the condescending bullshit. No one minds that a movie gets a re release, but please don't show it in an IMAX theatre when it's not fimed in IMAX (yes IMAX, it's this super screen, that needs special cameras get it?)

  • Second to the last paragraph. http://artsbeat.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/08/14/raiders-of-the-lost-ark-to-receive-imax-re-release/

  • Aug. 15, 2012, 8:12 a.m. CST

    ... and let the milking continue into oblivion!

    by ColloquiallyBorn

    ...instead of giving us good new stories and movies, Spielberg and Lucas are just milking their old flicks to get more money from us.. Let it go and try to do something good 'cause the last 10 years of your movies sucked.. Spielberg - The last Indiana Jones was plain ridiculous, especially the last scene which was basically the same as the end scene of the X-Files with sand instead of snow.. War of the worlds was the worst remake ever with a minivan surviving a plane crash on top of it while a neighborhood was completely ravaged, a kid that survives a blast that wipes out an army ect ect ect... Lucas - Let's not even talk about Episodes 1 to 3 from Star Wars... seriously.. for once I would've loved that he gave the reigns to someone else instead of his need to develop characters based on marketing selling points and not storyline as per the Episodes 4 to 6 (while the ewoks were *bleh* at least we got a good ending for the Skywalkers)... Stop milking and give us good movies!

  • Aug. 15, 2012, 8:19 a.m. CST

    People who jack off about aspect ratios

    by John

    are like douchebags who jack off about cars. - Totally missing the fucking point.

  • Yeah I guess if you're sucked in by the story. I feel the same way about 3-D. Like Prometheus, it was really remarkable at first, but then after awhile it's like it's not even there, and then you wonder why you paid the extra however many bucks.

  • Really it's kind of stupid to watch a film blown up to insane proportions when it wasn't shot in a fashion that it will look good that way. Sort of like the assholes that watch Citizen Kane on their HD televisions stretched from it's original aspect ratio of 1.37 to 1.78.

  • Aug. 15, 2012, 8:55 a.m. CST

    Thank you seanny_d!

    by jawaburger

    For pointing out that there has not been a single Hollywood movie that has been filmed in its entirety in IMAX. Everyone who says it is stupid to release a movie in IMAX that wasn't filmed in IMAX, please read his post and quit bitching. Thank you.

  • Aug. 15, 2012, 9:23 a.m. CST

    seanny_d

    by Logan_1973

    But there have been plenty of films shot in 70mm in their entirety. Those are the ones you want to see in IMAX.

  • Aug. 15, 2012, 10:02 a.m. CST

    logan_1973

    by seanny_d

    Oh, I agree. Anything that's filmed on better film stock, I'll happily watch in IMAX and appreciate it all the more. But I'm of the opinion that the bigger the screen the better, so as long as a film can be projected without much degradation in quality, I'll be there. (I once went to a theater projecting a DVD showing of Return of the King and it was atrocious. Just terrible.)

  • Aug. 15, 2012, 10:34 a.m. CST

    bantuwind is correct . .

    by Clark Kunt

    Before every house had a VCR and HBO, movie re-releases were common. Due to the re-releases common at the time, I was able to see Sinbad, Snow White, Peter Pan and other films in the cinema. I also had a second opportunity to see Star Wars in the theater, because it was re-released before Empire came out. I was able to see Return of the Jedi 10 times in 1983 because it was re-released in the fall of that year, and I got to see it theatrically one more time. In fact, if it weren't for re-releasing films, I would never have seen Raiders in the theater. I didn't go in its original release, but I was re-released in the fall of that same year, and I decided to give it a try. I would love to see the studios go back to re-releasing movies. The cinema is where movies were intended to be seen, on a huge screen.

  • Aug. 15, 2012, 10:46 a.m. CST

    I don't understand the complaining at all.

    by one9deuce

    This is RAIDERS OF THE LOST ARK on the big screen in an official release. IMAX screens are large, but the old movie houses of yesteryear that had one (maybe two or three) screens had HUGE screens. I'd be willing to bet that some of the theaters from my childhood had significantly bigger screens than an IMAX screen and definitely over a digital IMAX screen. I was 8 years old when RAIDERS OF THE LOST ARK was released (thank you Mom and Dad and fate and destiny) and multiplexes weren't around yet. I saw ROTLA on a big, BIG ass screen, and it was projected in 35mm obviously. Looked spectacular. Would a 4k digital print look even better? Sure. But it's still going to look (and sound) awesome. Big screen, go see it. Especially if you haven't ever had the chance.

  • Aug. 15, 2012, 10:53 a.m. CST

    I meant...

    by one9deuce

    would a 4k digital presentation look better than the 2k we're getting. Of course. Not better than 35mm, which is almost perfectly equivalent to 4k from what I understand. Also, thank you seanny-d for pointing out the only four (FOUR!) movies have actually shot with true IMAX film and only then for select sequences.

  • Aug. 15, 2012, 11:12 a.m. CST

    Friday thru Thursday IS A FULL WEEK!

    by 120chester

    ...it looks like a window of Friday, September 7 through Thursday, September 13 (giving you less than a week to take advantage of this chance to see Indiana Jones again...)

  • The new 4K remaster used for the Blu-ray (and the 2K DCP I saw) while looking like film, and immaculate, is definitely suited for *normal* theater screens, just like the JAWS 2K. DCP. This isn't like LAWRENCE OF ARABIA or BEN-HUR, filmed on 65mm — the source for the RAIDERS remaster is still 30 year old 35mm negative stock. Even the 70mm, six-track blow-ups of the day were generally shown on *normal* screens and didn't have a ticket price increase for 70mm. Hence, the complaints.

  • Aug. 15, 2012, 1:08 p.m. CST

    @Sloan13, you named your daughter after the dog?? HAHAHAHAAA!

    by Dogmatic

  • Aug. 15, 2012, 1:29 p.m. CST

    70mm

    by taff

    When Indy was released, Cincinnati had one real 70mm screen. I saw it on said screen in 70mm at an advance showing sitting in the second row because when my date and I arrived the place was packed. When that boulder appeared, I thought it was going to land in my lap.

  • Aug. 15, 2012, 1:55 p.m. CST

    justmyluck, I think you're my favorite talkbacker

    by one9deuce

    You sure seem to know your stuff. You're spot on, I didnt even think about the huge IMAX upcharge. That is worth complaining about for sure. Although, the sound capabilities of the digital IMAX theaters should make it a little easier to spend that extra money. The moment I'm looking forward to most is Indiana Jones running from the natives towards the plane. The music starts to build and he jumps and grabs the vine to swing into the water and for the first time we hear the Indiana Jones theme. That is going to sound awesome in IMAX, along with a few hundred other moments of great sound design and brilliant music. So RAIDERS OF THE LOST ARK is a 4K restoration for the Bluray? Same as JAWS? Are TEMPLE OF DOOM and LAST CRUSADE 4K?

  • Aug. 15, 2012, 1:58 p.m. CST

    One of my late Father's favourite movies

    by david starling

    And mine too!! Only thing that would beat it is Zulu remastered, and on IMAX!!

  • Aug. 15, 2012, 2:24 p.m. CST

    dogmatic, Henry Jones Jr. would hae been weird

    by slone13

    Her being a girl and all.

  • Aug. 15, 2012, 2:26 p.m. CST

    notcher, our last name is Twist, too

    by slone13

    I'm biased, of course, but Indiana Twist is a pretty fucking awesome name.

  • Paramount's 4K>2K DCP looks good, like a totally clean print, but definitley not the same level of scrutiny as Universal's JAWS restoration. RAIDERS was given a 4K mastering, because that will be the title which Paramount books as a DCP. As for IJTOD and LAST CRUSADE, no press release hype on them, so probably a standard 2K scan of the interpositive (i.e., timed print of the negative cut) for those.

  • Aug. 15, 2012, 3:13 p.m. CST

    Rewatched recently with Indy virgins

    by kiwiblackm

    And the only part one of them liked was when Indy shoots that guy rather than swordfighting. The rest, I recall, was gay. Even the truck fight. Gay. His favorite movie was cloverfield. So much wrong in the world. Oh well, never seeing Indiana jones until you're 25 is probably a good indicator of taste on its own

  • Aug. 15, 2012, 3:17 p.m. CST

    @bah: No snake reflection in 4K>2K RAIDERS. Will you miss it?

    by justmyluck

  • Aug. 15, 2012, 3:18 p.m. CST

    Re: liemax

    by kiwiblackm

    Its do odd that they would dilute their brand like that. Soon, people won't even equate IMAX with anything special, as the majority will experience nothing better than rpx or whatever the theater chain equivalent is. It reminds me of when apple leased out manufacturing in the early nineties, effectively killing their name until a total rebranding happened

  • Aug. 15, 2012, 4:29 p.m. CST

    Melting faces on a 72x53' screen? I'm there.

    by Bill C.

    Forget the rest of it (except maybe the boulder)--I just want to see THAT scene on the bigger screen, with John Williams' score assaulting my eardrums...

  • Aug. 15, 2012, 5:08 p.m. CST

    Awesome

    by ben

    just got my tix off fandango

  • Aug. 15, 2012, 5:45 p.m. CST

    The list on IMAX.com doesn't appear to have 70mm theaters.

    by Mike

    Looks like all digital IMAX. Where is the 70mm theater list? Not out yet?

  • Aug. 15, 2012, 5:57 p.m. CST

    IMAX is shit, higher frame rates are shit, 3D is shit, Raiders is shit, movies are shit, blah, blah, blah...

    by Turd_Is_Floating_Underneath_The_Gravy

    Cheery bunch in here...

  • Aug. 15, 2012, 6:47 p.m. CST

    justmyluck

    by one9deuce

    What is 4k>2k DCP? What exactly does that mean?

  • Aug. 15, 2012, 6:50 p.m. CST

    kiwiblackm

    by one9deuce

    Yeah, lots of people out there with no taste.

  • Aug. 15, 2012, 7:57 p.m. CST

    one9deuce: glossing terms over a bit...

    by Bill C.

    4k and 2k are film resolution standards. Somebody stop me if I mess this up... In this case, an original 35mm master print of Raiders was scanned digitally to create a new 4k digital master. That, in turn, was converted into a 2k DCP--digital cinema package--and from there you get to what we see in theaters and on home video (HDTV, Blu-ray). And somewhere between the 4k digital master and the DCP is where folks do things like cleaning up the mirror reflection shot.

  • Aug. 15, 2012, 10:38 p.m. CST

    Only in Schmi-max

    by Spinninmarty

    I live in Olympia, WA. About equal distance from Seattle and Portland. If this was playing at the Pac Sci Center, or Omsi, I would be there in a heartbeat. Unfortunately, it's only playing at some of the "IMAX" screens they have at a few local multiplexes. I saw Raiders about 10 years ago at the Cinerama in Seattle, and then I saw it just this last March in a theater in Hoquiam, WA. Instead of paying $18 for a phony IMAX experience, I will put that money toward the box set.

  • This isn't the 70's or 80's, when only certain people had a VCR and barely anything was available on tape. Today I can literally watch ... whatever I want to right now, either online or via a bitchin' home theater system, making the need and excuses for re-releases unnecessary and redundant. They're done solely nowadays to milk the nostalgia of you older folks "showing your age." But hey, if seeing a movie you've watched a hundred times in a dark theater again with a bunch of other middle-aged nerds floats your boat, then more power to you. If its the "experience" you're looking for, then have at it, Generation Star Wars. Don't forget your fedoras. I for one will no longer be feeding the Beard and his trusty sidekick the Lumberjack. Now my poor non-star-wars-gen born self is gonna listen to pirated music on his iPaddle 4.5017-94.1. #Jerks.

  • Aug. 15, 2012, 11:32 p.m. CST

    kongmonkey, are you a shut-in or something?

    by one9deuce

    Yeah, you can watch any movie on your "bitchin" home system. Alone. But there is no way your home system compares to a great theatrical experience. Not even close. And the communal experience is a big part of watching a movie. At least when watching a great movie like RAIDERS OF THE LOST ARK. The shared laughter when Indiana Jones shoots the swordsman. The collective gasp as the big German meets the propeller. Cheering when Indy goes under the truck and comes back around and throws the Nazi over the hood. It's awesome. You're logic is definitely flawed. People can eat first class meals at home, but we still go out to dinner. We can see a sporting event in HD on a huge screen at home for free, but we still go to stadiums to watch them. Unless you're agoraphobic I guess. Are you the stereotype? The 30 year old, fat, pasty, pimply, nerd down in his Mom's basement playing video games and doing internet chat with Cheetos stains all over his sweaty shirt?

  • Aug. 15, 2012, 11:43 p.m. CST

    Wow kongmonkey, the irony indeed....

    by Bastardsonofathousandmovies

    ...is that I actually feel SORRY for YOU. If you feel nothing towards seeing a movie like Raiders in the theater with a bunch of other "nerds," or simply for the "experience," well then, thank the Lord I grew up when I did cuz I sure as hell wouldn't want to be you.

  • Masterpiece.

  • Aug. 16, 2012, 2:32 a.m. CST

    Its called 'Raiders of the Lost Ark'....

    by digginjim

    NOT Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark OR Indiana Jones: Raiders of the Lost Ark For fucks sake. Lucas and his pointless tinkering. What a tool.

  • Aug. 16, 2012, 8:27 a.m. CST

    Pace...judging from the FX channel...

    by StatelyWayneManor

    ...Mr. & Mrs. Smith & the Devil Wears Prada.

  • Aug. 16, 2012, 9:11 a.m. CST

    @one9deuce: What redshirt_24 said, and...

    by justmyluck

    ... most theaters can project 2K DCPs at this point. Some IMAX Digital (aka LIEMAX) venues have begun testing 4K projectors only this year. The odds are that you will see RAIDERS in 2K in *IMAX*. So, 4K>2K means 4K mastering resolution, 2K print resolution (DCP). The one advantage is that IMAX venues are calibrated to higher standards than most theaters. In contrast to 2K IMAX Digital, IMAX full format film has a resolution from 6K to 12K, as scanned for digital archiving.

  • Aug. 16, 2012, 1:32 p.m. CST

    Americans complaining

    by Mr Lucas

    about ticket prices should see what people in other countries have to pay. Actually that applies to the cost of just about everything. Also, why do people say "price point" when "price" would be (and has been for many centuries) adequate?