In the midst of making the two movies he directed that were released at the end of 2011 - War Horse and The Adventures of Tintin – plus shooting and now editing his December 2012 release of Lincoln starring Daniel Day-Lewis in the presidential title role and prepping the adaptation of Daniel H. Wilson’s robots-gone-bad novel Robopocalypse (slated for an April 25, 2014 release), Steven Spielberg has somehow managed to find time to make drastic improvements to two of his earliest films.
A restored version of Jaws is now available on DVD and Blu-ray, and next is his 1981 classic that spawned a franchise and became a cultural phenomenon. But before the Blu-Ray version of that movie, it will first roll into theaters for a limited engagement – but not your regular, run-of-the-mill digital 2D theater, oh no. If you’re going to put the time into re-mastering Raiders of the Lost Ark starring Harrison Ford as the iconic Indiana Jones, it has to be seen in the superior quality theaters of IMAX.
In a press release from the company, Spielberg noted the technical advances of the restoration. “When I saw the stunning quality of the picture and heard the enhanced sound in an IMAX theatre, I was quite literally blown away and hope that audiences will enjoy the experience as much as I did.”
“We are honored to present all the excitement of Indiana Jones in a way it’s never been experienced before – IMAX,” said Greg Foster, Chairman & President, IMAX Filmed Entertainment. “We look forward to celebrating this iconic film with longtime fans as well as a new generation of moviegoers.”
Those fans – new and old – will get to see the action-adventure classic in all its globe-trotting IMAX glory beginning September 7th…and for one week only.
Here are more details on the re-release of Raiders of the Lost Ark and DVD release that follows, along with the new IMAX trailer for the movie.
“Under the supervision of Spielberg and renowned sound designer Ben Burtt, Raiders of the Lost Ark has been meticulously restored with careful attention to preserving the original look, sound and feel of the iconic film for its highly-anticipated release on Blu-ray as part of INDIANA JONES: The Complete Adventures. Every extraordinary exploit of world-renowned, globetrotting hero Indiana Jones finally comes home in sparkling high definition on September 18, 2012 from Lucasfilm Ltd. and Paramount Home Media Distribution. In addition to all of the thrilling adventures, the set features seven hours of fascinating bonus material, including a brand new two-part documentary entitled ‘On Set with Raiders of the Lost Ark – From Jungle to Desert and From Adventure to Legend.’ Featuring nearly an hour of rarely seen footage from the set of the film and archival interviews with Steven Spielberg, George Lucas and Harrison Ford, this captivating piece transports fans back to where the legend began.”