HOLLYWOOD, Calif. (Aug. 8, 2003)
After years of waiting, Indiana Jones fans everywhere are
preparing for the long-awaited Oct. 21 premiere in the U.S.
and Canada of all three of the rogue archaeologist’s
classic adventures in the ultimate home-entertainment format.
From the groundbreaking excitement of Indiana Jones and the
Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981) to the sinister mysteries of
Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom (1984) and the father-son
adventures of Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade (1989), the
chills, spills and heroics of The Man in the Hat have never
looked or sounded better than they do on THE ADVENTURES OF
INDIANA JONES – THE COMPLETE DVD MOVIE COLLECTION.
The image of each film has been carefully restored by Lowry
Digital Images and the films have been digitally remastered
by THX. Each of the four films offers a new Dolby Digital
5.1 soundtrack. This special boxed set, which goes on sale
Oct. 21 for approximately $49.95 in the U.S. (there is no
suggested retail price, and international prices will vary),
will be available in either widescreen or full-screen format.
The Oct. 21 release is two weeks earlier than originally
announced, said Meagan
Burrows, President of Paramount Home Entertainment. “Ever
since we announced
Indiana Jones in May, the response and support from retailers
and fans has been fantastic. This is going to be a very crowded
and competitive fourth quarter for the home-entertainment
industry, so being in stores earlier is a distinct advantage
– especially with such an amazing title that consumers
and retailers are both anxious to get. Moving to Oct. 21 is
a win-win situation that gives Indy the focus and attention
Furthering the excitement is a bonus fourth disc of brand-new
special features and
newly produced documentaries created by Paramount Pictures
and Lucasfilm Ltd. especially for the DVD debut of THE ADVENTURES
OF INDIANA JONES – THE COMPLETE DVD MOVIE COLLECTION.
More than three hours of bonus material includes:
Indiana Jones: Making The Trilogy – Documentarians
raided the Lucasfilm archives for an unprecedented behind-the-scenes
look at movie-making history. More than two dozen new interviews
were conducted with the talented cast and crew of the Indiana
Jones trilogy – some of whom were interviewed for the
first time since the films were originally released. Making
the Trilogy is a completely unique tour through the rough-and-tumble
world of the films’ creation. Complete with never-before-seen
footage, outtakes, screen tests, production drawings and photographs
direct from the Lucasfilm archives, it’s the most detailed
exploration of these classic films ever produced.
The Light and Magic of Indiana Jones – The visual effects
wizards from Industrial Light and Magic bring new insight
into how they created the unique world of Indiana Jones. Their
groundbreaking techniques in visual and mechanical effects
came in an era before computer-generated effects existed,
offering unique challenges and spectacular results. ILM technicians
explain how miniatures, matte paintings, morphing and more
made Indy’s spectacular quests and supernatural adventures
into unforgettable film experiences.
Taking an in-depth adventure in sound, The Sound of Indiana
Jones joins Academy Award®-winning sound designer Ben
Burtt as he reveals the crucial role that sound effects and
editing played in the Indiana Jones films, while also providing
an aural history behind some of the most talked-about scenes.
The Stunts Of Indiana Jones goes behind the scenes to witness
the intense coordination required by the entire production
team to make certain a death-defying scene looks convincing
on film. This documentary reveals how the Indy films paid
homage to the past and were pivotal to the future of heart-stopping,
perilous movie stunts.
Venture on a musical journey with John Williams as he reminisces
about his collaboration with Steven Spielberg and George Lucas
and The Music of Indiana Jones. Viewers will learn how one
of the most iconic movie themes of all-time, The Raiders March,
was conceived and gain insight into how the music uniquely
compliments the theme and mood of each adventure.
Original theatrical teasers and trailers for the Indiana
Jones movies, along with a trailer for the Indiana Jones and
The Emperor’s Tomb video game from LucasArts.
Exclusive DVD-ROM access to exclusive Indiana Jones content,
available through a special DVD-ROM web site. An additional
link to the Indianajones.com web site (the official site for
Indiana Jones fans) will offer daily features and updates
on the upcoming Indiana Jones 4.
Including the films, THE ADVENTURES OF INDIANA JONES –
THE COMPLETE DVD MOVIE COLLECTION offers more than 10 hours
of entertainment. Each film has been digitally restored and
remastered. Disc 1 features Indiana Jones and the Raiders
of the Lost Ark. On Disc 2 is Indiana Jones and the Temple
of Doom, while Disc 3 offers Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade.
Disc 4, which holds the bonus material, sports brand-new artwork
by renowned movie-poster designer Drew Struzan.
The three Indiana Jones films, which will be available only
as a collection, also feature Dolby Digital English 5.1 Surround.
All three films are closed-captioned and subtitled in English,
French and Spanish in the U.S. (Sound and subtitling specifications
vary internationally by territory.)
Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981) has
a running time of 115 minutes and an MPAA rating of PG. Indiana
Jones and the Temple of Doom (1984) has a running time of
118 minutes and an MPAA rating of PG. Indiana Jones and the
Last Crusade (1989) has a running time of 126 minutes and
an MPAA rating of PG-13.