New Indiana Jones action figures coming!
Sunday, February 2, 2003 - Gilles V
Figures.com has posted some very exciting news for the Indy collectors! They have announced that the Indiana Jones Disney theme park assortment is going to expand:
Harry Moore Design informs us that new Indiana Jones action figures are in the works with his studio in charge of the packaging. These will be Disney Theme Park only exclusives, similar to the assortment released a few years ago. This set is scheduled to include Indy, Marion, and 3 villains.
Very cool news, stay tuned for more info and hopefully images of the new action figures. Thanks Trevor Grove for letting us know.
Indy Trilogy on DVD by the end of this year?
Tuesday, February 11, 2003 - Gilles V
On our Indy on DVD page we reported that Lucas and Spielberg were having an argument with Paramount who wants to come out with all 3 Indy movies on DVD in one package. Lucas and Spielberg want to come out with one film at a time and then come out with all three movies, and maybe even the fourth one, in one package later. Well, the following message will be good news for the people that want to have all 3 Indy films in one package.
A Dutch news site from the Netherlands reported the following info:
It took a long time, but there finally is a date for the DVD release of the three Indiana Jones movies. By the end of this year all three films will be released on DVD simultaneously, similar in style to the DVD release of Back to the Future last year. Supposedly director Steven Spielberg wanted to release the films one by one on DVD, but Paramount thought differently. The movie studio decided to come out with a boxed set. The timing of the DVDs is good, considering Spielberg announced he wanted to start filming for the new Indiana Jones movie later this year.
Thanks to Jared for letting us know and to TheForce.net for translating the original Dutch news message correctly. Stay tuned because we are digging for more info on this.
Are these the Indiana Jones Trilogy DVD covers?!
Monday, February 17, 2003 - Gilles V
A retail based site in Denmark (DVDDOO.dk) obtained a scanned page from what is said to be Paramount's European 2003 DVD promo sheet that shows the tentative DVD cover artwork for the Indiana Jones Trilogy. These DVDs will most likely be released around the end of this year but there are doubts that these covers are the real deal.
These DVD covers are in the same style as the most recent released Indiana Jones Trilogy and The Adventures of Young Indiana Jones video's. It is likely that these DVD covers are just a mock-up for the retail sell-sheets. I have heard from a source that we may expect Paramount's final package design to be much better and in 1 DVD Box instead of separated.
The other similar thing to the most recent released video covers are the "chapter #" texts on the discs. We already know that they are working on the DVD versions of all The Adventures of Young Indiana Jones chapters. But don't expect to see these Young Indy adventures on DVD this year or early 2004.
Consider these Indiana Jones Trilogy DVD covers to be fake as long as we don't ge an official confirmation from Paramount. This 2003 Indy DVD promo eyes professional but a closer look at it will make you doubt about it's authenticity. This promo can very well be made by any person who's skilled with Photoshop.
Stay tuned an keep an eye on our Indy on DVD page for further news on this. Thanks to The Digital Bits and the fans at The Raven Bar for the news.
Indiana Jones Trilogy DVD release date known?
Monday, February 24, 2003 - Gilles V
DavisDVD has announced this weekend that the rumored release date for the Indiana Jones DVDs is November 14th. Whether the films come as a box set, or as individual discs is still up in the air according to DavisDVD.
We can be certain that Indy will arrive on DVD late this year but there has yet to be an official announcement on the exact release date. DavisDVD's news is still a rumor.
Indiana Jones DVD rumors debunked!
Tuesday, February 25, 2003 - Gilles V
DVDFile.com has just debunked the latest 2 Indy Trilogy DVD news. The so-called Paramount's European 2003 DVD promo that shows Indiana Jones DVDs is indeed what we thought, "a fake"! And yesterday's rumor that the Indy DVDs will arrive in stores on November 14th is false as well.
DVDFile.com got it's information from the Paramount Home Entertainment head of publicity and also added that Steven Spielberg has made some public comments recently regarding fourth quarter release for one of the most anticipated DVD releases of all time, but that there is still no official release date released as of yet.
Thanks DVDFile.com for clearing that up. Stay tuned...
Kasdan talks a bit about the Indy DVDs
Tuesday, March 4, 2003 - Gilles V
Director Lawrence Kasdan talked with InFocus about his latest film Dreamcatcher and whether the stuff he wrote for Raiders of the Lost Ark which got cut would make an appearance or mention on the upcoming Indiana Jones DVD set. Here's the part about the DVDs.
"I don’t think so. [laughs] Actually, I ran into Frank Marshall over the holidays, and he’s working on that [DVD] collection. I don’t think there’s going to be a lot of…. I don’t know what they have planned. They obviously made a lot of smart decisions about what should be in the movie and what shouldn’t".
Hit the link above to read the full interview. It also contains some great info on the Stephen King adaptation worth checking out. Thanks to Dark Horizons for the news.
Vic Armstrong will be doing a DVD commentary
Friday, March 21, 2003 - Gilles V
The latest issue of UK's Hotdog magazine has reported that, Harrison Ford's Indiana Jones stunt double and stunt coordinator, Vic Armstrong will be providing an audio commentary to every Indiana Jones film on DVD.
Click here to view Hotdog's Indy DVD article. It also mentions some info on the classical Star Wars DVDs.
This Indy DVD article can be found on page 23 of the latest Hotdog magazine, the issue with Neo on the cover.
Many thanks to John Kelly for letting us know.
New Disney Indiana Jones action figures revealed
Tuesday, April 1, 2003 - Gilles V
Figures.com has released the first pictures of the new Disney Indiana Jones action figures. Here's their original article:
As we have previously reported, Harry Moore Design -- digital illustration, packaging, and design-- informed us that new Indiana Jones action figures were in the works with his studio in charge of the packaging. These will be Disney Theme Park only exclusives, similar to the assortment released a few years ago. This set includes Indy, Marion, and 3 villains.
The action figures are very cool, although they don't bare much likeness to the characters in the films. I must have them!
Click here to view the pictures.
Indiana Jones Trilogy 'Special Edition' on DVD
Wednesday, April 9, 2003 - Gilles V
TheForce.net posted some very interesting information on the anticipated Indiana Jones Trilogy DVD set that will be released later this year. Some of their inside sources began spilling details on the DVDs. Here's their report:
Industrial Light and Magic are working on the Indy DVD Trilogy right now. Hard to believe, isn't it? Hopefully, it will be worth the wait. Here's what I do know - apparently ILM is having to conduct a major restoration of the original print. There's quite a bit of digital film cleanup they're conducting as well.
No, there's not new scenes added (and the guy with the sword doesn't shoot first, thank goodness), but they are removing certain errors and weak elements from the picture. Expect wiring, equipment and reflections to be removed digitally - anything that distracted or looked weak in the final release may be evaluated again. Basically they've come up with a list of what gets fixed. When you see the DVD, hopefully the only thing you'll see is a beautiful movie with great sound, not lots of little annoyances that Steve and George want out.
Hit the link above to read the original report. Stay tuned, there's more Indy DVD info coming soon.
Another Indy DVD rumor is spreading out
Wednesday, April 23, 2003 - Gilles V
A TheForce.Net insider has spread some Indiana Jones DVD information. Here's what the insider - nicknamed Teabags - reported:
From what I’ve gathered from other internet news sources, Lucasfilm is doing a major overhaul to the original films in terms of image quality. But what I know hasn’t been seen on the net yet. Basically what you need to know is that the movies will be interactive – it wont be mandatory during film viewing, but you will have the option of learning more about the people and places depicted in various scenes. For instance, when Indy is in Cairo, you can stop to learn more about Northern Africa during the 1930s.
And I’ve also read rumors on other news sites that the DVDs wont be released as a trilogy, but one at a time over the next three years, with Raiders set to be released by Christmas 2003. I know the only "information stops" that have been worked on so far are related solely to places Indy went in Raiders of the Lost Ark, so I would presume that this release schedule is correct.
This sounds very exciting but it's still only a rumor. It's the first time I heard that the Indy films will be interactive so I'm not certain what to think about. But I currently doubt that the Indy Trilogy will be released one at a time. Why?
I have received information from someone working at a company specialized in embossing DVD boxes that his company is doing a lot of work on a special Indiana Jones Trilogy DVD box. Something similar to the 20th Anniversary Edition 'Alien Legacy' DVD box, but only much better.
We will just have to wait and see which source is correct. So stay tuned!
Hit the link above to read the original news report.
More Indiana Jones on DVD information!
Tuesday, April 29, 2003 - Gilles V
Indyfan Jonathan Miller was recently on the phone with a local (Western Australia) office of Paramount Home Entertainment when the person on the other end of the line mentioned the Indiana Jones DVDs. (ie: both are very much creator-controlled, unlike the majority of back catalogue titles).
Jonathan managed to gather the following information regarding the Indy films on DVD:
- Obviously, it will be a world-wide release in November.
- It will only be available as a 3 movie box set, not as individual films.
- There will be 4 discs, including a bonus features disc with "2 1/2 hours of material".
Not much new info but it's semi-official. The studio will make the news official in the next few weeks.
TheForce.Net also posted some new information on the Young Indiana Jones Chronicles DVDs. Here's what they reported today:
Lucasfilm plans to release the films in one big shot in 2005 so there are 4 teams of producer/researchers working with editors who are going to create ONE HUNDRED-TWENTY (120) separate mini-docs on the varied historical figures that were portrayed in the series. First up: Teddy Roosevelt. Being created and cut on the Ranch.
No word yet on the length of each of these but historians and experts are being interviewed all over the country to be cut into the historical footage and stills of each figure. FASCINATING that LucasFilm wants to educate as well as entertain!
Both DVD news reports are very exciting indeed. Thanks to Jonathan Miller and TheForce.Net for the news. Stay tuned... more is coming!
Indiana Jones DVD box officially announced!!
Tuesday, May 6, 2003 - Jawad M
It is finally announced on the official Indiana Jones site. Indiana Jones Trilogy will come on DVD on November 4th as The Adventures of Indiana Jones - The Complete DVD Movie Collection and will feature all three films plus a 4th disc featuring all the behind the scenes coverage. All three films will be available in Full and Widescreen which have been digitally restored for better picture and sound quality.
According Jim Ward, VP of Marketing at Lucasfilm, the fourth disc explores every facet of how the films were made "from stunts to visual effects to the music and sound. We take viewers around the world to explore the history behind the Indiana Jones legends. It’s been great to work with Steven and George on a project that means so much to them, and having them involved on the DVD collection really makes it special." Laurent Bouzereau who is the producer on Spielberg DVDs handled the project.
I can't believe the day is finally here. Fans have been waiting for this title to come out ever since DVD format was born. For those who's interest has been buried deep down in the ruins somewhere, watch the trailer to resurrect it. It sure will bring back lots of memories and force you to save up for this November. Mark your calendars for November 4th and save up $49.95 to buy the long awaited Indiana Jones Collection on DVD. Read the full press release here.
Also, you can take a better look at all 5 DVD box covers - including the 4th 'behind the scenes' disc cover - at The R2 Project.
Thanks to the dozens of fans who have emailed us about the official DVD announcement.
Deleted scenes on the Indiana Jones DVDs
Friday, May 9, 2003 - Aaron H
Even as the excitement over the official DVD announcement wears off, more news is coming in from all around. This report was picked up by our friends at TheForce.Net:
I was at the UK CollectorMania event in Milton Keynes over the bank holiday weekend. This was attended by, amongst others (who included Andy Serkis and Daniel Logan!!) John Rhys-Davis, Paul Freeman and Julian Glover who all had parts in the three Indy movies. Anyway, the local cinema had a tie in event where they screened all three Indy movies back to back. It was really great to see the movies in their widescreen glory despite the original print of Raiders looking a bit weathered! Raiders was introduced by Paul Freeman and Julian Glover and Temple by John. John let it be known that he had recorded a commentary track for Raiders and that there would also be some deleted scenes on the discs. For Last Crusade Julian Glover mentioned that there was a whole flying chase sequence filmed that was dropped in favor of the motorcycle chase, and this additional footage should find it's way onto the DVD.
When asked if he had a part in the fourth movie John replied "what fourth movie" before commenting that he didn't feel that the Spielberg that made the first three would be the Spielberg (i.e. post Schindler's List) that would make the forth.
Click on the link above to read the original news message.
Features on the 'Bonus Material' DVD known?
Saturday, May 17, 2003 - Gilles V
Peter Balaz has let me know that Amazon.com posted some more information on the Indiana Jones DVD box. Here's what we may expect to find in the 'Bonus Material' DVD, according to Amazon.com:
- All three films restored and remastered in 5.1 Dolby
- Fourth disc of extras include new documentaries:
- "The Making of the Trilogy"
- "The Sound & Music of Indiana Jones"
- "The Special Effects of Indiana Jones"
- "The Stunts of Indiana Jones"
- 10 minutes of never-before-seen footage from the 3 films
- And more
- Widescreen anamorphic format
- Number of discs
These are very interesting documentary titles but they have yet to be officially announced. Hit the link above to read more. Thanks to Peter for letting us know.
A look a the backside of the Indy Trilogy DVD box
Monday, June 2, 2003 - Gilles V
So far we only got to see the front side of the Adventures of Indiana Jones: The Complete DVD Movie Collection box. And we all agreed that it was wonderful!
But when would we get a chance to see the the backside of this DVD box? ...today!
Someone who wishes to stay anonymous has send me a picture of the whole Indiana Jones Trilogy DVD box unfolded; revealing the front cover, the back cover as well as the sides. And even though the picture is of low quality I must say that this DVD box exceeds my expectations by far!
Click on the image to view a larger version.
Thanks to the person who has send me this picture but also many thanks to Paramount Pictures and Lucasfilm Ltd. for all their work on this DVD box cover! The Indiana Jones fans are more than pleased with its result.
Indiana Jones DVD pre-orders start today
Monday, June 9, 2003 - Gilles V
An employee at Suncoast has told TheForce.net the following about the Indiana Jones DVDs:
I work for a Suncoast, and in our weekly newsletter it says that we begin taking reservations for the Indiana Jones DVDs Monday, June 9. So expect that to be the official Preorder date.
Click here to read the original news message.
Amazon.com is also taking Indy DVD pre-orders
Tuesday, June 10, 2003 - Gilles V
You can now pre-order your copy of the Indiana Jones DVD box at Amazon.com. The widescreen DVD box is yours for a price of only $45.49. That's 35% less than the listing price.
The German Indyfans can pre-order their Indy DVD box at Amazon.de for the price of €49,00.
Suncoast sells both widescreen and full screen versions of the DVD boxes at a price of $54.99.
More Indiana Jones DVD specs...
Wednesday, June 11, 2003 - Gilles V
DVDfile.com got confirmation from Paramount Home Entertainment regarding most of the specs for the highly-anticipated box, which is sure to be one of the biggest catalog sellers of all time:
The four-disc box will be available in separate 2.35:1 anamorphic widescreen and full screen versions, with audio options including Dolby Digital tracks in English 5.1 and French and Spanish 2.0 surround (sorry, no DTS or EX) plus subtitles in English, French and Spanish plus English Closed Captions. With all the extras on the fourth disc, what can you expect? While still untitled, thrill to a new full-length documentary on the series, four separate featurettes on the sound, the music, the stunts and the wizards at ILM. As of now, no word on whether or not all the film's many trailers will be able to be squeezed on the bonus disc, but stay tuned.
And in one of those rumors that only the Internet could produce, we've received a number of emails regarding a possible special bonus 5th disc offer for the Indy Jones set, which would available to purchasers at specific retailers only, such as Best Buy. However, we've received official word from both Paramount and Lucasfilm that they have no such plans or any awareness of such a promotion or bonus disc offer.
Click here to read the original news message. And stay tuned for more Indy DVD info.
Indiana Jones DVD feature durations info
Tuesday, July 1, 2003 - Gilles V
R2 project mentioned some Indiana Jones DVD information on its Rumour Control page today. As you might all know by now, the Complete Indiana Jones Movie DVD Collection will contain a fourth disc filled with extras on it. R2 project revealed the possible duration from 3 of the mini-documentaries on the DVD. Here they are:
- The Stunts Of Indiana Jones - 10m 52s
- The Light And Magic Of Indiana Jones - 12m 22s
- The Music Of Indiana Jones - 12m 24s
Hit the link above to read the original news message.
Latest Star Wars Insider mentions the Indy DVDs
Thursday, July 3, 2003 - Gilles V
The latest issue of the Star Wars Insider features an article about the upcoming Indiana Jones Trilogy DVDs. Here follows the article:
The bonus fourth disc promises exclusive new documentaries on the making of the films, featuring new interviews with the cast and crew, including Steven Spielberg, Harrison Ford, and George Lucas. When asked why this DVD released was so long in coming, Lucasfilm President of Marketing Jim Ward explained that Spielberg and Lucas had only now found a pocket of time to devote the kind of personal attention that the project deserves.
Further details on the bonus features were still under development at press time, but Ward hints at great treasures. "We went on our own Indiana Jones archeological dig in the Lucasfilm Archives," he said, "and were amazed by that we found. It s truly an embarrassment of riches, and we're currently sorting out the material to configure the disc."
"We knew we had to deliver the goods Indy fans wanted with a quality beyond anything they expected," said Ward. "In addition to the films themselves, of course, this collection explores every facet of how the films were made from stunts to visual effects to the music and sound. We take viewers around the world to explore the history behind the Indiana Jones legends."
"In addition to culling material from existing documentaries, DVD producer Lauent Bouzereau will be doing a lot of ground-up original stuff for us," said Ward, "but that ll be only part of what s on the disc. Bouzereau is a veteran of doing behind the scenes on Lucas and Spielberg films such as American Graffiti, Jaws, and Close Encounters of the Third Kind. Even more exciting to many fans is the prospect of new interviews with Lucas, Spielberg, and Ford."
Ward went on to talk about how the digital remastering had improved the films to such great lengths: "I had no idea it could look that great, says Ward We're used to looking at DVDs of the latest Star Wars films, but these films are from the 80s. I was blown away by the clarity and the crispness and the color, and the sound is fantastic. Forget the bonus disc and everything else; it s worth the price just to get these [movies] in this format."
This article can be found in the August issue of the Star Wars Insider, issue #69. Thanks to Ryan for letting us know.
More Indiana Jones DVDs information
Sunday, July 6, 2003 - Gilles V
Some interesting new Indiana Jones DVD rumors appeared online. First 2 rumors from The Digital Bits. They got an interesting glimpse at what we might expect to be included in the forthcoming The Adventures of Indiana Jones: The Complete DVD Movie Collection:
Information from retailers in the UK indicates that extras will include several featurettes on the making of the films, the stunt work and sound effects and music mixing, along with deleted scenes, screen test footage, documentaries, something called The Adventure Continues, trailers and galleries of still photos and artwork. It's vague, but tantalizing. With any luck, the powers that be will make more official, detailed announcements of extras soon.
And The Digital Bits posted another interesting Indy DVD tidbit:
Word is, Spielberg is making one single change to the original Raiders of the Lost Ark (whoops... maybe that should be two, since they've also changed the name to Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark). And if this is true, the change could easily fall into the "digital cleaning and re-mastering" category. Remember that shot where Indy falls into the snake pit, and you briefly see reflections on the glass that's protecting Harrison Ford's face from the snakes? Well... our sources are telling us those reflections are being digitally removed from the shot so you can't see the glass. While there will no doubt be purists who get tweaked by this, we think most people will appreciate the fixed effect.
R2 Project posted more Indiana Jones DVD Feature durations information which includes the 3-part 'making of' series for the trilogy:
- Making of Indiana Jones Trilogy - Part 1: Raiders of the Lost Ark - 50m 47s
- Making of Indiana Jones Trilogy - Part 2 - Temple of Doom - 41m 6s
- Making of Indiana Jones Trilogy - Part 3 - Last Crusade - 35m 0s
- Raiders of the Lost Ark - Promotional Featurette - 9m 33s
New unofficial Indiana Jones model kit
Wednesday, July 16, 2003 - Gilles V
Andrea Miniatures in Spain has released a brand new miniature based on a scene from Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade. The 1/32 (54mm) miniature model kit - titled The Escape - features Indy and Henry Jones in the German motorcycle escaping from castle Brunwald scene. This very detailed metal & resin miniature model kit is unofficial so it doesn't bear the Indiana Jones name nor label. It's not the first miniature figure released in Europe that looks exactly like Indiana Jones but is released under a different name, often 'Adventurer'.
This model kit is available in model kit shops in Europe and probably also in the rest of the world. I have already spotted this 'The Escape' kit in the city Ghent (in Belgium). The box of this kit is very much inspired by the famous Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade poster and also uses the famous Indy font. But no mentions of the name Indiana Jones nor Henry Jones anywhere on the box.
The online Andrea Miniatures market place sells this miniature model kit for 75 Euros (currently $83) but the price may vary in stores. The box I saw was for sale at a price for something around 96 Euros.
Hit the link above to find out more about this miniature model kit.
Lucasfilm previews the Indiana Jones Trilogy DVDs
Saturday, July 19, 2003 - Gilles V
Coming Soon! reported today that Lucasfilm surprised the fans with an unexpected preview of The Adventures of Indiana Jones: The Complete DVD Movie Collection that will be released this November. Here's part of the report:
Lucasfilm director of fan relations Steve Sansweet and a band of Star Wars merry-men descended on San Diego Comic Convention today to spread the gospel of Star Wars: Episode III. The panel began with an unexpected preview of the upcoming Indiana Jones trilogy DVD set.
Coming in November, the four-disc set includes a frame-by-frame digital remastering of each of the three films and a bonus fourth disc that contains bonus materials including new featurettes and interviews with Steven Spielberg, George Lucas, Harrison Ford, Karen Allen, Kate Capshaw and others. The films' soundtracks have also been remastered in Dolby 5.1.
Click here to read the full report.
New Disney Indy action figures released
Monday, August 4, 2003 - Gilles V
The new line of Indiana Jones action figures have hit the stores at the Adventure Outpost store in Disneyland California. And maybe also in other Disney Theme Parks around the world, but we still have to receive news on those.
This new line includes the following figures: A new Indiana Jones, Marian Ravenwood, German Soldier, German Mechanic and Cairo Swordsman.
Unfortunately these figures are Disney Theme Park only exclusives - similar to the assortment released a few years ago - and are only obtainable in Disney Theme Parks. But fortunately they will also appear at eBay now and then. There's already an auction at eBay selling the new Cairo Swordsman figure!
Please contact me if you have more information or pictures about this new line of Indiana Jones action figures.
Source: The Indy Experience.com
The U.K. gets a cut version of Temple of Doom on DVD
Thursday, August 7, 2003 - Gilles V
R2 project reported this past Monday that the U.K. will get a cut version of Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom in the upcoming DVD set. Here's the original report:
The BBFC have confirmed to us that Paramount have submitted the previous cut version of Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom for release in the upcoming DVD set. Interestingly when asked if the uncut version would get a 12 or a 15 certificate the BBFC would simply say "We can't speculate as to what certificate the full version would get without seeing it again." So come on Paramount, why not give it a try, you never know that uncut version may well stay 12?
After contacting Lucasfilm about this I can say that this is not a rumor. The boxed Indiana Jones DVD set in the U.K. will feature a slightly edited version of Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom.
In 1984, the British Board of Film Classification requested that one very intense moment of the film – the shot in which we see Mola Ram pulling the heart out of a man – be removed in order to secure a PG rating. Since that is the only version of the film that British audiences have ever seen in theaters and on TV, Paramount and Lucasfilm decided that it should be the one included in the DVD.
The rest of Europe should not worry, this slightly edited version of Temple of Doom will only get released in the U.K.!
Indiana Jones DVD set release is 2 weeks earlier!
Thursday, August 7, 2003 - Gilles V
Earlier this week we could read on the Paramount Home Entertainment site that the release date for the Indiana Jones DVD trilogy set is October 21st. I didn't believe it at first so I began looking around for proof that this is not an error... and I've got some good news, the release date change is a fact!
It has been officially announced that the release date of the Complete Indiana Jones DVD Movie Collection has moved up two weeks to October 21, 2003. The Digital Bits also got confirmation from Paramount that the street date for their Indiana Jones DVDs has been moved up from Nov. 4th to October 21.
A look at the Indiana Jones DVD press kit
Thursday, August 7, 2003 - Gilles V
Indyesp.net has obtained photos of the press kit of the Complete Indiana Jones DVD Movie Collection. This book was intended for retailers only and it contains material that is written specifically for the retailers. In other words, this press kit shouldn't have appeared on the internet... so we are in for a treat here. Take a look:
Many thanks to Indyesp.net for sharing these photos with us.
Official Indy DVD press release also says Oct. 21
Friday, August 8, 2003 - Gilles V
I have just received the official press release on the release date change for the Indiana Jones DVD trilogy set. Here's an except of the press release:
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.
You can view the full press release here.
So why did Paramount Pictures decide to move the release date of the Indiana Jones DVD trilogy forward? ... a small orange fish named Nemo! The Disney/Pixar movie, Finding Nemo will become available on DVD on November 4th, the same day that the Indiana Jones DVD Trilogy was to be released, but to avoid competition, Paramount moved the release date to October 21st.
"We're ready to go with it now," Paramount said to Coming Soon!, adding the title will have "a stronger retail presence" on the new date.
Many thanks to Paramount Pictures for making the decision to move the release date of the Indiana Jones DVD movie collection forward with 2 weeks. Or should we thank Disney/Pixar? Anyway, I think it's the first time I hear about a release that will eventually happen earlier than first announced.
The UK is getting the Indy DVD box a day earlier...
Thursday, August 14, 2003 - Gilles V
The Czech website DVD Base posted a different The Adventures of Indiana Jones DVD Collection press release today. According to this new press release, the DVD box will be released on October 20th in the UK. That's a day earlier than the US release. Here's a part of the UK press release:
The Adventures of Indiana Jones - Brings Home the Excitement of Three All-Time Movie Classics on 20th October 2003
Fourth Disc of Bonus Material and Newly Restored and Remastered Films Bring New Dimension to the Indiana Jones' Experience
London (Aug. 13th, 2003) : After years of waiting, Indiana Jones fans everywhere are preparing for the long-awaited premiere 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 (PG), available to own on DVD from 20th October 2002 (RRP) L44.99.
This is not the first time a Lucasfilm film gets released on DVD a day earlier in the UK than in the US. The same thing happened with the release of Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace.
Click here to read the full press release.
Thanks to Peter Balaz from The Light of Indiana Jones for the news.
Indiana Jones DVD back covers revealed!
Wednesday, September 3, 2003 - Gilles V
DavisDVD.com has got the honor of premiering the back cover graphics for one of the most anticipated DVD sets ever, the Indiana Jones DVDs!
the Lost Ark
Thanks to DavisDVD.com for sharing these great back cover images with us! And stay tuned as you may expect more information on the Indiana Jones DVDs.
New info on the Indy DVD set and a look at the menus
Tuesday, September 9, 2003 - Gilles V
R2 project attended the Indiana Jones DVD launch press event in London that took place today and already placed a short article about what they saw. Here follow R2 project's comments on what they saw of the Indiana Jones DVDs:
I've just been to a presentation of The Indiana Jones Trilogy and I have to say this is looking like one hell of a set. I don't want to go into details now, as I'm on battery power but here's a few tips:
- The sound and picture on all three releases look absolutely stunning, completely unbelievable on the three clips we saw.
- The extras on disk 4 also look breathtaking, the disk producers did their own digging into the archives to turn up a 2 hour documentary as well as the four smaller features that concentrate on the technical aspects of the film.
- There is one slight mystery though, Jim Ward was asked a couple of times about the "bloopers" in the first film, a snake reflection in glass and a ramp during the truck dragging scene. Would they be on the disk ? He wouldn't answer directly, we'll have to buy the disk we where told.
BBC talked with Frank Marshall about the Indy DVDs
Saturday, September 13, 2003 - Gilles V
The BBC got together with the team behind the four-disc Indiana Jones DVD box set and producer of the films, Frank Marshall, for a candid chat this week. Here follows their report:
As you may already know, the films will come on a disc each, with no special features. Those have been reserved for disc four, where you'll find a superb two-hour documentary and a number of in-depth featurettes.
Rumours are still abounding as to what will be included so let's clear some up. There will be no standalone deleted scenes. Yes, they do exist, but neither Steven Spielberg nor George Lucas wants them included as they feel the movies are perfect as they are. The Temple of Doom DVD for the UK will be the edited version, which seems like an extraordinary decision. Plus, none of the effects have been enhanced with CGI (which personally I think is a good move).
What you do get, though, are the films looking and sounding stunning. Obviously I expected a good job but Raiders of the Lost Ark looks like it was made this year - it's that clear. The two-hour documentary is highly entertaining and I was staggered by the amount of behind-the-scenes footage available for all three movies. Next week I'll go further in-depth on what to expect from this formidable boxset. Meanwhile I do have some room here to talk about the next Indy movie, which Frank confirmed would not be reliant on CGI effects (has he run this by George, I wonder?). It will retain a B-movie feel (as with the previous films), original cast members will be invited back, and a lot is planned for the eventual DVD release.
Click here to read the original article. The article is titled; Ask Almar.
A look at the Indy DVD Blockbuster postcard
Wednesday, September 17, 2003 - Gilles V
I have received an image from Emilio López of the Indiana Jones Blockbuster postcard given away when reserving a copy of the DVDs. The postcard includes 3 coupons for 3 free rentals and on the back it gives some details about the Indiana Jones promotion. The postcard is part of the mexican Blockbuster promotion along with the Indy bag (which will be given away in October along with the DVDs).
First Indiana Jones DVD Collection review online!!
Wednesday, September 17, 2003 - Gilles V
The BBC has posted the first official review of the Adventures of Indiana Jones DVD Collection online! And it's one big rave! The reviewer gives the DVD box set a solid five-star rating and guarantees the fans "hours of fun that other movie box sets will struggle to match."! Here follows a part of the review:
Each movie is dealt with in turn. The range of interviewees is vast, with even bit-part players dug up for a chat. George Lucas is open and often amusing with his quips, and Spielberg matches his honesty.
The most entertaining extra is the early screen tests by potential Indys such as Tom Selleck and Tim Matheson. What you don't get to see is anything of substance in terms of deleted material. It does exist but neither Spielberg nor Lucas seems to want it included. There is, however, great animatic footage, and video test footage for the mine cart chase sequence.
Harrison Ford comes across as grumpy in his most recent movies, but he's amiable on set in all the footage we see, and is often fooling about. He also insists that he doesn't mind snakes, bugs or rats. To prove the point, he plays with a rat.
The reviewer also mentions how absolutely stunning the film restorations for the film are and also promises that this "box set delivers an overriding sense of adventure, from seeing and hearing the movies like never before to the beautifully animated menus, to watching the fascinating behind-the-scenes material."
Click here to read the full review. It will make the waiting, a little over a month from now, even harder than it is already.
rbf1138 has let me know that dvd.ign.com has a short article on the upcoming Indiana Jones DVDs plus some good quality behind-the-scenes photos. But you will certainly have seen these photos before if you have read our Making of Raiders, Temple of Doom, and Last Crusade articles.
A look at the insert graphics of the Indy DVD boxes
Thursday, September 18, 2003 - Gilles V
DVDAnswers.com has posted some new images that gives a first look at the insert graphics of the Indiana Jones DVD boxes. Click here to view the scene selection lists of all three Indiana Jones films plus some very good looking images that show the interior of the Bonus Disc box. These images also give you a chance to read more about the featurettes on the bonus disc.
An Indiana Jones DVD advert with balls!!
Tuesday, September 30, 2003 - Gilles V
I have just received a new Adventures of Indiana Jones DVD Collection magazine advertisement. And it's an interesting one! This advert is scanned from Playboy magazine and reads "No one's got balls like Indiana Jones."
Erik, the person who provided me this magazine scan, also said that we might also find this same add in other men's magazines such as Maxim, Stuff, and possibly even GQ and Esquire. Now you finally have a good excuse to buy one of these magazines...
And opposite to that advert, Aaron Higgins has emailed me another new Adventures of Indiana Jones DVD Collection magazine advertisement he had found in the Woman's Day magazine. (Aaron wasn't reading it, but his mom was and she pointed it out to him...) This advert reads "Own a Classic Ford".
Many thanks to artist Erik from Aiekon Art Studio for the Playboy magazine scan and Aaron Higgins' mother for the Woman's Day magazine scan.
Big Indiana Jones DVD banner on NY busses
Thursday, October 2, 2003 - Gilles V
Big Indiana Jones fan Beau has let me know about a public Adventures of Indiana Jones DVD Collection advertisement in New York.
He regularly sees a 12x3 feet banner of Harrison's face on the side of an MTA bus (Metropolitan Transit Authority). In huge Indy style lettering it said "Indiana Jones arrives on DVD". To the left of this was the picture of Harrison, below that was the release date "October 21st" and to the far right of the banner was an image of the box set, each individual carrying case, and the discs. These banners are big and in your face. The ad is made with the same bright color scheme as the new indianajones.com, so it is definitely meant to catch peoples attention.
Beau added that every time he saw the advert, he heard someone make note of how they'd have to remember to pick up the set. Thanks a lot for letting us know Beau!
Who can provide us with a photo of this Indiana Jones DVD advert on a bus?
A look at a Korean Indiana Jones DVD advert
Monday, October 6, 2003 - Gilles V
I have received a cool image from Tim showing a Korean advertisement for the Region 3 Adventures of Indiana Jones DVD Collection. This advert is for a limited edition gift set that also includes a Franklin Planner Binder and possibly also a bronze Staff of Ra replica. Visit KoreanDVDs.com for more information.
Anyone here who speaks Korean or knows someone who would be willing to translate the text on this advertisement?
Thanks to Tim Wilson for the advertisement.
Lots of Indiana Jones DVD menu shots online!
Friday, October 10, 2003 - Gilles V
Only 12 days left until the release of the most anticipated Adventures of Indiana Jones DVD Collection. But you don't have to wait till the 24th of this month to get a glimpse of the menus of these 4 Indiana Jones DVDs.
DVD Answers posted 17 new menu shots + 1 screenshot proving that the snake's reflection in that Well of Souls scene is removed. But there's more, DVDRama provides us with 83 screenshots including menu shots, film screenshots, and Making of documentaries screenshots. Very impressive stuff!
Thanks to Robert from Indy ESP for the news.
Amazon.com launches an Indy DVD contest
Friday, October 10, 2003 - Gilles V
Amazon.com is currently holding a cool Indiana Jones contest with as grand prize a trip for 4 to visit the Smithsonian Museums in Washington D.C., where Indiana Jones' fedora and leather jacket can be worshipped.
The prizes for this Indiana Jones Sweepstakes are:
- Grand Prize: A Trip for Four to the Smithsonian Museums
One Grand Prize winner will embark on an Indiana Jones-like archaeological expedition by receiving a trip for four to visit the Smithsonian Museums in Washington, D.C., which includes airfare, five days and four nights at the Marriott D.C. Hotel, access to all the Smithsonian Museums, and a rental car.
- 10 First Prizes: The Jack Ryan Special Edition Collection DVD Sets
Ten first prize winners will receive The Jack Ryan Special Edition Collection DVD Set, including Patriot Games and Clear and Present Danger starring Harrison Ford as Tom Clancy's hero.
- 15 Second Prizes: Smithsonian Magazine Subscription
15 Second Prize winners will receive a subscription to Smithsonian Magazine for one year.
This contest ends on November 4! Click here for more information on this contest.
Total Film gives us the story behind Indiana Jones
Friday, October 10, 2003 - Gilles V
The latest issue of my favorite UK film magazine Total Film features a very good article called "The Story Behind Raiders of the Lost Ark". The article includes brand new commentaries from the cast and crew, an in depth analysis of the classical boulder scene, and a list of films & characters which inspired or were inspired by Indiana Jones.
This same issue of Total Film also contains a review of Adventures of Indiana Jones DVD Collection that receives 5/5 stars for both film and extras! Here's a small part of the review:
"Want to see Tom Selleck's first screen test? Vintage behind-the-scenes footage? Ford clowning around on set? It's all here - plus interviews with everyone (including Denholm Elliott and River Phoenix get a look-in, and they've been dead for years)."
The article and DVD review can be found in the November 2003, Issue 82, of Total Film magazine.
Thanks to Peter Balaz from The Light of Indiana Jones for letting me know.
Indiana Jones DVD press event info & reviews
Monday, October 13, 2003 - Gilles V
Lucasfilm and Paramount Pictures have organized a big Indiana Jones DVD launch press event held at the American Film Institute in Hollywood this past Saturday. This means that you may now expect to see many Adventures of Indiana Jones DVD Collection reviews online and in US magazines. Here follow the first:
DVDFILE.com is the first to place a Indiana Jones DVD review online. This site gives the picture quality of the films the highest rating possible, and also says that the audio is very good. All in all, they gave a long and very positive review, except for a few details here and there:
"Given the amazing box sets recently produced for such seminal series as Lord of the Rings and the Alien quadrilogy, Indiana Jones is bound to disappoint by comparison. This is certainly a great set - superb transfers sharp soundtracks and plenty of supplements - but will that be good enough for those who have waited over six years for this one? It was for me. I had a great time revisiting Indy and his bullwhip, and any grumblings about missed opportunities aside, can you really say no to this one? Fortune & glory, Dr. Jones!"
The French DVD Alliance site got their hands on a retail copy of the Indiana Jones DVD collection and have placed online several new and good quality screenshots from both the DVD menus and the films. Go check it out!
And The Digital Bits have posted their review of both the next Indiana Jones DVD set and Saturday's press event. Here's a part of their press event review:
"The event was hosted by Lucasfilm's Jim Ward, and began with demonstrations of the DVD set's remastered picture and sound quality. We also viewed some of the documentary material on the bonus disc. The afternoon session featured a Q&A with Indy producer Frank Marshall, DVD producer Laurent Bouzereau, film restoration expert Jim Lowry and Paramount's senior V.P. of DVD production, Jeff Radoycis. This was followed by a second Q&A with the three "Ladies of Indiana Jones", including Karen Allen, Kate Capshaw and Alison Doody. The highlight of the day was a surprise visitor..."
You can also check out IGN.com's review of this same Indiana Jones DVD press event.
Oh yeah, TheRaider.net was also invited to Saturday's Indiana Jones DVDs press event. Thomas Gertsch, our correspondent at the press event is currently finishing up full coverage of the press event. Thomas got a lot of audio recordings taken during the event!! You may expect to see this all online on TheRaider.net later this week. So stay tuned!
Many thanks to Ernie McHone and Underdog for letting me know about the reviews! And if you find a new Indiana Jones DVD review somewhere online or in a magazine, please contact me. Thanks!
Young Indy TV series DVDs might be ready in 2004
Tuesday, October 14, 2003 - Gilles V
The Digital Bits has official confirmation from Lucasfilm's Jim Ward, via the Indy DVD event they attended on Saturday, that The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles TV series is currently in production for DVD release. There's no street date yet, but late 2004 is certainly possible.
And now also R2 Project placed a review of the fourth bonus disc from the Adventures of Indiana Jones DVD Collection online. Here's a part of their review:
"There is some interesting footage included; the test footage from Raiders with Tom Selleck and Sean Young is fascinating to watch, as it is common knowledge that Selleck was first choice for the role, but was unable to take it because of contractual obligations with Magnum PI. Watching Harrison Ford breaking spontaneously into perfect readings of his lines is spell-binding. Or just cool. There is a very funny anecdote from Kate Capshaw about the time when she had to shoot the big bug scene in Temple of Doom and overcame her fear by taking..."
Thanks to Indiana Texas-girl for letting us know.
Indiana Jones DVD restoration difficulties article
Thursday, October 16, 2003 - Gilles V
CJAD in Canada had a chat with John Lowry, the man who was responsible for the painstaking restoration of the Indiana Jones series on DVD. Here's a part of the article:
Lowry, who worked on image processing for NASA's Apollo moon pictures back in 1971, says the Indiana Jones images are now pristine.
"They are probably looking better than anybody's ever seen them," he boasts, revealing that he is not only a technical expert, but a true fan. "Raiders, I can watch that movie over and over and over and every time I look at it I find something else."
One important bit of news for diehard followers: unlike the restorations performed on Lucas' Star Wars and Spielberg's E.T. re-releases, there has been no CGI enhancement of the original special effects nor any director's cut scenes inserted. The three films are exactly as fans remember them in theatres or earlier VHS editions.
Hit the link above to read the full article.
Another excellent Indiana Jones DVD review!
Thursday, October 16, 2003 - Gilles V
Moviehole.net has also posted their review of the Indiana Jones DVD box and gave the set a maximum 5 star score! Here's a part of their review:
The transfers are super. From the impressive menu design to the first glimpse of that Paramount Logo you can tell Lucas and Spielberg have ordered the best treatment for the series on disc. All films are in newly recorded 5.1 – the first two films were only ever available in Mono – with over 970,000 of the frames cleaned up for the new print. There’s no extras on any of the discs containing the movies – yep, that means no audio commentaries unfortunately – but the fourth disc, a bonus disc choca-bloc with bonus features, is better than anything we could have hoped for.
Click on the link above to read this excellent Indiana Jones DVD review.
Ultimate DVD features Indiana Jones DVDs
Saturday, October 18, 2003 - Gilles V
The latest Ultimate DVD issue contains a review of the eagerly awaited Indiana Jones DVD release, and a meeting with the people responsible for restoring the films for digital release, as well as the man who produces the stunning added value. Plus: Indiana Jones producer Frank Marshall gives some clues about the upcoming Indiana Jones 4, due for release in 2006!?
The Ultimate DVD site also contains an Indiana Jones Trilogy feature article on the making of this Adventures of Indiana Jones DVD Collection. Here's a part of the article:
While all three films have been available on VHS for some time, the growing home cinema market has resulted in considerable demand for their release on DVD. Prayers are answered this month, as The Adventures of Indiana Jones – The Complete DVD Movie Collection arrives in stores, featuring a bonus disc of supplementary material and stunning transfers of all three films.
The article and DVD review can be found in the November 2003, Issue #48, of Ultimate DVD magazine which can be found in stores now.
Click here to read the online Indiana Jones feature article and thanks to Sakis for letting us know.
DVDdude has 2 Indy DVD reviews + contest
Monday, October 20, 2003 - Gilles V
DVDdude.net currently contains positive DVD reviews of Raiders and Temple of Doom and should have Last Crusade and the special features disc reviews posted within the next couple of days.
This site also has an Indiana Jones DVD contest running to give away 1 copy of the complete set. The contest ends Monday - today! - night at 6pm (central time) and is open to the United States and Canada only.
Thanks to Robert from DVDdude.net and Peter Balaz from The Light of Indiana Jones for letting me know.
Best Buy will be offering a 5th Indy DVD
Monday, October 20, 2003 - Gilles V
This 5th Indiana Jones bonus DVD rumors is true... it's a Best Buy exclusive!
Best Buy will be offering an exclusive special 5th bonus disk containing the classic Making of Raiders of the Lost Ark. This 10-minute disc contains rarely seen footage and exclusive scenes featuring the cast and crew of the beloved film.
You can receive this disk on Tuesday - tomorrow - when you purchase your copy of Adventures of Indiana Jones DVD Collection in any of the Best Buy stores. While supplies last (min. 250 per store)!
Click here for more information. And thanks to Sean Edgeworth for letting me know.
DVD Exclusive reviews the Indiana Jones DVDs
Monday, October 20, 2003 - Gilles V
There's short but good review of the Adventures of Indiana Jones DVD Collection set on VideoBusiness magazine's site: DVD Exclusive. Here's a part of the review:
Just as archaeologist/adventurer Indiana Jones unearthed a treasure of ancient relics, fans of the films will discover priceless gems found on the bonus materials-laden fourth disc of Paramount’s The Adventures of Indiana Jones boxed set, which contains gloriously digitized versions of the three films that comprise the George Lucas-produced, Steven Spielberg-directed trilogy.
Hit the link above to read the full review.
Indiana Jones DVDs released in the UK today!
Monday, October 20, 2003 - Gilles V
Okay fellow Indiana Jones fans! This is the week you have all been waiting for, the Indiana Jones trilogy on DVD! Besides the original Star Wars films, the most anticipated DVDs ever.
The Adventures of Indiana Jones DVD Collection have officially hit shelves in the UK today (Region 2 version) and the Region 1 version will be available in stores in the USA and Canada tomorrow!
You're all lucky, we Indyfans here in Belgium and likely also more countries in Europe have to wait till the week of November 3th to be able to grab our copy of the Adventures of Indiana Jones DVD Collection from the shelves!
Anyone who can tell me when the Indiana Jones DVDs are expected to arrive in The Netherlands, France, Germany, Italy, Spain, Mexico, etc. ?
New Indiana Jones DVD review at Fulvue Drive-in
Tuesday, October 21, 2003 - Gilles V
An other Adventures of Indiana Jones DVD Collection is online at Fulvue Drive-in.com. This one is critical but an interesting take on the Indiana Jones films and DVDs.
Click here to read it.
More Indiana Jones DVD release dates info
Tuesday, October 21, 2003 - Gilles V
The Adventures of Indiana Jones DVD Collection are now available in Finland today and will officially hit shelves in Mexico next Friday on October 24th. The Indiana Jones DVD set will arrive in Italy, Spain, Germany, and Belgium within 2 weeks, on November 4th. This date will probably also count for the other West European countries. Except the UK of course, who got their Indy DVD sets yesterday.
Many thanks to Ville-Pekka Reponen, Rober from IndyEsp.net, Federico, Holger and Emilio Lopèz for letting us know.
Best Buy bonus DVD review online
Thursday, October 23, 2003 - Gilles V
Steven Awalt from Spielbergfilms.com has written a detailed review of the Best Buy bonus Raiders of the Lost Ark vintage featurette DVD. Here's an except of the review:
The documentary, produced during the film's 1980 production was obviously created to hype the film (presumably to either theatrical exhibitors or their audiences). It should be noted that this 10-minute documentary is not just an edit or extraction from the longer complimentary documentaries produced during the making of the film, Great Movie Stunts and The Making of Raiders of the Lost Ark, rather it is a completely different affair containing a majority of footage and interviews not seen in either of the other documentaries from the period.
Click here to read the full review.
Indiana Jones DVDs set to break records!
Thursday, October 23, 2003 - Gilles V
Reuters reported today that The Adventures of Indiana Jones - The Complete DVD Movie Collection appears to be on the road to becoming the best-selling box set of a catalogue film franchise in DVD history.
It sold about 600,000 copies in the U.S on Tuesday -- during its first day in retail release -- according to industry estimates.
Considering the average $46 (27 pounds) price tag at most online shops and at brick-and-mortar stores, total consumer spending on the four-disc box set is estimated to have generated upwards of $28 million (14 million pounds) within the first 24 hours on store shelves.
Click here to read the full report. And thanks to Chris L. for letting me know.
Indiana Jones DVD banner on MTA bus photos
Sunday, October 26, 2003 - Gilles V
Moishe Paskesz from New York has send me several photos of the 12x3 feet Adventures of Indiana Jones DVD Collection advertisement banner that appears on the side of some MTA busses.
These MTA bus adverts was first reported by Beau earlier this month.
Thanks to Moishe Paskesz for the photos.
FOXNews has Indy DVD article and teaser about IV
Sunday, October 26, 2003 - Aaron H
Now running on the FOXNews.com website is a great article about the newly released DVDs and a teaser about the upcoming sequel (or sequels?) located at the end by Kate Capshaw-Spielberg. Here is an excerpt from the article:
Indiana Jones helped redefine popcorn adventure flicks during the 1980s, making archaeology look cool while fighting Nazis and battling snakes."I think we created a genre, the action adventure genre," producer Frank Marshall told Fox News. "You know it was old-fashioned moviemaking." Now the trilogy is coming to a DVD shelf near you, millennium style. And the makers were not about to let long-awaiting fans down. The Adventures of Indiana Jones debuted Tuesday in a four-disc boxed set that includes one of the most comprehensive behind-the-scenes documentaries ever.
Click here for the whole article.
Premiere is giving away 4 Indiana Jones DVD sets!
Monday, October 27, 2003 - Gilles V
Premiere.com has let me know that they are giving away 4 sets of the Adventures of Indiana Jones DVD Collection. Click here for more information.
New Indiana Jones DVD reviews on TheRaider.net
Monday, October 27, 2003 - Gilles V
Our Indy on DVD section has been updated with two Adventures of Indiana Jones DVD Collection reviews written by Aaron Higgins and Mike French. Here follows an except from Mike's review:
After two major videotape releases, two waves of laserdiscs, and an egregious waiting period, Indiana Jones has finally come to DVD in a four-disc box set. It would seem to be the brass ring that every fan and film enthusiast has been waiting for. But is it really? Let’s take a hard, close look at this new set from the packaging to the bonus material and see if measures up to the tough expectations.
This review will focus on the DVDs themselves and their technical pros and cons. Not on critiquing the films themselves. Everyone has an opinion about the films. This review is purely a DVD analysis.
Go check out our expanded Indy on DVD section.
More on the Indiana Jones DVD release dates...
Monday, October 27, 2003 - Gilles V
I have received information from Lucasfilm that The Adventures of Indiana Jones: The Complete DVD Movie Collection will be released on Nov. 4 in France, Germany, Spain, the Netherlands and Italy. It will be released Nov. 7 in Japan.
Paramount and Lucasfilm looked at many different factors before determining what release date worked best for an individual country or territory.
Indiana Jones DVD contest at Film Rotation
Tuesday, October 28, 2003 - Gilles V
The people at Film Rotation are currently giving away one juicy, delicious Adventures of Indiana Jones: The Complete DVD Movie Collection! Entering is easy! All you have to do is posting an ATB on this page between 10/23/03 and 12/01/03 and tell them in 50 words or more why you deserve this set! Click here for more information on this contest.
Also check out Film Rotation's Indiana Jones DVDs review here.
Indiana Jones DVDs released in Mexico
Tuesday, October 28, 2003 - Emilio L
Last Friday October 24th, Indiana Jones finally arrived on DVD in Mexico. And to celebrate the return of Indiana Jones, many video stores gave away different premiums while purchasing the DVD boxed set.
- Blockbuster offered a nice reproduction of Indy´s bag and a postcard valid for two free rents.
- Mix-Up gave away during the pre-sell a boxed wall clock featuring art from the Temple of Doom.
- Costco included with the boxed set a free VHS adventure of Young Indiana Jones.
- And Liverpool is currently giving away a special Indiana Jones mug.
But that is not all! Cinepremiere magazine offered (during the whole month of October) a special treat for all Indy fans. While subscribing to the magazine they included a free Indiana Jones poster.
For the first time ever in Mexico, a movie -- or in this case a series of movies -- are promoted in such a big way. So fans must choose wisely from the wide range of cool collectible options while taking Indy home finally on DVD!
Indiana Jones is Back and Better Than Ever!!
Wednesday, October 29, 2003 - Gilles V
Great news! Just received a new press release from Lucasfilm with as title:
Indy’s Back and Better Than Ever:
‘The Holy Grail’ of DVD is Fastest-
Selling DVD Movie Collection in History.
He’s still the ultimate hero. Indiana Jones, legendary action-adventure icon, proved to be a DVD sensation as The Adventures of Indiana Jones: The Complete DVD Movie Collection became the fastest-selling DVD movie collection of all time with more than $50 million in retail sales in the U.S. and Canada since its release on Oct. 21.
"There was significant demand for this box set across a very broad consumer base," said Thomas Lesinski, President of Paramount Pictures, Worldwide Home Entertainment. "Sales were so brisk during the first four days that many retailers had a hard time keeping the collection in stock over the weekend."
In its first week, the Indiana Jones DVD collection sold more than 1.1 million units, said Jim Ward, Vice President of Marketing and Distribution for Lucasfilm Ltd.
"This is just the beginning of what looks to be a long and very successful run for Indiana Jones at DVD retailers," Ward said. "We couldn’t be more pleased about the fantastic sales figures, but probably the best news is that we delivered a collection that lived up to the enormously high expectations that Indiana Jones fans had for this movie collection. We know that Indy is at the top of their holiday gift lists, as well, so we’re looking forward to strong results through the end of the year."
Critics had near-unanimous praise for the boxed set. "Break out the whips and fedoras!" raved Entertainment Weekly in a "Grade: A" review. "It’s Lucas-sleek yet Spielberg-accessible." The Sacramento Bee called it "a triumphant achievement." Across the Atlantic, sentiments were just as positive. Wrote the U.K.’s Empire Magazine: "As far as DVD goes, this is the Holy Grail."
Added Ward: "Our top priority was making sure these movies looked and sounded better than ever, so a new generation of fans can discover them for the first time. The reviews are really pleased with the quality of the discs and the bonus materials."
Click here to read the full press release, and many thanks to Lucasfilm!!
Did Stan, Kyle and Cartman really save Raiders?
Thursday, October 30, 2003 - Gilles V
An article written by Jim Hill, regarding the release of the Adventures of Indiana Jones DVD Collection appeared online. It explains how South Park might have contributed to the release of these films without alteration. No kidding? Click here to read this interesting article.
Thanks to Matt Speckmann and Rober from IndyEsp.net for letting us know.
Life size promotional Indiana Jones statue
Friday, November 7, 2003 - Gilles V
Take a look at this great looking promotional Indiana Jones statue. It is made out of glass fibres and measures 1,85 meter. The statue was carved by Studio Oxmox for Paramount Home Entertainment.
Click here to view more photos of this Indiana Jones statue.
Many thanks to Jones-Jr.com for the information.
Dutch Indiana Jones DVD advert photos
Sunday, November 16, 2003 - Gilles V
From the city Den Haag - in The Netherlands - come two photos of a dutch Adventures of Indiana Jones DVD Collection advertisement.
Indiana Jones DVD box up for 2 DVD Awards!
Thursday, November 20, 2003 - Gilles V
The official Indiana Jones site announced that the best-selling Adventures of Indiana Jones DVD Collection has garnered two nominations for the DVD Exclusive Awards.
The awards are presented by DVD Exclusive, a monthly magazine from trade magazine Video Business. The entire set has been nominated in the category of Best Overall DVD, Classic Movie. The three-part documentary Indiana Jones: Making the Trilogy has been nominated for Best Behind-the-Scenes Program.
The third annual awards ceremony will be held on December 2 in Los Angeles California, and will be broadcast on the FX network on December 10.
Visit the official DVD Exclusive site for more information.
Young Indy Chronicles series on DVD next year
Thursday, December 4, 2003 - Aaron H
Our friends over at TheForce.Net are reporting that LucasFilm plans on releasing the Young Indiana Jones Chronicles onto DVD sometime next year. While details are still forthcoming, they speculate that the YIJC will be released around the same time as the Star Wars DVDs (early November).
Click here to read the original news message.
Indiana Jones DVDs restoration software article
Tuesday, December 16, 2003 - Gilles V
Apple.com has posted an article about the restoration of the Indiana Jones films for the Adventures of Indiana Jones DVD Collection. Here follows a part of the article:
Chances are you’d be equally impressed by what you don’t see, conspicuous flaws removed from the films by master digital restorer Lowry Digital Images. "One of the biggest problems we had with Raiders," says CEO John Lowry, "was a blue line cutting across the actors’ faces right down the center of the first part of the movie, about 35,000 frames of scratches."
And if you’re loading the movie now to look for traces of the scratch, don’t bother. Lowry’s digital botox, powerful proprietary software running on a formidable stack of Power Macs, removed all traces of the unsightly line that distracted so persistently from the more compelling vertical furrows on the brow of Harrison Ford.
Click here to read the rest of the interview.
Thanks to Shipwreck and sigmaecho for letting me know.