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Source: DVD Times

In an announcement that has genuinely surprised me, it turns out that the fourth film in the Indiana Jones franchise, Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, will be getting Blu-ray release date-and-date with the DVD version after all. Previously, I opted not to get my hopes up, given that both George Lucas and Steven Spielberg are both notorious for dragging their heels when it comes to allowing their films to be released on new formats. I’m sure most of you will remember when Lucas’ Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace came out on VHS but not DVD. Likewise, Close Encounters of the Third Kind is currently Spielberg’s only film to have been given an HD release, with Universal even going so far as to personally apologise to the director for announcing HD DVD releases of E.T. - The Extra-Terrestrial and Jurassic Park without his “permission”.

Anyway, it looks as if Paramount is really pushing the boat out for Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, giving it a 2-disc Special Edition release packed with bonus content, all of it in HD. Oh, and being a Lucas production, it also carries THX certification. Big whoop.

Now come on, guys, hurry up with the original trilogy.

Posted: Tuesday, August 12, 2008 at 7:32 PM | Comments: 3
Categories: Blu-ray | Cinema | HD DVD



I thought the new one was a great action flick, but only a decent Indy film. ***/*****
I'd like a box set with all 4 films on BD and I can wait.
I'm so sick of Star Wars that at this point, I'll only buy the original trilogy on BD if it has remastered (anamorphic) picture and sound (preferably TrueHD, DTS-MA or Uncompressed) but otherwise untouched (no Special Editions!)
I'm guessing this will happen but only after a double or triple dip on BD.

Posted by: Daniel Sardella, August 12, 2008 8:53 PM


Raiders Of The Lost Ark is my favorite film of all time.

I disliked this film when i saw it at the cinema mainly for it's lame second half. Too much juvenile humor...3 waterfalls and no tension....Silly Tarzan scenes and too many main characters which led to bad pacing ( All in my opinion of course ) If this wasn't Indiana Jones i would say the same thing....I loved the opening scenes and it had a good motorbike chase scene but it lacked the emotion and raw energy that the original had and the music score for John Williams was decidely very average and dull. The script just didn't sparkle but i know there are many who will disagree with me on that.

I do hope it's a great success on Blu Ray though so they will take note of the success and release the original trilogy because if it was to flop on Blu Ray then there would be little chance of the original trilogy coming soon.

I really hope they don't wait for the 30th anniversary to release the original trilogy on Blu Ray because thats a long wait.

Posted by: FoxyMulder, August 15, 2008 11:12 AM


Raiders of the Lost Ark is a classic and probably my all-time favourite action film (although, of course, it’s actually much more than “just” action). I like the other two films in the trilogy to varying degrees, but felt that they each lacked something. As soon as I saw Crystal Skull, I immediately realised what that something was: Karen Allen. Bringing her back for the fourth film was the absolute best decision Spielberg and co made, even if they did proceed to completely underuse her.

Incidentally, I completely agree with you, FoxyMulder, about John Williams’ score. It really is incredibly bland, and, despite picking up the CD, I’ve yet to actually get to the end of it. Most of it is just noise… not that that’s particularly unusual for film scores these days. There’s a very good post at Mobius regarding the realities of modern soundtrack composition.

Posted by: Whiggles, August 15, 2008 12:52 PM

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