'Indiana Jones' Trilogy Returns as Special-Edition DVDs3 Mar, 2008 By: John Latchem
Raiders of the Lost Ark
With Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull set for a theatrical debut May 22, Lucasfilm Ltd. and Paramount Home Entertainment are revisiting the original “Indiana Jones” trilogy on DVD.
New special editions of 1981's Raiders of the Lost Ark, 1984's Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom and 1989's Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade hit shelves May 13 (prebook April 1). The single-DVD titles are available at $26.99 each or in a boxed set for $49.99.
“An entire generation of movie lovers will get to see these classic films in a digital format,” said Howard Roffman, VP of Lucasfilm Ltd. “These new DVDs are a fantastic way to introduce young audiences to the unforgettable, action-packed adventures of the most daring archaeologist in the world.”
The films were directed by Steven Spielberg from stories by executive producer George Lucas, and starred Harrison Ford as Indiana Jones.
The special edition DVDs include an introduction by Lucas and Spielberg, production galleries, storyboards, a Lego Indiana Jones video game trailer and new featurettes.
Raiders includes “Indiana Jones: An Appreciation,” in which the cast and crew pay tribute to the original trilogy; and “The Melting Face,” a CG re-creation of the famous finale of the film.
Temple includes the featurette “Creepy Crawlies,” about the snakes, rats and bugs used in the films; and a featurette about the locations used in the movies.
Last Crusade includes “The Women: The American Film Institute Tribute,” a discussion involving Indy's love interests throughout the years; and “Friends and Enemies,” a peek into the creative process that went into making the series.
The films were previously available only in a boxed set. The new versions have been digitally remastered and enhanced for widescreen TVs.