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‘Young Indiana' Due in 18 Months

18 Oct, 2005 By: Fred Topel

One of the most-requested TV shows is getting spruced up for DVD. Lucasfilm's “The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles” ran for 30 episodes during 1992 and 1993, before DVD existed — and before George Lucas relented and started releasing his titles on the format.

“Fans have been excited for the release of ‘The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles' since producer Rick McCallum announced they would be coming to DVD three years ago,” said Gord Lacey, founder of TVShowsOn-DVD.com. The show has consistently been on the site's list of the top 100 unreleased requested shows.

McCallum said the first step is improving picture and sound quality.

“[DVD] wasn't a reality in terms of the way in which we shot it,” he said. “So one of the things we have been doing is upgrading the quality of the original 16mm image. Also, [we've been] redoing the soundtracks so people can take advantage of it in their home.”

About three of the 22 DVDs are completed, McCallum said. The package won't be complete for another 18 months, making the set a three-year process. Lucasfilm has spent the past 18 months preparing bonus materials for the DVD release as well.

“We're up to like 56 to 60 documentaries,” McCallum said. “We're planning 95 altogether, plus a lot of lectures that tie in the historical aspects of what's taking place in relationship to where Indy is as a young kid and as a young man.”

McCallum, speaking for the Lucas camp, hopes that DVD will give the show an audience that was not possible in the network TV landscape of 1992.

“We'll finally have the opportunity to get it out to the audience worldwide that it never would have reached in the United States,” he said. “Even though we had 10 million to 11 million really faithful viewers, and we were put all over the place, it was just during that period when network television was falling apart. So we just never got the mileage we really expected and wanted.”

For those who can't wait another year-and-a-half, McCallum asks for patience while his team ensures the quality of the TV DVD package.

“The thing about the DVDs for us is we don't just do one video master for anything,” he said. “We really make an effort to try to get the best quality that we possibly can and put in the best amount of material. It does take a long time.”

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