The Globetrotter Gazette

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DVD Update


May 9th 2003

  Hollywood, USA - His name alone is enough to conjure up exciting images of daring, exotic adventures. He is the ultimate hero. And on Nov. 4, he’s coming to the ultimate home-entertainment format.

Two of the world’s most acclaimed filmmakers, Steven Spielberg and George Lucas, and one of the most popular movie stars of all time, Harrison Ford, have worked with Paramount Home Entertainment and Lucasfilm Ltd. to create an unprecedented DVD event. Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark, Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom and Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade are among the most-requested DVD titles in history, and with the release THE ADVENTURES OF INDIANA JONES – THE COMPLETE DVD MOVIE COLLECTION on Nov. 4, movie lovers can relive all of the excitement, romance, danger and spectacle of this unforgettable trilogy.

Each film has had its image meticulously restored with THX digital remastering and sports a new Dolby Digital 5.1 soundtrack. Available in both widescreen and full-screen versions, there is no suggested retail price but the collection is anticipated to be available for approximately $49.95 in the U.S. (international prices will vary).

Bonus DVD included
But the fun doesn’t stop when the films are over – because Paramount and Lucasfilm have teamed up to create a spectacular bonus disc loaded with special features produced especially for this DVD collection. It includes newly produced, exclusive documentaries that explore the making of these memorable films, including brand-new interviews with the cast and crew – including Spielberg, Ford and Lucas – plus scores of other surprises from all three films.

"Paramount and Lucasfilm have joined forces to create the ultimate Indiana Jones experience for the millions of fans who have made Indiana Jones such an indelible part of movie history for more than two decades," said Thomas Lesinski, Worldwide President of Paramount Home Entertainment. "During the development of this terrific DVD collection, we discovered that the appeal of the Indiana Jones property has never been stronger around the world, and that the Indiana Jones boxed set is the most highly anticipated DVD release of the year."

Paramount and Lucasfilm also scoured their archives to find just the right material to add to the DVD. "We knew we had to deliver the goods Indy fans wanted with a quality beyond anything they expected," said Jim Ward, Vice President of Marketing for Lucasfilm. "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. 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."

Including the films, THE ADVENTURES OF INDIANA JONES – THE COMPLETE DVD MOVIE COLLECTION offers more than 10 hours of entertainment.

Each of the three films in THE ADVENTURES OF INDIANA JONES – THE COMPLETE DVD MOVIE COLLECTION was painstakingly restored by Lowry Digital Images – the film industry’s most noted preservationists – whose work has included such classics as Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs and Sunset Boulevard.

Disc 1 offers the completely remastered 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.)

No changes
Good news from USA Today: When Spielberg edited ET the Extra-Terrestrial last year for the long-awaited DVD release, he digitally removed some guns because of the film's young audience. But no changes were made to the Indy series.

DVD Trailer and Cover Art
IndianaJones.com has a new trailer for the upcoming DVD release of the films, you can check it out on their official site today. They've also got shots of the covers and the case for the set!

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