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It’s gonna be one hell of a Blu-ray season this fall for Steven Spielberg fans.  Jaws comes to Blu-ray for the first time on August 14th, E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial hits the format in October, and now a release date has been set for Indiana Jones: The Complete Collection.  We previously learned that Indy would be getting the HD treatment back in February, but now Lucasfilm and Paramount Home Entertainment have announced that the set will hit stores on September 18th.  The collection includes remastered versions of Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom, Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, and Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, as well as a completely restored version of Raiders of the Lost Ark supervised by Spielberg and sound designer Ben Burtt.

The discs will include documentaries, interviews, featurettes and “new bonus features,” though it hasn’t yet been announced what these new features entail.  I’m pulling for an extended, candid retrospective with Spielberg, George Lucas and Harrison Ford, but that seems unlikely.  Hit the jump to check out the artwork, read the press release, and watch the previously released Blu-ray trailer.

indiana-jones-the-complete-adventures-blu-rayHere’s the press release:

In June of 1981 director Steven Spielberg and executive producer George Lucas introduced the world to Indiana Jones when the unforgettable Raiders of the Lost Ark debuted in theaters. Exploding to instant acclaim, the film has now been carefully restored, alongside remastered versions of the archaeologist’s other thrilling adventures—Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom, Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade and Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull. Prepare for excitement, adventure and snakes—why did it have to be snakes?—all with pristine picture and sound when INDIANA JONES: The Complete Adventures debuts on Blu-ray September 18, 2012 from Lucasfilm Ltd. and Paramount Home Media Distribution.

Supervised by director Steven Spielberg and renowned sound designer Ben Burtt, Raiders of the Lost Ark has been meticulously restored with careful attention to preserving the original look, sound and feel of the iconic film. The original negative was first scanned at 4K and then examined frame-by-frame so that any damage could be repaired.

The sound design was similarly preserved using Burtt’s original master mix, which had been archived and unused since 1981. New stereo surrounds were created using the original music tracks and original effects recorded in stereo but used previously only in mono. In addition, the sub bass was redone entirely up to modern specifications and care was taken to improve dialogue and correct small technical flaws to create the most complete and highest quality version of the sound possible while retaining the director’s vision. The result is an impeccable digital restoration that celebrates the film and its place in cinematic history.

The installments in the franchise have won a combined seven Academy Awards®. Relive every heart-pounding thrill like never before as all four films arrive together, for the first time presented in 1080p high definition with English 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio accompanied by a collection of documentaries, interviews, featurettes and new bonus features.

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  • Steve

    Can I get a discount if I send crystal skull back and keep the first three films?

    • dogg

      I’ll take just 1 and 3. I wasn’t so horrified at Crystal Skull because Temple of Doom already compromised the franchise.

  • abs

    I hope the UK release will include the full version of Temple of Doom. The scene where Molaram rips out the mans heart was cut in the dvd release.

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  • George Fucas

    How about a blu-ray of “A Trip to the Moon” in 5D with remastered sound and blah blah blah

    • Mark

      Considering it was a silent film, and that there is no such thing as 5D, I don’t see it being a worthwhile idea to worry about either of those enhancements.

      It would be nice however to get a really high quality 1080p transfer of that film. I’ve only ever seen low quality 480i of it, and I’ve found that old films tend to be captivating when seen in higher definition. Of course, nothing would compare with being able to see it as a proper film through a projector, but that would be a bit expensive!

      • “How dense WAS he?!”

        What about blah blah blah? Did you like that idea?

  • Fan Editor

    Shame, I re edited KOTCS myself, its at least 10 times better. Was tricky in parts but it worked great and its the version I always now know of it. I even inserted some Raiders music in some key scenes and made Mutts revelation to Indy more poiniant rather than wisecracks.
    I toned down the horrid CGI looking lens filtering they used on the film that made it look cartoony, Got rid of the fridge bouncing and had it just slide to a stop “lessening” the chances of death. I got rid of Gophers, monkeys and some painfull dialogue. Aswell as the bad moneyshot of the Alien at the end. What a difference it all made to the film. Its almost a good film I find, lots to like, mainly towards the first half. The crap starts in the last third.

    Alas, its a shame Spielberg didn’t get his eyes on it, I’m sure he may have agreed with this version a lot more than his own.

  • Lance

    Heck ya! I just wish they would go back to calling the first film “Raiders of the Lost Ark” and not call it “Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark.” The latter is nearly as unwieldy as “Kingdom of the Crystal Skull.” Movie titles shouldn’t be longer than newspaper headlines!

  • mark

    a spielberg movie that needs a blu ray release is empire of the sun

    • Gabriel

      I totally agree with you Mark. Empire of The Sun is a masterpiece. Deserves to have a entirely restored Full-HD version as well.

  • Dan Geer

    Cannot wait for this set!

  • Phoenix

    Indiana Jones: The COMPLETE Adventures.

    So, no more Indiana Jones films.

  • mono

    Great cover, shame about the ugly blue bluray banner at the top….

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