Fans of the one and only whip-cracking, treasure-hunting, globe-trotting archaeology professor are in for a big-screen treat in the coming weeks. Raiders of the Lost Ark, the cinematic classic that introduced the world to Indiana Jones, will debut in IMAX for the first time ever beginning Sept. 7. The film has been completely restored for the one-week release and subsequent Blu-ray debut. “When I saw the stunning quality of the picture and heard the enhanced sound in an IMAX theatre, I was quite literally blown away and hope that audiences will enjoy the experience as much as I did,” said director Steven Spielberg. The full franchise, INDIANA JONES: The Complete Adventures, comes out on Blu-ray Sept. 18.
In conjunction with the upcoming releases, Paramount Home Media escorted a group of lucky journalists and bloggers to Skywalker Ranch, George Lucas’ famously low-profile headquarters and workplace located in the Northern California countryside. The Archives at the ranch holds memorabilia from some of the most iconic film franchises in history. The visitors were encouraged to unearth props from all four Indiana Jones movies, including the Arc of the Covenant and Holy Grail.
The press day also featured a Q&A with Ben Burtt, who created many of the iconic sound effects heard in the Star Wars franchise, and Dennis Muren, eight-time Oscar winner for Best Visual Effects. Burtt and Muren worked alongside Spielberg in restoring Raiders of the Lost Ark. Check out the video below for their comments.