The last holdout of the big genre franchises to come to high definition has finally been announced, as Paramount and Lucasfilm made it official today: The Complete Indiana Jones Collection will arrive on Blu Ray in Fall 2012. Yes, they said “complete”, meaning that you’ll have to buy a copy of Kingdom of the Crystal Skull as well. But who cares? Use it as a coaster or something. All that matters is Raiders of the Lost Ark in high def. Everything else is gravy.
According to the press release “The Complete Indiana Jones Blu-ray Collection will be excavated in the fall of 2012 and will include all four of Indy’s thrilling adventures, using the highest possible high definition picture and audio presentation – along with a “best of” collection of documentaries, interviews, featurettes and a few new surprises.” I imagine when they say “best of” they mean they’ll be porting over all the documentaries from the old DVD sets, and maybe like the Star Wars collection last Fall, they’ll include the original vintage “Making Of” docs as well. Sadly, extensive new special features are mostly a thing of the past in this day and age, but this being Indy, I imagine they’ll thrown in something new. I wish they’d include Jamie Benning’s wonderful filmumentary on the making of Raiders that was released this past year, but that’s a long shot.
Along with Indy, this year will also see the release of Spielberg’s Jaws, E.T., and the rest of the James Bond series on Blu Ray. If you still haven’t upgraded to high def, I’d say now would be the time.