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A little over a year ago, Paramount Home Media Distribution released Indiana Jones: The Complete Adventures Blu-ray, which marked the very first time the first three flicks in the Indiana Jones franchise were available in HD picture. That release followed a painstaking remastering of the first three films. Unfortunately, that set retailed for $76, which isn’t an outrageous amount for a set with four movies, but is pretty expensive for fans who may have only wanted or needed to purchase one or two of the movies in the series. The individual Blu-ray and Digital HD releases are finally on the way, and they are hitting the market just in time for the holidays.
The Digital HD releases for each of the films will be available beginning on November 19. Individual Blu-ray copies will follow just a few weeks later, on December 17. Here’s the cover art for each of the four brand new Blu-ray releases. Of the four, Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull is the only film that has been available individually on Blu-ray before.
Each of the flicks in the series comes with an HD reissue of a teaser trailer and a theatrical trailer, plus a digital copy of the film, the latter of which should be a nice bonus for all of those tablet owners out there. Additionally, Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull will come with additional extras that are listed below. If you are a huge fan of the series and care about behind-the-scenes extras and stuff, though, you should go ahead and pull out your wallet and invest in the Indiana Jones: The Complete Adventures set. That set comes with a featurette called “On Set with Raiders of the Lost Ark," which offers almost an hour of little seen footage. Other extras with that set include “Making of” segments and background information on the stunts, lights, and music. Here’s the rundown of that set.
Still, for casual fans of the Indiana Jones series, these individual sets could be a real winner. We don’t have full specs on the set, yet, but they are likely to be cheaper than the full series set. Plus, as a moderate Indiana Jones fan who randomly doesn’t own Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom, and I would totally be willing to trade up and purchase a Blu-ray copy with that flick. No doubt others are in similar situations.
The sets are not available for pre-order yet, but we’ll keep you updated as we get a little closer to release.
Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull Blu-ray Extras