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"Raiders of the Lost Ark" returns as IMAX Experience!

August 15, 2012|Elliott Serrano, For RedEye

THIS...this is the movie that gave adventure a new name. And that name is returning to theaters in IMAX. Check out the press release and then catch up with me at the bottom of the post:

INDIANA JONES IN IMAX – FOR THE FIRST TIME EVER

DIRECTOR STEVEN SPIELBERG AND EXECUTIVE PRODUCER GEORGE LUCAS’ RAIDERS OF THE LOST ARK™ DEBUTS EXCLUSIVELY IN SELECT IMAX THEATERS FOR A ONE-WEEK ENGAGEMENT BEGINNING SEPTEMBER 7TH

INDIANA JONES: The Complete Adventures Debuts On Blu-ray™ September 18th

SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. (August 15, 2012) – The cinematic classic that introduced the world to Indiana Jones is ready to embark on a new adventure when director Steven Spielberg and executive producer George Lucas’ unforgettable Raiders of the Lost Ark is released for an exclusive one-week engagement in select IMAX® theatres beginning September 7, 2012.  The film has undergone a complete restoration for the IMAX exclusive one-week release and subsequent debut on Blu-ray. Tickets and a list of participating theatres are available starting today at www.imax.com.

“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 Spielberg.

“We are honored to present all the excitement of Indiana Jones in a way it’s never been experienced before – IMAX,” said Greg Foster, Chairman & President, IMAX Filmed Entertainment.  “We look forward to celebrating this iconic film with longtime fans as well as a new generation of moviegoers.”

The IMAX release of Raiders of the Lost Ark will be digitally re-mastered into the image and sound quality of The IMAX Experience® with proprietary IMAX DMR® (Digital Re-mastering) technology. The crystal-clear images coupled with IMAX's customized theatre geometry and powerful digital audio create a unique environment that will make audiences feel as if they are in the movie.

Under the supervision of 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 for its highly-anticipated release on Blu-ray as part of INDIANA JONES: The Complete Adventures.  Every extraordinary exploit of world-renowned, globetrotting hero Indiana Jones finally comes home in sparkling high definition on September 18, 2012 from Lucasfilm Ltd. and Paramount Home Media Distribution.  In addition to all of the thrilling adventures, the set features seven hours of fascinating bonus material, including a brand new two-part documentary entitled “On Set with Raiders of the Lost Ark – From Jungle to Desert and From Adventure to Legend.”  Featuring nearly an hour of rarely seen footage from the set of the film and archival interviews with Steven Spielberg, George Lucas and Harrison Ford, this captivating piece transports fans back to where the legend began.

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Whoever wrote this press release was unaware of the run that RAIDERS OF THE LOST ARK had at the NAVY PIER IMAX a few years ago, when they showed a 70mm print on that giant screen. So technically, this isn't "Indiana Jones in IMAX for the first time." And being the nerd nitpicker that I am, I could see every scratch on the frame, and hear every audio cue that was lost from the print being spliced together. Yeah, it was nice to see Indy up on the big screen, but it wasn't worth the price of an IMAX ticket in my opinion.

Now, after seeing the restoration job that was done on JAWS, I am ready to give Indy another try in the IMAX format. Especially if they've cleaned up the negative and remastered the audio to take advantage of those formidable IMAX sound systems.

This is gonna be fun! Now where did I put my fedora?

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