2012 is turning into a bumper year for home cinema aficionados as Blu-ray takes a leap forward and sees some classic entertainment being restored and released in glorious high definition as the filmmakers originally intended us to see them.
Recently Gillo Pontecorvo's sublime Battle of Algiers made its way onto Blu-ray and despite there been more than 4 decades since its release it has lost none of its power as it bring a new generation up to speed on our near history. Earlier this month saw arguably Steven Spielberg’s finest moment’s brought back to screen with Jaws. Having being lucky enough to see Jaws on the big screen at a special Jameson Cult Film Club screening I can tell you that the restored version my have a nostalgia inducing filter over its visuals the story and acting are something to behold and reminded me how much of a pinnacle Jaws still is in the genre.
Both Battle of Algiers and Jaws, restored masterpieces look absolutely stunning in HD especially on the big screen.
I’m happy to say that finally another classic Spielberg film, the George Lucas produced quintessential boys own adventure - Raiders Of The Lost Ark has finally found its way onto Blu-ray and to celebrate this milestone Raiders Of The Lost Ark will be showing for one week run at the IMAX. Despite having seen Raiders a couple of years ago at Film4's Summer Screen Film I cannot wait to see it back on the big screen again.
"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.
The full official press release can be read below:
Steven Spielberg and executive producer George Lucas’ unforgettableRaiders of the Lost Ark is released for an exclusive one-week engagement in select IMAX cinemas beginning September 21, 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 cinemas beginning September 21, 2012. The film has undergone a complete restoration for the IMAX exclusive one-week release and subsequent debut on Blu-ray, released October 8.
Tickets will be available from Friday 24 August at www.odeon.co.uk and www.cineworld.co.uk
|Image: Raiders Of The Lost Ark IMAX poster|
"We are honoured to present all the excitement of Indiana Jones in a way it's never been experienced before -- IMAX, We look forward to celebrating this iconic film with long-time fans as well as a new generation of moviegoers. " said Greg Foster, Chairman & President, IMAX Filmed Entertainment.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 October 8, 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.
Participating IMAX Cinemas:
Odeon Liverpool One
Odeon Swiss Cottage
INDIANA JONES: THE COMPLETE ADVENTURES debuts on Blu-ray on 8th October 2012 from Lucasfilm Ltd. and Paramount Home Media Distribution
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The Establishing shot: RESTORED RAIDERS OF THE LOST ARK IN AN IMAX NEAR YOU FOR ONE WEEK ONLY FROM THIS FRIDAY, 21 SEPTEMBER, 2012