Posted on Tuesday, July 1st, 2014 by Germain Lussier
Years ago, Steven Spielberg was known for being resistant to Blu-ray. His lesser films got released, but his classics took a long time to make it to the format. Even today, several of Spielberg’s movies aren’t available on Blu-ray. That’ll change in October though when Universal releases the Steven Spielberg Director’s Collection. It includes Blu-rays of Duel, The Sugarland Express, Jaws, 1941, E.T., Always, Jurassic Park and The Lost World, four of which have never been on Blu-ray before. (Duel, Sugarland, 1941 and Always). See the full box art and read the details below.
Here’s the box art for The Steven Spielberg Director’s Collection.
And here’s the press release, thanks to Coming Soon.
Eight memorable films from one of the most acclaimed directors in motion-picture history come together for the first time ever in the “Steven Spielberg Director’s Collection,” available on Blu-ray and DVD on October 14, 2014, from Universal Studios Home Entertainment. Since beginning his long and distinguished career on the Universal backlot more than 40 years ago, Spielberg has gone on to direct an unprecedented number of some of the biggest box office hits and critically-acclaimed films in cinematic history. The “Steven Spielberg Director’s Collection” showcases some of the most unforgettable movies the three-time Academy Award winner made for Universal, including his debut film Duel, which has been digitally remastered and restored and will be presented in widescreen for the very first time in the U.S. and Canada.
From early achievements such as his very first television feature, Duel, and first theatrical release, The Sugarland Express, to blockbusters such as Jaws, E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial and Jurassic Park, Spielberg’s films have captivated audiences worldwide and set a new standard for filmmaking. Starring some of Hollywood’s top talents, including Drew Barrymore, Richard Dreyfuss, Julianne Moore, Holly Hunter, John Goodman, Dan Aykroyd, Jeff Goldblum, Sam Neill, Samuel L. Jackson, Laura Dern, Goldie Hawn, John Belushi, Vince Vaughn, and film icon Audrey Hepburn, the films included in this collection are accompanied by a Blu-ray exclusive: A 58-page companion book on the visionary director’s career, featuring rare photos, archival materials and more.
The “Steven Spielberg Director’s Collection” includes four movies never before released on Blu-ray, including Duel and The Sugarland Express that have been digitally remastered from their original film elements. Hours of bonus features include Making-of Documentaries, Interviews with Steven Spielberg, Behind-the-Scenes Featurettes, Rare Archival Footage, Deleted Scenes and much more.
The eight films featured include (*Denotes First Time on Blu-ray™):
A traveling salesman (Dennis Weaver) is terrorized by an unseen trucker on a remote desert highway.
The Sugarland Express* (1974)
A mother (Goldie Hawn) desperately attempts to reunite her family by helping her husband escape prison and kidnapping their son.
When a seaside community is under attack by a great white shark, the chief of police (Roy Scheider), a marine biologist (Richard Dreyfuss) and a shark hunter (Robert Shaw) embark on a quest to destroy the beast.
1941*- Theatrical & Extended Version (1979)
Pandemonium erupts in Los Angeles after the WWII attack on Pearl Harbor in this wartime spoof starring Dan Aykroyd and John Belushi.
E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial (1982)
A lost alien from space befriends a 10-year-old boy (Henry Thomas) who helps him find a way home.
After sacrificing himself to save a friend (John Goodman), a daredevil firefighting pilot (Richard Dreyfuss) returns to earth to help his surviving girlfriend (Holly Hunter) move on with the help of an angel (Audrey Hepburn).
Jurassic Park (1993)
Journey to an amazing theme park on a remote island where dinosaurs once again roam the earth and five people must battle to survive among the prehistoric predators. Starring Sam Neill, Laura Dern, Jeff Goldblum, Samuel L. Jackson and Sir Richard Attenborough.
The Lost World: Jurassic Park (1997)
Four years since the disaster at Jurassic Park, two groups are in a race against time that will determine the fate of the remote island’s prehistoric inhabitants. Starring Jeff Goldblum, Julianne Moore, and Vince Vaughn.