Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull

The Mouse House hasn’t officially announced a new Indiana Jones movie since it acquired Lucasfilm last fall, but it may have just gotten one step closer. Disney and Paramount announced today that they have reached a distribution and marketing agreement for the franchise, which gives the former rights to any future Indy films. Hit the jump for more details, including what this means for Paramount.

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Paramount Home Video and Lucasfilm have officially announced the release of Raiders of the Lost Ark, Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom and Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade individually for the first time ever in High Definition. As you may recall, the original Indiana Jones trilogy films were previously only released as part of the Indiana Jones: The Complete Adventures box set, forcing fans to own the much despised fourth installment Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull.

(A side rant: the box set didn’t feature the television series The Adventures of Young Indiana Jones, yet still claimed to be the “Complete Adventures.”)

Now the first three films will be released on bare-bones Blu-ray discs (with a digital copies available through iTunes) on December 17th, 2013. Digital HD versions via streaming and download services will be available earlier on November 19th, 2013. Read the full press release with full special feature details after the jump, and see all the new cover art.

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Raiders Adaptation Book

Though you may not know their names, odds are you’ve heard the story of Chris Strompolos and Eric Zala. They’re the two long-time friends who, at the age of 11, set out to make a shot by shot remake of Raiders of the Lost Ark. And they did! It took them seven years, but their homemade version of Steven Spielberg‘s 1981 masterpiece has since become a cult classic, screening at small festivals and repertory houses before being documented in the book Raiders by Alan Eisenstock. Now, in a beautiful twist of fate, Hollywood has bought the rights to that book and plan to make Strompolos and Zala’s filmmaking adventure into an adventure film of its own.

Jeremy Coon, who produced Napoleon Dynamite, has just optioned the rights to Eisenstock’s book. He plans to first direct a documentary about the story, then turn that into a narrative feature. Strompolos and Zala are attached as producers and their life rights are part of the deal.  Read More »

Perillo Raiders Header

What do you do after you make awesome posters for Star Wars, The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi? Move onto that other incredible Lucasfilm franchise: Indiana Jones. We’re proud to debut artist Dave Perillo‘s new poster for Steven Spielberg‘s Raiders of the Lost Ark from Acme Archives. This fantastic representation of the best adventure film of all time be on sale Thursday September 26. Check it out below. Read More »

For years Steven Spielberg didn’t embrace DVD and all of his classic films stayed on VHS only. Eventually, he had a change of heart. The same can be said for the DVD to Blu-ray conversion. Spielberg was originally tentative to allow his films onto the new high definition format but has since changed his mind. Jurassic Park is already out. Jaws is on the way, as is E.T. The Extra Terrestrial and, most likely, others are too. The most exciting release, though, may be the set of Indiana Jones films which will be released on Blu-ray September 18.

A new trailer for the release has come online showing a bunch of fantastic behind the scenes footage, some of which was reportedly not on the DVD box set released several years back. Check out the trailer below. Read More »

Paramount and LucasFilm announced the fall release of the four-film Indiana Jones Blu-ray collection earlier this year, and now we’ve got a date for the set: September 18.

We don’t have a specific breakdown for the extras included in the set, but the press release, which you can read in full below, promises “a collection of documentaries, interviews, featurettes and new bonus features.” More important, Raiders of the Lost Ark was “meticulously restored with careful attention to preserving the original look, sound and feel,” supervised by director Steven Spielberg and sound designer Ben Burtt. Read More »

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Lots of Star Trek, Transformers and even a little Indiana Jones in this edition of Sequel Bits. After the jump read:

  • Star Trek 2 co-writer and producer Alex Kurtzman talks about why the film was delayed and won’t have a presence at San Diego Comic-Con.
  • Chris Pine talks about the scenes J.J. Abrams filmed in IMAX for Star Trek 2.
  • Steve Jablonsky will be scoring Michael Bay’s Transformers 4.
  • Producer Frank Marshall lampoons the idea of Indiana Jones 5 being set at the Bermuda Triangle.

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One of the first things I purchased on preview night of the 2011 San Diego Comic Con was a limited edition signed version of Drew Struzan‘s new book Drew Struzan: Oeuvre. It is one of the best purchases I’ve made this year, and a must have for any film fanatic.

Drew Struzan has created some of the most iconic movie posters of the last 30 years, from Harry Potter to Hellboy, Raiders of the Lost Ark to Back to the Future. This extravagant hardcover edition of DREW STRUZAN: OEUVRE, with a Foreword by George Lucas, film producer, screen-writer, director and founder/chairman of Lucasfilm Ltd., features over 250 pieces of art, including all of Drew’s most iconic movie images, as well as other career highlights, from record album, book, and comic book covers, to stamps, trading cards, promotional artwork and very personal original works. —This right-up-to-date collection of Struzan’s work includes recent and never-before-published pieces including Star Wars: Episode III poster art; Indiana Jones 4 poster art; Walking Dead poster art; Hellboy 2 poster art; Pan’s Labyrinth poster art; Lord of the Rings trading cards; and never before published personal works.

Titan Books has given us a bunch of exclusive images from the book, full sized poster artwork without the logos and text. I can’t tell you how awesome these images look on the large full pages of this coffee table book. The book will be released on October 4th 2011. Preorder it now on Amazon for $31.33, 37% off the $50 cover price.
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I love unconventional interviews, recorded conversations between actors, actresses, directors and screenwriters about the filmmaking process. It might be that the relationships that have already been established on set translate to a more honest interesting and entertaining interview. That is one of the many reasons I LOVED Jon Favreau‘s old television talk show Dinner For Five. Favreau has attempted to capture the same experience with a series of cast interviews he conducted for The Huffington Post to promote Cowboys & Aliens. The first interview is with his film’s co-star Harrison Ford. Ford is notoriously a dry/bad interview: I’ve heard many horror stories from my colleagues — he loves to work but seems to hate talking/promoting his films. But Favreau was able to get Ford’s A-game and get him to open up about his work over the years. You can watch the video interview clips embedded after the jump.

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