After the release of the Jurassic Park trilogy on shiny high definition last year, another one of Spielberg’s big franchises is finally coming to Blu-Ray, the Indiana Jones Quadrilogy!
Yes, we know what you’re thinking – what digitally remastering trickery have Lucas and Spielberg subjected our beloved Indy movies to this time around? Well the most surprising news of all seems to be that apart from the HD transfer, the movies will remain untouched! We at FTN will be taking that with a gratuitous pinch of salt for now but it would be nice to see those annoying gophers digitally removed from Crystal Skull…
Overseeing the high-def transfer is one Ben Burtt, sound editor extraordinaire behind the Indy movies, and director Steven Spielberg himself. (We reckon George Lucas is still adjusting to retirement.) The original negative of each film is being scanned at 4K and being systematically checked for damage frame-by-frame to ensure the highest picture quality.
But what of the audio? Over at Empire Online they are reporting that “The sound design was similarly preserved using Burtt’s original master mix, which had been archived and unused since 1981. New stereo surrounds were created using the original music tracks and original effects recorded in stereo but used previously only in mono. In addition, the sub bass was redone entirely up to modern specifications and care was taken to improve dialogue and correct small technical flaws.”
Add that to the fact that Temple of Doom will be available to watch in all its gory uncut goodness, and it all sounds rather promising. What on earth could the catch be? Well, we will have to wait until Indiana Jones: The Complete Adventures arrives on October 8th to see if any problems do arise to crush our spirits like a giant metaphorical stone boulder.