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Breaking News: Indiana Jones & The Kingdom of the Crystal Skull (DVD/Blu-ray)


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#1 of 13 OFFLINE   Ronald Epstein

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Posted August 12 2008 - 05:48 AM

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With More Than $770 Million in Worldwide Box Office, the Globe-Trotting Adventure Launches October 14 in Single & Two-Disc DVD and Blu-ray Packed with Sensational Behind-the-Scenes Special Features

‘Crystal Skull’ Marks First New Release on Blu-ray from Lucasfilm Ltd. and Steven Spielberg

SAN FRANCISCO, CALIF. – The highest-grossing installment of the phenomenally popular adventure franchise, with more than $770 million at the global box office, Paramount Pictures and Lucasfilm Ltd.’s Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull will make its highly anticipated debut on DVD and Blu-ray October 14. Released by Lucasfilm Ltd. and Paramount Home Entertainment, the film will be available as a two-disc Special Edition DVD and Blu-ray loaded with spectacular bonus features that allow viewers to accompany the filmmakers and cast on a fascinating journey behind-the-scenes of this modern classic.

Directed by Steven Spielberg and produced by Frank Marshall, with George Lucas and Kathleen Kennedy as executive producers, Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull is the newest adventure in the phenomenally successful INDIANA JONES series, which has earned six Academy Awards® and over $2 billion worldwide.

Set in 1957, the film stars Harrison Ford, Cate Blanchett, Karen Allen, Shia LaBeouf, Ray Winstone and John Hurt, following Indy on a perilous adventure to find the coveted Crystal Skull of Akator. From the ivy-covered halls of Marshall College to the verdant jungles of South America, Indy is relentlessly pursued by sinister Soviet agents who will stop at nothing to get their hands on the eerie object of fascination.

The two-disc Special Edition DVD and Blu-ray presentations feature hours of new content that opens up the world of Indiana Jones as never before through in-depth footage of Steven Spielberg and his cast and crew at work. From Shia LaBeouf’s training to become a master swordsman to Harrison Ford’s reunion with his fedora, whip...and Karen Allen as Marion Ravenwood, viewers will play witness to the magic of cinema’s greatest action-adventure hero’s triumphant return to the big screen, as well as the of the extraordinary work of legendary artists who brought Indy’s latest thrilling adventure to life.

In addition, all four INDIANA JONES films will be showcased in the quintessential Indiana Jones collection entitled The Complete Adventure Collection, which will include the first three films plus the two-disc Special Edition DVD of the latest installment.

DVD

Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull two-disc Special Edition DVD is presented in widescreen enhanced for 16:9 TVs with THX Certified Dolby Digital English 5.1 Surround, French 5.1 Surround and Spanish 5.1 Surround and English, French and Spanish subtitles. The two-disc set includes the following special features:

Disc 1:

· The Return of a Legend—The evolution of the new film and a tribute to the legendary hero and his creators.

· Pre-Production—Follows Steven Spielberg as he creates animatic sequences, Shia LaBeouf as he learns to swordfight and captures the reunion of filmmakers and cast on the soundstage.

DVD Disc 2:

· Production Diary: Making Kingdom of the Crystal Skull—Join filmmakers, cast and crew for a complete look at the making of the film.

o Shooting Begins: New Mexico

o Back To School: New Haven, Connecticut

o Welcome to the Jungle: Hilo, Hawaii

o On-Set Action

o Exploring Akator

o Wrapping Up!

· Warrior Makeup

· The Crystal Skulls

· Iconic Props

· The Effects of Indy

· Adventures in Post Production

· Closing: Team Indy

· Pre-Visualization Sequences

o Area 51 Escape

o Jungle Chase

o Ants Attack

· Galleries

o The Art Department

§ The Adventure Begins

§ Cemetery and Jungle

§ Akator

o Stan Winston Studio

§ Corpses, Skeletons & Mummies

§ Aliens & Crystal Skulls

o Production Photographs

o Portraits

o Behind-the-Scenes Photographs

Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull also will be available as a single disc DVD presented in widescreen enhanced for 16:9 TVs with THX Certified Dolby Digital English 5.1 Surround, French 5.1 Surround and Spanish 5.1 Surround and English, French and Spanish subtitles.

Blu-ray

The Special Edition Blu-ray is presented in 1080p High Definition with THX Certified English 5.1 Dolby True HD, French 5.1 Dolby Digital and Spanish 5.1 Dolby Digital and English, English SDH, French, Spanish and Brazilian Portuguese subtitles. The two-disc set includes the following special features:

Blu-ray Disc 1:

· Indiana Jones Timelines— Explore the movie through interactive timelines that include video featurettes, in-depth information and unique imagery. Your adventure begins with one of these three timelines:

o Story Timeline: Showcases the key events of the “Kingdom of the Crystal Skull” storyline.

o Production Timeline: A Making-of chronology for “Kingdom of the Crystal Skull”.

o Historical Timeline: Dives into the real-world historical influences that are referenced in the film.

· The Return of a Legend—The evolution of the new film and a tribute to the legendary hero and his creators. (HD)

· Pre-Production—Follows Steven Spielberg as he creates animatic sequences, Shia LaBeouf as he learns to swordfight and captures the reunion of filmmakers and cast on the soundstage. (HD)

Disc 2:

· Production Diary: Making Kingdom of the Crystal Skull—Join filmmakers, cast and crew for a complete look at the making of the film.

o Shooting Begins: New Mexico (HD)

o Back To School: New Haven, Connecticut (HD)

o Welcome to the Jungle: Hilo, Hawaii (HD)

o On-Set Action (HD)

o Exploring Akator (HD)

o Wrapping Up! (HD)

· Warrior Makeup (HD)

· The Crystal Skulls (HD)

· Iconic Props (HD)

· The Effects of Indy (HD)

· Adventures in Post Production (HD)

· Closing: Team Indy (HD)

· Pre-Visualization Sequences

o Area 51 Escape (HD)

o Jungle Chase (HD)

o Ants Attack (HD)

· Galleries

o The Art Department

§ The Adventure Begins

§ Cemetery and Jungle

§ Akator

o Stan Winston Studio

§ Corpses, Skeletons & Mummies

§ Aliens & Crystal Skulls

o Production Photographs

o Portraits

o Behind-the-Scenes Photographs

Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull has a running time of 122 minutes and an MPAA rating of PG-13 for adventure violence and scary images and is rated PG in Canada for violence and frightening scenes. For even more information about the adventures of Indiana Jones, visit

#2 of 13 OFFLINE   Tony J Case

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Posted August 12 2008 - 06:24 AM

No trailer? Weaksauce!

#3 of 13 OFFLINE   TheBat

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Posted August 12 2008 - 06:32 AM

I will be picking up the bluray edition.. I have the first 3 taped from the scifi channel in HD. Jacob

#4 of 13 OFFLINE   mike kaminski

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Posted August 12 2008 - 06:35 AM

Could the blu-ray boxset be far behind? I'd be surprised if there wasn't a 4-film boxset at least for DVD by Christmas--would be the perfect chance to put the films on Blu-ray as well. We know they already have the CGI-added HD Raiders ready so maybe they've been anticipating this.

#5 of 13 OFFLINE   Matthew Clayton

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Posted August 12 2008 - 06:44 AM

I really didn't get the hate directed at this flick. Disappointment maybe, after all those years of anticipation, but I thought this film was far from bad. Indy 4 is a damn sight more entertaining than the uninspired and clunky "Last Crusade" (and need I say Episode I?). It was the standard Spielberg film -- action-packed, a family dynamic and a happy ending. Anyone who was expecting the caliber of "Raiders" should've been rightly disappointed. Single-disc DVD for me.

#6 of 13 OFFLINE   Daniel-M

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Posted August 12 2008 - 06:53 AM

So no boxart that fits with the first boxset then?

#7 of 13 OFFLINE   Arild

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Posted August 12 2008 - 09:03 AM

For DVD? Sure. This is already covered in the press release. Posted Image

#8 of 13 OFFLINE   MielR

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Posted August 12 2008 - 09:04 AM

I think a lot of people are projecting their frustration with George Lucas onto this film, and will probably do so with every film Lucas is involved with from now on, rightly or not. Any lapses in taste/judgement will be attributed to Lucas because of the Star Wars Special Editions and Prequels. I personally feel this was the weakest of the Indy films, but as much as I'd like to, I can't let Spielberg totally off the hook for the film's flaws. If I do buy this film, it will be when a blu-ray set including the other 3 films is released.
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#9 of 13 OFFLINE   TravisR

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Posted August 12 2008 - 09:05 AM

Yes. If they announced the four movie DVD set, they most likely would have announced a Blu-Ray set at the same time. The first three Indys won't be on Blu-Ray until fall 2009 at the earliest.

#10 of 13 OFFLINE   Andrew Radke

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Posted August 12 2008 - 10:47 AM

I personally loved this movie. I took my 10 year old niece to see it and we both thoroughly enjoyed it. I will definitely be getting this upon release, as I also have the original trilogy set.
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Posted August 14 2008 - 09:15 PM

Not sure what to make of this but I’ll be in and out faster than Indiana Jones can pull out his bullwhip, don’t what to get rapped after some of the thumbs down I said about this one.

DVD it’s all the way and twice in the middle of the week and weekend for me.

There is a Dolby stereo 4:2:4 trailer of “Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull” (2008) on Cloverfield so the trailer isn’t a total lost, thou some thought the film was waste.

THX certified bluray wow this must be history in the making here, didn’t think a format like that would need the benefit of THX thou its perfect on DVD.

I’ll only be using this film on DVD to see how good the sound is compared to Indiana Jones and the last Crusade and all that crazy wild wide stereo dialogue panning which I think is still the better sounding Indy flick.

so I’ll only be using it, after all George milking Lucas has been using us for many years and don’t think he’s getting another fresh English pound note from me, I’m still fanged to the teeth with being ripped off with Star Wars 2006 DVD editions, the cheeky bugger.Posted Image
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Posted August 14 2008 - 09:24 PM


No it’s called George milking Lucas! Didn’t you get the memo?Posted Image

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Posted September 09 2008 - 07:50 AM

Later this year "Indiana Jones & The Kingdom of the Crystal Skull" will be released as a 2 DVD set. In addition, there will be a box "The Complete Adventure Collection",with all the movies. Does anyone know about that? If I have the box of the original films already - is this new box worth the double dip?




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