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#1 of 635 OFFLINE   David W

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Posted December 13 2002 - 09:26 AM

From today's WSJ. Apparently Spielberg wants to release the Indiana Jones movies separately and Paramount wants an all or nothing box set. See below.

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Last week, Hollywood Journal sat down with the 55-year-old Mr. Spielberg for a discussion of everything from the status of "Indiana Jones 4" to his thoughts on why "Minority Report" wasn't much of a blockbuster in the U.S. Here are excerpts:


Q. Speaking of upcoming projects, what's the status of "Indiana Jones 4"?

A. Frank Darabont (writer of "The Green Mile") is writing the screenplay as we speak. We're looking to start production in May of 2004 and come out for the July 4th weekend 2005.

Q. "E.T." is finally out on DVD after a long wait. Fans of Indiana Jones are hoping "Raiders of the Lost Ark" won't be far behind, but Paramount is mum. Can you fill us in?

A. We're aiming for next fall. George Lucas and I are having an argument with Paramount. Paramount wants to come out with all three [Indiana Jones] movies in one package. George [writer and producer of "Raiders"] and I want to come out with one film at a time and then come out with all three movies, and maybe even the fourth one, in one package later. (Paramount says there is no argument and discussions are ongoing.)


#2 of 635 OFFLINE   Paul McElligott

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Posted December 13 2002 - 09:31 AM

Very interesting, and not just the Indy stuff.
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Posted December 13 2002 - 09:35 AM

I hope Spielberg gets his way... I am only interested in purchasing Raiders of the Lost Ark.

#4 of 635 OFFLINE   John Simon

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Posted December 13 2002 - 09:47 AM

Actually, Spielberg's stance bothers me quite a bit here. It sounds like the typical Lucas mentality of releasing each movie seperately and then following up with another edition only a year or two later to milk consumers for more money. I'd rather see all 3 movies released simultaneously in a box set and also available seperately, and avoiding the constant re-release with added features that would be inevitable if they were done as Spielberg seems to suggest.

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Posted December 13 2002 - 09:54 AM

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Actually, Spielberg's stance bothers me quite a bit here. It sounds like the typical Lucas mentality of releasing each movie seperately and then following up with another edition only a year or two later to milk consumers for more money. I'd rather see all 3 movies released simultaneously in a box set and also available seperately, and avoiding the constant re-release with added features that would be inevitable if they were done as Spielberg seems to suggest.


I don't see the correlation here. If I look at the Star Wars releases so far, those are two PACKED disc sets. Lucas hasn't been re-releasing with more features in a money grab. But he is releasing them one at a time. I wonder if this means that Lucas is going to release the original trilogy one at a time in the 2006-2008 time frame?
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#6 of 635 OFFLINE   ChrisLee

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Posted December 13 2002 - 09:57 AM

Yeah I'm not a fan of waiting either. My question would be why is there a need for separate releases over time? I mean this series is much the same as Star Wars in that the fans would be willing to settle for bare bones sets now...
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#7 of 635 OFFLINE   Tom Tsai

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Posted December 13 2002 - 10:04 AM

I want the boxset...but I don't want to wait for all 3 to come out first. argh...Posted Image

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Posted December 13 2002 - 10:09 AM

The theory seems to be that many people only want Raiders, but if it is only available in a box set, enough of these people will buy the set anyway to make it worthwhile compared to separate releases, from Paramounts point of view, even if it means some people will not buy it at all.

In addition maybe Paramount thinks it more expense saving to release a 4 disc set with one bonus disc a la The Godfather compared to three 2 disc sets.

Of course that's just speculation anyway.
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#9 of 635 OFFLINE   David Brown Eyes

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Posted December 13 2002 - 10:17 AM

I would purchase Raiders in a hearbeat, unfortunately I loath Temple and would have a hard time puchaseing a disk I will never watch in a box set. Crusade I could take or leave.

I have the exact same problem with BTTF. I am less likely to purchase the entire set but would have the first movie on release day.

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Posted December 13 2002 - 10:28 AM

I only want and would only purchase Raiders. No individual dvds then no sale for me just as BTTF.

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Posted December 13 2002 - 10:35 AM

Hell, I would buy all three in a second, even if they were packaged with Spawn and Showgirls.

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#12 of 635 OFFLINE   John Simon

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Posted December 13 2002 - 10:52 AM

Brian, I used Lucas as an example due to his frequent re-release of the Star Wars movies on VHS, not DVD. Sorry about that confusion.

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Posted December 13 2002 - 12:05 PM

Good news. Nice to know the Fall 2003 is not just a rumor and they're actually trying to get these out. Now, I'd much rather have the one-by-one release pattern than the all-at-once. I love Raiders and Crusade, but Temple is alright in my opinion. I may get it just to complete the collection, but don't really know for sure. Either way, they could just release all three in intervals as they'd need time to work on these. And when they do release Indy 4 on DVD, put out a final box set and follow the Jurassic Park strategy by including a coupon for the box and possible other goodies.
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Posted December 13 2002 - 12:06 PM

I forgot these we're Paramount. Ew.

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I guess what I'm trying to say is that I wish Fox owned these. BADLY.
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Posted December 13 2002 - 12:11 PM

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Posted December 13 2002 - 12:37 PM

This is a tough choice...
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Posted December 13 2002 - 01:09 PM

There it is straight from the horse's mouth (or one of the horses anyway). I've said it time and again in the past, but I've never liked Paramount, I don't trust them, and they provide little to no value (in terms of a total package) with the majority of their DVD releases. That seems to be an unpopular opinion, but it isa valid opinion.

There was at least one member on this board a few years ago who reported the ongoing problems with Paramount and Lucasfilm. He was basically driven off the board because he had "no proof".

In any event, it's good to know that at least something is in the works for next year.

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Posted December 13 2002 - 02:02 PM

I would choose a nice box but I would not complain if "decent" individual releases was the available route.
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Posted December 13 2002 - 02:07 PM

I think the duel box set/individual release is fine, as long as they are released simultaneously. Releasing them later with added features only scr*ws the big fans that purchased them on the initial release. If the box set and the individual releases are out the same day then people can decide which way they want to go.
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#20 of 635 OFFLINE   Richard Kim

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Posted December 13 2002 - 02:22 PM

I wonder if Lucas will finally convince Speilberg to record commentary tracks for the Indy DVDs? A Lucas/Speilberg/Ford commentary track would be awesome! One can hope...





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