Not long after we wrote about Indiana Jones returning to theaters of the IMAX variety with a re-release of the 1981 classic Raiders of the Lost Ark, Paramount Pictures officially announced all the details and released a new Drew Struzan poster and trailer. Luckily Collider caught all this as well as some quotes from director Steven Spielberg about restoring the film from the original 35mm print.
“I didn’t know if the 1981 print would stand up to a full IMAX transfer, so I came expecting a sort of grainy, muddy, and overly enlarged representation of the movie I had made  years ago,” Spielberg told Yahoo. “And I was blown away by the fact that it looked better than the movie I had made  years ago.”
Spielberg not only thought the film looked better, but also sounded better. “When the boulder is rolling, chasing Indy through the cave, you really feel the boulder in your stomach, the way you do when a marching band passes by, and you’re standing right next to it,” he told The New York Times.
He also told The Times that he decided not to make any changes to the film either in IMAX or Blu-ray after the fan backlash to the alterations to E.T. “No, there’s no aesthetic changes to the films,” Spielberg said. “I’m not going back and doing to any of my movies that are now coming out on Blu-ray what I did when E.T. was reissued for the third time and I made some digital changes in the picture. I’m not doing that any more. I’ve resigned myself to accepting that what the film was at the time of its creation is what it always should be for future generations. I’m no longer a digital revisionist.”
The film will have a very limited release in IMAX theaters Sept. 7-13. The re-release comes as a way to hype the Sept. 18th release of the four films on Blu-ray as Indiana Jones: The Complete Collection. As if all that weren’t enough Indy goodness, AMC Theaters have announced a one-day marathon for all four flicks only on Sept. 15th. Check out this link for all the participating theaters. For $25 attendees will not only get to see Raiders, Temple of Doom, Last Crusade and Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, but also get “a limited edition poster and a lanyard.” That’s probably the best deal you’ll get in a theater these days.
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