Indiana Jones 4-Movie Collection

4K ULTRA HD BLU-RAY REVIEW:

Paramount;
Adventure;
$47.99 Blu-ray, $90.99 UHD BD, 5-disc set.
Rated ‘PG-13.’
Stars Harrison Ford, Karen Allen, Denholm Elliott, John Rhys-Davies, Kate Capshaw, Ke Huy Quan, Sean Connery, Julian Glover, Alison Doody, Shia LaBeouf, Ray Winstone, John Hurt, Jim Broadbent, Cate Blanchett.

 This latest collection of the “Indiana Jones” films contains some of the greatest action-adventure films ever made, and also Kingdom of the Crystal Skull.

Timed to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the first Indy adventure, 1981’s Raiders of the Lost Ark, the set for the first time offers the four films of the franchise on 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray. Raiders, as well as 1984’s Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom, 1989’s Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, and 2008’s Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, have been remastered from the original negatives and are presented here in stunning 4K resolution, with upgraded color timing and sound mixing as well. The films, particular the earlier ones, have never looked this vibrant on home video before.

Raiders is undoubtedly on the short list for any discussion of the greatest action movies of all time. A throwback to classic adventure serials, the film was conceived of as an homage to classic pulp storytelling by creator George Lucas, who then brought on pal Steven Spielberg to direct.

The first follow up, Temple of Doom, was much more grim in tone, no doubt a subconscious manifestation of the personal troubles the lead filmmakers were dealing with at the time of its production.

Last Crusade follows more in the Raiders mold, bringing on Sean Connery as Indy’s father as a subtle nod to Spielberg’s desire to make a James Bond film. The film is perhaps a bit of an overcompensation for criticisms of how dark the second movie was, indulging more in humor than the previous movies.

Crystal Skull pays homage to classic sci-fi ‘B’ movies that tries to recapture the magic of the original trilogy 19 years later, but ends up feeling more like one of those reunion movies TV shows used to do, checking in on what the characters are up to years later.

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While the new remasters would be reason enough for fans to pick up this set (if they can find a copy — supplies were rather scarce its first few days of release), there are a few drawbacks to the set. The cardboard used in the packaging is rather flimsy and subject to crimping from overhandling, though it does come with a nice folded insert with a map of Indy’s adventures on one side and a collage of the four films’ theatrical posters on the other.

Also, the Ultra HD set contains only 4K discs for each of the films, no regular Blu-rays, though redemption codes for digital copies of each film are included. There is a separate Blu-ray collection available, but this appears to be little more than a re-issue of the 2012 Blu-ray collection, now with digital copies. The Blu-ray versions appear to be the same as from 2012, and not the remastered versions.

Each film’s 4K disc also includes a few trailers, but nothing else in the way of extras. As with 2012, the 4K set includes a bonus disc, which is a regular Blu-ray compiling a number of featurettes for each film. This is the exact same disc as the 2012 set, so the new collection really is basically just a 4K upgrade of the 2012 set with worse packaging. Given the number of extras from earlier DVD releases and the standalone Crystal Skull Blu-ray that weren’t included on that bonus disc, it’s a shame they were also weren’t included on this set.

However, with production on a fifth Indy film, there’s always a chance that a future five-film Indy set will be more of the true archive edition that fans would embrace.

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‘Raya’ Tops Disc Sales Charts for Fourth Week; ‘Indiana Jones’ Grabs No. 2 Blu-ray Spot

Disney’s Raya and the Last Dragon remained No. 1 on the NPD VideoScan First Alert chart, which tracks combined DVD and Blu-ray Disc unit sales, and the dedicated Blu-ray Disc sales chart the week ended June 12.

It’s the fourth week in the top spot for the animated fantasy, though a couple of new 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray catalog titles scrambled the top 10 a bit.

The No. 3 overall disc seller was Paramount’s June 8 re-release of its collection of the four “Indiana Jones” movies, headlined by a new 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray edition, which accounted for 91.6% of the boxed set’s total sales (8.1% were of the regular Blu-ray edition). Since nearly all the set’s sales were of Blu-ray formats, it was No. 2 on the Blu-ray Disc sales chart, where it sold 96.9% as many copies as top-selling Raya.

The No. 3 Blu-ray seller, and No. 6 overall, was Sony Pictures’ 2005 anime film Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children, newly released in a new 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray version that accounted for 98.7% of the title’s sales for the week.

Warner Bros. Home Entertainment’s live-action/animation hybrid Tom & Jerry remained the No. 2 overall disc seller for the fourth week in a row, though it slipped to No. 4 in Blu-ray Disc sales after three weeks as the runner-up on that chart.

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Rounding out the overall top five were Paramount’s A Quiet Place at No. 4, and Lionsgate’s original John Wick at No. 5.

The Blu-ray chart No. 5 was Lionsgate’s Chaos Walking, which was No. 7 on the overall disc chart — down from the third ranking on both charts a week earlier.

The only other newcomer in the overall top 20 was Lionsgate’s City of Lies at No. 17, though it fared better on the Blu-ray chart at No. 8, with 58% of its total unit sales coming in the high-def format. Produced by Saban Films and based on the book LAbyrinth by Randall Sullivan, the film follows the investigation into the infamous murder of iconic rap artist Notorious B.I.G. Johnny Depp stars as a determined LAPD detective who teams up with a journalist (Forest Whitaker) in search of the truth.

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On the Media Play News rental chart for the week ended June 13, City of Lies debuted at No. 1, pushing Tom & Jerry to No. 2. The Marksman remained No. 3.

The Redbox-exclusive thriller Rogue Hostage entered the rental chart at No. 4, while Raya and the Last Dragon slipped to No. 5.

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Merchandising: Raiders of the Lost Blu-rays

Copies of the new Indiana Jones four-movie boxed sets were hard to come by on their June 8 release date.

Paramount’s new 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray and standard Blu-ray boxed sets were released to commemorate the 40th anniversary of Raiders of the Lost Ark, but many fans reported a hard time finding them at retail. Some Amazon buyers reported being informed the online retailer didn’t have copies of the 4K version in stock yet.

Target listed the 4K edition of the Indiana Jones collection as an online exclusive at $86.99, while touting the standard Blu-ray set as in stores at $39.99 in its weekly ad circulars, though shoppers reported little luck in finding any.

Store locations in Santa Ana and Tustin, Calif., didn’t even have shelf tags for it.

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Bill Hunt of TheDigitalBits.com posted on social media that a clerk at his local Southern California Target store said that since they didn’t stock the 4K version, they were worried that just putting the Blu-ray edition on shelves would confuse customers, so they kept it in the storeroom.

Best Buy’s Indiana Jones 4K Steelbook

Some shoppers reported a bit better luck at Best Buy, finding a handful of the exclusive $99 Steelbook version of the 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray set (which included a digital copy, but not standard Blu-ray versions). Unsurprisingly, many shoppers took to social media to say the set was sold out in their area, though Best Buy’s website indicates it is still available online at at many locations.

Walmart’s ‘Raiders of the Lost Ark’ DVD

A Walmart in Tustin didn’t have the four-movie set, but did have a new Blu-ray and DVD version of just Raiders of the Lost Ark (reportedly just a repackaging of previously released disc configurations). The Blu-ray (with digital copy) is readily available at most online retailers for around $14.99, but the DVD version is a Walmart exclusive at $9.96.

Distribution of boxed sets and catalog titles as reportedly become more problematic for studies of late due to the closure of many disc replication facilities the past few years as the disc market has contracted. Warner reportedly had similar shortages of its “Lord of the Rings” 4K sets late last year, while more recently Paramount has also reportedly had supply issues with its Mommie Dearest Blu-ray.

 

 

‘Nobody,’ ‘City of Lies’ Among New Digital and Disc Releases June 8

Universal Pictures’ Nobody tops the list of titles available for digital purchase June 8, while Lionsgate’s City of Lies, and Paramount’s The Lovebirds and a new “Indiana Jones” 4K set lead the slate of new disc releases.

The suspense actioner Nobody, starring Bob Odenkirk, is available for digital sellthrough in advance of its June 22 released on Blu-ray Disc, DVD and 4K Ultra HD from Universal Pictures Home Entertainment. From the writer of John Wick, it’s the story of an ordinary family man (Odenkirk, “Breaking Bad,” “Better Call Saul”) who will stop at nothing to defend what is his. Hutch is a suburban husband who takes life’s indignities on the chin and never rocks the boat. But when his daughter loses her beloved kitty-cat bracelet in a robbery, he hits a boiling point no one knew he had, and he flips from regular dad to fearless fighter on a wild ride of explosive revenge.

The science-fiction thriller Voyagers is available for digital purchase June 8 as well, before its June 15 Blu-ray Disc, DVD and 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray release from Lionsgate. In the film, with the future of the human race at stake, a group of young men and women, bred for intelligence and obedience, embark on an expedition to colonize a distant planet. But when they uncover disturbing secrets about the mission, they defy their training and begin to explore their most primitive natures. As life on the ship descends into chaos, they’re consumed by fear, lust and the insatiable hunger for power.

The crime thriller City of Lies is now available on Blu-ray Disc (with a digital copy) and DVD from Saban Films and Lionsgate. Based on the book LAbyrinth by Pulitzer Prize-winning author Randall Sullivan, the film follows the investigation into the infamous murder of iconic rap artist Notorious B.I.G. Johnny Depp stars as determined LAPD detective Russell Poole, who spends nearly 20 years trying to solve the murder, and Forest Whitaker as Jack Jackson, a journalist who teams up with Poole in search of the elusive truth. Together they explore why the case remains cold — and why a secretive division of the LAPD is seemingly set on keeping it that way.

The comedy The Lovebirds is available June 8 on DVD, digital and on demand June 8 from Paramount Home Entertainment. Kumail Nanjiani (The Big Sick, “Silicon Valley”) and Issa Rae (“Insecure”) star as a couple who experiences a defining moment in their relationship when they are unintentionally embroiled in a murder mystery. As their journey to clear their names takes them from one extreme circumstance to the next, they must figure out how they, and their relationship, can survive the night. Featuring a never-before-seen, unrated cut of the film, the DVD and digital releases also include the original theatrical cut, as well as exclusive bonus content, including a gag reel, deleted scenes, a “Line-O-Rama,” interviews with the cast and a Lovebirds quiz.

Paramount Home Entertainment and Lucasfilm June 8 releases the Indiana Jones 4-Movie Collection on 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray. The set will also include digital copies of all four films: 1981’s Raiders of the Lost Ark, 1984’s Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom, 1989’s Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, and 2008’s Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull. Each film has been meticulously remastered from 4K scans of the original negatives with extensive visual effects work done to ensure the most pristine and highest quality image. All picture work was approved by director Steven Spielberg. The 4K presentation includes Dolby Vision and HDR-10, plus Dolby Atmos audio. All four films were remixed at Skywalker Sound under the supervision of sound designer Ben Burtt. All original sound elements were used to achieve the fully immersive Dolby Atmos mixes while staying true to each film’s original creative intent. The four-movie collection is also being re-released on standard Blu-ray.

The thriller Flashback comes out on Blu-ray, DVD and digital from Lionsgate. In the film, after a chance encounter with a man forgotten from his youth, Fredrick Fitzell (Dylan O’Brien) starts having horrific visions of Cindy (Monroe), a girl who vanished in high school. After reaching out to old friends with whom he used to take a mystery drug called Mercury, Fredrick realizes the only way to stop the visions lies deep within his own memories, so he embarks on a terrifying mental odyssey to learn the truth.

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Shout! Studios and Scream Factory in collaboration with VMI Worldwide releases the supernatural thriller The Unhealer through digital retailers and on Blu-ray Disc and DVD, as well as VOD, on June 8. Each collectible Blu-ray Disc and DVD of The Unhealer includes behind-the-scenes interviews, alternative/ extended scenes, a gag reel, and deleted scenes.Directed by writer, producer, and filmmaker Martin Guigui (Beneath the Darkness, The Bronx Bull, Future World), the film stars Natasha Henstridge (Species, The Whole Nine Yards) and Lance Henriksen (Aliens, Near Dark). The film is about a bullied teenager who gains the means to fight back when a botched faith healing bestows supernatural, shamanistic powers upon him. When his lifelong tormentors pull a prank that causes the death of someone he loves, the teen uses his newfound abilities for revenge and goes on a bloody rampage to settle the score.

Warner Bros. Home Entertainment releases Fuller House: The Fifth and Final Season on DVD June 8. The two-disc set will include all 18 episodes from the final season of the Netflix sitcom, a sequel to the 1987-95 comedy “Full House” in which eldest daughter D.J. Tanner (Candace Cameron Bure) is now a veterinarian and recently widowed mother trying to raise three boys on her own.  She is joined by her sister Stephanie (Jodie Sweetin) and best friend Kimmy Gibbler (Andrea Barber) and Kimmy’s teenage daughter Ramona (Soni Bringas), who move in to lend their support and help raise D.J.’s kids. Additional members from the Full House original cast make guest appearances throughout the series. In the fifth season of “Fuller House,” the Tanner childhood house is fuller than ever with DJ’s three boys, Stephanie’s new baby, and Kimmy’s feisty family, as the she-wolf pack prepares for a triple wedding and celebrates all the memories that have led them there. A complete-series DVD set of all five seasons also is available.

The Chinese action film Undercover Punch & Gun comes out on digital, Blu-ray and DVD June 8 with an new English dub from Well Go USA Entertainment. In the action-packed MMA thriller, while an elite cop is working undercover to infiltrate a notorious drug ring, his plan is compromised when a rival agency with a grudge attacks during a trade, killing the gang’s leader. Their cover blown, both teams are forced to unite and take to the high seas in an attempt to overthrow the ruthless smuggler behind it all.

The Ice-T film Equal Standard arrives on digital June 8, before a July 6 release on DVD and Blu-ray from Mill Creek Entertainment and Mutiny Pictures. Taheim Bryan’s writing and acting debut inspired by his life experience, the film tells the timely and politically charged story of police in New York City struggling with race, rank, betrayal and loss. Directed by Brendan Kyle Cochrane, the story is an billed as an unflinching — and unbiased — lens on the lives of police and the community they’re called upon to protect, and what happens when that covenant goes sideways, offering a perspective from both sides of the law.

The horror film The Stylist arrives on Blu-ray and DVD June 8 from Arrow Video. The female-led psychological horror film was nominated for the New Visions Award for Best Motion Picture at the 2020 Sitges International Film Festival and based on co-writer/director Jill Gevargizian’s award-winning short film of the same name. We all dream of being someone else, but for Claire (Najarra Townsend, Contracted), that dream goes from an obsession to a living nightmare. Hairstylist by day, serial killer and collector of scalps by night, Claire’s lonely existence is thrown into turmoil when her regular client, Olivia (Brea Grant, After Midnight, Lucky), asks her to style her hair for her wedding day. Increasingly fixated on Olivia’s seemingly flawless life, Claire vows to lock up her scalp collection and change her ways for good — only to discover that repressing deadly desires is easier said than done. It will be released digitally June 15.

A complete list of new disc and digital releases, compiled each week by the Media Play News market research team, can be found here.

4K Ultra HD Blu-ray ‘Indiana Jones’ Collection Arriving June 8

Paramount Home Entertainment and Lucasfilm June 8 will release the Indiana Jones 4-Movie Collection on 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray. The set will also include digital copies of all four films: 1981’s Raiders of the Lost Ark, 1984’s Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom, 1989’s Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, and 2008’s Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull.

Each film has been meticulously remastered from 4K scans of the original negatives with extensive visual effects work done to ensure the most pristine and highest quality image. All picture work was approved by director Steven Spielberg.

The 4K presentation includes Dolby Vision and HDR-10, plus Dolby Atmos audio. All four films were remixed at Skywalker Sound under the supervision of sound designer Ben Burtt. All original sound elements were used to achieve the fully immersive Dolby Atmos mixes while staying true to each film’s original creative intent.

The Indiana Jones 4-Movie Collection also includes a collectible booklet with behind-the-scenes images from all four films. Extras include each film’s original theatrical trailer and seven hours of previously released bonus material:

  • “On Set With Raiders of the Lost Ark,” including “From Jungle to Desert” and “From Adventure to Legend”;
  • 1981 documentary about the making of Raiders of the Lost Ark;
  • “The Making of Raiders of the Lost Ark” restrospective featurette;
  • The Making of Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom;
  • The Making of Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade;
  • The Making of Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull;
  • “The Stunts of Indiana Jones” featurette;
  • “The Sound of Indiana Jones” featurette;
  • “The Music of Indiana Jones” featurette;
  • “The Light and Magic of Indiana Jones” featurette;
  • Raiders: The Melting Face! ” featurette;
  • “Indiana Jones and the Creepy Crawlies” featurette with optional pop-ups;
  • “Travel with Indiana Jones: Locations” featurette with optional pop-ups;
  • “Indy’s Women: The American Film Institute Tribute”;
  • “Indy’s Friends and Enemies” featurette;
  • “Iconic Props” featurette from Kingdom of the Crystal Skull;
  • “The Effects of Indy” featurette from Kingdom of the Crystal Skull;
  • “Adventures in Post Production” featurette from Kingdom of the Crystal Skull.

 

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The set marks the 40th anniversary of Raiders of the Lost Ark, which was originally released in theaters June 12, 1981.