Indy fans rejoice! To promote the long awaited Blu-ray release of Indiana Jones: The Complete Adventures box set (available for pre-order on Amazon) on September 18, IMAX will show an exclusive “reformatted” 70mm print of Raiders of the Lost Ark in IMAX theaters everywhere for one week.
According to Screencrush, Paramount and Steven Speilberg worked with IMAX on reformatting Raiders of the Lost Ark for 70mm as they went through the restoration process for the Blu-ray box set. But fear not! Speilberg has no plans to pull a George Lucas and add new bits into the film. No special effects or other visual elements of the film were changed: “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.” Speilberg spoke with the New York Times about why he wanted to re-release Raiders of the Lost Ark in IMAX and said:
For me, it’s always been the bigger the screen, the better. It’s the only marked contrast we have to the generations that are seeing our movies on phones and hand-held platforms. It’s a complete relief to be able to see a film that many people have just experienced on a palm-sized platform technology, suddenly hurled at that them on an IMAX-sized screen.
As of right now, Speilberg has no plans to release the rest of the trilogy in IMAX, or any of his other films: “Raiders is a movie of my own, that I can actually stand to watch from beginning to end. In that sense, it has a special place in my heart… Most of my other films, I’m hypercritical of them.”
You’ll be able to catch Raiders of the Lost Ark in 70mm IMAX from Friday, September 7 through Thursday, September 13. Indiana Jones: The Complete Adventures on Blu-ray will be released on September 18.
Find a list of IMAX theaters near you here.
‘Raiders of the Lost Ark’ IMAX Trailer