Spielberg – Present in the Fall

In addition to the release of Lincoln, his long awaited study of the last few weeks in the life of the sixteenth President of the United States, director Steven Spielberg will be quite present on DVD.

In addition to having the stunning Blu Ray of Jaws (1975) available since July, this past week saw the release on Blu Ray of The Indiana Jones Collection, which includes all four films and several hours of extras. The prints of the films are incredible, the best I have seen since seeing the movies in the theater for the first time. Seeing Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981) on Blu Ray was an extraordinary experience, akin to seeing the film for the first time again, the images clean and pristine, the audio perfect. Watching the first three is a crushing reminder of how weak the fourth is, and though at first it is like seeing an old friend again, it is ruined when that old friend survives an atomic bomb by climbing into a fridge. Is this really what they intended when at the end of the Last Crusade (1989) having drank the waters from the cup of Christ and gaining immortality?? I doubt it.

Just a week away (October 9) is E.T.: The Extraterrestrial (1982) on Blu Ray for the first time, a release which will include the original 1982 film, and the updated version, unpopular with purists, which took the weapons out of the hands of the government officials chasing down the little alien and the boys trying to get him to his ship. One of the most beloved films of all time, the fantasy won four Academy Awards and the LA Film Critics’ Awards for Best Film and Director.

We will also be treated to one of his best films on Blu Ray, the shockingly underappreciated Empire of the Sun (1987) a flop when first released, yet now widely appreciated as one of his very best films. Cannot wait to see the Blu Ray transfer of this one because the cinematography sings!!
Seems Spielberg will be everywhere. Wonder how carefully planned all of that was????