Raiders of the Lost Ark Limited Edition 4K Steelbook review by Bobby Blakey
Easily the biggest non sci-fi adventure series of all time would be Indiana Jones. While there have been ups and downs in the franchise it still stands the test of time offering up all the fun, action and adventure fans love with its gruff and rugged leading man Harrison Ford. Now Paramount is bringing the 1981 film that started it all to 4K with a limited edition steelbook of Raiders of the Lost Ark.
Raiders of the Lost Ark follows archeology professor named Indiana Jones who is venturing in the jungles of South America searching for a golden statue in 1936. Unfortunately he sets off a deadly trap but miraculously escapes. Then, Jones hears from a museum curator named Marcus Brody about a biblical artifact called The Ark of the Covenant, which can hold the key to humanly existence. Jones has to venture to vast places such as Nepal and Egypt to find this artifact. However, he will have to fight his enemy Rene Belloq and a band of Nazis in order to reach it.
While Harrison Ford’s iconic portrayal of Indiana Jones remains one of the most
iconic characters in film history it is made all the better by the locales, often over the top action and individuality of each adventure. These films have been reviewed thousands of times at this point, so I am going to keep the review of the film itself brief and speak on it this edition is worth adding it to your collection.
This film delivers everything you could want in an action/adventure film. Its period setting and homage to the old school serials gives it a vibe of its own that no one has ever been able to fully capture since. I always loved the balance we get of seeing adventure Jones and Professor Jones to remind you there are more layers to him than just the action. The classic villains, iconic framed shots and just all around fun keeps it relevant and one that fans around the world still love. From the opening to the film to the closing credits it continues to keep you engaged and still holds up as a one of the greatest action adventure flicks of all time.
This film stand up on its own, but the new addition of the high-def transfer makes it more beautiful than ever. The backdrops pop even more and the action more dynamic offering up visuals that rivaled its original release. It’s hard to justify needing to buy yet another release of the film, but this is the exception. This new 4K editions showcase the film the way they should be seen bigger, brighter and better than ever.
Available individually on 4K Ultra HD for the first time, the Raiders of the Lost Ark SteelBook is the first of four planned limited-edition releases of each Indiana Jones movie. Fans of the franchise can look forward to collecting Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom on July 12, Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade on August 16, and Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull on September 20. With exclusive packaging celebrating the iconic original theatrical artwork, these collectible releases are sure to be a hit with fans. The films are presented in 4K Ultra HD with Dolby Vision® and HDR-10 for ultra-vivid picture quality and state-of-the-art Dolby Atmos® audio*. Each SteelBook also includes access to a digital copy of the corresponding movie, as well as a mini-poster reproduction.
Rejoin the adventure with Raiders of the Lost Ark when it hits limited edition 4K steelbook on June 14th from Paramount Home Entertainment.