This Is History: Restored ‘Raiders of the Lost Ark’ Hits IMAX for One Week

Raiders of the Lost Ark in IMAX

The adventures of Indiana Jones as we know them first kicked off (whipped into?) in theaters in June of 1981 with the release of Steven Spielberg‘s Raiders of the Lost Ark, but before those of us not around for the big screen experience back then, Spielberg and George Lucas have a big (no, really, giant) treat to make up for it. The film will have an exclusive one-week engagement in select IMAX® theatres starting on September 7th.

The IMAX release comes to us as part of the release of an all-new Blu-ray release of all four Indiana Jones films (yes, four) later in September, and has “undergone a complete restoration for the IMAX exclusive one-week release and subsequent debut on Blu-ray.” The film has been digitally re-mastered for IMAX using the proprietary IMAX DMR® (Digital Re-mastering) technology. Raiders has also been restored by sound designer Ben Burtt, “with careful attention to preserving the original look, sound and feel of the iconic film.”

The all-new Blu-ray set, billed as INDIANA JONES: The Complete Adventures, hits Blu-ray on September 18th. After the break, check out an all-new trailer for Raiders of the Lost Ark in support of the IMAX release. It’s big!

[Press Release]

Kate is an entertainment and culture writer and editor living in New York City. She is also a contributing writer for,,, Vulture,,, The Dissolve, Screen Crush, New York Daily News, Mental Floss, and amNY. Her previous work can also be found at MSN Movies, Boxoffice Magazine, and She lives her life like a French movie, Steve.

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