SEVERAL PEOPLE HAVE REFERENCED THIS STORY THIS AFTERNOON, BUT HERE IT IS IN IT’S REPORTED FORM FROM The Digital Bits.
Now then… this is UNOFFICIAL. We’ve been told by various sources that at least SOME work has been done to get Raiders of the Lost Ark closer to release on DVD. Word is that the films would be released one per year, as 2-disc special editions. And our friends at The Force.net have received an interesting report on this subject. Apparently, director Steven Spielberg paid a surprise visit to a film class at USC last week. During a Q&A with the students, he mentioned that he doesn’t do audio commentaries for his work because he thinks they detract from the film experience (which we already knew). More importantly, however, he revealed that he recently turned down a request from George Lucas to record commentaries for the DVD release of the Indiana Jones films. Which confirms that at least some serious thought is being given by Lucasfilm to releasing them. Does that mean we can expect to see Raiders on disc in 2002?
Only George Lucas knows for sure.