Article first published as Live Snakes at Comic-Con – Celebrating the Upcoming Indiana Jones: The Complete Adventures Blu-ray on Blogcritics.
Ever wish you could see a real-life recreation of the famous snake pit scene from Raiders of the Lost Ark? Attendees of Comic-Con 2012 in San Diego were treated to the closest thing possible this week—a huge glass display filled with Indy-related artifacts, including a golden ark, hieroglyphs, and yes, enough live snakes to make your skin crawl.
This was, of course, a promotion for the rabidly anticipated Indiana Jones: The Complete Adventures five-disc Blu-ray set—containing all four feature films plus seven hours of bonus material—due September 18, 2012 from Lucasfilm Ltd. and Paramount Home Media Distribution.
The film that started it all, Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981), has undergone a frame-by-frame 4K restoration that promises to present a more pristine image than we’ve seen since the film first hit theaters 31 years ago. Director Steven Spielberg supervised the process, while Ben Burtt—sound designer for all four Indy movies (and Oscar winner for two, Raiders and Last Crusade)—oversaw the audio restoration.
As evidenced by the photos (and the video footage from the event below), the “snake pit” appears to have been quite a hit with Comic-Con attendees. With millions of Indy fans worldwide, the Indiana Jones: The Complete Adventures Blu-ray, currently available for pre-order at online retailers, will surely be a brisk seller come September 18.