Welcome back to the fourth and final part of this epic series as we countdown the Top 20 films yet to be released to Blu-ray disc. If you missed the first three parts, be sure to look at them here. I've cheated just a little with the final five films, but I'm sure that you'll nod in agreeance with me.
5 - The Jurassic Park Trilogy
In 1993, Steven Spielberg wowed audiences with the CG/ Stan Winston animatronic re-recreation of the dinosaur world, based off Michael Crichton's successful book series. In 1997, Spielberg transported us back to the abandoned island and then let a T-Rex loose in San Diego. In 2001 Director Joe Johnston took us back for one final adventure amongst the reptiles, but despite some excellent action sequences the heart had become lost. Still, the Jurassic Park Trilogy has many fans (myself included) and the first film will be remembered fondly for ushering in the dawn of computer graphics.
No word yet on when to expect the Jurassic Park Trilogy on Blu-ray. It was released with great fanfare to DVD very early on in its life (ten years ago is a long time), but its absence is now rather peculiar.
4 - The Indiana Jones Trilogy
Again; cheating just a tad, but these three films (not including the ill-advised and previously released to Blu-ray Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull) are definitely very high in the 'eagerly awaited' category. Steven Spielberg and George Lucas teamed up for what they saw as a return to the Saturday matinee films of their youth, and as it turned out audiences clamoured for the rousing adventure and fun contained within. Whilst the first film Raiders of the Lost Ark is undoubtedly the strongest of the four films, I have always held a particular fondness for the third entry The Last Crusade, which I still believe was and should have remained the perfect final entry in the series.
A release of the Indiana Jones Trilogy was heavily rumoured to coincide with the 2008 release of Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, but this did not eventuate. Then the rumour mill flared up that a Blu-ray release would coincide with the release of 2009's Indiana Jones Lego game, but this too did not eventuate. Unfortunately there has since not been any solid word on when to expect the films, other than a suggestion that I doubt the trilogy will be released in competition with another must-have trilogy next year...