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The Ark of the Covenant, found at last! A peek at famous props from Indiana Jones' movies

Throw me the idol, I'll throw you the Blu-ray. The "Indiana Jones" quartet of films makes its Blu-ray debut Tuesday, the first time the first three movies have been offered in high definition. The five-disc set includes seven hours of bonus features, including a new documentary on "Raiders of the Lost Ark"with never before-seen footage and deleted scenes from the 1981 film.

Michael Avila

Indiana Jones' famed whip and hat.

The newly remastered "Raiders" is also playing on the big screen again in more than 300 theaters -- check local listings to see if it's showing near you.


To celebrate, Lucasfilm opened up the vault and allowed a few journalists a peek at some of the series' most famous treasures.

To quote Indy's arch-rival Rene Belloch,"This. This is history."

Ark of the Covenant
Before it was buried deep in a massive government warehouse, the Ark represented the pinnacle of Indiana Jones' archaeological career. Part of the greatness of "Raiders" is that the item that drove the film's engine remained cloaked in mystery, and danger. Even after the supernatural climax, the Ark's true power remained largely unknown.

Michael Avila

Ark of the Covenant

The Holy Grail
The cup that was The Holy Grail in "The Last Crusade" is fairly unassuming. It has all sorts of scuff marks on it, it's not flashy at all. And it is completely awesome.

Michael Avila

The Holy Grail

The Idol
Is there anyone out there who's seen "Raiders"who hasn't at one point, said, "throw me the Idol, I throw you the whip?" Three decades later, Alfred Molina must hear that in his sleep.

Michael Avila

The Idol

 

The Sankara Stones
The Sankara Stones were the hidden treasure of the first sequel (which was actually a prequel). For all the detractors who complain about "Temple of Doom's"darker tone,  the movie did establish how a younger, more brash Indy realized a valuable lesson: that fortune and glory isn't all it's cracked up to be.

Michael Avila

The Sankara Stones

Indy's hat
The weathered brown Fedora was the topper on Dr. Jones' iconic look. Scenes in which Indy comes dangerously close to losing his hat are staples in the film series.

Michael Avila

Indiana Jones' hat

 

Indy's whip
Dr. Jones' favorite weapon also makes for a handy escape tool. Legendary sound designer Ben Burtt said the distinctive sound of Indy’s  bullwhip was recorded amidst the trees and natural acoustics of Skywalker Ranch in Marin County, Calif. The sound the whip makes onscreen is what it sounds like in real life -- except for an added  ‘whooshing’ sound Burtt said was borrowed from a Harrier jet.

Michael Avila

Indiana Jones' whip

 

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