When the comparison is made that the Indy DVD set will be as the Back To the Future set was, I think that is a little off...
First. The Back to the Future DVD set was produced by Universal; they usually pay little attention to their back-catalog films. Most Universal DVDs are only so-so. They are a cheap DVD company in general--just look at those crappy black keep cases they sometimes put their DVDs in. Also, Universal often pays little attention to transfers, and digital quality (Shadow of the Vampire, BTTF Set). Ironically, only with a few DVDs like Jurassic Park, and other Speilberg films to name a few, has Universal gone above and beyond their normal mish-mash DVDs.
Second. If the rumors about a fourth Indy film are true, then I'm sure Paramount will someday release an Indy Special Edition Box Set with tons of extras (perhaps something like the Jack Ryan Box Set?) for all of you who are crazy for those extras. Paramount has done a few revamps of what they consider their "more important" films--I'm sure it's only a matter of time.
Third. For as long as I can remember, Speilberg and Lucas have had strange habits when it comes to releasing their films on DVD (and as I remember, VHS). Can you think of any other filmmakers who are as anal as these two--perhaps Disney? I doubt they would let a bad transfer take place on the famous Indian Jones films. So, to all of you who think that Paramount took control of the DVD production, and did a suck job on them...remember who made the films: Two of the most powerful people in the motion picture business.
I really don't care about a lack of extras; I love all three Indy movies--and it's my love for them which gets me excited about this set. I want to watch them again, on DVD. Come Nov. 4th, I can do that.