Jurassic Park (Blu-ray) (1993)

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Released 30-May-2012

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Details At A Glance

General Extras
Category Adventure Featurette-Making Of-Return to Jurassic Park
Featurette-Archival Featurettes x 4
Featurette-Behind The Scenes-x 6
Storyboards-x 5
Gallery-Production Archives x 3
Theatrical Trailer-5 sequences
Featurette-Jurassic Park: Making the Game
More…-My Scenes
Biographies-Cast & Crew
DVD-ROM Extras
Rating Rated PG
Year Of Production 1993
Running Time 126:36
RSDL / Flipper Dual Layered Cast & Crew
Start Up Menu
Region Coding 1,2,3,4,5,6 Directed By Steven Spielberg
Studio
Distributor

Universal Pictures Home Video
Starring Sam Neill
Laura Dern
Jeff Goldblum
Richard Attenborough
Bob Peck
Martin Ferrero
B.D. Wong
Samuel L. Jackson
Wayne Knight
Joseph Mazzello
Ariana Richards
Case Standard Blu-ray
RPI $14.95 Music John Williams


Video Audio
Pan & Scan/Full Frame None English DTS HD Master Audio 7.1
Japanese dts 5.1 (768Kb/s)
German dts 5.1 (768Kb/s)
French dts 5.1 (768Kb/s)
Italian dts 5.1 (768Kb/s)
Spanish dts 5.1 (768Kb/s)
Widescreen Aspect Ratio 1.85:1
16x9 Enhancement
16x9 Enhanced
Video Format 1080p
Original Aspect Ratio 1.85:1 Miscellaneous
Jacket Pictures No
Subtitles English
German
Cantonese
Mandarin
Korean
Japanese
Danish
Finnish
Dutch
Portuguese
Spanish
French
Icelandic
Norwegian
Italian
Swedish
Smoking Yes
Annoying Product Placement No
Action In or After Credits No

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Plot Synopsis

     Entrepreneur John Hammond (Richard Attenborough) has created the ultimate theme park on an island off the coast of Central America; he has found a way to bring dinosaurs back to life through DNA cloning and in Jurassic Park they roam free behind security fences. But he has not only recreated herbaphore dinosaurs; included in the park are deadly predator dinosaurs such as Raptors and the Tyrannosaurus Rex and when accidents lead to the death of a worker the investors become nervous. So Hammond asks dinosaur experts Dr. Alan Grant (Sam Neill) and Ellie Sattler (Laura Dern) to come to Jurassic Park, see the exhibits and endorse the park. Also on hand for the trial run is chaos theory mathematician Ian Malcolm (Jeff Goldblum), lawyer Donald Gennaro (Martin Ferrero) and Hammond’s two grandchildren, Lex (Ariana Richards) and Tim (Joseph Mazzello)

     Grant is initially overwhelmed by the living dinosaurs, but when a disgruntled employee shuts down the security system and a storm hits the island, the electric protective fencing fails and humans become the hunted specs.

     If Spielberg invented the summer blockbuster movie with Jaws in 1975, Jurassic Park must be the consummate example of the genre. It has everything: excitement, awe, humour, action, adventure, tension, shocks, genuine heart stopping moments, innocent children in danger, good acting and a John Williams score. All it lacks is a bit with a dog to cover everything possible! In 1992 CGI was in its infancy, and it is true that some of the dinosaur scenes to not live up to more modern standards although they are still very good and effective. Indeed, often with CGI less is more, and for example the shot of the creatures revealed at the waterhole is a beautiful piece of filmmaking. These shots, plus the use of Stan Winston puppets, make for an enthralling experience that has not lessened in 20 years since the film was made.

     For pure entertainment, Jurassic Park was ground breaking and holds up as well today as when it was first released. It is consummate filmmaking by Spielberg at the top of his game and it is hard to think of it being done any better.

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Transfer Quality

Video

     Jurassic Park is presented in an aspect ratio of 1.85:1, the original aspect ratio, in 1080p using the VC-1 code. It looks wonderful.

     The print is sharp and beautifully detailed. Every line and whisker is there to be seen, every leaf in the jungle and every lump and wrinkle on the dinosaur skin feels real. Colours are deep and natural, the greens of the island jungle making you feel as if you are right there. Blacks and shadow detail during the storm and night sequences are excellent. Other than slight ghosting on the ocean and jungle as the helicopter flies in, artefacts were absent.

     Subtitles are available in a range of European and Asian languages, as well as English for the hearing impaired.

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Audio

     Audio track options are English DTS-HD MA 7.1, French, Italian, German, Spanish and Japanese DTS 5.1 (at 768 Kbps).

     The English DTS- HD MA 7.1 is fabulous, an example of what audio tracks should be with an enveloping sound stage that is not overdone or bombastic, but very effective when required. Dialogue is always clear and easy to understand. The surrounds are constantly in action with music, weather effects, engines and creatures, including effective panning effects in the stampede. But silence is also brilliantly used to build tension, giving a loud audio shock when, for example, the raptor bursts through a wall. The famous scene with the silence, and then the advancing footsteps of the T-Rex supported by the sub-woofer, is there in all its glory; a wonderful example of the filmmaking art.

     The original score by John Williams includes some easily recognisable themes. As with all his best scores, the music adds to the excitement and atmosphere without ever unbalancing the film.

     Lip synchronisation was fine.

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Extras

     A huge array of extra features, some carried over from the DVD, others new.

Return to Jurassic Park (HD)

     An interesting and comprehensive three part look at the filming and impact of Jurassic Park. Some footage is repeated from the 1995 “Making of” that was on the Collector’s Edition DVD and is included elsewhere on this Blu-ray.

     Made up of on-set video diary footage, film footage plus archival and recent interviews with cast Sam Neill, Laura Dern, Jeff Goldblum, Ariana Richards and Joseph Mazzello and crew including Steven Spielberg, Kathleen Kennedy (producer), Stan Winston (live action creatures), Phil Tippett (stop motion dinosaurs), Dennis Muren (ILM), Dean Cundy (DP), John Williams (music), puppeteers, production and set designers, art, special effects and sound directors. The parts are:

Archival Featurettes (SD)

The Making of Jurassic Park (49:39)

     A 1995 featurette narrated by James Earl Jones, this is a short film in in own right. Some of the interviews and footage is repeated in the “Return to Jurassic Park” featurettes includes elsewhere on this Blu-ray. Broken into Pre-Production, Production and Post-Production sections, this is an informative and interesting look at Jurassic Park featuring film and on-set behind the scenes footage plus interviews, mostly with crew, including Steven Spielberg, Stan Winston, Phil Tippett and Dennis Muren. Phil Tippett, who thought the new CGI digital dinosaurs would put his stop-motion business out of work, is particularly interesting.

Original Featurette on the Making of the Film (4:50)

     Basically an extended promo, an early EPK, for Jurassic Park. Less good video quality.

Steven Spielberg Directs Jurassic Park (9:07)

     On set footage of Spielberg at work plus a lot of film footage. Does not really show much.

Hurricane in Kauai (2:09)

     Video film and interviews concerning the hurricane that hit Kauai Island during the production.

Behind the Scenes (SD)

Early Pre-Production Meetings (6:20)

     Pre-production video diary of a meeting at which Steven Spielberg discusses his ideas about the dinosaurs with a group including Stan Winston, Phil Tippett and Dennis Muren. It is interesting to hear some of his ideas and know that they did indeed end up in the finished film. Poor video and a persistent hiss on the audio, but interesting none-the-less.

Location Scouting (1:59)

     Video footage of Spielberg and others scouting locations on Kauai.

Phil Tippett Animatics: Raptors in the Kitchen (3:04)

     Animatronic and story board construction of the Raptors in the Kitchen sequence. Interesting to see what was changed. No sound.

Animatics: T-Rex Attack (7:21)

     Animatronic, model and story board construction of the T-Rex attack on the cars. Again, it is interesting to see what was changed. No sound.

ILM and Jurassic Park: Before and After the Visual Effects (6:32)

     A look at how some scenes were put together from original plates, matte paintings, green screen live action, and various stages of animation plus the finished film footage. Worth a look.

Foley Artists (1:25)

     Foley artist Dennie Thorpe shows how the sound effects for the baby raptor breaking out of its egg were made.

Storyboards (HD)

     Five extensive storyboard sections. Presented without sound, the storyboards advance automatically. The sections are:

Production Archives (HD)

     Presented without sound, these advance automatically. Sections are:

Theatrical Trailer (1:11) (SD)

Jurassic Park: Making the Game (4:43) (HD)

     Promotion for the Jurassic Park video game.

My Scenes

     Bookmark your favourite scenes while the film plays for later replaying.

R4 vs R1

NOTE: To view non-R4 releases, your equipment needs to be multi-zone compatible and usually also NTSC compatible.

     This is a Universal Blu-ray release that is basically the same worldwide, although other regions include a digital copy of the film.

Summary

     Jurassic Park must be the consummate example of the summer blockbuster. It has everything: excitement, awe, humour, action, adventure, tension, shocks, genuine heart stopping moments, innocent children in danger, good acting and a John Williams score. It is Spielberg at the top of his game, and is still as much fun today as when it first appeared.

     The film looks and sounds fabulous on Blu-ray and comes with a huge collection of extras. This is a wonderful Blu-ray package and an upgrade is definitely warranted.

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© Ray Nyland (the bio is the thing)
Wednesday, September 12, 2012
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