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"Jurassic Park" Approaching the Tyrannosaur Paddock in HD on October 25th

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Early last year I was going through Amazon looking to buy Blu-rays for two of my favorite films: Alien and Jurassic Park. At the time, around April, I was dismayed to find that neither film had been converted to Blu-ray yet and I was out of luck. Then fate smiled upon me and Fox announced the Alien Anthology, easily the greatest Blu-ray set of last year and an incredible restoration of one of my favorite films (and three other films of varying quality). I know I just recently touted the Lord of the Rings: Extended Edition set as being the best Blu-ray set for this year, even over the Star Wars Original Trilogy and Prequel sets which received an undeserved amount of Star Wars Day hullabaloo, and I stand by that. However, I'd be lying if I told you that I'm anticipating watching Peter Jackson or George Lucas's trilogies in high-def as much as I am Steven Spielberg's Jurassic Park. And now I only have to wait until October 25th.

Like most people (if not all people), I believe the original film is and always will be the best. After all it taught us the proper protocol for what to do when your stuck in a kitchen with Raptors or how pushing away the lap safety bar when you're on a ride can make the experience more educational (one way or another). Lost World was fun, but the little girl was annoying, really annoying, and seriously detracted from the film. Jurassic Park III, the oft-maligned sequel, really got hit hard by critics and fans alike. Yes, it was and remains ridiculous, but to be fair it's more the fault of a ridiculous premise and hackneyed story than it is Director Joe Johnston. Plus it finally gave us Pterodactyls and, unlike the first two, it only ran about 90 minutes. I think that equates to mercy.

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The full trilogy Blu-ray set, available in special (awesome) collector's edition or just in shiny silver packaging, includes the remastered films in spiffy HD along with a load of extras., including the brand new six-part documentary "Return to Jurassic Park" broken up into Dawn of a New Era, Making Pre-history, The Next Step in Evolution, Finding The Lost World, Something Survived, and The Third Adventure.

jurassic_park_bluHere's the full list of featurettes (appearing on both the DVD and Blu-ray versions):

  • The Making of Jurassic Park
  • The Making of The Lost World: Jurassic Park
  • The Making of Jurassic Park III
  • Steven Spielberg Directs Jurassic Park
  • Early Pre-Production Meetings 
  • The World of Jurassic Park
  • The Magic of Industrial Light & Magic
  • Location Scouting
  • Phil Tippett Animatics: Raptors In The Kitchen
  • The Jurassic Park Phenomenon: A Discussion with Author Michael Crichton
  • Industrial Light & Magic and Jurassic Park: Before and After The Visual Effects
  • Industrial Light & Magic and The Lost World: Jurassic Park Before & After
  • The Industrial Light & Magic Press Reel 
  • A Visit to Industrial Light & Magic
  • Hurricane in Kauai Featurette
  • Dinosaur Turntables
  • The Dinosaurs of Jurassic Park III
  • Montana: Finding New Dinosaurs 
  • Animatics: T-Rex Attack
  • The Special Effects of Jurassic Park III 
  • The Sounds of Jurassic Park III
  • The Art of Jurassic Park III 
  • Tour of Stan Winston Studio
  • Feature Commentary with Special Effects Team
  • Production Archives: Storyboards, Models, Photographs, Design Sketches and Conceptual Drawings
  • Deleted Scenes
  • Theatrical Trailers
  • And MORE!
Jun
29
2011
Lex Walker • Editor

He's a TV junkie with a penchant for watching the same movie six times in one sitting. If you really want to understand him you need to have grown up on Sgt. Bilko, Alien, Jurassic Park and Five Easy Pieces playing in an infinite loop. Recommend something to him - he'll watch it.

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