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Blu-ray Review: Steven Spielberg’s ‘Jurassic Park’ Released in 3D Version

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CHICAGO – Few films from the first half of the ’90s have held up as well as Steven Spielberg’s “Jurassic Park,” recently released in a Blu-ray/DVD combo pack that includes the 3D version of the film. How HUGE is “Jurassic Park”? Adjusted for inflation, it’s made $728 million domestically, 16th all-time and sandwiched between two “Star Wars” movies (“Jedi” and “Phantom”). Everyone talks about Indy. The dinos have actually made more.

HollywoodChicago.com Blu-ray rating: 4.5/5.0
Rating: 4.5/5.0

Why? Because “Jurassic Park” is more than mere CGI trickery. Critics often lament the lack of character development in favor of CGI dinosaurs and many point to Spielberg’s ascendance as a filmmaker when making those claims but “JP” works because of Spielberg never lets the Raptors and Rex completely outshine the cast. Led by Sam Neill, Laura Dern, and Jeff Goldblum, the characters aren’t mere victims as they would be in the hands of lesser filmmakers. And Crichton’s story is smart (a word rarely used for Summer blockbusters). As you plan your attack on the Summer season of the multiplex movie, pick up one of the best and realize that it would be a smash hit if released for the first time today (and was in its recent 3D conversion, adding $44 million more to its bank and rising, more than any of the “Star Wars” 3D conversions).

Jurassic Park 3D was released on 3D Blu-ray, Blu-ray and DVD on April 23, 2013
Jurassic Park 3D was released on 3D Blu-ray, Blu-ray and DVD on April 23, 2013
Photo credit: Universal

Synopsis:
Experience one of the biggest films in motion picture history with director Steven Spielberg’s ultimate thrill ride, Jurassic Park, now in 3D! Featuring Academy Award winning visual effects and groundbreaking filmmaking that has been hailed as “a triumph of special effects artistry” (Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times), this epic film is sheer movie-making magic that was 65 million years in the making. Jurassic Park takes you to an amazing theme park on a remote island where dinosaurs once again roam the earth and five people must battle to survive among the prehistoric predators. Starring Sam Neill, Laura Dern, Jeff Goldblum and Richard Attenborough, discover the breathtaking adventure you will want to experience again and again.

Special Features:
o The World Of Jurassic Park 3D
o Return To Jurassic Park: Part 1
o The Making Of Jurassic Park
o Original Featurette On Making The Film
o Steven Spielberg Directs Jurassic Park
o Early Pre-Production Meetings
o Phil Tippett Animatics: Raptors In The Kitchen
o Animatics: T-Rex Attack
o ILM And Jurassic Park: Before And After The Visual Effects
o Foley Artists
o Storyboards
o Production Archives
o Digital Copy Included

“Jurassic Park” was released in a 3D Blu-ray/Blu-ray/DVD Combo Pack on April 23, 2013.

HollywoodChicago.com content director Brian Tallerico

By BRIAN TALLERICO
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