- 4K Disc Released
- HDR10 | Dolby Vision
- Sound MIx
- DTS | Dolby Digital | SDDS
- Aspect Ratio
- 1.85 : 1
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There was once a king named Midas who did a good deed for a Satyr and was granted a wish by the God of wine, Dionysus. For his wish, Midas asked that whatever he touched would turn to gold. While this is said to be an old myth but it seems to be the story of a particular modern day man, I am talking of course about the King of Hollywood, Steven Spielberg, who just like King Midas turns everything he touches into pure gold. If you don’t believe me look at what this man has been able to accomplish. Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade to Minority Report, the classic Schindler’s List, Lincoln, one of my all-time favorites Catch Me If You Can, Jaws, E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial, Raiders of the Lost Ark and Close Encounters of the Third Kind. The list is long and just marvelous.
One movie in particular which may surprise you that I didn’t mention in the list of Spielberg’s classics is Jurassic Park (1993). This surprise is mostly down to this being a super duper hit, this is a movie that I have watched 1,000 times, and it’s one of those, that just talking about it makes me want to go and watch it again. Lucky for me and all the fans of this classic film series, On the 25th Anniversary of this action-adventure classic, Universal Studios Home Entertainment released all four films in 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray as an eight-disc limited edition combo set. The video quality in this set is just top notch, fitting for a top-notch film with HEVC/ H.265 codec, while the resolution as mentioned before is 4K (2160p), it comes in stunning HDR10 with an aspect ratio of 2.00:1, 1.85:1. Complementing the best direction, video quality and story is the best audio with English audio available in DTS:X and also in DTS-HD Master Audio 7.1 (48kHz,24-bit) with Spanish, French, Japanese and Portuguese audio also available in DTS 5.1. As for the subtitles, they are available in English, English SDH, French, Japanese, Portuguese, Spanish.
The Jurassic Park along with Terminator 2 was just ahead of its time in the world of computer generated imagery.
These were the two pioneers of a brand new paradigm in the field. Although if you compare the graphics of Jurassic Park to a modern day Sci-Fi Action movie you would feel that visuals of Jurassic Park are a bit quaint but do remember this was made 36 years ago and with that considered, I came to the conclusion that the visual has rather held up well over time.
Spielberg is the iconic master of building up suspense and that reputation remains intact throughout the series. I say this because in Jurassic Park (1993) he builds up suspense and anticipation among the viewers to reveal the colossal, prehistoric creatures (Dinosaurs). In the movie we see Sam Neill play the role of Grant while the lovely Laura Dern plays Ellie, Jeff Goldblum plays Malcolm, and Richard Attenborough plays Hammond. The story for the movie goes something like this that during a preview tour, a theme park suffers a major power breakdown that allows its cloned dinosaur exhibits to run amok. Even when doctors Grant, Sattler and Malcolm finally arrive at Hammond’s island, the story takes its time, teasing for the upcoming action with the vast electrical fence that hints at something dangerous being caged in a classic silence before the storm situation. It is worth noting that even at the point of beginning of all the action there is a great buildup to the suspense by showing us the reactions of the three characters before we’re are finally shown the extinct animals for ourselves. This is brilliant and its done with such mastery with the camera slowly panning at the remains of Brachiosaurus. Then comes the knockout blow with a long shot of dinosaurs by a lake which tops it all off. The way in which Spielberg and company utilized the best available CG technology of the time and delivered a movie like Jurassic Park is something that should be appreciated. This movie serves a reminder as to what Hollywood magic can truly deliver.
After the success of Jurassic Park came The Lost World: Jurassic Park (1997).
The story begins with a research team that is sent to the Jurassic Park Site B island to study the dinosaurs there, while an InGen team approaches with another agenda. Unfortunately, for this one, it must be said that lightening indeed only strikes once, even the great Steven Spielberg could not outdo himself. The Lost World shares just its name with the novel by the late Michael Crichton. It wasn’t a repeat of the success story of its predecessor. While it was a genuine attempt at building the same suspense and sense of wonder, it just didn’t feel anything close to the first one. It must be said here that this movie was always going to be compared with the high standards of success set by its prequel and everyone involved in making this already knew that. Jeff Goldblum returned to play Ian Malcolm; meanwhile, the evergreen Julianne Moore played Sarah Harding, and Pete Postlethwaite played Roland Tembo, Richard Attenborough with his role of John Hammond was another one present from the first movie.
After this came, Jurassic Park III which was at the time thought to be the final installment of the series. In the movie a decidedly odd couple with ulterior motives convince Dr. Grant to go to Isla Sorna, resulting in an unexpected landing, and startling new inhabitants on the island. Joe Johnston was now to fill the massive shoes of Steven Spielberg. While actor Sam Neill was once more playing Dr. Alan Grant, William H. Macy playing Paul Kirby and Téa Leoni playing Ammanda Kirby were given the responsibility to give a fitting end to the series. But It pains me to say this that human characterization was overshadowed by CG spectacle. This time, a family of Velociraptors takes command of the screen as a small team of rescuers search for a missing boy and quickly find themselves running for their lives. While it may seem harsh, it’s true that these cousins of the modern day birds, show better communication skills than the rest of the cast. This results in a feeling that was much later brilliantly put into words by Harvey Dent in “’The Dark Knight”, he says “You either die a hero or live long enough to see yourself become the villain”
After Jurassic Park III came Jurassic World with higher fences, stronger walls, tighter security and smarter technology. Director, J.A. Bayona was handed the mission to bring back to life a dinosaur-esque movie about dinosaurs which in its glory days was the undisputed king of the world. In the movie, Chris Pratt played Owen Grady, the lovely Bryce Dallas Howard played Claire Dearing, while Rafe Spall plays Eli Mills and Justice Smith plays Franklin Webb. The film was a very half-hearted attempt to revive a trendsetter of its time. The fact that this film is nothing more than trivial consumerism at best is hinted in the movie itself. In a few character exchanges. As the new park operations manager Claire Dearing, Bryce Dallas Howard convince a small group of potential investors on the latest attraction because it is in accordance with public demands of more thrills: “Consumers want them bigger, louder, more teeth.”
You may be wondering if the pack worth it if none of the movies can live up to the standards set by the very first one. Here are some of the features that you get exclusively in the pack, to help you make your mind. For Jurassic Park, disc 5 includes Return to Jurassic Park: Dawn of a New Era, Return to Jurassic Park: Making Prehistory, Return to Jurassic Park: The Next Step in Evolution, The Making of Jurassic Park, Original Featurette on the Making of the Film, Steven Spielberg Directs Jurassic Park, Hurricane in Kauai Featurette, Early Pre-Production Meetings, Location Scouting, Phil Tippett Animatics: Raptors in the Kitchen, Animatics: T-Rex Attack, ILM And Jurassic Park: Before and After the Visual Effects, Foley Artists, Storyboards, Production Archives: Photographs, Design Sketches and Conceptual Paintings, Jurassic Park: Making the Game and a Theatrical.
If you ask me these features alone cover the whole point of whether this pack is worth it or not.
Overall, reliving the whole experience of Jurassic Park in 4K brought up some great memories of how this movie kept my entire family hooked to the edge of their seats as we sat together to watch it numerous times during my childhood. Jurassic Park is one of those movies that no matter how old you get, no matter how many times you have seen it in the past, if you watch it one more time, it’s still as exciting and thrilling as ever.