DVD Shopping Bag: Jurassic Park 3D Blu-ray (Mania.com)

By:Robert T. Trate
Date: Tuesday, April 23, 2013
Source: Mania.com

Earlier this month, Universal Studios re-released Jurassic Park in 3D IMAX. Let’s be honest right up front. I’ll move heaven and hell to see a movie in 35mm in the theater, especially if it is for the first time. Jurassic Park is different story. I saw it at the midnight showing when it was released and subsequent times afterwards. It is an incredible spectacle and one that deserves multiple viewings. It looked real and it felt real in 1993. 


When the film arrived on VHS, I prided myself in having ordered 1 of 3 copies in the letterbox format at Suncoast Video. The guy behind the counter was thrilled as he knew I knew the proper aspect and ration to see the film on. I didn’t have a giant TV then, but I still wanted to see everything the guys at Industrial Light and Magic had put on the screen. Half a T-Rex? No, thank you. The sad part was that, with multiple viewings on VHS, the film started to lose its spectacle. The story is good (sorry, die hards, I never read the book) and it became the focus. 


When the film arrived on DVD, I naturally scarfed it up. Steven Spielberg wasn’t releasing a lot of his films on DVD at the time and I knew I had to start rebuilding my library in the new format. I never watched that DVD. It sat on the shelf unopened. My best guess why is that it lacked the proper need or desire to watch it. 


When I started writing for Mania a few years ago, I never thought I was would be sitting in the same room with Dennis Muren and Phil Tippet discussing Jurassic Park (see interview here). Prepping for the interview, I had the opportunity to watch the documentaries and interviews about the film. To see the craftsmanship and artistry that went into the film set a new desire to watch the it all over again. In the era of CGI crap (sorry to be so blunt) these masters of special effects set a bar that hasn’t been surpassed - a bar that was set in 1993! Jurassic Park utilizes all the tricks of the trade to give us a heart pounding adventure. Whether it be stop motion, live action, animatronics, or a dash of CGI, you and I both believe that those dinosaurs are real. 


Let’s go back to the beginning of the month, shall we? I said I would move heaven and hell to see a movie in 35mm on the big screen. Jurassic Park 3D IMAX was not in 35mm, but a digital projection. The appeal was seeing it big, really big, and in 3D. In 1993, IMAX was for science museums and aquariums. It was not the thing it is today. Let’s us not also forget the sound equality. The roar of the T-Rex and John Williams’ score need to shatter glass, or at least disturb the theater next door. Jurassic Park 3D IMAX was the great spectacle the original film had been so many years ago. 


Now, we arrive at today. Jurassic Park arrives on Blu-ray, for the second time, but in 3D for the first. The picture size won’t be IMAX, but the creatures will literally walk right off the screen. The high of seeing it again, larger than life, is enough to get me to pick up the 3D Blu-ray. Yet, in a few years, I know I am going to need to see that “triumph of special effects and artistry” (Roger Ebert) on the big screen all over again. Here is looking forward to the 25th anniversary!

 

 

Top 5 Picks of the Week:
1. The Impossible [Blu-ray]
2. Marvel Knights: InHumans
3. Richard III (Criterion Collection) [Blu-ray]
4. Jurassic Park 3D (3D Blu-ray + Blu-ray + DVD + Digital Copy + UltraViolet)
5. The Fighting Seabees [Blu-ray]

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Deep Dark Canyon Starring Ted Levine, Martin Starr, Matthew Lillard

Gangster Squad (+ UltraViolet Digital Copy) Starring Josh Brolin, Ryan Gosling, Sean Penn and Nick Nolte

Gangster Squad [Blu-ray] Starring Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone

The Impossible Starring Naomi Watts, Ewan McGregor, Tom Holland and Samuel Joslin

The Impossible [Blu-ray] Starring Naomi Watts, Ewan McGregor, Tom Holland and Samuel Joslin

It's in The Blood

Mistress Of The Apes Starring Barbara Leigh and Garth Pillsbury Jenny Neumann

Pawn [Blu-ray] Starring Ray Liotta, Michael Chiklis, Forest Whitaker and Sean Faris

Pawn

Santa Fe Stampede [Blu-ray] Starring John Wayne, Ray Corrigan, Max Terhune and June Martel

Sante Fe Stampede Starring John Wayne, Ray Corrigan, Max Terhune and June Martel

War of the Wildcats [Blu-ray] Starring John Wayne, Martha Scott, Albert Dekker

War of the Wildcats Starring John Wayne, Martha Scott, Albert Dekker

Women in Cell Block 7 (Diario segreto da un carcere femminile) 1973 Starring Anita Strindberg, Eva Czemerys and Jenny Tamburi

ANIME

Ai No Kusabi: The Space Between (2013)

Naruto Shippuden: Set 14

Psychic Detective Yakumo: Complete Collection

Rosario + Vampire: The Complete First Season Starring Alexis Tipton, Todd Haberkorn, Colleen Clinkenbeard

Rosario + Vampire CAPU2: The Complete Second Season Starring Alexis Tipton, Todd Haberkorn, Colleen Clinkenbeard

CARTOONS

Iron Man: Armored Adventures - Season 2, Vol 4 Starring Adrian Petriw, Daniel Bacon, Anna Cummer and Vincent Tong

Marvel Knights: InHumans

Looney Tunes Super Stars: Sylvester & Hippety Hopper - Marsupial Mayhem

CLASSICS

Bluebeard (Original Classic) 1944 Starring John Carradine, Jean Parker and Nils Asther

Copacabana [Blu-ray] Starring Groucho Marx, Carmen Miranda, Steve Cochran

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Champion [Blu-ray] Starring Kirk Douglas, Marilyn Maxwell, Arthur Kennedy

City That Never Sleeps [Blu-ray] Starring Gig Young, Mala Powers, Marie Windsor and William Talman

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The Fighting Seabees [Blu-ray] Starring John Wayne, Susan Hayward, Dennis O'Keefe

Great Gatsby [Blu-ray] Starring Robert Redford, Mia Farrow, Bruce Dern and Karen Black

Magic Town [Blu-ray] Starring James Stewart, Jane Wyman, Kent Smith and Ned Sparks

The Red Pony [Blu-ray] Starring Myrna Loy, Robert Mitchum, Louis Calhern

Wake of the Red Witch [Blu-ray] Starring John Wayne, Gail Russell, Gig Young and Adele Mara

COMEDY AND LOVE Mania Style

A Haunted House Starring Marlon Wayans, Essence Atkins, Cedric the Entertainer

A Haunted House (Two-Disc Combo Pack: Blu-ray + DVD + Digital Copy + UltraViolet) Starring Marlon Wayans, Essence Atkins, Cedric the Entertainer

Criterion Collection

Richard III (Criterion Collection) [Blu-ray] Starring Laurence Olivier, Ralph Richardson, John Gielgud

Richard III (Criterion Collection) Starring Laurence Olivier, Ralph Richardson, John Gielgud

HORROR

Bloodsucking Vampire Freaks Starring Persephonie, Tim Beckley Violet Sweet

Blu-Ray Twin Pack: Dementia 13 & The Terror Starring William Campbell, Jack Nicholson and Boris Karloff

Castle Freak [Blu-ray]

The Castle of Fu Manchu [VHS Retro Style DVD] 1969 Starring Christopher Lee, Richard Greene

Chopping Mall (Killbots) [VHS Retro Style DVD] 1986 Starring Kelli Maroney, Tony O'Dell and Russell Todd

Circus of Fear (Psycho-Circus) [VHS Retro Style DVD] 1966 Starring Christopher Lee, Leo Genn and Anthony Newlands

Cold Prey II Starring Ingrid Bolso Berdal and Marthe Snorresdotter Rovik

Death Smiles on a Murderer [VHS Retro Style DVD] 1973 Starring Ewa Aulin, Klaus Kinski and Angela Bo

Demons of the Mind [VHS Retro Style DVD] 1972 Starring Robert Hardy, Shane Briant and Gillian Hills

Fiend [VHS Retro Style DVD] 1980 Starring Don Leifert, Richard Nelson and Elaine White

Gothkill: The Soul Collector Starring Anastacia Andino, Erica Giovinazzo Juliya Chernetsky

Grapes of Death [Blu-ray]

Horror Hospital (Computer Killers) [VHS Retro Style DVD] 1973 Starring Michael Gough, Robin Askwith and Vanessa Shaw

Judgment Starring Nori Horikoshi, Guts Ishimatsu, Hironari Ohshima

Kingdom of the Spiders [VHS Retro Style DVD] 1977 Starring William Shatner, Tiffany Bolling and Woody Strode

Incubus (HD Mastered) 1965 Starring William Shatner, Allyson Ames and Eloise Hardt

Night of the Hunted [Blu-ray]

Pit & the Pendulum [Blu-ray]

SS Girls (Casa privata per le SS) [VHS Retro Style DVD] 1977 Starring Gabriele Carrara, Marina Daunia and Macha Magall

Sloppy the Psychotic Starring Mike O'Mahony, Grace Aguilar and Kayla Beaver

Thale Starring Morten Andresen and Erlend Nervold

Thale BD/combo [Blu-ray] Starring Morten Andresen and Erlend Nervold

Theatre of Death (Blood Fiend) [VHS Retro Style DVD] 1967 Starring Christopher Lee, Julian Glover and Lelia Goldoni

The Blood Beast Terror [VHS Retro Style DVD] 1968 Starring Peter Cushing, Robert Flemyng and Wanda Ventham

They Saved Hitlers Brain (Original Trash Classic) 1968 Starring Walter Stocker, Audrey Caire and Carlos Rivas

Treasure Chest Of Horrors 2 Starring Shawn C. Phillips, Joseph Frantz, Miles Dougal

SCIENCE FICTION / FANTASY

Cloned: The Recreator Chronicles Starring Stella Maeve, Alexander Nifong, J. Mallory McCree

Jurassic Park 3D (3D Blu-ray + Blu-ray + DVD + Digital Copy + UltraViolet) Starring Sam Neill, Laura Dern, Jeff Goldblum

Pegasus Vs. Chimera

Re-Generator Starring Olivier Gruner and David Phillips

Robot Vs. The Aztec Mummy Starring Ramon Gay, Rosa Arenas and Crox Alvarado

TV LAND

Maverick: The Complete Second Season Starring James Garner, Jack Kelly, Richard Long and Leo Gordon

The Restless Gun: The Complete Series Starring John Payne and Dan Blocker

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