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Hold on to your butts! Jurassic Park Blu-Ray hits October 25th!



Ahoy, squirts! Quint here. I was 12 years old when I walked into the local Century theaters opening weekend for Jurassic Park and had my mind altered forever. There are few movies that even stand a chance at affecting the viewer in this way and I was at just the right age for this movie to make a huge impact on me, influence the way I look at cinema and storytelling.

Jurassic Park isn't even my favorite Steven Spielberg movie, but there's no other movie of his that hit me like Jurassic Park did. I felt like I was there on Isla Nublar. I looked up to Dr. Grant. Ian Malcolm felt like a cool uncle. Tim and Lex felt like cousins. The dinos were after ME, not just those on the screen.

The first film is magical, the last top to bottom successful summer event picture Spielberg has done (and this is coming from someone who really, really digs War of the Worlds).

It's finally coming to Blu-Ray packaged with The Lost World and Jurassic Park 3. If Universal follows Fox's plan you can wait a few months to pick up individual titles on Blu, but that's not announced yet.

What is announced is there are two packages you can pick up. One is the movie-only set, the other a Limited Edition set that comes with a rad as hell T-Rex statue! Look!



Pricing hasn't been announced yet, but the date is set, we know there'll be a 6 Part Documentary on trilogy featuring interviews with the actors and Spielberg.

Just having high-def remasters of these films is enough for me, but that T-Rex statue is pretty damn awesome.

Bring on dinos in 1080p!

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  • June 27, 2011, 5:39 p.m. CST

    I want that statue!

    by Pixelsmack

    And only the FIRST film.

  • June 27, 2011, 5:40 p.m. CST

    fuck yeah

    by Stifler's Mom

    JP1 is still one of the best usages of CGI. Ever.

  • June 27, 2011, 5:44 p.m. CST

    That music theme was so epic and inspiring in the first one.

    by sweeneydave

    When they reused it in the second one, it just felt wasted.

  • June 27, 2011, 5:45 p.m. CST

    Jurassic Park made me cry: I was 12 and felt bad for Dennis Nedry

    by golden tribw

  • Thanks Steven!

  • The first one was a classic. The last two were just mediocre. The plot lost it's appeal once the island(s) became public.

  • The first time I saw it, when the army hovercraft roll in to pick them up I thought HERE WE GO, FINALLY SOME CRAZY SHIT (a la LOST WORLD), and then it turned out THE FUCKING MOVIE WAS OVER ALREADY!

  • June 27, 2011, 5:49 p.m. CST

    i usually suck it up and buy the whole box set....

    by fat_rancor_keeper

    especially when it's an "ultimate set" just for the sake of being a completionist............but this time I think I'll hold out for a single disc release of just the 1st film.

  • June 27, 2011, 5:50 p.m. CST

    wow. you're only 3 years older than me, quint.

    by StarWarsRedux

    and here I thought most of the AICN writers were deep into their 30's, maybe even pushing 40. I figured it explained why they tended to hate with unabiding loathing all the things I rather like, and for the most part vice-versa, that we were a generation apart. but no, it seems. not quite. <p> <p>ugh. I hate being 27.

  • June 27, 2011, 5:50 p.m. CST

    Been waiting for this!

    by Richard

    Really hope they do a good job on the sound too. The T-Rex roar man. And the foot steps. Yesssss.

  • June 27, 2011, 5:53 p.m. CST

    I only want the first one...

    by Darth Melkor

    Is there a separate release?

  • June 27, 2011, 5:53 p.m. CST

    Still the best computer effects ever committed to film.

    by JuanSanchez

    Seriously. The dinosaurs still look great. Can't wait for Blu-ray!

  • June 27, 2011, 5:54 p.m. CST

    FIlm one, WIN.

    by mattforce7

    Will love this on Blu Ray... I would also like a tv and a Blu Ray playr plz. Rather, a Cheep PS3 Slim

  • June 27, 2011, 5:54 p.m. CST



    I'll wait for the individual release of the first movie.

  • June 27, 2011, 5:54 p.m. CST

    And I think it's safe to say that the JP series is over.

    by Tarijeno

    Crichton is dead. Stan Winston is dead. Sam Neill even said there wouldn't be a JP4. I think a lot of the appeal of this series has been seeing dinosaurs on the screen. These movies came out when CGI was still very much in it's infancy, and people would pay to see CGI dinosaurs. It was one of the movies' hooks. Nowadays with crappy SyFy channel original movies replete with CG dinosaurs and big-budget TV shows, like Teranova, I don't see a reason for JP4.

  • June 27, 2011, 6:02 p.m. CST


    by simongarth2001

    ...the best CGI ever put on screen. Why haven't they been able to advance the science of CGI? The effects in this film still hold up to anything done today, and that is the testament to its perfection. (I'm talking effects, not story and acting....)

  • June 27, 2011, 6:04 p.m. CST

    I hope the dinos still look amazing

    by eric haislar

    even with the extra resolution. I bet the transfer will be amazing. Shame i have to buy all 3. I just want the first one.

  • June 27, 2011, 6:05 p.m. CST

    Jaw2 blu ray is a must also and then ET.

    by eric haislar

    Then maybe Saving Private Ryan.

  • June 27, 2011, 6:05 p.m. CST

    I watched JP the other night (on TV) and i must say the

    by lookylookymoontard

    CG Dino's still hold up,although the close up shots where they used puppets really stood out,i dont remember noticing this before,im a practical effects fan but it was surprisingly jarring to say the least,its amazing how your perception changes over time...still a classic in my eyes though

  • June 27, 2011, 6:06 p.m. CST

    what did i just type jaws 2.

    by eric haislar

    I mean jaws. wtf.

  • Then again, will Universal split up the Back to the Future trilogy anytime soon? I would be willing to get the single releases of JP and TLW:JP. I just can't stand Tea Leoni in JP3. Give me Kate Capshaw anyday over Leoni's performance. If anyone deserved to be chomped it was Tea. Btw, I can't believe I'm older than Quint by about one year. Though we each have our own movies we chase. Quint's gotten to interview people from his obsession, and I've gotten to do the same with mine. Though I still recall that first shot of the full-body T-Rex coming out of the enclosure. I swear my arms were shaking as they clutched the armrests. It almost felt like it could have stepped right out of the screen.

  • June 27, 2011, 6:08 p.m. CST

    jp was great...

    by talby

    "spielburg with teeth" again, i thought at the time, just those first five minutes or so. even with the kids around mucking things up a bit, it was still awesome, start to finish - till that banner dropped, "WHEN DINOSAURS RULED THE EARTH," heh! that has to be, unfortunately the last time i felt closest to the older "raiders of the lost ark" spielburg. strangely, i dig jp II (and in limited amounts, III), but it was II when the CGI took over, and he was also starting to shake his own direction up - AI completed that experiment to mixed results, but for what it's worth, all his stuff since then has been "honorable" and worthy of a watch.

  • June 27, 2011, 6:10 p.m. CST


    by talby

    it felt like the very last time that spielburg worked with "all brakes off." i miss that guy. you're a big guy, steven. bigger than george, even. c'mon, throw your weight around a bit. maybe we'd =finally= get the true original sw on dvd. i bet he'd love the extra money.

  • Back then CGI was new and risky. You know they had twenty perfectionist ILM guys on set gathering tons of data so the final shots wouldn't look fake. Nowadays you've got one ILM-er on set, holding a piece of PVC piping with Optimus Prime's head stuck on it while the director says "Pretend you're a forty foot robot!"

  • June 27, 2011, 6:24 p.m. CST

    When I come back down I'm gonna Run you Over!

    by SmokieGeezer

  • When I log in on that page it takes me to the top of the page and when I scroll down it still wants me to log in. Every other talkback seems to be working fine....

  • June 27, 2011, 6:40 p.m. CST

    There is so much cum in my pants right now.

    by SebastianHaff

    The wet spot in my lazy boy is never going to dry. But I'm going to have Jurassic Park on Blu-ray, AND IT COMES WITH A FUCKING DINOSAUR!! <P><BR> I no longer care about war, poverty, rape, AIDS, the Holocaust, or cancer. Because I'm going to have Jurassic Park on Blu-ray, AND IT COMES WITH A FUCKING DINOSAUR!!! <P><BR> Needless to say, I am a bit of a fan.

  • June 27, 2011, 6:42 p.m. CST


    by mick vance

    this was the first movie i was let down after seeing in a theater, and the odd thing is it should have floored me. it came out the summer when i was 9, and i was all about dinosaurs. for some reason or another, i've never really been able to get into this movie. i've tried numerous times and own the dvd, but it just doesn't do anything for me. i have the same problem with ET; i never really understood what the fuss was about. i guess i'm just dead inside. anyway, i'm still waiting for a live action/cg dinoriders movie.

  • June 27, 2011, 6:44 p.m. CST


    by corporategohan616

    Any news on JP4 with this release on the horizon??

  • June 27, 2011, 6:45 p.m. CST

    Screw the movies, I want the Certificate ...

    by Gene Cowan

    ... of AUTHENTICITY!

  • June 27, 2011, 6:48 p.m. CST

    JP4 vs. Reboot

    by Gene Cowan

    As cool as a reboot would be, what's the point really? Sure, the original was a long time ago, but can it really be topped/bettered? When JP4 was first being talked about in the early stages, the premise sounded pretty cool. If I remember correctly, anyways. YaY DiNoS.

  • June 27, 2011, 6:49 p.m. CST

    Why Can't I Ever Buy ONE MOVIE Anymore?????

    by truedog67

    I mean seriously... I don't mind all three but I have wanted to watch JP 1 for a while and I'll be damned if I can find it, without the other two, in some shit box case! Can't even rent the damn thing. The SpielLucas machine has to fix that... and they wonder why piracy exists....

  • Let's hope this sells huge and we get a fourth JP in the next 2 years...with spielberg directing???

  • Um... gay?

  • June 27, 2011, 6:53 p.m. CST

    I was 7 when I saw the original in theaters.


    The movie ruled my life that summer (and through the release of the second film, actually). It's what sparked my love of film. I'll always adore the original and I love certain things about parts 2 and 3.

  • June 27, 2011, 6:57 p.m. CST

    Also, I've never heard anyone say "Jurassic Park sucks."


    That's a testament to how well the movie was crafted. People will complain about the lack of character development or that the book was much better, but unlike just about every other movie ever made, I have yet to witness anyone claim that Jurassic Park is subpar as far as summer movies go. I'd LOVE LOVE LOVE to see it in theaters again, but I guess I'll have to settle for the Blu-ray for now.

  • June 27, 2011, 6:58 p.m. CST

    Quint, your experience is exactly my experience.

    by blackwood

    Same age, same feeling while watching. I saw it six more times that summer. The effect was profound to say the least. I hope for JP4 over a reboot. The first won't be improved, not for me, and even the damn effects hold up. I like the whole trilogy, even if TLW and JP3 are both forgettable. Still fun with dinosaurs. I want a really great monster movie. I will watch it in 3D if Spielberg directs.

  • June 27, 2011, 7 p.m. CST

    Just turned 25.

    by SebastianHaff

    For my birthday, my mom went on eBay and found the same Jurassic Park lunchbox I had in second grade, unopened! Spent a pretty penny on it. <br><p> But that's nothing. See, between the ages of 6 and 12, I bought every Jurassic Park toy I could come across, but could never find CARNOTAURUS, my favorite dinosaur ever. We used to ask the toy stores to order him every other week, but no dice. This was before widespread Internet, before eBay, and thus, I never got my carnotaurus. <br><p> Until last December, when well over $300.00 was spent to FINALLy, after over a decade, make him mine. <br><p> Yes. I fucking love Jurassic Park.

  • June 27, 2011, 7:01 p.m. CST

    Why hold my butt?

    by Bobo_Vision

    Why why?! Why why?!

  • June 27, 2011, 7:05 p.m. CST

    This movie will be the death blow for my Surround Sound

    by zillabeast

    It's gonna be fucking glorious

  • June 27, 2011, 7:11 p.m. CST

    Michael Crichton taught me to read.

    by SebastianHaff

    True story. <br><p> At the end of kindergarten I was the lowest reader of all the English speaking kids in the entire class. At the beginning of first grade, knowing what a dinosaur nut I was, mom started hyping up this movie Jurassic Park that was coming out next summer. I took the bait. Jurassic Park this, Jurassic Park that. Nonstop. <br><p> Then she dropped the bomb. I clearly remember being told there was a book. The story of Jurassic Park had already been told, but I wouldn't be able to devour it because I couldn't read for fucking shit. <br><p> Now my mom admits she was never actually planning on letting me read Crichton's novel. Says she was just going to get me a junior novelization as reward for improving my reading skills. But by the beginning of third grade, I was reading - and comprehending - (which the reading recovery board was far more pleased with) at the level of a twenty year-old. Before it was released on video, I had already read, been quizzed on, and understood Jurassic Park. If not for that book, I'm ashamed to admit I may not have had the determination to really make the reading recovery program work for me. Which makes sense, because I believe they actually scrapped the program years later for being ineffective. <br><p> Immediately after Jurassic Park and I jumped right into Sphere, and promptly had my fucking mind blown. I owe a great deal to Crichton. What a fuckin' guy.

  • June 27, 2011, 7:12 p.m. CST

    bob_vision, that was Samuel L. Jackson's pet phrase in the movie

    by CountryBoy

    (SPOILER!) Isn 't it funny he was the lowly "doomed black character" in JP? I guess everyone has to start somewhere...

  • June 27, 2011, 7:18 p.m. CST


    by phifty2 You might have read this but this was the original version of the ending to part 3. It's awesome.

  • June 27, 2011, 7:18 p.m. CST

    The lost world is the better film


  • June 27, 2011, 7:20 p.m. CST

    3d post-morph

    by talby

    ala upcoming "titanic" (i trust jc won't accept less than truly "depth-accurate" 3d interpretation, and not some "viewmaster" standard)... for jurassic park - and even more so too, for II and III, would be -KILLAH.- if it is cheap enough to do to the trilo and re-release over three summer months - could do well. i still hold that our latest greatest bestest theaters with the latest greatest projectors (and accompanying attentive projectionists, as controversy has proved out lately) should be now our great art-houses, re-releasing old and new and everything in between, just to offer all cities the opportunity to experience the old classics just as they were back when - correct ratio and brightness specs. along with the occasional latest greatest 3d or feature projects... shit, most locations have =tons= of shit theaters, why waste the best classics at the worst locations, where they would be abused and mis-projected all to hell?

  • June 27, 2011, 7:23 p.m. CST

    Is it remastered?

    by Nautilus_nrm1

    Because the scenes in the movie look like old school animation compared to today's digital effects. It better be remastered if it's blue-ray.

  • June 27, 2011, 7:28 p.m. CST


    by SebastianHaff

    How is The Lost World the better film? Because it has cute snarky one liners? The little adopted black girl doing gymnastics and kicking a raptor out the window? Maybe the overuse of rushed, unconvincing, soulless CGI? Or the T-Rex strolling through downtown San Diego? <br><p> ...Or were you just trolling? <br><p> The first movie is about as pure a crowd pleaser as you can get. The second is a children's show, barely a step above Barney in terms of dinosaur entertainment.

  • June 27, 2011, 7:29 p.m. CST

    Planning on reading the book, which I hear is very different

    by Simpsonian

    but still great.

  • June 27, 2011, 7:32 p.m. CST

    Raiders, BTTF, T3, and Jurassic Park are three movies

    by Simpsonian

    that floored me as a youth. Just thought wow everything was just perfect.

  • June 27, 2011, 7:32 p.m. CST

    Shit, I obviously meant T2

    by Simpsonian

  • June 27, 2011, 7:35 p.m. CST

    And those are 4 movies

    by Bobo_Vision

  • June 27, 2011, 7:35 p.m. CST


    by SebastianHaff

    It is pretty different, but they're definitely the same story. Movie's just a very condensed version. Koepp (shockingly) wrote the script tight enough that you'd never guess how much cool shit from the book didn't get included. <br><p> The sequel however, is absolutely nothing like the novel, in any way, shape, or form. It was an embarrassment, and bore no resemblance to Crichton's work.

  • June 27, 2011, 7:36 p.m. CST

    Lost World the better film?

    by Mattman

    Haha, you crazy Choppah! I wish they were selling these separately so I could just buy the first one.

  • June 27, 2011, 7:36 p.m. CST

    Sorry I'll be Playing Battlefield 3!

    by Autodidact

    I've been waiting for JP on blu-ray. I overwatched it back in the day, but I think it's been long enough to finally give it a proper home theatre screening.

  • Just funning. But 2 and 3 seriously sucked ass.

  • June 27, 2011, 7:48 p.m. CST

    Hold On To Your Indifference!

    by NeonFrisbee

    Ennui: The Motion Picture arriving on bluray + dvd combo pack imminently! Yeah!

  • The BEST track John Williams ever dropped!

  • June 27, 2011, 7:49 p.m. CST

    Love (and miss) Crichton

    by Mutley

    @sebastianhaff - Similar story from me. However, I was a huge reader as a kid. Loved it. As I got older, for some reason I stopped. Then, one day I picked up Jurrasic Park and promptly tore through it and everything else Crichton wrote up to that point. Sphere really blew my mind. I was never more disappointed when a movie came out. Ugh, what a blown opportunity. I'm still looking for a new "go-to" author since Crichton's passing. As for the JP films, am I the ONLY one who enjoys JP3 more than JP2? I mean, c'mon. The King Kong rip off of the T-Rex wreaking havoc in the city completely ruins that flick for me.

  • June 27, 2011, 7:52 p.m. CST

    Sebastian--no troll here


    Don't get me wrong--i like JP. But for some reason when I want dinos fucking shit up I go to the sequel. Yes I prefer ian Malcolm over Ellie and Alan grant. Goldblum always makes a film better. Julianne Moore is superior to Laura dern who had a thankless role. Vince Vaughn back in the day--wow. The set pieces were equal if not superior to the first film. Plus there were more of them. The cliff scene alone makes it a better film. It got right into it. It didn't wait an hour to show what the audience wanted. Pete postlewaite. Fuck to the yeah! The ending--Spielberg upped the ante and gave us his Godzilla film.t Rex running through the city. Good times. The cinematography and pacing was much better too. Kaminski knows how to fucking film at night. The effects are better. Yep. Added bonus: theres a paleontologist that reminds me of Harry. He gets eaten. Giggle.

  • June 27, 2011, 7:53 p.m. CST




  • June 27, 2011, 7:56 p.m. CST

    I may actually have to buy a BR player for this

    by sharpie

    Favorite movie of all time, Jurassic Park inspired me to study paleontology for 15 years, and I've got so many good memories attached to it, there was a point I was practically watching it every day when I came home from school. I'm so excited about this.

  • June 27, 2011, 7:57 p.m. CST

    Vince Vaughn was just playing Vince Vaughn (for the first time)

    by Mattman

    'Hammond did send a back up plan... *flirts with the camera* ME'. BAAARRF.

  • June 27, 2011, 7:57 p.m. CST

    I was about Quint's age.

    by Lobanhaki2

    I remember thinking "Now they can do this, they can do dragons!" Sure enough, two years later... But really, for me, this is about freeing the imagination. There's something to be said for making things more realistic, more real, but we have to remember that at the end of the day, all this stuff is just crap we dreamed up. We should remember that, and have fun.

  • June 27, 2011, 7:58 p.m. CST

    What happened to the John Sayles JP4 script?

    by fustfick

    Weren't there supposed to be commando dinosaurs running around with guns 'n shit? I would love to see that! And since there's not a snowball's chance in hell THAT movie would ever get made, I would love to read the script. Anyone got the skinny on the Sayles JP4 script?

  • June 27, 2011, 7:59 p.m. CST

    Choppah, Lost World lacked one major thing: the wonder

    by Mattman

    Sorry, I know that's really cliche and gay (clichgay?), but it's true. I never once felt a sense of wonder watching Lost World, and I still do when I watch JP1, to this day. However, I do look forward to watching the cliff scene again. That shit where the glass is breaking under Julianne Moore was freakin intense.

  • June 27, 2011, 8:02 p.m. CST


    by Quint

    I had a similar experience discovering Crichton. My reading skills weren't ever in the gutter, but I remember going from Jurassic Park to Sphere and then immediately re-reading Sphere. It was, at the time, my favorite book. Then the movie happened and I wanted to murder Hollywood.

  • June 27, 2011, 8:05 p.m. CST

    They should really remake Sphere

    by Mattman

    That had the potential to be such a badass movie, and they somehow fucked it up. Great book.

  • June 27, 2011, 8:10 p.m. CST



    I agree with the wonderment aspect of JP. That was it's intention. To be lured into this wondrous theme park and then shit gets real. The lost world had no such intentions. Like Aliens, the main character was forced to return creating an uneasy tension from the moment he stepped ashore. It's main purpose was to give you a roller coaster ride of a good time. And it succeeded in spades.

  • June 27, 2011, 8:25 p.m. CST

    My idea for JP4

    by Rebel Scumb

    Turns out there was an ancient aztec temple on isla nublar (I don't care if that makes any historical sense or not) and a group of treasure hunters want to go get it. They hire Pete Postelwaite as that badass gamehunter from JP2 (who never died if you remember) to lead the expedition Things go terribly wrong Raptors eat this guy. T-rex eats that guy. Greedy character risks everyone's lives needlessly to get the gold. There's a hot redheaded woman, and for some reason (despite all logic to the contrary) a plucky kid. It practically writes itself right? Right???

  • June 27, 2011, 8:26 p.m. CST

    TLW is still pretty good, even if not as good as JP1

    by TheSecondQuest

    While it certainly has it flaws (Juliane Moore's bad choices with the dino blood jacket, the gymnastics scene, etc) it still has several amazing sequences that add up pretty well. The cliff scene is still absolutely amazing and one of the best sequences Spielberg has ever filmed. The Raptors in the long grass, the digging race. Roland Tembo (who is sadly missing in the 3rd act, granted), even the chaos in San Diego was fun (not to mention it was Mr. E.T. who broke the long chain of "the-dog-lives" moments in movies around that time). Heck, even that gymnastics thing could have been pretty cool if they had edited it differently (if she had just jumped directly into the swinging kick to knock the Raptor down, it would have been very effective- what makes it so stupid right now is she jumps on and does her whole routine for no god damn reason). Also, even though the original JP1 theme is far grander and awe-inspiring, TLW's score is pretty amazing (and, IMO, is better/has more replay value than JP1's) with tracks like it's fantastic main theme, the AWESOME Rescuing Sarah or the epic Vistor in San Diego/Epilogue stuff (and it throws in the JP1 theme at the end in the credits as a bonus). And, TLW was nowhere near as bad as JP3, which was just a joke of a movie that didn't even have the decency to give us a proper ending.

  • June 27, 2011, 8:26 p.m. CST


    by Quint

    Ha! Sounds like Congo.

  • June 27, 2011, 8:31 p.m. CST

    thesecondquest: I agree completely about TLW

    by Rebel Scumb

    I really can't find any fault in anything you said.

  • June 27, 2011, 8:33 p.m. CST

    quint: good point!

    by Rebel Scumb

    In all seriousness, I do think pirate or aztec treasure on the island seems like one of the only good excuses left to get characters to Isla Nublar. And it would be good to have Postlewaite back.

  • was meant to be a set up for some new mutated dinos to emerge in the sequel? I always thought the fact that spielberg made such a point of lingering on the cannister with all the DNA getting covered in mud was meant to suggest something. How wet mud turns DNA cannisters into living dinosaurs I don't know. But I suppose nature finds a way... Also there's that weird subplot when they find the sick triceratops about what is making them sick that gets Laura Dern all hot and bothered. That never gets resolved or even mentioned again.

  • June 27, 2011, 8:35 p.m. CST

    Even in 1993 Jurassic Park wasn't that great of a film

    by successor

    <p>I saw it in the theater back then and thought it was okay but nothing special. And that's still my feeling, especially when you compare the film with Jaws, Raiders of the Lost Ark and Schindler's List. In hindsight Jurassic Park had underdeveloped characters, a bland storyline and an infuriating anti-technology slant (especially ironic considering how much technology was needed to make the film). Even the CGI wasn't that special. The CGI used to create the T1000 in Terminator 2 was far more amazing in my opinion.</p> <p>I might be in the minority here, but I think Last Action Hero was a smarter take on the action film genre in 1993 than Jurassic Park. But unfortunately Jurassic Park demolished the other film. Too bad. Most critics then didn't seem to get LAH's sly jabs at overwrought action films like Jurassic Park.</p>

  • It's a really odd directing choice for a family film. It's just 5 seconds of a close up of her ass, as she's full bent over in those little khaki shorts. A memorable moment for the 13 year old Me when I first saw this in the theatre.

  • June 27, 2011, 8:38 p.m. CST

    I quote DON'T GO INTO THE LONG GRASS!! Weekly


    When Ladies ask why I prefer them to be shaved bare.

  • June 27, 2011, 8:42 p.m. CST

    ...But yeah, I'm a little calmed down now, so...

    by SebastianHaff

    I just want to point out I bounced back in third grade with a vengeance. Jurassic Park, followed by Sphere, followed by Congo, followed by The Lost World, followed by Sphere again because I fucking loved it. Then I found Stephen King. Then Chuck Palahniuk and Joe Lansdale, and a little later, Cormac McCarthy. Just wanted to say that I feel I owe my enjoyment of reading, not reading great writers, just reading in general, to Crichton. Thus, I tend to get fairly sentimental when his work comes up.

  • nt

  • June 27, 2011, 8:43 p.m. CST


    by Rebel Scumb

    The thing about Jurassic Park (for me anyways) is that it was a great event movie. But when scrutinized as a film, you're right it does have a lot of "flaws". I actually think the editing is quite attrocious in parts. There are some really obvious strange things that seem to be a result of editing. Like Laura Dern and the hunter guy finding the lawyers body, and then we cut to goldblum in the jeep seeing the water ripples and hearing the T rex approach In the next shot when they come running back to the jeep and the T rex emerges they are in a completely different location, on a dirt road, in no way anywhere near where the previous part of the scene was taking place. Or in the iconic scene where the T rex first comes out from the fence, when it pushes the jeep over the side with alan and lex hanging onto the cable, all of a sudden there is a HUGE ravine on that side of the fence, with just a 100 foot concrete wall. So... where was the goat standing? Where did the Trex come stomping out of??? I've studied this scene a lot, and the only explanation is that the entire location just... changes to suit the needs of the action. But anyways, my point is, regardless of any of that stuff, the movie just works (for me anyways, and a lot of other people to) because of the legit sense of wonder, and especially being at the perfect age for it when it came out. I liken it to the Dark Knight in that way. Sure the plot of that movie makes no sense under any real scrutiny, but it just doesn't matter. And I know that's unfair, because I'll slam a lot of movies for smaller plot holes, but sometimes the movie just gives so much WOW to the audience, and gets enough things right, that it doesn't matter if other parts were less than perfect my 2 cents.

  • Which is weird because he plays an old man who dies in that. Well that screws my JP4 plan then.

  • June 27, 2011, 8:46 p.m. CST

    Choppah's first book


    Fatherhood by Bill Cosby.

  • June 27, 2011, 8:46 p.m. CST


    by SebastianHaff

    Since I now believe you are serious, and not just trying to get a rise out of people, I can respect your opinion, even though I don't understand it. The only truly great thing I can think of regarding The Lost World is the compy scene with Dieter Stark. But even that is lifted directly from Jurassic Park the novel, and it's supposed to be how <SPOILER!!!> Hammond dies <END SPOILER!!!>, not this random dude who only shows up long enough to get eaten. <BR><P> And to this day I'm pissed they left out the best sequence in either of the two books: the carnotaurus attack in the gas station. Shit, I'm just gonna go read 'em again, for the fifth or sixth time.

  • Set the movie back in 1994 or 1995. Take all the good parts of the Lost World novel that Spielberg omitted from the film and build a new story around that. Bring on Dodgson and his crew who are there to steal dinosaur eggs. Set it on Isla Nublar instead of Site B. Lose the tree-hugging agenda, and make it a straight-up Predator-like action flick. Just have Dodgson's plans go to hell, his mercenaries get taken out one by one until it's just Dodgson surviving on his own. Lose the feathery Velociraptors, bring back the T-rex and the Dilophosaurus, etc.

  • June 27, 2011, 8:56 p.m. CST


    by SebastianHaff

    Holy shit dude. I swear I've been writing a script (yeah, that's how fucking nerdy I am) with that EXACT premise for years. That is exactly the Jurassic Park movie I want to see next. Weird.

  • June 27, 2011, 9:02 p.m. CST

    Laura Dern's Legs

    by Autodidact

    I remember Laura Dern's legs in that movie basically making me a "leg man".

  • June 27, 2011, 9:02 p.m. CST

    tarijeno + Sebastianhaff

    by Rebel Scumb

    That is a GREAT idea for a sequel

  • June 27, 2011, 9:04 p.m. CST


    by Rebel Scumb

    Its weird for me to think that I'm now older than she was in that movie. The one who really did it for me was Alison Doody as Elsa Schnieder in Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade

  • June 27, 2011, 9:06 p.m. CST

    @sebastian - It's one of the few premises that make sense

    by Tarijeno

    It's been ten years since the last movie. During that time, in the movie world, the Costa Rican government has probably nuked the island to hell, the dinosaurs have died due to the lysine contingency (which never got a real explanation in the two sequels), or they've have already escaped to the mainland. I don't think we want to see a mainland Jurassic Park movie. We had the T-Rex San Diego scene, and it kinda sucked. I just say put Dodgson and some mercs on Isla Nublar, when it still looks kind of new; throw in some mysterious plot points here and there. Have a traitor in the group, etc. Just make it a better version of Predators with dinosaurs.

  • June 27, 2011, 9:10 p.m. CST


    by Rebel Scumb

    The only thing with that is that I think part of what made the first film so good is it wasn't really about fighting the dinosaurs. The main characters were exciting because they weren't action heros, or armed to the teeth, but ordinary people in a dangerous situation. To me that is always the difference between an action movie, and an adventure movie. But regardless your premise is still very good. I would just want some of the characters to be 'everyman' and 'everywoman' characters and not just mercs.

  • June 27, 2011, 9:11 p.m. CST

    it sickens me


    that this set has to be polluted with JP3. i mean JP2 isn't good but JP3 is batman and robin bad for me.

  • June 27, 2011, 9:11 p.m. CST

    PS, is it me or did Laura Dern not age very well?

    by Tarijeno

    She's not bad looking, but it feels like after Jurassic Park she fell into drugs or something. Maybe Billy Bob Thornton gave her something, or when he dumped her to marry Angelina Jolie she had a nervous breakdown. The point being back in '93 she was a 10 and seemed to have a good head on her shoulders. Nowadays I feel like you could shine a flashlight into one of her ears and have it shine out the other.

  • June 27, 2011, 9:13 p.m. CST

    Sense of wonder

    by PedroM

    Exactly what the then 7 year old me felt going to see JP. Its been quite a while since I saw it so I cant wait for the blu. And I always thought the sequel would follow the dino embryos Nedry had stolen.

  • June 27, 2011, 9:21 p.m. CST


    by Mutley

    I'm diggin' all of the Sphere (the novel) love here. Man, if any flick deserved a remake it is that one.

  • ...were it not for that film, we would not now have the likes of Jar Jar motherfucking Binks and the myriad host of farting creatures that soiled the Prequel Trilogy. George Lucas saw Jurassic Park and didn't marvel at dinosaurs made terrifyingly real, but rather he realized that the retarded rastafarian frog man he'd envisioned for sixteen years could finally be a reality. For that I say burn in hell to all involved with JP. Seriously though, I'm genuinely excited to get JP on Blu. Such a fun, fun movie and it does indeed still hold up exceptionally well after all these years!

  • June 27, 2011, 9:27 p.m. CST

    Laura dern was a 10 in wild at heart.


    Her pinnacle. Near miss was rambling rose. But she did get me hotter than georgia asphalt in WILD. She was the sole reason it won the Palme d'Or. No doubt.

  • June 27, 2011, 9:31 p.m. CST

    Sphere the movie wasn't a shadow of the novel...

    by SebastianHaff

    But let's all agree it had a pretty great score:

  • June 27, 2011, 9:34 p.m. CST



    Don't be an idiot. I don't blame Edison and Lumiere for the modern Fuckups we have in the theater. Nor should you blame spielberg and company for anything star wars related. That shit is all on Lucas. When you become so isolated from the creative process and do not depend on the collaborative process that is called filmmaking, there are no checks and balances to ensure shit like jar jar stays on the drawing boards.

  • Loved them all, I agree with Quint about Sphere. I still re-read that once in a while. The movie had the cast and the director, but it was horrible. Rising Sun was also much better than the movie. The 13th Warrior was close but Disclosure was spot on. And I liked Demi in that. I would have caved.

  • Nedry died and the thing got buried in mud, which is not exactly the same as strict round-the-clock refrigeration. The embryos would quickly lose viability (along with that line of sequel).

  • June 27, 2011, 9:40 p.m. CST

    Quotations getting deleted now? I was responding to someone else.

    by golden tribw


  • June 27, 2011, 9:43 p.m. CST

    12 when Jurassic Park hit?

    by sith_rising

    lucky you! I was already a jaded junior college asshole by then. wish I could have seen Jurassic 1 in 5th grade, along with Lord of the Rings, Braveheart, 300, Gladiator, and a shitload of other movies. But I did alright with Empire, Jedi, Conan, Excalibur, Aliens, Blade Runner, Khan, Die Hard and Predator. Good times.

  • June 27, 2011, 9:45 p.m. CST

    Seeing lost world in theaters made me understand sound matters

    by Stormwatcher

    Fond memory seeing the first one. The second had terrible front loaded sound. Made me realize the theatre blew. Worst sound experience ever.

  • June 27, 2011, 9:47 p.m. CST

    nedry's embryos (yuk !!!)

    by brian tobin

    i always thought they were covered in mud and millions of years from now , they would be fossils .... never thought Spielberg would be into a sequel set up in that way

  • June 27, 2011, 9:47 p.m. CST

    rebel scumb, re: the Laura Dern ass shot

    by Nasty In The Pasty

    Yeah, that was REALLY wierd, considering how sexless most Spielberg movies are. I can't really think of a single, solitary other example of Spielberg objectifying one of his actresses so noticably. As for the first JP, I was just turning nineteen when it was released, and having grown up on Godzilla movies and Ray Harryhausen flicks, seeing those CGI dinos was absolutely MIRACULOUS at the time. No Japanese guys in rubber suits, no jittery stop-motion, these things were fucking REAL like nothing anyone had ever seen before. Nowadays these kids of effects are as common as pigeons, but back in '93, Jurassic Park earned it's thrills by literally showing the audience something completely new. It's also the last time Spielberg seemed completely engaged in one of his "popcorn" films (and his last film before he started shooting exclusively with Janusz Kaminski). Spielberg has made some great films since then, but almost always as dramas or pitch-black sci-fi (Minority Report, WOTW). He's never managed to get that classic "Spielbergian" mix of terror and wonder the same since JP. The Lost World and Indy 4 played more like contractual obligations than anything Spielberg really WANTED to do, and the smeary Kaminski-vision cinematography didn't help.

  • For all your so-called fandom you really have pretty weak taste.

  • June 27, 2011, 9:48 p.m. CST

    A.I., Minorty Report et all are absolute masterpieces

    by Proman1984

  • June 27, 2011, 9:54 p.m. CST

    Oh and Super 8 is absolutely magnificent

    by Proman1984

  • June 27, 2011, 9:55 p.m. CST

    The should do a prequel TV series.

    by Charlie

    Here me out... Of course it should be 12/13 episode premium cable series. Set in the 80s, about the rivalries by Ingen and it's competitors on the cutting edge field of bio-technology. Corporate espionage, spies and so forth. Ingen aren't necessarily the good guys either, just Hammond. Have people that work for him being bad guys that he doesn't know about. The kind who later on will feed corporate spies to dinosaurs ect. Anyways this first season sets the back drop to dinosaur making technology. To them perfecting it. Building a dinosaur and then basically being like... wtf do we do with it? First season is a lead up to the creation of Jurassic Park Concept in a hostile corporate environment. Second / third seasons lead up to the first film. Creation of the park, all sorts of disasters and problems. Continue the corporate espionage angles. Fourth season goes into the aftermath and ignores the subsequent JP films. With the first film just happening off camera. Or at most we see different versions of the events. I honestly think something alone these lines could have great potential. Much better than another sequel of people running from dinosaurs. Issue would be cost and they'd probably want to make a show accessible for kids, instead of a more mature audience which would ruin any exploration of the concept and the material in the books that go down this path.

  • June 27, 2011, 10:15 p.m. CST

    My Idea For Jurassic Park 4

    by The Funketeer

    Have a bunch of really big scary dinosaurs running around eating scared people.

  • June 27, 2011, 10:24 p.m. CST

    I thought Minority report was awful

    by Rebel Scumb

    The entire mystery/conspiracy plot makes absolutely no sense.

  • June 27, 2011, 10:29 p.m. CST


    by vicmackey1268

    My parents wouldn't let me see Jurassic fact, they made up a story about how they heard Steven Spielberg wouldn't let his nephews watch I read the book...twice....then one day walking into the (then small) barnes and noble I saw Lost World and went nuts...reading the back and having chills run down my spine at "....somthing has survived" was one of the most vivid memories I have of reading anything. From there I started at the begining...Andromeda Strain, Sphere, Congo, Eaters of the Dead, seeing how Crichton wove fiction and pure historical fact into one seamless novel, Disclosure...prolly too young to read that one but still, it was a quick fix until Rising Sun, finally...Timeline came out...this was BEFORE google so books were discovered by walking into a store and seeing them for the first time...Timeline was a mix of just at the right age to read and adult science blended so well I was finished with the book before I knew it. favorite of Crichton's novels, was about to be made into a major motion picture (i even have the stamp on the cover saying so!) it was scrapped due to 9/11.... So I waited until State of Fear came out. This time I had the audiobook as I drove the 500 mile round trip to and from my gf at UIC...another fantastic read. I know I'm leaving some out that were great but the post is long enough. If you have managed to get through this, you should read Crichton's earlier work "A Case of Need"since he went by the pen name Jeffery Hudson...awesome book.

  • June 27, 2011, 10:32 p.m. CST


    by fdsap

    quint:I liked Sphere the book too but not the movie!

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    Dude, I was kidding, lighten up.

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  • June 27, 2011, 10:38 p.m. CST

    One of the first movies I ever saw.

    by Yelsaeb

    Me and my brother used to watch Jurrassic Park and the Lost World over and over and over again as kids. I recently rewatched them and they still stand up very well. I don't know why everyone has something against the Lost World. I think its fantastic. The third one didn't thrill me, but the giant spino that The Winston made was jawdropping. What's really amazing is the CGI in JP and TLW. Its better than the CG in most modern movies. I think its because they didn't go nuts with the CG. They used The Winston's dinosaurs a heck of a lot in all three of the movies. They only used the computers to put in the dinosaurs that were running around, the full body dinosaurs. When you just see its head or foot it was a puppet. That's how CG should be used, to put in what isn't physically possible with puppets. What filmmakers have forgot is that a whole lot is possible with puppets, especially with today's technology.

  • June 27, 2011, 10:38 p.m. CST


    by vicmackey1268

    I don't know of anyone my age who wouldn't respond with at least a smirk if we were in a car and i said "must go faster, must go faster" Takes its place among We're gonna need a bigger boat, great scott, get to the choppa, and more....just a fantastic film... On a side-note...I completely enjoyed Lost World up until the San Diego scenes....Even though it was nothing like the book parts like the high hide, the stampede, and the cliff scene were such tense moments I forgot I was in a theater.

  • June 27, 2011, 10:40 p.m. CST

    Laura Dern's ass...

    by Cartagia

    And here I was thinking I was the only person staring at it every time.

  • I was a bit younger than you, but it had just as huge of an impact on me when I saw it in theaters. I was literally almost exactly, to the day, the age of Tim. I loved dinosaurs (still do, and am a Geology major, a core foundation for a Paleontologist). I announced when I was 3 years old that I wanted to become a paleontologist. I have not changed my mind since. My first novel was Jurassic Park, when I was 7 years old. No movie since has ever even come close to making me feel like Jurassic Park did, the first time around. The dinosaurs felt real...the theater reverberated with their roars, with their footsteps, and with the primeval ambience of the film. It really did feel possible- and for years afterward, I read every article I could find concerning prehistoric DNA, in hopes that they would one day truly bring dinosaurs to life. When I left that theater in the summer of 1993, my legs literally felt like rubber. I can't even put it into words how perfect that movie was, especially at that time of my life. To that end...I'd love the blu-ray. However, with news of Spielberg recently saying JPIV is in the works (as dreadful as that sounds, I still have hope it will be better than III and close out the whole thing once and for all on a high note- III was an embarassment to the first film, and to Michael Crichton (RIP). And with a 4th film, you know, of course, that means another boxed set blu-ray collection.

  • June 27, 2011, 10:45 p.m. CST

    rebel scumb

    by Sanyi

    I'm kinda with you on this. Not saying Minority Report is terrible, but the ending just completely ruined it for me. I just can't love or even like this movie. Same problem with A.I. Again. But Jurassic Park is fuckin' great.

  • June 27, 2011, 10:48 p.m. CST


    by Yelsaeb

    Actaully, why the lysine contingency didn't kill all the dinosaurs was explained by Julianne Moore's character in the Lost World. It's easy to miss, but she does say it.

  • June 27, 2011, 10:49 p.m. CST

    The T Rex still looks amazing

    by Ben_Richards_Bomb_Collar

    Can't believe that CG is almost 20 years old. Just ridiculous. I mean go to the :54 second mark of this video (but ignore the shit music)

  • June 27, 2011, 10:52 p.m. CST

    Second film was a stegosaurus-sized abortion of a movie.

    by BiggusDickus

    Made no fucking sense whatsoever. Why they fucked about with Crichton's excellent novel is beyond me. Did Spielberg really think that having a T-Rex magically escape from a ship - after eating the crew, opening the locked cargo hold and closing it again - was a better idea than Crighton's carnotaur sequence? Man's a fool.

  • June 27, 2011, 10:52 p.m. CST

    Bob Peck

    by HamburgerEarmuffs

    No one has mentioned one of the coolest characters, Robert Muldoon. RIP Bob Peck. You were my Halloween costume 1993.

  • ! getting nauseated here--- it's a movie, hello? And btw-- movies 2 and 3 sucked, with 3 sucking worse

  • June 27, 2011, 11:01 p.m. CST

    I was 8 years old when the 1st movie opened

    by American Mythos

    My aunt took me, my sister, and my two cousins to see it. I couldn't tell if it was from excitement or fear or both, but I TREMBLED through the entire movie, and had butterflies in my stomach the entire time. We sat in the very back row, and we all sat on our seatbacks because we didn't want anything grabbing our legs in the dark. Still the best experience I've ever had at a theater.

  • June 27, 2011, 11:19 p.m. CST

    the choppah is right

    by Dollar Bird

    on both accounts: JP vs Lost World and shavin' ladies. A few thoughts unrelated to the choppah: Sphere was a fun book until the very last page where I lost any sense of good will I had had for it. They spelled "Stegosaurus" wrong in the scene with the embryo-stealing and that always bothered me because I have peculiar pedantic tendencies. I'm glad I'm not the only one who wondered about the geography of the Tyrannosaur pen when that cliff shows up out of nowhere in JP. (Great scene, though.)

  • June 27, 2011, 11:21 p.m. CST

    20th Anniversary Theatrical Re-release in 2013?

    by wackybantha

    That would be dino-rific!!!! Veggie-saurs and Meat-a-sauruses!!!!!!!! What do you call a blind dinosaur? What do you call a blind dinosaur's dog? And the Jurassic Park SUV's have CD-ROM!!!!!

  • June 27, 2011, 11:22 p.m. CST

    If Lex had not been familiar with that Operating System....

    by wackybantha

    ........they all would have been raptor feed!!!!

  • June 27, 2011, 11:29 p.m. CST

    Jurassic Park: The last game-changer

    by thelordofhell

    Before this movie, CG wasn't realistic at all. But when you saw that fuckin' T-Rex blast on the screen, you knew, everything was irrevocably changed.

  • June 27, 2011, 11:30 p.m. CST

    RIP Ryan Dunn

    by CT1

  • June 27, 2011, 11:35 p.m. CST

    Let's not forget that JP rewrote the rules of movie-deaths.

    by Tarijeno

    Before Jurassic Park the black guy always died first. After Jurassic Park the scumbag lawyer always dies first.

  • June 27, 2011, 11:36 p.m. CST

    JP movie deaths were shit compared to the book

    by thelordofhell

    Almost everyone was dino-chow in the book

  • June 27, 2011, 11:37 p.m. CST

    Stick a fork in Ryan you assholes

    by thelordofhell

    He's Dunn

  • Um... no. Many video games look better than T2 nowadays. However, on the whole, JP still holds up and looks better than even some big budget modern features. Organic, living creatures are different than reflective metal. Also, for all its flaws, I always liked Lost World. Never got the extreme hate, many modern blockbusters (like the first Transformers) are far worse, yet held in higher regard. It definitely has flaws, but is also a roller coaster ride that is ACTUALLY that, and it's jam packed with well-directed action scenes.

  • June 27, 2011, 11:41 p.m. CST

    Trilogy Schmilogy

    by gaygoonie

    What is with selling classic movies with their inferior and unnecessary sequels? If Back to the Future and Jurassic Park had been single titles that never had sequels, their reputations would be insane. Instead, both brands got diluted with cheesy sequels. UGH. In building my BD collection, I've gone anti-completist and only bought really good original films like Scream (no sequels) and Alien and the original Nightmare on Elm Street, and no sequels. (I was more of a whore with DVD)

  • June 28, 2011, midnight CST

    god fuck COME ON

    by CT1

    what is going ON around here, I mean this is REALLY fucking brutal there's just NOTHING, it's like Ain't it Nothingness News I just feel fucking NOTHING for this pedantic fucking NOTHING!!!!!!!!! Ok sure we had a good run there after the.. "Ain't It Nordling News" month or so we had there, I mean you guys really stepped it up and we got a lot of variety from a lot of different article contributors, and we got some crazy interviews and wild nerd rage confrontations, not to mention some controversy and further confirmation of what many visitors of the site already believe, Cool stuff like the posting of the "leaked" Catwoman picture that was left up whilst trying to pretend it didn't happen or just outright not GIVING a fuck, along with the Spiderman poster one and then the Superman one which WAS taken down pretty quickly. Look, after having said all that, I guess maybe it softened my viewpoint a little, I mean I'm not trying to like attack or criticize, it's like I WANT to contribute and be excited about things and movies and secret love affairs and hipster culture but fuck it's hard when there's just NOTHING there's NOTHING to say there's NOTHING to care about it's just empty vapid fucking NOTHINGNESS and nobody CARES. I think there was a quote from Aaron Eckhardt in a movie he did where he says "The night is always darkest just before the dawn". Well, we can only hope he's right.. it isn't up to us.

  • June 28, 2011, 12:28 a.m. CST

    I was 25 when I saw JP in the theater

    by disfigurehead

    I don't have a blu-ray play but maybe it's time now.

  • June 28, 2011, 12:32 a.m. CST

    JP 3

    by pr0g2west

    Jurrasic Park 3 was god awful. Thats really all that needs to be said.

  • June 28, 2011, 12:35 a.m. CST

    Great news. Definitely gonna buy the whole set.

    by lv_426

    JP is legendary. TLW was fun but flawed. JP3 was kinda stupid but gosh darn it, wasn't it fun to see Dr. Grant return? Plus, 6-hour behind the scenes doc is definitely worth it. As for the novel of THE LOST WORLD, I haven't read it and have only seen the movie. I read the novel for JP back in the day and loved it even though it was very different than the film. I guess I should give TLW a read, as I wasn't aware that it was considered a shit-load better than the film.

  • June 28, 2011, 12:39 a.m. CST

    Anyone been on the Jurassic Park ride at Universal Studios?

    by lv_426

    T-rex was fucking great in that and for a second, you will think the damn thing is real.

  • June 28, 2011, 12:43 a.m. CST


    by successor

    <p>Um...yes. If it wasn't for the groundbreaking work done in T2, you wouldn't have those digital dinos in Jurassic Park. Ask Dennis Muren. I think it's a far more impressive effect to have a man's blown in half head repair itself or have him walk through bars or punch a fist into the T1000's head and have him morph it into holding arms that twist the T800 around. Jurassic Park. Well. The gallimimus running scene looks really fake today and even the braichosaur appearance doesn't hold its former grandeur.</p> <p>And comparing modern video games to a twenty year old movie is like comparing modern apples to twenty-year old oranges. Considering the tech they did have back then, I think the T2 did an outstanding job.</p>

  • June 28, 2011, 12:48 a.m. CST


    by lv_426

    I was sorta anti-completionist for a bit, but lately I've moved back toward being a completionist. Depends on the film and what types of extras come with a given trilogy or collection of films. Take the Alien Anthology. I just had to get the whole damn thing for all the extras, even though I sorta dreaded seeing the films after Aliens again after so long. Funny thing is that maybe due to low expectations, I recently watched both the latter two sequels and actually enjoyed Alien 3 and Resurrection more than I ever had in the past. I do think it is annoying that the studios make people wait if they don't want the whole set. I suppose they feel that they get people to buy the whole set if there is no announced stand alone release dates. Just about every damn major Blu-ray collection has done this. They never announce when the individual films are going to be released on apart from the sets.

  • June 28, 2011, 1 a.m. CST

    Jurassic Park 4

    by lv_426

    Could be about the military using the island as an extreme survival training environment to weed out the best special forces dudes on the planet. If you can survive in a jungle with dinosaurs, you can probably survive anywhere. Or make it about a bunch of cocky survivalist enthusiasts (think Bear Grylls from Man vs Wild) going in and filming a reality show that goes horribly wrong, and a rescue team, led by Stallone, Chuck Norris, and Dolph Lundgren is sent in to get them out.

  • Sure, the CGI and animatronics for the time were mindblowing but Michael Crichton essentially ripped himself off while the movie is a pale imitation of Spielberg's own Jaws which is superior in every way. I mean, this wasn't like fucking TERMINATOR 2 which matched content with brain melting CGI and action. And unlike T2, Jurassic Park is fucking boring any time the dino's are off the screen. The only thing that keeps me from slipping into a fucking coma is Jeff Goldblum, who fucking rocks. The only good thing I can say about JP is that it has excellent cinematography because of Dean Cundy (Halloween, The Thing, Back to the Future etc....) and it was the last movie the Berg did before hooking up with that jerkoff Janusz Kaminski who has ruined everything Spielberg has done since with his cold and washed out photography.

  • June 28, 2011, 1:06 a.m. CST

    T2 and Jurassic Park are both landmarks in effects

    by lv_426

    And to add some fuel to the fire, Spielberg knew Stan Winston could pull off the life size animatronic T-Rex and velociraptors because of the amazing full size puppet of the Alien Queen from Aliens. So technically, two legendary effects elements from James Cameron* and Stan Winston collaborations lead to the groundbreaking digital and practical effects of Jurassic Park. * Don't forget the water tentacle in The Abyss.

  • June 28, 2011, 1:08 a.m. CST


    by CreepyThinMan

    It's just that Cameron upped his game with T2 to a ridiculous level which is why that movie holds up better than Jurassic Park.

  • June 28, 2011, 1:24 a.m. CST

    Bob Peck in 1080p....

    by blackflowerX

    The best thing about J.P.

  • June 28, 2011, 2:03 a.m. CST

    I guess someone said the magic word........

    by harryknowlesnothingaboutfilm

  • June 28, 2011, 2:03 a.m. CST

    Clever Boys............

    by harryknowlesnothingaboutfilm

  • June 28, 2011, 2:06 a.m. CST

    Jurassic Park ride is best at night

    by thelordofhell

    During Universal Studio's Halloween Horror Nights

  • June 28, 2011, 2:17 a.m. CST

    Given the choice I would watch JP3 over JP2 the ending of 2 is just unforgivable

    by harryknowlesnothingaboutfilm

    obviously the original over both.

  • June 28, 2011, 2:28 a.m. CST

    Three horrible movies

    by Lourdes Galan

    JP 2 is Spielberg's worst picture (with Hook, and JP1)

  • June 28, 2011, 2:40 a.m. CST

    I remember being scared shitless as a kid for JP1

    by The Fuck

    Might have been 6 or something, way to young

  • June 28, 2011, 3:22 a.m. CST

    You bet Jurrasic!

    by BastardFromABasket

    JP1 was cinema gold. Excitement, sorta humor, amazing visuals. JP2 was a paycheck for Steven.

  • June 28, 2011, 3:27 a.m. CST

    1993: Jurassic Park 1 and Schindlers List / 1997 Jurassic Park 2 and Amistad

    by harryknowlesnothingaboutfilm

    What Happend Steve?

  • June 28, 2011, 3:47 a.m. CST

    12!? wow. I feel old here.

    by pw

  • June 28, 2011, 4:18 a.m. CST

    I was too old when the first movie came out

    by CuervoJones

    I loved the book and i guess i was expecting more from Spielberg, more dinosaurs and action, just like in the book. Anayway, the T-Rex attack was -and it still is- pure cinematic gold. Hail Spielberg!

  • June 28, 2011, 4:39 a.m. CST

    nedry's death in the book

    by emeraldboy

    was one of the most horrifying things I have ever read. really bloody and gory. but the book was a great read.

  • June 28, 2011, 4:42 a.m. CST

    Well ain't I uncool

    by Jim_Kirks_Crunchy_Delicious_Chair_Apple

    I rewatch JP3 more than the first two combined. I haven't bothered to analyze why I like it the most. I just do.

  • June 28, 2011, 4:58 a.m. CST

    Why the hate for JP3?

    by jinste

    Okay.It aint perfect.It feels like half an hour or so is missing.The ending is way too sudden.The T.Rex-Vs-Spinosaurus battle lasts all of 30 seconds(should have been the mother of all dino fights!).And when the marines show up at the end,you are just longing for a battle between them and the dinosaurs-which never happens.Plus the truly irksome Tea Leoni.But,that aside,its a fairly entertaining romp.The same cannot be said of the original movie,however-I found it to be very over-rated and over-hyped.For the most part its dull and boring,all talk and no action.The movie only comes to life when the dinosaurs are on screen,and even then theres far too much emphasis on the velociraptors,and not nearly enough of the T.Rex kicking some ass.Or fighting a big dino its own size in a monster battle.And the kids are so irritating I just wished something would eat them to shut them up.The ending was poor as well.As for the second movie-I prefered it to JP,at least we got T.Rex loose in the city,and the whole movie had a lot more action than the boring first one.One scene jarred however,was the ship crashing into the pier,and all the crew on board being dead.You even see a severed arm.How could that happen if the T.Rex was still in the ships hold?Also how could a dinosaur walk about a suburban area without getting seen?And how could the authorities lose track of it when it got off the ship?!So-in my opinion,The Lost World is the best of the three,Jp3 is a fun but flawed effort-but the first JP was just a boring talkfest.

  • June 28, 2011, 6:01 a.m. CST

    JP3 is Great! Fuck the naysayers! JP2 had the best CG

    by LaneMyersClassic

    JP3 was a darker, tighter, more B-movie film than the first two. I did like the first one - even better than the book - but it was more like Star Trek -The Motion Picture where you spend a lot of film in awestruck mode at the Enterprise - in JP's case, the park itself and the various benevolent dinosaurs. I think the T-Rex CGI in JP2 is some of the finest work I've ever seen.

  • June 28, 2011, 7:24 a.m. CST

    The Berg's JP is great, but THE NOVEL IS SO MUCH BETTER

    by Knuckleface

    I love Spielberg's Jurassic Park. However, that being said, THE NOVEL WAS SO MUCH BETTER!!! I say instead of producing another redundant sequel, they should go back to the source material and make a more faithful adaptation. The way the events play out in the book is so different from what happens in the movie that I think audiences will be shocked! What? The Lawyer is a hero? Ian Malcolm dies? John Hammond is actually a glory-seeking prick who willfully endangers his own grandchildren? The island is actually full of employees, most of whom become raptor meat. Not to mention, way more dinosaur encounters than they could manage back in 1993.

  • June 28, 2011, 8:11 a.m. CST

    JP3 is preaty bad

    by Samuel Fulmer

    Other than the pterodactyls and some amusing hammy doctor Grant dialogue (No, this is how you play GOD!), the film is a waste. It really feels like a bad direct to dvd sequel, and the effects are the shittiest of the three. And this was the film along with Lost World should not have had a kid in it. And I'm not even going to go into the nonexistent script.

  • June 28, 2011, 8:13 a.m. CST

    Not saying Lost World is that much better either

    by Samuel Fulmer

    But it at least had some well put together scenes (The dino hunt, the trailer hanging off the cliff, the raptors in the tall grass, and yes even the much hated T-Rex in San Diego), an excellent John Williams score, badass Pete Postlethwaite, and Boogie Nights era Julianne Moore.

  • I think speculation at the time was that it was raptors stowed away on the ship, which would be the set-up for a future JP in the city film.

  • June 28, 2011, 8:18 a.m. CST

    Jurassic Park remake

    by Samuel Fulmer

    I'd be all for it if they stick closer to the book and bring on David Cronenberg to direct.

  • June 28, 2011, 8:32 a.m. CST


    by LT Weezie

    This is a one-handed post since I just underwent serious major shoulder surgery (no, Quint, unfortunately not from damages due to Sharkin' LOL), but pinging around my favorites sites---AICN being a major one, I was thrilled to see this announced release! When we saw the first film on a huge 60-foot curved screen (I was the ripe old age of 33), I was gobsmacked! I first heard about the book when Michael Crichton guested on Larry King long before the film, and purchased it immeidiately and read it in one setting...I do agree with the previous poster that there was a lot more they could have done with the film that was in the book...all of them...especially the raft going under the T-Rex while they floated down the river). We were expecting a lot, and as usual, Steven Spielberg delivered big time. Also Stan WInston was an absolute genius on his portrayal of the dinos we know and love. The scene the affected me the most was when we had the privilege of sharing the wonder as the yellow jeep pulls up to the lake. When Grant turns Ellie's head and the music gently begins, the entire theatre was totally hushed. I got chills and felt the eyes start to water...My hubby and I have had the pirvilege of working with and studying observing many of our fellow Earth-creatures in their habitats, and this scene nailed it! I kept wishing for MORE MORE and that we could press the rewind button on the projector. When the CAV Laserdisc came out, it was incredible on our Kloss Novabeam Model One projection TV (which still works great and is terrific with new projection tubes we had installed after a lightning strike, but we tend to spend more time watching our Blu-RAY discs on our HD 65" Toshiba) The great thing is that we can rewind, so to speak, that scene over and over again...also you can frame-by-frame and see some of the bloops (like in the end of the film for one or two frames the T-Rex doesn't have the Raptor in his mouth). Quality also is tremendous on the CAV, but Blu-Ray simply rocks! You can be sure we are going to order it with the cool statue. I am very glad we got all the LOTR extended DVD editions with the special packaging and am looking forward to Tuesday when that will arrive. The upconverter on our Sony Blu-Ray does a terrific job, we just watched APOCOLYPTO, havin the Blu-Ray version with extra features that are especially for that release is the best! We still keep our DVD versions if there are features not on the Blu-Ray version or vice versa..if there are no differences, I donate the DVD version to our local library system. I love October with my anniversary and my favorite Holiday (and this is the same month I spent in California in 1978 watching them shoot and appearing in STAR TREK- TMP), and the fact these are coming out then will make it even better. I just hope they load it with lots of terrific extras and include a gag reel! Hurry October!

  • June 28, 2011, 8:35 a.m. CST

    JP3 is pretty good.

    by HoboCode

    It's entertaining. More entertaining and badass than TLW anyway. Two words: gymnastics girl.

  • June 28, 2011, 8:38 a.m. CST

    Kid in JP3=12 year old Bear Grylls

    by Samuel Fulmer

    I think I can believe that dumb moment with the girl pulling a Mary Lou Retton on a raptor than I can a 12 year old boy surviving on an island of dinos for 8 weeks. But hey, he did have SMOKE BOMBS!!!!!!

  • June 28, 2011, 8:40 a.m. CST

    Didn't JP3 have a scene with a bare chested William H. Macy?

    by Samuel Fulmer

    That was scarier than anything else in the film.

  • June 28, 2011, 8:44 a.m. CST

    FYI Spielberg's most blatant ass shot was in 1941

    by v3d

    Hollywood! Hollywood!!!

  • June 28, 2011, 8:46 a.m. CST

    Hey guys. What's up with the truncated posts?

    by v3d

  • Gross. Ill get the first one for the TRex attack but skip the rest. Laura Dern SCREAMING in 5.1. No thanks

  • OK. So most of you know about the whole "where did the cliff come from" in the T-Rex attack scene(Lex, Tim and Grant climb down a cliff in the paddock which comes from nowhere). Ok so dig this. When Laura Dern and the "clever girl" hunter dude are looking for survivors and find Ian Malcolm they are looking around for Grant and the kids, Malcolm is in the back of the truck with his broken leg propped up when he starts to hear the T-Rex coming and see's the ripple-in-water effect, then all of a sudden the scene CUTS and Ian Malcolm and co. are in a TOTALLY different area. Totally different scenery and of course he starts yelling "come on come on" and the T-Rex starts chasing them. what the hell happens here? they are looking for Grant and the kids and all of a sudden they are in this wooded area with no paddock fence etc. then Rex crashes through the tree branch. anyone explain this?

  • June 28, 2011, 9:35 a.m. CST

    We have learned so much about dinosaurs since then too

    by eric haislar

    like raptors look nothing like they do in the movie. They where covered in feathers and in fact much smaller.

  • When that Dino is clawing at the plane it looks fucking horrible. The Skin looks plastic and taken from a ride a universal studios. how could the animatronic look worse than the first film which had a lower budget and made 8 years previous? i guess to be fair the JP3 scene was filmed in Daylight versus night AND raining for JP1 but still some of those shots are really bad.

  • June 28, 2011, 9:49 a.m. CST

    Spielberg has lots of continuity issues his flicks

    by Knobules

    I don't think he cares War of the Worlds has lots of WTF scenes for example Boston is destroyed. Oh no its not! And for the love of ham Crystal Skull. Dont go there girlfriend!

  • June 28, 2011, 11:28 a.m. CST

    Sphere was the fastest I ever read a book

    by ltgalloway

    I picked it up after class in high school and I finished it before going to bed. It was my new favorite book at that time as well, and I remember it fondly. It led me to Terminal Man and The Andromeda Strain, but for some reason I stopped reading Crichton. I should really pick up more of his books.

  • June 28, 2011, 11:29 a.m. CST

    I'll just wait until the first film is available separately

    by jimmy rabbitte

    It's the only one that is remotely worth a repeat viewing. It's a textbook example of a film that is a triumph of style over substance. The film changes the ending from the novel so drastically, that I left the theater in complete disappointment, after my first viewing. It took a couple of years for me to actually want to see it again. The ending of the original novel is so much better than a "gotcha!" style reappearance of the T-Rex, that inadvertently saves the day, for Grant, Sattler and the kids. If Universal and Spielberg are really serious about making another JP film, they would be wise to revisit the original novel and reincorporate some of the better action beats that were jettisoned when writing the first film's script.

  • June 28, 2011, 11:32 a.m. CST

    Also, Jurassic Park was one of my most vivid theater experiences ever

    by ltgalloway

    I must have been 10 or 11 at the time and I hadn't had the opportunity to go see movies in the theater very often. (Sad, I know) My older brother was going to go see it with some friends and my mother forced him to take me along. I still remember the goat scene where the leg falls on the car. It really freaked me out, but the worst was that my brothers friends made fun of me. Despite that I had a really great time at the movies, and it's an experience I'll never forget.

  • The answer to this is Joe "Jumanji" Johnston

  • The JP dinosaurs were (and remain) on the very verge of photo-real. The molten metal man was an obvious effect even when it was new. T2 is great, but the fact that you felt you needed to shit on Jurassic Park to compliment it stands as a testament to your egregiously poor taste and/or argumentation.

  • June 28, 2011, 12:09 p.m. CST


    by Richard

    DinoRiders was awesome. one of my childhood cartoons I'd like to see as a movie. that, and ExoSquad.

  • And some of the editing mistakes

  • June 28, 2011, 12:23 p.m. CST

    Well...another year..

    by openthepodbaydoorshal

    no Indy in Blu... Maybe next year, huh Steven?

  • June 28, 2011, 12:28 p.m. CST


    by Geomancer21

    They knew at the time that real raptors were smaller. Steve wanted to make them bigger to add to the scariness. Both Robert Bakker and Jim Kirkland (paleontologists) recall the story in the books Raptor Red and Star Trek: First Frontier respectively.<BR><BR>Steve called them up and asked if it was possible that raptors could have been bigger, they said there was no evidence but yeah it was possible.<BR><BR>few months later they find the Utahraptor (a raptor as big as the ones in JP1). Bakker calls up Kirkland and says "We found Spielberg's raptors"

  • June 28, 2011, 12:29 p.m. CST

    ltgalloway... Crichton

    by Autodidact

    It's almost all good stuff until the books he wrote once it was established that everything he wrote was liable to become a blockbuster movie. They became really formulaic and I have been unable to even finish most of them starting with AIRFRAME back in 1996... wow it's been almost 15 years since I got turned off from new Crichton.

  • June 28, 2011, 12:32 p.m. CST

    JP3 would have been fine with 2 differences

    by Geomancer21

    add a half hour or so to the movie (at least give some more exposition from grant when they go into the factory) and lose the raptor whistle. The raptors should have just picked up the eggs and left. no need to make it look like they were scared off.

  • I still think JP1 has the best pseudo science in any movie(next to Ghostbusters or maybe The Fly) with the Mr. DNA scene. It makes so much sense how could they not clone dinosaurs? I bet a bunch of scientists after they saw JP were like "fuck, that's a good idea why didn't we think of that? Frog DNA, Mosquitos in amber with Dino blood! Genius!" I even love how after the Mr. DNA cartoon Grant asks "how do you interrupt the cellular mitosis?" which everyone ignores and doesn't answer. The Mr. DNA and raptor birth scene are some of my favorite exposition moments in any film. Spielberg is a master at exposition. When Indiana Jones is explaining the Ark of the Covenant to the government agents while drawing on the chalk board is really well done. Christopher Nolan should pay attention to how exposition is suppose to work(I'm looking at you Inception)

  • June 28, 2011, 12:50 p.m. CST

    JP3 - better than it had any right to be

    by SmokingRobot

    I enjoy it as much as 1, and considerably more than 2. 2 suffered from way too much Jeff Goldblum and 'super kid' syndrome.

  • June 28, 2011, 1:28 p.m. CST

    @ lt weezie ...

    by ccchhhrrriiisssm

    Great review and insight! BTW, get well soon!

  • June 28, 2011, 1:37 p.m. CST



    Indy is rumored for next year. JP and Star Wars are coming out and Lucas and Spielberg dont want to compete with themselves so they are holding back for next year. Don't worry. They're coming. In the meantime you can watch Indy 4 on blu.

  • Keep in mind that movies can make their own rules. Just because something in our non movie realm is unlikely or impossible doesn't mean that's the case in movie world. You must be one of the people that hate Star Wars because there is no sound in Space. Suspenion of disbeleif is a neat little phenomenon you may want to look into. It may help you out the next time you see a movie where Dinosaurs are brought back to life and don't eat every single person in the movie

  • June 28, 2011, 2:51 p.m. CST

    Wow really? The complaints on JP are very weak...

    by Andrew Coleman

    So the kids don't die so it's a bad movie? Well then you must think ALL MOVIES are bad then. If you can't understand suspension of belief you must be a pain in the ass to go to the movies to. Complaining about electric fences and the fact people like the CGI? These are not reasons to dislike the film. I mean really? You want the kids to drown in the mud... Then it would have been good? Some people are serious idiots these days.

  • June 28, 2011, 3:23 p.m. CST

    John Williams' Jurassic Park Score

    by Christo

    Hi. I'm a musician/all-around music nerd. First time poster. Probably the only time I'll ever post. This has probably been shared here already but just in case... Have a listen to John Williams' genious in slow mo.

  • June 28, 2011, 3:24 p.m. CST

    Crichton co-wrote the JP screenplay

    by darthvedder81

    Never understood the bitching about how the book differed from the movie. Of course it did. If you tried to cram all the set-pieces from the novel into a movie it would be 8 hours long. It was smart to let Crichton help write the screenplay as he himself was a filmmaker and knew how to condense the story into a summer action flick without completely sacrificing all of the technological and social commentary aspects of the book. Any word on "Pirate Latitudes"? I know Spielberg had the rights at one point. It's an entertaining read and it would be nice to see a "serious" pirate movie without all the zombie voodoo BS.

  • June 28, 2011, 4:12 p.m. CST

    Welcome to Jurassic Park

    by darthvedder81

    One of my favorite all-time movie moments is right after Attenborough says "Welcome to Jurassic Park", the John Williams score kicks in and we get that nice long-shot of the parasaurolophus drinking drinking from the pond with the sunlight bouncing off the water. It's absolutely real looking and feeling. When was the last time you saw that kind of cinematic poetry in a "special effects" motion picture?

  • June 28, 2011, 4:48 p.m. CST


    by Nasty In The Pasty


  • June 28, 2011, 5:38 p.m. CST

    I'm not going to restore to ad hominem attacks, goldentribe

    by successor

    But go back and actually look at that braichosaur scene without wearing the glasses of nostalgia. It looks fake. Really. It looks like the actors are just standing there and they put the dino in the background and did a few practical effects. Then compare it to shots like the T1000 getting punched in the head. Not to mention the morphing effects, which were ripped off ad infinitum after T2. Or the shot where the T1000 oozes into the helicopter and tells the pilot to get out.

  • June 29, 2011, 12:20 a.m. CST

    Other Dino Movies

    by jinste

    If you folks like the Jurassic Park movies,why dont you check out the movies that inspired them.Ive seen interviews with some of the effects guys,as well as Spielberg himself,and they all admire the dinos in the old Ray Harryhausen movies.One Million Years BC is good,but my personal favourite is The Valley of Gwangi.This has to be seen to be believed-cowboys versus dinosaurs!Whats not to like?I saw this when I was a kid,around 1969,and Ive watched it on DVD many times since.The scene where the cowboys are trying to lasso Gwangi(as the main dino is called)is superb-coz Gwangi aint having it!Theres a great dino-vs-dino battle,the scene where Gwangi gets loose after being captured is awesome,and the final showdown in a huge cathedral is excellent.The stop-motion effects arent bad at all,and most scenes still look pretty good today-not up to modern SFX standards perhaps,but very watchable.There a great making-of feature on the DVD,and some of the JP effects guys are interviewed. Also worth a look-not really featuring dinos though-is The 7th Voyage of Sinbad.This features a giant fire-breathing dragon,amongst other things.The battle between it and a giant cyclops is great.Theres also 20 Million Miles to Earth which features a reptilian creature from outer space called a Ymir,rampaging through Italy and fighting the army.Probably more to your liking would be The Beast From 20,000 Fathoms-about a huge dino that gets freed from the polar ice after a nuclear test,and goes mental in New York.Great stuff. So-plenty of dino action for you to check out folks.The SFX are a bit creaky here and there,but dont let that put you off.Real love went into making these movies,and the likes of Ray Harryhausen inspired many of todays top movie makers.Watch and enjoy!

  • June 29, 2011, 12:58 a.m. CST

    Shoot HER

    by papalovedoug

    funny that my brother and i were talking about HOW AWESOME JP would be in bluray only about 1 day before this post. definately A BUY!

  • June 29, 2011, 10:44 a.m. CST

    no worries Ndally

    by Rebel Scumb

    I'm just glad that someone else noticed that. From what I understand Spielberg abandoned both JP and TLW in postproduction to do schindlers list and amistad Oh amistad. The greatest opening 5 minutes of a movie ever, followed by one of the worst 3 hours of movie I've ever sat through. I loath when Spielberg pillages historical tragedies and then disgustingly puts his own medicinal spin on them.

  • June 29, 2011, 10:46 a.m. CST

    This entire Talkback has convinced me to read SPHERE

    by Rebel Scumb

    I've never read any of his books, but I actually thought the sphere movie was pretty good, but based on the talk about how great the book was then I think I definitely need to check it out

  • Still holds up and is as plausible today as it ever was.

  • June 29, 2011, 11:10 p.m. CST

    Never a fan of these

    by proevad

    God, seems like I've been shitting on everything lately. Not intentional. You guys just keep posting about meh movies. Spielberg is a god to me, but JP isn't even a minor miracle. The Lost World is even worse--don't even know who directed the last one and don't care.

  • the less said about the 3rd JP the better

  • June 30, 2011, 5:39 p.m. CST

    Maybe Michael Bay should make a TUROK movie.

    by JDanielP

    If the price is right on this JURASSIC PARK set, I'll be picking it up. It would be great to share that with my young son. --And that sculpted T-Rex looks awesome.

  • June 30, 2011, 5:44 p.m. CST

    TUROK: DINOSAUR HUNTER ...the classic Nintendo 64 game ROCKED.

    by JDanielP

    Back in the day, it was loads of fun. --Originally a comic book, right? Could make a great flick.