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Ahoy, squirts! Quint here with today’s Behind the Scenes Pic!

I’ve spoken at length about how Jurassic Park assaulted the 12 year old me when I saw it opening weekend so I won’t go on too much about it, but I will say assaulted is a highly accurate word. I felt dazed after seeing the movie, maybe even a little high. You all know that feeling I’m talking about, the natural high a great movie can bring out in you.

Jurassic Park hit me at just the right age and has some of Spielberg’s most masterful set pieces, most notably the T-Rex attack scene. Watching the movie again last night at the Alamo Drafthouse (with the great Phil Tippett in attendance, no less) only affirmed just how amazing that sequence is, even 18 years later. The animation on that Rex, the combination of digital and practical dinosaurs, still blows my mind. There’s a shot of the T-Rex chasing down Ian Malcolm after he lights his flare that I genuinely believe is real. My sane mind knows better, but goddamnit when I saw it last night the only thing my mind could tell me was that Jeff Goldblum was being chased by a T-Rex… not a digital creature, not a puppet… but a fuckin’ Tyrannosaurus Rex.

I sadly have a shortage of great Jurassic Park behind the scenes images (I will hopefully fix this in the very near future as I stumbled across a very tiny, but sweet image of them filming the Rex with its foot on the car atop the screaming kids and have made it my mission to find that image in high quality), but I did dig this shot of Steven Spielberg and Sam Neill talking on the set. It looks to be the moments around Grant seeing the Brachiosaurus for the first time.

It’s not as exciting as an effects image, but I’ll make up for that if I can track down that above-mentioned awesome image. Click to embiggen!



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Tomorrow’s behind the scenes pic returns to some familiar territory.

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  • Sept. 1, 2011, 6:27 p.m. CST


    by Phil

  • Sept. 1, 2011, 6:29 p.m. CST

    Man I know thats childish

    by Phil

    but there is certainly a satifaction in doing it!. For me Jurassic Park suffered from being built up to unreasonbale expectations by the hype around it. That said- it was a very enjoyable movie- and I loved being able to share it with my kids many years later- perfect mix of practicle and CGI... god I hate CGI, but used deftly, so it doesn't overtake the other elments in the movie, its just magic.

  • Sept. 1, 2011, 6:30 p.m. CST

    by catparade

    its goddamned Jurassic Park and all you have to say is "first"? SHOW SOME RESPECT, MISTER.

  • Sept. 1, 2011, 6:35 p.m. CST


    by Kevin

    Again thanks,great stuff.A Great film.

  • Sept. 1, 2011, 6:36 p.m. CST

    A JP BTS for Quint (though lo-res)

    by justmyluck

    Love this: Also some before-and-after of the T-Rex: other b&a:

  • but damn I want that Jeep.

  • Sept. 1, 2011, 6:39 p.m. CST

    Book was better

    by darkslab

    hate to say it, but I read the book first, and it ended up ruining the movie for me. the book is 1000x better (and I know, I know, two different mediums, so its going to be different) but there were some exciting scenes and exposition that was far better then many of the scenes found in the film. I'm sure there were sacrifices too, because the tech was new, but the characters were far more interesting in the novel, especially Malcolm.

  • Sept. 1, 2011, 6:40 p.m. CST

    Is Sam Neill showing Spielberg

    by SenatorJeffersonSmith

    how to do the Jedi Mind Trick?

  • Sept. 1, 2011, 6:42 p.m. CST

    At least we can take comfort in knowing....

    by theDORK

    ...George can't release an updated Jurassic Park blu-ray with the T-Rex yelling "Noooooooo!"

  • Sept. 1, 2011, 6:42 p.m. CST

    @ Catparade

    by Phil

    Man I agree- but I didn't want anyone to get in before me lol! I followed it up with my thoughts.

  • Sept. 1, 2011, 6:44 p.m. CST


    by CountryBoy


  • Sept. 1, 2011, 6:44 p.m. CST

    You know, that T-Rex scene . . .

    by Nick

    made me feel the same way, Quint. That scene really made me believe that dinosaurs were real and Donner's Superman made me believe that a man could fly. That's the sign of superb filmmaking and cinematography.

  • And the rich old guy is all "I really hate that man." My favorite scene in the series.

  • One, two..." BZZZZZZT! "....three.

  • Sept. 1, 2011, 6:47 p.m. CST

    Ed O'Neil gets his own HW star

    by KilliK It was about fucking time.

  • Sept. 1, 2011, 6:51 p.m. CST


    by sweeneydave

    I did the same thing. I read the book first. In the end, everything felt not quite as epic when I saw the movie. Plus, people (like Dr. Malcolm and the old guy who runs the place). And I think they combined two characters into Sam Jackson. And there were great moments like the T-Rex waterfall scene in part 2 and the Pteradactl aviary in part 3 that were such amazing moments but they saved them for crappier movies. Ah well. I guess that's what we have the book for, huh?

  • Sept. 1, 2011, 6:51 p.m. CST

    Kevin Smith vows to not direct films (once again)

    by Bobo_Vision

  • I've got needs

  • Sept. 1, 2011, 6:54 p.m. CST

    Not any time soon, _nerfee_

    by Bobo_Vision

    Next uo....Tin Tin and War Horse.

  • Sept. 1, 2011, 7:03 p.m. CST

    See this Spielberg? That just one of my testicals.

    by Crooooooow

  • Sept. 1, 2011, 7:11 p.m. CST


    by darkslab

    Yes. I've started, ever since that day 18 years ago, to not read the books beforehand since they tend to be so much better then anything committed to film. It was also weird seeing the encounters from the first book, split up into 3 different films. And the gimping of Malcolms character, who had wonderful insights in the book was a major disappointment. Is dumbed down the right word? I don't know, but many of the characters were wishy-washy compared to the development found in Chritons (spelling??) book.

  • Sept. 1, 2011, 7:28 p.m. CST

    I dont like JP1,i find it very overrated.

    by KilliK

    It has its moments and i understand why its VFXs were considered ground-breaking when it was released,but that movie doesnt do anything to me and i consider it as one of SS's weakest ones.

  • Sept. 1, 2011, 7:30 p.m. CST

    first time I heard of this

    by Shakes

    Ohh 1993. I was an 11 year old kid watching primetime tv when I saw the first commercial for this. And up until that moment I had no inkling this even existed. No online trailers or leaked production stills. Absolutely blew me away. <br> The only thing I could possibly equate it to was mine and my stepbrothers shock and excitement at seeing our first commercial for the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles live action movie one Saturday afternoon on Nickelodeon, which confirmed the rumors amongst our classmates that a live action movie of that property was in fact happening.

  • But Joe Johnston gave us Captain America, so all is forgiven.

  • Sept. 1, 2011, 7:34 p.m. CST

    Probably my first vivid movie experience

    by ltgalloway

    I think I was about 10 at the time and my older brother was forced to let me tag along with him and his friends. When that goat leg hit the sun roof I about wet myself, and was made fun of for being a baby. All that aside it's still to this day one of the stand out memorable movie experiences I've ever had, from start to finish.

  • Sept. 1, 2011, 7:36 p.m. CST

    Book vs. Movie

    by HornedGramma

    Crichton was a hack. Nearly all of his books - Jurassic Park in particular - get so bogged down in technical/scientific details that it becomes tedious. Anymore, Spielberg is a hack as well, I suppose. I'm not holding out for anything half as good as Jurassic Park was from him ever again.

  • Sept. 1, 2011, 7:42 p.m. CST

    Jurassic Park

    by ZooTrain

    I saw this in the theater when I was 17, a week away from graduating high school. To this day, the original Jurassic Park is the most fun I've ever had watching a movie in the theater. We saw it on the Thursday before the official release in a crowd full of people who didn't know what the fuck to expect. It was like a spectator sport. To this day, I still get chills during the brachiosaurus sequence, and whenever I hear the music, I'm immediately taken back to summer 1993. Pure movie magic.

  • Sept. 1, 2011, 7:47 p.m. CST

    'Bogged down in technical details'?

    by bah

    That's why it's called "SCIENCE fiction" -- the real thing, not light sabers and Wookiees.

  • Sept. 1, 2011, 7:51 p.m. CST

    I'm with homedgrandma

    by Shakes

    I've read a couple of Crichton's books and they just get so bogged down in technical details. And its not even the science behind the general plot. I remember the waterfall scene from Jurassic Park, where the T-Rex's tongue is searching over the characters, and I just thought to myself, "how fucking long is this things tongue that it can run it over people behind a waterfall, but can't just reach out and bite them?" His books are just full of details like that, that are well written, but don't hold up at all if one tries to visualize it.

  • Sept. 1, 2011, 8:09 p.m. CST

    I briefly met Sam Neill a couple of years ago at TIFF

    by Rebel Scumb

    at a Michael Caine Q&A. He just sat in with the audience just so HE could ask Michael Caine for advice about acting when they opened up the floor to questions. Michael Caine squinted across the room and so 'hey! It's Sam Neill!'

  • Sept. 1, 2011, 8:17 p.m. CST

    @thedork-Wouldve been funnier with the new Krayt dragon noise

    by butterbean

    The T-Rex going "Wwwoooooooo!" Yeesh. Also @rebel Scumb-THATS a great moment! Lucky.

  • Sept. 1, 2011, 8:37 p.m. CST

    Jurassic Park was the first movie that...

    by D.Vader

    ... Really showed me how important a good screen and good sound system can be. I was only 12, and I saw the movie 3 and a half times while it was out in theaters (then a record, later beaten by TPM and then LOTR: FOTR). I had read the book in 4th grade and since I wanted to be a paleontologist at the time (or an animator for Disney), it quickly became my favorite book. I remember waiting at the day care for my dad to pick me up so we could go to the theater. There was a line around the building, but luckily my dad had bought tickets before hand. This was also the first time I learned how important that trick would be for future blockbusters. We saw in the very front row of a sold out theater room, but man was that first screening AMAZING. I became a bit of a theater snob after that, desiring to sit in the middle of the best theaters with the best sound. Before that, I didn't care. And I don't mean the experience was bad and so I now wanted better. I just mean my eyes were opened. I used to imagine seeing dinosaurs when I looked out the windows of my school and into the surrounding trees. I'd imagine them in the fields we drove past on road trips to the beach. Jurassic Park sparked my imagination and it will forever be one of the most important movies in my cinematic life.

  • Sept. 1, 2011, 8:42 p.m. CST

    I saw this 3-4 times in the theater back in 1993

    by lv_426

    Still, to this day, one of the all time great movie theater experiences I've ever had. On my third viewing in the theater, in a dive of a movie house, when the T-Rex started rampaging, the sound and fury of it all made one of the obnoxious fat asses that was talking through the whole movie spasm and break the backrest of the theater seat they sitting in. Fucking hilarious and always a fond memory of an annoying theater-talker getting some karmic backslapping from Stan Winston's and ILM's dino effects. I also got to go on the Jurassic Park ride at Universal Studios a little over a decade ago. I know what Quint is saying when he says you know the T-Rex is a special effect, but your mind just can't fathom that because it looks and acts so damn real. The T-Rex on the ride has this same effect. Just great animatronics plus lighting, atmospherics, and sound design... both in the film and the ride. George Lucas can suck it, cause I'll be buying the Jurassic Park Blu-ray set instead of his digitally molested Star Wars money grab.

  • Sept. 1, 2011, 8:46 p.m. CST

    The Brachiosaurus reveal scene changed film forever.

    by FluffyUnbound

    Imagine if Spielberg had shit the bed with the CGI in this film instead of hitting a fucking grand slam (as he unquestionably did). It might have set the entire use of the technology back a decade. "Oh, audiences won't accept those computer-generated images," they would have said, if Spielberg had failed. Instead they all said, "Make me a movie just like this one right fucking now!" Sam Neill as a paleontologist getting to see a brachiosaurus even though that's impossible and Kevin Costner asking his dad if he wants to play catch are two scenes that will bring tears to my eyes for the rest of my life no matter how many times I see them.

  • It looks so damned real. You know what else looks so damn real (and is also a favorite shot of mine)? The shot where the Rex first roars at Grant after he's lit his flare. The Rex has this look of pure rage in his eyes as he widens his jaws to bellow at the poor guy. And Grant's reaction is the same I had in the theater and every time I see it- pure terror. And what's even better is that the Rex is CGI in one shot, practical in the other, and you can't tell a damn difference. Amazing.

  • Sept. 1, 2011, 8:47 p.m. CST

    You know actors and anyone can pay to have a STAR on HW, right?

    by Pixelsmack

    It's true.

  • Sept. 1, 2011, 8:49 p.m. CST

    Ooooh, a dolly track!

    by D.Vader

    And one that runs almost parallel to the jeep, hmmm, what could it be... You're right, I think this could be the shot where Grant turns to see the Brachiosaur and takes his sunglasses off.

  • Sept. 1, 2011, 9:16 p.m. CST

    Wow, shakes just reminded me. Remember when movies were rumors?

    by D.Vader

    Remember when you really didn't know if a movie was being made? But someone heard someone say they read something in the editorial of a comic book once that said the movie *was* being made? Or remember when you had NO idea a movie trailer was coming out for a movie you never realized was being made until you actually saw the preview in the theater? That was T2 for me. My 8 or 9 year old self, nor my father, had any idea that was coming out. And I'll forever remember the teaser with the factory machines pressing out metal, making something, until at the end you realize its the T-100 endoskeleton and then holy shit, they're making a sequel to Terminator! I wish we still had moments like that. Only way to do that now, as a movie fan, is to stop reading movie news. And that's damn near impossible.

  • Sept. 1, 2011, 9:17 p.m. CST

    Sam Neill in the audience to see Michael Caine

    by D.Vader

    Holy shit that's so bizarro-fucking-awesome it blows my mind. How rad would that have been!

  • Sept. 1, 2011, 9:17 p.m. CST

    I saw JP a total of SEVEN times in theaters, which is a record for me

    by Nasty In The Pasty

    I think I saw Lion King a similar amount of times, but maybe it was only six. That's something that you rarely see in today's "Pump & Dump" release strategy, where a movie makes 50% of it's total box office take in its opening weekend and is leaving multiplexes (except for a lone 9:20 PM showing) a month later. How many films of the last decade inspired you to see it even TWICE in theaters, let alone three or more times? As for JP, I turned 19 virtually the week the film came out, so this was really the last great blockbuster I saw turning my teens, and now I find it sadly rueful. Eighteen years later, and I find myself missing the Steven Speilberg who was still invested in "popcorn" summer blockbusters (he's made many great films since then, but not so much in the "fun" vein. Witness the lackluster, check-cashing Lost World and Indy 4), who didn't use Janusz Kaminski's color-drained, blown-out backlighting in every fucking movie, who tickled a genuine sense of AWE. I remember how MIRACULOUS the CGI dinos were in '93, perhaps the last time I ever saw something I truly had never seen before in a theater (Toy Story two years later had a similar effect). I can't wait to see it again on Blu-Ray and revisit the last blockbuster of my adolescence.

  • Sept. 1, 2011, 9:19 p.m. CST

    "They're moving in herds. They DO move in herds."

    by Nasty In The Pasty

  • Sept. 1, 2011, 9:22 p.m. CST

    A good movie but not great

    by proevad

    Only saw it once. I remember thinking most of the characters were really thin--which surprised me cuz most Spielberg adventure films up until then had been filled with great characters. Remember Goldblum was cool and the dinos were rather awesome. I recall most of the first half of it--but absolutely no memories of the middle and ending. The sequel is the only Spielberg film that I've never seen a frame of, and I guess I never will--because Spielberg said he didn't want to direct it--why should I bother watching it?

  • Sept. 1, 2011, 9:28 p.m. CST

    Why should you bother watching The Lost World, provead?

    by D.Vader

    Well for one, Spielberg actually seems to be having fun with it, unconcerned with small things like realism. I'm being just a bit facetious, *but*, TLW is *FULL* of fantastic camera work. Lots of very cool shots, and that's what I mean by its Spielberg having fun. The trailer-cliff scene is *very* Hitchcockian, and he's got one long tracking shot following the action, going through and around different parts of the set, that is very cool to see. Jurassic Park is a triumph, and while TLW may have been a disappointment for many, the camerawork in that film is more creative and more fun than what we saw in the previous flick. Lots of good stuff there.

  • Sept. 1, 2011, 9:30 p.m. CST

    JP suffers from post 70s/80s Spielberg...

    by Billy_D_Williams

    When he became more interested in set pieces and individual scenes than the whole narrative, causing the film as a whole to can tell from about JP on...especially in Pvt. Ryan...Spielberg started storyboarding his favorite scenes from the book before there was even a script, so you could tell he wasn't focused on the whole narrative, and since he has such control of his scripts, the movies just aren't as good as his late 70s/early 80s stuff.

  • Sept. 1, 2011, 9:31 p.m. CST

    Very similar experience to Quint...

    by GoDFaDDa42

    I must be within a few months of the same age as Quint. My father took me out of school early on the last day of seventh grade, as a surprise, to go to the very first showing in our area for Jurassic Park. I was already a huge Crichton fan, and very into special effects (remember the TV specials they used to air about the making of Star Wars or Jim Henson SFX?). The film was absolutely astonishing to me - the dinosaurs sailed past the uncanny valley and were absolutely real. I would insist that any director or FX lead on a movie I produced would be able to explain why Jurassic Park looked and felt more real than Avatar or, for that matter, Jurassic Park 3. It was real spectacle, in a way that the manufactured spectacle of the recent King Kong and Avatar movies failed to be.

  • Sept. 1, 2011, 9:43 p.m. CST

    Still one of the greatest summer event movies of all time.


    Excitement for this was off the chart!

  • Sept. 1, 2011, 9:45 p.m. CST

    That's a pretty rickety looking dolly track

    by Bobo_Vision

  • Sept. 1, 2011, 9:52 p.m. CST

    rebel scumb

    by PedroM

    that's one awesome fantastic story of yours I had read in another talkback. As for Jurassic Park, I was about 9 years old and my experience with it are much like everyone else's here. One word to sum it up is definitely "magic", the kind of magic thats gone from movies nowadays.

  • Sept. 1, 2011, 9:56 p.m. CST

    Maybe it looks rickety...

    by D.Vader

    But I guarantee you that thing is spot-fucking-on when it comes to being level out there on a hilly Hawaiian field.

  • Sept. 1, 2011, 9:58 p.m. CST

    The only thing about revisiting Jurassic Park I'm kind of dreading...

    by Nasty In The Pasty imagining a Smoke Monster is going to pop out and engulf the T-Rex due to the Hawaiian location shooting.

  • Sept. 1, 2011, 10 p.m. CST

    Hurley could play Dennis Nedry

    by Nasty In The Pasty

    Kate as Dr. Sattler, Sawyer as Muldoon, Jack as Dr. Grant...anyone else want a crack at JP/Lost casting?

  • Sept. 1, 2011, 10 p.m. CST

    Charlie as Ian Malcolm

    by Nasty In The Pasty

  • Sept. 1, 2011, 10:03 p.m. CST

    Assaulted IS the right word.

    by gotilk

    I recall being completely stunned at what they pulled off back then. Great shot!

  • Sept. 1, 2011, 10:04 p.m. CST

    Saw JP in a packed theatre in Detroit...

    by DickBallsworth

    The "kids under glass" scene with the T-Rex had grown ass adults SCREAMING in the theatre. And it was awesome.

  • In that scene, we have the Rex in rain, but not only does he go after Ian, causing the water in the ground to splash up...but he actually brushes/rocks the Ford Explorer! THAT's one of the great little details that made that scene work. I remember when the Rex was maybe 3-5 ft away from him, gripping the armrests of the theater seat and feeling a little shaky. I had the same feeling when the T-Rex first came out of the enclosure. I always love that 3-step stride before he lowers his head and roars.

  • Sept. 1, 2011, 10:22 p.m. CST

    What's wrong with imagining the Smoke Monster, nasty?

    by D.Vader

    Hell, I'd like to believe there ARE dinosaurs there on LOST Island too. Hehehe, man I remember the jokes about Season 5 where my friend and I hoped we'd be introduced to Jin riding a Velociraptor when the gang finds him.

  • Sept. 1, 2011, 10:26 p.m. CST

    Does that make Ben the lead Velociraptor?

    by D.Vader

    And Michael is Mr. Ray Arnold. That's for sure.

  • fghhg

  • Sept. 1, 2011, 10:43 p.m. CST

    The "Beard

    by ryderdvs

  • Sept. 1, 2011, 10:43 p.m. CST

    The "Beard

    by ryderdvs

  • Sept. 1, 2011, 10:45 p.m. CST

    The "Beard" and would be Bond...

    by ryderdvs

    Third time's a charm. I liked Dalton, but Brosnan was just awful.

  • Sept. 1, 2011, 10:45 p.m. CST

    I just rewatched some of that T-Rex attack scene on Hulu

    by D.Vader

    And Jeebus Christ-o, its still incredible.

  • Sept. 1, 2011, 10:50 p.m. CST

    When Dinosaurs Ruled The Earth

    by Essemtee

    That last scene where the T-Rex annihilated those two bullying raptors, then roars one last time as the banner When Dinosaurs Ruled The Earth' flutters down into a heap... chills!!

  • Sept. 1, 2011, 10:50 p.m. CST

    I was only 8 when this came out...

    by GravyAkira

    and this still stands as my all-time greatest moviegoing experience ever! Exciting and scary as hell. I have never been as thrilled in the theater since, and I still give this movie main credit for sparking my interest in film. This movie is carved into my childhood. Great picture!!!

  • Sept. 1, 2011, 10:58 p.m. CST

    Remember seeing it in '93

    by Blanket-Man

    And thinking "Wow, now film-makers can really put ANYTHING they can imagine on the screen!" It was eye-opening.

  • Sept. 1, 2011, 10:59 p.m. CST

    I went in and saw JP cold when i was 17

    by vin_diggler

    I thought I was in for another Land Before Time film. I was completely wrong. The whole T-Rex escape scene blew my mind. I remember vividly thinking that the kids were going to die. Looking back it's kinda funny, Speilberg would never allow a child to die such a horrific death on film. But when the mud started seeping through the car windows, I gave up on the chances of the kids surviving. I think that is the only time I actually clutched the arms of my theater chair.

  • Sept. 1, 2011, 11:03 p.m. CST

    Muldoon prequel

    by HamburgerEarmuffs

    Michael Fassbender as young Muldoon being a badass in Kenya.

  • Sept. 1, 2011, 11:12 p.m. CST

    "Dodson, *Dodson*, WE GOT DODSON HERE...!"

    by Nasty In The Pasty

    Nice hat. Who are you supposed to be, a secret agent?

  • Sept. 1, 2011, 11:13 p.m. CST

    "Hold onto your butts..."

    by Nasty In The Pasty

  • Sept. 1, 2011, 11:15 p.m. CST

    Jin could be that Asian doctor during the "velociraptor hatchling" sequence

    by Nasty In The Pasty

    And Ben DOES have those buggy Raptor eyes...

  • Sept. 1, 2011, 11:17 p.m. CST

    The great thing about the T-Rex scene is that it's SO intense...

    by Nasty In The Pasty's not even until the second or third viewing that you realize the impossible geography of the sequence. How the Rex walks out onto the road, then pushes one of the jeeps over a CLIFF that was exactly where he walked onto the road! It's a HUGE continuity blunder, but you just don't fucking NOTICE or care.

  • Sept. 1, 2011, 11:30 p.m. CST

    Aww come on CTM

    by D.Vader

    You're ruining the great mood here! Can't we have another Transformers TB so we can laugh at your impressive insult assault against Don Murphy?

  • Sept. 1, 2011, 11:32 p.m. CST

    Uhhhh, no, Nasty in the Pasty

    by D.Vader

    It was until like the 10th viewing that I realized how weird the geography was. But in my mind, I've rationalized it all. As well as the vehicles getting back on the same track going in the opposite direction without any drivers...

  • Sept. 1, 2011, 11:42 p.m. CST

    using the term "overrated" is overrated!

    by vin_diggler

    Sorry creepy thin ...whatever, your weak attempt at trashing this film is a waste of time. What the hell does comparing your age to Quints age at the time of viewing the film have anything to do with the film itself? I love how you capitalize the word "zero" like we would have missed it if you didn't point it out to us. I could go on and on.

  • Sept. 1, 2011, 11:52 p.m. CST

    No, no, noooooooo

    by D.Vader

    The goat cage exists right *next* to a cliff. The reason being that the cliff allows InGen and Jurassic Park workers to construct the necessary tunnels that allow for employees to take a goat to an elevator just underneath the T-Rex paddock and send it above-ground as bait. Now, it may seem the Rex pushed the jeep over the edge of the concrete wall where itself stepped over to escape, but that's not true. In fact, the edge is very close to where the Rex got out, but its not *right* there. AND that cliff was partially man-made too, to accommodate the water-runoff and the underground goat tunnels. So it all makes sense. They knew the Rex wouldn't be stupid enough to step too close and slip and fall.

  • Sept. 1, 2011, 11:56 p.m. CST

    And CTM, I also thought maybe there were two embankments

    by D.Vader

    But, I don't blame Spielberg entirely. That may have been incredibly difficult to try and attempt. Something may have gotten in the way- money is my guess- that would have prevented them from staging a major animatronic and CGI set piece at two different locations (instead of one), pretending it was one place.

  • It's a good question. Oh, and to paraphrase Roy Batty, 'I want more DINOSAURS, FUCKER'.

  • Sept. 2, 2011, 12:03 a.m. CST


    by vin_diggler

    Now I am convinced! Oh yea, lets throw in the crowd pleasers like Raiders and Empire to show I know what a good movie is. What ever, go troll somewhere else Thinman, we've heard your desperate attempts by better trolls than you.

  • Sept. 2, 2011, 12:21 a.m. CST

    Here we are, 18 years after Jurassic Park...

    by tritium

    I ask all you cinefiles, is there a better example to date of the perfect synthesis and marriage of practical effects and CGI ?? Damn, the T-Rex CGI shots still hold up, and frankly, look better then almost anything I have seen, even in the past 3 years. Same goes for the Velociraptor scenes in the kitchen (again, a perfect blend of CGI and practical). My favorite scene is the shot of the Velociraptor;s face, with the reflection of the computer screen reading off the DNA base-pair codons on it's skin. Simply amazing. And yes, I realize the high esteem everyone has for AVATAR's CGI...but it still looks more like a cartoon to me, versus the totally realistic, CGI shots of the JP dinos (in both JP 1 and 2). ILM really gave them a feeling of weight, solidity, dynamics, and the sense of real flesh and blood physiology and biomechanics.

  • Sept. 2, 2011, 12:31 a.m. CST

    well there's your problem Thinman

    by vin_diggler

    why are you comparing JP to Jaws? Spielberg lucked out and turned lemons into lemonade when he made Jaws. So now he is obligated to top Jaws with every film he makes afterword? That is completely unreasonable. Besides, he hated jaws, it was the worst experience he ever had making a film. He appreciates it now but the film he had planned on making just wasn't working out. In fact, if Speilberg had been able to make Jaws the way he planned it probably would not have been as successfull. In the end it was pure luck that Jaws became the hit that it was. Jurrasic Park, on the other hand, is exactly what steven wanted and he is very proud of it.

  • Sept. 2, 2011, 12:32 a.m. CST

    CTM, do you say the same for Star Wars?

    by D.Vader

  • Sept. 2, 2011, 12:42 a.m. CST

    Spielberg looks 1992-tastic!

    by Darth_Inedible

    Nothing says 1992 like light-blue Levis and dirty white Nikes!

  • Sept. 2, 2011, 12:56 a.m. CST

    I've been waiting for this!

    by Lefty Lefterson

    I had a feeling that a JP photo would show up on the BTS eventually. I've been waiting for it. I was 13 when this came out, and this instantly became my favorite movie, and it still is to this day. Loving the love being shown towards JP here. This was absolutely the most intense theater-going experience I've ever had. Nothing has ever terrified me more in the theater than that first T-rex scene - sitting there with a pounding heart, breath held, eyes unblinking, and my hands grasping the armrests tight - absolutely amazing. I saw it with my dad that first time, and then, I went back with him, my mom, and my sister, and being able to watch THEM see all of that for the first time - that created a second awesome experience. Long live Jurassic Park.

  • I remember reading about both the CG dinos and Spielberg's premiere of DTS sound before JP's release, so I went opening matinee with a film buff friend and we were both blown away by the the CG dinos, surround sound and bass response. I think I dragged another friend to it the next week. Back then, DTS was just optical time-code on the filmstrip which synced to a CD that contained the multi-channel sound, but it really delivered the goods. Lit by 'daylight' the digital dinos looked (an still look) somewhat soft, but overall we knew JP was a total animation game-changer (like T2 before it). It's too bad Spielberg went self-referential on the 'ride' aspect of JP (down to the marketing logo being branded in the film itself), because there's really not much there besides the dino reveals and attacks. Remember when SS parodied the JAWS ride at Universal Studios for Trey Parker and Matt Stone's YOUR STUDIO AND YOU? JP still has that atmosphere and, while I have JP and LOST WORLD on DVD, I've perhaps watched each once in, oh, 10 years. Likewise, John Williams' main theme was strong, but over the years it's grown treacly. The T-Rex attack still holds up as a massively tense set-piece - where SS turns the screws and just doesn't let go - of course THAT remains a killer scene. So, SS, ILM, Stan Winston, Tippet Studios, Steve 'Spaz' Williams (what happened to him after ranch ban?), Crash McCreery & Gary Rydstrom: thank you for JP and all the filmmaking advances it ushered in!

  • scene. I know it's not real but if I just let my mind go with the movie I believe that it's real. I really start thinking I am looking at a live dinosaur; amazing. When I see effects in films I have this unfortunate habit of looking for something that shows it's an effect. If I don't see one I then think it is a good effect, if I see something then I think it is not so good. Watching that scene 1) I was into it but 2) At times I couldn't see anything to take me out of the scene by showing it is an effect and that's years after it was released. Impressive.

  • Sept. 2, 2011, 1:15 a.m. CST

    Empire Strikes Back. Terminator 2. Jurassic Park.

    by Happyfat73

    These three groundbreaking films (FX-wise) blew my mind right out of my fucking head. My mind has never been blown like that since.</p> </p> I wonder how much of that is to do with my own age, how much with the milestones these films actually represented, and how much can be attributed to the fact that the ubiquity of the internet means nothing ever comes as a surprise any more.</p> </p> God, what I wouldn't give to again experience the thrills like the ones those film offered.

  • Sept. 2, 2011, 1:27 a.m. CST

    Actually... add The Matrix to that list^^^ .

    by Happyfat73

    i think The Matrix represents the last time I was so genuinely and completely surprised and awed by an effects-laden blockbuster.

  • Sept. 2, 2011, 2:45 a.m. CST

    Jurassic sucks

    by Lourdes Galan

    Honestly: the film is absolutey awful, except for the F/X.

  • Sept. 2, 2011, 4:02 a.m. CST

    @creepythinman_return well said

    by KilliK

  • Sept. 2, 2011, 4:47 a.m. CST


    by brightgeist


  • Sept. 2, 2011, 4:47 a.m. CST

    The book wasn't better...

    by Ciderman

    ...just different. The adaptation of the novel into the movie was perfect, in transition it gained the power of the big screen and the talent of Spielberg, Winston and the rest. It lost, perhaps, the depth of the novel and certainly the darker elements, that went a long way to making The Lost World novel an even greater divergence from it's big screen brethren. But the Jurassic Park book is an excellent novel, and a great companion to anyone who loves the film, it extends the wonder to be had in the park, the fun to be had with those characters.

  • Sept. 2, 2011, 4:48 a.m. CST

    great, i just posted my nickname and password...

    by brightgeist

    because i'm so trained to put in login and password here, because the site never remembers me... just today it did :D that wasn't very "bright" lol

  • Sept. 2, 2011, 4:49 a.m. CST

    so everyone go ahead...

    by brightgeist

    and post shit under my name :D

  • Sept. 2, 2011, 4:54 a.m. CST

    alright, changed my password...

    by brightgeist

    no what i was actually going to say... <br> what always confused me about the geography of the T-Rex attack scene: <br> at first, there's the goat, which is clearly standing there in a piece of forest right behind the fence... and minutes later, when the T-Rex pushes the car over the edge, we see that there's just a huge wall there, stretching left and right, and not really any forest that the goat could have stood in <br> or am i seeing this wrong?

  • Sept. 2, 2011, 5:23 a.m. CST

    JP not as great as it could have been

    by paulloch

    Spielberg was thinking about Schindler's list almost during the entire production. He said it on the charlie rose show. But on Schindler's he wasn't thinking about the next film. Which is why his films are uneven recently. When he's 100 percent focused he produces masterpieces, like no one else. (Jaws, Duel, Close Encounters, Schindler, Raiders) But when he's distracted by other projects, though he can still make great entertainment in his sleep, it just doesn't quite make the home run.

  • Sept. 2, 2011, 5:28 a.m. CST

    I saw JP twice opening day

    by disfigurehead

    The T-Rex attack scene blew me away. The book is still better but there is only so much that can be put in.

  • Sept. 2, 2011, 5:29 a.m. CST

    JP teaser trailer memory

    by Lao_Che_Air_Freight

    Uptown Theatre - Wash DC, I forget what movie it premiered at, but I remember they handed out warnings beforehand that in-theatre mounted strobe lights were going to be used. I recall in the book Hammond is real dick - I always wanted them to do his death scene with the compys on screen but I think the closest they came to it was Stromare's death scene in TLW. Favorite JP moments: Sam Neil's patented Indiana Jones smirk after tieing the seat belts together.. Goldblum's wry laughing in chopper.. Fumbling the glasses off their faces at the first dino reveal.. Dodgson, we've got Dodgson here.. ..any actual dinsoaurs on your dinosaur tour.. Ah, ah, ah you didn't say the magic word.. I - I'll tell you what the problem is... The Williams score during Nedry's heist.. Trex attack of course.. I'm fairly alarmed here... Objects in mirror.. Raptor breath on the kitchen door portal.. ..when they all turn towards the camera at the top of the scaffolding.. When Dinosaurs Ruled the Earth..

  • That was DTS-sync'd as well.

  • Sept. 2, 2011, 6:24 a.m. CST

    Jurassic Park doesn't require 'characterization'

    by FluffyUnbound

    Precisely because the characters are so well conceived. Sit there and tell me Richard Attenborough doesn't play a perfectly realized character. You already acknowledge the strength of the mathematician character. You know why Sam Neill's character doesn't require greater characterization? Because WALKING IN THE DAMN DOOR, I could already appreciate how a paleontologist would feel in his situation. Neill is a proxy for every kid who grew up developing savant-level knowledge about dinosaurs but knew they could never see one. He requires about as much characterization to effectively perform his screen function as the kids or parents in MARY fucking POPPINS. Complaining about a lack of characterization in JURASSIC PARK is like complaining about a lack of characterization in THE LONGEST DAY. The star of the film is the situation, not the characters.

  • Sept. 2, 2011, 6:27 a.m. CST

    And I was already an adult in 93.

    by FluffyUnbound

    So this is not a matter of nostalgia for a movie I saw as a child for me. It's not a perfect film (the pacing is thrown off by the seque to the laboratory exposition sequence, and it never quite snaps back fully) but not for the silly reasons CTM is giving.

  • Sept. 2, 2011, 6:29 a.m. CST

    The movie never tops the T.Rex scene

    by sapno_krei

    I agree it's one of SS's best scenes. Too bad the remainder of the movie is unable to measure up to the same awesomeness. Heck, the entire beginning of the movie leading up to the Rex is great.

  • Sept. 2, 2011, 6:57 a.m. CST

    narc: you and your kids are fucking morons.

    by UltraTron

    Well there was satisfaction in telling you that for sure.

  • Then.. They showed you magic unlike anything ever seen. Magic that changed the world of cinema and gave retarded people cg to bitch about.

  • Sept. 2, 2011, 7:36 a.m. CST

    Was it LW with the strobes? I thought it was JP..

    by Lao_Che_Air_Freight

    I could be wrong though...jungle and rain and the water ripple effect and a big dino footprint I think was what I remember..that may have been the LW trailer, I'll have to check youtube..

  • Sept. 2, 2011, 8:44 a.m. CST

    THE ROCKETEER on blu on 12/13


  • Sept. 2, 2011, 9:44 a.m. CST


    by dengreg31

    wow, how is it that you are just so utterly and completely wrong about something?

  • Sept. 2, 2011, 10:22 a.m. CST

    Again with the all caps Thinman?

    by vin_diggler

    Just because you scream dosen't make your comments any more true. you are all over the map with this one. So you bring George Lucas into the equation now? What the hell does Lucas have to do with JP? He never made a Godfather or Taxi Driver? He made the acadamy award winning Schindlers List for God's sake! A movie you even said you "love". Not to mention The Color Purple and Munich. It's one thing if you didn't like JP but now you want to trash Spielbergs entire career just to try and win this arguement?

  • Sept. 2, 2011, 10:23 a.m. CST

    Yeah Lao Che, that was the teaser for TLW

    by D.Vader

    I remember that one quite well. It was dark, lots of lightning flashes, and then you see a glimpse of the Rex as he steps on the camera. Darkness. More lightning, and he's left a big footprint in the mud.

  • Sept. 2, 2011, 10:26 a.m. CST

    Still recall seeing this opening day in a packed theatre

    by openthepodbaydoorshal

    in one of those huge auditoriums that they don't make anymore, and during the T Rex attack, the audience was screaming and hollering like an en masse roller coaster ride. Have not experienced anything like that since.

  • Sept. 2, 2011, 11 a.m. CST

    CAPS LOCK!!!!!!


    WANKER!!!!! Shut the fuck up thincunt ... you are boring us.

  • Sept. 2, 2011, 11:31 a.m. CST

    these movies are a lot of fun

    by Kraven Morehead

    The first movie was a dissapointment after reading the book because the book just had so many more dinoasuars and dinosaur action scenes e.g. two t-rexes chasing a raft through a lake or a ton of raptors fighting people with rocket launchers. At the end of the day that would have been a stupid budget and what they did was still very entertaining in hindsight. the second movie was actually better than the second book because the second book was exxentially identical to the first book while the second movie actually brought us to the mainland. That was cool. the third movie was just another nice reason to look at monsters. the thing with the phone was one of the more entertaining ongoing things as the sound was used well. nevertheless, you did feel like you were seeing a movie inferior to the first two. not as severe as Alien 3 but the same sort of thing. I would still watch a Jurassic Park 4. I'm not sure what the premise would be but dinosaur involvement is all I really need.

  • Sept. 2, 2011, 11:37 a.m. CST

    Jurassic Park- Good film. That is all.

    by ZodNotGod

    Terminator 2- is bloody awful! Does not age well.

  • Sept. 2, 2011, 11:43 a.m. CST

    CTM - Wrongo!

    by ZodNotGod

    Spielberg is the better filmmaker, even Lucas would concede that you moron. I respect anyone that makes the movie they want and gets it. And that is a great point about SS, he did not enjoy making JAWS and has said he only made those mistakes because of his complete ignorance of the process. After it wrapped he figured he'd never work again. He also made some great choices when it came to editing- that's what saved the picture from turning into a fun, B movie. As for TPM, most people dig it, know many who do, I do. It is what it is. Lump it.

  • Sept. 2, 2011, 11:44 a.m. CST

    Jp 2- Lost World is terrible however.

    by ZodNotGod

    Almost like parody of the first film, a strange movie, way too pedestrian for SS.

  • Sept. 2, 2011, 11:45 a.m. CST

    1993 was Spielberg's 2nd wind

    by seasider

    After Last Crusade, Spielberg's career seemed to be on the ropes with back to back flops like Always and Hook. Newsweek even had an article declaring the Spielberg era over. Jurassic Park was just what the doctor ordered for Spielberg. It was the perfect E.T meets Jaws (more leaning to the Jaws side) with a sprinkle of Raiders with Sam Neill playing a sort of reverese-Indy character with a fedora. By the end of 1993, Spielberg had silenced his harshest critics by making a movie that shattered box office records and another movie that cleaned up at the Oscars and still ranks as one of the best holocaust movies of all time.

  • Sept. 2, 2011, 11:46 a.m. CST

    Wow, shakes just reminded me. Remember when movies were rumors?

    by ZodNotGod

    YES! DUH! Welcome to the 80's! Lived through it and movies were more fun back then. An event, sometimes a life altering one- not some task you do when cleaning the house.

  • Sept. 2, 2011, 12:23 p.m. CST

    I actually WAS high...

    by kizzi

    one of the many times I saw this movie in the theater.....I nearly cried I was so terrified of the raptors. I love Sam Neill. And his stupid red neckerchief.

  • Sept. 2, 2011, 12:54 p.m. CST

    Steve, This is the size of Capshaws mouth in Indy 2

    by Knobules

    It needed to be much much much much much much smaller.

  • Sept. 2, 2011, 12:54 p.m. CST

    Steve, This is the size of Capshaws mouth in Indy 2

    by Knobules

    It needed to be much much much much much much smaller.

  • Sept. 2, 2011, 12:54 p.m. CST

    Steve, This is the size of Capshaws mouth in Indy 2

    by Knobules

    It needed to be much much much much much much smaller.

  • Sept. 2, 2011, 12:54 p.m. CST

    Steve, This is the size of Capshaws mouth in Indy 2

    by Knobules

    It needed to be much much much much much much smaller.

  • He knew he had a whole new franchise and went with it. That's why Sam Neil looks just like Indy in the movie. The jeep scene was actually going to be Ford in a ww2 era jeep with a T-Rex chasing him. It would have been Indy ushering in the digital age. They were gonna use go-motion. Can you believe they were gonna green light a 90s blockbuster with stop motion? They did. It was called Jurassic Park.

  • Sept. 2, 2011, 1:29 p.m. CST

    El Speilbergo will give us another....

    by ZodNotGod

    He's got something up his sleeve I have no doubt. Even though I dig the hell out of "Krystal Skull," for the record.

  • Sept. 2, 2011, 2:18 p.m. CST

    I remember when I first heard about this

    by thepoohguy

    All I thought was REALLY? Dinosaurs from mosquitoes? How bad is this movie going to be? The trailer had me thinking of bad King Kong movies with stop motion. Then I went to see it. WOW! The T-REX scene had me holding my breath. My friend jumped at the lamb leg scene and he had already seen the movie once. When Laura Dern turns on the power, and that raptor comes out from behind her I remember screaming. It scared the crap out of me. One and only time I have ever screamed in a theater. It was and still is one of the best movie going experiences of my life if not the best. Something so epic, it completely blew my mind.

  • Sept. 2, 2011, 2:22 p.m. CST

    Well Thinman, ironicaly you gave a Michael Bay response

    by vin_diggler

    It was over long, over thought and completely strayed from the actual point of the conversation. I am sure your very passionate about your feelings toward Lucas and Spielberg. You wasted 98% of your response talking about them. All I am saying is you called JP shit and I think you are absolutely wrong, but I can see you have bigger demons to fight within yourself.

  • Sept. 2, 2011, 3 p.m. CST

    Re: Creepythinman

    by SK229

    I agree with everything you say, for the most part. The fact that 70's films had such a high level or realism in the performances, the lighting, and the staging is what upped Lucas and Spielberg's game during that time period. I don't think it was just that, though, I think some of it had to do with just... you know, THAT was the prevailing style at the time. Things like the weight of cameras, being prior to the widespread use of the steadicam and these uber-fucking-flexible remote controlled cranes that make ridiculous camera moves possible, and also just the film stock itself back then lent every movie a feeling of gritty reality. But getting back to the acting, it wasn't like today where you're gonna get a bunch of competent pretty people and one or two movie stars... back then, you were getting nothing but the most brilliant actors and actresses, often filtered by Fred Roos, and mostly inspired by people like Paul Newman and, of course, Marlon Brando, and taught by people like Stella Adler and Lee Strasberg or their brethren. In that atmosphere, how could someone NOT get realistic performances from Robert Shaw, Richard Dreyfuss, Roy Scheider, Teri Garr, Goldie Hahn, William Atherton, Harrison Ford, and a host of others... they all had the same FEELING for filmmaking then, and the level of competition among your peers was so astronomically high that everyone tried to outdo each other in EVERY department. Unfortunately, this extended to hubris, drugs, and their personal lives as well, so it was only a matter of time before most of them crashed and burned. But I also believe the advent of the blockbuster movie would have happened no matter what... by the mid-70's, the corporate umbrella over the studios was already reorganizing and trying to figure out how to chase the dollars. Hell, the so-called artistic films of the 70's WERE chasing the dollars of the younger audience, at a time when nobody knew how much MORE money movies could make. It was just luck that those were the movies that seemed to make the most money. They were chasing the success of Easy Rider, because every other stolid, by-the-numbers Hollywood production didn't make a fucking cent during the hippie era. And I always say, Star Wars and Jaws and Rocky and Close Encounters and even fucking Superman take the aesthetic of The French Connection, or Cuckoo's Nest, or The Godfather and apply that aesthetic to genre filmmaking. Do you think you could get away with the way Star Wars opens nowadays, by throwing you right into the middle of some crazy shit that is left largely unexplained and forces you to catch up through implication, while staring at weird creatures and races that have been well thought out as though you're watching a fucking documentary shot in another galaxy? In the era of screenwriting formulas and all that other bullshit? Most of those movies would NEVER get made in that same form today, unless they're done by a director with considerable power coming off an already successful franchise. Unfortunately, as Towne (or was it Altman?) said in some doc I can't remember the name of, the studios learned (and continue to learn, hello 3D) all the wrong lessons from Jaws and Star Wars (and prior to that, even The Godfather and The Exorcist), and the advent of the blockbuster movie also ushered in the stripping away of great acting, character development, realism, and other aspects of what made THOSE genre movies some of the greatest movies ever made. Also, those were genius filmmakers at the top of their game, competing with all their friends, who also happened to be genius filmmakers at the top of their game. So by the time Jurassic Park rolled around, I would say THAT film ushered in the era of the soulless blockbuster... because even in the 80's, I don't think they ripped out the soul, I think they just perfected the pulpy story-telling aspects of sci-fi, horror, and fantasy films as well as the screenwriting (like Back to the Future is pretty much a perfect script, as is Die Hard). Just the sense of realism and bat-fuck insanity of 70's genre films was gone. Empire Strikes Back was just as much of a last gasp of quality cinema as was Raging Bull, imho, but the movies didn't get as bad as they are today until the late 80's and maybe even not until the early 90's with something like Stargate. But Jurassic Park like ALMOST had a soul in that its spectacle was the perfect marriage of new technology and an age-old dream: to see living, breathing dinosaurs. No matter how you slice it, those effects and the feeling they engender because of how great the filmmaking is (the one way in which Spielberg still schools the youngsters to this day, his staging of action) and the fact that the CG, or at least the use of it, hasn't really gotten much better. But again, everything else in the movie was almost like the blueprint for the Transformers, the Mummys, the Independence Days, and the G.I. Joe movies we have today. Not to even COMPARE those movies to JP, but JP, to me at least, now looks like the harbinger of much worse things to come. As much as I love that movie (and even love some of the so-called blockbuster trash we've gotten used to), it really set in motion the idea that you didn't even need a perfect script or characterizations that are both simple AND have depth or are interesting, you just need so many 'action beats' per script and you need X number of big set pieces and the characters can be made out of cardboard if you like. But I still think it's a great movie... just, again, some executives and marketing departments, and even, {shudder}, up-and-coming filmmakers seemed to learn all the wrong lessons from another Spielberg or Lucas blockbuster.

  • Sept. 2, 2011, 3:19 p.m. CST

    Although he doesn't have the same visual eye as Spielberg

    by openthepodbaydoorshal

    I'd say Christopher Nolan has taken the mantle of directors who can handle smart, well done, crowd pleasing genre work. M Night was being championed as the new Speilberg years ago. Nope. I'd say it's Nolan.

  • Sept. 2, 2011, 3:30 p.m. CST


    by Nasty In The Pasty


  • Sept. 2, 2011, 3:44 p.m. CST

    The characterization in JAWS is just as good as in THE GODFATHER.

    by FluffyUnbound

    The real reason Spielberg lost his touch is because he became too wealthy and successful to know anything about the 'regular' type of people he was successful making movies about. JAWS is partially a movie about a shark. It's mainly about three very different men, each of whom is a pitch-perfect mid-70's character, and how those men interact with each other while facing down a crisis. In that regard it's actually very similar to THE GODFATHER (1 and 2), which is about how Michael and his brothers are different types of men whose differences cause them to spin slowly towards doom. Where JAWS is superior is how it rooted it stays in reality even as its tells a "monster" story. Every last fucking frame of JAWS is a monument to the US in the 1970's. I have sat through that movie looking at nothing but the sets, backgrounds, locations, extras, etc. - everything not center frame - and it's all perfect. All of it. The same could be said about CLOSE ENCOUNTERS. Spielberg KNOWS these people - very, very well. He also knows every last damn detail about the people in ET. He can't do that any more. He can do historical stuff, because everyone expects that to be artificial. But he can't do contemporary any more. When he tries to, we get THE TERMINAL. Think of how absolutely real everything in ET was (other than the alien), and then think about THE TERMINAL. Spielberg already made all the movies he was dreaming about when he was a kid making Super 8 war films. He already mined his childhood and adolescence out. He can't go to that well any more and he doesn't have the same connection to the America of 2011 that he had to the America of 1975.

  • Sept. 2, 2011, 4:09 p.m. CST

    Clever girl...

    by Cat_Corporation

    I was 13 when this was released in the UK, watched it on a Saturday afternoon with a school friend, packed out cinema, we were in the front row, two little girls not knowing what to expect. It slayed us. While the T-Rex attack is undoubtedly one of the most intense (and fun) experiences I've ever had at the cinema, the bloody Velociraptors actually gave me nightmares. My friend and I walked home after the movie and had to go across a bit of wasteland covered with overgrown grass...We hesitated, looked at each other, and without saying a word just ran like crazy across it, terrified that Velociraptors were watching us. I'll always love this movie for making me feel like that when I really should have been too old to think like that!

  • Sept. 2, 2011, 6:10 p.m. CST


    by seasider

    Spielberg and Lucas were kids in their 20's in the 70's who were fortunate to even get directing gigs in an industry that was still for the most part, a country club for the privileged. Let's not forget that Spielberg's first Hollywood picture was not Jaws but the non-commercial friendly "The Sugarland Express." Spielberg actually wanted to direct "Lucky Lady"instead but Universal wouldn't let him. So it's not like he set out to make popcorn flicks but it was the way things worked out for him and how he became a household name. Lucas never directed a movie after Star Wars till 1999 and he hasn't done a non-Star Wars film since American Graffiti in 1973. In my opinion, there just isn't enough movies in his career to accurately gauge where he is as a filmmaker either way. The 70's was a competitive decade with old school filmmakers trying to stand their ground against new and upcomers trying to make their mark but I don't see the competition that much different than how it is now. I actually think with filmmaking tools now available to the average joe, it's even more competitive. The fact that Spielberg has remained relevant in the industry all these years, is a testament to his craft.

  • Sept. 2, 2011, 7:57 p.m. CST

    sk229 and Creepy for the win

    by Turingtestee

    Still love the hell out of JP.

  • Sept. 2, 2011, 8:37 p.m. CST

    The sound blew me away as a kid

    by Bass Ackwards

    I think this may have been my first theatrical blockbuster, I saw the living daylights in theaters, but that doesn't quite count. Anyways, the thing I remember being blown away by was the sound, it was the most epically sounding movie I had ever seen at that point. I remember pre-release spielberg was on a campaign for theaters to upgrade their sound systems, and I think he may have limited Jurassic Park's release only to theaters that had whatever certification he was pushing. Whatever it was it paid off, as a kid I was blown away by this movie and that t-rex roar is engrained in my memory forever.

  • Sept. 2, 2011, 10:59 p.m. CST

    sk229 and CreepyThinMan: WELL SAID

    by KilliK

  • Sept. 3, 2011, 6:18 a.m. CST

    You know...

    by Jon

    Hammond would've still made a bjillion dollars if he only had herbivores at Jurassic Park. If anyone asked where the T-Rexes were, you would just say, "Well, we didn't make them because we don't want them to get out and eat people." and everyone would be cool with that. Missed opportunities.

  • Sept. 3, 2011, 9:18 a.m. CST


    by bruce

    ...does anyone else have a problem with the T-Rex scene in that when T-Rex escapes he steps over a little retaining wall onto the pathway of the cars, attacks, and then pushes Dr. Grant, girl, and boy in car over same said retaining wall that then falls 20-50 feet into a tree and then another 20-50 feet into the T-Rex paddock. WTF!!! I know this happens in the book to some degree or other because Timmy does end up in a tree in the car but seeing it on screen makes for a big looking WTF?

  • Sept. 3, 2011, 9:43 a.m. CST


    by bruce

    ...a 135-150 lb woman or even a 200 lb man could hold off two 300 lb velociraptorS from pushing THEIR way through a door. Which always adds in a problem with CGI characters having no weight in their depiction on screen. THESE ARE BIG FUCKING DINOSAURS!!! GIVE THEM THE WEIGHT THEY DESERVE. I don't believe Vince Vaughn could carry that thrashing baby T-Rex with a broken leg for 10 yards let. SHENANIGANS I SAY!!!

  • Sept. 3, 2011, 2:03 p.m. CST

    Re: Creepy

    by SK229

    I actually got that book the day it came out in hardcover in... I think it was 1997? at the Virgin Megastore at Downtown Disney in Orlando, Florida where I was going to film school at the time. I think I devoured it in like 2 or 3 days. Brilliant writing, although I do think Biskind has a writing style that can get grating and make you start to wonder how the hell he knows the things he knows. You look at his sources, and a lot of them are people who obviously have an agenda or an axe to grind against the filmmakers. A lot of ex-wives and not-so-innocent hangers on and producers, ya know? That said, I'm sure it's pretty fucking close to the mark even if it exaggerates here and there. However, I still think he's way off in his thesis that Spielberg and Lucas ruined personal cinema... that's like hippie bullshit revisionism that's both naive and disingenuous, because as I said before, the personal 70's cinema we all love WAS chasing dollars, because THAT'S where it seemed the dollars were for a period of time. All the movies that got made by people like Jerry Schatzberg or Rafelson were chasing the success of Easy Rider. That and something like Taxi Driver got made cause the price was right and it brought together three talents that previously had some financial/commercial success for the studios. It's no different now. And the movies that get brought up a lot of the time, The Godfather, The Exorcist and The French Connection... uhhh, those are all genre films! It was just that raw, realistic aesthetic applied to a gangster film, a horror film, and a crime story. Same thing with Jaws and Star Wars... I think it's ridiculous to place any blame when Lucas and Spielberg just set out to make the movies they wanted to make, like every other filmmaker does, and BOTH thought they were making huge duds that would ruin their career. If you ever see raw footage from Star Wars with no sound design and no music, I can imagine looking on in abject horror and thinking it to be a cinematic abomination... something that would be laughed off the screen. At this point, I'd say that, if anything, I blame the loss of a more personal cinema like we had in the 70's on indie filmmakers for having NO balls whatsoever (I actually think Tarantino said the same thing recently, and I'm not even a big fan of his, but he's 100% right). All this tech at our fingertips for a few grand (or even less if you rent) and everyone makes these mediocre 'statement' type films that you can see coming a mile away, lacking any sense of humanity or experience or even excitement for the process. They're the fucking Matchbox 20 of filmmaking.. right down the middle of the road, neither memorable or stirring. When you hear someone raving about one and then ultimately sit down to catch it, well... it's rare that it lives up the hype and you find your friends hate everything Hollywood does but automatically love anything stamped 'indie' that's even MILDLY well directed (I include many who work for this site). Then you have these festivals run by literary wannabes, usually middle-aged men and women who don't even like movies very much (at least not MOVIES, and even those 70's films are MOVIES with a capital 'M'), and they program BORING SHIT that nobody would ever want to see because... well, because they're boring people who think an evening at the movies should be like spending the day in Napa or volunteering in a soup kitchen. Fucking white-bread bullshit, all the way. If you're a P.T. Anderson, or a Christopher Nolan or a Neill Blomkamp, it's relatively easy to out-do everyone else, because everything is so timid in ideas and execution. Anyway... that's enough of a rant. Creepy, have you ever seen that doc 'A Decade Under the Influence'? If you haven't, DEFINITELY SEE IT RIGHT NOW. I think it might even be split up into parts on youtube. I loved it, and I especially loved Coppola's proclamation about the so-called 'professionalism' of movies being dead someday. I think there was still some naivete there and pounding the drum about the blockbuster ruining movies, but like I said, it was inevitable. Capitalism takes the path of least resistance to money, and in movies, the least resistance to making money is a Harry Potter franchise and cross promotion. I'm pretty sure it was Robert Towne who was the voice of reason and called it like it is concerning Jaws... "Trouble is, a very talented filmmaker made a very good film, and I won't say the wrong lessons were learned, but those lessons were followed to a fault." I also liked the Easy Riders, Raging Bulls doc, but it didn't have the breadth of interviews and material to work with that Decade did, most likely because that one was made by Ted Demme. Hey, this is why I love coming here, whether we agree or disagree or agree to disagree, we all love movies and these discussions make life a little more bearable, don't they?

  • Sept. 4, 2011, 12:37 a.m. CST

    Holy Christ! I gotta Quote Shatner's best SNL apperance and say...

    by vin_diggler

    "get a life!" You people suck the fun out of movies. You guys fuckin nit pick and over analyze everything. Christ, it's a made up story about Dinosaurs living in present day and it was meant to entertain you for an hour and a half of your miserable lives. You are so stuck up you can't even appreciate that, you think Hollywood owes you something. Man I am so done with snotty pricks!

  • Sept. 4, 2011, 12:38 a.m. CST

    Vin_diggler OUT!!!

    by vin_diggler

  • Sept. 4, 2011, 8:55 a.m. CST

    The Sound... This was the first DTS (digital sound) feature film

    by Autodidact

    I remember spending the next 3 or 4 years calling theatres and scouring newspapers trying to figure out if the screening was digital or not. In those days, "THX Certified" really meant something... if you went into a THX certified cinema running DTS sound you were about to get your balls blasted off! By the late 90s THX certified didn't really seem to make much of a difference. I think they lowered the standards, practically making it into a license you buy rather than a standard you achieve.

  • Sept. 4, 2011, 8:56 a.m. CST

    Best sound moment... one of most iconic film moments of 90s

    by Autodidact

    The ripples in the glass of water from the T-rex's footsteps. That's movie magic... picture and sound working in harmony to build a strong illusion you can believe it.

  • Sept. 4, 2011, 8:56 a.m. CST

    Believe in

    by Autodidact

  • Sept. 4, 2011, 9:10 a.m. CST

    Lost World really is pedestrian

    by Autodidact

    I wanted to love it so much. I had reviewed the book for my school paper. I had been on the set at Universal, parked my car right next to some of those Mercedes SUVs... but when I saw it in theatres for the first time I actually fell asleep. The movie just kind of wanders with characters who are all either boring or unlikeable doing idiotic things and generally being a longer more darkly lit version of the first movie. And I'm sorry, but Jeff Goldblum's daughter is the final weight that sinks the movie, even before she does her damn gymnastics routine. The city scenes (was it LA... or San Fran?) at the end were fucking awesome, but felt tagged on. It didn't really belong in the movie but it was the best part.

  • He put it in The Lost World. Reason I's on TV right now.

  • Sept. 5, 2011, 1:29 a.m. CST

    Book was NOT better. Not not NOT.

    by Keith

    It bugs the shit out of me when I read that blithe assertion. Crichton's book is flabby and full of meaningless babble about chaos theory masquerading as profound insight. (Having Malcolm as a "chaotician" is one of the few things that dates the movie now...feels built on buzzwords as per Crichton's rather pretentious book.) The book reads like an overlong screenplay, which is really what it is, as with most of Crichton's work. The guy is great for ideas and poor at developing them into a compelling narrative. Spielberg's movie feels like a much tighter, improved version of that weak screenplay with more interesting characters. (The book has lazy stereotypes: Muldoon is a drunk, Tim is Lex's older brother and a bespectacled computer nerd etc.)

  • Sept. 5, 2011, 1:32 a.m. CST

    Is Jurassic Park the only movie

    by Keith

    ...that is based on a book, and where the sequel to that book is in fact a sequel to the movie adaptation of that book? By this, I mean that Crichton's book of The Lost World features the characters of Ian Malcolm and John Hammond, who both died in his book of "Jurassic Park" but survived in the movie adaptation. Are there any other cases where a successful book had a sequel not to itself but to its movie adaptation?

  • Sept. 5, 2011, 1:33 a.m. CST

    autodidact re: The Lost World

    by Keith

    I agree. The Lost World was boring, and I didn't care about any of the characters. I actually think JP3 was far more entertaining.

  • Sept. 5, 2011, 1:34 a.m. CST

    Ripples, T-rex etc.

    by Keith

    That scene is still amazingly good.

  • Sept. 5, 2011, 1:35 a.m. CST


    by Keith

    Interesting post. You may be right.

  • Sept. 5, 2011, 1:43 a.m. CST

    Final 20 mins of JP

    by Keith

    I would say the story has nowhere to go in the final reel, and just throws some set-pieces together until it seems to get bored and asserts an arbitrary climax. It's what makes JP a good but not a great film. But, oh man, opening afternoon, being in that cinema having walked three miles in old army surplus boots from a construction site (university summer job) to the cinema to make the first showing, sitting down and letting the first hour or so just sweep me of the few times in the last 20 years I can remember being blown away.