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MOVIE INFO

Director:
Colin Trevorrow
Cast:
Chris Pratt, Bryce Dallas Howard, Vincent D'Onofrio, Ty Simpkins, Nick Robinson, Omar Sy, BD Wong, Irrfan Khan
Writing Credits:
Rick Jaffa, Amanda Silver, Colin Trevorrow and Derek Connolly

Synopsis:
A new theme park is built on the original site of Jurassic Park. Everything is going well until the park's newest attraction--a genetically modified giant stealth killing machine--escapes containment and goes on a killing spree.

Box Office:
Budget
$150 Million.
Opening Weekend
$208,806,270 on 4,274 Screens.
Domestic Gross
$651,128,986.

MPAA:
Rated PG-13

DISC DETAILS
Presentation:
Aspect Ratio: 2.00:1
Audio:
English DTS-HD MA 7.1
English Descriptive Video Service
French DTS 5.1
Spanish DTS 5.1
Subtitles:
English
French
Spanish
Closed-captioned
Supplements Subtitles:
English
French
Spanish

Runtime: 125 min.
Price: $49.98
Release Date: 10/20/2015

Bonus:
• Both 2D and 3D Versions of the Film
• Deleted Scenes
• “Chris and Colin Take on the World” Featurette
• “Welcome to Jurassic World” Featurette
• “Dinosaurs Roam Once Again” Featurette
• “All-Access Pass” Featurette
• “Innovation Center Tour” Featurette
• “Jurassic’s Closest Shaves” Featurette
• Previews
• DVD Copy


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Jurassic World [Blu-Ray 3D] (2015)

Reviewed by Colin Jacobson (October 25, 2015)

Back in 1993, Jurassic Park became a major sensation and spawned two sequels: 1997’s Lost World and 2001’s Jurassic Park III. Both of those films did well at the box office, but they showed obvious signs of diminishing financial returns.

After the first movie made $357 million in the US, Lost World settled for $229 million, and Park III ended up with $181 million. That meant both sequels did fine, but their receipts didn’t inspire tons of confidence from the studio, especially given the massive budgets involved. Actually, by today’s standards, the first three movies didn’t cost exorbitant amounts, but they weren’t exactly cheap, either.

Because of this, it took 14 years for another entry in the franchise to hit screens. When it did, 2015’s Jurassic World reminded folks how potent the series could be – and its $651 million US ensured fans won’t need to wait very long for another dino adventure.

Since the last movie, corporate CEO Simon Masrani (Irrfan Khan) brought to life John Hammond’s dream: a theme park based around genetically engineered dinosaurs. Located near Costa Rica, “Jurassic World” becomes a global tourist magnet.

In the never-ending quest for visitors and money, park administrators feel the need to develop bigger, badder creatures, and as a result, the geneticists create an enormous beast called the “Indominus Rex”. A smart dino, the Indominus manages to escape from her pen and she wreaks havoc on Jurassic World. Led by dino wrangler Owen Grady (Chris Pratt) and operations manager Claire Dearing (Bryce Dallas Howard), humans attempt to save the day.

Often when I see a movie theatrically, I’ll write my review of it right away. Usually this works fine, but occasionally it backfires because I change my mind between big-screen and home theater viewings.

I didn’t pen my thoughts about World when I first checked it out in June 2015, and I’m glad I didn’t, because I did alter my view of it. While I didn’t much care for it after that initial screening, subsequent revisiting has allowed me to better see its positives.

Actually, the Blu-ray represents my third viewing of World, as I saw it a second time on the big screen. Why’d I pay to rewatch a movie I didn’t much like? Because I had enough affection for the franchise to give the movie another chance. Oh, and it was a $5 matinee on rainy day at a multiplex with no other flicks I wanted to see.

Before I go into the reappraisal, I’ll discuss my original thoughts. On first viewing, I considered World to be all sizzle, no steak, mostly because the characters were so forgettable and dull. At least the first two sequels brought back participants from the original - characters we knew and found interesting. Lost World offered Jeff Goldblum and Park III involved Sam Neill, but the best World can do is BD Frickin' Wong!

I thought the kids were just updates on the first film’s Lex and Tim, and I never cared about them. Granted, I'm not sure I cared a lot about Lex and Tim, either, but at least the original movie invested in them more than this one. Zach (Nick Robinson) and Gray (Ty Simpkins) were Generic Kids to Be In Danger and that was it.

If the adults became more compelling, maybe I wouldn't mind, but they were duds as well. I like Pratt and Howard but they got parts with no substance at all and felt like they existed as characters just because the movie needed some "good" adults involved. Vincent D'Onofrio also felt like he was there as Token Bad Guy.

I can’t explain what changed when I saw World a second time, but my opinion did alter, mainly in terms of basic enjoyment. Whereas I found myself somewhat bored with the movie initially, subsequent screenings allowed me to better appreciate the action.

I suspect some of my disenchantment in June came from the nature of the action scenes, perhaps because it takes a while for the flick to really kick into gear. I think the first half establishes circumstances and characters fairly well, but it dollops out the dino doings a little too slowly. The initial act still works, but it can be a bit slow.

Once the I-Rex escapes, though, the movie gets more interesting. Matters progress in a crazed way that ensures we get all the requisite mayhem we desire. The film boasts pretty solid production values and creates a believable, impressive sense of the dinosaurs and the park.

Despite my reappraisal, some parts of my original criticism remain intact. On second – and third – screenings, I still don’t care much about the kids, and the other humans continue to seem fairly generic and forgettable. And yeah, I’m still disappointed World didn’t bring back any of the major actors from the original film. No offense to Wong, but he’s not a substitute for the first flick’s leads.

All of these factors leave Jurassic World as an imperfect film, and I hesitate to say that I like it more than any of its predecessors. Though also flawed, I still might enjoy Lost World and Jurassic Park III more than World.

Nonetheless, World does offer an exciting, fun experience. Even with its problems, it renews the franchise in a mostly lively manner that becomes a satisfying experience in the end.


The Blu-ray Grades: Picture A/ Audio A/ Bonus C+

Jurassic World appears in an aspect ratio of approximately 2.00:1 on this Blu-ray Disc. I expected a terrific transfer from World and I got it.

Sharpness always excelled. From start to finish, the movie offered stellar definition, with awesome clarity and accuracy. I saw no shimmering or jaggies, and the image also lacked edge haloes. Of course, print flaws remained absent.

Don’t expect anything out of the ordinary from the film’s palette, as it emphasized teal like so many other movies these days. Some amber also popped up, but the bluish tint dominated. That was uncreative but the hues seemed well-rendered.

Blacks also came across well. Dark tones appeared deep and rich, and low-light shots brought us smooth, clear imagery. Really, I could find nothing about which to complain, as this became a consistently stellar presentation.

When you bought your fancy-pants home theater, you did so for material like the dynamic DTS-HD MA 7.1 soundtrack of Jurassic World. Throughout the film, the mix offered audio elements that appreared well-placed and balanced. Music showed good stereo presence, and quieter moments exhibited a fine sense of place and atmosphere.

Of course, you didn’t buy World - or the aforementioned home theater – to listen to the film’s “quieter moments”, and the flick’s many action sequences kicked into high gear. Dinosaurs stomped around the room to convincing effect, and fights/chases related to those critters cranked in fine fashion. The whole package combined to give us a vibrant, lively soundscape that used the various channels in an exciting manner.

Audio quality seemed top-notch. Effects became the most substantial element, and they appeared accurate and full, with vivid low-end response. Music was peppy and rich, and speech came across as natural and accurate. Heck, I even heard some lines I missed during my two theatrical screenings! The movie’s soundtrack added a lot to the movie and totally satisfied.

This package includes both 2D and 3D versions of Jurassic World. The picture quality comments above address the 2D edition, but I also want to talk about the 3D image.

In terms of picture quality, the 3D World held up well. Like most 3D Blu-rays, it occasionally seemed a tad softer than the 2D edition, and it could be darker. Those weren’t substantial concerns, though, so the movie usually produced very nice visuals.

As for the 3D imagery, it came across as a bit erratic, especially during the movie’s first half. A character looked at a Viewmaster early in the film, and that seemed ironic, as the 3D movie presentation occasionally gave off the exaggerated feel typical of the Viewmaster.

I thought this mainly affected more static shots, though, and the 3D presentation picked up during action scenes. The sequence in which the I-Rex attacks the kids in the gyrosphere dazzled, especially in the way we saw the assault from the human POV. Flying creatures added real pep to the 3D imagery, too, and a bunch of other dino-oriented moments became impressive. World wasn’t the smoothest/strongest 3D Blu-ray I’ve seen, but it brought enough dimensionality to the table to be worth the effort.

Seven Deleted Scenes fill a total of six minutes, eight seconds. Most of these offer short character moments, except for the one that provides a long character moment. The latter comes from a goofy sequence in which Owen and Claire smear dino dung on themselves to cover their scene. Beyond its callback to the giant dino crap scene from the original movie, it’s too silly to succeed. The other moments have some merit but don’t add to the story.

A few featurettes follow. Chris and Colin Take on the World goes for eight minutes, 57 seconds and offers director Colin Trevorrow and actor Chris Pratt as they chat together about Pratt’s casting, favorite Jurassic moments, Trevorrow’s approach to the material, and other aspects of the shoot. Matters remain chummy, so don’t expect much depth, but the conversation remains enjoyable and tosses out a couple of good tidbits.

Note that although both the deleted scenes and “Chris and Colin” also appear on the 3D disc, they remain 2D there.

During the 29-minute, 52-second Welcome to Jurassic World, we hear from Trevorrow, Pratt, executive producer Steven Spielberg, co-writer Derek Connolly, producers Frank Marshall and Patrick Crowley, production designer Edward Verreaux, stunt coordinator Chris O’Hara, puppeteer John Robert Rosengrant, costume designer Daniel Orlandi, and actors BD Wong, Jake Johnson, Bryce Dallas Howard, Ty Simpkins, Nick Robinson, Omar Sy, Irrfan Khan, Vincent D’Onofrio, and Lauren Lapkus. We learn how Trevorrow came to the project, story/characters, cast and performances, sets and locations, stunts and action, and animatronics. “Welcome” can be a little more general than I’d like, but it touches on good topics and does so well enough to succeed.

Dinosaurs Roam Once Again lasts 16 minutes, 29 seconds and features Pratt, Trevorrow, Spielberg, Simpkins, Howard, D’Onofrio, Marshall, Crowley, ILM senior VFX supervisor Dennis Muren, ILM data wrangler Chris Moore, visual effects supervisor Tim Alexander, visual effects animation supervisor Glen McIntosh, director of photography John Schwartzman, dinosaur consultant Phil Tippett, digital creature model supervisor Geoff Campbell, and actor Katie McGrath. Here we learn about the visual effects used in the movie as well as creature design. “Roam” offers a nice overview of those areas.

In Jurassic World: All Access Pass, we get a 10-minute, 11-second piece with Pratt and Trevorrow. They discuss characters/performances, the gyrosphere, the motorcycle and military scenes, and the movie’s climax. “Pass” feels like it was intended to be part of a picture-in-picture pop-up feature. It offers some fun info but it seems oddly disjointed and scattered.

Next comes Innovation Center Tour with Chris Pratt. It fills two minutes, one second with Trevorrow, Pratt and Verreaux, as we get a closer look at the movie’s visitor center. It’s quick but enjoyable.

Finally, we find Jurassic’s Closest Shaves, a three-minute compilation of scenes from the various movies. It becomes a decent reel, even if it mostly exists as an ad for a shaving cream company.

The disc opens with ads for the Back to the Future trilogy, Minions, Ted 2, Tremors 5: Bloodlines, Self/Less, The Gift, Jarhead 3: The Siege, Lego Jurassic World, RL Stine’s Monsterville and the Universal Studios Jurassic Park ride. No trailer for Jurassic World appears here.

A third disc provides a DVD copy of World. It offers the deleted scenes as well as the Chris and Colin and Roam featurettes but lacks the other extras.

14 years after the last film in the series, Jurassic World proves there’s still life in those dinosaur bones. While not the best of the franchise, World overcomes some flaws and mostly brings us vibrant, lively action-adventure. The Blu-ray delivers excellent picture and audio as well as a decent set of supplements. Jurassic World entertains.

Viewer Film Ratings: 3.5 Stars Number of Votes: 4
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