Subject: I have found a DVD that I think you would enjoy
|Jurassic Park |
Widescreen Collector's Edition
Actors: Sam Neill, Laura Dern, Jeff Goldblum, Richard Attenborough, Bob Peck
Director: Steven Spielberg
Genres: Action & Adventure, Kids & Family, Science Fiction & Fantasy
Steven Spielberg's 1993 mega-hit rivals Jaws as the most intense and frightening film he'd ever made prior to Schindler's List, but it was also among his weakest stories. Based on Michael Crichton's novel about an island a... more »
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Great movie, bad soundtrack (DTS)
Peter Ashford | San Diego, CA | 08/12/2001
(1 out of 5 stars)
"The movie is great. What more can be said?Well, I'll tell you. I bought this DVD to replace my aging VHS tape. The tape actually sounds BETTER! When Universal had the initial master made, the level of the bass track wasn't right. When T-Rex walks, you're supposed to FEEL it. The VHS tape (in THX) and the Digital Dolby DVD both have the bass level set properly.What did they do? They made a new master (after six months). They did NOT recall the bad DVDs from distributors. The new DVDs are available (they sound great), but VERY hard to locate. They also didn't change the UPC on the case, so there's no way to tell which DVD you're buying, until you open it up. Finally, they didn't tell anyone that a mistake had been made, so that it could be corrected. In short, they didn't so ANYTHING that might cost them one cent.How do you tell the difference (other than sound)? The bad DVD has a code of 'D2R1' on the inner rim of the disk. The good DVD has a code of 'D2R2' in the same place."
Great movie, but DVD falls short of expectations
Michael Pappalardo | Ronkonkoma, NY United States | 06/25/2001
(4 out of 5 stars)
"When a rich entrapreneur finances a bold experiment, and succeeds in the cloning of Dinosaurs, he needs the authorization of a few experts and critics to ok his new attraction after a fatal accident occurs. However, during the tour, a Tropical Storm hits the secluded island of Isla Nublar, and all hell breaks loose....and that pretty much sums up one of the greatest movies ever to grace the silver screen. It was only a matter of time before the release of the Special Edition DVD.Usually when you see the words 'Special Edition' you can look forward to Deleted Scenes, Outtakes and behind the scenes documentaries. Well, unfortunately, there really isn't much anything 'special' about this. Don't get me wrong, the quality of the movie is outstanding. I have never seen the movie in such great sound and picture quality before. There are a few 'making of' documentaries and other related things. There are also a few trailers. However, there is some footage that is still missing from the movie, footage that was NOT cut in the theatrical release, but was cut in the transition to home video. Now on DVD you would expect some of these scenes back. That is not the case. There really isnt much making the DVD 'special' other than its incredibly high quality and behind the scenes documentaries. There are also some fun facts about the Dinosaurs on the island, but it still feels like there could have been more. All in all, a very good DVD, a must own for fans of the movie."
When Spielberg Ruled The World
Reviewer | 01/02/2001
(5 out of 5 stars)
"It's indeed rare when a movie comes along that is so special, and has such a tremendous impact on audiences of all ages, that when it happens, it's an occasion for celebration; which is exactly what Steven Spielberg gave the world with "Jurassic Park," a film that made the impossible possible: It enabled dinosaurs to walk among us. He put these monsters from a bygone era on the screen for all to see, and the unique thing about it was that they were real; so real you could reach out and touch them it seemed. And in doing so he touched the imaginations of every child who sat there in the dark of a theater and watched his creations come to life, and he touched the child that still resides within every adult who came to see his show as well. Jaded moviegoers and those who affect cynicism as a mission statement of life may scoff, especially now, after some time has passed and the magic has worn off somewhat, but it doesn't alter the fact that with this movie, Spielberg surpassed any and all standards of the cinematic world and set the precedent for all that would follow. To borrow a line from one of his own characters, he "Spared no expense," and simply made one of the most exciting and memorable films in the history of the Silver Screen. Spielberg pulled out all the stops to make this remarkable film, and it goes without saying that the special F/X are incredible; what's easy to overlook amid all the spectacle of it, however, are the performances turned in by one and all, and most notably by Jeff Goldblum, who brings such nuance and style to the role of Dr. Ian Malcolm. It's a supporting role into which he immersed himself to create one of the more memorable characters in the film, and his performance-- with the countenance and attitude he lends to Malcolm, even the commanding, mesmerizing way he speaks-- has never received the attention it so richly deserved. Nor has the performance of Richard Attenborough, as John Hammond, the entrepreneur who makes Jurassic Park a reality. He's such a gifted performer that he makes you forget he's acting; Hammond becomes real, which makes what he's doing real, and it's just another example of the many things that add up to make this such an incredible movie. Spielberg and his cast and crew have given such care to detail that it, in effect, releases the viewer from the baggage of even having to suspend disbelief because they're given a world that is "real" from the ground up. The result of using all of the magic available, and using it wisely. Also turning in outstanding-- and entirely believable performances-- are Sam Neill, as Dr. Alan Grant, and Laura Dern, as Dr. Ellie Sattler, each creating figures central to the plot and around whom much of the action revolves. And there are a number of performances in supporting roles that are just too good to go unmentioned as well, including Bob Peck, as Muldoon, the park's head gamekeeper; Martin Ferrero, as the "blood-sucking" lawyer, Donald Gennaro; Wayne Knight, as computer hacker Dennis Nedry; Samuel L. Jackson, as computer programmer Ray Arnold; and last, but not least, Joseph Mazzello and Ariana Richards as Hammond's grandchildren, Tim and Lex, through whose eyes the child in all of us vicariously experiences the wonders of Jurassic Park. The wonderful thing about a movie like "Jurassic Park" is that, not only will it forever remain as a testimonial to a filmmaker of genius and vision, but that it will be there for all the generations that follow to discover anew. The world may change drastically around us, even from one day to the next, but as long as even a single spark of imagination survives, one thing will always remain constant: The fascination by children of all ages for these legendary beasts that once ruled the earth. And that is why, when all is said and done and the skeptics have become no more than shadows and dust, this film-- as well as Steven Spielberg-- will remain a cause for celebration. This is the legacy, and the true magic of the movies."
Spielberg goes pre-historic!
P. Dua-Brown | Harrow, London | 06/20/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Michael Crichton's novel gets the Spielberg treatment, doing for dinosaurs what Jaws did for sharks. Sam Neil, in his good guy persona (a la Dead Calm, not Event Horizon!), and Bruce's daughter Laura Dern (Nic Cage's wife in David Lynch's Wild at Heart) play the husband and wife paleontologist team invited to view a monumental advancement in amusement park technology by billionaire oddball Richard Attenborough (Ghandi director who failed in his Great Escape years earlier). Jeff Goldblum (The Fly and that Pilsten Hols /Apple advertiser) makes another canny mega-movie appearance (remember Independence Day?) as a chaos mathematician also along for the tour. Samuel L. Jackson is seriously wasted as a lowly computer technician - his `action' career took off over the next three years with the triple whammy of Pulp Fiction, Die Hard: With a Vengeance, and The Long Kiss Goodnight. Throw in Dickie's grandkids, Bob Peck (Slipstream) as a big game hunter, and a nerdy insurance/accountant type and you've got plenty of fodder for the real stars of the movie - the animatronic and Silicon Graphics generated dinosaurs! Most full body shots are computer generated, most body part shots are animatronic - who cares when the effects are so gobsmacking and seamlessly integrated.There are plenty of holes to pick in the plot if you want to get scientific, but that's not what this film is about. It's a terrific rollercoaster ride of a film that all the family (except the smallest maybe) can hold hands together to watch. One point that many argue is the velociraptors were only six-foot long and half the height of humans - Spielberg obviously wanted more dramatic impetus. Strangely enough, during filming scientists uncovered evidence of a 10-foot-tall variety, now named Utahraptors - so how's that for a bit of Spielberg magic?The soon to be released DVD edition is a Universal Collector's Series (like Dragonheart, End of Days, Fast Times at Ridgemount High, Conan the Barbarian, and many a Hitchcock classic) and Universal rarely puts a foot wrong with these specials. Expect a first class transfer -especially since it's taken Spielberg long enough to approve the release, and maybe throw in some trailers in the Universal showcase or recommendations sections, and this should be one memorable monster movie release!"