JURASSIC PARK: 25TH ANNIVERSARY COLLECTION
IN 1983, Michael Crichton wrote a screenplay for Jurassic Park that never really took off. Seven years after shelving the project, he wrote the first of two books— Jurassic Park, followed by The Lost World. Both were eventually adapted and directed by Steven Spielberg. Jurassic Park hit theaters in 1993 and was a resounding success. The dinosaurs came to life through the film’s fantastic set pieces coupled with astonishing special effects work by ILM.
Jurassic Park is by far the best film of the bunch. Spielberg’s direction transports you to the fictional island of Isla Nublar, where prehistoric creatures are bioengineered for the benefit of an eccentric billionaire who wants share them with the general public. Unfortunately, Murphy’s Law takes hold and all hell breaks loose when the cloned dinosaurs escape. Visitors to the island are then forced to play a game of cat and mouse with the deadly creatures.
The next two Jurassic films are mostly forgettable, but the franchise received a successful reboot in 2015 with Jurassic World starring
Chris Pratt. Jurassic World’s story centers on human arrogance as a new group of investors think they can control Mother Nature. .
Universal’s box set includes Ultra HD and regular Blu-ray disc versions of four films: Jurassic Park (1993), The Lost World: Jurassic Park (1997), Jurassic Park III (2001), and Jurassic World (2015). Each film receives a new 4K transfer along with HDR color grading, though the results are mixed. Jurassic Park is inconsistent, with some shots even featuring print damage. Also, some of its scenes don’t translate to 4K, with visible halos in the high-contrast shots. The next two films have a more consistent and stable look, but the standout is 2015’s Jurassic World. The new Ultra HD disc looks amazing, with notably improved color saturation and shadow detail over the regular Blu-ray.
Jurassic Park was the first film mixed in DTS, so it’s no surprise that all four films here get a DTS:X audio track.
Each sounds amazing, but The Lost
World and Jurassic World are almost perfect. That said, the T-rex scene from Jurassic Park still remains my go-to demo, even on Ultra HD Blu-ray.
The supplements are the same as what was provided on the original
Blu-ray versions, so there’s nothing new here to report.
ULTRA HD BLU-RAY STUDIO: Universal, 1993-2015 ASPECT RATIO: Various AUDIO FORMAT: DTS:X LENGTH: 474 mins. DIRECTOR: Steven Spielberg, Joe Johnston, Colin Treverrow STARRING: Sam Neil, Laura Dern, Chris Pratt, Jeff Goldblum