Jurassic Park

The grand experiment of converting iconic films to 3D for theatrical release and home video market resolutely continues in the hopes of attracting wide audience appeal—recent examples include Star Wars: The Phantom Menace, Titanic, and Top Gun. And now we have Jurassic Park. Titanic was the only one that managed to coax me back into a theater, but settling in to watch Jurassic Park at home with my 3D glasses on, I had a peculiar sensation I hadn’t felt in ages—the electric thrill of seeing it for the first time. Having seen it so many times in so many different formats, the experience has almost become passé. But this time, it was suddenly 1993 again and I was actually excited to see this film.

913jura.box.jpgThis new 3D version is exceptional but has some noticeable edge enhancement—but not so much that you feel like you’re looking at paper cutouts in a diorama. Daylight exteriors feature the best clarity and depth of field; the fossil dig and the journey to the island sequences were especially fetching. On the other end of that spectrum, however, darker interiors suffer from halo and ghosting effects but not so egregiously as to completely soil the experience. The DTS-HD Master Audio 7.1 is the same rousing mix from the previously issued trilogy.

The 3D disc comes with one delicious little extra called The World of Jurassic Park 3D, a short vignette detailing the conversion of the film featuring interviews with Steven Spielberg, Kathleen Kennedy, and the talented technicians at Stereo D who also did the 3D conversion for Titanic. It’s also presented in 3D. Nice touch. I find it interesting that Spielberg cites the conversion of Titanic as the benchmark industry standard for the medium and not his buddy George’s Star Wars escapade. Also included on the disc are the My Scenes feature and a D-Box motion control code. The 2D version is identical to the previous issue with the same bonus content. A Digital Copy and bonus DVD are also included.

In this business of having to spend money to make money, cost-cutting measures and substandard 3D conversions will ultimately be the downfall of the medium. Whether or not we’ll see the Harry Potter or Lord of the Rings sagas in 3D remains to be seen. Personally, I’d pay to see Gladiator or The Matrix in 3D if only to experience the thrill of seeing them in a fresh perspective. To me, that’s what makes it all worthwhile.

Blu-Ray 3D
Studio: Universal, 1993
Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
Audio Format: DTS-HD Master Audio 7.1
Length: 127 mins.
MPAA Rating: PG-13
Director: Steven Spielberg
Starring: Sam Neill, Laura Dern, Jeff Goldblum