Jurassic Park Ultimate Trilogy

On a remote tropical island, an amazing living theme park becomes a game of survival for humans foolhardy enough to set foot on it. Meticulously recreated dinosaurs spring to astonishing life as a multimillionaire (Richard Attenborough) bankrolls an effort to use advanced DNA technology to bring dinosaurs back to life. When an employee shuts down the security system for personal monetary gain all hell breaks loose when the dinosaurs escape forcing the visitors to play a game of cat and mouse with the deadly prehistoric creatures.

Throughout movie history there are certain films that change the way movies are made and Jurassic Park certainly qualifies due to its cutting-edge use of CGI effects. Even to this day, the dinosaurs depicted in the film look so lifelike it's kind of creepy. When it hit theaters in 1993, it blew audiences away and became an instant classic.

When Blu-ray debuted in 2006, enthusiasts had a number of trilogies they wanted in their collections; Star Wars (the original trilogy), The Lord of the Rings, Indiana Jones, and Jurassic Park, just to name a few. Three of the four are now available on Blu-ray, but what we all really wanted was the original Jurassic Park and not the two inferior sequels, but most of us aren't willing to wait for the individual releases and will succumb to the instant gratification the box set offers.

Is it worth the bundled price? Absolutely! While the video encodes won't blow you away, the DTS-HD MA 7.1 soundtracks are simply outstanding and certainly are demo-worthy in every regard. Everything you want is here; first-rate dynamic range, frequency response, and surround envelopment. Here are three of my favorite demo scenes from the first movie.

Monster in a box

  • Chapter 1, 0:00:30
  • Dynamic range, frequency response, surround envelopment
  • Listen to the ominous beat of the score as the opening credits begin to roll. When the first image of the jungle foliage his the screen you'll hear the rustling of the bushes as something massive approaches the loading zone. When the raptor finally strikes at its captors, all hell breaks loose as the works try and save one of their own from certain death.

The Tyrannosaurus Rex

  • Chapter 11, 01:01:46
  • Dynamic range, frequency response, surround envelopment
  • OK, you knew this one was coming since every enthusiast has used this as a demo scene since the film hit home video on VHS and laserdisc. Listen to the pattering rain as it hits the roof of the SUV, the thumping of the approaching footsteps, and of course, the massive roar of the man-eating beast.

Chaos in the kitchen

  • Chapter 17, 01:47:57
  • Dynamic range
  • This is one of my favorite scenes from the film as the kids try and hide from the raptors. Listen to their whispered conversation, the pattering of their feet on the tile floor, and how you can hear the approaching steps of the raptor before he peers in the window. Finally, when the beast lets out his snort, the lifelike sound sends a chill down my spine every time!

Release Date: October 25, 2011
Studio: Universal

Jurassic Park
Movie: 10/10
Picture: 8/10
Sound: 10/10

The Lost World: Jurassic Park
Movie: 6/10
Picture: 8/10
Sound: 10/10

Jurassic Park III
Movie: 5/10
Picture: 8/10
Sound: 10/10