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Jurassic Park Trilogy

review by Zach B.



MPAA Rating: PG-13

Directed by: Steven Spielberg; Joe Johnston


Studio: Universal

Retail Price: $75.98

Features: All three "Jurassic Park" Films (Widescreen), Beyond Jurassic Park Disc: Original Featurette on the Making of "Jurassic Park", Steven Spielberg directs "Jurassic Park", Animatics: T-Rex Attack, Hurricane In Kaual Featurette, ILM and "Jurassic Park": Before and After the Visual Effects, Original Featurette on the Making of "The Lost World," Interviews with Writer Michael Crichton, "The Lost World": Before and After the Visual Effects, The Compie Dance Number: Thank you Steven Spielberg from ILM, The Special Effects Of "Jurassic Park III", The Industrial Light & Magic Press Reel, The Sound Of "Jurassic Park III", The Art Of "Jurassic Park III", Jurassic Park Ride

Specs: 1.85:1 Anamorphic Widescreen, English Dolby Digital 5.1, English DTS 5.1, French Dolby Digital 5.1, English Subtitles, Spanish Subtitles, Scenes

Released: December 11th, 2001



Simply click on one of the box arts to read a review of each of the "Jurassic Park" films:


As part of this boxed set, Universal has included a special disc entitled Beyond Jurassic Park. This disc is broken up into three sections (one section for each movie). Each part includes some supplements dealing with the particular film. These supplements were not featured on the actual film discs and do give you some more insight (and promo fluff) into making the movies. But what happens if you already bought the first two movies and don't want to buy the whole boxed set? Thankfully, Universal has worked this out nicely so consumers don't get screwed (the way it should be). If you buy "Jurassic Park III," you can send away 6.95 and get the "Beyond Jurassic Park" disc as well as a box to hold all the movies. Nice! So now, let's see what this supplemental bonus disc has to offer...

First section? "Jurassic Park." First up is the near five minute Original Featurette on the Making of the Film. This is standard studio fluff that seems to be park of an EPK. Clips from the film and behind the scenes footage are shown, as interviews with Attenborough, Jeff Goldblum, Laura Dern and others are featured about their "dinosaur experiences" and the film itself.

Steven Spielberg directs "Jurassic Park" was a bit disappointing. Combining the actual final film footage and behind the scenes footage, we really don't see the master that much in action. Rather, we see the scenes being shot and then the final film, or sometimes it is all interlaced together. Not much sadly. I would have liked to see Spielberg do more talking. There's also a seven minute, twenty-two seconds T-Rex Animatic (a storyboard reel of the T-Rex chase scene).

Hurricane In Kaual Featurette is an interesting featurette where the filmmakers (Spielberg, production designer Rick Carter and others) talk about a hurricane that hit the shooting spot of "Jurassic Park." There's also some footage of the hurricane and people watching... I wish it was longer as it runs a little over two minutes, and feels somewhat pointless.

Finally, we have ILM and "Jurassic Park": Before and After the Visual Effects. It's just a comparison of green screen work, CGI work and original footage and then how it all comes together played against the familiar "Jurassic Park" theme. This goes on for over six minutes. So, as you can see, there's not much on the "Jurassic Park" plate.

Heading over to "The Lost World," we also have an Original Featurette on the making of the sequel. This is still a bit fluffy, but a lot better than the one for the first film. Spielberg talks about why he wanted to make a sequel and making the actual sequel. There are interviews with screenwriter David Koepp, Jeff Goldblum and others, plus some behind the scenes footage. Not bad, and it lasts over thirteen minutes.

Interviews with Writer Michael Crichton is probably the best feature on this supplemental disc. We see clips from the films and stills and shots of the actual books too. This is not promotional at all, and we really learn a lot about the source material itself from the man who created the universe himself, Michael . Crichton talks about his original idea and how he didn't like it, and then how he retooled it and then how it got made into the movie. He also talks about his own movie experiences, and his thoughts on making a sequel as far as a book and into a movie. This is really great and really worth any JP fan's time.

"The Lost World": Before and After the Visual Effects is twenty minutes worth of split screen shots of the original footage shot, and then the final film with all the effects completed. Interesting, so if you like this, knock yourself out. Finally, The Compie Dance Number: Thank you Steven Spielberg from ILM is a fun little joke piece of dinosaurs dancing. The inspiration? An Entertainment Weekly quote from "Lost World" scribe David Koepp, who said the next challange was making the dinos dance.

And finally... the latest film, "Jurassic Park III" which features the most in-depth supplements of all the films. The Special Effects Of "Jurassic Park III" is a featurette that talks with Kathleen Kennedy, Sam Neill, Stan Winston and some of the crew about how the special effects were accomplished. Film clips as well as behind the scenes footage are used. It lasts exactly ten minutes and thirty seconds.

The Industrial Light & Magic Press Reel lasts ten minutes, showing off final film footage, storyboards and original footage shot and how it all comes together. The Sound Of "Jurassic Park III" talks about the sound design, has clips from the film (and a little from the first two as well) and behind the scenes footage. This lasts about 14 minutes, as our sound editor talks about the challanges of making the sound seem fresh and exciting in this one. Pretty good stuff here.

Rounding it all out is The Art Of "Jurassic Park III" where Ed Verraux, production designer and illustrator Jack Johnson talk about their work as far as drawing concept art, storyboards and a lot more. Various stills and footage of doing the work is shown too. There are other interviews too as far as creating what needs to be created, plus behind the scenes footage on location. This lasts about eight minutes.

Finally, we have a filmed look at Jurassic Park: The Ride located in Universal Studios Hollywood. I was expecting a commerical (which it actually is), but you go through the actual ride. It's not as good as being there... but it's not bad. And it's promotional!


This is quite a good deal if you're into the "Jurassic Park" films and never bought them on DVD. The extra disc is actually really nice and goes into each film a bit more, which I really liked. And thankfully, to get the extra disc you won't have to buy the whole set in case you've purchased the first two before... and you'll get the nifty box with it! "Jurassic Park" has had a tremendous impact on movies, and this set is a fine addition to any DVD fanatic's library. Well reccomended!