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The Lost World: Jurassic Park
Collector's Edition
(Dolby Digital, Widescreen)

review by Zach B.

 


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Rated PG-13

Studio: Universal

Running Time: 129 minutes

Starring: Jeff Goldblum, Julianne Moore,

Based on the novel by Michael Crichton
Adapted by David Koepp

Directed by Steven Spielberg

Retail Price: $26.99

Features: "Making The Lost World" Documentary, Deleted Scenes, Still Galleries, Dinosaur Encyclopedia, Production Notes, Cast & Crew Bios, Theatrical Trailers, DVD-ROM

Specs: 1.85:1 Anamorphic Widescreen, 5.1 Dolby Digital English, 2.0 Dolby Surround French, English Subtitles, Spanish Subtitles, Chapter Search (2 Chapters)

Right along with Jurassic Park, Spielberg's mega sequel to the smash hit film has been another anticipated DVD title. Though the film is not as popular as the first, it still has a huge audience and people can't resist and have to own both films on DVD. Like so many other anticipated titles, "The Lost World" is finally out and we can all rejoice.

The film smashed opening weekend records when it released during Memorial Day 1997, however, it quickly died down and only went on to gross 226 million domestically. That is indeed a lot, but compared to the 365 million the original "Jurassic Park" did, it kind of makes you wonder about word of mouth.

I was really disappointed with "The Lost World". I went to a screening for the film way before it opened. Spielberg's direction is good here again, and a ton of the effects are amazing, and there are some pretty memorable and nice scenes, but David Koepp's choppy script, and the fact only Jeff Goldblum is the major character returning (despite some cameos from Attenborough as well as Ariana Richards and Joseph Mazzello), I found that pretty disappointing (I guess the book was like that, which I never read). I just didn't find it so enthralling, a lot of the characters are not developed so well, and I never got excited or so interested. It does get boring, and some characters are plain pointless. It's not the worst film ever, but it's not as engaging as it could have been. But as far as sequels go, this ranks as one of the bad ones.

However, the DVD does have a good amount of features and some booming video and audio.

For a film that's three years old, it's not as good as I expected. A lot of the problems are minor, but they do add up. I noticed some minor artifacting and edge enhancment, as well as some grain and debris on the print. Also, images do appear pretty soft at points throughout the film (especially toward the beginning). Still, the picture is nice with great color hues, solid black and good detail, all presented in 1.85:1 Anamorphic Widescreen.

Reference quality. The Dolby Digital 5.1 is excellent, and a whole soundstage comes to life through it. The beginning is a wonderful example. The baby dinos, the music, the screaming, just makes great use. John Williams score is put to nice use hear, and I was pretty impressed with the Stegasauruses which occurs about 23 minutes into the film... it's a big more aggressive than the original Jurassic Park track, and I loved every minute of it. A French 2.0 Surround is included, and so are English and Spanish subtitles. The subtitles are inputed creatively at where the characters are posistioned and whatnot, and I found that it could get annoying and distract from viewing.

Features... features... again, like the first film's disc, nothing revolutionary, but there is a good amount of stuff.

The Making Of The Lost World Documentary last one hour, and offers a really good amount of behind the scenes footage, interviews and insights on the making of it. A really good watch to see how it was all done.

Two Deleted Scenes are in non-anamorphic widescreen, and look pretty bad with a lot of scratches and grain, and it's clear why they were cut. They don't move the story at all, though the second scene presented adds on a little developted to the Trembo character, but in all, I didn't really enjoy them.

Image Galleries are included on the disc, so if you like your pictures, you'll definently enjoy these. "Storyboards," "Production Photographs," "Illustrations And Conceptual Drawings," "Models," "The World Of Jurassic Park," "The Magic Of ILM" and "Promotion And Toys." are all included, so knock yourself out. The "Promotion and Toys" gallery is big, with a lot of concept poster art. There are only a few snapshots of the toys, but what annoyed me with the posters is that they have every concept poster and the regular posters, but there was this "3-D" one with the logo and then a T-Rex head that pops out at you when you look another way. Of course, it's not included... also, Universal assumes you know to work your stills and your player... no instructions are given on how to turn foward or back.

Rounding out the disc is what was inlcluded on Jurassic Park, there's the fantastic Dinosaur Encyclopedia, which gives some great info and pictures about Dinosaurs and the eras they lived in, so it's a good brush up on their history and certain dinosaurs (and to help the kiddies study in school!). Very detailed and well put together Production Notes, as well as Cast and Crew Bios. There are also Three Trailers. One is for Jurassic Park and appears a bit grainy (and there were two trailers for Jurassic Park, and the disc only has one. This is the semi-teaser), the other for The Lost World which looks nice and the other a horrible, incredibly stupid for the upcoming, Joe Johnston directed Jurassic Park III. It appears to be video like, and is good for a laugh.

Some DVD-ROM features have been included, such as Weblinks, a Newsletter, website and a few more goodies...

One last note, the Menus are exact opposites with Jurassic Park. While this has the pushed up footprint, the other film has a dino mud mark and things are located on opposite sides mostly. Just to let you know.

While I did enjoy some parts to the movie, this sequel was a big disappointment. The DVD has decent picture (though I expected much better), reference sound and nice supplements. If you love Jurassic Park, there's no doubt you have or will pick this mediocre sequel up.

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