on April 23, 2013
***This review really is for the 3D Blu-ray version. I preordered it and it arrived the day before official release :) ***
My wife and I watched it and the 3D is very well done, they clearly did full 3D mapping with curved shapes for faces and pixel infill behind things when you can now see around them. My wife found it as good as 3D gets. As an engineer with image processing background I noticed a few things like artifacts around fast moving stuff and places where (of course) things would not be in focus that were not originally in the plane of focus. I think if you don't go looking for flaws it will just be a great 3D experience, this isn't a cheap cardboard cutout change to 3D, it's the good kind.
The Bluray took a while to start up and then would repeatedly get stuck showing "downloading new attractions from BD-live"; until I turned off BD-live for the Bluray player. .... Update on BD-Live: It would seem that getting stuck at "downloading" was likely due to getting the disk before release. It never gets stuck now (it shows multiple downloaded commercials).
(edited to fix some typos and clarify that this review is for the actual 3D Bluray)
on April 22, 2013
It's more than a little uncommon for a film to visually impress two times in a row. What made for spectacular viewing the first time becomes old news by the second. And with the rate at which the technologies used at the movies advances, these former special-effects heavyweights begin to look dated very quickly.
That makes it all the more impressive that Jurassic Park 3D - a classic celebrating its 20th birthday this year - is still eye-poppingly amazing to look at. The special effects alone have aged like a fine wine, due in no small part to the film's reliance on animatronics over computer animation. Whereas CGI tends to leave everything looking just slightly "off", the dinosaurs of this park feel as real as they come. There's none of that oddly shiny, too-perfect look of modern movies.
Someone at Universal deserves a pat on the back for the job of converting this movie to 3D. The original was obviously never filmed with 3D in mind, but the new sense of depth is completely convincing. It is, in a word, awesome. And in a movie that has the awesomeness of the natural world as a major theme, that really helps to sell it to you.
Behind Jurassic Park's new bells and whistles is the same excellent Spielburgian film it has always been. John Hammond, a visionary scientist, has had a jolly old time playing around with genetics. The fruit of his labor is a private island filled with creatures long since extinct, which he wants to make into an amusement park. He invites three scientists - the couple Alan and Ellie, and the eccentric ladies' man Ian Malcolm - for some academic cred, as his investors are having some trouble believing that resurrecting long-extinct T. Rex's is actually safe. The opening act allows us time to soak in just how incredible this prehistoric wonderland really is. From the huge beasts, to the hatching of a tiny infant raptor, the world of Jurassic Park is wild, but seemingly controlled.
Controlled that is, except for the park's malicious computer programmer, Newman - err, Dennis Nedry. In an attempt to steal dinosaur embryos for a rival genetics company, Nedry inadvertently shuts down the park's security, releasing the hordes, including one hungry T. Rex. The delightfully carefree and safe dino zoo quickly turns into a prehistoric nightmare, with the scientists, Hammond, and his grandchildren all fighting to survive.
Jurassic Park knows what it wants to be - it's a science-fiction thriller, and it does that well. There are more iconic scenes here than a raptor has teeth. Beyond that, though, it's effective as something of a pseudo-nature documentary. When they aren't trying to gobble up the heroes, the dinosaurs simply go about their business - running with their herds, finding a meal, and nesting for the night. It's a grim reminder of humanity's dualistic relationship with nature. Sometimes we live in harmony and mutual wonder. Sometimes they eat us instead.
The acting is mostly excellent, particularly with Jeff Goldblum as Ian. His sarcastic skepticism plays off of the other scientists' straight-man performances hilariously well. Richard Attenborough also does a wonderful job as Hammond and his rapidly-decaying ego. Despite the fact that the entire park was his idea, you do feel sorry for the man as his dream crumbles to pieces around him. While the characters are not the centerpieces (Jurassic Park is much more War of the Worlds than ET), it helps the film immensely to have such engaging performances.
Jurassic Park is definitely worth a second viewing, especially in 3D. The added dimension fits the film perfectly, as if it were shot that way all the way back in 1993. And if you're somehow lucky enough for this to be your first viewing, than enjoy. You're in for a wild ride.
on April 26, 2013
My review pertains to the quality of 3D:
As someone who loves home theater 3D, I have probably every major 3D Blu-ray release, and I'm pretty sure this tops them all.
Literally every scene has been remastered for 3D conversion, and it shows. Its a beautiful, fun, and awesomely entertaining 3D showpiece. Exceeded my expectations in every way.
Also, the "Extras" has an overview of how they spent 9 months transferring the source material to 3D. You really can't go wrong with Jurassic Park 3D.. get it now.
on October 20, 2015
This might have been a great deal. But I have no idea when i am getting the rest of the package i paid for. As with other reviewers, I am told that that the blu ray disc that was supposed to come with the pack isn't available for the people who ordered this special even though the movie has been released already. I could go on and order one today and get it in 2 days, but I won't be getting the one I ordered back in June anytime soon. disappointed.
on October 20, 2015
I preordered the Premiere Pack of Jurassic World back in June because I loved the movie and thought it would be cool to also get the digital copy of Jurassic Park with my order which is the whole reason I ordered the Premiere Pack instead of just the Jurassic World Blu-Ray. But unlike every other movie I've ever preordered from Amazon, this one did not come on its release date. Supposedly I should receive the rest of my order that I've been waiting for (and already PAID for) since June, sometime in the next 3-5 days. I'm not pleased with Amazon's lack of preparedness to fulfill these orders as, from the reviews, this has happened to a lot of people who ordered this Premiere Pack option.
on June 10, 2015
If you were already planning on getting the Jurassic World blu-ray, you should get this. The cost covers the blu-ray, plus you get $15 for a Fandango ticket (I'm seeing it in IMAX 3D - cost me less than $3.00 with the promo code!) and a digital copy of Jurassic Park. Even if you weren't planning on getting the blu-ray, you should take advantage of this deal!
on October 21, 2015
Bought the Premiere Pack which included a Jurassic World Combo Bluray Pre-Order. The Bluray isn't expect to come until December 2015, and it is released now. Very disappointed in this pre-order. Pre-orders generally work very,very well.
UPDATE: Took some of the advice of a reviewer in this thread. My Bluray has been shipped. This is a good package for the price, but I still probably wouldn't have done it over again because of the hassle that went along with it.