Adventure runs wild when renowned paleontologist Dr. Alan Grant (Sam Neill) agrees to accompany a wealthy adventurer (William H. Macy) and his wife (Tea Leoni) on an aerial tour of Isla Sorna, InGen's former breeding ground for prehistoric creatures. But when they're terrifyingly stranded, Dr. Grant discovers that his hosts are not what they seem, and the island's native inhabitants are smarter, faster, fiercer and more brutal than he ever imagined in this heart-stomping thriller.
You could call this collector's edition "How to Build a Better Dinosaur Movie." The "making-of" overview, a general overview for the casual viewer, just scratches the surface of this virtual dinosaur dig. "A Visit to ILM" takes the viewer step by step through the digital effects process, from concept to completed film, and "A Tour of Stan Winston's Studio" shows the construction of models and full-sized dinosaurs in a brief montage. Three "Behind the Scenes" featurettes pull back the curtain to illustrate the marriage of physical effects and digital animation with the performers. Once you've sampled the documentaries, switch on the film's commentary and review the film with four of the film's effects engineers as they discuss their handiwork in a revealing shot-by-shot dissection. Their pride in the work is palpable, and deservedly so. Paleontologists are using these animated creatures as working models in modern dinosaur research. --Sean Axmaker