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This review is from: Jurassic Park Adventure Pack (Jurassic Park / The Lost World: Jurassic Park / Jurassic Park III) (DVD)
Yeah, I know the title of this review is corny, but you have to admit that this is a pretty nice boxed set. It contains all three films from the "Jurassic Park" film series. The first film stands alone as one of the most impressive and progressive films of its time. It featured the best special effects of its time and each film builds on these effects. Let's break each film down:
"Jurassic Park" Five stars
Perhaps the greatest dinosaur film ever made, "Jurassic Park" features brilliant special effects, wonderful acting and a great plotline filled with suspense and horror. With Sam Neill, Laura Dern, Jeff Goldblum, and Richard Attenborough heading up a small cast of characters including Samuel L. Jackson, this film is sure to be a winner in anyone's collection. Briefly, this is the tale of a man who hopes to cash in on genetically bred dinosaurs by creating a sort of theme park that allows the average man to get an up-close-and-personal look at T-Rex, stegosaurus, and those wicked velociraptors. Of course, when a small group arrives to approve the park, things go awry. Highly recommended flick worthy of multiple views.
"The Lost World" Three Stars
The weakest flick in the series. Jeff Goldblum reprises his role from the original flick as he goes to a second island where the dinos from the original film were allowed to grow before being shipped to the park. He's there to help a small group study the dinosaurs in an environment untouched by man. Then a gang of hunters come along in a last ditch effort to save the pocketbooks of the JP stockholders and bring a T-Rex back to San Diego, CA to cash in. Unfortunately, this film was weighed down by eco-terrorism and way too many characters. Though the cast was very good, there just wasn't enough to work with here. Not worthy of many viewings, but it's nice to have in the set.
"Jurassic Park III" Four stars
The best sequel and it saves the saga from the forgettable "Lost World." This film brings back Sam Neill's character who gets conned into going back to the islands and ends up having to save the son of a wealthy and on-the-outs couple(played wittingly by William H. Macy and Tea Leoni). It has a brief but wonderful cameo by Laura Dern and takes a potshot at the purple dino, Barney. This film is the most wide open of the bunch as it ditches the suspense of the original and the morality tale of "Lost World" and goes straight for the action. It's a wonderful popcorn flick that works well for what it is. Definitely worthy of multiple viewings and definitely worth owning.
As a whole, this set is really wonderful to own. You get all three films for less than the price of two of them if you purchased each separately. The packaging is pretty cool since it resembles the opening gates that are so famous from the first film. There are plenty of extras for folks into that kind of stuff and two out of three of these films is worth watching more than once. The original flick is timeless, "JPIII" is a rollercoaster ride, and "The Lost World" is nice to have if you're a completionist. Get this set today if you can't get enough of the dino-action and dino-horror that is the "Jurassic Park Adventure Pack."
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Initial post: Feb 5, 2009 5:24:32 AM PST
Last edited by the author on Feb 5, 2009 5:27:02 AM PST
C. A. Luster says:
Greart review and pretty much spot on. I have to give the second movie 3 and half stars though because some parts of it on the island were quite good, like the Rex's after their baby at the RV. The parts off the island pretty much sucked though and I think their biggest mistake with the storyline. They should have just stayed with capturing and shipping, but not actually leaving the island. I would give the 3rd movie a 5 too. Quite honestly I like it as much as the first movie and because I have seen the first one so much I find myself looking at the 3rd more lately. Can't wait till they come out with this set in Blu-ray.
In reply to an earlier post on Feb 8, 2009 2:50:59 PM PST
Ken Fontenot says:
I find myself watching JPIII more than the original also. Like you, I watched the original quite a bit and now I usually watch the third one for the simple fact that it is a "fresher" film. The second film did have some high points, but it just wasn't good enough for me. If you enjoy reading, I recommend both of the books. Just as with the films, the first book is much better than the second, but both are very enjoyable (and feature a few twists that were changed for the films).
Posted on Mar 1, 2009 11:12:04 PM PST
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Posted on Mar 9, 2009 2:28:35 PM PDT
Deeann Bradley says:
Maybe because I live in Southern California I like JPII for San Diego. Maybe it was a weak spot, but opened up from jungle/island scenes to urban city.
In reply to an earlier post on Jun 22, 2009 12:26:14 AM PDT
Wow, I can't believe you guys like the 3rd one so much. I just did a marathon and watched all 3 in a row, and definately 1 and 2 are the best. Actually, 2 is my favorite. The dinos look Soooo realistic, much more so than the 3rd one. I could watch 2 over and over...
Posted on May 8, 2010 11:53:47 AM PDT
Are the movies in the Adventure pack widescreen, or full screen? They are listed as widescreen, but another reviewer said theirs was full - I'm wondering if that was an anomaly or if the listing is wrong. Thank you!
In reply to an earlier post on May 8, 2010 2:43:31 PM PDT
Ken Fontenot says:
The set that I received is wide screen. I've also seen the set in a few stores over the years and it is also listed as wide screen.
Posted on Jul 10, 2011 6:51:23 PM PDT
A. Bell says:
The second film deserves an extra star, though, as it is the only film in the trilogy where, for most of it, you WANT the dinosaurs to eat people! Those people TOTALLY had it coming!
In reply to an earlier post on Jul 17, 2011 10:12:31 PM PDT
A Gamer Guy says:
I can't believe you thought the third movie was better than the second? Sure the 2nd was nothing like the book, but it had a much better plot than the third. The third was just some stupid kid decided to go para sailing by the island and now the parent's are trying to rescue him. That is one of the most basic plots for a movie I've ever seen. Awful movie. First one was amazing, second was decent, third was awful.
In reply to an earlier post on Jul 21, 2011 4:40:13 AM PDT
I whole-heartedly agree with everything you just wrote.