Entrepreneur John Hammond (Attenborough) has gathered together
the world's best scientists for a tour of his new facility. Not knowing
what to expect or why they have been asked to Dr. Alan Grant (Neill) and
Dr. Ellie Sattler (Dern) head to the island off the coast of Costa Rica
but when they get there they come face to face with something they could
have ever expected. Hammond and his corporation has have created a theme
park like the world has ever seen because this is no ordinary theme park
with roller coasters and rides but living exhibits. These are no ordinary
animals but living and breathing dinosaurs.
When it comes to redefining the definition for blockbusters
you can rely on one man, Steven Spielberg.
After inventing the summer blockbuster with 'Jaws', Steven
Spielberg has been at the forefront of the event movie ever since. In 1993
he took the blockbuster to the next level with his adaptation of Michael
Crichton's best selling novel 'Jurassic Park'. After making you believe
in loveable aliens, taking you on archaeological adventures and making you
afraid to go back into the water, he now brings dinosaurs to life.
'Jurassic Park' advanced visual effects in the same way 'Star
Wars' did in 1977. This was the first movie to full utilise the advances
in computer-generated imagery to produce living and breathing dinosaurs.
With brilliantly realistic models by Stan Winston's creature shop used in
the close-ups, it is the full screen CG animated dinosaurs that really bring
this story to life. Now we can see a T-Rex in full motion chasing down a
jeep, velociraptors hunting and hordes of dinosaurs roaming the plains.
Sam Neill, Laura Dern, Jeff Goldblum and Richard Attenborough
lead the cast as Dr. Allan Grant, Dr. Ellie Sattler, Dr. Ian Malcolm and
Jurassic Park owner John Hammond. None of them are superstar names but this
works well for the movie as they make their characters more believable and
easier to follow. Joseph Mazzello and Ariana Richards are also very good
as youngster Tim and Lex, as neither of them are your typical annoying child
character that ends up saving the day.
'Jurassic Park' makes you believe that dinosaurs are alive
again. With some of the best visual effects ever to hit the silver screen,
Steven Spielberg has redefined the blockbuster again and taken us onto the
next level of visual effects and high adventure. A classic.
THE LOST WORLD:
Jeff Goldblum, Julianne Moore, Vince Vaughn, Pete Postlethwaite, Vanessa
Lee Chester, Peter Stormare, Arliss Howard, Richard Attenborough and Richard
After surviving the disaster at Jurassic Park, Dr. Ian Malcolm (Jeff
Goldblum) is asked to visit the recovering John Hammond (Attenborough)
only for him to tell him that the park wasn't the only place were Dinosaurs
were kept. Hammond tells him the Site B installation was the major research
facility and was where most of the dinosaurs were created and grown. Wondering
what this has to do with him, Hammond tells him that an observation team
has been sent to the island and his girlfriend Dr Sarah Harding (Moore)
is leading them but they have lost radio contact. Fearing the worst, He
assembles his own team and heads back to the place that dominates his
Following one of the biggest blockbusters of all time was always going
to be a difficult task but can 'The Lost World: Jurassic Park' improve
on the first movie?
Adapting Michael Crichton's second novel in the series, the story continues
as we return to the islands off the coast of Costa Rica to discover that
the dinosaurs haven't died out that they were genetically engineered to
do but they have thrived and are breeding. Now instead of a theme park
we visit the Site B research facility on Isla Sorna, where the dinosaurs
have taken over after the In-Gen employees left after the disastrous events
of the first movie.
The premise for high adventure is good and again Spielberg delivers the
thrills and spills but it doesn't quite have the same impact as the first
film. The problem with 'The Lost World' is that the initial 'awe' factor
has gone. The audience now know that the SFX people can bring dinosaurs
back to life so what the team have to deliver are a good story and some
even more impressive set pieces. Spielberg succeeds in upping the action
quota but at the determent of the story.
The plot just seems like an excuse to get humans back in contact with
the dinosaurs and a way of linking together the action sequences. The
characters also suffer from a lack of development, especially when some
of them, most noticeably Pete Postlethwaite's big game hunting character
Roland Tembo who seems a little too clichéd. The cast do there best with
what they have to work with but you can't help but think they are owed
a lot more.
'The Lost World: Jurassic Park' is an entertaining, big budget popcorn
movie that doesn't quite have the same wow factor as the first film. There
are some amazing set sequences however, that will have you on the edge
of your seat and this is more than enough to keep you entertained.
JURASSIC PARK III
Sam Neill, William H. Macy, Téa Leoni, Alessandro Nivola, Trevor Morgan,
Michael Jeter, Blake Michael Bryan and Laura Dern
Billionaires Paul (Macy) and Amanda Kirby (Leoni) promise Dr. Alan Grant
(Neill) substantial funding, if he will accompany them as they fly over
Isla Sorna, the location of Site B. As the party fly over the island,
the plane starts to descend and land. Discovering it has all been a rouse,
the Kirby's reveal that they have come to the island to look for their
missing son and they need his expertise to find him. The noise of the
plane however has alerted the local residents and the major predators
on the island are starting to close in.
After two movies directed by Steven Spielberg, can the Jurassic Park
franchise survive without him?
This movie is just pure, on the edge of your seat, action. From the beginning
to the end, the pace of the movie is relentless, never stopping for character
development or advancement of the very limited plot. Director Joe Johnston
has taken over Steven Spielberg's directional duties with a real passion
for the material and instils a new visual, more in your face approach
to the dinosaur attacks. The cast or menu is very good, with William H
Macy and Téa Leoni always extremely watchable and Sam Neil jumping back
into his Alan Grant role with some bravado. There is also a good performance
from Alessandro Nivola as Grant's assistant Billy Brennan.
The stars of the show are again, the dinosaurs. The Spinosaurus and the
Pteranodons are unbelievable, showing that ILM and Stan Winston are by
far the best in their fields. The only problem with the movie is that
the dinosaur attacks were too graphic for the PG rating the film has been
given. There is one scene in particular that is just too much. Small children
should not be seeing violence of this magnitude.
Jurassic Park III doesn't have the substance of the previous two films
and feels more like an amusement park ride than a movie but this doesn't
make it any less enjoyable. This is the definition of a big popcorn movie
that is pure entertainment.
Park (Bonus features disc)
Original featurette on the making of the film (4.50 mins)
Director Steven Spielberg, author Michael Crichton and stars Sam Neill,
Laura Dern, Jeff Goldblum, Ariana Richards, Joseph Mazzello and Richard
Attenborough talk about the story of the film, the park and the dinosaurs.
Steven Spielberg directs Jurassic Park (9.08 mins)
Behind the scenes footage as we see the master director at work on the
'lab', 'looking for the dinosaurs', 'arriving on the island', 'entering
the park', 'the raptor pen' and 'the T-Rex enclosure' scenes.
Animatics: T-Rex Attack (7.25 mins)
Watch the animated storyboards, stop motion animation and early CG used
to plan out the T-Rex sequence.
Hurricane in Kauai Featurette (2.10 mins)
Director Steven Spielberg, producer Gerald R. Molen and production designer
Rick Carter talk about the hurricane that almost destroyed the set as
it hit the Hawaiian Islands.
ILM and Jurassic Park: Before and After the Visual Effects
View the stages of development for the computer generated visual effects
for the 'First Sight', 'T-Rex vs. Car', 'The Stampede', 'In the kitchen'
and the 'T-Rex finale'.
Universal Mediterranea (0.48 mins)
Promotional advert for the Spanish theme park complex
The Lost World:
Original Featurette on the Making of the Film (13.19
Director Steven Spielberg, screenwriter David Koepp, production designer
Rick Carter, director of photography Janusz Kaminiski, full motion dinosaur
supervisor Dennis Muren, creature designer Stan Winston and stars Jeff
Goldblum, Richard Attenborough, Julianne Moore, Vince Vaughn, Pete Postlethwaite
and Vanessa Lee Chester talk about continuing the story of Jurassic Park.
With behind the scenes footage, the group talk about the story, characters,
stunts and the new dinosaurs of the sequel.
Interviews with writer Michael Crichton (15.28 mins)
The writer of 'Jurassic Park' and 'The Lost World' talks about the origins
of the story and the science behind it. He discusses the characters and
how he became involved with Steven Spielberg to make the film. He also
talks the themes of the story and how adaptations of books differ from
the finished movie.
ILM and 'The Lost World': Before and After the Visual
Effects (20.05 mins)
Split screen footage of the development of the scenes played with the
finished sequence. Scenes include 'Opening Sequence' 'Finding Sarah',
'Dinosaur capture', 'High cage', 'T-Rex in the camp', 'Truck fall', 'Raptor
chase', 'Compie Chase', 'San Diego' and 'Finale'.
The Compie Dance Number: Thank you Steven Spielberg (1.39
A show reel for ILM that see the Compie's performing a dance number in
honour of director Steven Spielberg.
The Special Effects of Jurassic Park III (10.32 mins)
Director Joe Johnson, producer Kathleen Kennedy, effects supervisor John
Rosengrant, creature designer Stan Winston, special effects supervisor
Michael Lamtieri and stars Sam Neill, Téa Leoni and William H. Macy talk
about the combination of full size animatronic and computer generated
dinosaurs used to bring 'Jurassic Park III' to life. The group talk about
the new dinosaurs introduced in the film and the techniques used to bring
them to life.
Industrial Light and Magic Press Reel (10.15 mins)
ILM show off the new techniques utilised to bring the dinosaurs to life.
The reel highlights the development of the creatures and show the methods
used to build a better dinosaur including using muscle and skin techniques
to make the movement look more realistic. The reel also shows how the
animatronic and CGI dinosaurs combined and the use of computer generated
The Sounds of Jurassic Park III (13.36 mins)
Sound editor Christopher Boyes, foley artists Jena Vance and Denny Thorpe,
foley mixer Tony Eckert and composer Don Davis reveal how the sound and
music were created for the film. The sound effects artist talk about how
the dinosaur sounds are created, revealing how most of the grunts and
growls are come from animal noise. The featurette also look into how the
incidental or foley sounds are created and the responsibility put on the
shoulders of Don Davis having to take over from the great John Williams
when it comes to writing the score.
The Art of Jurassic Park III (7.56 mins)
Producer Kathleen Kennedy, production designer Ed Verreaux, illustrator
Jack Johnston, key storyboard artist David Lowery and storyboard artist
Rodolfo Damaggio take you through the pre-production process for 'Jurassic
Park III'. Here we see the storyboards, concept art and set design came
together to start the production of the film.
Jurassic Park: The Ride (2.36 mins)
See the actual theme park ride of Jurassic Park at Universal Studios in
Like the 'Indiana Jones' and 'Star Wars' trilogy box sets,
'Jurassic Park: The Ultimate Collection' sees the three films accompanied
by a bonus DVD of extras but unlike the afore mentioned sets, the dinosaur
trilogy is a real let down. When you re-release and repackage a trilogy
of films, the fan would at least expect some new bonus material to be
included but this is just a collection of short featurettes produced at
the time of the film's releases. This is extremely disappointing and gives
no incentive for fans to invest in this new collection, especially if
they already have the films in their collection. Universal should have
done a lot more here.
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