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The ‘Jurassic Park [in 3D!]: An IMAX Experience’ made me feel like a kid again, watching it for the first time. 3D is a hit/or/miss fad for me. I am very selective what I see in 3D. It has to be worth the extra money I am going to shell out for it. Same applies to the word, IMAX. You must earn my 15 dollars.
I have a soft spot for JP though, so I couldn’t resist. I am very glad I took the chance. A) I believe JP will be at the IMAX for a very short time, and B) It is quite possibly the best immersive 3D presentation to a non-3D film I have ever seen.
Some shots looked a little out of focus, but the overall film was very impressive, best print/transfer I’ve seen of JP (makes me pissed that my Blu Ray set doesn’t look as good as this print). The sound was perfect too. I don’t know if the normal 3D prints of JP is as immersive as the IMAX experience.
As I was watching ‘Jurassic Park’ for the 9900000000000th time (fifth time on the big screen, 1st time on the huge screen(!)), I kept on thinking about how much the first experience watching the film 20 years ago, captivated me. I kept on thinking about how much I admire Steven Spielberg, and the inspiration he gave nerds like me. I kept on thinking about how much I miss Universal Studios Florida, and the Jurassic Park section at Islands of Adventure (and crossing fingers it will never have the same fate as Jaws/Back to the future Ride(s). I kept on thinking about the late Showcase Cinemas, the setting of when I first saw ‘JP,’ and ended up being my first employer. And I kept on thinking about my dad, who took me to see ‘Jurassic Park’ when I was 8. He doesn’t view ‘JP’ the same way I do, but he never saw movies the way I do anyhow. Somehow, seeing ‘JP’ in its glory again on the big screen made me think of all of that.
A lot of movies these days don’t have the same impact ‘JP’ did. Even Spielberg himself lost the blockbuster charm he once had. I notice some critics don’t rank ‘Jurassic Park’ up there with the Indiana’s, Star Wars, Jaws, and E.T.’s. That’s unfair to say, considering how influential ‘JP’ was to my generation of filmmakers/storytellers/and movie buffs.
“As the years went by it seemed the film was held in an a curiously dimmer light. Classic action adventures from the director such as “Raiders of the Lost Ark” lived on, while “Jurassic Park” was simply considered lesser-than. And here I was thinking it deserved a place right along side them….
It’d been awhile since I watched my Lost World DVD, but I was in the mood after the JP3D screening last night. While re-watching the special features I was reminded that the original ending for TLW actually involved a pteranodon attack (their was an earlier pteranodon sequence as well that was…
Not to sound like a geek/nerd/dork/Spiel-gullible(!), but I bought advance tickets to JURASSIC PARK [IN 3D] (AT THE IMAX) for April 5th! :-x Hey man - it’s my favorite movie. Can’t resist seeing it again on the big screen! Has it been 20 years already?!?
When I was still in high school (2000-2003), I used to obsess over a website called DreamWorks SKG Fansite. It was a fairly detailed site that honored both Steven Spielberg and DreamWorks pictures. The only other site that was more detailed was Spielbergfilms, which doesn’t exist anymore. As a matter of fact, DreamWorks Fansite doesn’t exist either.
Anyway, I once emailed the owner/webmaster of the site, Jawad Mir, if I could write a piece for his site. He never replied. I also asked the webmaster of Spielbergfilms, whom replied back, ‘thanks but no thanks.’
Years later after writing several columns/reviews/and DVD pieces for MovieFreak, I get this random email from Jawad Mir (whom happens to be a director now, doing his own films and such in Canada), complimenting my writing and reviews off MovieFreak. I instantly recognized the name, and geeked out how I love his website. We conversed back and forth via instant messenger. After discussing our favorite Spielberg movies (as expected from Spiel-nerds), he asked if I would be interested in writing an original piece for his site. Of course, Jurassic Park stomped into my mind! So began this verrrrrrrrryyyyyyyyy long piece.
I was asked if I could write more pieces for his site. Although I wanted to (there were a few neat ideas I had, and he even fed me some ideas), this was the only piece I wrote for DreamWorksfansite.com
'The Jurassic Park rampage' was published around 2006/2007 (can't remember off hand when, exactly). Between this piece and the Blu Ray review I wrote for MovieFreak a couple of years ago, I prefer the Blu Ray review.
Still, I remember I had a lot of fun writing this, and it was an honor to be recognized by someone whom I’ve followed years prior. Goes to show, you never know who could be reading your pieces, especially if it’s published online.
I can’t say I am geeked for this. Jurassic Park 3 sucked (script was unfinished/rushed/then leaked online, the story was repetitive, and didn’t have the epic feel of the first two).
I say wait five/ten years, and then do a remake (I know, I know - the guy that despises remakes is suggesting a remake). I want to see an adaptation that follows the source material more closely, making it edgy and give it a R rating (instead of having it family friendly, film it the way it was intended; a thrill ride for adults in the same genre of ALIEN and THE TERMINATOR).
I know this is never going to happen. I just hope JP IV isn’t another “let’s go to the island and run from dinos for 2 hours.”