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USHE Press Release: Jurassic Park Ultimate Trilogy (Blu-ray)

Discussion in 'Blu-ray and UHD' started by Ronald Epstein, Jun 27, 2011.

  1. Carlo Medina

    Carlo Medina Well-Known Member

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    Will definitely use the links, Ron. Unfortunately that price is a little high for me right now. I was hoping for a street price of about $15 a film (so $45). I can appreciate that they're putting new extras in there, as opposed to just rehashing existing extras, and hopefully those new extras will be in HD. I guess the price isn't unreasonable for three complete films, but since I think we all agree all three aren't timeless classics, you'd think they could cut the people buying the set a little bit of a price break. But hey, LoTR EE was going for $80 until street date, where it suddenly dropped to $69, so there's still hope for this one!
     
  2. Russell G

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    If you pre-order it now, you will get the cheapest price on that Amazon lists it at prior to shipping. Lord Of The Rings appeared on Amazon.ca at $89.99. I ended up getting it for $58 even though the current price on shipping is $64.99 due to them tinkering with the prices prior to street. If it looks like it's still going to be higher then what you can get in the store, you can always cancel a week before it ships.


    Win/win. With Amazon.ca anyways, I presume the yank version works the same. :)
     
  3. TonyD

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    Yikes that $55 is much too high. Did do the preorder but it better come waaayy down.
     
  4. Ron-P

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    Pre-ordered via the link, thanks Ron.
     
  5. Ronald Epstein

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    Gents,


    Thanks.


    My confident guess is that with what Best Buy ends up

    selling the set for, the Amazon price will come down an

    additional $10 by release date to match it.


    I have no doubt this will sell for $45, and really, though I

    also just preordered, I will cancel the set if it does not

    reach that price point.

    Getting very frugal with all the boxed sets coming out at

    once at the end of the year. Most of this stuff I can wait

    for Black Friday sales on Amazon to purchase.
     
  6. AaronMK

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    Most of TLW felt like a terror film, that was too often unintentionally funny, trying to straddle corporate and environmental themes. (The trailer scene being a nice exception.) I had a hard time taking it seriously, and a hard time dismissing it as just a thrill ride.... until it got to San Diego. Once there, I felt it had finally lightened up and put its tongue firmly in cheek. I could enjoy it as rampage porn not meant to be taken seriously. Box set seems a little steep, but that's only because they are not available individually.
     
  7. TonyD

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    Rampage porn, really?
     
  8. Barton Lynch

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    It's crap... and I respectfully disagree with you, I think The Lost World damaged the saga beyond repair. The thing I love about the original Jurassic Park was the documentary feel, that old school Spielberg/Khan/Kennedy/Williams 70's film making and the focus on the slow pace that built up in mystery towards half the movie (like Jaws & Close Encounters) when we finally have our asses kicked by the entrance of the T-Rex. Pure gold. The Lost World may not be crap, but it lost that vibe turning from science-wannabe-documentary-mystery-film (that JP is) to Blockbuster-Super-Fun-Ride-Extravaganza. Jurassic Park was more for the intellect, TLW was more for the senses. Now JP III is another thing altogether, crap. It's no even directer by Spielberg (and it shows on every frame) worst of all the score was butchered by Don Davis, whom I loved with The Matrix but certainly he is not meant for the classical Wagnerian incidental scoring that Williams excels at. He's more suited to sci-fi cyberpunk genres. I also hate kids in movies, but Tim & Lex were not obnoxious or annoying like Ian's daughter with her super hero dino-kicking acrobatics. Now the kid in JP III has all the classic elements of the annoying brat we all hate to see in movies, like the 10 year old Anakin Skywalker kind. The third film was so lame in capital letters that I thank the lord the power went out in the theater almost near the end (I have this luck happen again with the third installment of Pirates of the Caribbean in a different theater... I guess I have some angel looking after me). I still hope WB releases a digi-book of the first film, otherwise I'll wait for the price to go down and purchase the trilogy, only to trash or give away the sequels.
     
  9. Rick Thompson

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    I have to disagree. I thought III was very good as sequels go. It had no pretensions, got right to the dinosaurs, didn't give us any lectures, delivered lots of action, and wrapped it all up in just over 90 minutes. Nothing "significant," but fun and very good for what it was -- a popcorn movie.
     
  10. Stephen_J_H

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    TLW was a PG-13 rated Jaws-style body count flick, plain and simple. When viewed at that level, it's quite enjoyable. I completely agree with Rick Thompson's assessment of JP III: it's a cut-the-crap thrill ride, plain and simple. Plus it gave us

    a great death scene for the underrated Michael Jeter, who at the time was slumming on Sesame Street, playing Mr. Noodle to Kevin Clash's Elmo. Elmo's World annoyed the hell out of me at the time, so "death to Mr. Noodle" was very cathartic.
     
  11. Johnny Angell

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    If you are saying that having a kid in any movie is automatically a strike against the movie, than you'll excuse me if I discount your opinion in the future. If I can use some of your words, "I also hate such a broad based stroke of the opinion brush." I do believe that a poorly cast child actor, in a significant role, can hurt or ruin a movie, but the opposite is also true. A well cast kid can lift the movie. Does this hatred of kids in movies extend to movies in which there's be no movie without them? How about "To Kill a Mockingbird" with Mary Badham and Phillip Alford (Scout and Jem). Neither one went on to significant acting carers but they were marvelous in the movie. How about Carrie Hennn in Aliens? She was terrific in the role and an extremely important component of the movie. Patty McCormack in the Bad Seed? Oooh, I hated that evil kid, but liked the actor. The lying little girl in Children's Hour? Another great acting job. Veronica Cartwright (who has gone on to a successful acting career) in Hitchcock's The Birds? She's great in that. I can't forget to mention Haley Joel Osment in The Sixth Sense. The movie just crumbles with a great child actor and they got one. Of course, he was a "seasoned" actor having already appearing in Forest Gump. Speaking of Forest Gump, the kid who played the young Forest was also very good. If I remember correctly, his speech patterns influenced Tom Hanks in the way he portrayed Forest. Continuing with Osment, A.I. couldn't have been made without him or another actor of his caliber. Some child performances are the kid being natural and some are the kid actually acting. Clearly Osment is acting (well) in A.I. and the Sixth Sense. Edward Furlong (John Connor) in T2 is more nature than actor, though he performs the role well. Henry Thomas as Elliot in E.T. strickes be more as a kid who when he's successful in the movie is more natural than acting and when he comes up short, is acting. I'm less impressed with his performance as the years go by, though I still enjoy the movie. When the kid in JP2 does the gymnastics thing, it's a real eye-roller for me. But that's the fault of the script and the movie makers, not the kid. Elsewhere in the movie she's fine. When she's showing fear up in the high hide, I think she's excellent. The lost boy in JP3, what annoying properties? He doesn't give the adults verbal crap, he's overjoyed to see his parents. When he's riding down the boat near the end of the movie telling Grant that Billy had it right, he's speaking with youthful innocence and enthusiasm and Grant doesn't disagree with him. I just don't see the annoying properties. It's been a long time since I watched SW1 and the young Anakin Skywalker. I remember thinking, the kid was ok, but not great. Of course in such a pivotal role, that can be a serious drawback. How about Kirsten Dunst in Interview With a Vampire? Terrific and she's followed up with a great career. Dakota Fanning in War of the Worlds (and more). These two actresses are truly the entire package as both natural kids and actors. When I watch a movie (or tv show) with a significant role for a kid, I find myself, more often than not, wondering how does the kid do something so good at such a young age? There's going to be a stage production of To Kill a Mockingbird in our town this coming season and I hope the kids knock it out of the park.
     
  12. Bryan^H

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    You see, it is shit like this that kills sales of BluRay titles. Universal is starting to annoy me with these collector sets. I let it slide with Back to the Future(Because I thought the third one was alright) but this is unacceptable. I LOVE Jurassic Park. Absolutely love it. However, hate is not a strong enough word for how I feel about the second and third films. Can I wait until Jurassic Park is released individually? Yes, but I shouldn't have to. When this set is released I will pick it up. It will be an expensive film on Blu(Over $50) considering the other discs will never be seen by me. But if this is the only way to enjoy one of my favorite films in HD, then so be it. Hey Universal I have a great idea for the JAWS films. Release all four in a collectors set only(MSRP $90) I'd be glad to own all of them in high definition glory....especially 3, and 4. Because they are such great films, and deserve a place right there along with the original film. Just kidding, that is sarcasm. Please do not take my suggestion seriously.....I'm not rich enough to keep paying for film I DON"T CARE ABOUT!!!!!!
     
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    I think I figured out why studios keep releasing Blu-rays in box sets without individual releases. In all seriousness, though, don't just complain about the practice--vote with your wallet. I understand your frustration with the practice, but it's never going to change as long as consumers continue to buy the box sets just for a single film.
     
  14. cineMANIAC

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    If the studios avoid releasing films in trilogies individually for economic reasons then I would suggest they drop all the peripheral junk like Digital Copies, BD-Live and inserts advertising more junk and maybe the savings will be enough that they can release these movies separately. I understand the plight of those who don't want to spring for an all-or-nothing set and for some movies (like the truly awful Jaws sequels) it would be unwise for the studios to do a box set. I always thought the Jurassic Park films were a lot of fun, even the second one, so I don't quite understand all the hate the sequels get. I suppose it's a matter of taste. I accept them as fun, dumb entertainment. I never hold sequels to the same standards as the original. If I did that, my collection would be a heckuva lot smaller.
     
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    The only way the studios are going to stop this practice is if enough consumers refuse to buy the boxset. Personally, I don't mind buying this trilogy because I found the other two films okay, but if you feel strongly about this issue then economic boycott is probably the only way to get this practice to stop.








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  16. TravisR

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    Like everyone else, I understand your frustration but the series box set probably does the opposite of killing sales. It moves more copies of the less popular titles and the studio makes more money. How many people here own or will own all the Alien, Back To The Future, Godfather, Jurassic Park or Star Wars movies when if they had a choice they might have only bought one or two of them?
     
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    I agree with Travis. The studio stands to move more copies of the sequels

    than had they sold it separately.

    I would have never bought Jurassic Park 2 or 3 nor Aliens 3 and 4 separately.
     
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    Pre-order down to 49..99
     
  19. TonyD

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    Down to, that's what it's been since I ordered it when it became available to order?
     

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