Jurassic Park III - Audio / Release Version(s)?

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  1. Hector X. Cruz

    Hector X. Cruz Stunt Coordinator

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    Sorry if this is a redundant post. The Search function is not available at the moment.
    Does anybody know, given the release history of the Jurassic Park film series, whether or not JP3 will be released as one version only, similar to Hannibal with both DD and DTS?
    Furthermore, I am assuming there will be full-screen and widescreen versions, similar to the Silence of the Lambs offering by MGM.
    Anybody have the inside scoop on a press release or specs?
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    Total speculation here, but I'd venture to say that if you look at the current releases of the first two films, you'll know what to expect.
    I had read a while back that Laurent Bouzereau was making a documentary, just like the first two films have. The director Joe Johnston had said a month ago that he had not been approached for a commentary yet.
    With the Spielberg connection, expect a separate DTS version. I'd also say to expect a P&S version due to the popularity of this franchise.
    I'd even go so far as to say that we should expect some kind of foil cover like the first two movies had. I actually think the theatrical poster (the one with the Pterodactyl superimposed over the JPIII logo) would look cool in some sort of silver foil paper whereas I hate the DVD covers of the first two movies.
    If the December 11 date is indeed true, we'll probably hear something in late September or early October (though Universal has been jumping the gun with their vague PR's lately).
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    At the risk of sounding totally rude (with apologies), I have to say that I really hate seeing these pointless "speculation" threads. They add absolutely nothing to this otherwise excellent forum. Do we really need threads based upon such inanities as, "Does anybody think new Disney movies will come on square discs?"
    I'm being facetious, of course, but you see my point.
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  4. Hector X. Cruz

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    I actually do not consider these threads pointless. I was hoping that somebody might be in the know regarding this release. This forum does have its share of insiders.
    With regards to what threads of this nature add to the forum, I would argue that they help people to begin to plan their purchases in advance and also to make decisions regarding future DVD expenditures.
    Perhaps the word "Speculation" was inappropriate, but I did not mean for this to become an issue of guessing or debate; rather, its focus was whether or not anybody knew if a DTS track would be an option.
    To me, the inclusion or exclusion of a DTS soundtrack option qualifies as a significant purchase criterion and a reasonable thread topic.
    Finally, this thread is not meant to be a "wish list" thread for the JP3 DVD. I was merely asking whether or not anybody knew about the spec list. If a moderator would like to eliminate the word "Speculation," that would be fine with me.
    Hope this clears up the intent of this thread.
    -Hector
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    [Edited last by Hector X. Cruz on August 27, 2001 at 02:03 PM]
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  5. Hector X. Cruz

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    The above clarifications in place, does anybody know whether or not we will have 1 or 2 releases. I tend to agree with DanR's inferences, but I was hoping maybe this disk would have both DTS and DD on the same release.
    I have purchased both versions (DTS and DD) of JP and JP2 to have the options for family and friends who borrow the disks.
    I was hoping to avoid that for JP3.
    -Hector
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    I would like the 'really special edition' where they use CGI to remove all traces of Tea Leone...
    Sorry, I couldn't resist [​IMG]
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    Speaking of fecitious... Here's what's probably coming...
    Jurassic Park III - P/S, DD 5.1 EX
    Jurassic Park III - LB, DD 5.1 EX
    Jurassic Park III - LB DTS 6.1 ES
    Jurassic Park III Gift Set - P/S, DD 5.1 EX and includes collectable diorama.
    Jurassic Park Collection (Pan And Scan)- JP I - III, P/S, DD 5.1 (5.1 EX for III)
    Jurassic Park Collection (DD, LB)
    Jurassic Park Collection (DTS, LB)
    Yeah... seven versions sound about right.
    Daniel L
     
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    Daniel your probably correct, but was it an EX/ES release in the theater? If not then I doubt it will be on the DVD!
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    the dvds are already finished i read and given the Spielberg's franchise, dts will be featured ( not like TMR ). on separate disc ? don't know. that would be nice they'd take the opportunity to use a full rate dts if on separate disc, especially given the 92min or so length.
    I read somewhere the possibility of it being among the first if not the first 24bits 96khz dts but this is pure speculation. nothing more.
    was not so pleased by the sound in theaters btw. hope it's not the soundtrack itself...
    Bouzereau is in charge again. Hope goes all well with the sound :grin:
    Johnston always said this is the director's cut, not other lengths available.
    http://www.dansjp3page.com/oldnews39.asp
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    Tiniest Bit of JP3 DVD News
    It's kind of crazy for me to post this, but DVD site The Digital Bits provided a small bit of non-news on the JP3 DVD: the producer of the DVD, Laurent Bouzereau (who worked on the JP+TLW DVD's and several other Spielberg DVD projects) was unable to attend a roundtable discussion on DVD last weekend because "he's working on the [JP3] DVD and things got a little hectic for him." The highly anticipated disc is due out December 11th.
     
  12. Daniel L

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    According to Dolby's listings, Jurassic Park III was EX. It wasn't clear on DTS' page if it was ES matrix or ES discrete.
    Daniel L
     
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    Mike you need to get your eyes checked. Tea Leone is totally hot. [​IMG]
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  15. Hector X. Cruz

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    Thanks everybody for defending the validity of this thread.
    Without belaboring the point, we should probably move onto the actual meat of the matter then.
    I think it makes sense for Universal to release this title in the manner discussed above. After all, this is one of their more lucrative franchises, one that crosses the mainstream and a lot of demographics. It will probably be profitable regardless of how many different versions are available. One could argue that they are giving consumers a choice.
    My hope would be that, given the relatively short running time of the film, that they would be able to put both a DD and DTS version of the film on the same disk.
    If the DTS and DD are released as 2 distinct DVDs, however, I will still buy both. I like having the choice, but hopefully won't have to pay twice.
    However, I guess I don't understand then how FOX can release films like Last of the Mohicans, Predator, Under Siege, and Point Break all with DTS/DD on one disk, and Universal splits them up.
    Gladiator is a reference quality disk containing both options. So are Cast Away, What Lies Beneath, and Seven.
    As a more appropriate example, the Emperor's New Groove is also a 90 minute feature that includes great video and audio (with both a DD and DTS track available).
    More examples: Interview with the Vampire, Twister, Big Trouble in Little China, Fantasia, Fantasia 2000, Titan A.E., U-571, Dinosaur, and the Lethal Weapon series.
    The only notable exceptions I can think of is Saving Private
    Ryan, which is also a Spielberg film. Now, I understand that he has a financial stake in the DTS company, so perhaps his films are released as DTS-only versus DD-only versions to make tracking of sales easier. Perhaps royalty payment and collection issues are at play.
    I would assume that even with special features, which if we look at the precedent set on the minimalist JP and JP2, then a DTS/DD-inclusive version would be feasible with this 90 minute movie.
    I know that it probably is not a matter then of whether or not it is possible, but whether or not it is likely to happen given the Spielberg-DTS connection. But here's hoping.
    -Hector
    [Edited last by Hector X. Cruz on August 28, 2001 at 12:00 PM]
     

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