Jurassic Park 25th Anniversary Collection 4K UHD Collection Review

Nice collection of the first 4 films in the franchise on 4K UHD and blu-ray 4.5 Stars

25 years after the theatrical release of Steven Spielberg’s Jurassic Park(1993), the entire series is collected for the first time on 4K UHD.  The Jurassic Park 25th Anniversary Collection includes the first 4 films on 4K UHD and blu-ray discs, and includes a wealth of bonus features.

Jurassic Park (1993)
Released: 11 Jun 1993
Rated: PG-13
Runtime: 127 min
Director: Steven Spielberg
Genre: Adventure, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Cast: Sam Neill, Laura Dern, Jeff Goldblum, Richard Attenborough
Writer(s): Michael Crichton (novel), Michael Crichton (screenplay), David Koepp (screenplay)
Plot: During a preview tour, a theme park suffers a major power breakdown that allows its cloned dinosaur exhibits to run amok.
IMDB rating: 8.1
MetaScore: 68

Disc Information
Studio: Universal
Distributed By: N/A
Video Resolution: 2160p HEVC w/HDR
Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
Audio: DTS:X, Spanish 5.1 DTS, French 5.1 DTS
Subtitles: English SDH, Spanish, French
Rating: PG-13
Run Time: 7 Hr. 55 Min.
Package Includes: UHD, Blu-ray, Digital Copy
Case Type: Premium cardboard book style with sleeves
Disc Type: UHD
Region: A
Release Date: 05/22/2018
MSRP: $79.98

The Production: 4.5/5

If science makes it possible, does that mean it should be done?  In the context of cloning, whether it be persons, dinosaurs, or other creatures, this is a question of scientific ethics that has been posed since the days of Jules Verne, if not earlier.  This is certainly a theme running through the writings of Michael Crichton(Westworld, The Andromeda Strain).  The film rights to Crichton’s 1990 novel Jurassic Park were acquired by Steven Spielberg even before its publication.  Crichton received screenwriting credit with David Koepp(Spider-man, Mission Impossible) on the 1993 film produced and directed by Steven Spielberg.

In Jurassic Park, billionaire John Hammond(Richard Attenborough) funds the cloning of dinosaurs for a theme park on Isla Nublar located near Costa Rica.  Hammond invites paleontologist Alan Grant(Sam Neill) and paleobotanist Ellie Satler(Laura Dern) to examine the denizens of Isla Nublar where they find themselves accompanied by mathematician Ian Malcolm(Jeff Goldblum) and Hammond’s grandchildren Lex(Arianna Richards) and Tim(Joseph Mazzello).  Hammond’s grandchildren and the other visitors to the island are placed in jeopardy after Hammond and his scientists discover that they cannot control their creations.  The films in this franchise are all interesting variations on this theme.

The creation of the dinosaurs in the original film with computer generated imagery by Industrial Light and Magic and animatronic models made by Stan Winston(Aliens, Terminator) was hailed at the time as the pinnacle of special effects achievement, and the effects still stand up pretty well 25 years later.  The score by John Williams is iconic with the theme being used in all of the sequels.

The Lost World: Jurassic Park(1997) was based on Crichton’s novel The Lost World, and Spielberg returned to direct, along with Jeff Goldblum reprising his role as Dr. Ian Malcolm.  Malcolm finds himself reluctantly on Isla Soma, another dinosaur colony, in search of his girlfriend, Sarah Harding(Julianne Moore).  Isla Soma is a secondary dino-breeding facility created by Hammond in connection with Isla Nublar.  Hammond’s grandchildren Lex and Tim are also on hand as chaos ensues at this facility.

In Jurassic Park III(2001), Dr. Grant finds himself unwittingly back on Isla Nublar in search of Eric Kirby(Trevor Morgan), a boy stranded on the island after a parasailing mishap involving the reptilian inhabitants of Isla Nublar.  Eric’s parents, Paul(William H. Macy) and Amanda(Tea Leoni) bring Grant back to Isla Nublar under false pretenses in order to locate their son.  This film was produced by Spielberg and directed by Joe Johnston(The Rocketeer, Captain America: The First Avenger).

The franchise remained dormant until its reboot in 2015 with Jurassic World.  Since we never learn from history, it repeats itself as a new park filled with dinosaurs is built on Isla Nublar, and chaos ensues.  Owen Grady(Chris Pratt) is a trainer of velociraptors at the park, with a romantic history with Claire Dearing(Bryce Dallas Howard), the operations manager at the park.  Claire’s nephews Zach(Nick Robinson) and Gray(Ty Simpkins) must be rescued, along with other guests at the park, after things spiral out of control.

Although the Jurassic films follow a formula, you do not fix what is not broken.  The franchise continues to deliver action and thrills which are sure to follow in the recently released Jurassic World: Lost Kingdom.

Video: 4.5/5

3D Rating: NA

The first 4 Jurassic Park films appear on 4K UHD and Blu-ray disc in their original 1:85.1 aspect ratio.  The 4K UHD disc displays the film  in 2160p using the HEVC codec with HDR.  The films were scanned at 4K resolution from the original camera negatives.  The 4K workflow was then color corrected with HDR.  The results are amazing when one compares any of the Blu-ray discs in this set to their 4K counterparts.  Fine detail is much more pronounced with greater range of colors on the UHD discs.  Blacks are solid with very good shadow detail on both the UHD and Blu-ray discs.  Overall, the 4K discs are a very noticeable step up in quality from the Blu-ray discs, and definitely worth the upgrade.

Audio: 4.5/5

The English DTS:X audio delivers a rich and immersive experience enough to shake the dust off the subwoofer, whether it is the sounds of insects, wind, rain, or the roars of prehistoric creatures.  Suspense is created as much by the audio in the films as the video, as the viewer is constantly listening first for what will usually appear visually thereafter.  Voice dialogue is boosted appropriately in the mix to be audible over the music and sound effects.

Special Features: 4/5

Special features are relegated to the Blu-ray discs and appear to be the same special features included on the Jurassic Park Ultimate Trilogy Blu-ray set.  The features include all of the following:

Jurassic Park

Return to Jurassic Park: Dawn of a New Era, Making Prehistory, and The Next Step in Evolution.

The Making of Jurassic Park

Original featurette on the making of Jurassic Park

Steven Spielberg Directs Jurassic Park

Early Pre-production Meetings

Phil Tippett Animatics: Raptors in the Kitchen

Animatics: T-Rex Attack

ILM & Jurassic Park: Before and After the Visual Effects

Foley Artists

Storyboards

Production Archives

The Lost World: Jurassic Park

Return to Jurassic Park:  Finding the Lost World, Something Survived

The Making of The Lost World

Original featurette on the making of The Lost World

The Jurassic Park phenomenon

A discussion with author Michael Crichton

A Complete Dance Number:  Thank you Steven Spielberg from ILM

ILM & The Lost World: Before and After the Visual Effects

Storyboards

Production Archives

Also included is a paper insert with a validation code for “Movies Anywhere” for anyone who wants to watch the films on a tiny screen on a mobile device.

Jurassic Park III

Return to Jurassic Park:  The Third Adventure

Feature Commentary with the special effects team

The Making of Jurassic Park III, The Dinosaurs, The Special Effects, The Sounds, The Art

Montana:  Finding New Dinosaurs

Tour of Stan Winston Studio

Spinosaurus Attacks the Plane

Raptors Attack Udesky

A Visit To ILM

Dinosaur Turntables

Storyboards to Final Feature Comparison

Jurassic World

Welcome to Jurassic World

Jurassic World All-Access Pass

Innovation Center Tour with Chris Pratt

Deleted Scenes

Chis & Colin Take On The World

Dinosaurs Roam Once Again

Jurassic’s Closest Shaves

 

Overall: 4.5/5

The Jurassic Park 25th Anniversary Collection Limited Edition 4K UHD/Blu-ray set is a nice compilation of the Jurassic films to date prior to Jurassic Park: Lost Kingdom.  The 4K UHD discs are worth the upgrade from Blu-ray and DVD for the optimal video and audio experience.  The special features seem to include all of the extra from previous editions.  About the only thing missing is the 1st and 4th films in 3D, which can still be purchase separately.  This collection is recommended to anyone who wants to catch up on the earlier films before seeing Jurassic Park: Lost Kingdom in the theaters.

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12 Comments

  1. Scott Merryfield

    So, all four films get the same rating in every category?

    The template used for posting reviews does not lend itself to having multiple ratings within the same category(video, audio, film quality.) We reviewers can get around this by writing individual ratings in the body of the text. In this case, I averaged the films out for the ratings assigned for the films generally, video quality, and audio quality. If there is a dramatic spike or drop in quality between films, I make a point to note that in the body of the review. With this collection, the video and audio quality were very consistent for all of the films, or else I would have commented on that in the body of the review. As far as the quality of the films themselves, we may all have our favorites but for myself, I seem to enjoy each succeeding entry so far as much or a little more than the previous one. I believe many people prefer the first one, but I enjoy how each succeeding film in the manner that the franchise develops perilous situations for the humans. In Lost World, I particularly enjoy the sequence with the "motorhome" hanging over the cliff, and the suspense developed by the gradual shattering of the pane of glass in the window. I enjoyed the return of Dr. Grant in JP III, and the shorter running time of JP III helps that film leave you wanting more rather than overstaying its welcome(assuming that you did not finding it overstaying its welcome before the 1 hour 32 minute mark). I enjoyed Jurassic World for the way it introduced some new situations we had not seen before, like the spectacular dino attack at the outdoor mall with what seems to be a cast of thousands. The films may be formulaic, but I give the producers credit for their obvious efforts in upping the ante with each installment.

    What does everyone else think is the best film? Or the most personally enjoyable one(which is not necessarily the best one)?

  2. I was able to watch the first two JPs in UHD on someone else's system and noticed an ever so slight increase in clarity on the 1st movie, but the 2nd (Lost World) looked noticeably better. Am not 100% sure on the audio, but listening to the bluray then the UHD, the bass on the first JP strangely seemed a little better on the bluray version compared to the UHD's DTS-X mix. Maybe someone else could do an audio comparison with better controlled conditions and determine if that's the case?

    Also found these comparisons which I found extremely interesting:
    https://www.caps-a-holic.com/index.php?s=jurassic+Park

  3. Keith Cobby

    My favourite is 3.

    Mine too. A good monster film with clear motivations for the characters that just gets on with it.

    I like all of them, but this is the only one that – for me – has no glaring faults.

    The first takes a while to get going and, when I saw it at the time, I resented the changes from the novel, although I’ve grown to appreciate it a lot more. Garish cinematography, too.

    The second has great set pieces but is poorly structured. Vastly improved cinematography, though.

    The fourth is a lot of fun, but again takes too long to get going and some of the motivations are silly (eg. why take the kids along for the ride at the very end? They did have been safe with the other guests.)

    I’ll get Fallen Kingdom on BD. I’m looking forward to it, although the trailers were mostly uninspiring.

  4. Just picked up Jurassic Park 4 Movie set on 4k UHD Blu-ray.

    This like many other 4K titles will be the last time I purchase these movies! Ok except for Terminator 2 which I will replace if they come out with a corrected transfer! But as I replace/upgrade Blu-ray's, HD-DVD's, DVD's and or Laser Disc versions of certain films once on 4K blu-ray that is it! I will be purchasing Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom on 4K Blu-ray!

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