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Review: Jurassic Park Ultimate Trilogy Blu-ray

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It’s hard to believe it’s been nearly 20 years since Jurassic Park – the Steven Spielberg-directed dinosaur epic – roared onto our screens.

The film set a new benchmark for visual effects which provided the most life-like and accurate dinosaurs ever seen on film.

It is now available on Blu-ray, along with the two sequels, and holds up so well in full high definition audio and video you’d think it was made this year.  

Based on the Michael Crichton best-seller, Jurassic Park tells the story of wealthy businessman named John Hammond who has come up with a way to clone dinosaurs and set them up as biological attractions in a remote island amusement park.

But when a worker is killed ahead of the grand opening, Hammond must find archaeologists to sign off on the park in order to keep the insurance companies and lawyers at bay.


Those archaeologists, Alan Grant (Sam Neill) and Ellie Sattler (Laura Dern), arrive at Jurassic Park and are amazed at what they see but having nagging doubts that the prehistoric life Dr Hammond has created can be contained.

Jeff Goldblum, who plays mathematician Ian Malcolm, is also along to provide his assessment of Jurassic Park, and concerned about Hammond’s naïve belief he can maintain control saying,  “life will find a way”.

Suffice it to say all hell breaks loose, along with all of the dinosaurs, and the rollercoaster ride begins.

On Blu-ray Jurassic Park looks amazing. The sharp high definition video reveals details which have not been seen since the movie was on the big screen 18 years ago in 1993.

Facing off with the T-Rex in Jurassic Park

Not only can we see the unique texture of the dinosaurs’ hides but also the tears that run down Ellie’s (Laura Dern) face at the sight of the sick triceraptops.

There’s also incredible detail to be seen in the colourful surrounds of Jurassic Park right down to the individual leaves on the trees and the grit and grime on the faces of Hammond’s grandchildren who are trapped outside in the park with Grant.

But for those who value their sound quality as much as their picture quality, Jurassic Park – as well as The Lost World and Jurassic Park III – do not disappoint.

Your subwoofer and surround speakers will be working overtime and delivering an excellent audio punch to the stunning visuals and special effects which hold up well even in all-revealing high definition.

The scene in the Tyrannosaurus paddock where the T-Rex attacks looks and sounds incredible.

The main event - T-Rex v Spinosaurus in Jurassic Park III

Jurassic Park III’s scene where the passengers aboard the crashed plane are being tormented by the giant Spinosaurus also proves which the film is a natural fit for the Blu-ray format.

The Blu-ray Jurassic Park trilogy pack is also packed with extra features including deleted scenes, behind the scenes featurettes about the special effects and the work needed to bring these prehistoric creatures to life.

Jurassic Park Ultimate Trilogy on Blu-rayJurassic Park has been one of the most eagerly awaited films to hit Blu-ray disc.

It has definitely been worth the wait.

Jurassic Park Trilogy Collection.

Jurassic Park – Four and a half stars (out of five)

The Lost World – Three and a half stars (out of five)

Jurassic Park III – Four stars (out of five)

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