The Movie: 6/10
Because I am a fan of the whole idea of bringing dinosaurs back to life I am still backing these Jurassic movies. I don’t like to compare movies or use franchises as a whole thing when talking about one of the installments, but this time I am lifting that embargo of thought. This is a part of a bigger series of action over substance flicks that serve no purpose in this world other than to give us chills and thrills and that’s fine with me. I might not be enthralled much anymore with the tech and science they try to pull off in the movies, but I was a kid once and the image of a “real” T-Rex coming out of the dark to fight an even bigger giant lizard, well, I’m all for it.
Don’t get me wrong in any way, this piece of the Jurassic puzzle is not that great. I mean, yes, its big action and lots of eye-widening images of creatures I will never get to see in my lifetime walking the streets during our Anthropocene (look it up) era. This is why I do like it, the imagination part of it. What I don’t like is a bit bigger than the action part, unfortunately. I don’t remember much about the movie, now a week from watching it. What I do remember is the T-Rex coming out of its darkness and making a new stand on Jurassic Park Island. The people, I can leave behind, no problem. They are a bit insipid and it was hard to really care what happened to each of them. I know I wanted the kids to survive. No one can say I’m a complete hideous monster:) I don’t care that much about our “hero” or leading lady. They are cardboard cut outs of people I think are obnoxious so that’s that. The 20,000 people in the park…hmmm…do I care about their safety? Ok, maybe I am a complete hideous monster because the answer is that I really don’t care. I am not inspired to care. They don’t do much to get me engaged with a bunch of boring tourists.
What is the bottom line of this movie? It’s fine. It’s got big action and one MASSIVE beast that got my heart racing, which is pretty darn good. It’s fun and gets the kid inside thinking about what it must be like to be around our prehistoric Earthling pals, so that is a good thing. You won’t find much deep or meaningful here, so don’t expect it:) Just sit back and take the ride.
- Welcome To Jurassic World (29 Minutes) – A very broad look at the making of the film. Cast and crew discuss the various challenges the movie presented for them. Overall it’s pretty enjoyable and Chris Pratt is funny and charming as always.
- Jurassic World All Access Pass (10 Minutes) – Chris Pratt and Director Colin Trevorrow take us through the making of a few key scenes from the film.
- Innovation Center Tour With Chris Pratt (2 Minutes) – Chris Pratt takes us around the museum from the film, lots of funny stuff you might have missed while watching the movie.
- Deleted Scenes (6 Minutes) – Several scenes one of which includes a big pile of poo.
- Chris & Colin Take On The World (9 Minutes) – Basically director and star interview each other, hilarity ensues.
- Dinosaurs Roam Once Again (16 Minutes) – For fans of digital special effects. This featurette talks to ILM about the groundbreaking work they did on this film.
- Jurassic’s Closest Shaves Presented By Barbasol – I would usually just laugh at an extra on a Blu-Ray that is obviously an Advertisement, but strangely this one seems to fit.
- 3D Blu-Ray, Blu-Ray, DVD & UV Digital Copy
Cover Art: 4/10
Slightly below average, this cover art comes in with a solid thud in my vision of what it could have been. I would not have this as a poster.
Audio & Video: 10/10
Jurassic World was shot on film (yeah remember film) to bring that old school Spielberg quality to it. And Universal’s 1080P AVC encoded image does it justice and then some. From the outset you are treated to a sublime looking image that leaps off the screen even in 2D. Dark scenes are swathed in inky black and daytime scenes never seem overblown. This is a filmic image that really looks stunning start to finish. I saw no macro-blocking, banding or edge enhancement even on our 103 inch projector screen.
Audio is simply stunning with a loud 7.1 DTS-HD Master audio track in charge of things. This track is precise, detailed and best of all LOUD. Every step of the dinosaurs makes your room feel like it’s being run over by a truck, the park itself feels alive with the chatter of eager visitors excited about the day to come. This is a stunning reference quality listen that will have the hairs on the back of your neck standing up. Special note to the end dinosaur fight that has surround effects that seem like they are behind you, we have no speakers at the back of the room so how they pulled that off is beyond me.
Overall Score 6/10