The year is 1993. Audiences worldwide are getting their first taste of the giant Mesozoic blockbuster that would further highlight the genius of filmmaker Stephen Spielberg and writer Michael Crichton. The incredible special effects for the time, and stellar animatronics, brought the childlike wonder of dinosaurs to a whole new, mind-boggling level.
“Hold on to your butts” and fast-forward 20 years to the present. New and old audiences alike now have the chance to catch the sci-fi masterpiece in a new medium—3D.
In recent years, cinema fans have seen 3D work in levels of varying success. Films like James Cameron’s “Avatar” were specifically filmed in 3D and garnered brilliant results. Then, there are films like Louis Leterrier’s “Clash of The Titans” that were not filmed in 3D—and the final product made that obvious. Sorry Hollywood, but you can’t just slap a 3D filter on your movies. It just doesn’t work.
And beyond the quality—or lack thereof—of the film, there’s the obvious price tag increase that goes with it. It’s an extra $2.50 or $3.00 just to see your film in 3D, which can make for an expensive evening.
But for “Jurassic Park” enthusiasts like myself, it’s all worth it.
It’s when the T-Rex violently jolts an ill-fated Gennaro back-and-forth. It’s also when the T-Rex creeps into the lobby and wards off attacks from the lethal Raptors. It’s possibly when Nedry encounters the curious Dilophosaurus before an unfortunate demise. Or maybe it’s when the injured Malcolm is sprawled out in all of his chaotician-Greek-god-glory. It’s in some of those moments that the “Jurassic Park” magic happens.
Considering the film is 20 years old, the digital engineers did a phenomenal job of making the plant life, scenery, people and dinosaurs all three-dimensional. Seeing the T-Rex charge the jeep, the Raptor lethally leap on Muldoon and Gallimimuses flock towards the wayward crew was spectacular on the big screen in a whole new medium.
And speaking of the big screen, that was part of the attraction to seeing this film again. For my generation, we weren’t quite old enough to see it in theaters the first time around. Instead, we wore out the VHS from constant use at much too young an age. Now, seeing the beauty of the fictitious Isla Sorna and hearing the grandeur of John William’s score is awe-inspiring to young and old alike.
I thoroughly enjoyed seeing “Jurassic Park 3D” for so many reasons. But perhaps one of the coolest things about going to the theater was seeing families there. Here’s a whole new generation of kids that are going to experience dinosaurs in an awesome, memorable way.
Bottom line is that Hollywood was spot-on here—the 3D effects are just right and the hype is renewed. I know you’re thinking you could just watch it at home. But believe me—there’s something evocative about hearing that “impact tremor” and mighty T-Rex roar in optimal audio. Pull a Hammond and “spare no expense.” Take your income-tax check, paycheck or work-study check and treat yourself to an exhilarating night at the theaters with one of Hollywood’s best films, 65 million years in the making.