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Jurassic Park

Genre: Science Fiction

Reviewed In Issue 43 (Nov 2000) Of Widescreen Review®

Sam Neill, Laura Dern, Jeff Goldblum, Richard Attenborough, Bob Peck, Martin Ferrero, B.D. Wong, Samuel L. Jackson, Wayne Knight

WSR Review Scores
WSR Picture Rating: 4.5
DD Sound Rating: NA
DTS Sound Rating: 5
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Critics' Composite Score: 4.5
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Special Features
Includes a link to the Jurassic Park III set, a making of featurette, dinosaur encyclopedia, production notes, cast and crew biographies, and bonus trailers for The Lost World: Jurassic Park and Jurassic Park III.

 DVD General Information

(Studio/Distributor): Universal Studios Home Video
(Catalog Number): 20787
(MPAA Rating): PG13
(Rating Reason):

Rated PG-13 for intense science fiction terror.
(Retail Price): $26.98
(DVD Type): Single Side, Dual Layer (DVD9)
(Widescreen Edition): Yes
(Full Screen Edition): No
(Anamorphic Widescreen): Yes
(Running Time In Minutes): 127
(Color Type): Color
(Chaptered/Scene Access): Yes
(Closed Captioned): No
(Regional Coding): 1
(Theatrical Year): 1993
(Theatrical Release): Yes
(Direct-To-Video Release): No
(DVD Release Date): 10/10/00
(THX® Digitally Mastered): No

 Credits Information

(Director): Steven Spielberg
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Special Notes:
Also available in a Dolby Digital version: Catalog Number 20032.

Story Synopsis:
Based on the bestseller by Michael Crichton, Jurassic Park tells the story, both thrilling and terrifying, about genetically cloned dinosaurs that populate an island amusement park

DVD Picture:
The anamorphically enhanced 1.85:1 DVD picture exhibits excellent quality, with sharp and detailed images, and nicely rendered fine background clarity and definition. Colors are well balanced, with accurate fleshtones, rich hues and deep, pure blacks. Occasional scenes are wanting in clarity, exhibiting minor color smearing. Contrast and shadow delineation are superb, with excellent visual information in the darker scenes. Edge enhancement is apparent, but is more noticeable in the earlier scenes, and some minor pixelization is apparent. These distractions mentioned do not make up a majority of the image quality, but their appearance

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DVD-ROM Review:
Well, the only good part about this title is the DVD-ROM main menu. After installing and running the PCFriendly compatible components, you get to see this animated picture, which looks right out of the movie. Once here, there is only one link available: DVD Bonus Materials. How disappointing. Once going to the DVD Bonus Materials section, you see that everything that is included is just links to the DVD Video material. Wondering if there was something I missed, I read the back cover to see there should be links for live Web events. Maybe the links for these events are Easter Eggs, because I certainly can not find them anywhere. I guess I can tell you a little bit about what you can find here. The sections I enjoyed are The Making of Jurassic Park, the Early Pre-Production Meetings, and the Dinosaur Encyclopedia. Everything else I was really too upset to even think of going into, but I am sure everything is good in its own way. Ha. Playing the movie from the PCFriendly software gives all Universal's normal advertising, and then goes to the opening credits. All I can say is, hopefully The Lost World will not be as bad as this title is. (Danny Richelieu)