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Jurassic Park III

Genre: Science Fiction

Reviewed In Issue 56 (Jan 2002) Of Widescreen Review®

Sam Neill, William H. Macy, T

WSR Review Scores
WSR Picture Rating: 4
DD Sound Rating: 4.5
DTS Sound Rating: 5
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Critics' Composite Score: 3
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Special Features
Includes audio commentary with the special effects team, a 23-minute making-of featurette, a featurette on the new dinosaurs featured in JPIII, a tour of dinosaur maker Stan Winston

 DVD General Information

(Studio/Distributor): Universal Studios Home Video
(Catalog Number): 21101
(MPAA Rating): PG13
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(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): 92
(Color Type): Color
(Chaptered/Scene Access): Yes
(Closed Captioned): No
(Regional Coding): 1
(Theatrical Year): 2001
(Theatrical Release): Yes
(Direct-To-Video Release): No
(DVD Release Date): 12/11/01
(THX® Digitally Mastered): No

 Credits Information

(Director): Joe Johnston
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Also available in a 4-disc

Story Synopsis:
Anxious to fund research for his new theory of velociraptor intelligence, renowned paleontologist Dr. Alan Grant (Neill) is persuaded by a wealthy adventurer (Macy) and his wife (Leoni) to accompany them on an aerial tour of Isla Sorna. This infamous island, once InGen

DVD Picture:
The anamorphically enhanced 1.85:1 DVD picture exhibits image quality that should be quite satisfying throughout. Images are sharp and detailed, though some scenes, like the interior shots of Grant visiting with Satler in her home, are slightly soft for ambience. Detail into the dinosaurs

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DVD-ROM Review:
From this wonderful DVD-ROM main menu, you are given nine links to different areas of the disc. These links are Isla Sorna Beach, Games and Previews, The Gorge, DVD Newsletter, The Security Office, The Bridge, The Raptor Nest, The Research Center, and Trivia Game. Isla Sorna Beach is the section containing 18 still images from the film. To view these, click on the picture of a camera, and stay clear of the dinosaur egg lying around: the Pteranodons might get upset if you linger too close. Selecting the Games and Previews link will send you to a new area of "the island" where you will see a video camera lying on the floor. Click this camera to receive access to the four game demos available on the disc. These demos are called Dangerzone!: Decoding Danger, Dangerzone!: Preditor Persuit, Dangerzone!: Raging Ravine, and Dino Defender. Each of these games run directly from the DVD, so installation is not required or available. Also, there are links to view the preview for the game Scan Command and go online to find information on other Jurassic Park games. Clicking The Gorge will bring you to the production notes, which are displayed in a very small section of the screen in a miniscule font. For those of you that do want to read this, better utilize the zoom feature included with Flash (right click on the screen and select Zoom In). By visiting The Security Office, you can link to the DVD-Video portion of the disc and watch all the special features available from the DVD-Video main menu. On The Bridge, you can find eight cast and nine crew biographies. Each is presented with the same hard to read font making it very difficult to gain any real knowledge from them. Four desktop wallpapers can be found in The Raptors Nest. Each of the four come in three different resolutions and includes easy instructions on how to set as your background image. Venturing over to the Research Center will give you information on eight of the main dinosaurs depicted in Jurassic Park III. Clicking on the thumbnails of each dinosaur will give you a detailed description of the information known about these lizards. The text uses the same eyesore they call a font, and includes an extremely small photo of the dinosaur. Also, if you click on the small green box above the thumbnails on the left, a window will pop up showing the sizes of all the animals in the movie relative to each other. The Trivia Game, a simple game asking questions about the three movies, pops up after clicking the link labeled Trivia Game. You will be asked 20 randomly selected questions, with a 10-point bonus for answering the question correctly and a 20-point deduction for answering incorrectly. The point system is moot, however, because no reward seems to come from even a perfect score. The overall layout is well done, with a good use of the Flash capabilities of moving animation and sound, but there are some large pitfalls. Using the microscopic font blunted the background layout's luster, and the non-existent "fun factor" killed the anticipation I had for this new Jurassic Park installment. The features that are available did teach me a lot about dinosaurs I seemed to have forgotten since grade school, and for that I will bump Jurassic Park III up to a Superb, only for a lack of a more appropriate rating.