Director: Colin Trevorrow
Cast: Chris Pratt, Bryce Dallas Howard, Vincent D’Onofrio
Release Date: Now Available on 3D & 2D Blu-ray, DVD & Digital HD
A Review By: Kevin Lovell
Film Rating: 8.5/10
Disc Rating: 8.5/10
The Jurassic World theme park lets guests experience the thrill of witnessing actual dinosaurs, but something ferocious lurks behind the park’s attractions – a genetically modified dinosaur with savage capabilities. When the massive creature escapes, chaos erupts across the island. Now it’s up to Owen (Chris Pratt) and Claire (Bryce Dallas Howard) to save the park’s tourists from an all-out prehistoric assault.
Years after the deadly beginnings of Jurassic Park that ended with numerous casualties and resulted in the park never being unveiled to the public as planned, the park has now opened under the name ‘Jurassic World’ and is thriving with customers arriving in hordes daily to experience the prehistoric dinosaur era brought to stunning life. When business oriented Claire (Howard) who runs daily operations at the park is forced to deal with the constant demands of her job while also taking care of her two nephews who are visiting the park in an attempt to spend some time with her, things go far worse than she could have ever imagined when a terrifying new dinosaur they created escapes captivity and goes on a killing spree throughout the island and her nephews end up being caught in the middle of the fiasco all on their own. Enlisting the help of ex-military raptor-trainer Owen (Pratt) the two head out in a trek through the dangerous island in an attempt to rescue the boys as things gradually get worse throughout the park.
Colin Trevorrow (Safety Not Guaranteed) directed ‘Jurassic World’ and he does an impressive job at the helm, guiding this incredibly fun fourth entry without any apparent issue, perfectly capturing the feel of the original masterpiece and delivering a surprisingly wonderful new addition to the franchise. ‘Jurassic World’ also benefits a great deal from the talented individuals who comprise the cast and couldn’t be more perfectly selected for their roles, including Chris Pratt, Bryce Dallas Howard, Vincent D’Onofrio, Ty Simpkins, Nick Robinson, Jake Johnson, BD Wong and more, all of whom deliver more than capable performances in each of their respective roles.
‘Jurassic World’ is a thrilling, beautiful and remarkably well done breath of fresh air for the franchise, and a film truly worthy of following the ever-remarkable 1993 masterpiece ‘Jurassic Park’. This fourth entry is without question the best sequel yet and that’s coming from a fan of every film in the series. Director Colin Trevorrow’s obvious love for the series is obvious in his care guiding it along, and the wonderful chemistry between Chris Pratt and Bryce Dallas Howard along with a new and unique direction for the story to go all leads to a surprisingly fantastic and memorable addition to franchise. I would definitely give ‘Jurassic World’ my highest recommendation, especially to anyone who enjoyed any of the first three films; you won’t want to miss out on this one.
The 3D Blu-ray release of ‘Jurassic World’ features a full 1080p High Definition MVC encoded 3D presentation utilizing the film’s original 2.00:1 Aspect Ratio. The 3D video presentation looks pretty decent as a whole, delivering a sharp, detailed 3D picture with some notable depth and no shortage of dinosaurs and crowds leaping out of the screen at the viewer. There is some noticeable crosstalk present throughout, although for the most part everything else looks quite fantastic. It may not be the most impressive 3D film of the year but it looks wonderful nonetheless and contributes even more fun to this already incredibly enjoyable film.
The 2D Blu-ray release which is also included with the 3D Blu-ray combo pack features in an AVC encoded full high definition video presentation also representing the film’s original 2.00:1 Aspect Ratio. The 2D video presentation looks phenomenal and suffers no faults of any kind, holding up impressively even during the constant fast moving sequences occurring throughout the film.
Overall, while the 2D video presentation is certainly in many ways superior to the 3D presentation, the added enjoyment factor the 3D version provides would nonetheless still result in me selecting the 3D version to watch 9 times out of 10 and is definitely my preferred viewing format for the film.
The Blu-ray release (Both the 3D & 2D disc) features a lossless 7.1 channel DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack. This lossless multichannel soundtrack sounds magnificent, providing a sharp, clean and wildly aggressive audio presentation, never hesitating to utilize all seven available channels in order to immerse the viewer in the films score in addition to a plethora of action related auditory elements, plus of course no shortage of dinosaurs thundering their way throughout the channels; never resulting in any dialogue which may be occurring simultaneously to become distorted or rendered inaudible. Overall, this is a phenomenal 7.1 channel DTS-HD MA soundtrack that can’t possibly disappoint.
The Blu-ray release of ‘Jurassic World’ includes a number of enjoyable extras that will take you deeper into the film. Included on the release are a number of Deleted Scenes from the film (running approximately 6 minutes altogether), along with a fun video showcasing some of the more intense moments from the franchise in ‘Jurassic’s Closest Shaves – Presented by Barbasol’ (3 minutes). Also included on the Blu-ray release are a number of Behind the Scenes Featurettes and videos that include everything from behind the scenes footage to interviews and discussions with members of the cast and crew, they include: ‘Welcome to Jurassic World’ (running approximately 30 minutes), ‘Chris and Colin Take on The World’ (approximately 9 minutes), ‘Dinosaurs Roam Once Again’ (16 minutes), ‘Jurassic World: All-Access Pass’ (10 minutes), and ‘Innovation Center Tour with Chris Pratt (2 minutes).