Jurassic Park III (2001)
26th January 2002
When some wealthy tourists approach palaeontologist Alan Grant to act as a tour guides on a flyover trip to Isla Sorna he is hard to convince to return to an island that nearly killed him some years back. However, with a blank cheque dangled in front of his nose to help fund his operations he soon finds himself on a plane to the island.
However, the couple were not telling the truth as they are really on a search and rescue mission to find their missing son who crash landed on the island some eight weeks before. Dr. Grant was certainly not expecting the plane to land on the island and it doesn't take too long for the dinosaurs to find the plane. In a mad panic they attempt to take-off from the island but the plane is badly damaged and crash lands into the forest making itself an ideal human dispensing machine.
With the group now on the ground with no one aware of there location Dr. Grant decides to head for the coast whilst the couple are still determined to find their son. However, with the local inhabitants being far from friendly they are going to be lucky to make it out alive.
The picture is bright and colourful with some superb amount of detail. Where as the previous films tended to suffer from picture imperfections and dust specks, this picture is a perfect transfer without a hint of imperfections, outlining or artifacting. It is very hard to tell whether the dinosaur in view is CGI or animatronics. This may well be down the impressive special effects, but a poor picture can still quite easily expose the flaws. Fortunately, there are no problems here. If you're not a fan of widescreen you'll also be glad to learn that a full screen edition of the film is also available.
This genre of film is what your surround system was built for. As with the two previous Jurassic Park films your sound system is given a serious workout. Whilst you required to buy two copies of the film to experience the DTS and Dolby Digital soundtracks this film comes with them both for your enjoyment. There is little to differentiate between the two formats as both produce some stunning results with plenty of LFE's and ambient effects in the surround channels. The dialogue is equally impressive with some clear and concise dialogue and good stereo steerage.
Although the menus can hardly be classed as exciting, they are scored and subtly animated. Whenever a sub-menu is selected a dinosaur's claw will take a chunk of the screen away before exposing the new menu. There's extras a plenty with an interesting Behind the Scenes Documentary and a fair Audio Commentary from the special effects team, although it soon starts to get a little boring. There's also a Dinosaur Turntables section where you can view the CGI dinosaurs from the film from various directions. It's just a pity that you can't manually select the views. It's all rounded off with the usual set of Trailers and Photo Gallery.
With the near continual improvement in CGI effects the Stan Winston and ILM have managed to create dinosaurs are better than ever. With the technology finally allowing flying Pteranodons scenes can now be recreated from the original books. There's even a Spinosaurus, a dinosaur even bigger than the T-rex, eating their way through the cast. When you see it next to the T-rex you really do appreciate just how big that monster must have been when it clomped its way around the planet.
This is what The Lost World should have been with its much more dark and interesting script. As with the Lost World, the film comes to an abrupt end and Alan Grant's attempts to communicate with the Raptors is just plain absurd. I think the series has now run out of ideas and I'd be very surprised to see a Jurassic Park IV. Mind you, if they do decide to have a crack then they'll really need to get Spielberg back in the director's seat.
If you enjoyed Jurassic Park and was then disappointed by The Lost World then you're probably going to enjoy this film. The script just manages to keep things ticking along nicely and dinosaur fans are not going to be disappointed. Along with an interesting set of extras and excellent picture and sound you can't really complain too much about this disc.
- Feature commentary with the special effects team
- The making of Jurassic Park III featurette
- The new dinosaurs of Jurassic Park III featurette
- Tour of Stan Winston studio featuette
- A visit to ILM featurette
- Dinosaur turntables : 3D look at the dinosaurs in the film
- Behind-the-scenes featurette
- Storyboard to final feature comparisons
- The Jurassic Park III archives
- Theatrical trailers
- Montana : Finding new dinosaurs featurette
- DVD-ROM features