DIRECTOR: Steven Spielberg
May Contain Spoilers!
The idea of “Dimensionalising” old films in not something which I like, simple as that. Some complain about new films have been post converted rather than shot in 3D but at least if a film in initially released in the format, that is how it was intended to be seen. It would also, for the most part, have been shot in a manner that will work in 3D, with the correct cinematography and depth of field etc…
So, it is fair to say that I’m not a purest that only accept 3D if a film has been filmed with 3D cameras but I do object to a movie being reformatted decades later in 3D simply to sell more tickets to new audience. The Wizard Of Oz (1939) seemingly being one of the most perverse examples, but the big question here is how does Jurassic Park, one of my all time favourite film and one which is somewhat responsable for my obsessive love of cinema, fair in 3D?
Well, it is simply stunning! The depth is amazing, with real care for detail and retaining the integrity of the original cinematography. Jurassic Park 3D simply adds to the already visceral style of the film, for want of a better word, enhancing the already stunning imagery.
Did the film need any improvement? Absolutely not but this 3D conversion, done by Stereo D, the same company who converted James Cameron’s Titanic (1997) in 2012 just in time for the centenary of the fateful ship’s sinking in 1912, have managed to craft an alternate version, which if anything, compliments the original. The picture quality is sharper than the remastered 2D version, but this could be more to do with the 3D effect with the grain is somewhat reduced but considering that shots have been ever so slightly reconfigured for 3D, the film you are watching here is like a very subtle special edition and should be treated as such.
This version is not intended to replace the 2D original and it cannot but it does offer and slightly deeper look into the wonderful world created by Spielberg 22 years ago. Now for my thoughts of the film itself, which I have reviewed a couple of times on nEoFILM but the last time was in 2012, for the digital re-release, in order to promote the Blu-ray release back in October 2011.
from April 2012
“This is a template for how make a great action/adventure movie. Clocking in, at for what these days, a film of its type would seem to be a modest 121 mins, it divides itself into two solid halves. The first hour debates the science, the sociology and evolutionary issues of both cloning and of course, dinosaurs, whilst skillfully setting up and yet side tracking the audience into not realising who the real villains of the movie are going to be.
From the opening scene, the Velosaraptors are clearly formidable, but the film feeds on the overwhelming desire from the audience to see the T-Rex to the point of distraction. And it works, allowing a still awe-inspiring and music-less might I add, T-Rex sequence, and then giving the fourth act over the Raptors.
This film uses every minute brilliantly, maintaining a sense of pace throughout whist not bombarding us with pointless action. I do think that this film has lost some of its standing with a general audience these days, but for no other reason than the fact that is now almost 19 years old!
But even at 19, besides holding together as tight screenplay, it still has the power to bring out that sense of wonder. The moment that the group are introduced to the Brachiosaurs for the first time is still powerful today. Just the idea of being shown a living, breathing dinosaur is just amazing and Spielberg has effectively bottled that feeling of wonder.
Last September I took my 7-year-old Stepson,who is already a massive fan of the genre and indeed this film, to see this on the big screen. I had seen this three times back in 1993/1994 and seeing it again at the cinema was simply brilliant. It has defiantly lost NOTHING and I was so pleased to be able to share this with the next generation as it were.
But I was pleased on several other more technical fronts as well. Firstly, there were no alterations as we can easily expect from someone like George Lucas, with Spielberg generally showing more respect for his work, with the exceptions of Close Encounters Of The Third Kind and E.T. (Special Edition) of course There was also the picture quality and the digital transfer. It was clear that the digital transfer presented in theatres would be representative of that for the then upcoming Blu-ray release and it was. There was significant grain but a strikingly sharp and beautiful image, with crystal clear sound.
The grain was great and I was glad to see it intact. This is how the film was made and how we saw films back in 1993 and that we should not forget or be cleaned up too much. The Blu-ray print is great with the grain in mind and overall they have done a fantastic job of bringing this classic back to the big screen as well as upgrading it to Hi Def.
Well worth rediscovering…”
I even loved the fact that the end credits where in 3D throughout, total commitment and why not.
N.B. Just a s point of interest, I actually watched this for the first time on the 20th June, the 40th Anniversary of Jaws (1975) and the birth of the summer blockbuster.