Jurassic Park 3D (1993/2013)

Jurassic Park 3D

One of my earliest memories at the movies is sitting in a darkened cinema as Jurassic Park begins… the rustle of leaves in the dark, me clutching my seat in fear as that first, perfect velociraptor shriek echoes through the theatre.

I’d like to say that Jurassic Park inspired my enduring love of film – I would rewatch it countless times in the preceding years – but, honestly, it mostly inspired a love of dinosaurs.

The anniversary 3D re-release holds up better than you’d expect; the special effects, John William’s goosebump-inducing theme and the sheer exhilaration of the film are as effective as they were two decades ago. It was an experience I was glad to relive.

Jurassic Park 3D - Sunroof and T-RexThe 3D transfer is well done; it’s occasionally distracting, but especially effective during the centrepiece of the film: the first appearance of the T-rex. I’m not a big fan of 3D in general, but modern 3D is wonderful at capturing transparent barriers – like the car windows and sunroof in this scene – that you’d ignore in 2D. When the immense tyrannosaurus crashes its way through the sunroof for the first time, it’s like a physical barrier has been breached, and improves upon an already amazing scene.

Rating: 180/200

9 thoughts on “Jurassic Park 3D (1993/2013)

  1. I’m absolutely gutted this film hasn’t been released in the UK yet, it’s driving me mad as I really want to see what the 3D does. It’s strange you should mention the sunroof scene as that is the one I thought would really ‘scrub up’ well in 3D.

    • Is it getting a UK release? Maybe it’s timed to be exactly 20 years after the original release?

      A lot of the 3D you won’t even notice (and there are some missed opportunities, for example some of the bodies of water haven’t really been touched) but it definitely adds to a few scenes – and this is coming from someone who doesn’t really like 3D!

      • Everywhere on the internet was saying that it would be released at the same time as in the US, but recently a lot of people have said that August 30th is the date it’ll be released here.

        All I can do is cross my fingers!

      • Yeah I went this afternoon; pretty intense film, especially in IMAX 3-D! This is not a family movie; this is more like an extreme PG-13 horror movie. What was the T Rex’s problem, anyway? Insecure about his short arms perhaps? lol.

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