New Release: Jurassic Park Ultimate Trilogy Blu-ray

Jurassic ParkSteven Spielberg’s Jurassic Park movies debuted on high-definition Blu-ray on Oct. 25, 2011, in a Jurassic Park Ultimate Trilogy set from Universal Studios Home Entertainment.

The set, which came out on DVD as well as Blu-ray, includes Spielberg’s original 1993 dinosaur movie, based on the best-selling book by Michael Crichton; 1997 sequel The Lost World: Jurassic Park; and 2001’s Jurassic Park III, directed by Joe Johnston (The Wolfman).

Universal says all three films have been digitally restored and remastered for the high-definition release. And the sound, including John Williams’ score, is in 7.1 surround.

As well as the DVD and Blu-ray Trilogy sets, a Limited Edition Blu-ray Trilogy Gift Set also were released, containing the three movies and a T-Rex statue.

The adventure film franchise has grossed nearly $2 billion combined in theater worldwide and stars Sam Neill (Daybreakers), Laura Dern (Tenderness), Jeff Goldblum (Morning Glory), Samuel L. Jackson (Mother and Child) and Richard Attenborough (1994 Miracle on 34th Street). The third film brought in Julianne Moore (Chloe), Vince Vaughn (Swingers), William H. Macy (Fargo) and Tea Leoni (Deep Impact). The original science-fiction movie also wowed audiences with its breakthroughs in special effects.

Both the Blu-ray and DVD Trilogy sets include the new six-part documentary “Return to Jurassic Park,” featuring new interviews with Spielberg and many of the cast and crew members from all three films. The six parts of the documentary are:

  • “Dawn of a New Era”
  • “Making Pre-history”
  • “The Next Step in Evolution”
  • “Finding The Lost World
  • “Something Survived”
  • and “The Third Adventure.”
Jurassic Park Blu-ray Gift Set

Jurassic Park Limited Edition Blu-ray Trilogy Gift Set

Both sets also contain these special features:

  • “The Making of Jurassic Park
  • “The Making of The Lost World: Jurassic Park
  • “The Making of Jurassic Park III
  • “Steven Spielberg Directs Jurassic Park
  • “Early Pre-Production Meetings”
  • “The World of Jurassic Park
  • “The Magic of Industrial Light & Magic”
  • “Location Scouting”
  • “Phil Tippett Animatics: Raptors in the Kitchen”
  • “The Jurassic Park Phenomenon: A Discussion with Author Michael
  • “Industrial Light & Magic and Jurassic Park: Before and After The Visual
  • “Industrial Light & Magic and The Lost World: Jurassic Park Before & After”
  • “The Industrial Light & Magic Press Reel”
  • “A Visit to Industrial Light & Magic”
  • “Hurricane in Kauai” featurette
  • “Dinosaur Turntables”
  • “The Dinosaurs of Jurassic Park III
  • “Montana: Finding New Dinosaurs”
  • “Animatics: T-Rex Attack”
  • “The Special Effects of Jurassic Park III
  • “The Sounds of Jurassic Park III
  • “The Art of Jurassic Park III
  • “Tour of Stan Winston Studio”
  • feature commentary with special effects team
  • Production Archives: storyboards, models, photographs, design sketches
    and conceptual drawings
  • deleted scenes

Many of those were included in the Jurassic Park Trilogy DVD released in 2001.

The Blu-ray also offers Universal’s usual features:

  • BD-Live access
  • My Scenes bookmarking feature
  • Pocket Blu app that allows a smartphone to interact with the Blu-ray player.

Here’s the trailer for the Blu-ray release:


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About S. Clark

Sam Clark is the former Managing Editor/Online Editor of Video Business magazine. With 19 years experience in journalism, 12 in the home entertainment industry, Sam has been hooked on movies on since she saw E.T. then stared into the sky waiting to meet her own friendly alien. Thanks to her husband’s shared love of movies, Sam reviews Blu-ray discs in a true home theater, with a 118-inch screen, projector and cushy recliners with cup holders.