November 13, 2001|
New JP3 DVD Review
DVD Movie Guide has their lengthy review of the JP3 DVD up on their site, the third we've seen that gives the disc pretty high grades in all areas. While author Colin Jacobson praises the films sound ("Audio quality also appeared to be excellent."), he is also the second reviewer to raise some issues with the video quality. Colin claims the picture is a "bit problematic at times", but concedes that, "overall, it seemed satisfying and usually looked very good." (Thanks David)
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Fun With Box Office NumbersComment on this story (0 comments)
Sorry to keep pushing these box office stats down your throat, but personally, I just love picking on Planet of the Apes: In it's 17th week of release, JP3 slipped to 34th place, bringing its total to $180,774,150 (it's still showing at 176 theaters). POTA, meanwhile, is down at 43rd (total: $178,938,448) at a measly 112 locations. It'll be interesting to see the box office charts next week, after a certain wizard named Harry hits the screen. (Thanks Yahoo Movies)
JP3 in 3-DComment on this story (0 comments)
People have always said Jurassic Park's dinosaurs jump off the screen, but until now they didn't mean it literally. A company called Dynamic Digital Depth has come up with a way to project 3-D images on a plasma television screen with no special glasses, and will be showing off the new technology starting November 21st at the Wherehouse Music store in West Hollywood, California. "Music videos from Britney Spears, Faith Hill and Alicia Keys and movie trailers for "Jurassic Park III", "The Grinch" and "Shrek" will be among the 3-D content clips showcased at Wherehouse Music," says the press release. Wanna buy one of these 3-D televisions for your home? Start saving your pennies: According to the website, a 50 inch set will cost you a tidy $25,000.
November 9, 2001Comment on this story (0 comments)
Ask Stan Your JP3 DVD Questions
Have a burning question for head JP3 special effects guru Stan Winston? Now's your chance to ask it! As part of the promotion for the upcoming JP3 DVD, Stan Winston Studios will be holding a press day Monday, and DansJP3Page will have a representitive there to pose some questions you might have. If you've got a good one, type your question in the comments below. I will pick the best and send them in on Sunday afternoon. (The one I'm submitting: "What's it like working with Michael Jackson?").
November 8, 2001Comment on this story (0 comments)
JP3 Arcade Game!
Here's some exciting info for all of us depressed over the unfortunate JP3 video game news we had earlier this week: Though it was never reported previously that this was even in the pipeline, Konami Japan has apparently been hard at work on a JP3 Arcade game. According to 'T-Rex', the game was unveiled in September at the JAMMA '01 arcade convention and has now begun to appear at Japanese arcades. 'T-Rex' notes that, like 1997's "TLW Arcade" the JP3 title is a light-gun game -- however, the technology has been boosted substantially, with the JP3 game now using Konami 'Viper' hardware that throws a movement sensor into the mix: you can now actually duck away from the dinosaurs by moving your body. While there's no US release date yet, presumably the game will be coming state-side in a few months. (Here's two more small gameplay pics, here and here. There's also a short write-up of the game on industry website Cashboxcentral.com)
November 7, 2001Comment on this story (0 comments)
New JP3 DVD Review
DVD Angle is the second website to take a look at the upcoming JP3 DVD -- unlike the last reviewer, this one is a bit critical of the video quality on the disc, saying, "To ensure all of the content could fit on the disc, a rather conservative bit rate (averaging a mere 4.5 Mbps) was used - and in this case it wasn't in the best interest of the presentation. What starts off rocky gets better after the first chapter. The opening scene looks bad - to the point of looking extremely fake... All in all, this presentation is decent yet could have been much better." The reviewer also gives a good rundown of the extras we can expect, you can read the full review here. In other JP3 DVD news, it looks like the film will arrive in the UK on January 21, 2002, according to Blackstar.co.uk. (Thanks 'Gnawgahyde')
More Survival InfoComment on this story (0 comments)
I'm still trying to gather information on what exactly happened that caused the highly-anticipated PS2 game, 'Survival' to be canceled (Story) -- Universal, not surprisingly, is being very quiet on the subject. 'Tango', however, e-mailed someone at Savage who responded, "We were looking forward to finishing [Survival] up and getting it on the market to see what you guys thought. We we're having a lot of fun making it. Unfortunately, we can't finish it without funding to pay our people and Universal wasn't providing that. Sorry to let you down. JP is a great franchise and we really wanted to see the game out there, too." Hopefully I will have a comment from Universal in the coming days.
JP Toys PetitionComment on this story (0 comments)
Several people have sent me this link to a petition started by a few fans to try and convince Hasbro to re-issue some of the original JP and TLW action figures and toys. Personally, I think this is a little silly, but, well, there you go. (Thanks 'Kevy Mac')
November 5, 2001Comment on this story (0 comments)
'Jurassic Park Survival' Canned
Wondering why we haven't heard much about "JP: Survival", the JP3-themed Playstation 2 game heavily touted at this year's E3? Apparently it's because the game has been canceled by Universal, and development work has stopped at Savage Entertainment, the up-start game company that was working on the title. "Due to conflicts with Universal-Vivendi over payment, Savage has ceased working on the Jurassic Park game," a Savage spokesperson told DansJP3Page.com. 'Survival' was to be a massive, 3-D action game in the style of Tomb Raider or Turok. It is unknown how far development had progressed when it was canceled, but it seems unlikely the game will come out at any time in the future. 'Survival' was originally slated for release November 14th.
November 2, 2001
First JP3 DVD Review, No Joe Commentary
While DVDFile.com is the first website to get a very early preview of the JP3 DVD and 'Beyond JP' bonus discs (giving them both fairly high marks), they also have some disappointing news to report: According to the review, the commentary track on the JP3 disc does not feature director Joe Johnston. Instead, "we get the key visual effects team, including Stan Winston, John Rosengrant, Dan Taylor, Michael Lanteri... While they concentrate on III, we get a nice overview of the entire series." With that said, however, it looks like a great disc nevertheless. Some more info from the JP3 review:
[On the video quality] "The quality of this 1.85:1 anamorphic widescreen transfer is still surprisingly high give all the content that had to be squeezed on to this dual-layer disc. Jurassic Park III has a visual look somewhere between the brighter hues of the first film and very dark first sequel, and this transfer renders it very well."
The DVDFile editors also took a look at the special fourth bonus disc, "Beyond Jurassic Park". DVDShrine.com also posted some nice screen captures of this disc as well (at right):
[Sound?] "Everything you'd expect from a Jurassic Park mix is here - excellent dynamics and fidelity, with an attention to detail that is impressive."
[Extras] "The leadoff piece is the 24-minute 'The Making Of Jurassic Park', which suffers in comparison to the docs on the other Jurassic discs.. Producer Kathleen Kennedy gets the most screen time, but as she has spearheaded the entire series, that's not a bad thing, and also appearing are director Joe Johnston, the effects crew including Winston and Lanteri, and actors Sam Neill, Tea Leoni, William H. Macy and Trevor Howard. For a piece obviously created before the film was even released, this is pretty informative.
Repeating a bit of the same info is 'The New Dinosaurs Of Jurassic Park III', which runs 6 minutes and is all about the improvements made to the bad-ass dinos, including newbies the Spinosaurus and the Pteredons. More of the same interview footage is presented, as well as more with paleontologist Jack Horner and cool behind-the-scenes peaks at the CGI rendering process and some of the research required in coming up with yet more varieties of dinos to impress audiences. Last but not least was my favorite featurette, 'Montana: Finding New Dinosaurs', a 5-minute feature with Paleontologist Jack Horner out in the wilds digging up dinosaurs. This is the only video feature that really provides some nice context for the world of dinosaurs, and Horner and his team have already dug up 30-plus dino skeletons in 2000 alone. The dig footage and actual dino bones are really cool, and even after only 4 minutes I almost wanted to rush off to Montana and sign up myself...
Also included are two montages, the 3-minute 'A Visit To Stan Winston Studios' and the 9-minute repository 'Behind-The-Scenes', which is broken into three sequences - "Spinosaurs Attacks The Plane," "Raptors Attack Udesky," and "The Lake." Each montage is a mix of neat-o behind the scenes footage on the set, intercut with the finished film clips. Unfortunately, no text or narration is provided, but watching dino puppets onset is always a hoot. More video vignettes include three Storyboard-To-Final Feature Comparisons for "The Lab," "The Aviary," and "The Boat Attack." Each vignette runs about 3 minutes and simply presents a vertical split screen with the storyboards on top and the final scene on the bottom.
"Presented on a single dual-layer disc, the total runtime for all the content included is 126 minutes, and is a series of featurettes and vignettes broken down into three sections, one for each film... 'Steven Spielberg Directs Jurassic Park' is a 9-minute montage of shots of the master at work... 'The Hurricane On Kauai' featurette runs a meager 3 minutes and documents the big hurricane that nearly wrecked the entire Jurassic Park shoot. This offers some nice background on the production, and features interviews with Spielberg and the crew as well as some humorous footage of a very scared cast and crew cowering from the impending disaster. Finally, 'ILM And Jurassic Park: Before And After The Visual Effects' is a nicely edited 6-minute piece with before and after shots of key Jurassic set pieces, with and without effects.
While the DVDFile reviewer doesn't seem so impressed with this special disc, it sure does sound like there's a lot of good stuff on it for us hard-core fans. Check out the full review for more details. (Thanks 'Embryo')
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'Interview with Michael Crichton' [is a] discussion on both the first film and its sequel. Crichton recalls his inspiration for the original source novel, his approach to the sequel, and the often less-than-satisfactory transition from novel to screen. A nice little interview, too bad there wasn't more of it! Next up is 'ILM And The Lost World: Before And After The Visual Effects'. Here we get a robust 20 minutes of before and after clips of the film's big set pieces, again well edited and paced. Finally, we get the 2-minute 'Compie Dance Number: Thank You Steven Spielberg', a never-before-seen, cute little present the gang at ILM cooked up for Spielberg, complete with dancing compies. Fun.
Where's inGenNET?Comment on this story (0 comments)
Neo_Maze, chief operating officer at ol' inGenNET, wanted me to relate the latest in their series of server woes: Now it seems like the company which has been hosting their site has gone kaput, and they are currently looking at their options. However, Neo promises, "we will sport an all-new site in early 2002."
October 30, 2001
'JP Franchise' Bonus Disc Features
Costco.com is the first online shop to update their "JP Collector's Edition" page with the full details on what will be contained in the mysterious fourth DVD, "The Jurassic Park Franchise" (although it may officially be called "Beyond Jurassic Park"). Here's the scoop:
Cool! To get this special disc, you'll either have to buy the JP Trilogy Set when it is released on December 11th, or get it though the mail by buying the JP3 DVD by itself and sending $6.95 to Universal. In other DVD news, it looks like the "Making of JP3" documentary on the JP3 DVD will be 22:41 long, according to the BBFC. (Thanks 'Vader')
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- Running Time: 121 minutes
- Original featurette on the making of Jurassic Park
- Steven Spielberg directs Jurassic Park
- Animatics: T-Rex Attack
- Hurricane in Kauai featurette
- Jurassic Park featurette
- Original featurette on the making of The Lost World: Jurassic Park
- Interview with writer Michael Crichton
- The Lost World: Before and After the Visual Effects
- The Compie Dance Number: thank you Steven Spielberg from ILM
- The Industrial Light and Magic press reel
- The sounds of Jurassic Park III
- The art of Jurassic Park III
- The actors tell of their experience seeing the first Jurassic Park
- Jurassic Park: The Ride
Box Office FunComment on this story (0 comments)
After dipping down below competetor Planet of the Apes last week, JP3 managed to retake a higher position this past weekend, pulling into 28th place in the U.S. while POTA sank to #35. JP3's total sits at a tidy $180,455,335 in its 15th week of release. On the international front, JP3's total is currently $179,364,390, according to Las Cinco Muertes, though interestingly, POTA is still beating JP3 ($344 to $340 million) if you add the US and International figures together.
Free DVD Offer DetailsComment on this story (0 comments)
Amazon.com has updated their product page for the JP3 DVD with info on the "Free DVD" (well, free with $2.25 shipping) offer, listing the 16 titles you can pick from with purchase of the JP3 DVD. Interestingly, one you can choose is JP3 Director Joe Johnston's previous film, October Sky. Note that you can't actually get the DVD free along with your Amazon.com order, you'll have to send your choice in to Universal after you buy the JP3 DVD. (Thanks Las Cinco Muertes.
Dino ShowsComment on this story (0 comments)
Some upcoming dinosaur-related TV shows you might be interested in: US fans of "Walking with Dinosaurs" should tune in to the Discovery Channel on December 9th for "Walking with Prehistoric Beasts", a new special from the same dudes who made the first one. And, we know, UK people -- you've already seen it. Also on December 9th, the National Geographic Channel (which I don't get) is also premiereing a new special, "SuperCroc", about that gigantic crocidile scientists have recently found. More info about that here. (Thanks 'Mr Goodbytes' and 'BigDaddy002')
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