Jurassic Park holds a special place in the hearts of countless people in my generation. Very few can look back and remember the fear and excitement that the original film brought to us. The Jurassic World movies have been a real hit or miss with fans, as the series had started to decline long before the World films came out.
Personally, I enjoy dinosaur action films enough to have gone into these movies with an open mind. Fallen Kingdom sits about par with Jurassic World for me – I enjoyed it quite a bit, enough so that I will gladly grab it off of the shelf and watch it again in the future. But is it a classic? Not by a long shot, but Chris Pratt does a good job of being Chris Pratt, and dinosaurs are dinosaurs, so I will come back for sure. I am definitely interested to see where they go from here, Fallen Kingdom was definitely a “middle” movie, which sets the series up for something bigger and more interesting, and I hope they don’t fall flat on what they are building up. But we will see.
Visually, Jurassic World is a great looking film. The variance in sets and locations allows for a great range in colors and moods, which look absolutely stellar in 4K. The dark scenes displayed a surprising amount of detail, and the CG in this film is pretty phenomenal.
This release has a Dolby DTS:X audio track (which is similar to Atmos, and features overhead sound), and is extremely effective. The bass is boomy and satisfying, the dinosaur growls and roars are impactful, and the ambience is almost uncanny with how enveloping it can be. Scenes with rainfall had me looking out the window to double check that I wasn’t hearing actual rainfall, doors opening behind the viewer had me turning to look out of instinct. This is one of the more exciting audio tracks that I have heard to date. I would definitely consider this one of the best films to pop in and show some friends.
The following special features are all included on both the 4K UHD and Blu-ray discs. Overall, there wasn’t really a lot of worthwhile features in my opinion, with the most entertaining being Chris Pratt’s series of journals where he shows off the cast and crew.
Also included is a digital copy.
- On Set with Chris & Bryce – a short look at the two lead characters and their history
- The Kingdom Evolves – an overview on the new trilogy and what it is building up towards
- Return to Hawaii – details on shooting in Hawaii
- Island Action – a quick look at shooting action scenes on an island.
- Aboard the Arcadia – dino animatronics, shooting inside a boat set, and various cast and crew discussions.
- Birth of the Indoraptor – a discussion on the new dinosaur from the film (which is great, because we don’t get a lot of info from the film itself)
- Start the Bidding! – setting up the auction action scenes
- Death by Dino – a highlight on one particular death from the film.
- Monster in a Mansion – taking inspiration and crafting an action sequence indoors, a look a previous Jurassic Park movies
- Rooftop Showdown – a look at the (you guessed it) rooftop fight sequence
- Malcolm’s Return – sure, he’s back, but is he really?
- VFX Evolved – a series overview of the effects of the series
- Fallen Kingdom: The Conversation –
- A Song for the Kingdom – one of the actors performs on set
- Chris Pratt’s Jurassic Journals – Chris Pratt makes a short series where he introduces and talks to various cast and crew, this was actually pretty fun.
- Jurassic Then and Now (Presented by Barbasol) – a montage of scenes from the series.
- Standard 3D
- Standard 4K
- Standard Blu-ray
- Target 4K Exclusive (With 28 page book and bonus disc)
- Target Blu-ray Exclusive (With 28 page book and bonus disc)
- UK Limited Edition Gift Set
- Italian Blu-ray Steelbook
- Italian 3D Blu-ray Steelbook
- Spanish 3D Blu-ray Steelbook
Our Recommendation for Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom:
Everyone loves dinosaurs, it’s just that simple. If you have enjoyed the series so far (even with it’s ups and downs), then you are in for more of the same here. They are definitely setting the series up for something big in the next iteration, but this movie stands up fairly well on it’s own and has stellar technical quality to match the pretty decent plot.