In making a decision to see this in either 2D or 3D, I went to see this in IMAX 3D because I had a stack of points I needed to use up at an Odeon before they expired at the end of July, so it was either this or Teminator Genisys. Bear in mind the NEITHER Jurassic World, NOR the new Arnie film, were shot in 3D, and for this one it really showed. All the 3D conversion is done in post-production and there were times when things got right up close or were even something non-essential just in the background like a door-lock button in a car, and they just stayed as two separate images, and it proved that you should either just shoot a film in 3D or not bother. If you can’t do it properly, don’t expect the paying public to fork out extra for nothing.
As it was, while you might expect dinosaurs to be bigger and better in 3D, it never felt essential. It only ever felt utilised to show up basic perspective, and you can see that in 2D quite easily. In addition, yes, IMAX puts it up there on a bigger screen – and at the Manchester Printworks Odeon it’s the second biggest IMAX screen in Europe, only beaten slightly by the BFI in London – but given the poor 3D effect, I speculated a couple of times how it wouldn’t have felt a whole lot different, visually, if just projected onto the lenses of an Oculus Rift headset.
I need to mention the widescreen aspect ratio of this film, too. It’s 2.00:1, which is far from a conventional one. While Tomorrowland was presented a similar ratio, and I described that in detail there along with all of the associated problems when it comes to regular cinema projection, I expect the same would’ve happened for this one, too, and if anyone’s seen it in a non-IMAX screen and are reading this, please let me know. I won’t repeat what I’ve said there as it’s pretty much the same, but I would’ve chosen a 1.85:1 ratio for this film, as per the previous entries in the series, since dinosaurs are tall, and especially in the home when you watch it on a 16:9 TV, the taller the image, versus the width, the better. Neither film was shot with IMAX cameras either, and although while Tomorrowland was shot in 4K resolution, Jurassic World was predominantly shot in either 5K or 6K, plus some in bog-standard Super 35, and you could tell the great drop in resolution when those appeared, one coming early on, of Chris Pratt trying to fix up his motorbike. It’s like director Colin Trevorrow dug out the best cameras more often for up-close facials (f’nar! f’nar!) either of humans or dinosaurs.
As I’ve mentioned before – and have complained about – frequently there are problems when I view a film at the Odeon with the cleaners coming in during the credits (which I like to watch and enjoy the closing music) and/or the house lights being switched on full blast, as recent trips to watch San Andreas and Tomorrowland have shown. This time round, the cleaners not only came in while the credits were running, but also would frequently – and slowly – go past the screen, dragging their implements on the ground, scraping them on the floor as they go, and even forcing one other guy, a few rows up front, to move so he could continue to read the credits!!! Following those two recent examples, yes, I did get some free tickets out of it, but quite frankly, I’d rather they just didn’t ever come in while the credits were running!! A complaint will be going in about this one, too.
Jurassic World opened just a week after one of our theme parks, Alton Towers, had a horrific accident on The Smiler ride, leading to one young woman – Leah Washington – losing a leg, and then Sky News' Kay Burley going off on one at man in charge Nick Varney so I can imagine the creators of ‘Jurassic Park 5‘ getting her in to quiz someone in a similar manner. And yes, you can bet your left dinosaur’s testicle that there will be a sequel. The film even blatantly signposts this to you.
But as for another sequel? Well, to quote Jeff Goldblum’s character Ian Malcolm in the first movie, the film-makers were “so preoccupied with whether or not they could, that they didn’t stop to think if they should!”
Jurassic World is available to pre-order on Blu-ray 3D, Blu-ray, DVD and Limited Edition Blu-ray 3D with two interlocking book-end statues of dinosaurs featured in the film, ahead of its release date on October 19th, and click on the poster for the full-size image.
Running time: 124 minutes
Studio: Universal Pictures UK
Format: 2.00:1 (Redcode RAW (5K) (6K))
Released: June 11th 2015
Director: Colin Trevorrow
Producers: Patrick Crowley and Frank Marshall
Screenplay: Rick Jaffa, Amanda Silver, Colin Trevorrow and Derek Connolly (based on a story by Rick Jaffa and Amanda Silver, and the characters by Michael Crichton)
Music: Michael Giacchino
Owen: Chris Pratt
Claire: Bryce Dallas Howard
Hoskins: Vincent D’Onofrio
Gray: Ty Simpkins
Simon Masrani: Irrfan Khan
Zach: Nick Robinson
Lowery: Jake Johnson
Barry: Omar Sy
Dr Henry Wu: BD Wong
Karen: Judy Greer
Vivian: Lauren Lapkus
Hamada: Brian Tee
Zara: Katie McGrath
Scott: Andy Buckley
Paddock Supervisor: Eric Edelstein
Mosasaurus Announcer: Courtney James Clark
Young Raptor Handler: Colby Boothman-Shepard
Himself: Jimmy Fallon
Hal Osterly: James DuMont
Park Announcer: Bonnie Wild
Monorail Announcer: Brad Bird
Mr DNA: Colin Trevorrow
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