HOLLYWOOD—Steven Spielberg’s dinosaur epic, "Jurassic Park", was re-released to theaters Friday, April 5, this time in 3-D.
The cinematically groundbreaking film opened to $47 million in 1993, breaking box office records at the time. Now standing just behind James Cameron’s "Avatar" and "Titanic," "Jurassic Park" garnered $7 million with its re-release Friday night, and is estimated to make $18 million this weekend.
Even after 20 years, the film’s innovative visual effects have stood the test of time, appearing just as real and tactile as we remember them in ’93.
The film’s original plan of using stop-motion effects was scrapped when Dennis Muren, designer of the liquid-metal effects in "Terminator 2: Judgment Day," proposed the idea of using new CG technology to animate the dinosaurs. When Spielberg asked stop-motion artist Phil Tippett how he felt after seeing a preview of the CGI’s potential, Tippett told the director, “I think I’m extinct,” which Spielberg later used as a line in the movie.
Tippett did manage to work on the film, however. He is credited as Dinosaur Supervisor, which has prompted the spread of a rather comical Facebook meme since the announcement of "Jurassic Park" returning to the big screen.
With the conversion to 3-D, the film is giving audiences a different experience than they had the first go around. This time, the dinosaurs aren’t merely models of skilled graphics engineering to be appreciated from the safety of our seats. No, they are right there in the theater with us, biting at our legs and practically breathing down our necks.
The cinematic enhancement provides audiences with an acute depth perception that they lacked twenty years ago. Now there’s a sense of being trapped as the walls and forests enclose us with the lethal prehistoric beasts. We are transplanted into a world 200 million years in the making.
And so the adventure begins! The theme park’s power goes off in the midst of the brutal thunderstorm and colossal Tyrannosaurus Rex makes her chilling big screen re-debut. The car scene has never been more riveting. The chase has never been more thrilling. And lady T-Rex’s roar has never been more resounding—the audience can feel it beneath their feet!
Here we have ourselves a classic adventure brought back to life—literally. The experience of "Jurassic Park," while a second for many, is surprisingly brand new for everyone in 3-D.
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