Like Jurassic Park, the technical quality of sound and images make this a fabulous home
entertainment experience, superior to ‘old fashioned’ VHS, even if you
haven’t yet unfolded your wallet for a 5.1 sound system.
The menu here is the delapidated petrol stop in the destroyed Park – and a raptor
is on the loose, of course. The extra features are listed in an easy to see and navigate
manner, and the Making Of doco is less passionate, more traditional than the one
accompanying Jurassic Park.
Spielberg discusses the appeal of the story setting, a prehistoric world hidden but
real, somewhere on this planet.
Scriptwriter Steve Koep (now here’s a thing: the writers – both Koep and in
Jurassic Park, Michael Crichton, getting so much airtime in the Making Of doco, as if they
were really crucial to the whole enterprise….) observes that the pressure on
everyone, himself included, was difgferent this time. The audiences were no longer asking
‘can we do dinosaurs,’ but ‘what can we do with the dinosuars now we could
do them.’ The pressure, he says, was to do something even more impressive.
He also remarks on Spielberg’s uncanny ability to always come up with terrific
action sequences – which then have to be written into the story, somehow.
There are two long deleted scenes on the DVD, both are worth watching: one takes place
in the boardroom of Ingen cCorporation, and explains how the board, urged by his nephew,
tries to get rid of its chairman, the character played by Richard Attenborough.
The second is even better, set in a market in Mombasa, featuring the tough-guy antics
of Pete Postlethwaite’s big game hunter character.
Great rental DVD, but movie lovers will want to keep it on the shelf, ready to play at
the slightest sign of thrill-deprivation.
Andrew L. Urban
We gratefully acknowledge the complimentary use of a DVD player from Philips.
Publication date: October 19, 2000