Jurassic Park’s New 4K Blu-Ray Release is Scanned from the ORIGINAL Camera Negative

With 2018 marking the 25th anniversary of Jurassic Park, Universal Pictures are ensuring fans don’t go without this year! It was recently revealed that all four Jurassic Park movies would be receiving the 4K treatment, with the release of a new Blu-Ray collection this May.

An exciting announcement none the less, but many were left wondering how exactly the film will be transferred to 4K – for lack of a better word. There were a few concerns that the films would be upscaled from the HD prints/versions, meaning they would not be true 4K.

Luckily for us however, it sounds like the Jurassic Park 4K release will be true 4K, having been scanned from the original camera negatives!

Universal Pictures confirmed this with us, detailing the process:

4K Restoration conducted by Universal Pictures with restoration services provided by NBCUniversal StudioPost
ARRI scan at 4K resolution from the original camera negative
4K workflow with High Dynamic Range color correction

This is great news for fans and movie buffs alike – never before will Jurassic Park have been watched at this quality, but better yet, the transfer will likely be closest to the original colour that was played in theatres back in 1993, closer than any release we’ve had before!

It’s important to note that due to way film-making and the technology behind it evolves, not every movie in this franchise will be archived by the studio in the same format, meaning the transfer for each movie could differ.

But one thing is for certain: this release will allow you to watch the Jurassic Park franchise like never before!

Unfortunately there doesn’t appear to be any new bonus features attached to this release. The press release states:

Available for the first time ever in 4K Ultra HD featuring newly remastered versions of the films, the collection also includes Blu-ray and Digital via the all-new MOVIES ANYWHERE app. This special anniversary collection features premium book-style packaging and is packed with hours of bonus content including deleted scenes, storyboards, revealing interviews and behind-the-scenes featurettes that make this a must own film for everyone’s library.

Jurassic Park 25th Anniversary Collection will be available on 4K Ultra HD in a combo pack which includes 4K Ultra HD Blu-rayTM, Blu-rayTM and Digital. The 4K Ultra HD disc will include the same bonus features as the Blu-rayTM version, all in stunning 4K resolution.

And in regards to bonus features:

• Return to Jurassic Park: 6-Part Documentary – This six-part documentary features interviews with the many of the cast members from all three films, the filmmakers and Steven Spielberg.
• Welcome to Jurassic World – An in-depth take on the creation, look and feel of Jurassic World. Director Colin Trevorrow and Steven Spielberg discuss how the idea of the film came together and how the casting was decided with actors’ commentary on their roles and filming locations.
• Dinosaurs Roam Once Again – Behind the scenes look at the making of Jurassic World’s visual effects, how the dinosaurs came to life, and actors filmed scenes.
• Jurassic World: All-Access Pass – Chris Pratt and Director Colin Trevorrow discuss key moments in the film, supported by behind-the-scenes footage and VFX breakdowns.
• Deleted Scenes
• And Over Forty Additional Bonus Featurettes from All Four Films!

The Jurassic Park 25th Anniversary Collection releases May 22nd and will retail at $79.98 (although it is currently $49.96 on Amazon!). This will be an 8-disc collection with each 4K film on their own disc, and the bonus features on another.

How excited are you to see Jurassic Park like never before? Let us know in the comments section below, and be sure to stay tuned to Jurassic Outpost for more!

Creature Designer Neal Scanlan Talks Through His ‘Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom’ Dinosaur Animatronics

Animatronic dinosaurs have always been a staple of the Jurassic Park franchise. The original movie was considered to be a breakthrough in terms of visual effects and the seamless way the filmmakers blended both the computer-generated dinosaurs and the physical on-set animatronics.

Jurassic Park – and it’s subsequent sequels – pioneered special effects in the film industry and the dinosaurs put on screen to this day still hold up against modern visual effects.

That’s why in 2015, many audience members felt as though Jurassic World didn’t quite fulfill what the franchise had established with the first trilogy, utilising only one animatronic dinosaur in the entire movie, with the rest of the dinosaurs being computer-generated by the talented artists at ILM.

That all changed however when writer/producer of the upcoming sequel Colin Trevorrow announced to us that animatronics will return in the sequel.

It was later revealed that Neal Scanlan and his team, fresh off Star Wars: The Force Awakens, will be making and puppetering the animatronics for the sequel, and judging by some of the dinosaur reveals in the trailer and behind the scenes reel, it has paid off!

Today, Neal himself gave the LA Times a bit of a tour of his work for the movie and shared details on how the dinosaurs are operated this time around.

“We tried to take onboard, to some extent, the ever-moving understandings of what dinosaurs may or may not have really looked like. One has probably assumed in the past that they were rather muted, but when you look in nature color is an important attractant. And would that have not been the case with these animals?”

As seen in both the behind the scenes reel and the trailers, Neal’s team built a full size T. rex along with animatronic models of Velociraptor ‘Blue’ and the new hybrid dinosaur, the Indoraptor. They created puppeteering aids, rod puppets and several prop dinosaurs for use on set, which were all imagined by both Neal’s team and ILM’s David Vickery to help the post-production process and to aid the seamless look between both VFX and the animatronics.

The animatronic model of Blue required 15 puppeteers hidden below to move the cable levers and use the radio control mechanism that brought her to life. They rehearsed the movements for each particular scene in advance so that the dinosaur could react to Bayona’s direction on set.

“Like a dance team we’re not thinking about the individual steps,” Scanlan says. “We’re just doing it. You’re thinking about it in a much more consuming way, like ‘Can you make her more aggressive? Can you make her more agitated? Can she breathe more heavily?’ It’s like music in an orchestra – everyone knows how to bring up the crescendo.

Recently, ‘Fallen Kingdom’ made headlines for having “the most animatronic dinosaurs since ‘Jurassic Park'” – while this is untrue, it no doubt is an homage to the classic trilogies heavier use of practical effects. Most of the dinosaur animatronics in Fallen Kingdom are head and neck only, attached to a static lower detail body model that’s to be replaced with CG in post. This particular approach can be seen with the Stegosaurus head animatronic from the Snapchat video:

Fallen Kingdom’s approach to animatronics is different than past Jurassic films, with all but the Indoraptor being built for laying down in a restrained and sedated pose. While the Indoraptor animatronic emulates the classic Jurassic style more, it seems it will be entirely replaced with CG in the final film, though the CG certainly is phenomenal and greatly benefited from the animatronic as its reference.

Needless to say both director JA Bayona and Neal Scanlan are striving for perfection with the practical and visual effects. From what we have seen in the trailers so far, both sides of special effects are excelling in this movie, which could potentially make it the sequel with the best visual effects.

Source: LA Times

Exclusive 25th anniversary Jurassic Park T-Rex Statue From Think Geek Available For Purchase

Think Geek has announced that they are selling an exclusive officially licensed T-Rex statue, made out of 90% plastic and 10% iron, in celebration of the 25th anniversary of Jurassic Park.

For $59.99 (plus shipping and handling costs) this exclusive item, measuring 4 1/2″ tall x 12″ long x 3″ wide and weighing 1 pound, is now available for purchase on the Think Geek website.

We have this need to see these great giant beasts that roamed the Earth so long ago. All the fear in the world won’t stop us from wanting to see a T. rex in person. Maybe after being chased in a jeep down a road by one we’d be happy with just seeing a statue in person, though.

Take home your very own T. rex statue celebrating the 25th anniversary of the original Jurassic Park movie. This highly detailed figure stands on a branded base plate so he doesn’t have to worry about toppling over whilst chasing a Barbie Jeep.

So what is your opinion on the Think Geek exclusive Jurassic Park T-Rex Statue? Let us know in the comments below and on our forums.

Source: Think Geek

Bryce Dallas Howard and BD Wong Join the Cast of ‘Jurassic World Evolution’!

Dream it… build it… survive it! If having the voice of Dr. Ian Malcolm easing you through the upcoming video game Jurassic World Evolution wasn’t enough, fans can now rejoice with the announcement that both Bryce Dallas Howard and BD Wong have joined the cast!

In an announcement by the developers themselves, the two actors will reprise their roles as Claire Dearing and Dr. Henry Wu in the upcoming game:

Frontier Developments plc (AIM: FDEV), in partnership with Universal, today announced Bryce Dallas Howard and BD Wong will reprise their roles as Claire Dearing and Dr. Henry Wu, respectively, in the upcoming video game, Jurassic World Evolution. They join Jeff Goldblum – as Dr. Ian Malcolm – in an all-new story that touches on key characters and events from across the Jurassic film franchise as players attempt to successfully build and run their own Jurassic World.

Jurassic World Evolution places players in control of operations on the legendary island of Isla Nublar and the surrounding islands of the Muertes Archipelago. Players will build their own Jurassic World as they bioengineer new dinosaur breeds and construct attractions, containment and research facilities. Every choice leads to a different path and spectacular challenges arise when “life finds a way.”

Both characters play vital roles in the upcoming sequel, Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom, and will no doubt provide excellent commentary through the Evolution video game.

Jurassic World Evolution will release digitally first on June 12 2018 for PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, with the physical release dropping two weeks later on July 3 2018. Be sure to pre-order the game now to avoid disappointment!

Will you be building your own park this Summer? Let us know in the comments section below!

Michael Giacchino’s Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom Soundtrack Releases June 15!

Michael Giacchino is no stranger to the Jurassic franchise. Before composing the music for Jurassic World he wrote and composed the soundtracks for both Jurassic Park: Warpath and The Lost World’s PlayStation game – which are still considered fan favorites by many.

It was no surprise that the composer, who handles multiple projects a year, would return to the franchise.

With the sequel headed for US cinemas on June 22nd, Michael Giacchino’s score will be available for purchase and digital download on June 15th! The date can be seen on the Amazon listing for the soundtrack but unfortunately no other details have been revealed.

Over the past few weeks during the scoring sessions for Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom the composer shared a number of images and videos from inside the studio, revealing new music and the return of key themes and more importantly, revealing his excitement to be back and working on Jurassic.

Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom hits theatres on June 22nd in the US and earlier in the UK and Europe – and you’ll be able to purchase Michael Giacchino’s score on June 15th!

Thanks to Derrick for sending this our way!

Japanese ‘Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom’ Trailer Reveals New Footage!

The Japanese edition of the final Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom trailer has made its way online, and it may be the best one yet!

As always, going forward it’s best to understand that there are potential spoilers in the footage, and if you want to go in blind, you should look no further. That said, this doesn’t really show any new scenes, but rather extended looks at already revealed scenes, and is quite a well put together trailer.

Check it out below!

Overall, this trailer hits all the right notes: the beauty of the island and dinosaurs, the danger and adventure that comes with the territory, and the scares and mysteries that preside over that entire experience. It alludes to what else the story has to offer, without outright spoiling it (as the ‘Final Trailer’ did). It teases the Indoraptor without fully giving him away.

While I appreciated some of the epic shots from the final trailer, and they no doubt won over my excitement, I vastly prefer this trailer to it. If only I could erase some of the other spoilers best left for theaters from memory.

What are your thoughts on the latest trailer, and are you trying to avoid spoilers? Sound off in the comments below, and as always, stay tuned for the latest news!

Thanks to LeoAzabache22 on Twitter for the heads up!

Source: Jurassic World Japan

New ‘Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom’ TV Spot Features More Baryonyx Action!

Following the final trailer, and the Chinese trailer, even more new Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom footage has hit the web!

Of course, if you’d like to remain as spoiler free going into the latest Jurassic Park sequel, it may be best to avoid watching the latest TV spots. However, with that in mind, this trailer doesn’t really showcase anything new – we always knew Claire and Franklin would escape the Baryonyx, and had already seen them climbing for the hatch in the Super Bowl trailer.

Considering this is a pretty par the course escape, with no big Deus Rex Machina surprises (that we know of), it’s pretty standard trailer stuff (unlike the final trailer giving away far too much, to a frustrating degree – but hey, it made me incredibly excited!)

Give the latest spot a watch below.

I wasn’t sold on the Baryonyx design from the first trailer, but aside from the super thick jaw, it appears that the angle was misleading. The Baryonyx looks great in this latest TV spot, and is quickly becoming one of my favorite Jurassic designs. Hopefully that trend continues going into the film!

Circling back to the note of spoilers, I do hope the marketing refrains from giving away more of the plot. They have already outlined the basic plot, and given away some huge set pieces shots I’d prefer to have seen in theaters first. Some of my favorite modern film advertisement was for Star Wars: The Force Awakens, showcasing just how effective expertly crafted ‘less is more’ trailers and TV spots can be.

What are your thoughts on this latest TV spot, and do you think marketing has shown too much? Sound off in the comments below, and stay tuned for the latest news!

Check Out This Awesome ‘Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom’ Concept Art!

Art finds a way.

While Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom doesn’t release in theaters until June, the first official look at its art was released in a Jurassic Park 25th Anniversary Blu-Ray set. The art itself focuses on 4 key scenes, all present in the trailers: the park ruins, the Baryonyx bunker, Mosasaurus attack, and the Indoraptor auction.

Take a look at the beautiful art below, and the corresponding scenes to compare – huge thanks to Dan on Twitter for sharing it!

With any luck, a Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom art book will be released, which is something that has been requested for 2015’s film numerous times but never came to fruition. Judging from the latest trailer, the amount of stunning artwork must be overflowing, and it would be incredible to take a behind the scenes look at the design process.

If you’re interested in picking up this concept art yourself, look no further than this set on Amazon UK:

What are your thoughts on the art, and would you buy a Fallen Kingdom art book if it were to be announced? Sound off in the comments below, and as always, stay tuned for everything Jurassic!

Source: Twitter

China Gets an Alternate Final Trailer With Extended Fallen Kingdom Footage!

Yesterday, Jurassic fans were treated with the third and final trailer for the upcoming Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom which gave us an even closer look at the story and characters in the movie.

Following the trend of almost every other large franchise these days, a new extended trailer has just debuted in China with even more spoiler-heavy footage. Check it out below:

With new looks at Rafe Spall, Ted Levine Toby Jones and BD Wong as well as a few more beautiful establishing shots sprinkled in, this trailer is less of an extended version of the trailer we received yesterday and more of a creation unto itself.

I personally feel like this trailer is considerably stronger in the narrative department than previous trailers, laying out a clear and honest look at the film we will see in June. Though some might consider it a little too concise.

We have compiled over 90 screenshots from yesterday’s trailer in glorious HD for your viewing pleasure.

Which trailer do you prefer? Are you back aboard the Fallen Kingdom hype train? Sound off below!

The Final ‘Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom’ Poster Has Arrived

The “Final” Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom poster has arrived.

Presented without comment:

Looking for something different? Check out these awesome fan posters, our HD gallery of the stunning shots from the latest trailer, and of course, watch the trailer again!