Weekend Round-Up Exploring 7.1 with Jurassic Park and An Announcement
This weekend it was a further adventure into 7.1 sound with Jurassic Park at FRC towers, Scott tells all.
Can I just say for the record, that adding those two extra speakers in FRC Towers Front Room Cinema was the best thing ever. Not because it was free to do, but because it has brought on a whole new level of enjoyment and escapism. Being completely surrounded by the sound stage truly makes watching a movie now a CINEMA experience. Having a 92” screen always made me smile, but now the sound matches the size of the screen. I am a very happy bunny.
I have been buying up some films that support a 7.1 sound stage. Not as many out there as you would think… I mean The Dark Knight…? 5.1? Really? But the ones I have tried have been brilliant. I got hold of a copy of Jurassic Park The Ultimate Trilogy, and watching the 1993 film has been my happiest experience YET with the new set up. My review is below, but first an announcement….
This week on FRC it is TAKE OVER week.
I am handing the controls over to some great guest posters. The FRC Staff and myself will be here for the odd review, but the main posts, the daily posts, are being taken over by some great friends… Here is the schedule…
- TUESDAY - Ted S. talks us through a little review of his new Toy in his own Home Cinema
- WEDNESDAY – For the Mumble, Colin from Never Mind The Pop Movies brings us a little mumble all about comedy.
- THURSDAY – The BORN INTO FILM series continues with Fellow Brightonian, friend and great film maker Ant Carpendale taking us into 1974
- FRIDAY – Jack Deth is back to talk more about Michael Mann, and you know that is going to be a doozy!!
I hope you enjoy the take over as much as I am going to! Be nice and comment guys!!
Anyway here are my thoughts on Jurassic Park
Fear, Terror and Wonder. These were my initial thoughts and feelings on Steven Spielberg’s Jurassic Park when I went to the cinema to see it on it’s initial release in 1993. The director manages to manipulate the viewer between these feelings with such a deft touch that when I watched the Blu-Ray this weekend, nearly 20 years after the film was made, I still found myself lost in those emotions.
Steven Spielberg is one of the most famous modern-day directors, and Jurassic Park may not be his ULTIMATE movie, but there is no denying that he has more talent in his little toe than most people have in their entire body from the outcome. I have not read the Michael Crichton novel on which the film is based, but I am told with great authority that it is not a patch on the film, playing out like WEST WORLD with Dinosaurs. In any lesser hands, the film could have been utter schlock, but with Spielberg and his skill at juggling human emotions, special effects and beautiful set pieces you are truly swept away and completely forgive the logical leaps you have to make and character short comings.
Spielberg is not a director that you would associate with horror, although JAWS is probably still up there as one of the scariest films I have ever seen. But throughout Jurassic Park he weaves in some amazing HORROR set pieces that are totally horrifying. The opening scene with a caged Raptor that manages to attack one of his keepers is horrific and yet it is completely bloodless. The tension that builds up as Game Keeper Muldoon tries to cling to his worker’s hand as the animal tears him apart is almost too much, when the tug-of-war is over you feel exhausted. Very effective, and better than any gore fest.
The T-Rex scene HAS to go down as one of the scariest scenes from the 90s… surely? The slow build up and reveal of the beast again masterfully builds the tension and emotion. The effects were ground breaking at the time, I remember seeing the T-Rex’s eye dilate and thinking… IT IS REAL!! Silly I know, but I was completely lost in the story (and I had seen it before).
The films goes from strength to strength though out the running time. One thing Spielberg does with great prowess is to take us from edge of our seats horror and tension, to truly touching emotional scenes. I want to be sneezed on by a Vege-Saurus!!
The blu-ray itself holds up pretty well. OK the transfer is a touch grainy in places, but I can forgive it that as it is nearly as old as my little brother. One thing I will say though is that the CGI does look dated. You can really tell that this film was blazing the trail for effects, but we see it done so much better now and it is that which stop the effects from being timeless. When they get first introduced to the dinosaurs you can see the edges on the humans, a bit like a weather girl in front of her map on the morning news. It is OK, but not great by today’s standards.
Where the film makes up for this is in the DTS HD:MA 7.1 soundtrack. OH MY. The opening scene I mentioned above has now bumped off Tron Legacy as my demo showcase disk for friends visiting. Every speaker got a good work out and it made it even more scary with Dinosaur noises pops and whizzes coming from everywhere. This depth of sound wasn’t just for the big set pieces, for the entire duration I felt completely consumed by the film. AMAZING!! I really cannot wait to get the other films in the trilogy on now.
If you only buy one Blu-Ray boxest, it should be this one. Especially if you have a 7.1 set up!!
About The Author – Scott Lawlor
Chief Editor of FRC. A self confessed geek with an unhealthy thirst for all things Home Cinema. Whether it is the latest Action film or Subwoofer. Check out his home set up HERE
What are your thoughts on Jurassic Park? Have you got a 7.1 System? What did you get up to this weekend? Comment below…