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DVD makes ‘Jurassic Park’ even more vivid

October 11, 2000

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If you have a home theater system, get ready for it to rock.

Steven Spielberg's famous dinosaurs now come roaring into the world of DVD.

Universal Home Video is releasing both "Jurassic Park" and its sequel "The Lost World: Jurassic Park" in the sterling format with Dolby Digital 5.1 or DTS 5.1. Each has a suggested retail price of $26.98.

If you've got money to burn, you might want to get the deluxe box set, handsomely packaged in a specially designed collector's box and priced at $119.98. Another gift set, which also houses both DVDs, is available at $54.98.

Both films are available in a new VHS Collector's Set at $19.98. But DVD is the way to get the most enjoyment out of these two sci-fi thrillers.

Released in 1993, "Jurassic Park" is one of the highest-grossing movies, having pulled in more than $900 million in worldwide box office receipts.

The breathless, nonstop, edge-of-the-seat adventure is even more vivid in DVD. When the dinosaurs move, you jump even after you've watched the film a few times. And the sequence of giant, bloodthirsty Tyrannosaurus Rex on the loose is a marvel to see.

"Jurassic Park" also is the film that spawned so much interest in DNA research, the theory being that you can make a living clone of anything no matter how old it is. All you need is the "magic" DNA from what was once living matter.

Both DVDs include numerous extras including "The Making of ...." featurettes, story boards and dinosaur encyclopedia and a special on the animatics used in the films. Also there are DVD-ROM features that allow you to link with a Web site and see, among other things, a preview of "Jurassic Park III," scheduled to be released in July 2001.

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