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Steven Spielberg's 1993 mega-hit rivals Jaws as the most intense and frightening film he'd ever made prior to Schindler's List, but it was also among his weakest stories. Based on Michael Crichton's novel about an island amusement park populated by cloned dinosaurs, the film works best as a thrill ride with none of the interesting human dynamics of Spielberg's Jaws. That lapse proves unfortunate, but there's no shortage of raw terror as a rampaging T. rex and nasty raptors try to make fast food out of the cast. The effects are still astonishing (despite the fact that the computer-generated technology has since been improved upon) and at times primeval, such as the sight of a herd of whatever-they-are scampering through a valley. --Tom Keogh
The Lost World: Jurassic Park
After the global phenomenon that was Jurassic Park, it was a given that novelist Michael Crichton would conjure up a sequel and that Steven Spielberg would then commit it to film. Considering the potential profit involved, it was practically a commercial mandate. Perhaps it was inevitable that both efforts were contrived, and well below the talents of Crichton (well, maybe) and certainly Spielberg, who just didn't have the heart for this recycling after the artistic triumph of Schindler's List. What we're left with, for better and worse, is a redundant blockbuster that still benefits from Spielberg's mastery of high-intensity action sequences and the further development of amazing computer-generated special effects. What's missing is the awe and wonder that made Jurassic Park a technical marvel and a dazzling product of scientific imagination. The story's a no-brainer: after the deadly fiasco of the original dinosaur theme park, we're taken (along with returning star Jeff Goldblum) to a second island where genetically engineered dinosaurs still thrive under the watchful eye of Goldblum's biologist girlfriend (Julianne Moore). But a devious capitalist (Arliss Howard) is determined to export dinosaurs to a new park in San Diego, financing a hunt-and-capture expedition that results in another series of fatal disasters. In Spielberg's hands this movie's more exciting than it has a right to be, given the creative paucity of Crichton's novel and David Koepp's adapted screenplay. The special effects are state-of-the-art, and the T. rex's rampage through the streets of San Diego is nothing short of spectacular; but apparently an improvement upon the shortcomings of Jurassic Park was too much to hope for. --Jeff Shannon --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
I enjoy all three of the the Jurassic Park movies, though I think "The Lost World" is a bit weak. Read morePublished on June 26 2004 by Lonnie E. Holder
Well I can say that The Lost World was good, but that's all I can say, because the Jurassic Park disc was MISSING.Published on Feb. 9 2003 by Jeffrey J Hughes
This 2 pack was an excellent present for Christmas.
Both Films are so action packed with whimscal characters and unforgetable moments! These movies rock the house.
This is a two-pack of DVD's that include Jurassic Park and The Lost World: Jurassic Park. There are no features present here that aren't in the single releases, but this is... Read morePublished on June 17 2002 by hamilcar barca
Jurassic Park & The Lost World: Jurassic Park make fantastic DVD's. The two films ara brath taking with there special affects and action. Read morePublished on Dec 16 2001
A *MUST* for any hard-core JP fan - the extras are worth it. Deleted scenes which help explain some plot holes in JP2 were what caused me to buy it in the first place and I must... Read morePublished on Oct. 20 2001
Jurassic Park is one of my top five favorite movies...if it isn't the top, but Jurassic Park isn't for everyone. Read morePublished on Oct. 15 2001 by Anthony Scodary
Well, let me keep this short. These films rock! Dinosaurs heads coming through waterfalls, vibrating cups of water and T-Rex chases!!! A nice host of extras too.Published on Sept. 26 2001 by Mr. Brian Kavanagh
Who doesn't like these films? Good Plot, great casting, major excitement, and good bonus features. For those people who said the cover lies, because there are no trailers, it... Read morePublished on July 23 2001