Posted by RyanJPShu - Wednesday 28 October 2015 at 10:55PM - 3 Comments
It's finally here!!! Jurassic World is officially for sale on Blu-Ray and DVD and just like you, we've played it countless times since its release last week.
While the content and length are somewhat questionable, there is no doubt the Blu-Ray has a decent amount of exclusive features, many of which you can find here and here. The features are fun - that much is true, and considering it is (for now) the biggest movie of the year, and one of the most successful films of all time, we thought we'd take a look at some of the swings and misses that the Jurassic World Blu-Ray has to offer.
First and foremost, the film literally shines above all other content in the Blu-Ray. Upon first glance, there is an obvious technical change with the way the film looks. Most films have a saturation that tends to look darker in the movie theater than how it was originally edited, due to the lack of brightness that a film projector can produce. Jurassic World is no exception in this case and the saturation change in the Blu-Ray is very obvious.
It may simply look warmer due to the conversion to Blu-Ray, but the movie looks and feels brighter than it did in the theater and it allows the viewer to better connect to the previous films, all of which had warm gradients throughout the series. For natural reasons, Colin and company used blue tones and filters in the film, and some scenes seemed to look too dark or over saturated. However, the Blu-Ray looks to counter those issues by providing a warmer tone to the film and allowing the viewer to gain a better sense of familiarity to the original Jurassic Park.
The warmer gradient also allows the HD to really shine. The detail in some of the special effects scenes is outstanding and you'll notice scales, bumps and scars that you may have missed before. It is amazing how a perception can be changed just by adding a slight difference in color and in our opinion, the change is much welcomed.
The special features are a great way to explore some of the action behind the scenes and it offers the fans an insightful - but short peek into the making of the film. The varieties of features are somewhat slim, with the deleted scenes offering more of the interesting content.
It's great to see Spielberg, Colin and the rest of the cast talk about the film and what went into it, but inevetably it leaves us all only wanting to see more. So much of what we see happens all too fast and much of it could have been broken down in further detail. The features feel all too much like simple webisodes and it pulls from content that most of us had seen since before the movies theatrical release.
That being said, the bonus content is far from boring and it is still great to see how many of the sets, props and special effects were used in the film.
With a limited and unexciting selection of bonus content, the Jurassic World Blu-Ray still offers viewers a dynamic and colorful experience, followed by an extremely beautiful HD performance that is bound to thrill everyone!
Have you bought the Blu-Ray yet? Tell us what you think of it in the comments section! Also, make sure to stay tuned for more exciting Jurassic World news and rumors and follow us on Twitter!
Cinefex Magazine provides a Behind the Scenes look at the Visual Effects in Jurassic World!
Posted by Jack DLM - Thursday 08 October 2015 at 02:46PM - 8 Comments
While I was in London I went into The Cinema Store to have a look at what Jurassic items they had on offer. The shop is great and is filled with old and new merchandise and books from films and tv shows, but I was stunned to find that there were no Jurassic World books, collectibles, or anything related to the franchise in the slightest. I was able to find a Jurassic World UK Quad poster, but that was it.
However, while I was scanning the book section, I noticed our friend the Indominus Rex on the front of the latest issue of Cinefex magazine, which focuses on the Visual Effects work in movies. Naturally I purchased it and then realised it's filled with a thorough behind the scenes look at the post-production work on the film, and features interviews with visual effects supervisor Tim Alexander, animation supervisor Glen McIntosh, model supervisor Geoff Campbell and many more! They also spoke with Legacy Effects artist Ian Joyner about the collaboration between themselves and ILM.
The entire article details the process that director Colin Trevorrow and his crew made to keep the dinosaurs as animal as possible and as accurate to what was portrayed in the first film. Notably, the team at ILM were unable to re-use the original CG models of the dinosaurs, but they certainly used them for reference, as Tim Alexander explains below:
"A lot of the designers are straight out of Jurassic Park. We actually restored the models from all three Jurassic Park movies. We couldn't use those outdated models, of course, but we studied them for reference." In studying the original models, the ILM team was surprised to discover some inconsistencies - most notably, significant discrepancies between the animatronic T-rex built by Stan Winston Studio and ILM's digital T-rex. "A lot of the differences were just due to the way things were modelled at the time, versus how much more exact we can be with our CG modelling now."
"In December 2013, Phil went down to L.A. to meet with Colin, producers Frank Marshall and Pat Crowley, and key people from ILM. They wanted him involved in some way, although the exact role he would plau was to be determined. Mainly, the director wanted Phil's experience and eye on the dinosaur animation, most particularly, the raptors. Phil proposed that Tippett Studio do previs for two of the big raptor scenes - the 'raptor arena' and 'raptor betrayal' sequences - and two of our animation leads, Chuck Duke and Tom Gibbons, jumped onto that."
Jurassic World had some incredible full scale sets built for the production in New Orleans, by the fantastic production designer Ed Verreaux and his crew. For wider shots however, ILM created an entirely digital theme park, as Tim Alexander explains: "We had so many big shots showing the whole park that we built it as a full, live asset that we could re-light as needed. It was good for layout, as well. When we showed Colin shots, we could sit with him and changed how big specific buildings or other features should be in the shot, or where they should be positioned."
The Gyrosphere sequences were lead by ILM Singapore's Tony Plett, and incorporated live-action footage of actors inside the gyrosphere rig and then blended with CG depending on the shot. "In post, visual effects artists replaced the glass of the practical gyrosphere - which reflected crew members and camera equipment in most shots - with a digital enclosure that reflected the environment."
The magazine goes on to detail more the visual effects work and how it was blended to work with the practical sets, including the holograms in the Innovation Center, the monorail shots, and the Petting Zoo scenes which were filmed at the Honolulu Zoo. "We redressed the elephant paddock there, and put saddles on large performers dressed in gray suits so we could shoot kids riding baby dinosaurs."
It's known that there were not many animatronics used in Jurassic World at all, and in fact some models built by Legacy Effects were only used as a reference, but the one in-camera mechanical dinosaur that was used was the dying Apatosaurus. "It was about 10 feet long, and we threw everything into it, mechanically - cable controls, breathing bladders, and radio control eyes, nostrils and tongue, all supervised by mechanical leads Rich Haugen and Kan Ikeuchi."
The ILM team refer to the Indominus Rex as the D-Rex, which shows that at one point during the production, the original name was the Diabolus Rex.
The magazine is filled with a really in-depth look at the post-production of the movie and provides such a great insight into the collaboration between Legacy Effects and Industrial Light & Magic. I have included some of the photographs that are in the book but there are plenty more. If you're a fan, then you should really try to get hold of the Cinefex magazine.
What did you think of the visual effects in Jurassic World? Were you hoping to see more animatronic dinosaurs? Let us know in the comments section below and be sure to follow our Twitter for round the clock news and updates! And if you do pick up this magazine, let us know what you thought!
Awesome 360° Video of Chris Pratt's Motorcycle Ride!
Posted by Jack DLM - Thursday 08 October 2015 at 12:52PM - 0 Comments
If you've subscribed to the RaptorPass then this email will hit your inbox shortly, inviting you to take a look at an interactive video of Owen Grady's motorcycle ride!
As a RaptorPass member, you already know that Jurassic World is the greatest Theme Park on Earth. Now, when you can't be there in person, an interactive 360° video is the next best thing.
The video shows a 360° view of the film crew shooting the scene where Owen follows the Mobile Veterinary Unit, and allows you to pan from the angle on Chris Pratt, all the way around to the film crew themselves where you can see Colin Trevorrow, John Schwartzman, and a handful of other crew members.
It's a cool video and gives us a great behind the scenes look at the film! Check it out below:
A New Jurassic Park Ride is Opening at Universal Studios Japan!
Posted by Jack DLM - Sunday 04 October 2015 at 11:55PM - 2 Comments
Universal Studios Japan have announced a brand new attraction coming to their park in 2016 called Jurassic Park: The Flying Dinosaur! Click the preview below to see the full image!
Not much is known about the attraction, other than it seems very similar to Universal Orlando's Pteranodon Flyers at Islands of Adventure. Below is the description from the official website (beware for a bad Google Translate...)
Since opening in 2001, it has been popular from the guest around the world, "Jurassic Park". Actually Within the site, to eliminate human management to the limit, the area that Pteranodon of wild living was secretly exist. "Jurassic Park" development team, to make the dream of attraction to fly with them, have been over many years research. And finally, to discipline the Pteranodon wild, it succeeded in to fly in a stable state. However, it said that well-trained, they are wild dinosaur. During the flight, it's careful because say suddenly sometimes you lose control ....
We're not sure on the exact date that the attraction will open, but we'll be sure to keep you up to date on all the specifics! It's surprising that there hasn't been an announcement for a Jurassic World expansion at one of the parks yet! What would you like to see in a Jurassic World attraction?
Source: Universal Studios Japan