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Michael Coate
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I'm compelled to come out of my self-imposed Film-Tech exile to post this new retrospective on Spielberg's "Jurassic Park" since several Film-Tech members helped me on it. After years of fits and starts the piece is finished (or at least as finished as I can get it for now). The article is based upon and continues a discussion about DTS from several years ago.

Inevitably there will be some differences of opinion regarding the DTS listings, but in its current state this is the best I can do given the amount of time spent on the project, access to records, the newspaper promotion and trade reports referenced, and the contributions of industry folk.

quote: Michael Coate/The Digital Bits

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WHEN DINOSAURS RULED THE CINEMA: REMEMBERING “JURASSIC PARK” ON ITS 25TH ANNIVERSARY

By Michael Coate

“It takes a filmmaker as deeply imaginative, but also technically savvy as Steven Spielberg to orchestrate and bring [all of the elements] together into a cohesive whole that works with his intricate vision as a storyteller, in both moments and big picture. There are other filmmakers who would have made wonderful adaptations of the Crichton book, no doubt, but the project landed in the right, highly skilled hands, heart and imagination.” — Steven Awalt, author of Steven Spielberg and Duel: The Making of a Film Career

The Digital Bits and History, Legacy & Showmanship are pleased to present this retrospective commemorating the silver anniversary of the release of Jurassic Park, Steven Spielberg’s popular and franchise-inspiring adaptation of Michael Crichton’s best-selling novel starring Sam Neill, Laura Dern, Jeff Goldblum and Richard Attenborough and which showcased groundbreaking and award-winning visual effects and audio.

Spielberg’s tale of “science eventuality” opened to record-breaking box-office twenty-five years ago this summer, and for the occasion The Bits features a compilation of statistics and box-office data that places the movie’s performance in context, plus passages from vintage film reviews, a reference/historical listing of the movie’s digital sound presentations, and, finally, an interview segment with a trio of Spielberg authorities who discuss the film’s impact and legacy.

JURASSIC NUMBER$

1 = Box-office rank among the Jurassic franchise (tickets sold and adjusted for inflation)
1 = Peak all-time box-office chart position (worldwide)
1 = Rank among top-earning films of 1993 (calendar year)
1 = Rank among top-earning films of 1993 (summer season)
1 = Rank among Universal’s all-time top-earning films at close of original run
2 = Peak all-time box-office chart position (domestic)
3 = Box-office rank among films directed by Spielberg (adjusted for inflation)
3 = Number of Academy Awards
3 = Number of weeks top-grossing movie (weeks 1-3)
3 = Rank among top-earning movies of the 1990s
5 = Number of films in Jurassic franchise
5 = Number of years holding #1 spot on list of all-time top-earning films
10 = Number of days to gross $100 million*
16 = Number of months between theatrical release and home video release
17 = Rank on current list of all-time top-grossing films (adjusted for inflation)
24 = Number of days to gross $200 million**
28 = Rank on current list of all-time top-grossing movies (worldwide)
29 = Rank on current list of all-time top-grossing movies (domestic)
68 = Number of days to gross $300 million**
71 = Number of weeks film was in theatrical release
876 = Number of digital sound presentations during first-run**
2,404 = Number of theaters playing the movie during opening week
2,565 = Peak number of theaters simultaneously showing the movie (week of July 9-15)

$24.98 = Suggested retail price of initial home video release (VHS)
$29.98 = Suggested retail price of initial home video release (CLV LaserDisc)
$74.98 = Suggested retail price of initial home video release (CAV LaserDisc)
$19,561 = Opening weekend per-screen-average
$1.5 million = Amount paid to acquire rights to Crichton’s novel
$3.1 million = Opening weekend box-office gross (June 10 sneak previews)**
$17.6 million = Highest single-day gross (June 12)**
$45.4 million = Domestic box-office gross (2013 3D re-release)
$47.1 million = Opening weekend box-office gross (June 11-13)**
$50.1 million = Opening weekend box-office gross (June 11-13 + June 10 sneaks)**
$63.0 million = Production cost
$71.1 million = International box-office gross (2013 3D re-release)
$81.7 million = Opening week box-office gross (June 10-17)**
$109.7 million = Production cost (adjusted for inflation)
$316.6 million = Box-office gross during summer season (June 10 - Sept 6)
$357.1 million = Domestic box-office gross (original release)
$402.5 million = Cumulative domestic box-office gross
$555.6 million = International box-office gross (original release)**
$626.7 million = Cumulative international box-office gross
$670.7 million = Cumulative domestic box-office gross (adjusted for inflation)
$912.7 million = Worldwide box-office gross (original release)**
$1.1 billion = Cumulative international box-office gross (adjusted for inflation)
$1.1 billion = Cumulative worldwide box-office gross
$1.7 billion = Cumulative worldwide box-office gross (adjusted for inflation)

*tied industry record
**established new industry record

A SAMPLING OF PASSAGES FROM REVIEWS

“The dinosaurs of Jurassic Park live and breathe. They will astonish you — and scare you. That’s why Steven Spielberg’s $51 million film is a rip-roaring hit, the most relentlessly exciting summer adventure since his Raiders of the Lost Ark back in 1981.” — Jack Garner, Gannett News Service

“Jurassic Park puts us in the hands of a master movie-maker who knows how to manipulate every last shred of suspense and wonder from us. By the end of the movie, you’re left exhausted but exhilarated. It’s that good.” — Marylynn Uricchio, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

“The greatly anticipated Jurassic Park, it turns out, is the poor little rich kid of this summer’s movies. Everything that money can buy has been bought, and what an estimated $60 million can purchase is awfully impressive. But even in Hollywood there are things a blank check can’t guarantee and the lack of those keeps this film from being more than one hell of an effective parlor trick. ” — Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times

“You won’t believe your eyes. Jurassic Park is colossal entertainment — the eye-popping, mind-bending, kick-out-the-jams thrill ride of the summer and probably the year.” — Peter Travers, Rolling Stone

“On paper, this story is tailor-made for Mr. Spielberg’s talents, combining the scares of Jaws with the high-tech, otherworldly romance of E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial and Close Encounters of the Third Kind, and of course adding the challenge of creating the dinosaurs themselves. Yet once it meets reality, Jurassic Park changes. It becomes less crisp on screen than it was on the page, with much of the enjoyable jargon either mumbled confusingly or otherwise thrown away. Sweetening the human characters, eradicating most of their evil motives and dispensing with a dinosaur-bombing ending (so the material is now sequel-friendly), Mr. Spielberg has taken the bite out of this story. Luckily, this film’s most interesting characters have teeth to spare.” — Janet Maslin, The New York Times

“[T]he special-effects wizards worked their magic and the result is beyond belief. Jurassic Park is a blockbuster in the best sense of the word. From the opening scene to the closing credits, it grabs the audience and holds it in thrall, making us believe in things that can’t possibly be real… yet.” — Nanciann Cherry, The (Toledo) Blade

“If Spielberg’s Jurassic zoo is in every way remarkable, however, his human actors are left with sketchy, comic-book characterizations and plot lines that fray and dangle.” — Steven Rea, The Philadelphia Inquirer

“Steven Spielberg’s spectacular Jurassic Park has raptors and brachiosaurs and more, oh-my! than any movie in recent memory. It’s a sinfully entertaining, state-of-the-art summer blockbuster whose myriad nonstop thrills easily exceed its mega-hype.” — Eleanor Ringel, The Atlanta Constitution

“Spielberg’s gonzo special effects flick seems to put dinosaurs right in the multiplex. So real you may never feel comfortable in a toilet stall again. But scary? Nah, not if you’re over 10. ” — Judy Gerstel, Detroit Free Press

“Forgive the relentless promotion, the advance publicity, the ‘action figures’ turning up in toy stores, and the dinosaurs you’ll be seeing everywhere for the next few months. Get over feeling bombarded, because if you don’t you’ll be missing one great monster movie.” — Mick LaSalle, San Francisco Chronicle

“The dinosaurs in this monster of all monster movies are nothing if not awesome — and they have to be, because the rest of the movie, while frequently suspenseful, is disappointingly routine. If only the humans were as impressive. — Jeff Shannon, The Seattle Times

“Director Steven Spielberg is back at the top of his form as master of Hollywood spectacle. He spent tens of millions of dollars on the special effects and spent it so well that you can hardly tell whether you’re seeing a movie or receiving 5,000 jolts of pure Spielbergian movie magic. Jurassic Park combines the wonder of E.T. with all the terrifying thrills of Jaws.” — Bob Fenster, The (Phoenix) Arizona Republic

“In theory, Jurassic Park is Jaws plus Frankenstein: A thrill-ride plot propelled by the most potent movie monsters since Spielberg’s fish swallowed most of Long Island Sound combined with a cautionary tale about the dangers of tampering with nature. In execution, alas, Jurassic Park falls short of delivering either the pulpy, don’t-go-near-the-water thrills of Jaws or Frankenstein’s primal horror of science run amok. Burdened by a clunky script that relies too heavily on mechanical jolts and special effects, and skimpily written characters who amount to nothing more than dinosaur prey, it’s closer to a Gold Card version of a Godzilla movie. Why did these seasoned pros, working with seemingly unlimited sums of money, plow into production with an unpolished script? It’s absolutely baffling. One can only conclude that they were as dumbly transfixed by Stan Winston’s lifelike dinosaurs as the characters are — and poor Laura Dern and Sam Neill are called upon to play open-mouthed awe far too many times for anyone over the age of 12.” — Joanna Connors, The (Cleveland) Plain Dealer

“Jurassic Park will at least disabuse anyone of the idea that it would be fun to share the planet with dinosaurs. Steven Spielberg’s scary and horrific thriller may be one-dimensional and even clunky in story and characterization, but it definitely delivers where it counts, in excitement, suspense and the stupendous realization of giant prehistoric reptiles. Having finally found another set of Jaws worthy of the name, Spielberg and Universal have a monster hit on their hands.” — Todd McCarthy, Variety

“It’s a good thing the effects are so solid, because they have to carry virtually all of the emotional charge of the picture. Where Spielberg was able to supply Jaws and Close Encounters with a powerful psychological subtext, centered on threats and tensions within the nuclear family, Jurassic Park plays largely on the surface, without the resonance that gives meaning to the thrills and turns a well-told adventure yarn into our modern equivalent of mythology.” — Dave Kehr, Chicago Tribune

“Jurassic Park is amazing.” — Richard Corliss, Time

“When young Steven Spielberg was first offered the screenplay for Jaws, he said he would direct the movie on one condition: That he didn’t have to show the shark for the first hour. By slowly building the audience’s apprehension, he felt, the shark would be much more impressive when it finally arrived. He was right. I wish he had remembered that lesson when he was preparing Jurassic Park, his new thriller set in a remote island theme park where real dinosaurs have been grown from long-dormant DNA molecules. The movie delivers all too well on its promise to show us dinosaurs. We see them early and often, and they are indeed a triumph of special effects artistry, but the movie is lacking other qualities that it needs even more, such as a sense of awe and wonderment, and strong human story values.” — Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times

“Jurassic Park is a fun-house with humor, thrills and heart. It has the spine-tingly magic of Steven Spielberg’s best work. Go, tremble and enjoy.” — David Ansen, Newsweek

“Even at his most mechanical, Spielberg brings a sense of wonder to a project, and usually manages to add some wit, too. Thus the theme park in Jurassic Park is the perfect parody of theme parks, down to the Walt-like character played by Attenborough, who appears in a video to introduce a cartoon explaining DNA. Later, when the camera pans the park’s gift shop, you see the very T-shirts, candy and stuffed dinos that Universal will be peddling in ‘real’ life for years to come. Yes, it’s cynical. It’s also hilarious.” — Bill Cosford, The Miami Herald

“One of the ironies here is that to make this anti-control-freak movie you’ve got to be a supreme control freak — Spielberg brought this complicated production in ahead of schedule (despite a hurricane) and under budget. It shows. Jurassic Park doesn’t match the heart of Close Encounters of E.T. or Empire of the Sun. With Jurassic Park Spielberg seems to have asked more of himself than to bring to the screen Hollywood’s ultimate theme park ride in the guise of an anti-theme park movie. This he does, riding those special-effects dinosaurs to pay dirt. It’s the work of a great field marshal.” — Jay Carr, The Boston Globe

THE DTS PRESENTATIONS

Jurassic Park was the first motion picture released in Digital Theater Systems (DTS) and the first batch of theaters to install the system and present Jurassic Park in the format are identified below.

The theaters screening the DTS presentation of Jurassic Park were arguably the best in which to experience the movie and the only way at the time to faithfully hear the movie’s award-winning discrete multichannel audio mix and with incredible sonic clarity.

The playback layout for DTS’s digital audio format was in a 5.1-channel configuration: three discrete screen channels + two discrete surround channels + low-frequency enhancement. Unlike competitor formats, however, which placed their digital audio directly on the film prints, DTS was engineered in a fashion whereby the audio was placed on Compact Disc(s) and synchronized via timecode running along the edge of the image on the 35mm prints.

While the DTS timecode was present on each and every print of the movie, discs were shipped only to the theaters that installed the requisite playback equipment. The prints also included a conventional Dolby Stereo analog soundtrack which eliminated the need for multiple print inventory and also served as a secondary audio backup should the digital playback ever fail.

Initially, DTS was offered in two versions: (1) DTS-6, a discrete 6-track (i.e. 5.1) mix and (2) DTS-S, a matrixed, 4-channel Lt-Rt stereo mix. The 6-track presentations, where known, are identified in the listing below with an asterisk. (Eventually, the DTS-S format was discontinued.)

Prior to the release of Jurassic Park in June 1993, there were un-promoted DTS test screenings of some Universal Studios releases including Dr. Giggles and The Public Eye.

In the months leading up to the release of Jurassic Park, director Steven Spielberg issued an explanation to motion picture exhibitors as to why he wanted his movie released with DTS audio.

“I’ve heard what my T-Rex sounds like roaring on 35mm Dolby Stereo, and I’ve heard the same roar produced for DTS equipment.”

Spielberg added:

“Raiders of the Lost Ark and Close Encounters of the Third Kind (among others) are two of my films that featured sounds and music in a fashion that, when experienced in 70mm six-track magnetic stereo, was virtually a different experience from when enjoyed in 35mm Dolby Stereo theaters. Only 200 theaters were able to exhibit Close Encounters and Raiders with the sound experience I intended. In that sense, very few moviegoers really received the full, head-on force of both of those films. Now, years later, along comes Jurassic Park — a sound experience you will never forget, available not only in those (premiere) 70mm houses, but now, thanks to DTS, in 35mm theaters that carry this new state-of-the-art equipment.”

Jurassic Park was at the time the industry’s widest release of a film featuring digital sound, and in this one release DTS vastly exceeded the number of Dolby Digital, SDDS and Cinema Digital Sound installations and with it launched a movie sound revolution. (The DTS competitors used, initially, a different strategy on their implementation by primarily targeting premiere venues in major markets.)

The listing includes the DTS engagements of Jurassic Park that commenced June 11th, 1993. (Some theaters began their run with sneak preview screenings on the 10th.) The listing does not include any mid-run DTS installations, move-over or subsequent bookings, nor does it include any international presentations or any of the movie’s thousands of standard analog presentations. (The world premiere of Jurassic Park was held June 9th, 1993, at the Uptown in Washington, DC.)

For the sake of stylistic consistency and clarity, some liberties have been taken in regard to some of the generically named cinemas in which the movie played. If, for instance, such a venue were located in a shopping center, effort has been made to identify the venue in this work whenever possible by the name of the shopping center even if, technically, such wasn’t the actual name of the venue.

Typically the total number of screens in a multiplex have been cited here even though in numerous cases a “complex” consisted of screens spread out among separate buildings.

In numerous cases two (or more) prints of Jurassic Park were shipped to theaters to increase the number of screenings of the movie per day and to allow a greater variety of start times. In a few of these cases the movie was shown in DTS on more than one screen but such cases are cited only once in the listing. Typically any multi-screen bookings were in DTS only on one of the screens and in analog Dolby Stereo on the other screen(s).

In a few cases, a city name has changed since 1993 (due to annexation, incorporation or a redrawing of municipality boundaries) and effort has been made to list these instances according to the city or recognized name at the time of the Jurassic Park engagement.

So, for historical reference, the first-run North American theaters that screened Jurassic Park with DTS audio were….

*6-Track DTS (any non-asterisked entries presumably screened the Lt-Rt version of DTS)
**Version Francaise (Le Parc Jurassique)

ALABAMA
Birmingham — Carmike’s Colonnade 10
Birmingham — Cobb’s Festival 12
Birmingham — Cobb’s Wildwood 14
Hoover — Cobb’s Galleria 10*
Huntsville — Cobb’s Madison Square 12
Midfield — Cobb’s Midfield 6
Montgomery — Martin’s Eastdale 8

ALBERTA
Calgary — Cineplex Odeon’s North Hill*
Calgary — Cineplex Odeon’s Southland 4
Edmonton — Cineplex Odeon’s Eaton Centre 9
Edmonton — Cineplex Odeon’s West Mall 8*
Edmonton — Cineplex Odeon’s Westmount 4
Red Deer — Landmark’s Uptown 4
Sherwood Park — Landmark’s Sword & Shield 4

ARIZONA
Chandler — AMC’s Laguna Village 10
Glendale — Harkins’ Bell Tower 8
Mesa — AMC’s Fiesta Village 6
Phoenix — Harkins’ Arcadia 8
Phoenix — Harkins’ Metro Center Triplex
Phoenix — Harkins’ Southwest 8
Scottsdale — Harkins’ Fashion Square 7*
Scottsdale — UA’s Scottsdale Pavilions 11
Tempe — Harkins’ Cornerstone 6
Tucson — Cineplex Odeon’s El Dorado 6*
Tucson — Syufy’s Century Park 12*

ARKANSAS
Fayetteville — Malco’s Razorback 6
Little Rock — UA’s Cinema City 7*
North Little Rock — Carmike’s Cinema 7

BRITISH COLUMBIA
Burnaby — Cineplex Odeon’s Station Square 5
Coquitlam — Cineplex Odeon’s Coquitlam 6
North Vancouver — Cineplex Odeon’s Park & Tilford 6
Vancouver — Cineplex Odeon’s Granville 7*
Vancouver — Cineplex Odeon’s Oakridge Triplex*

CALIFORNIA
Agoura Hills — Mann’s Agoura Hills 8
Alhambra — Edwards’ Atlantic Palace 10
Anaheim — SoCal’s Cinemapolis 13*
Arcadia — GCC’s Santa Anita 4
Arroyo Grande — Festival Enterprises’ Festival 6
Azusa — Edwards’ Foothill Center 10
Bakersfield — UA’s East Hills 7
Brea — UA’s Marketplace 8*
Burbank — AMC’s Burbank 14*
Chico — UA’s El Rey
Clovis — UA’s Clovis Towne Center 8*
Colfax — Jacob’s Colfax
Corona — Edwards’ Corona 11
Corona — Edwards’ Westend 8
Davis — Holiday Cinema Enterprises’ Cinema 2
Fresno — Festival Enterprises’ Festival 6
Glendale — GCC’s Glendale Central 5*
Goleta — Metropolitan’s Cinema Twin
Hayward — Festival Enterprises’ Festival 9
Healdsburg — Raven
Huntington Beach — Edwards’ Charter Centre 5
La Verne — Edwards’ La Verne 12
Lakewood — UA’s Lakewood Plaza 6*
Lancaster — Cinemark’s Movies 12
Larkspur — Festival Enterprises’ Festival 4
Long Beach — AMC’s Pine Square 16
Los Angeles (Beverly Grove) — Cineplex Odeon’s Beverly Center 13*
Los Angeles (Century City) — AMC’s Century 14*
Los Angeles (Del Rey) — Cineplex Odeon’s Marina Marketplace 6*
Los Angeles (Hollywood) — GCC’s Galaxy 6*
Los Angeles (Los Feliz) — Vista
Los Angeles (North Hollywood) — Syufy’s Century 7*
Los Angeles (Northridge) — Pacific’s Northridge 6
Los Angeles (Sherman Oaks) — GCC’s Sherman Oaks 5*
Los Angeles (Tarzana) — Mann’s Valley West 9
Los Angeles (West Hills) — GCC’s Fallbrook 7*
Los Angeles (Westwood Village) — GCC’s Avco Center Triplex*
Merced — UA’s Regency 7
Mission Viejo — Edwards’ Crown Valley 5
Modesto — Redwood’s Briggsmore 7
Montclair — GCC’s Montclair Plaza 8
Monterey — CinemaCal’s Galaxy 6
Mountain View — Syufy’s Century 10*
National City — Pacific’s Sweetwater 6
Newark — Syufy’s Cinedome 7 West*
Newport Beach — Edwards’ Newport Triplex*
Oakland — Renaissance Rialto’s Grand Lake 4*
Oceanside — Mann’s Oceanside 8
Orange — Syufy’s Cinedome 11*
Palm Springs — Metropolitan’s Courtyard 10*
Palmdale — Cinemark’s Movies 8
Pasadena — UA’s Marketplace 6
Pleasant Hill — Syufy’s Century 5*
Pleasanton — CinemaCal’s Galaxy 8
Redondo Beach — GCC’s South Bay Galleria 6*
Redwood City — Syufy’s Century Park 12*
Riverside — UA’s Tyler Galleria 4*
Sacramento — Syufy’s Century 6*
Sacramento — Syufy’s Cinedome 8*
San Bernardino — AMC’s Commerce Center 6
San Diego — Edwards’ Mira Mesa 7
San Diego — Mann’s Grove 9
San Diego — Mann’s Rancho Bernardo 6
San Diego — Mann’s University Towne Centre 6
San Diego — UA’s Glasshouse 6*
San Diego — UA’s Horton Plaza 7*
San Francisco — AMC’s Kabuki 8*
San Jose — Syufy’s Century 10 Berryessa*
San Jose — Syufy’s Century 21*
San Jose — Syufy’s Century 22 Triplex*
San Luis Obispo — Edwards’ Fremont 4
San Ramon — Festival Enterprises’ Crow Canyon 6
Santa Barbara — Metropolitan’s Arlington*
Santa Clarita — Mann’s Valencia 10
Santa Cruz — UA’s Rio
Santa Maria — Edwards’ Santa Maria 10*
Santa Monica — Cineplex Odeon’s Broadway 4*
Santa Rosa — UA’s Cinema 6
Simi Valley — Edwards’ Mountain Gate 7
South San Francisco — Syufy’s Century Plaza 8*
Thousand Oaks — UA’s Oaks 5
Tustin — Edwards’ Tustin Marketplace 6
Universal City — Cineplex Odeon’s Universal City 18*
Vacaville — CinemaCal’s Galaxy 8
Ventura — Syufy’s Century 8

COLORADO
Arvada — UA’s Cooper 6 NW*
Boulder — UA’s Village 4*
Colorado Springs — UA’s Cinema 70 Triplex
Englewood — UA’s Greenwood Plaza 12*
Glendale — AMC’s Colorado Plaza 6
Lakewood — Mann’s Green Mountain 6
Littleton — Mann’s Festival 6
Littleton — Mann’s Southwest Plaza 5
Thornton — UA’s Thornton Town Center 10

CONNECTICUT
North Haven — National Amusements’ Showcase 12

DELAWARE
Christiana — GCC’s Christiana Mall 5
Newark — Regal’s Peoples Plaza 13

DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA
Washington — AMC’s Union Station 9*
Washington — Cineplex Odeon’s Uptown*

FLORIDA
Apopka — UA’s Wekiva Riverwalk 8
Bellair-Meadowbrook Terrace — UA’s Orange Park 7
Boca Raton — UA’s Town Center 7
Boynton Beach — Cobb’s Boynton 8
Casselberry — UA’s Lake Howell Square 8
Coral Gables — GCC’s Riviera 5*
Fort Lauderdale — GCC’s Galleria 4*
Fort Myers — Cobb’s Bell Tower 12
Gainesville — Litchfield’s Butler Plaza 10
Greenacres — UA’s Riverbridge 8
Hialeah — UA’s Hialeah 14
Hollywood — AMC’s Sheridan Plaza 12
Jacksonville — AMC’s Regency Square 8
Jacksonville — Cineplex Odeon’s Mandarin Corners 6
Jupiter — Cobb’s Jupiter 14
Kissimmee — Cobb’s Osceola 12
Lake Mary — GCC’s Lake Mary Centre 8
Lake Mary — Litchfield’s Lake Mary 10
Lakeland — Kent’s Lakeland Square 10
Largo — Cobb’s Largo Mall 8
Lauderhill — UA’s Lauderhill 9
Mary Esther — UA’s Santa Rosa Triplex
Melbourne — Cobb’s Oaks 10
Miami — GCC’s Miracle Center 10*
North Miami Beach — AMC’s Fashion Island 16
Orlando — Cinemark’s Highland Lakes Center 12
Orlando — GCC’s Fashion Square 6*
Palm Bay — Cobb’s Roxy 10
Palm Beach Gardens — GCC’s PGA 6
Panama City — Carmike’s Panama City 4
Pembroke Pines — GCC’s Pembroke 8
Pensacola — Litchfield’s Cordova Mall 6
Pinellas Park — Cobb’s Pinellas Square 6
Plantation — UA’s Plantation 7
Sarasota — Cobb’s Sarasota Crossing 10
Sunrise — Cobb’s Sawgrass 18*
Tallahassee — UA’s Capitol 6
Tampa — Cineplex Odeon’s Hillsboro 8*
Tampa — Cobb’s Northdale Court 6*

GEORGIA
Atlanta — GCC’s Sandy Springs at Parkside 8*
Atlanta — UA’s Lenox Square 6*
Augusta — Regal’s Augusta Village 8
Columbus — Carmike’s Cinema 7
Duluth — GCC’s Gwinnett Place 6*
Kennesaw — AMC’s Cobb Place 8
Marietta — GCC’s Merchants Walk 8
Marietta — Storey’s Delk 10*
Morrow — UA’s Southlake Mall 8*
Riverdale — Litchfield’s Riverdale 10
Roswell — Cineplex Odeon’s Holcomb Woods 6
Savannah — UA’s Eisenhower Square 6
Stone Mountain — Cineplex Odeon’s Stone Mountain Festival 6

IDAHO
Boise — Cineplex Odeon’s Egyptian
Boise — Cineplex Odeon’s Towne Square 6
Nampa — Cineplex Odeon’s Nampa 6
Twin Falls — Interstate’s Twin 9
Wendell — Eickhof’s Ace Twin

ILLINOIS
Arlington Heights — Cineplex Odeon’s Ridge 8*
Bloomingdale — Cineplex Odeon’s Stratford Square 8*
Calumet City — Cineplex Odeon’s River Oaks 12*
Chicago — Cineplex Odeon’s Burnham Plaza 5
Chicago — Cineplex Odeon’s Lincoln Village 9
Chicago — Cineplex Odeon’s McClurg Court Triplex*
Chicago — GCC’s Ford City 14*
Chicago — Loews’ Webster Place 8*
Chicago Ridge — Cineplex Odeon’s Chicago Ridge 4*
Crystal Lake — Rhyan’s Showplace 8
Fairview Heights — Wehrenberg’s St. Clair 10*
Forsyth — GKC’s Hickory Point Mall 8
Lake Zurich — Rhyan’s Lake Zurich 8
Naperville — Cineplex Odeon’s Westridge Court 8
Niles — Cineplex Odeon’s Golf Mill Triplex*
Norridge — Loews’ Norridge 10
North Riverside — Cineplex Odeon’s North Riverside Park Mall 6
Northbrook — Cineplex Odeon’s Edens Twin
Oak Brook — Cineplex Odeon’s Oakbrook 7*
Orland Park — Cineplex Odeon’s Orland Square 8*
Peoria — GKC’s Landmark 8
Peru — GKC’s Peru Mall 6
Savoy — Goodrich’s Savoy 14*
Schaumburg — Cineplex Odeon’s Woodfield 9*
Sycamore — Sycamore State Street
Vernon Hills — Cineplex Odeon’s Rivertree Court 8*
Washington — GKC’s Sunnyland 10
Wheaton — Cineplex Odeon’s Rice Lake Square 10

INDIANA
Anderson — Goodrich’s Applewood 9
Bloomington — GKC’s Showplace 6
Elkhart — GKC’s Concord Twin
Fort Wayne — GCC’s Coldwater Crossing 8
Indianapolis — GCC’s Castleton Square 6
Indianapolis — GCC’s Clearwater Crossing 12 (opened July 2nd)
Lafayette — Goodrich’s Eastside 10

IOWA
Des Moines — Carmike’s Forum 4

KANSAS
Lawrence — Dickinson’s Cinema 6
Olathe — Dickinson’s Olathe Landing 8
Topeka — Crown’s West Ridge 6*
Wichita — Dickinson’s Northrock 6*

KENTUCKY
Lexington — Cinemark’s Man-O-War 8
Louisville — National Amusements’ Showcase 13*

LOUISIANA
Baton Rouge — UA’s Bon Marche 15
Baton Rouge — UA’s Siegen Village 10*
Kenner — GCC’s Esplanade Mall 9*
Lafayette — UA’s Northgate 8*
Marrero — UA’s Belle Promenade 10*
Metairie — GCC’s Lakeside 5*

MANITOBA
Winnipeg — Cineplex Odeon’s Garrick 4
Winnipeg — Cineplex Odeon’s Grant Park 4*

MARYLAND
Baltimore — UA’s Harbor Park 9
Bethesda — UA’s Bethesda 10
Catonsville — UA’s Westview Mall 9
Gaithersburg — Cineplex Odeon’s Rio 8*
Glen Burnie — UA’s Marley Station 8
Rockville — Cineplex Odeon’s White Flint 5
Rossville — UA’s Golden Ring Mall 9
Towson — GCC’s Towson Commons 8*

MASSACHUSETTS
Boston — Loews’ Cheri 4*
Braintree — GCC’s Braintree 10*
Brookline — National Amusements’ Showcase Circle 7*
Dedham — National Amusements’ Showcase 12*
Framngham — GCC’s Framngham 6
Revere — National Amusements’ Showcase 14*
Woburn — National Amusements’ Showcase 10

MICHIGAN
Adrian — MJR’s Adrian 6
Auburn Hills — National Amusements’ Showcase 14*
Battle Creek — GKC’s Towne 8
Bloomfield Hills — National Amusements’ Showcase Pontiac 12*
Brighton — MJR’s Brighton 9*
Cascade — National Amusements’ Showcase 10
Dearborn — National Amusements’ Showcase 8
Farmington Hills — UA’s West River 9
Harper Woods — National Amusements’ Beacon East 4
Kalamazoo — UA’s West Main 7
Livonia — AMC’s Laurel Park 10
Niles — Moore’s Ready 4
Norton Shores — Loeks’ Cinema 12
Novi — GCC’s Novi Town Center 8
Port Huron — Goodrich’s Krafft 8
Portage — UA’s Crossroads 10*
Saginaw — Goodrich’s Saginaw 12
South Haven — Moore’s Michigan Triplex
Sterling Heights — National Amusements’ Showcase 15*
Wyoming — Loeks’ Studio 28 20
Westland — National Amusements’ Showcase 8*
Ypsilanti — National Amusements’ Showcase Ann Arbor 14*

MINNESOTA
Bloomington — GCC’s Mall of America 14
Brooklyn Center — UA’s Brookdale Square 8
Burnsville — GCC’s Burnhaven 8
Eden Prairie — UA’s Eden Prairie 9
Edina — Cineplex Odeon’s Edina 4*
Maplewood — UA’s Maplewood 12*
Plymouth — Cineplex Odeon’s Willow Creek 8*
Roseville — UA’s Pavilion Place 6*

MISSISSIPPI
Flowood — UA’s Parkway Place 10
Gulfport — Hardy Court 8
Ridgeland — UA’s Northpark 10
Tupelo — Malco’s Cinema 10

MISSOURI
Chesterfield — Wehrenberg’s Clarkson 6*
Columbia — Dickinson’s Forum 8
Ferguson — Wehrenberg’s Halls Ferry 14
Independence — Dickinson’s Noland Fashion Square 6
Kansas City — AMC’s Ward Parkway 12
Kansas City — Crown’s Red Bridge 4*
Kansas City — Dickinson’s Dickinson 6
Richmond Heights — AMC’s Esquire 7*
St. Ann — Wehrenberg’s Northwest Plaza 9
St. Louis — Wehrenberg’s Union Station 10
St. Peters — Wehrenberg’s Mid Rivers Mall 6
Sappington — Wehrenberg’s Ronnie’s 8
Shrewsbury — Wehrenberg’s Kenrick 8*
Springfield — Dickinson’s Dickinson 8*

MONTANA
Kalispell — Anderson’s Liberty

NEBRASKA
Alliance — Alliance Twin

NEVADA
Laughlin — Riverside 6

NEW JERSEY
Atco — National Amusements’ Atco 14
Bridgewater — GCC’s Bridgewater Commons 7*
East Brunswick — Movie City 5
Edison — Cineplex Odeon’s Menlo Park Mall 12
Edison — Movie City 6
Hazlet — National Amusements’ Hazlet 12
Jersey City — Cineplex Odeon’s Newport Centre 9*
Lawrenceville — GCC’s Mercer Mall 7
Marlton — AMC’s Marlton 8
Middletown — UA’s Middletown 7
Montclair — Cinema Services’ Clairidge Triplex
Newark — National Amusements’ All Jersey 12
Paramus — Cineplex Odeon’s Route Four 10*
Pennsauken — UA’s Pennsauken 11
Sayreville — National Amusements’ Amboy 14*
Succasunna — Cinema Services’ New Roxbury Mall 10
Washington — Cinema Services’ Washington Triplex
Wayne — UA’s Wayne 4

NEW MEXICO
Albuquerque — Cinemark’s Movies West 8
Albuquerque — GCC’s San Mateo 8
Albuquerque — UA’s Cinema East Twin*
Albuquerque — UA’s Four Hills 12*
Las Cruces — Allen’s Mesilla Valley Mall 8
Santa Fe — UA’s Villa Linda Mall 12

NEW YORK
Cheektowaga — GCC’s Walden Galleria Mall 12*
Commack — National Amusements’ Commack 15*
Coram — UA’s Coram 10*
East Hampton — UA’s Easthampton 5
Garden City — Loews’ Roosevelt Field 8*
Glen Cove — Cineplex Odeon’s Glen Cove 6
Hawthorne — National Amusements’ All Westchester Saw Mill 10*
Lake Grove — Cineplex Odeon’s Smith Haven Mall 4
Lakewood — Clement’s Lakewood 6
Lockport — Clement’s Lockport Mall 4
Massapequa — UA’s Sunrise Mall 4
Medford — National Amusements’ Brookhaven 14*
Nanuet — Cineplex Odeon’s Nanuet
New York (Bronx) — GCC’s Bay Plaza 10*
New York (Bronx) — National Amusements’ Concourse Plaza 10*
New York (Bronx) — National Amusements’ Whitestone 14*
New York (Brooklyn) — Cineplex Odeon’s Kingsway 5*
New York (Brooklyn) — UA’s Sheepshead Bay 9*
New York (Manhattan) — Cineplex Odeon’s Art Greenwich Twin
New York (Manhattan) — Cineplex Odeon’s Chelsea 9*
New York (Manhattan) — Cineplex Odeon’s First and 62nd Street 6*
New York (Manhattan) — Cineplex Odeon’s Park and 86th Street Twin
New York (Manhattan) — Cineplex Odeon’s Regency*
New York (Manhattan) — Cineplex Odeon’s Ziegfeld*
New York (Queens) — Cineplex Odeon’s Fresh Meadows 7*
New York (Queens) — UA’s Midway 4
New York (Queens) — UA/Moss’ Movieworld 7
New York (Staten Island) — UA’s Staten Island 14*
Patchogue — UA’s Patchogue 13*
Port Washington — Cineplex Odeon’s Soundview 6
Rockville Centre — Cineplex Odeon’s Fantasy 5*
Syosset — UA’s Syosset Triplex*
Valley Stream — National Amusements’ Sunrise 14*
West Babylon — Lesser’s South Bay 5
Williamsville — WNY’s Eastern Hills Triplex
Yonkers — UA/Moss’ Movieland 6
Yorktown Heights — UA’s Jefferson Valley 8

NORTH CAROLINA
Asheville — UA’s Beaucatcher 7
Charlotte — Carmike’s Park Terrace Triplex
Charlotte — Carmike’s University Place 6
Charlotte — Consolidated’s Arboretum 10
Charlotte — GCC’s Tower Place 8
Greensboro — Cinemark’s Brassfield 10
Greensboro — Janus’ Terrace 6*
Raleigh — Carmike’s Six Forks Station 6
Raleigh — GCC’s Pleasant Valley 7
Raleigh — UA’s Mission Valley 5*
Wilmington — Carmike’s Cinema 6

OHIO
Akron — GCC’s Chapel Hill Mall 4
Canton — GCC’s Canton Centre 8
Cincinnati — National Amusements’ Showcase Cincinnati 12*
Cleveland Heights — NTC’s Severance 8 *
Euclid — Lakeshore’s Lakeshore 7
Hilliard — Cinemark’s Mill Run 12
Jackson — Belden Village 6
Mentor — GCC’s Erie Commons 8
Parma — GCC’s Parmatown 5
Rocky River — GCC’s Westgate Mall 6
Solon — Regal’s Solon Commons 10
Toledo — National Amusements’ Showcase 5*

OKLAHOMA
Oklahoma City — GCC’s Crossroads 8
Oklahoma City — GCC’s Penn Square Mall 8*
Tulsa — Cinemark’s Movies 8

ONTARIO
Brampton — Cineplex Odeon’s 410 & 7 Centre 4
Etobicoke — Cineplex Odeon’s Sherway 9
Etobicoke — Cineplex Odeon’s Woodbine Centre 6
Gloucester — Cineplex Odeon’s Orleans Town Centre 6
Hamilton — Cineplex Odeon’s Centre Mall 8
Kitchener — Cineplex Odeon’s Hyland
Lindsay — Rivers’ Century
Mississauga — Cineplex Odeon’s Erin Mills Town Centre 5
North York — Cineplex Odeon’s Fairview 6
North York — Cineplex Odeon’s Madison 5
Ottawa — Cineplex Odeon’s St. Laurent 5
Ottawa — Cineplex Odeon’s Somerset
Ottawa — Cineplex Odeon’s Westgate Triplex
Toronto — Cineplex Odeon’s Eaton Centre 18
Toronto — Cineplex Odeon’s Varsity Twin*
Toronto — Cineplex Odeon’s York Twin
Vaughan — Cineplex Odeon’s Promenade 6

OREGON
Portland — Act III’s Eastgate Triplex
Portland — Act III’s Lloyd 10*
The Dalles — Humphrey’s Cascade Twin

PENNSYLVANIA
Bala Cynwood — Bala
Harmar — Mulone’s Harmar 6
Huntingdon Valley — Regal’s Huntingdon Valley 14
King of Prussia — UA’s King & Queen 6
Langhorne — UA’s Oxford Valley Mall 10
Monroeville — National Amusements’ Showcase East 10
Montgomeryville — AMC’s 309 Cinema 9
Philadelphia — GCC’s Northeast 4
Philadelphia — UA’s Riverview Plaza 11*
Philadelphia — UA’s Sam’s Place Twin*
Pittsburgh — Mulone’s Waterworks 10
Upper Darby — UA’s 69th Street 9

QUEBEC
Brossard — Cineplex Odeon’s Brossard Triplex*
Dorval — Famous Players’ Dorval 4
Drummondville — Drummondville**
Joliette — RGFM’s Joliette Triplex**
Laval — Cineplex Odeon’s Carrefour Laval 6*
Laval — Cineplex Odeon’s Laval Centre 2000 Twin**
Longueuil — Cineplex Odeon’s Longueuil Twin**
Montreal — Cineplex Odeon’s Berri 5**
Montreal — Cineplex Odeon’s Cote-des-Neiges 7*
Montreal — Cineplex Odeon’s Le Faubourg 4
Pointe-Claire — Cineplex Odeon’s Pointe-Claire 6
Quebec City — Cineplex Odeon’s Place Charest 8*/**
Repentigny — Cine Enterprise’s Plaza Repentigny 6**
St-Basile — Cine Enterprise’s St-Basile 7**
Ste-Hyacinthe — Ste-Hyacinthe**
St-Jean — St-Jean**
St-Jerome — St-Jerome**
St-Leonard — Guzzo’s Astre 4
St-Leonard — Guzzo/Cineplex Odeon’s Langelier 6
St-Leonard — Guzzo/Cineplex Odeon’s Langelier 6**
Ste-Therese — Guzzo’s Plaza Ste-Therese 8**
Terrebonne — Guzzo’s Terrebonne 8**

SOUTH CAROLINA
Columbia — Carmike’s Cinema 10
Columbia — Litchfield’s Richland Fashion Mall 6
Greenville — UA’s Bijou 8*
Murrells Inlet — Litchfield’s Inlet Square 7
North Charleston — GCC’s Northwoods Mall 8

TENNESSEE
Antioch — Camike’s Bell Forge 10
Bartlett — Malco’s Bartlett 10
Chattanooga — Regal’s Hamilton Place Mall 17
Cordova — Malco’s Germantown Parkway 9
Goodlettsville — Carmike’s Rivergate 8
Knoxville — Regal’s Downtown West 8
Knoxville — Regal’s East Towne Mall 7
Memphis — Malco’s Winchester Court 8*
Nashville — AMC’s Fountain Square 14
Nashville — Carmike’s Lion’s Head 5

TEXAS
Abilene — UA’s Mall of Abilene 10
Addison — GCC’s Prestonwood 4
Amarillo — Cineplex Odeon’s Western Square Twin
Arlington — GCC’s Arlington Park 8
Austin — GCC’s Highland 10*
Austin — Presidio’s Arbor 7*
Austin — Presidio’s Westgate 8
Bedford — GCC’s Central Park 8
Corpus Christi — UA’s Cine 6
Dallas — GCC’s Northpark West Twin*
Garland — Cinemark’s Hollywood USA 15
Grand Prairie — Cinemark’s Movies 16
Houston — AMC’s Town & Country 10*
Houston — Cineplex Odeon’s River Oaks Plaza 12*
Houston — Cineplex Odeon’s Sharpstown Center 8*
Houston — Cineplex Odeon’s Spectrum 9*
Houston — GCC’s Meyerland Plaza 8*
Houston — GCC’s West Oaks Central 6
Houston — GCC’s Willowbrook Mall 6
Irving — GCC’s Irving Mall Triplex*
Lake Jackson — Lake Twin
Lewisville — Cinemark’s Vista Ridge Mall 12
Lubbock — Cinemark’s Movies 12
Mesquite — GCC’s Town East 5*
New Braunfels — Lone Star’s Walnut 6
North Richland Hills — GCC’s North Hills 7
Odessa — UA’s Northpark 6
Plano — UA’s Berkeley Square 8*
Richardson — GCC’s Richardson 6
San Antonio — Santikos’ Galaxy 14*
San Marcos — Lone Star’s Cinema 5
Texas City — Cinemark’s Mall of the Mainland 12
Webster — GCC’s Point NASA 6

UTAH
Holladay — Cineplex Odeon’s Holladay Center 6
Layton — Cinemark’s Tinseltown USA 10
Magna — Reel 5
Salt Lake City — Cineplex Odeon’s Trolley Corners Triplex
Sandy — Cinemark’s Sandy Movies 9
South Salt Lake — Syufy’s Century 9*
Taylorsville — Cineplex Odeon’s Midvalley 6

VIRGINIA
Alexandria — National Amusements’ Mt. Vernon Multiplex 10*
Bon Air — UA’s Chesterfield Town Center 9
Charlottesville — Carmike’s Cinema 6
Chesapeake — Cinemark’s Chesapeake Square Mall 10
Fairfax — UA’s Fair Oaks 6*
Merrifield — National Amusements’ Arlington Blvd./Lee Highway Multiplex 14
Reston — National Amusements’ Town Center 11*
Springfield — GCC’s Springfield Mall 10*
Vienna — Cineplex Odeon’s Fairfax Square 8*
Virginia Beach — UA’s KempsRiver Crossing 7

WASHINGTON
Bellevue — Act III’s Crossroads 8
Bellevue — Cineplex Odeon’s John Danz
Federal Way — GCC’s Gateway Center 8
Lynnwood — Act III’s Alderwood 7*
Seattle — Cineplex Odeon’s Cinerama*
Seattle — Cineplex Odeon’s Northgate
Tacoma — Cineplex Odeon’s Tacoma Mall Twin
Tukwila — Cineplex Odeon’s Southcenter

WEST VIRGINIA
Charleston — UA’s Kanawha Mall 9

WISCONSIN
Janesville — Rock 9
Madison — Carmike’s University Square 4
Manitowoc — W-T’s Strand 6*
Milwaukee — Marcus’ Northtown 8*
Milwaukee — Marcus’ Skyway 6
Waukesha — Marcus’ Westown 10*
West Bend — W-T’s West Bend Triplex*

WYOMING
Jackson Hole — Movieworks 4

THE Q&A

Steven Awalt is a Digital Content Producer at Amblin Partners and the author of Steven Spielberg and Duel: The Making of a Film Career (Rowman & Littlefield, 2014; paperback, 2016). A film historian and noted Spielberg authority, Awalt was the editor of SpielbergFilms.com from 2001 to 2009 and appeared as an interview subject in the 2007 Jaws documentary, The Shark is Still Working. He is currently working on Steven Spielberg and The Sugarland Express.

Mike Matessino is a soundtrack producer and film music historian. He produced and annotated The John Williams Jurassic Park Soundtrack Collection for La-La Land Records as well as remastered soundtracks for Jaws, Close Encounters of the Third Kind, 1941, E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial, Empire of the Sun and A.I. Artificial Intelligence. Other Spielberg/Amblin soundtrack projects include Poltergeist, Twilight Zone: The Movie, Gremlins, Innerspace, The Goonies, Joe vs. The Volcano and the Back to the Future Trilogy.

Joseph McBride is a professor in the Cinema Department at San Francisco State University and the author of twenty books, including biographies of John Ford, Frank Capra, and Steven Spielberg. Steven Spielberg: A Biography (first published in 1997 by Simon & Schuster) is available in second and third editions. McBride’s new book, the critical study How Did Lubitsch Do It?, is now available from Columbia University Press.

The interviews were conducted separately and have been edited into a “roundtable” conversation format.

Michael Coate (The Digital Bits): How do you think Jurassic Park should be remembered on its 25th anniversary?

Steven Awalt: Above all, Jurassic Park should be remembered as a truly fun, exciting, scary popcorn entertainment. Seeing the film in theaters in the summer of 1993 was one of those landmark moviegoing memories — for myself, and I can only assume for others. It’s a film that plays gangbusters with a crowd, like many of Steven Spielberg’s big crowd-pleasers including Jaws, Close Encounters of the Third Kind, Raiders of the Lost Ark, and E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial. With summer now upon us, and the film marking its 25th anniversary this year, it’s the perfect time to revisit it on the biggest screen with the best sound and the largest crowd of friends or fellow moviegoers you can find.

Mike Matessino: Jurassic Park should be remembered as the groundbreaking Steven Spielberg blockbuster that it still is. It’s a movie that holds up and that young people today are still engaged by, and the fact that the franchise is continuing with the Jurassic World movies, which builds on the legacy of the original, makes it still relevant.

Joseph McBride: In film history, Jurassic Park is most significant for being the first film to use extensive CGI (computer-generated imagery) and for doing it so effectively, thanks to Industrial Light & Magic, to help bring dinosaurs convincingly to life on the big screen, along with animatronic creatures built by Stan Winston and his team. Some people pooh-poohed this as a minor technical feat, but paleontologist Stephen Jay Gould saw it differently. He wrote in the New York Review of Books that although the film’s dinosaur revivification premise amounted to “heaping impossibility upon impossibility,” Steven Spielberg and his special-effects wizards deserve great credit for conjuring up believable images of long-extinct creatures: “Intellectuals too often either pay no attention to such technical wizardry or, even worse, actually disdain special effects with such dismissive epithets as ‘merely mechanical.’ I find such small-minded parochialism outrageous. Nothing can be more complex than a living organism, with all the fractal geometry of its form and behavior…. The use of technology to render accurate and believable animals therefore becomes one of the greatest all-time challenges to human ingenuity.” The public agreed — Jurassic Park became an enormous boxoffice sensation, even if its numbers have since been surpassed. And another remarkable fact is that Spielberg released it in the same year as he did Schindler’s List, his great film about the Holocaust. The two are, of course, almost diametrically opposite in their approaches, although there are some underlying themes in common, but they reflect the two sides that have always coexisted in Spielberg’s complex artistic personality. He has long intermingled dramas with “entertainments,” as Graham Greene called his lighter works, though of course those can be as good as an author’s more ostensibly serious works. I am glad Spielberg doesn’t neglect either side of his personality.

Schindler’s List was widely embraced by reviewers who mistakenly thought it was his first “serious, adult” film, but in fact he had been making such films for decades, going back to his early television work such as his moving Par for the Course episode of The Psychiatrist series in 1971 and his first film made as a U.S. studio theatrical feature release, his unnervingly dark, while also seriocomic, road movie The Sugarland Express (1974). But it was an astonishing achievement to make both Jurassic Park and Schindler’s List in one year, and Spielberg had to supervise the completion of the visual effects for Jurassic Park by satellite hookup to California at night while directing Schindler’s List on location in Poland. He admitted recently that was extremely difficult for him emotionally, and that it made him angry to have to do so, but working with imaginary dinosaurs probably was something of a release from the almost unbearable strain of making his shattering film about the reality of the Holocaust.

Coate: Can you describe what it was like seeing Jurassic Park for the first time?

Awalt: I’m a very emotional filmgoer, and I can still vividly remember the feelings Jurassic Park triggered in me. Watching the film the first time was an adrenaline shot to the frontal lobe, as it plays to so many emotional areas in its viewers. It’s awe-inspiring, terrifying, hilarious, and damned exciting throughout its running time.

You care for its characters — despite critics calling them “cardboard,” as they once did with Indiana Jones, these characters have the right shading for a plot-centric film and winning performances by likable actors so that audiences are fully engaged with them.

One personal note about my first viewing of the film: I stupidly had the tips of my sneakers resting on a crossbar on the bottom of the theater seat in front of me (this was pre-stadium seating and luxury chairs), and the person occupying it got so scared by something in the film, they jerked back violently in their chair and pinched the tips of my toes! Hurt like hell, but the pain couldn’t tear me from the movie for long.

Matessino: I can remember a palpable sense of anticipation on opening day, June 11, 1993. I saw it at the AMC 14 in Burbank, which was state-of-the-art at the time. But a few years later it was torn down and they built a new 16-screen complex across the street that has a Dolby Cinema. That whole area has changed and it’s basically right where the T-Rex chased people down the street in The Lost World. Anyway, this was in the last days before the Internet when you had to go to the cinema to buy the tickets in advance and then get on a ticket holders’ line. If you wanted a good seat, you got there early and waited. Consequently a lot of anticipation built and people on line started talking to each other. But now a lot of this social aspect of moviegoing has vanished. We click-click our mobile devices and get an assigned seat, scan our phone at the door and quietly walk to our recliner chair sometimes without speaking to another person other than whoever we’re with. And if there is a line to ever wait, everyone is staring at a phone the whole time. The theaters are nicer now but the social experience has changed, and for some reason when I reflect back on it, the opening day of Jurassic Park comes to my mind very vividly.

McBride: I felt like almost everyone else — overwhelmed by the wonderment of it all. I found in my research for Steven Spielberg: A Biography (1997), which I began working on in 1993, that in the Russian shtetlach from which some of Spielberg’s ancestors came, there often was a character known as “The Wonder Man.” He was a fellow who told stories that engaged people’s imagination with a sense of wonder and helped lift them out of their daily troubles. Spielberg is certainly “The Wonder Man” for modern movie audiences, even if he is much more as well, as a dedicated and ambitious maker of historical films and other dramas. But seeing the dinosaurs interact with humans so credibly in Jurassic Park was, and still is, pure cinematic magic of the highest order. The process by which this was created is shown vividly in an excellent documentary, John Schultz’s The Making of “Jurassic Park” (1995). I recommend that for anyone who wants to know how this cinematic advance from the old forms of stop-motion animation was achieved.

But naturally it’s a shame the old forms were rendered “obsolete” (a line uttered during production by stop-motion animator/dinosaur supervisor Phil Tippet and incorporated into the film by Spielberg), since they were so literally wonderful in their way, as the films of Ray Harryhausen and others demonstrate. Even though Jurassic Park holds up very well, today CGI has come a tremendous distance technically. But it’s so overused and so dominant in American filmmaking that I hope I never see another CGI effect again. Or at least not so many that they swamp the storytelling and become an end in themselves, as is too often the case today. Large-scale features today are mostly cartoons. The audience in effect is saying what the psychologically unhinged Blanche says in Tennessee Williams’s A Streetcar Named Desire: “I don’t want realism. I want magic!” People not surprisingly find the modern world almost unbearable and desperately want to escape, even more than they did in the Depression era. We’ve lost a lot with this overindulgence in fantasy. Not everything needs to be “realistic” — a malleable concept in any case — but not as much of our entertainment should be purely fantastical and escapist.

Coate: In what way is Jurassic Park a significant motion picture?

Awalt: I think some critics use this to take away from the quality of Jurassic Park as a movie itself, but without argument the most significant part of Jurassic Park so far as its influence on cinema is its epochal visual effects work. Audiences up to 1993 had never seen anything like the dinosaurs in Jurassic Park, having become accustomed to all manner of once innovative special effects makeup, puppetry, and stop- and go-motion animation. But Dennis Muren and his team were giants standing on their own broad shoulders with the strides they made from computer-generated visual effects throughout the 1980s — from Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan to Young Sherlock Holmes, Willow, The Abyss and Terminator 2. Jurassic Park was the first time identifiable, non-fantasy creatures truly lived and breathed on the screen despite being composed of nothing more than binary code and polygons. The dinosaurs then and even now feel wholly real, so much so that I’d argue the digital effects in Jurassic Park still stand superior to some CG-animated films made in this era, twenty-five years on.

It’s too easy to discount the physical special effects in Jurassic Park alongside the CG dinosaurs, however, and I think that’s another part of the film’s secret of enchantment. Stan Winston and crew’s full-scale dinosaur creations are every bit as important as the CG in the film, as they’re an integral part of the illusions. Without them, the film would not be complete.

Finally, it takes a filmmaker as deeply imaginative, but also technically savvy as Steven Spielberg to orchestrate these elements and bring them all together into a cohesive whole that works with his intricate vision as a storyteller, in both moments and big picture. There are other filmmakers who would have made wonderful adaptations of the Crichton book, no doubt, but the project landed in the right, highly skilled hands, heart and imagination.

Matessino: Its greatest significance is probably in the field of computer generated visual effects. There was a lot of buzz about that at the time, and the brilliant thing is that story itself was about a breakthrough technology making it possible to do something that could never been done before. So there was a clear parallel between the experience of the audience and the experience of the characters within the story. There are a lot of elements that suggest the whole thing is a movie within a movie, and it’s something the audience gets to be in on, perhaps subconsciously. This brings me back again to the experience of seeing the movie on opening day because I remember being aware of this aspect of the experience. There was also the digital sound, which itself was groundbreaking. So at the technical level this was a very significant picture, not just in how movies would be made, but it also played a role in how cinemas would change, and also in how movies would be marketed. It’s a textbook summer blockbuster.

McBride: For the reasons I outlined [earlier in the interview], the film is historically significant for its technical advances and achievements. But too often people talk about Spielberg films purely in terms of technology. He is a master craftsman, but he is also a great storyteller and a marvelous director of actors. That latter talent is seldom remarked-upon, but Anson Williams, who was a youthful actor in a Spielberg TV show and went on to become a director himself, told me, “Any director can get a great performance out of Al Pacino. Not every director can get a great performance out of a rubber puppet.” The dramatic spine of Jurassic Park is not the confrontation with dinosaurs per se but the Sam Neill character’s irrational hatred for children and how he overcomes it in the course of the story. That’s a quintessentially Spielbergian theme. The Neill character becomes the protector of the children beautifully played by Joseph Mazzello and Ariana Richards, and they and he and the Laura Dern character silently form a symbolic new “family” at the end. Most viewers seem to miss that running theme (people often don’t notice silent storytelling), or if they do, many reject it, since our culture too often hates children. Spielberg’s work was long obsessively concerned with irresponsible father figures. Oskar Schindler is another, and in that film too he learns to become responsible for his “family” of “Schindler Jews.”

In more recent years, Spielberg has put some of his family demons to rest by reconciling with his father, Arnold, who is still with us at the age of 101. In my 1997 biography I revealed that Arnold, with whom I had a rare interview, was unfairly blamed for the breakup of the family (as Steven now realizes, and as his late mother, Leah, admitted) and that Arnold, a computer pioneer and amateur filmmaker, helped guide Steven in his early filmmaking. That theme of the irresponsible father was brought to a degree of rest with the depiction of the relationship between John Quincy Adams (Anthony Hopkins) and his late father, John Adams, in Spielberg’s superb and underrated 1997 film Amistad. In some other late films Steven has gone back and forth between dealing with irresponsible father figures and mother figures (though there was one of those in Sugarland Express as well, not long after his parents’ divorce, which so traumatized him). An artist never quite escapes his obsessions, but Spielberg has evolved a lot over the years as he ages. He’s been in something of a slump the last few years but undoubtedly will recover.

Coate: In what way was Spielberg an ideal choice (or not) to direct, and where does the movie rank among his body of work?

Awalt: It takes a filmmaker as deeply imaginative, but also technically savvy as Steven Spielberg to orchestrate [all of the] elements and bring them all together into a cohesive whole that works in both moments and big picture. There are other filmmakers who would have made wonderful adaptations of the Crichton book, no doubt, but the project landed in the right, highly skilled hands, heart and imagination.

Matessino: I remember Siskel & Ebert appearing on David Letterman’s show to discuss that summer’s movies and they gave Jurassic Park two thumbs-up, but said “just don’t go in expecting Jaws.” And that’s probably a fair assessment. Obviously Jaws, Raiders, E.T. and Schindler’s List are considered Spielberg’s greatest and most successful films, so while Jurassic Park might not have quite hit that level, it’s actually the Jaws for that generation. And Spielberg was the perfect choice to direct it. He had a long history with Michael Crichton that went back to 1971: when Crichton visited Universal at the time when The Andromeda Strain was being made, it was a young Spielberg who was asked to show him around the lot. Later they did ER together. Steven Spielberg has a passion for and fascination with technology, but technology tends to fail in the stories he tells and some of his film have themes that warn of the dangers of its misuse or our complacency about it, most recently Ready Player One. So Jurassic Park was perfect for him in that it was a way for him to revisit the same genre of Jaws while also addressing some of these technology themes as well as themes about family and procreation. And he got to do all of this through a movie that itself was a technological breakthrough.

McBride: One of my director friends was also competing for the job of directing this film version of Michael Crichton’s novel, but he wanted to portray the Richard Attenborough character, the elderly theme-park creator, in a darker, more satirical light. My friend felt that Spielberg would identify too much with that character as a creator of theme park attractions, even if they run amok, and that is what happened to the film. But Spielberg’s ambivalent fondness for that character helps make Jurassic Park a personal film, along with the reconstituted-family theme. You could call the Attenborough character the “irresponsible grandfather figure.” Spielberg does show a certain satirical distance from the character from time to time — Spielberg’s advanced penchant for parody is seldom recognized — but clearly he loves the old guy for bringing dinosaurs to life as he himself does in the film, regardless of the consequences (and he learns a lesson from that too, the familiar one from horror films of the danger of man tampering with nature). The fact that the character is played by an important film director is no accident. After Attenborough won the Directors Guild of America Award in 1983 for Gandhi over E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial, he generously, and accurately, told Spielberg, while passing his table, that he should have won.

And certainly the film Spielberg made of Jurassic Park is miles ahead of the Michael Crichton source novel artistically, which is partly due to the smoothly efficient script David Koepp wrote with Crichton that brings out more human values latent in the story. Crichton does not know how to write people, and though his scientific discussions are often fascinating (if sometimes mumbo-jumbo), his writing style is flat and pedestrian. It’s astonishing what a semiliterate piece of junk his sequel novel The Lost World is, and the 1997 film sequel version is one of Spielberg’s few truly bad films. The director’s heart was not in it, and it shows; he only made it because he couldn’t bring himself to let someone else do the first sequel, as had happened with the Jaws sequels. But as Crichton said of Spielberg in 1995, after they made Jurassic Park, “He is arguably the most influential popular artist of the twentieth century. And arguably the least understood.”

Coate: By the time of the production of Jurassic Park, Spielberg’s team seemed a well-oiled machine with numerous long-time collaborators (Kahn, Williams, Kennedy/Marshall, ILM, etc.). In what way did Jurassic Park benefit from this type of collaboration?

Awalt: I’m not entirely sure the film could’ve been made as we now have it if not for the team of collaborators who’d been working together for over a decade.

Matessino: When you put together the right football team, you keep it intact if they’re on a winning streak. So Jurassic Park benefited entirely from this “well-oiled machine,” as you describe it, not just by making the movie itself, but in Amblin acquiring the rights to such a lucrative property. That was a big boon for the company and the success of Jurassic World two years ago demonstrated that it was a pretty good investment. Also, Jurassic Park had to be made in a specific time window because Spielberg immediately left to make Schindler’s List right after. So he needed his reliable team to handle the postproduction, which was done in conjunction with Lucasfilm, and coordinated by Kathy Kennedy, who is now its president. So I think this team of filmmakers was essential in making Jurassic Park a success.

Coate: How does the Jurassic Park movie compare to the novel on which it was based?

Awalt: The film is famously known for having more heart, more character, more humor than the novel itself. The book, as are most Michael Crichton novels, is very technical, wherein Crichton and David Koepp’s script is lighter on its feet when imparting the technobabble integral to our understanding the plot. Casting Jeff Goldblum in particular was a master stroke to help with such exposition, not only given his proved, deft and winning verbal patter with such material (e.g. David Cronenberg’s The Fly from 1986), but with the singular character Goldblum breathed into his portrayal of Dr. Ian Malcolm.

And of course Richard Attenborough’s John Hammond is avuncular and despite his unchecked enthusiasms and ultimate folly, miles apart from the more simplistic and wholly self-serving and corrupted Hammond of the novel. You can’t imagine the film’s Hammond meeting the same fate — let alone deserving of it — as the Hammond of Crichton’s novel.

Ultimately, it is Spielberg’s personality, Koepp’s playfulness as a screenwriter and the charming ensemble cast that helps make Jurassic Park as a film a more multifaceted affair. The movie has heart, but it also has moments in it that can rip your heart out. I think that very thing applies to many of Spielberg’s adventure-thrillers.

Matessino: The film is very streamlined in the way any good adaptation should be, and from a character standpoint I think the film made all the right choices, from making the Hammond character sympathetic to reversing the ages of the children, to making the Ellie Satler character a contemporary and love interest of Alan Grant rather than his young intern — this gave the film a way to address the themes about family and parenting. As far as the dinosaurs were concerned I have to admit that all of the scenes I was hoping to see did not appear in the film, and some of them were even drawn as preproduction art. But they all eventually appeared in the sequels. There is also a lot more science in the novel, which is Crichton’s forte, but that was also streamlined in the film, but in the correct way.

Coate: How do you think the subsequent Jurassic movies stack up against the original movie?

Awalt: While the sequels all have their delights, I don’t know that anything stacks up to the original film. It’s one of those movies that just has all the right elements to it. That said, I do think that The Lost World has one of the greatest set pieces of Steven Spielberg’s entire career in it, the impossibly tense and terrifying sequence where the T-Rex push the conjoined lengths of trailers over the edge of a cliff, causing Julianne Moore’s character to land on an increasingly fragile pane of glass that’s the only thing keeping her from falling to her death in a chasm far below. It’s one of the most grueling, punishing sequences of suspense you could watch in any film, expert in every note. Without a doubt on par with the roadside T-Rex attack in the original film.

Matessino: As with most multi-film series, I don’t think the original can be touched. The Lost World is a film Spielberg has admitted he was not particularly happy with, but it was successful and there are many good things in it. It takes the idea into a darker, grittier place. Joe Johnston’s Jurassic Park III takes a lot of criticism, but it’s a short movie that delivers the dinosaur action and you get in and out quickly. It’s not a bloated self-important lumbering sequel, and I happen to appreciate that. Jurassic World relaunched the series in a spectacular way, giving the current generation their Jurassic Park movie.

Coate: What is the legacy of Jurassic Park?

Awalt: Jurassic Park is beloved as a movie, so much so that its legacy lives on to this very day in the Jurassic World franchise. Clearly people can’t get enough of these stories, characters and majestic and monstrous beasts from prehistory that hubris has wrought and brought into our modern world. I’m personally very excited to see Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom, if only because as history over the last twenty-five years has shown us, it’s going to be one helluva time at the movies this summer.

Matessino: There’s a new film in the series opening, so we’re living in the legacy. Audiences still watch Jurassic Park, which is the greatest legacy for any movie when it’s twenty-five years old. It will forever be marked by film historians as a flashpoint for digital effects and digital cinema and an essential movie in studying the career of Steven Spielberg.

Coate: Thank you — Steven, Mike, and Joseph — for participating and sharing your thoughts about Jurassic Park on the occasion of its 25th anniversary.

IMAGES:
Selected images copyright/courtesy Amblin Entertainment, Universal Pictures, Universal Pictures Home Entertainment. Home-video collage by Cliff Stephenson. DTS logo artwork courtesy Bobby Henderson. DTS discs photo courtesy Blaine Young.

SOURCES/REFERENCES:
The primary references for this project were regional newspaper coverage and trade reports and articles published in Billboard, Boxoffice, The Hollywood Reporter, Variety and Widescreen Review. Selected details referenced from BoxOfficeMojo.com, CinemaTour.com, CinemaTreasures.org, and Movie-Theatre.org. All figures and data included in this article pertain to the United States and Canada except where stated otherwise.

SPECIAL THANKS:
Jerry Alexander, Brad Allen, Bernie Anderson Jr., Steven Awalt, Claude Ayakawa, Mike Babb, Jim Barg, Don Beelik, Martin Brooks, Mark Campbell, Raymond Caple, Jonathan M. Crist, DATASAT Digital Entertainment, Nick DiMaggio, Mike Durrett, Mitchell Dvoskin, John Eickhof, Monte L. Fullmer, Aaron Garman, Paul Gordon, Nicholas Grieco, Steve Guttag, Edward Havens, John Hazelton, Bobby Henderson, Manny Knowles, Bill Kretzel, Ron Lacheur, Ronald A. Lee, Mark Lensenmayer, Victor Liorentas, Dave Macaulay, Stan Malone, Adam Martin, Mike Matessino, Joseph McBride, Gordon McLeod, Brad Miller, Chris Mosel, Tom Mundell, Gabriel Neeb, Scott Neff, Tim O’Neill, Jim Perry, Tom Procyk, Joe Redifer, Lyle Romer, Greg Routenburg, Daniel Schulz, Jesse Skeen, Cliff Stephenson, Terry Lynn-Stevens, Chris Strobel, Sean Weitzel, Jason Whyte, Blaine Young, Vince Young, and a huge thank-you to all of the librarians who helped with the research for this project.

IN MEMORIAM
Richard Kiley (“Jurassic Park Tour Voice”), 1922-1999
Bob Peck (“Muldoon”), 1945-1999
Stan Winston (Live Action Dinosaurs), 1946-2008
Lata Ryan (Associate Producer), 19??-2008
Greg Burson (“Mr. D.N.A. Voice”), 1949-2008
Michael Crichton (novel, screenplay), 1942-2008
Jophery Brown (“Worker in Raptor Pen”), 1945-2014
Richard Attenborough (“Hammond”), 1923-2014


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I didn't realize until after the editing option timed out that I failed to include the link to the article. So here it is per the site rules (or if anyone wishes to see the piece with images and proper formatting).

When Dinosaurs Ruled the Cinema: Remembering "Jurassic Park" On Its 25th Anniversary

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Michael, I have an analog sound question. I ran Jurassic Park first run at two different venues, both equipped with Dolby CP50's (Dolby A Stereo) only. As I watched the end credits multiple times while waiting to close the curtain, I distinctly remember one venue's print having the "Spectral Recording" (spelled out) logo, and the other venue having just the regular Dolby Stereo logo. I believe, but not sure, that both prints had DTS timecodes, but since neither theatre was equipped to utilize DTS, I did not pay attention to this.

My question is, was the "Spectral Recording" release prints actually Dolby SR, or was this just a credit for using SR in the mixing of the soundtrack?

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I'm very sure that the UA’s Town Center 7 in Boca Raton, FL had 6 track DTS. I saw Jurassic Park there and have a very distinct memory of the DTS trailer having split surrounds.

Also, the scene where the guy is hunted by the raptors and says "clever girl" before they attack him, I distinctly remember the sounds of the raptor in the bushes being very directional out of one surround channel (IIRC, left surround).

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I have never heard of a Jurassic Park print with a Dolby SR optical track. It was my understanding they were all Dolby A with the DTS timecode (of course).

That being said, the Dolby A track on JP was one of the worst I've ever heard. I'm sure one of the Datasat guys will be along at some point to deny this, but it was so awful I have a hard time believing Universal didn't poop it up a bit to make DTS sound even better. (Not like it needed any help to blow the optical away, but still.)

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I have the same recollection as Brad about SR vs A type. I don't believe there was an A or SR print master supervised by a Dolby guy. This was an all DTS show and very political.

Welcome back Michael. Nice article.

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Anyone handle international prints? I've heard from no reliable sources, that some overseas prints may have had SRD on them.

Thanks for the article Michael. It was nice to see the original DTS discs in caddies too!

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quote: Mitchell Dvoskin
Michael, I have an analog sound question. I ran Jurassic Park first run at two different venues, both equipped with Dolby CP50's (Dolby A Stereo) only. As I watched the end credits multiple times while waiting to close the curtain, I distinctly remember one venue's print having the "Spectral Recording" (spelled out) logo, and the other venue having just the regular Dolby Stereo logo. I believe, but not sure, that both prints had DTS timecodes, but since neither theatre was equipped to utilize DTS, I did not pay attention to this.
Although the original prints of Jurassic Park were encoded with Dolby A on the optical tracks, I'm almost 100% positive the prints had a classic Dolby SR logo listed on the end credits. The arrangement looked something like this:

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The original "Digital Experience" logo was shown on the end credits, but reversed through a solid box and oddly off-center. That's one thing that really stuck in my memory, versus the proper original Digital Experience logo. I remember a Dolby SR logo listed beside it. I kind of felt like making the background of the image blue since the GCC-Northpark 1-2 tended to throw a blue back light on the end credits. At least they did that for Jurassic Park

Another run of 35mm prints was made of Jurassic Park, either in late 1993 or early 1994. Those prints have these logos on the end credits:

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Dolby had rolled out its misleading triple format logo, initially with the tagline "in selected theatres worldwide" on the ill-fated fall 1993 movie The Program and then replaced that tagline with "verify theatre format." That one pissed off yours truly pretty good. DTS also started messing around with the "Digital Experience" logo since the original composition did not reproduce well at small sizes. The variants of it looked terrible.

I find it especially annoying that later print and the shitty Dolby and DTS logos on it have been the source of for all the digital home video format releases, from DVD and Blu-ray on to broadcast HD and streaming versions, even the one on Netflix right now (the DD mix is kind of funny for its lack of oomph). The old VHS release from 1994 is the only thing I've personally seen that had the original sound logos on the credits. I don't know what's on the laserdisc versions.

quote: Sam D. Chavez
I have the same recollection as Brad about SR vs A type. I don't believe there was an A or SR print master supervised by a Dolby guy. This was an all DTS show and very political.
I am all but positive the first all-DTS (analog & digital) movie was Schindler's List. Dolby SR was definitely used on Jurassic Park and other releases utilizing DTS through the summer and fall of 1993. Schindler's List had only the "Digital Experience" logo on its end credits. No Dolby stuff. DTS did not apply any branding to its analog process until the MGM release of Blown Away introduced the DTS Stereo logo.

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quote: Bobby Henderson
I am all but positive the first all-DTS (analog & digital) movie was Schindler's List. Dolby SR was definitely used on Jurassic Park and other releases utilizing DTS through the summer and fall of 1993.
Jurassic Park was the first DTS movie. Every print had the timecode. Also as both Sam and I recall, there were no prints of Jurassic Park with an SR optical soundtrack.

The second DTS title was Heart and Souls and the third was Hard Target. After that DTS changed their system up a bit so there wasn't a "start command" at the beginning of each reel. For those first 3 movies if you started mid-reel or didn't have the attached original DTS flying disc logo, that reel would not kick in and play DTS until the beginning of the next reel. Also original DTS discs are NOT compatible with XD10 and XD20 players. I do have a set of remastered discs that are fully backwards compatible for all DTS player models though.

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quote: Bobby Henderson
Dolby SR was definitely used on Jurassic Park and other releases utilizing DTS through the summer and fall of 1993.
Typo. I meant to say Dolby NR processes were used on the optical tracks of the first few DTS releases thru the fall of 1993. JP had Dolby A on the 35mm prints. I think an additional reason for the 2nd run of JP prints was to remove the original DTS flying disc trailer that had been attached to all of the prints of the initial June 1993 run.

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Jurassic Park was the first DTS movie. Every print had the timecode. Also as both Sam and I recall, there were no prints of Jurassic Park with an SR optical soundtrack.
There was no Dolby SR on it, but Dolby-branded NR was used on the optical tracks. All the original release prints of JP had the DTS time code and even included the DTS sound format trailer. Lots of theaters not equipped with DTS were playing the sound format snipe anyway.

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Didn't know they made later prints with the revised sound logos at the end. That's always bothered me at home- I didn't even buy the DVD when it first came out because of that, but did get the Blu-Ray set. I still regard my DTS laserdisc as the 'proper' version, as that has the original logos.

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quote: Bobby Henderson
I think an additional reason for the 2nd run of JP prints was to remove the original DTS flying disc trailer that had been attached to all of the prints of the initial June 1993 run.
Without the flying disc trailer, reel 1 would not have played in dts. That's just how the timecode was structured until the 4th release (see my previous post).

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Brad, there were prints of JURASSIC PARK without the DTS timecode in Europe. In Sweden there were around 100+ prints of this title with only 5-10 of them having the timecode.

I ran this film for weeks personally, no timecode on this print optical stereo only. Do not recall if it was optical "DTS STEREO/DOLBY A" or SR.

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We watched a Dolby SR print of this movie recently. I was really suprised it was missing the DTS track.. (it had the DTS snipe attached)..

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JP was dual inventory in Germany:

DTS + Stereo A and
Dolby Stereo SR only.

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