- The Washington Times - Wednesday, September 19, 2018

The latest blockbuster devoted to modern man co-existing with genetically cloned dinosaurs stomps and loudly growls over to the ultra-high definition, home theater format in Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom (Universal Studios Home Entertainment, rated PG-13, 128 minutes, 2.39:1 aspect ratio, $44.98).

Director J.A. Bayona offers a cookie-cutter monster movie centering around an impending volcanic eruption on Isla Nublar, the defunct dinosaur park.

The cataclysmic event, almost certainly killing the remaining beasts on the island, leads to the former head of the park’s operations Claire Dearing (Bryce Dallas Howard) teaming up with velociraptor handler Owen Grady (Chris Pratt) to execute a plan developed by John Hammond’s former cloning partner Sir Benjamin Lockwood (James Cromwell) to relocate the remaining dinosaurs to a new sanctuary.

Of course, the plan gets complicated as the pair struggles to combat a nefarious plot to sell the dinosaurs with even a selection of different and full-sized species ending up being hidden beneath Lockwood’s northern California mansion.

The story has some occasional jump scares, but younger fans will appreciate the chance to watch a variety of Jurassic’s finest creations, reportedly the most in any of the franchise’s films, in action.

Unfortunately, older fans get more of a human drama than nail-biting thrill ride. “Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom” never comes close to the wonder or intensity of Steven Spielberg’s 1993 original effort.

4K in action: Anyone smitten by creatures such as the allosaurus, velociraptor, ankylosaurus, carnotaurus, baryonyx, stegosaurus, mosasaurus, sinoceratops and Tyrannosaurus rex will absolutely love examining them in this 4K upscaled version of the film, which offers some enhanced moments with the creatures.

Scars, gooey saliva, varied textures to teeth, nails and talons, subtle skin color patterns and eyes that look like amber gems — these details are an achievement in digital and practical effects wizardry.

Especially notable are the helmeted bone structures on the stygimoloch’s head and the fictional living prototype called an indoraptor (a cross between a Indominus rex and a raptor).

It features a gold band of skin on either side of its body down to its tail, yellowish long teeth, quills on its back and splotches of blood on its snout to highlight the latest remains of a kill.

I would also recommend tying down any loose items in an entertainment room when watching this film — with the full power of a Dolby Atmos soundtrack ready to rumble viewers as the dinosaurs roar and the volcano erupts.

Best extras: An avalanche of 12 short segments (most not long enough to be called a featurette) go behind the scenes of the production, looking at the death scene of a character; the lead actors’ chemistry; the director’s vision; the creation of the new indoraptor; dinosaur animatronics; and the latest effects used to make the dinosaurs look more realistic.

All are supplemented with cast and crew interviews including some time with the mighty executive producer Steven Spielberg.

A longer, 10-minute segment has Mr. Pratt, Miss Dallas Howard, Mr. Bayona, screenwriter Colin Trevorrow and Jeff Goldblum (back as chaos theorist Ian Malcolm) in a group talking to one another about making the movie while offering a couple of memories on set and their appreciation for the “Jurassic Park” franchise.

Also worth a look is a collection of vignettes (12 minutes long) with Mr. Pratt interviewing various crew members such as makeup artist Vivian Baker, stuntman James Cox and assistant script supervisor Kelly Krieg.

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