Jurassic Park has always been my favorite movie growing up, and I am of course incredibly excited for the Blu Ray release. It’ll be amazing to finally have a HD transfer of the films with a new documentary to boot. Sadly, however, there doesn’t seem to be any longer cut for the film (or the other two), nor will there be any deleted scenes. I always wanted an alternate viewing experience for Jurassic Park, just to spice things up on those random days where you want to watch it, but you want to watch it in a slightly different fashion. Or… how about VERY different? A very fun thought occurred…
Jurassic Park may have been a film of the early 90s with cutting edge technology that still impresses today, but many people can’t help but recall older films when they see dinosaurs on the screen. Perhaps it is because there were so many dinosaur films in previous decades, brought to wonderful life with stop motion? Perhaps it is because dinosaurs themselves were ancient creatures? Regardless, there is always a sense of nostalgia watching any film with dinosaurs, especially Jurassic Park. Because of this, sometimes when I watch Jurassic Park I think of it as a film older than it really is. Perhaps it is because it uses a sweeping orchestral score by John Williams to full extent, something modern films have either forgotten how to do well or dropped it altogether in favor of synthetic rock-induced creations. Perhaps it is because the core point of the film, the fact that nature cannot be contained and should not be messed with, is an idea that was very much touted in films of the 70s and even 80s frequently.
So… why not make it appear like it came from one of those decades? Why not turn Jurassic Park into a grindhouse film!
This wouldn’t be a simple “let’s add film grain!” edit. I’d love to put a lot more work into it than that. Here are just some ideas:
-Make the first part of the film, before they get to the island, be in black and white with grain. This would really work with the mysterious opening of the film plus would give the raptor attack in the pen an even more interesting look.
-When the plane starts flying to the island, the film can suddenly turn into color, which will really startle and impress you all at once when the island is revealed in this version.
-While there will be film grain, dirt specks, softer colors, and film warbles throughout, there should definitely be a lot more of this everytime a dinosaur attacks, as if the person kept playing “the cool parts” over and over again. It would also give the dinosaur attacks a gritty feel.
-Have the sound quality be slightly tampered and perhaps even reduced to 2.0 or even mono.
-Have a “missing reel” somewhere. Still haven’t thought of a good scene to cut, but something that isn’t too major yet could be missed, and would leave unanswered questions, lol. Perhaps cut right when Ellie says “Mr. Hammond I think we’re back in buisness!” and the raptor pops out, then resume the film after her little “chase” scene is done?
More ideas to come. I know this could seem like a blasphemous thing to do to such a great film, but it’s not like I’m saying this will be THE BEST way to see the film. Hell no. This is just a fun experiment and could be a very fun alternate way to watch the film on a Saturday night with a bunch of drunk friends over. What do you guys think?