Jurassic Park, 1993
Welcome back to another edition of Saturday Night Movie Sleepovers! Dion Baia and J. Blake are back talking about a mega summer blockbuster that turns 25 years old this month, a film that literally changed the face of cinema with its use of DTS and Computer Generated Imagery for the better (or worse, depending on your feelings about CGI vs Practical Effects). That’s right, the boys are chatting the Michael Crichton/Steven Spielberg classic, Jurassic Park, from 1993!
Blake and Dion jump right in, discussing memories of seeing this film that glorious summer of 1993, and how incredible the visuals and audio were for cinema-goers at the time. They discuss the revolutionary Special Effects within this movie and how they evolved with the story from being robotic and stop-motion effects, to ground-breaking CGI. They cover the inception of this story from the brilliant mind of Michael Crichton, and how he was able to sell this idea to Steven Spielberg even before the book was published. They also dissect Spielberg‘s choices within the film and the moments that have now become that of cinema legend! So grab your partners, pile into the autonomous Ford Explorers, and whatever you do, don’t get out of the vehicles if there’s a power outrage, because the fellas are talking dinosaurs this week with an all new installment of Saturday Night Movie Sleepovers!
Check out this 1993 behind-the-scenes making-of documentary on Jurassic Park!
Take a look at these great and rare behind the scenes footage at Stan Wintson’s workshop, developing the various practical dinosaur Effects!
Here’s a great behind-the-scenes featurette creating and sculpting the full-size T-Rex dinosaur!
Have a gander at this great interview with Michael Crichton talking about Jurassic Park.
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This was another great episode. Isn’t it weird how most people forget how big a deal this movie was when it came out? It was like an event. I remember my parents picking up me and my sisters from afterschool and they took us to a diner and said we were going to see Jurassic Park. We didn’t go out to eat or out to the movies often, but when we did it was a big deal and I’ll never forget that night. I think this and Independence Day were the biggest audience reactions I’ve ever heard in my life. When the T-Rex shows up at the end, everyone was screaming a cheering. Ah, memories!
Also, THANK YOU for bringing up the Horror Hall of Fame. I totally remember seeing that! I distinctly remember catching one during my first and only sleepover as a kid. The thing I remember being awed by all the horror stuff but also surprised/happy to see The Amazing Johnathan doing his act. Glad to know I wasn’t the only one who watched that growing up.
Hey Jose! As always, thank you for all those wonderful memories. Yes, it seems like people do forget how BIG this film was- so much so that it even gave Arnold his first dud, maybe ever.
And your only sleepover?! Oh no, Jose! But we love that you too remember The Horror Hall of Fame show- and we weren’t the only ones. Ha.
As always, thank you so much for everything Jose. Take care and enjoy your summer. Talk soon. 🙂