‘Jurassic Park’ gets 3D re-release, brings magic back to big screen

The T. rex may be the real star of ‘Jurassic Park,’ re-released in 3D. Rated PG-13, 127 min. Universal Pictures, 2013.

“Jurassic Park” may be 20 years old, but its new 3D and IMAX re-release reminds you why it was a smash: This is a crowd-pleaser meant to be seen on the big screen. While cutting-edge back in 1993, some of the digitally animated creatures show their age. Holding up better are the detailed and very realistic full-size dinosaur puppets, which still evoke a sense of primitive terror.

Based on the novel by Michael Crichton, director Steven Spielberg’s modern classic follows scientists (Sam Neill, Laura Dern, Jeff Goldblum) invited to inspect and possibly endorse a daring new genetics-experiment-turned-zoo. Of course, things go very wrong when the power goes out during a storm and the group is stranded and imperiled along with the park creator’s grandchildren.

The story is at times thoughtful, occasionally even playful, but most of all is a thrillingly suspenseful adventure that features some of the greatest action sequences in movie history. The chilling T. rex attack on the tour vehicles and the raptors hunting in the kitchen are unforgettable. Even if you know the film by heart, you will notice new things in the surprisingly clear 3D transfer. It’s time the magic of “Jurassic Park” is shared with a new generation.

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