‘Jaws’ & ‘Jurassic Park’ Trilogy Coming Soon to Blu-ray [Updated]

Published 3 years ago by , Updated June 28th, 2011 at 3:55 pm,

Jurassic Park Blu ray Jaws & Jurassic Park Trilogy Coming Soon to Blu ray [Updated]

[Update: We've received official info from Universal regarding the Jurassic Park Blu-rays - including a trailer and the official release date. Scroll down for the full details.]

Steven Spielberg fans have yet another reason to rejoice as his name continues to dominate headlines this early summer. Between War Horse, The Adventures of TintinSuper 8, Lincoln, Falling Skies and more, we’ve seen the legendary filmmaker everywhere these days. But the latest headline is a much-anticipated blast from the past, as two of his greatest cinematic achievements – Jaws and Jurassic Park are coming to Blu-ray.

Some consider Jaws to be the first true blockbuster in cinema as the studio made drastic moves to present it in the most theaters possible in the summer of 1975. It also launched Spielberg’s career into the iconic status we know him for today, as he was hired to direct the film even before his debut film, The Sugarland Express, had been released. What followed was a string of films each as memorable as the next. Just under twenty years later his Jurassic Park trilogy was born. Just under twenty years after that, these two films reach the current pinnacle of home entertainment.

Many filmmakers have used the Blu-ray transfer process as an opportunity to cover up old mistakes like wires in a shot or composition mistakes. While Spielberg has tried this to some extent in previous Blu-ray releases, he has vowed to never again alter his work. In a recent interview with Ain’t It Cool News, Spielberg discussed the true staying power of cinema and how Blu-ray can diminish the wonders of movie-making.

“(In the future) there’s going to be no more digital enhancements or digital additions to anything based on any film I direct. I’m not going to do any corrections digitally to even wires that show. If 1941 comes on Blu-Ray I’m not going to go back and take the wires out because the Blu-Ray will bring the wires out that are guiding the airplane down Hollywood Blvd. At this point right now I think letting movies exist in the era, with all the flaws and all of the flourishes, is a wonderful way to mark time and mark history… If somebody put out George Pal’s War of the Worlds and took the strings off the machines I’d be very upset. When that machine crashes in downtown Hollywood, and you see the strings going from taut to slack, that’s the thing that allows me to both understand this movie is scaring the hell out of me and at the same time this movie is a creation of the human race.”

Blu ray Jaws Jaws & Jurassic Park Trilogy Coming Soon to Blu ray [Updated]

It has felt like forever waiting for Spielberg to bring his movies to the Blu-ray format. Last year, we listed ten movies that need a Blu-ray release and the list has progressively dwindled as all but a select couple have made the upgrade. With Once Upon A Time In The West reaching Blu-ray just last week and Jaws and the Jurassic Park trilogy coming soon, few remain solely on DVD and other “ancient” formats.

While Spielberg’s Jaws Blu-ray announcement is exciting, we still do not have a release date yet. Though his comments imply it might be available later this year:

“I’ve already seen some of it. I don’t have a date yet, but there’s a Blu-ray absolutely in the works.”

As for the Jurassic Park trilogy, the scheduled release date is October 25th, 2011 in foreign markets,  but there have been only unconfirmed reports that it will make its American release that day as well. It is possible American Blu-ray owners will have to wait a short while longer. As news unfolds, we will update this story accordingly.

Some have said Blu-ray doesn’t actually affect the look of movies, but we’ve written countless articles arguing for the technology. Another nail in they naysayers’ coffin is the stampede of filmmakers rushing to the format for their classic movies. If Blu-ray was not a superior format, Steven Spielberg would not be progressively bringing his entire collection to it and Stanley Kubrick’s career would not have been honored with last week’s massive box set release. We are in a time where Blu-ray is taking over and every additional title that reaches the format via transfer solidifies its place in home entertainment. Now is the time to start growing your Blu-ray collection, and what better way to start by grabbing Jurassic Park and Jaws.

Update:

Universal Studios has sent out an official press confirming that the Jurassic Park blu-rays will also arrive in America on October 25th.

Check out the Jurassic Park trilogy release trailer below:

Will you be one of the first in line to pick up a copy of these titles?

Source: Blu-ray, AICN

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  1. Sounds like Steve’s starting to lose it. Bluray ain’t just about removing stuff digitally, it’s also just about a better quality picture and sound. I’ll probably be grabbing JP on BD when it’s released. The first film, at least.

    • I think he recognizes that – he also understands that better clarity of picture will expose the film-making “bloopers” better, which is why he was concerned with erasing these. But now I think he’s just come to the realization that it’s not worth the trouble to alter movies like that, and I agree with him. Just leave it as it is, nobody really minds with these old movies.

      • Well thank God George Lucas doesn’t feel that way.
        Seems to me that Spielberg thinks that editing mistakes out is somewhat editing the nostalgia out too… but it’s not about that at all.

        It’s all about realising everything you ever wanted to do with the real means to. That’s why Lucas is remasterising Star Wars again, not because he doesn’t want to people to notice the movie is old, but because what he wished to do in 1977 he couldn’t and what we see now is what we always would’ve seen if the technology permitted that 40 years ago.

        On the contrary, reediting movies (FXs, errors and scene adding) is in reality being faithful to what was really intended, therefore to the movie itself.

  2. Yeah, these are some of the first Blu-ray’s I’ll want to buy.

  3. Jaws is great! I really want them to make a Jaws 5 to sort of redeem what the sequels ruined

  4. Awesome. I’ve been waiting forever for thus announcement.

  5. Will definitely be picking up Jaws. Unless I can get the first Jurassic Park by itself, I’ll have to pass. I’m not a fan of either sequel.

  6. I’ll be getting both sets. Now if someone can have a word with James Cameron about The Abyss…

  7. I’m not buying either of these films again, I have definitive boxsets of both, no need for a picture upgrade. I’m only buying new films on dvd. With the exception of Star Wars.

  8. That’s what the Jurassic Park fans want to see in the Blu-ray box:

    1 – Deleted, extended or alternative scenes, maybe inserted in the movies;
    2 – A soundtrack making of, with John Williams interviews;
    3 – Details from the special effects production;
    4 – Hours of behind-the-scenes, on-set footage and outtakes;
    5 – Individual videos about the creation processes of each dinosaur. The DVD encyclopedia must be expanded, with rotatable dinosaurs;
    6 – Tribute to the deceased production members:
    Michael Crichton,
    Stan Winston,
    Bob Peck,
    Pete Postlethwaite and
    Michael Jeter.
    7 – Rare promotional specials that aired on television at the time of the theatrical release;
    8 – Comments, on three movies, with Steven Spielberg, Joe Johnston, producers and actors;
    9 – Documentary about the culture and legacy which Jurassic Park created in the movie industry;
    10 – Retrospective Documentary with cast and crew, reevaluating the experience of making the movie and its repercussion;
    11 – A reference quality transfer to the high definition;
    12 – Story boards. All of them.
    13 – A slideshow of the images shown on the projectors in the first film when they’re eating lunch;
    14 – The concept art of the three productions;
    15 – A documentary with paleontologists remarking what things JP got right about their dinosaurs;
    16 – A interactive map showing in which section of the islands each scene happens.
    17 – Isolated soundtracks for the three movies.

    • There deleted scenes for all three movies.

    • A petition to get these extras is going on right now:
      http://www.petitionspot.com/petitions/Jurassicextras

      If you want to see the new extras, please sign, send it to your relatives, colleagues, friends, enemies, EVERYBODY!
      A wonderful way to promote it is in Facebook.
      The Jurassic Park fans are counting on you.

      We may still have time!

  9. FINALLY!

  10. Leave them the way that they are. I could go and by a CD of John Lennon’s Imagine and it would sould great, but my orig vine-al of it, with all the ‘pops’ and ‘crackles’ on it reminds me of the original time it came out, as well as all of those times it was played and ‘earned’ those ‘age marks’. Leave the originals as they are! That’s the ‘romance’ of it!

    Gotta Fly! -Stark

  11. “If Blu-ray was not a superior format, Steven Spielberg would not be progressively bringing his entire collection to it…”

    I’m not going to argue about the format, I happen to like Blu-Ray for modern movies. However, to say that Spielberg is just releasing his films on Blu-Ray because it’s a superior format fails to take into account one thing: MONEY. These films are nearly 40 years old and 20 years old respectively and I have them both on DVD. The picture looks pretty darn good when my BR player upconverts to 1080P and the surround sound still shakes the room when the T-Rex is running down the road chasing the jeep. This is a Lucas move on Spielberg’s part to grab some quick millions from the BR market. I can’t fault him for that, but I already own these films and since the BR plays DVD’s and makes them look even better, I am not coughing up a close to a hundred dollars (most likely) to just get a few extras.

  12. I love the sense of entitlement that people always seem to get between DEMANDING EVERY movie they want be released on blu ray, and that they all need to have 5 million extras and that at least 3 million of them need to be new extras. People look at the extras ONCE its not like anyone sits around and thinks hmmm I feel like watching (insert movie title)extras….The world really is turning into Idiocracy…

  13. Yes!!
    I will buy #4. As I have all of the other ones :)
    My grandson loves dinosaurs. that is all he has in his room.
    Thanks,

  14. Why wouldn’t anyone want their favorite film/s to be as hairline crystal clear as it was in the movie theater? We not only want to see Quint’s shark’s ‘black eyes roll over white,’ but we want to see the blood vessels on those whites! Thumbs up with blu-ray!

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