Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom is now out on home video, and that brings with it some big reveals about the making of the movie thanks to Blu-ray special features.
The fifth entry in the Jurassic franchise might not have earned much critical acclaim, but there's no denying that the public's appetite for the Jurassic movies hasn't waned; Fallen Kingdom joined the $1 billion club and its home release figures are sure to be strong too. Fans of the movie, directed by J.A. Bayona, can now enjoy a whole host of extras when purchasing either the digital or Blu-ray version.
As well as a extensive interviews with the cast and crew, the Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom Blu-ray also has features on the VFX used to bring the dinosaurs to life, a detailed look at Owen and Blue's showdown with the Indoraptor on the roof of the Lockwood mansion, and a behind-the-scenes look at the auction scene. The extras offer a lot of insight into the making of Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom, as well as some great reveals. We've rounded up the best ones.
Bryce Dallas Howard Thought Claire Was Going To Die
Bryce Dallas Howard and Chris Pratt are the stars of Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom, playing Claire Dearing and Owen Grady, respectively. The simply-titled featurette "On Set With Chris & Bryce" takes a look at their return, and reveals one of them had very different expectations for the film. As they talk, Howard reveals she thought her character was going to die:
"And reading the script, I was just worried the whole time that I was gonna die. Seriously, the whole time I was like, 'Oh, gosh! Oh, gosh, she's gonna die! Okay, she survived that time. All right. Oh, no, she's gonna die!'"
Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom Isn't A Sequel (Apparently)
In "The Kingdom Evolves", the makers of Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom look at the film's placement in a bigger pantheon and elaborate on how the second Jurassic World movie in the trilogy pushed the franchise in a different direction. Some of these answers are rather surprising. Frank Marshall says that the movie isn't actually a "sequel". "This movie is not actually a sequel, it's part of a trilogy, so it's designed to be number two in the story of all three movies." While that's an odd statement, the final scenes of the movie have already set up a third and final installment very nicely.
Spielberg's Big Jurassic Park Fear Was Godzilla
In the same featurette, Steven Spielberg also discusses the very first Jurassic movie, and explains why he didn't want the first Jurassic Park to be like Godzilla. "In the book Jurassic Park, Michael Crichton figured out how to bring dinosaurs back to life in the 20th century, and he did it through science. And that's what really attracted me to the Jurassic Park movies. At the time, it was only one movie, but I wanted to do it in the correct way, and I didn't want to make a Godzilla movie. I wanted this to be a movie that was based on quantifiable science."
The irony, of course, is that 1998's Godzilla lifted heavily from Jurassic Park, with smaller, raptor-like monsters alongside 'Zilla.
Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom Returns to A Classic Location
The Jurassic franchise is one of many - along with the likes of Lost and Jumanji - to take the action to Hawaii, and one specific area of the islands in particular. The Kualoa Ranch will be instantly recognizable to anybody who's seen these films and shows; for Jurassic, it was the location of the Gallimimus stampede.
This location was returned to in Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom, as revealed by Supervising Location Manager Laura Sode-Matteson in the aptly titled "Return to Hawaii": "We shot in Kualoa Ranch, which is famous for seeing the Gallimimus running [in the first Jurassic Park movie]. That scene is iconic."
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