Nostalgic fans will get a chance to see Jurassic Park on the big screen for the first time in 20 years this summer.
Inspired by James Cameron’s Titanic 3D conversion, director Steven Spielberg brought the same team on board to update his dino epic for a whole new generation of filmgoers.
“There was a lot of sub-conscious 3D etiquette in my first approach to the material a long time ago, with shots of the animals coming into the lens,” he says. “I call them trombone effects when suddenly creatures and people are running towards the camera.”
It was released in 1993 and marked his third creature feature, but the CG effects and animated action were pioneering.
More than just a cash grab, Spielberg saw this as a chance to truly realise his vision. According to the Indiana Jones helmer, certain scenes are given extra bite thanks to the added dimension, in particular the kitchen attack where Tim and Lex cower from the door-opening Raptors.
“The kitchen scene works great because there’s so much distance between the end of the long counters and the door where the two raptors enter,” he explains, “so you really get a tremendous sense of perspective which we never really had before in just two dimensions.”
Another of the filmmaker’s favourite scenes to get the 3D treatment is the part where the T-Rex is lunging for the car; a classic kids in peril moment. “For the first time, because of the 3D and the stereo sound, you’re able to feel like you’re inside the car,” he says. “You get a sense that you’re trapped along with them and you actually feel the walls of the car itself closing in on you. I was very surprised by that effect and how much more involved than I the first time around.”
But the thing that excites Spielberg most is the fact that the movie will be re-released in cinemas, “People who only saw it on DVD and before that on video cassette when those things were still around will have a chance to see it in on the big screen.”
Jurassic Park 3D is released 23 August 2013. Buy the Jurassic Park Ultimate Trilogy on Blu-ray for £13.82 on Amazon.co.uk.