Price: 18,000 yen
Sound: A-Mode / EFM
Running Time: 2:07
Scientists develop a means of bringing dinosaurs to life using DNA taken from dino' blood, which has been
preserved inside insects encased in amber. Whilst Hammond is showing off his dinosaur 'theme park' to a selected
audience [a lawyer (Gerrano), mathematician (Malcolm), dino' expert (Grant), palaeobotanist (Sattler) and his
grandchildren (Tim & Lex)], Nedry (computer expert) disables the security system so that he can make his
escape with some stolen embryos. This enables all the dinosaurs to escape their enclosures... Look out the
dinosaurs are coming !
After the travesty of Top Gun, I was expecting this disc from Panasonic to also be below par. Shockingly, it’s quite good.
The transfer while good, is not great. The dark scenes are too dark and hide many of the shadow details. This is a bad mark considering the majority of the movie is in the dark. But it’s not bad, and definitely shows a bit more detail and saturated colors vs. the DVD version. How much better? Not a lot, and I’d be very hard pressed to recommend this disc over the DVD. But if a ~10-20% picture improvement is what you desire, then I do recommend it.
Many of the outdoor shots are sharp in detail especially shadow detail. Colors are very nicely saturated, however I did experience some chroma noisy picture in Hi-Vision format. A couple of the outdoor shots are disappointing, and they all involve CGI dinosaurs. The first Brontosaurus encounter, the dinosaur itself is a bit dark and lacking in detail. The DVD version didn’t have quite all the detail (about 85%) but since the dinosaur was lit up much more evenly, the picture looked better in this area. Also the scene shortly after where they see all the dinosaurs congregating around a lake, the picture appears a bit hazy and dark. But overall most of the outdoor scenes look good.
Is it at least better than the DVD versions? Yes, but not by leaps and bounds. But given the price this film will be most likely found, I just can’t recommend this disc over the DVD version unless you have to have all Hi-Vision discs.
compression artifacts, but they seldom get in the way of the picture, and
generally go unnoticed.
is much better produced than the picture, and sounds very similar to the NTSC
laserdisc release. All channels
are alive especially the surround channels and low frequency effects in the EFM
mode. The A-Mode sound is a bit
thin and tinny on the high frequency side, but has better front channel
separation with a seamless soundstage.
is don’t get this disc expecting a fabulous transfer, it just isn’t there.