JURASSIC WORLD DOMINION hits theaters on June 10th from Universal Pictures. It’s impossible to overstate the impact this iconic franchise has had on pop culture – the five previous films grossed an astonishing $5 billion worldwide, spawning toys, games, rides and sparking the imaginations of a generation of kids. Want to get a Jurassic jump on the franchise? You don’t need John Hammond’s cash – all you need is your TiVo Stream 4K to catch up on the prior Jurassic films in the franchise on Vudu. You can explore the dino-infested jungles and waterways from the safety of your couch – just “Hold onto your butts!”
Let’s Go Back in Time and Meet the Movies…
JURASSIC PARK (1993)
The OG dino movie, directed by Steven Spielberg, based on Michael Crichton’s best-seller. The film kickstarted use of CGI effects and DTS audio for tentpole films.
- The earth-shaking T-Rex ROAR was created by mixing the sounds of dog, penguin, alligator, and elephant into one terrifying bellow!
- James Bond himself, actor Sean Connery, was first offered the role of Jurassic Park’s founder, John Hammond – which ultimately went to Sir Richard Attenborough.
What to Watch For: The T-Rex busting out of his pen, Dr. Satler (Laura Dern) plunging her arms up to the elbows in dino-dung!
THE LOST WORLD: JURASSIC PARK (1997)
After years of back and forth, Michael Crichton finally penned a sequel novel, but the filmmakers only used small segments, creating their own storyline. Once again, Steven Spielberg was in the director’s chair.
- Most of the film was shot in Humboldt County, CA – unlike the first film which was lensed in Hawaii.
- Screenwriter David Koepp has a cameo as a man eaten by a T-Rex.
What to Watch For: The dangling trailer, the Velociraptor attack in the long grass (ouch!), Mom AND Dad T-Rex attack – prompting one of Jeff Goldblum’s best lines, “Mommy’s very angry.”
JURASSIC PARK III (2001)
A rescue mission on Isla Sorna goes off the rails in this third film, directed by Joe Johnstone.
- The script evolved as the film was in production, making for a challenging shoot.
- Was the first JP film not to be based on a Crichton novel (although Michael Crichton did brainstorm with the screenwriters during early development.)
- The Spinosaurus animatronic, built by the legendary Stan Winston, was 44 feet long and weighed 24,000 pounds!
What to Watch For: The EPIC T-Rex vs Spinosaurus battle, the Raptor ambush, being trapped in the Pteranodon enclosure.
JURASSIC WORLD (2015)
After a 14-year gap, the franchise came back to life in this film directed by Colin Trevorrow.
- Pulling in $1.6 billion, JURASSIC WORLD is one of the highest-grossing movies of all time.
- An abandoned 6 Flags Amusement Park was used as the fictional dinosaur theme park.
- The original title was JURASSIC PARK: EXTINCTION.
What to Watch For: Indominus Rex vs The Gyrosphere, Chris Pratt’s narrow escape and… of course the T-Rex vs Indominus Rex battle!
JURASSIC WORLD: FALLEN KINGDOM (2018)
Director J.A. Bayona took the reins on this film, shot in the U.K and Hawaii.
- The script includes dialogue taken from the original Jurassic Park novel.
- Jeff Goldblum’s entire appearance was shot in one day.
- The film features more animatronic dinos than any previous entry in the franchise.
What to Watch For: The fiery (and sad) death of the Brachiosaurus… the Mosasaurus gets hungry… Mr. Mills meets the T-Rex (Crunch)!
The franchise is full of beloved movie moments including childlike wonder and nail-biting terror – which is why audiences keep coming back. Want to get this “Movable Feast” underway? Watch the first five films on Vudu with your TiVo Stream 4K.