WHEN: 6:25pm EST, January 1st, 2013

WHERE: In my apartment in Portland, ME

FORMAT:  Blu-Ray on a Vizio 47″ LCD HDTV

COMPANY: My roommate Ben, my brother Matt, and his girlfriend Leigh.

WELCOME TO JURASSIC PARK:

It has been a year or two since last I watched Jurassic Park, and while I obviously remembered that I love the movie, I had forgotten how much I love every damn scene. From the helicopter swooping in over the island, to the T-Rex inexplicably saving the day at the end, each moment is a delight.

While watching, I couldn’t help looking forward to the months to come, anticipating how fun it is going to be looking into 52 aspects of this film.  I know there is a danger I could come out the other end hating the movie, but right now I don’t care. I’m like Doctors Sattler and Grant finding out Hammond has cloned a T-Rex. I know this could turn out badly for me, but right now it’s just too exciting for me to look at the downside.

I don’t care how many people get eaten. Worth it.

BLU-RAY:

This was the first time I had seen Jurassic Park in glorious HD, and let me tell you, it makes a difference. Some movies don’t really benefit from the crisp clear picture provided by the Blu-Ray format, but here it makes a world of difference. I grew up watching Jurassic Park on network TV and VHS; those pale in comparison to the beautiful images on my screen. Sure, some of the CGI looks a bit dated, but all the scenes filmed with puppets look fabulous. I had always remembered the first scene (the mishap loading the Velociraptor) as being pitch black. Turns out there are all sorts of things I never saw, because my screen must have  been too dark. I’ll be going back and looking at some other formats later, but as of now, Blu-Ray is the format to beat…

Of course, post-converted 3D is always fantastic…

DON’T FALL OFF THE RAFT:

In the “things I never noticed before” department, Leigh pointed out something interesting. Near the beginning of the movie, Gennaro is standing on a raft being pulled into the mining camp. Juanito Rostango, the man running the operation, says, “Apuesto mil pesos que se cae.” The translation for those of us who don’t speak Spanish being, “I bet a thousand pesos he falls.”

Poor Gennaro, he was never fated for a long existence. Even Rostango can see that he hasn’t got his wits about him. It was only a matter of time till he met his toilet-sitting demise. He didn’t see it coming. Is that where I am, about to watch this film for an entire year? Am I going to end up hating all of this? Who can tell?

The first step is not to fall off the raft.

  After that, you’re probably in trouble.