Each Jurassic Park Blu-ray Releases Has Entirely Different Coloring
The various different Blu-ray releases of Jurassic Park look very different in terms of their color-grading when compared side-by-side.
The coloring for the different Jurassic Park Blu-ray releases varies significantly between each version. The classic dinosaur film directed by Steven Spielberg, originally released in 1993, has since been re-released in a few different Blu-ray versions. These re-releases have been inspired by anniversaries and celebrations of the film, as Jurassic Park has gained long term notoriety. Each version, however, doesn't appear to be exactly the same.
Color correction and color grading are processes that filmmakers will use during post production. While color correction ensures that colors are displayed true to the human eye, color grading helps create a tone and mood to the film’s aesthetic. Color grading, in turn, plays a big role in conveying how an audience will interpret a film. There are ways to do this that help deliver a strong message to the audience, and it can truly affect how a film is received. Jurassic Park, however, seems to be color-graded differently depending on which home release version of the film is being watched.
Twitter user, Sicky T, points out that the coloring on each Jurassic Park Blu-ray release is quite different. In their tweets, Sicky T takes various scenes from the movie and places them in a collage right next to each other. When comparing each release - the 1993 35mm, 2011 Blu-ray, 2013 Blu-ray, and the 4K version - side by side, the differences in the colors are strikingly apparent. The 2013 version is saturated with warm tones making it more difficult to make out certain features. The 4K version and the 2011 version seem to be relatively similar, but the 4K version is slightly darker. These differences are surely less noticeable when consuming these three versions on their own, but it’s easy to see what version an audience may prefer when comparing them in this format.
Perhaps the most important aspect to note in the differences between the Blu-ray versions is the realism of the dinosaurs. The slight changes to the coloring of each film release has an impact on how the CGI and practical effect components look, and can disrupt the seamlessness of the effects. Being that this film was remarkable for the way it managed to perfect its computer generated effects blend them with the real props, these discrepancies can take away from the original beauty of Jurassic Park. Despite the color differences, the movie's effects are still appreciated by audiences today, but it's important to be aware of how each release version can make them look a little different.
While the noticeable color differences in the film may bother some, it is clear that this is not a deal breaker for the success of the Jurassic Park franchise. Since the original release, the Jurassic Park kingdom has grown significantly with a total of five films. Excitement for this cherished film isn't fading anytime soon, as evidenced by the number of re-releases it continues to receive. With Jurassic World: Dominion, the final film in the franchise's new trilogy, bringing back Jurassic Park's original stars Sam Neill, Laura Dern, and Jeff Goldblum, it wouldn't be too surprising if yet another version of the original film is re-released in anticipation.