Blu-ray Buyer’s Guide: September 18

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The park is gone…at least that’s what the tagline says. I have my doubts, however.

This week, the latest installment in the Jurassic Park franchise comes home on Blu-ray.

Here’s my pick for September 18, 2018.

208164_frontJurassic World: Fallen Kingdom
Universal
Written by Derek Connolly and Colin Trevorrow
Based on characters created by Michael Crichton
Directed by J.A. Bayona

Three years ago, Jurassic World reinvigorated the venerable Jurassic Park franchise. It respected what had come before and built upon it, serving up new but familiar material that was both nostalgic and thrilling. In fact, the impact of Jurassic World was a lot similar to what The Force Awakens did to Star Wars.

And then came Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom which, like The Last Jedi, screwed up most of the goodwill generated by the previous installment. But unlike The Last Jedi, I still enjoyed Fallen Kingdom to a point.  The film wasn’t bad, but wasn’t good, either. It was exciting, kept me engaged the whole time, and didn’t insult my intelligence or cause me to roll my eyes (at least initially). And the dinosaur effects were pretty cool.

The plot was predicated on an interesting ethical question: should the dinosaurs on Isla Nublar be saved from (re)extinction? That in and of itself was a thought-provoking conundrum. But the characters (and essentially the film itself) answered it in a stupid, irresponsible, and incoherent manner. Moreover, the plot hangs on several of the characters doing frustratingly stupid things that any sane person would never, ever, EVER do. Personally, I was in Ian Malcolm’s camp (at least his opinion at the beginning of the film).

That being said, I am a Jurassic Park completist and will be adding it to my collection. But I think I’ll be revisiting it a lot more than The Last Jedi.

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Best Buy: SteelBook

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Target: 28-page gallery book and more bonus content

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Walmart: Funko Pocket Pop! keychains

My Pick: Target takes the cake this week. More bonus material always wins in my book. And it’s a whole additional disc worth of stuff, which is always what puts me over the edge. But what this bonus material ends up as remains to be seen. Maybe some kind of explanation of character motivations? I guess we’ll see.

Happy Watching!

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