April 9, 2015

Room service? Send up a larger room.
Groucho Marx

"Why Kate, you're not wearing a bustle. How lewd."
— Doc Holliday (Val Kilmer), Tombstone (1993)

I give myself sometimes admirable advice, but I am incapable of taking it.
Lady Mary Wortley Montagu (1689--1762), English poet

Jurassic Park (1993) (part 20 of 53)
  • When the Utahraptor was discovered right before the film's release, which had a similar height to the Raptors depicted in the film, Stan Winston joked, "We made it, then they discovered it".
  • Released into 3D on April 5th, 2013 for the film's 20th anniversary. Other countries saw the re-release over the following six months. This release also had a Burger King promotional tie-in. Many people felt the 3D conversion didn't enhance the effects in any way, mainly because most of the dinosaur scenes are set at night, and shadows don't come out the screen very well the way the day scenes do. This re-release pushed the film's total gross to a billion dollars, the 17th film to do so. It now ranks as the 14th highest grossing film worldwide, the 16th highest grossing film in North America (unadjusted for inflation) and the highest grossing film released by Universal and directed by Steven Spielberg. Spielberg claimed he had produced the film with a "subconscious 3D" since the film has animals walking toward the cameras and some effects of foreground and background overlay. In 2011, he stated that Jurassic Park was the only film he had made he had considered for a conversion, and once he saw the 3D version of Titanic (1997), he really liked the new look of the film that he hired the same retrofitting company. Spielberg and Janusz Kaminski supervised the nine month process during the production of Lincoln (2012). ILM contributed some elements and updated effects shots for a better visual enhancement.
  • Jurassic Park's first television broadcast was on 7th May, 1995 following the April 26th airing of The Making of Jurassic Park. 68.12 million people tuned in to watch, garnering NBC a 36% share of all available viewers that night. Jurassic Park was the highest-rated theatrical film broadcast by any network since the April, 1987 airing of Trading Places (1983).
  • During the jelly scene, a crew member held Ariana Richards' elbow and shook her arm. She asked if she could do it but they didn't think she could.
  • King Kong (1933) was Steven Spielberg's biggest influence on Jurassic Park (1993), and the main reason why he wanted to direct it, hence Ian Malcolm's line "What have they got in there? King Kong?" After seeing the King Kong puppet on the Universal Studios tour, Spielberg asked the designer to apply the same principles to Jurassic Park's dinosaurs, e.g. smoothness, muscle tone, etc.

  • "If you want to see the true measure of a man, watch how he treats his inferiors, not his equals."
    J. K. Rowling

  • Mario, of Super Mario Bros. fame, appeared in the 1981 arcade game, Donkey Kong. His original name was Jumpman, but was changed to Mario to honor the Nintendo of America's landlord, Mario Segali.
  • Alcoholics are twice as likely to confess a drinking problem to a computer than to a doctor, say researchers in Wisconsin.
  • In the game Monopoly, the most money you can lose in one travel around the board (normal game rules, going to jail only once) is $26,040. The most money you can lose in one turn is $5070.

  • I'm a god, a planet, & measurer of heat. Who am I?

    Benjamin Franklin
    He that is good for making excuses is seldom good for anything else”

    “Alone, all alone. Nobody, but nobody can make it out here alone."

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