Reuniting Sam Neill, Laura Dern and Jeff Goldblum for one final outing, director Colin Trevorrow steers the presumably final installment Jurassic World Dominion to success as a decently amusing and fitting conclusion. Starring Chris Pratt and Bryce Dallas Howard, the fifth sequel is spectacular popcorn escapism that takes precedence over strong or even good storytelling but is ultimately forgettable as a lame attempt to capture the nostalgia of the original. The summer blockbuster debuts on Blu-ray with a spectacularly gorgeous HD video, a monstrous reference-quality DTS:X track but a rather puny selection of supplements. Nevertheless, the package comes Recommended for completists.
You can read our full thoughts on Jurassic World Dominion in our review of the 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray HERE.
Vital Disc Stats: The Blu-ray
Universal Studios Home Entertainment brings Jurassic Park Dominion to Blu-ray as a two-disc combo pack with a Digital Copy code. When redeeming said code, users also have access to the "Extended Version" as a featurette. The Region Free BD50 disc sits comfortably opposite a DVD-9 copy, and both come inside a blue, eco-elite case with a slipcover. The Blu-ray also includes the 161-minute extended cut of the movie, adding fourteen minutes of character development and some action filler that surprisingly works to the movie's benefit. After several skippable trailers, viewers are taken to a static menu with music playing in the background.
The final chapter in the decades-long dino saga dominates Blu-ray with a reference-quality 1080p/AVC MPEG-4 encode that sports razor-sharp definition from start to finish, and even the many CG sequences maintain exceptional clarity. Struck from a 4K digital intermediate, the freshly-minted transfer reveals the individual hairs and whiskers of the cast, the stitching in the costumes and the surrounding foliage, and facial complexions come with lifelike textures exposing minute, negligible blemishes. The contrast balance is somewhat subdued and restrained, supplying the action with an interestingly grey, dreary appeal, but whites are nonetheless clean and vivid with crisp highlights in the hottest areas. The deliberately stylized cinematography lightly affects the overall palette, but on the whole, primaries are full-bodied and accurately rendered while secondary hues are richly saturated and quite dynamic. Spot-on brightness levels also deliver deep, dark blacks and silky midnight shadows without engulfing the finer details, providing the 2.00:1 image with an appreciable three-dimensional appeal while a consistently thin layer of natural grain gives it a lovely film-like quality. (Video Rating: 96/100)
The latest installment roars into home theaters with the same monstrous, reference-quality DTS:X soundtrack enjoyed on the 4K Ultra HD edition. For a more in-depth take on the audio quality, you can read our review of the 4K Ultra HD HERE. (DTS:X Audio Rating: 96/100)
Director Colin Trevorrow returns to the mega-blockbuster franchise about dinosaurs running amok with Jurassic World Dominion, the presumably final installment to the massively popular film series that also reunites Sam Neill, Laura Dern and Jeff Goldblum. Meanwhile, Chris Pratt and Bryce Dallas Howard reprise their roles as adoptive parents to the world's dino problem but provide little to no significance to the plot's larger themes. Nevertheless, the fifth sequel still manages to be a decently amusing and fitting conclusion that falls in line with the previous two entries where the visual spectacle takes precedence over strong or even good storytelling.
The summer blockbuster debuts on Blu-ray with a spectacularly gorgeous HD video and a monstrous, reference-quality DTS:X soundtrack, but Universal Studios Home Entertainment has culled together a rather puny selection of supplements. Overall, the package nonetheless comes recommended for completists.
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