Universal Studios Home Video Announces First Time DVD Releases Of JURASSIC PARK and THE LOST WORLDUNIVERSAL CITY, Calif., June 13 /PRNewswire-- Universal Studios Home Video unleashes "Jurassic Park" and "The Lost World: Jurassic Park," two of director Steven Spielberg's most eagerly anticipated and biggest blockbuster films, for the first time ever on DVD as Collector's Editions on October 10, 2000. Both titles will be available with Dolby Digital 5.1 or DTS 5.1 audio for $26.98 suggested retail each.
Both DVD releases will feature an elite home video industry first: An exclusive DVD-ROM link to a 'live' webcast and chat with the cast and crew from the production set of "Jurassic Park III," the latest theatrical sequel in the most successful dinosaur franchise of all time. "The Lost World" will feature the never-before-released documentary, "The Making of The Lost World."
A lavish gift set, The Jurassic Park/Lost World Deluxe Box Set, containing the "Jurassic Park" and "The Lost World" DVDs and CD soundtracks, a collectible senitype, and a certificate of authenticity confirming the limited run, will be packaged in a specially-designed collector's box and be available for $119.98 SRP. An additional gift set, the Jurassic Park/Lost World Collection, includes both DVD titles in an attractive collectible slipcase and will be priced at $53.98 SRP.
Both "Jurassic Park" and "The Lost World" will also be released as VHS Collector's Editions featuring eye-catching new gold and silver foil packaging. The two-volume sets will be priced at $19.98 SRP each. Pre-order close for the DVD and VHS releases is August 28, 2000.
THE PREEMINENT PREHISTORIC FRANCHISE
The long-awaited DVD releases of "Jurassic Park" and "The Lost World" will debut in the midst of production for Universal Pictures' "Jurassic Park III," the latest adventure in the remarkable franchise that has already earned over $250 million in promotional support and $2.5 billion in worldwide consumer product sales. "Jurassic Park III," scheduled for theatrical release in 2001, launches a new toy line announced by Hasbro, Inc. and Universal Studios Consumer Products Group including toys and games, apparel, publishing and interactive products.
"Jurassic Park III" will be directed by Joe Johnston ("Jumanji," "October Sky") and produced by Kathleen Kennedy. Oscar-winners Stan Winston and the visual effects team at Industrial Light & Magic, who collaborated on "Jurassic Park" and "The Lost World," will once again be creating a spectacular range of dinosaurs.
INNOVATIVE NEW DVD HIGHLIGHTS
The DVD Collector's Editions of "Jurassic Park" and "The Lost World" will offer consumers a home video industry first: An opportunity to participate in a 'live on-location' webcast and chat with cast and crew members on the set of "Jurassic Park III" via an exclusive link accessed through the DVD-ROM features of the discs. Consumers will be notified of the date for the "Jurassic Park III" set visit and live chat when they register online at www.jurassicpark.com through the DVD-ROM.
In addition, the "Jurassic Park" and "The Lost World" DVDs will offer consumers these other exclusive "Jurassic Park III" highlights:
"The Lost World" DVD contains the never-before-released "Making of the Lost World" documentary featuring behind-the-scenes footage and interviews with the cast and film crew, deleted scenes, illustrations and early conceptual drawings, storyboards, models, theatrical trailers, a dinosaur encyclopedia and cast & filmmaker bios.
VHS COLLECTOR'S EDITION HIGHLIGHTS
The two-volume "Jurassic Park" VHS Collector's Edition will be released as a two-volume set with the film on one cassette and the "Making of Jurassic Park" documentary, theatrical trailers, rare footage of pre-production meetings, Phil Tippett's Animatics, and a special segment, "Raptors in the Kitchen" on the second cassette.
The two-volume "Lost World" VHS Collector's Edition contains the film on one cassette and the never-before-released "Making of The Lost World" documentary, theatrical trailers, and deleted scenes on the second cassette.
Both the "Jurassic Park" and "The Lost World" VHS Collector's Editions contain over 60 minutes of bonus footage, an irresistible addition to any home video library.
MONUMENTAL MARKETING SUPPORT
Universal Studios Home Video will support the release of "Jurassic Park" and "The Lost World" with a monstrous media campaign that begins September 15 to coincide with the Summer Olympics events, creating awareness with simultaneous media hits scheduled on CNN and MSNBC and their websites.
The television campaign sinks its teeth into the fall season from October 2-24 with advertised spots on the World Series, "Who Wants to Be a Millionaire," "ER," "WWF Smackdown," "Monday Night Football," "Malcolm in the Middle," "Just Shoot Me," "Friends," and "Law & Order" and movie events and TV specials. Targeted cable outlets include USA, TNT/TBS, Discovery, Comedy Central, ESPN, MTV, VH-1, and the Sci-Fi Channel.
A massive online effort targeting audiences ages 18-34 is scheduled for atomfilms.com; wwf.com; mplayer.com; discovery.com; mtv.com; playboy.com; espn.com; ew.com and more as well as on AOL and Yahoo. A special e-mail message announcing the release will be sent out on the October 10 street date to target consumers, as well as a direct mail campaign aimed at core DVD buyers.
The overall reach of the campaign will hit 90% of targeted audiences five times, creating nearly two billion impressions!
AN ONLINE MEGASITE INVADES THE INTERNET
The "Jurassic Park" megasite, www.jurassicpark.com, will create the ultimate "Jurassic Park" online experience. Among the exciting online interactive features for registered users: The official Jurassic Park Club, auctions, cast info, updates and sneak peaks from the set of "Jurassic Park III," schedules of webcasts and chats, customized e-mail, greeting cards, a calendar of events, audio and video clips, never-before-seen footage, outtakes from "Jurassic Park" and "The Lost World," and archived interview footage. A specially-designed "Jurassic Park" browser will also be downloadable from the website.
IN-STORE PREDATORY PRESENCE
In-store awareness for "Jurassic Park" and "The Lost World" will be created through specially-designed merchandisers and impactful POP materials that capitalize on the highly-recognized T-Rex and velociraptor images.
TWO OF THE HIGHEST-GROSSING FILMS OF ALL TIME
The combined box office gross for "Jurassic Park" and "The Lost World" has exceeded $1.5 billion worldwide and both films remain among the Top 10 Highest-Grossing films of all time.
Released in 1993, "Jurassic Park" remains the all-time international boxoffice champ, grossing over $705 million within a mere 115 days of its initial theatrical release, breaking the previous record set by Spielberg's own "ET - The Extra-Terrestrial." It was the first film to implement the new DTS (Digital Theater System) sound system and quickly earned accolades from critics and audiences for the film's groundbreaking computerized visual and shattering sound effects, particularly the strikingly realistic-acting dinosaurs. The film earned Academy Awards for "Best Sound," "Best Sound Effects" and "Best Visual Effects."
Based on the best-selling novel by Michael Crichton and reminiscent of the thrilling adventure of "King Kong" and the terrifying suspense of "Jaws," "Jurassic Park" stars Sam Neill, Laura Dern, Jeff Goldblum, and Sir Richard Attenborough, in the tale of the ultimate theme park, filled with wondrously recreated dinosaurs, where an unforeseen security breakdown results with dire consequences.
"The Lost World," the blockbuster sequel released in 1997, earned $230 million during its domestic run, and raised the special effects stakes impressively while maintaining the non-stop excitement and thrills of the first film. Jeff Goldblum, Julianne Moore, Pete Postlethwaite, and Vince Vaughn star in the story of yet another attempt to exploit the prehistoric creatures of profit, only this time, the terror comes to the mainland.
As two of the most prominent and dazzling action adventure titles of the cinema, "Jurassic Park" and "The Lost World" make ideal additions to any home entertainment library. With the unique DVD features that give audiences an opportunity to become a part of the "Jurassic Park III" experience, both titles become indispensable.
Street Date: October 10, 2000
Suggested Retail Price:
Street Date: October 10, 2000
Suggested Retail Price:
Aspect Ratio: (All Versions) Anamorphic Widescreen 1:85
Jurassic Park CE (DTS) - Documentary, Dinosaur Encyclopedia, Production Notes, Cast & Filmmaker Bios, DVD ROM, Theatrical Trailers: JP, LW & Jurassic Park III
The Lost World CE (Dolby 5.1) - Documentary, Deleted Scenes, Illustrations and Conceptual drawings, Storyboards, Models, The World of Jurassic Park, Industrial Light and Magic, Dinosaur Encyclopedia, Production Notes, Cast & Film Bios, DVD ROM, Theatrical Trailers: JP, LW & Jurassic Park III
The Lost World CE (DTS) - Documentary, Dinosaur Encyclopedia, Production Notes, Cast & Filmmaker Bios, DVD ROM, Theatrical Trailers: JP, LW & Jurassic Park IIIUniversal Studios Home Video is a part of Universal Studios (www.universalstudios.com), a unit of The Seagram Company, Ltd., a global entertainment and beverage company.
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