In a recent interview actress DeWanda Wise responded the Jurassic World Dominion receiving some of the poorest reviews of the franchise by saying “You can’t tell me shit,” which may not be the best approach to promoting the film’s release on Blu-ray and 4K. Director Colin Trevorrow made the wiser decision to herald the
extended edition as the superior cut of the film, suggesting those
unimpressed with the theatrical cut would better enjoy a longer
version. While the extended edition doesn’t do much to improve the
faults of the film, it does have a few impressive sequences likely to
be enjoyed by those who were fans of final installment of the
Jurassic World franchise.
As has become the trend recently, Jurassic World Dominion brings back the cast from the original Jurassic Park, along with continuing the narrative from the first two Jurassic World movies. With the world overrun by wild dinosaurs, many have begun to profit off of them with poaching, which Claire Dearing (Bryce Dallas Howard) fights against with her own form of activism while Owen Grady (Chris Pratt) works to collect them from the wild. Both live in isolation to keep the cloned child Maisie Lockwood (Isabella Sermon) safe, until she is kidnapped by an untrustworthy company fittingly named Biosyn.
While Grady and Dearing work to track down Maisie, paleobotanist Dr. Ellie Sattler (Laura Dern) is investigating swarms of giant locusts destroying crops all over the world, suspecting that Biosyn may be responsible. Sattler tracks down paleontologist Dr. Alan Grant (Sam Neill) to join her on a tour of the Biosyn facilities, which their mutual friend Dr. Ian Malcolm (Jeff Goldblum) works at. Eventually Dearing and Grady track Maisie to the location, and the members of each franchise share unnecessary praise of each other, with the exception of Malcolm who humorously makes a meta comment about not being “a fan” of Jurassic World. I know how he feels.
While Jurassic World Dominion doesn’t have as many annoying characters as the first installment of the second trilogy, it does feel unnecessarily bloated in places and entirely to predictable in others. If all you want is scenes of dinosaur carnage, it should satisfy that need. Critics tend to look for more than just base entertainment, which may explain why they were so harsh despite the film doing well at the box office. The extended cut opens with more unnecessary scenes, including a wordless and human-less opening set in the prehistoric era. Any additional scenes added to the extended cut don’t make the film any more entertaining or improve upon the bad jokes.
Along with the longer version of the film, the 4K UHD also contains the theatrical cut, as does the Blu-ray disc included as a special feature. Also included in the package is a digital copy of the film. Extras on the disc itself include an additional short film which easily could have been a deleted scene removed from the theatrical cut. While it doesn’t add to the story, it does provide the audience with even more dinosaurs fighting and humans in peril. The extras also include a featurette about the visual effects and a 45-minute making-of featurette covering broader elements of the film’s production, which was one of the first to take place following the Covid pandemic.
Entertainment Value: 7.5/10
Quality of Filmmaking: 6/10
Historical Significance: 6/10
Special Features: 7.5/10