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Release Date: September 18th, 2018 Movie Release Year: 2018

Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom - 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray

Overview -

From Spanish-born filmmaker J.A. Bayona, Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom is a serviceable and amusing-enough sequel, delivering an unexpectedly bland story that's tolerably fun. Chris Pratt and Bryce Dallas Howard return for another disastrous adventure through science run amok, littered with lovely screensaver images that ultimately fall flat. The dinos wreak havoc on 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray with an outstanding Dolby Vision presentation and a sensational, reference-quality DTS:X soundtrack. With a small but decently informative assortment of supplements, the overall package is Recommended for fans of the franchise and those hungry for more Dolby Vision or DTS:X goodness.

(We have also reviewed this film on Blu-ray.)

When the island's dormant volcano begins roaring to life, Owen and Claire mount a campaign to rescue the remaining dinosaurs from this extinction-level event.

Rating Breakdown
Tech Specs & Release Details
Technical Specs:
Two-Disc UHD Combo Pack, UHD-100 Tripe-Layer Disc / BD-50 Dual-Layer Disc, Region Free
Video Resolution/Codec:
2160p HEVC/H.265, Dolby Vision
Aspect Ratio(s):
Audio Formats:
English DTS:X, English DTS-HD Master Audio 7.1, French DTS-HD High Resolution Audio 7.1, Spanish DTS-HD High Resolution Audio 7.1
English SDH, French, Spanish
Special Features:
Blu-ray Copy
Release Date:
September 18th, 2018

Storyline: Our Reviewer's Take


Early into Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom, the direct follow-up to Colin Trevorrow's 2015 box-office juggernaut, Jeff Goldblum makes an appearance reprising his role as chaos theorist Dr. Ian Malcolm from Steven Spielberg's original and now-classic Jurassic Park. Testifying before a Senate hearing on whether the dinosaurs from the previous movie should be saved from an impending volcanic eruption, the mathematician suggests allowing the cloned animals to once again go extinct. He reasons humanity has done enough damage to the natural order of things and rescuing the animals will only lead to more harm. Of course, this being a franchise specifically about engineered dinosaurs and human interference, someone is bound not to heed the doctor's logical warning. And in a cinematic universe where characters are fully aware of the devastation and fatalities caused in the previous films, it's admittedly interesting, if also somewhat entertaining, to watch those characters ignore history and think they can avoid repeating the same mistakes. 

The man leading the rescue mission from the bed-ridden comfort of his massively luxuriant estate is Sir Benjamin Lockwood (an underused James Cromwell), John Hammond's former business partner. Naturally, he hires Claire (Bryce Dallas Howard) and Owen (Chris Pratt) to return to the island they narrowly escaped a few years earlier because they possess a particular set of skills necessary for this ambitious operation — along with also thwarting the obvious evil plans introduced in the second act. Derek Connolly and Trevorrow's script reunites the two stars for this sequel in the most contrived manner that feels largely like a repeat of their first meeting. Claire is tasked by a superior to essentially fetch Owen, who is now building a cabin instead of working on his motorcycle. (You know, typical manly stuff.) Part of the fun in the first movie was the chemistry-driven banter of Howard and Pratt, which still continues here for the most part, but it's not quite as amusing or comedic. As romantic leads, their charm feels shallow and their predictable reunion is out of convenience. 

Perhaps, it has something to do with both characters being preoccupied with more pressing issues, such as the seasoned, trophy-collecting mercenary Ken Wheatley (Ted Levine) gathering the animals for more nefarious reasons. Or in the case of Owen, Pratt is distracted with practicing his manly glare, staring at others fixedly as though looking off into the distance. Whatever the case may be, the plot tries to ratchet the suspense and urgency as though the race against a massive volcano eruption were not enough. Now, our would-be heroes have to combat corporate greed, turning this production into a blend of The Lost World and Jurassic Park III. The protagonists are deceived into returning to the island, and the dinosaurs are again brought to California where they expectedly wreak havoc. Ironically, the merger plays out much better in this movie than in those aforementioned two, but Lockwood's granddaughter Maisie (Isabella Sermon) and Eli Mills (Rafe Spall) have much to do with that, providing some well-earned dramatic tension going into the film's second half. 

These few positives, however, are not exactly meant to suggest Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom is a great film, but rather, it's a serviceable follow-up that's on par with its predecessor. Director J.A. Bayona does well behind the camera, balancing the comedy with the action — of which there is plenty of, to be sure — and turning an unexpectedly bland story into tolerably fun, something that's better than the sequels of the original trilogy and a good addition to the overall franchise. Unfortunately, such soft, middling praise comes with some reservations, seeing as how the massive production comes from the same filmmaker as The Orphanage and A Monster Calls. Working with long-time collaborator and cinematographer Óscar Faura, Bayona seems so committed on delivering stunning visuals that he forgot to make a suspenseful movie or do something worthwhile with the overarching theme, littering the screen with lovely screensaver images that ultimately fall flat and supplying stunning, ear-deafening eye-candy that fails to captivate.

Vital Disc Stats: The Ultra HD Blu-ray

Universal Studios Home Entertainment brings Jurassic Park: Fallen Kingdom to 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray as a two-disc combo pack with a Digital Copy code. When redeeming said code via Universal's website, Movies Anywhere or VUDU, users have access to the 4K Dolby Vision version with Dolby Atmos. The triple-layered UHD100 disc sits comfortably opposite a Region Free, BD50 disc inside a black, eco-elite case with a glossy, lightly-embossed slipcover. At startup, the disc goes straight to a menu screen with the usual options along the left side, full-motion clips, and music playing in the background.

Video Review


The endangered dinos wreak havoc on 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray with an outstanding HEVC H.265 encode that offers some notable improvements and turns a bland story into entertaining eye candy. The movie was shot entirely on the Arri Alexa 65 digital camera system, which is capable of up to 6.5K resolution, but there isn't any confirmation if the source was mastered to a 2K or 4K digital intermediate. 

In any case, the freshly-minted transfer shows a welcomed uptick over the Blu-ray, revealing every pore, wrinkle, and blemish in the face of the cast, especially during close-ups. Each blade of grass and leaf is distinct from a distance, and viewers can make out the rough, ragged bark of the trees while the tiniest imperfection and piece of wreckage of the dilapidated park is plainly visible. The stitching and threading in the clothing, the thick nylon belts and the canvas covering of the trucks are very well-defined, even during the fast-paced action. Little fragments of debris and rubble remain discrete and striking at all times and during the volcanic eruption. The seamless mix of CGI, which was rendered in 2K, and animatronics is extraordinarily impressive, showing every fine line, fold, and furrow on the jagged, scarred bodies of the creatures. The only evident issue is the sharpest edges wavering and looking a tad unstable in some areas, suggesting this has been upscaled. 

Contrast doesn't show a dramatic shift, but the 4K presentation nonetheless appears brighter overall and remains faithful to the stylized cinematography of Óscar Faura. Whites radiate with a brilliant intensity, giving many exterior scenic shots of the island a lovely picturesque quality. Specular highlights also add a resplendent glow along the individual creases of fluffy clouds, a realistic sparkle to wet surfaces, an energetic glimmer to metallic edges and a glistening bloom on faces without ruining the tiniest feature. Brightness levels benefit the most on this 2160p video, boasting richer, silkier blacks throughout and providing the 2.39:1 image with a beautiful cinematic appeal. Distinct gradational differences are plain to see in the various belts, gears, and clothing. Nighttime and poorly-lit sequences are bathed in dark, stygian shadows that penetrate deep into the screen while maintaining exceptional visibility of background details and a three-dimensional quality. 

Similar to the contrast, the Dolby Vision HDR doesn't offer the sort of radical boost we've come to expect of the format, which may have something to do with the creative photographic intentions of the filmmakers. Nevertheless, there are enough nuanced variations to appreciate and prefer this transfer over its HD SDR counterpart, such as the subtle differences between human blood and the deeper, more sangria red of the dinos or the candy rose of Maisie's sweater and the various red lights. The greens of the surrounding foliage are fuller and more vivid while blues are energetic and electrifying. Secondary hues are bolder and more sumptuous whether it's the true-to-life yellow glow of the sun or the reddish amber shine of the fossilized tree resin seen throughout. Most impressive is the intensely animated fiery orange of the lava where we can also discretely see the harsh, luminous whites at the center. Facial complexions also appear natural and lifelike. (Video Rating: 92/100)

Audio Review


Dinosaurs stampede home theaters with a monstrously sensational, reference-quality DTS:X soundtrack that almost immediately — and quite literally — submerges viewers into this fantasy adventure world. Within the first few minutes, whether we're searching the underwater depths of the aquatic park or on land hacking the computer system, the room is filled with the sloshing and swashing noise of the small submarine all around or heavy rain droplets falling directly above the listening area. Later, when walking through the jungle park, the chirping of birds, the rustling of leaves in trees or the roaring echo from a dino flawlessly pan through the overheads and surrounds. In the final, climactic quarter, the movie really comes to life with various effects discretely traveling across the ceiling or circling from one side of the room to the other. Quieter, more dialogue-driven moments may not be quite as aggressive, but they nonetheless come with various subtle atmospherics that terrifically maintains an effective and highly satisfying hemispheric soundfield. 

Keeping things awesomely engaging, many of those same ambient effects layer the visuals with plenty of background activity that fluidly moves between the three front channels and to the top heights, generating a splendidly broad and spacious half-dome soundstage. The design delivers distinct clarity and superb definition in the mid-range, even during the loudest, ear-deafening moments, making every bone-crushing bite pop and snap with extraordinary detail. Again, the final climactic quarter is a fantastic demo-worthy moment where every scream, wail and thunderous roar is distinctly heard above the chaos without a hint of distortion while the dialogue remains intelligible throughout. Michael Giacchino's score exhibits a great deal of warmth and fidelity with excellent separation and definition in every note and between each instrument while lightly bleeding to the front overheads. Although not quite as aggressive or impressive as its predecessor, the low-end is nonetheless commanding with tremendous palpability and weight in the action and in every dino stomp, occasionally hitting as low 20Hz in a few spots (bass chart). (Audio Rating: 96/100)

Special Features


All bonus materials can be found on the 4K Ultra HD disc as well as the standard Blu-ray.

  • Chris Pratt's Jurassic Journals (2160p, 12 min): A collection of twelve separate short, spontaneous interviews between the actor and members of the production touching on various aspects of the movie.
  • Fallen Kingdom: The Conversation (2160p, 10 min): Essentially a roundtable discussion between Pratt, J. A. Bayona, Colin Trevorrow, Bryce Dallas Howard and Jeff Goldblum. 
  • VFX Evolved (2160p, 7 min): As the title suggests, viewers learn more about how far the technology for CGI has come since the original film.
  • Island Action (2160p, 6 min): A closer look at the practical effects with some discussion on the shooting locations. 
  • Aboard the Arcadia (2160p, 6 min): More on the practical effects along with the animatronics while focusing on a key scene from the film. 
  • The Kingdom Evolves (2160p, 5 min): A piece on where the sequel falls in the overall franchise and the direction it introduces to the series.
  • Birth of the Indoraptor (2160p, 4 min): Interviews on the new dino. 
  • Rooftop Showdown (2160p, 4 min): A piece on the climactic battle. 
  • On Set with Chris & Bryce (2160p, 3 min): Interviews on the performances of the two leads and their conviviality. 
  • Start the Bidding! (2160p, 3 min): Another closer look at a key scene. 
  • Monster in a Mansion (2160p, 3 min): Bayona discusses how the original Jurassic Park and Dracula (1979) influenced his approach to a specific scene. 
  • Malcolm's Return (2160p, 3 min): Praise for Jeff Goldblum's return. 
  • Jurassic Then and Now (2160p, 3 min): A montage of various scenes from the franchise comically presented by shaving cream Barbasol.
  • Return to Hawaii (2160p, 3 min): Cast & crew interviews on shooting locations. 
  • Death by Dino (2160p, 2 min): Specifically on one important dino kill.
  • A Song for the Kingdom (2160p, 3 min): Actor Justice Smith, who plays computer tech Franklin Webb, performs on the set.

Final Thoughts

From Spanish-born filmmaker J.A. Bayona, Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom is a serviceable and amusing-enough sequel, delivering an unexpectedly bland story that's tolerably fun. Chris Pratt and Bryce Dallas Howard return for another disastrous adventure through science run amok, littered with lovely screensaver images that ultimately fall flat. The dinos wreak havoc on 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray with an outstanding Dolby Vision presentation and a sensational, reference-quality DTS:X soundtrack. With a small but decently informative assortment of supplements, the overall package is Recommended for fans of the franchise and those hungry for more Dolby Vision or DTS:X goodness.