‘Jurassic Park’ stomps back to theaters in 3D

This whole "Jurassic Park 3D" re-release is making one thing quite clear: There are a lot of  dinosaur enthusiasts hiding among us. You never imagined how many of your friends, coworkers and family members were into Steven Spielberg's 1993 thriller until the watch party e-mails, Facebook posts and Tweets started rolling in.


This hungry T-Rex may get a little too close for comfort to movie-goers who see "Jurassic Park 3D." (Image courtesy of Universal Studios)

It's hard to put a finger on what so many people loved about the film adaptation of Michael Crichton's sci-fi novel. Maybe it was the fun-to-impersonate Velociraptor screeching or the fitting demise of Newman from "Seinfeld." Perhaps it was the palpable sexual tension between Dr. Ellie Sattler (Laura Dern) and Dr. Ian Malcolm (Jeff Goldblum, swaggering in black jeans) or the way Samuel L. Jackson coolly intoned "hold on to your butts" while keeping a cigarette securely perched on his lower lip. Maybe it was how, after seeing the movie, every thunderstorm suddenly sounded like a T-Rex impact tremor.

Whatever the case, your great aunt, cubicle neighbor and 13 Twitter followers may be excited to hear that critic Sean O’Connell gave the 3-D Imax restoration a thumbs up: "The upgrade allows Spielberg’s larger-than-life dinosaurs to fit perfectly on today’s enlarged Imax screens — and occasionally terrify audiences when those beasts reach out and appear to be going for our popcorn."

So what are you waiting for? Break out your neon slap bracelet and Reebok Pumps -- just like you wore to the premiere 20 years ago -- and get to the multiplex when the film opens Friday. [Showtimes]

Washington-area native Stephanie Merry covers movies, theater and art for Weekend and the Going Out Guide. She’s also the section’s de facto expert on yoga, gluten-free dining and bicycle commuting.
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