Welcome Back to ‘Jurassic Park’ in a 30th Anniversary RealD 3D Theatrical Re-Release

scene from the 1993 movie
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Jurassic Park, director Steven Spielberg’s classic 1993 blockbuster dinosaur movie based on Michael Crichton’s novel, marked the 30th anniversary of its release a couple of months ago (it originally opened in theaters on June 11, 1993).

But the anniversary celebration is continuing, as the film will return to the big screen for a limited 30th anniversary re-release in RealD 3D-equipped theaters in the United States and Canada beginning Friday, Aug. 25, 2023 (early showings will begin at 4pm local time on Thursday, Aug. 24).

Tickets for the re-release are now available on Fandango and other major ticketing sites.

poster for the August 2023 30th anniversary theatrical re-release of the 1993 movie "Jurassic Park" in RealD 3D-equipped theaters

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Led by Sam Neill, Laura Dern, Jeff Goldblum and Richard Attenborough, Jurassic Park was a milestone in CGI effects, which still hold up terrifically, even compared with some other more recent movies.

But part of why Spielberg’s film succeeded so effectively then, and still holds up so well, is not only the care and expertise with which those CGI effects were created and directed, but also that the movie does not overly rely on them. Many of the dinosaur shots were produced using equally effective animatronic creations.

The overall combination of these visual effects won well-deserved Oscars for the team involved, which included legendary VFX names like Dennis Muren, Stan Winston and Phil Tippett.

The film’s sound is as effective as its sights; it also won Oscars for Best Sound and Best Sound Effects Editing. Who can forget, for example, the booming footsteps that shook the water in the cup ahead of the T. rex’s famous entrance, or the majesty of John Williams’ iconic musical score?

As thrilling as this entire package was in its original release, and is even when watching it on television, seeing Jurassic Park unfold on the big screen in RealD 3D sounds like it should be a very cool and immersive experience, likely even more so than the film’s 2013 theatrical re-release for its 20th anniversary, when it was first converted to 3D.

That 2013 release garnered Jurassic Park an additional $45 million on top of the more than $357 million it grossed domestically during its original release, which had helped make it, for a time, the highest-grossing movie in history.

photo from the 1993 movie "Jurassic Park." It depicts the T. rex attacking two of the Jurassic Park tour trucks as it breaks through a fence, roaring, at night during a rainstorm.

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“There’s truly no better way to see Jurassic Park than on the big screen,” said Jim Orr, president of domestic theatrical distribution for Universal Pictures, in a press release.

“The monumental impact it made back in 1993 stands as a true testament to Steven Spielberg’s unparalleled genius. Not only did it firmly secure its place as a timeless classic, but its energy and excitement remain as vibrant as ever. With this release in RealD 3D cinemas across the U.S. and Canada, we’re thrilled to offer moviegoers the chance to rediscover this movie once again on a big screen.”

Sean Spencer, vice president of sales and marketing for RealD, added, “For audiences who have not experienced this beloved classic on the big screen in years, now is the chance to see the original Jurassic Park in 3D. This is summertime event moviegoing the way it was meant to be seen.”