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Wednesday 21 September 2011, 12:00

Mark Kermode Mark Kermode

This Friday Jurassic Park is re-released in cinemas. This classic tale of rampaging dinosaurs comes from the prolific pen of Michael Crichton, who 20 years earlier wrote and directed the excellent Westworld - another story of a theme park where the rides start to eat the guests...

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    Comment number 1.

    I saw Jurassic Park on television when I was about 6 and was probably the first Spielberg film I saw. Anyway it was a good film with some good shocks. Personally I like The Lost World and Jurassic Park III and still wonder if they will ever get round to making the fourth.

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    Comment number 2.

    Yul Brynner is/was the spitting image of my father (with hair). Perhaps that's an extra reason why I have such a fondness for his movies, not just the Christmas day specials, but some of the less well known ones too.

    As for Westworld, I've seen it a few times in recent years and it still gives me the heebie jeebies. How would we call them today - androids? Just creeps me out, a bit like clowns, in that respect...

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    Comment number 3.

    A theme park ride gone wrong? Sounds like a description of the Pirates franchise.

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    Comment number 4.

    I absolutely agree that it was done better in West World. I happen to have a soft spot for that film. But Jurassic Park for me was about the special effects. If Spielberg was to have done the film to day it would be in 3D (enough said). Could a better comparison for West World and it's Robots be iRobot though it's not based on this story? What you think?

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    Comment number 5.

    Yes, all very valid and astute, but why are you crouched in some long grass overlooked by some sort of industrial estate?


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