"Jurassic Park" combines two of America's favorite things: Dinosaurs and theme parks. Now the trilogy of Steven Spielberg films is coming out on Blu-ray Oct. 25. Here's a look at some of the best moments from the 1993 film that remains the best of the three.
First sight of the dinosaurs
Imagine studying something your entire life and thinking you'd never see it in person. That's the situation for paleontologist Dr. Alan Grant (Sam Neill) and paleobotanist Dr. Ellie Sattler (Laura Dern), who've been brought to the soon-to-open dinosaur theme park by billionaire John Hammond (Richard Attenborough). When they first see the dinosaurs in the flesh and realize that their careers aren't just dusty words on paper ("They're moving in herds ... they DO move in herds!"), and that majestic music crashes in, you know this movie's off to a great start. (Watch the scene here.)
Nedry gets eaten
Hello, Newman. Wayne Knight as nerdy Dennis Nedry is one of those villains that you can't wait to see get his comeuppance. He endangers the lives of everyone on the island by messing with the park's power so he can try and get stolen embryos to the mainland. He even insults the dinosaurs when he runs into them ("Eh, no wonder you're extinct"), and by then, man, are we rooting for a good chompdown. The film delivers. (Watch the scene here.)
Kids hide in the kitchen
Tim and Lex, the two kids of the film, are sometimes annoying — the less said about Lex saving the day with her UNIX knowledge the better — but unquestionably necessary. And when they're caught by a couple of raptors in the park's kitchen, you can't help but put yourself in their shoes and try and plot an escape route. The mirrored cabinets make things even more spooky. Forget Jason and Freddy, this is one of the most terrifying scenes in movie history. (Watch the scene here.)
"Jurassic Park" could have coasted on its dinosaur deaths alone, but it's actually packed full of great lines, including "When the Pirates of the Caribbean breaks down the pirates don't eat the tourists." One of the best comes when game warden Robert Muldoon, played brilliantly by British actor Bob Peck, meets his end. Focused on a raptor ahead of him, he realizes too late that another is sneaking up on him from the side. His last word is a compliment to the victor. "Clever girl," he says, and then one of the film's best and most underrated characters is gone. (Watch the scene here.)
Lawyer on toilet
Oh, yes, it goes for the easy laugh. Audiences hate lawyers, and for one to die on a toilet being eaten by a dinosaur gives us a little bit of sweet revenge. But it's still a great scene. The T. Rex pops the vulnerable attorney into his mouth like we might grab a raspberry off a bush. (Watch the scene here.)
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Gael Fashingbauer Cooper is TODAY.com's movies editor.
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