Saturday Double Feature: Jurassic Park 3D (1993) (2013) and…

Hey, it’s Saturday again, and time for another Double Feature. Once again the basic idea is to take a movie that is out in theaters now, and pair it up with another movie from the 1980s or before for a Saturday Double Feature. Sometimes the connection will be obvious, and sometimes it’ll be a little less so, but that’s part of the fun.

Sometimes it’s harder than others coming up with ideas for these Double Features, and this is one of those weeks. To be perfectly honest, there’s just not that much all that exciting in the theaters at the moment that I haven’t already featured, and certainly nothing that immediately inspired any kind of pairing that seemed intriguing. For awhile, I thought a bit about going kind of off the grid to feature something that had just left or something that was upcoming, After all, I’m the one who set the rules, so I could certainly break them if I wanted to, but I really was keen to try to stick to the challenge. Then I got to thinking about a movie that someone mentioned to me they were watching earlier this week, and I realized that it would make a pretty good pairing with last week’s 3D re-release of Steven Spielberg’s Jurassic Park. Here, let’s go ahead and take a look at the re-release trailer, shall we?

Ok, so obviously you could go a couple of different ways with that, but since I’d done some of the pretty obvious pairings of people cohabiting with dinosaurs a couple of weeks ago when I was looking for something to feature alongside The Croods, I rejected that approach right off. Instead I decided to go with another film that was also written by Michael Chrichton, and features vacationers stuck in an isolated setting where supposedly benign technology begins to go wrong and threatens the lives of those stuck there. In this case, however, instead of people fighting for their lives against re-created dinosaurs, they are fighting for their lives against robots that have been created to inhabit various simulated historical eras, especially the wild west. That’s right, I’m talking about 1973’s Westworld which starred James Brolin and Richard Benjamin as our would-be heroes, and a fascinating turn by Yul Brynner as the villainous android gunslinger.

Here, take a look:

Yep, I think those two actually go together pretty well.

Oh, and for the record, I should probably note that just like Jurassic Park, Westworld got its own sequel, Futureworld. (And, surprisingly, even a short-lived follow-up television series, Beyond Westworld). Just for fun, here’s the trailer for the sequel:

So what do you think? What are your ideas for movies that would go well with Jurassic Park? Any thoughts on connections that I might have missed? And don’t forget to pass along any ideas about other new releases that you’d like to see paired up with something from the past. Just hit that comment button below. I’d love to hear from you.

Until next time, Happy Viewing!

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