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Universal Pictures to Release 'Jurassic Park III' Wednesday, July 18 In Digital Cinema Format in 10 Theaters, Including Two Screens at Loews Universal Studios Cinemas.

Film's Digital Premiere Screening Set for Tuesday, July 17

At Universal Studios Cinemas

UNIVERSAL CITY, Calif., July 10 /PRNewswire/ --

For the very first time, Universal Pictures will release a motion picture in digital format when it opens Jurassic Park III in 10 digitally-equipped theaters in the U.S. and Canada on July 18. Among the theaters participating in this first field trial for Universal in assessing the new technology will be the Loews Universal Studios Cinemas, which has never before presented a film in the digital cinema format and will show the film digitally on two screens. A special "digital premiere screening" of "Jurassic Park III" will be held at the Universal City Cinemas on Tuesday, July 17 at 6:30PM.

The other venues playing "Jurassic Park III" digitally include the AMC Empire in New York City, the GCC Framingham in Boston, the Cinemark Valley View in Cleveland, the Cinemark Legacy in Dallas, the AMC Pleasure Island in Orlando, the AMC Studio Olathe in Kansas City, the Harkins Arrowhead Fountains in Phoenix, the AMC Mission Valley in San Diego and the Famous Players Silver City Riverport in Vancouver.

Nikki Rocco, president, Universal Pictures Distribution, said: "With the first 'Jurassic Park,' Universal introduced to theater owners and moviegoers the ground-breaking Digital Theater Sound (DTS) format, which has gone on to become one of the most widely used sound formats, so it seems particularly fitting that we are making our first foray into digital cinema presentation with 'Jurassic Park III.'"

Said Jerry Pierce, senior vice president, technologies, for Universal Pictures: "Universal is committed to the future of the theatrical moviegoing experience and to improving that experience for moviegoers and filmmakers through all emerging technologies. By participating in this field trial with the digital release of 'Jurassic Park III,' we can demonstrate our commitment and at the same time evaluate audience reaction along with the technical foundations for the next generation of digital cinema releases."

Helping to sponsor these field trial engagements with Universal are Sunset Digital, which is handling the film-to-digital transfer of "Jurassic Park III," and THX, which is installing the digital master in the theaters and overseeing the sound and picture quality at each theater.

For the Universal City engagements, the Grass Valley Group is providing a digital server and Christie Digital Projection is donating two digital projectors. The single Grass Valley server will be used to transmit to the two independent Christie projectors for the two theaters where "Jurassic Park III" will be playing digitally. An industry first, this type of architecture is viewed as an essential component for widespread adoption of the system. Additionally, these theaters will employ MPEG compression rather than the traditionally used QuVis compression. This will mark the first time MPEG, the preferred format for many consumer applications, including DVD, has been used for a major motion picture release.

"Jurassic Park III" continues the series that began with "Jurassic Park" and "The Lost World: Jurassic Park." Joe Johnston ("October Sky," "Jumanji"), who first collaborated with Steven Spielberg on "Raiders of the Lost Ark," directs. Kathleen Kennedy and Larry Franco are the producers and Spielberg is executive producer. The wizards at Industrial Light & Magic and Stan Winston once again combine forces to create the dazzling dinosaur effects. The screenplay is by Peter Buchman and Alexander Payne & Jim Taylor, based on characters created by Michael Crichton.

Anxious to fund research for his new theory of Velociraptor intelligence, renowned paleontologist Dr. Alan Grant (Sam Neill) is persuaded by a wealthy adventurer (William H. Macy) and his wife (Tea Leoni) to accompany them on an aerial tour of Isla Sorna. This infamous island, once InGen's site B, has become both a primordial breeding ground for John Hammond's magnificent creations and a magnet for thrill-seekers eager to encounter them.

When a tragic accident maroons the party of seven, Grant discovers the true reason his deceptive hosts have invited him along. In their perilous attempt to escape with their lives, the dwindling group encounters terrifying new creatures undisclosed by InGen, and Grant is forced to learn the dreadful implications of his raptor intelligence theory firsthand.

Universal Pictures is a unit of Universal Studios (www.universalstudios.com), a part of CANAL +, the TV and Film division of Vivendi Universal, a global leader in media and communications.

CONTACT:

Jeffrey Sakson John McCauley Laura Barber-Miller

Universal Pictures Loews Cineplex Entertainment Grass Valley Group

(818) 777-4791 (212) 833-6142 (503) 526-8200

Monica Salvo Godfrey Pye Terry Shea

Christie Digital Systems Sunset Digital THX Division, Lucasfilm Ltd

(416) 924-5700, ext. 4080 (818) 956-7912 (212) 481-3456, ext. 14

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