Bryce Dallas Howard and Justice Smith face danger in "Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom."
Bryce Dallas Howard and Justice Smith face danger in "Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom."

Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom (Universal, Blu-ray or standard DVD, PG-13, 129 min.). One would think they would learn. It did not work with King Kong. It did not work with Godzilla. You never bring the monster(s) to your home country or home city or, even more stupidly, to your own home. But that is exactly what they do in "Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom," the second of a new trio of "Jurassic" films, based on the late Michael Crichton's 1990 bestseller. What the filmmakers do right is set up possibilities for an intriguing sequel.

Director J.A. Bayona ("The Orphanage," "A Monster Calls") and screenwriters Derek Connolly and Colin Trevorrow (both writers also of "Jurassic World," "Star Wars: Episode IX") also put together some audacious action sequences, including a volcanic eruption that destroys the island of Isla Nublar, home of the last remaining dinosaurs, as well as a child's bedroom fight between a Velociraptor and an Indoraptor, a newly created hybrid killing dinosaur.

The film's overall storyline is whether the dinosaurs, reborn through scientists manipulating their ancient DNA, deserve to continue to live in a world where they were never meant to be. With the cranky volcano threatening to destroy the island, Owen Grady (Chris Pratt of the "Guardians of the Galaxy" franchise) and Claire Dearing (Bryce Dallas Howard of "Pete's Dragon") return to Isla Nubar three years after the destruction of the Jurassic World theme park to rescue the remaining dinosaurs. Owen particularly wants to save Velociraptor Blue. Lending financial and logistical support is wealthy entrepreneur Benjamin Lockwood (James Cromwell of "Babe," "The Green Mile"), Dr. John Hammond's partner in creating Jurassic Park. However, Lockwood's efforts are being undermined by some of his employees who, instead, want to auction off the surviving dinosaurs.

Also returning is BD Wong as Dr. Henry Wu, head of the original dinosaur restoration project in 1993's "Jurassic Park." Wu's latest project is the hybrid Indoraptor. Another familiar face is original film cast member Jeff Goldblum, reprising his role as Ian Malcolm and seen delivering warnings about the new Jurassic World at a Congressional hearing. Also in key roles are Justice Smith as Franklin Webb of Claire's Dinosaur Protection Group and young Isabella Sermon as Maisie, Lockwood's granddaughter.

Rather than one lengthy making-of feature, the extras are broken down into 14 short featurettes, plus Chris Pratt's Jurassic Journals, which are brief bits with behind-the-scenes people, including his makeup artist and hair stylist. A quintet of the short featurettes stand out: Aboard the Arcadia (5:33) deals with the boat and the dinosaur operation and shows the use of animatronic puppeteers to bring the dinosaur to life; Island Action (6:01) looks at filming the bunker scene and the gyrosphere escape sequence; Birth of the Indoraptor (4:04( focuses on Wu and more of the puppeteers; VFX Evolved (7:08) reveals the Nosferatu influence in the villain dinosaur and shows the different layers in creating the movie's "magic"; and Fallen Kingdom: The Conversation (10:16) is an entertaining sit-down talk between actors Pratt, Howard, Goldblum, director Bayona and co-writer/executive producer Trevorrow.

The other extras show Pratt and Howard on set goofing off (3:05), executive producer Steven Spielberg, Pratt, Howard and Bayona talking about the science behind the five-film series; returning to Hawaii to film (2:41); Pratt's fight sequence (3:18); actor Ted Levine on his character's death (1:33); how Frank Langella in "Dracula" influenced the monster in the mansion sequence (3:06); storyboards of the rooftop showdown (3:48); Malcolm's return and Goldblum's one day on set (3:07); and actor Smith playing the ukulele and singing a song he wrote about making the film (1:26). Finally, there is a Barbasol piece on Jurassic Then and Now (3:06). Grade: film 3.75 stars; extras 3 stars

Rating guide: 5 stars = classic; 4 stars = excellent; 3 stars = good; 2 stars = fair; dog = skip it

Upgrade (Universal, Blu-ray or standard DVD, R, 99 min.). From the producer of "Get Out," "Happy Death Day" and "The Purge" comes this unexpectedly thrilling cautionary tale about the dangers of merging technology with humans. The writer/director is Leigh Whannell, known for the "Insidious" films and the first three "Saw" movies. Here, he dials back the gore a lot -- but not completely -- and instead poses a scenario in which a quadriplegic is implanted with a computer chip that not only allows him to operate his limbs, but the implant, called STEM, can manipulate his body as well ... and much better. In fact, STEM turns its host into a killing machine. STEM also can communicate with its host verbally by manipulating the host's ears.

That host, Grey Trace, is played by Logan Marshall-Green ("Spider-Man: Homecoming," "Prometheus"). Grey likes to tinker with his hands in this near future -- specifically fixing up old cars -- while his wife (Melanie Vallejo as Asha) has the outside income job. After Grey delivers a restored Mustang to pioneering entrepreneur Eron Keen (Harrison Gilbertson), who owns Vessel Computers, his and Asha's self-driving car goes out of control and, in a bad part of town, it crashes and the couple is attacked. Asha is killed and Grey is shot in the spine, paralyzing him. However, Eron has developed STEM, an artificial intelligence that can enable Grey to walk again. Grey accepts, but must keep the unregulated experiment a secret by pretending to still be wheelchair bound.

Nonetheless, frustrated by the police's lack of progress, Grey starts to hunt down his attackers, especially since STEM is so helpful spotting details and pulling up information. A couple of encounters with bad guys is where the gore comes in. While investigating, Grey keeps butting heads with Det. Cortez (Betty Gabriel) who finds it suspicious that traces of Grey keep popping up at crime scenes.

Not only is the concept of STEM and what it can do fascinating, but Eron's home is a marvel, located beneath a patch of desert. Eron can even create his own cloud inside it. Grey himself has a smart home and robotic arms are placed in it to help provide him with his medicine, food and the like. Some of the bad guys have guns implanted in their arms and the main bad guy (Benedict Hardie as Fisk) can actually kill with just his breath, as he can expel nanotech blades. There are no bonus features. Grade: film 3.5 stars

Super Fly (1972, Warner Archive Blu-ray, R, 91 min.). The original "Super Fly" was blessed with the timeless music of Curtis Mayfield (recently mentioned in conjunction with my Linda Clifford album reissues reviews) and while the clothing and styles may be dated, the cinema verite street scenes and performance by Shakespearean actor Ron O'Neal as cocaine dealer Priest still stand out as topnotch.  Gordon Parks Jr., a musician and, like his father, a photographer (dad made the film "Shaft"), directed the film, followed later by "Three the Hard Way." Phillip Fenty ("The Baron") wrote the screenplay.

The film basically follows a couple of days in the life of Priest, who starts off with having trouble with Fat Freddie (Charles MacGregor), who has not moved enough product to bring in income. Priest tells Freddie that if he does not come up with the cash, he will put Freddie's wife out working the streets. A bit later, two losers try to rob Priest, but Priest chases one of them down by foot, even jumping over a fence at one point.

Priest has a partner (Carl Lee as Eddie), who is upset by Priest's plan to turn their $300,00 savings into $1 million in four months by buying 30 keys of coke and then selling it, before he quits the cocaine business for good. As Priest puts it, before he "has to kill somebody or somebody ices me." That possible day comes closer as Fat Freddie beats up a guy for looking at his wife and is picked up by the cops, who force him to rat on Priest.

The film has many intriguing stylistic touches. Two-thirds in, there is a photo montage of coke sales set to Mayfield's "Pusherman" song. Earlier, Mayfield sings "Pusherman" in a club. Other memorable Mayfield songs are the opening "Little Child Runnin' Wild," "Superfly" and "Freddie's Dead" (bit of a spoiler there). One key conversation in the film is just shown through a window as "Superfly" plays, rather than being heard -- what the conversation was is explained later -- and Priest engages in a stylized, slow-motion fight at one point. Of course, there also is Priest's customized El Dorado -- check out the grill -- in which he often roams the streets of Harlem.

This is a new transfer that highlights the film's gritty realism. Bonus features include audio commentary by Dr. Todd Boyd, USC professor of cinema and television and author of "Am I Black Enough for You: Popular Culture from the Hood and Beyond"; a retrospective (24:32) on making the film and the black films of the time, including interviews with producer Sig Shore, actors Julius Harris (Scatter) and Sheila Frazier (Georgia), and writer Fenty, whose screenplay was only 45 pages long; archival interviews with O'Neal (6:11) and Mayfield (7:05; audio only); costume designer Nate Adams talking about the clothing (3:36); and Les Dunham of Dunham Coach talking about the El Dorado (4:02). Grade: film and extras 3.75 stars

Superfly (Sony, Blu-ray or standard DVD, R, 116 min.). Just the fact that the remake is 25 minutes longer than the original should serve as a warning, and what's with all the throwing paper money in the air at parties and night clubs? Is that the new normal? While the basic plot, and even some specific scenes are retained, the film is moved south to Atlanta to make it closer to the new cocaine suppliers, a Mexican drug cartel run by Adalberto Gonzalez (Esai Morales of "La Bamba," "Bad Boys"). The director is Julien Christian Lutz, who goes by the name "Director X."

The new Youngblood Priest is Trevor Jackson (TV's "Grown-ish" and season two of "American Crime") and, yes, he too wants to get out of the coke dealing game after one last major score, even though he appears to have megabucks squirreled away. The film opens with Priest demanding owed money from rapper Litty (Allen Maldonado) , then there is a friendly encounter with initially non-threatening fellow coke dealers Snow Patrol at the Masj strip club (in the extras, Director X describes it as his fantasy strip club). Snow Patrol -- members all wear white jackets -- is led by Q (Big Bank Black), who has an antsy lieutenant in Juju (Kaalan Walker), who wants to wipe Priest from the coke scene. Instead, Juju accidentally shoots a woman, leading Priest's partner Eddie (Jason Mitchell) to launch a hit on Snow Patrol without telling Priest, who actually forbade any retaliation.

In this film, Scatter teaches martial arts instead of boxes and the sex scene in a bubble-filled bathtub is now a steamy shower scene between Priest and the two women he lives with (Lex Scott Davis as Georgia and Andrea Londo as Cynthia). Director X also tones down the characters' coke consumption. (The first film had a memorable hit on an ad slogan when Gloria says, "Some things go better with coke.") Georgia is the more sensible woman -- Priest has bought her an art gallery -- while Cynthia is a hothead. Another change makes the bad cop female. Also added is a shootout and car chase, which actually knocks over a Civil War monument! A "fake news" joke is thrown in as well.

Unfortunately, the film is all about surface glamour and, other than Priest, hardly gets into what the characters are about. Extras include Director X talking about his favorite scenes (6:56); a discussion of the Mayfield's original film soundtrack (5:52); a look at "Superfly: The Remix" (7:55); and the "No Shame" music video (4 min.) and its making (45 secs.). Grade: film 2.25 stars; extras 1/2 star