Dinotasia 2012 NR CC

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One of our favorite natural history subjects, the dinosaur, gets a makeover and then some in this fantastically ambitious and groundbreaking documentary that presents a series of vignettes about dinosaurs.

Starring:
Werner Herzog
Runtime:
1 hour 23 minutes

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Dinotasia

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Product Details

Genres Documentary
Director David Krentz, Erik Nelson
Starring Werner Herzog
Studio Flatiron Films
MPAA rating NR (Not Rated)
Captions and subtitles English Details
Rental rights 3-day viewing period. Details
Purchase rights Stream instantly and download to 2 locations Details
Format Amazon Instant Video (streaming online video and digital download)

Customer Reviews

Very cool movie (yes movie).
Raistlin
I didn't learn much from it just a lot of speculation on dino feelings.
sidney
Would definitely recommend to any dinosaur lover!
Jessica J Johnston

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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By in His Name on October 31, 2012
Format: DVD
This DVD is still worth getting, no doubt. Compared to Dinosaur Revolution, it leaves out quite a bit and jumbles up the story lines, often placing scenes out of context (where they made sense and followed a clear narrative in Dinosaur Revolution).
The scenes not included are : The Cryolophosaurus, the Mosasaur, the Gigantoraptor and the Eoraptor. The one bonus is you get a brief scene at the beginning where an Acrocathosaurus is brought to life from a skeleton and wanders out of the museum into a modern day city. My recommendation is buy it if you cannot get dinosaur revolution on DVD or Blu-Ray, or if you simply are willing to spend whatever it takes even for a brief glimpse of Acrocanthosaurus. For those of you already owning Dinosaur Revolution, this reshuffled and edited version will not add to what you already have witnessed (Acro aside). Overall, I thought Dinosaur Revolution was a better production.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Tim Kaluza on November 10, 2013
Format: DVD
Grabbed this at a Barnes & Noble near my house. I'll be honest: I didn't expect to get what basically amounts to the original vision of "Dinosaur Revolution" - as in little if any narration, in this case provided by legendary filmmaker Werner Herzog - check the show's page on tvtropes.org if you doubt my word.

In the same manner as DR, Dinotasia combines the latest scientific evidence - including the small feathered theropods - with stories crafted in a purely visual style that hasn't been seen since the classic era of silent cinema - again, as the show was originally intended, before the Discovery Channel's executives changed it.

And to any parents reading this review and intending to buy this DVD for your kid(s), a little advance warning - and maamaakrystal, I'm looking at you - : If you were expecting something like "The Land Before Time", what you need to understand is that the dinosaurs in this movie (and their predecessors, contemporaries and successors) were fighting for survival in a world every bit as violent and unforgiving as ours is today - the broken jaw suffered by the male Allosaurus europaeus in the Late Jurassic Portugal segment is proof enough because it was based on a real specimen.

Just like the Walking With... series, the animals are modeled and animated in a computer then dropped into a real-life backdrop that reflects what the world looked like when the creatures in each segment were alive - although in the complete Late Jurassic Portugal segment (included as a bonus extended scene) I distinctly remember seeing a palmetto tree.

The scientific accuracy - nothing short of astounding: the theropod hands aren't pronated (a.k.a.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Teddy E. Danforth on October 10, 2012
Format: DVD
This is the Discovery Channels "Dinosaur Revolution" Just a Different Name .
It was on the Disc Channel sept 2011 here in the US .
The wait is over I will be getting it .
I Hope you all injoy it as much as I did .
The CGI is very good and the Storys are Great (My Fav is the Allosaurs with the Injured Lower Jaw :-)
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Jonathan Kane on February 5, 2013
Format: DVD
I should preface this review by saying I haven't seen all of Dinosaur Revolution, although I've seen parts of it. I didn't watch it when it was first broadcast on TV, and by the time it was released on DVD, I decided it would be better to wait because there was talk about the show's creators releasing an improved version with less intrusive narration. That improved version ended up being Dinotasia. It's difficult for me to say whether or not it's better than Dinosaur Revolution, but what I can say is that taken on its own, it makes an effort at a lot of things that definitely deserved to be done. On the other hand, it also falls considerably short of its potential.

Depictions of dinosaurs in popular media have generally fallen into one of three categories. The first is as sensationalized movie monsters, with no apparent motivation except to create mayhem on-screen for the sake of viewers. (Think of Jurassic Fight Club, or the Jurassic Park films.) A second category is for them to be shown as a scientific curiosity, whose purpose is to educate viewers about paleontology and natural history, as is the case in most dinosaur documentaries. And the third category is the way they're depicted in movies such as The Land Before Time or Disney's Dinosaur, where the dinosaurs are anthropomorphized to the point where you might as well just call them human characters in dinosaur bodies. The idea of dinosaurs being protagonists in the story, while having only the thoughts and goals that a dinosaur might actually have had, is one that I haven't seen in a movie before. But that's what Dinotasia tries to do.

This results in Dinotasia doing a few things that haven't been attempted before, at least not to this degree.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Just a guy, you know? on November 6, 2012
Format: Blu-ray
This is the movie that the cable series was supposed to be. Don't see it expecting it to be a longer version of the series. It is a different product, a different vision. It is a collection of classic Warner Brothers-inspired cartoons set to story lines that are based on the latest and best available scientific knowledge about dinosaurs. Some of the stories are violent and may be emotionally difficult for very young children, others show complex and rewarding family universality. At least one is a glorious, funny, nearly shot-for-shot homage to a very classic WB cartoon familiar to any baby boomer. Since Mel Blanc is no longer with us, Dinotasia's animals do not speak words, although they can and do communicate throughout this intelligent and courageous show of visual storytelling. But wait! Mel may be gone, but nothing can prepare you for what happens when Werner Herzog apparently wanders around the production office for a couple of days. In his distinctive vocal style that is both as serious as a heart attack and as winking as your crazy old uncle who understands you're as unique as he, Herzog bridges the stories and lets us know that learning is fun. Again, what Dinotasia is not: it is not a billion dollar James Cameron/Martin Scorsese/Tim Burton re-invention of animated cinematic Art. But director Erik Nelson shows it could have been. It is an inspired, creative, modestly-budgeted success, particularly appealing to those of us who, in words from "Network," "learned life from Bugs Bunny."
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