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Michael Brandon, Erik Von Detten. A 21st-century family suddenly finds themselves stranded on a lost island teeming with dinosaurs-but also on the brink of disaster. Includes all 13 episodes of the series based on the hit miniseries event on 3 DVDs. 2002/color/9 hrs/NR/fullscreen.
All 13 episodes, including seven never before seen on TV, on three discs
I am a huge fan of the original "Dinotopia" mini-series, so when this show premeared on Thanksgiving day, 2002, I was one of the few fans who watched this instead of the popular programs airing at the same time slot, including "Friends" and "Survivor." ABC basically doomed the series by putting it up against some of the highest rated shows, and so it was cancelled only 6 weeks into the season. If you only watched the 2 hour premiere and decided you didn't like the series based on this, than you should really give it another shot. The new cast takes a little getting used to, but I now prefer them to the mini-series cast. And the storylines get much better as the series gets going. Most of my favorite episodes are the ones that never aired. ABC made a big mistake. I think this show would have attracted viewers if they aired it on Monday nights instead of Thursdays. After watching all three discs, I give the series 5 stars for how good the actual programming. However, the special features are terrible. They are all about the mini-series and not the series. It's as if Hallmark put bonus features they dubbed not worthy of being on the mini-series' DVD on here, just so it looked like you where getting more for your money. Another gripe I have is that the series ends with a cliffhanger. I hope Hallmark plans to continue the show on the Hallmark channel, because finishing the series makes me really want to know how it all ends. I'd settle for another mini-series. I've just gotta know the ending!
DINOTOPIA THE SERIES is another in the long line of television shows that were cancelled before they could fully blossom. It is not by any means a deep, revelatory, challenging show. If you are looking for accurate, Issac Asimov-style sci-fi... it ain't here. What we're talking about is just an entertaining, fun show. Some of the episodes could have been better, but overall... it was fun watching it. It was way better than I expected... with good continuity from the miniseries. You get lots of dino action (great effects), neat production design, and a good cast. The characters are interesting. Originally I thought I would have a problem with the new actors (all are totally different from the mini-series), but I quickly grew to like them. One thing... this show is not aimed at kids... its really for teenagers and up. Nothing bad in it that I wouldn't show my 5 year old niece. If you like LAND OF THE LOST, then you'll enjoy this series. And it's a bargain .... 13 episodes for a great price. The only thing is that the last episode ends with a huge cliff-hanger, and we'll never know what would have happened because ABC axed the show. But then, I guess it wouldn't hurt us to use our brains to come up with our own ending, right? Bottom line... great price, many hours of enjoyment, good characters.. and great dinosaurs. What more do you want?
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In other Hallmark shows, at least they had an ending for the series(Merlin,Alice in wonderland, etc..), but the ending for this series left the viewer hanging, and i hate when a series does that. I was hoping to see if they had a second season on here of dinotopia: the series, but to no avail, i have found none. Verry dissappointing...
I'm into the second DVD and had to pause to register a bit of disappointment. The TV series spinoff is beautifully filmed, with all the believability that the CGI dinos produced in the miniseries. But true to the books or even the miniseries it is not, and I found it a little disturbing that instead of "breathe deep, seek peace", this version of Dinotopia is concentrating more on the human violence and vices of the outside world than the one created by James Guerney. As for the intelligent dinosaurs, I thought there would be more roles for them, but instead we get the soap opera love triangle, constantly rampaging T. Rexes, a Matriarch who goes from a pillar of strength to a bit of a wimp, and focus on lawless group of brigands (an entire clan, led by a Xena-like female outlaw, had to replace the Crabbs I guess). I mean, the stories are interesting. But there are a lot of disappointments if you were really expecting the magic to continue.
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My son (now 10) and our family fell in love with the original Emmy award winning Dinotopia mini-series with it's 'all star' cast. That's also available as two DVD set edited into a superb long film with interesting 'making of' extras. My son absolutely couldn't tolerate this spin off series when they changed all the actors, and has only just started watching it a year or two after we bought it on DVD. He really likes the series now (as he admits he has forgotten what the orginal cast were like).
This Dinotopia series has a more jocular mood with the old charactor's presented in a more likeable way than the original moody and angry or pious (bordering on pompous in the Mayor's case) tone of the original. However I preferred the darker original style, and missed classy Brit's Katie Carr and Jim Carter as the Dinotopians and American's Wentworth Miller and David Thewlis as the believable in-fighting step-brother's coping with their sudden change of lifestyle and recent loss of their father. I also really, really missed Lee Evans as dinosaur Zippo's voice, Terry Jone's as the messenger's birds voice and Tyron Leitso as hustler Cyrus Crabb. However I really like the fact this Dinotopia series DVD set has all the episodes listed seperately so that the cliffhanger, end music and titles remain, greatly helping to set the pace. I felt the merging of the original mini-series into a single very long film on DVD was less succesful than keeping the episodes seperate as screened - which also allows an episode before bed-time for the kids.
The 'unknown' new cast of this spin-off series make a good go of it though, but I do find the change of mood and cast very annoying. I wish they had just bought in completely new character's with this new cast and ignored the previous mini-series.Read more ›