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Dinotopia - The Series (2002)

Erik von Detten , Shiloh Strong  |  NR |  DVD
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (51 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Erik von Detten, Shiloh Strong, Zoltan Papp, Omid Djalili, Sophie Ward
  • Writers: James Gurney, Tim Schlattmann
  • Producers: Adam Goodman, Howard Ellis, James Gurney, Michael Stone, Raymond Khoury
  • Format: Box set, Color, Dolby, Full Screen, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono), English (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Dubbed: French, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 3
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Lions Gate
  • DVD Release Date: January 20, 2004
  • Run Time: 60 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (51 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0000YEE6W
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #90,749 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Dinotopia - The Series" on IMDb

Special Features

  • All 13 episodes, including seven never before seen on TV, on three discs
  • Featurettes: "Discovering Dinotopia," "Witness from Dinotopia," "26 Hatches," "Creating Dinotopia's Dinosaurs"
  • Interviews with the creative team
  • Exclusive Scene It Dinotopia game only on DVD
  • Hallmark trailer gallery

Editorial Reviews

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.

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74 of 77 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Better Than The Mini-Series January 21, 2004
By Alex
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!
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46 of 47 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another series not given the chance it deserved! October 2, 2004
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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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars disappointed in the ending...... January 22, 2005
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...
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not true to the spirit of the books or original November 15, 2008
By terzap
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
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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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars more gory than the original January 18, 2008
My kids really enjoyed the movie, so when I saw that there was a series made, I thought it would be great too, especially since Hallmark made both of them. Well, I was disappointed to see that the series did not stick to some of the original themes of the movie, new characters, and alot more gore. They still did not show alot of blood, but it was too scary for my youngest to watch and I was nervous about a couple of the next youngest having nightmares. So far we only have viewed the first two episodes, and I'm afraid the remainder will only be viewed by my older ones. Such a shame as the original was enjoyed by all of us.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Good Choice! May 14, 2007
I purchased Dinotopia the Series for my 11 year old son. He had just finished reading the book that the series was based on for a school project. He just loved the series, as did I. I would recommend this as a good family series.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
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.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
Great discovery.
Published 1 month ago by R W Hamann-Lease
1.0 out of 5 stars Dinotopia- The series of incredible disappointments.
As a child, when I first set eyes on the book "Dinotopia: A Land Apart From Time" I was in love. I had always loved dinosaurs, and here was a book that was BEAUTIFULLY illustrated... Read more
Published 5 months ago by Matthew C. Carey
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I remembered seeing part of this show on TV and I wanted to finish watching it because it had caught my interest. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Kristi Johnson
5.0 out of 5 stars Review
I was very pleased with my order. My order exceeded my expectations. I watched the movie and the series when they aired on television. I liked them. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Julia A Couch
5.0 out of 5 stars Old School!
This was a gift for my boyfriend. A blast from the past. He loved it. Still watching it today, even though I ordered it a year ago.
Published 7 months ago by MJ
5.0 out of 5 stars Dinotopia
Loved this show when it originally came out and now glad to share it with my kids. Nice special effects with the dinosaurs and the story is interesting.
Published 7 months ago by Elyzabeth Navarre
4.0 out of 5 stars For the most part, a good show.
I first watched this series when it originally aired on ABC, and each week it was on, felt like a legitimate event. Read more
Published 14 months ago by Serenity101
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Series
I've been watching this on Starz, great dino series. To bad they didn't extend the series. Ordered with other items, they all got here on time .
Published 16 months ago by C. L. Orr
1.0 out of 5 stars It was a real dissapointment!
How does one explain that the script author just ought not give up his day job.
Compared to "The Last Air Bender", "Avatar", "The Hobbit", "Iron... Read more
Published 16 months ago by T. Lee Huddleston
5.0 out of 5 stars Dinotopia Series
This was an enjoyable family series. There are many episodes to watch, each engaging and entertaining. I recommend it for young and old.
Published 16 months ago by zippy
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