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Jurassic Fight Club: Season 1

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For over a century, historians and scientists have been piecing together a history of the prehistoric world. This series examines the ultimate fighters of this unique period gigantic beasts that stalked the earth millions of years ago. Some of these dinosaurs were larger than seven-story buildings, and hunted their prey with strategy and cunning, transforming the prehistoric world into a battlefield. The temperature, terrain, and innate sense of the opponent s weaknesses and strengths all played a role in how each dinosaur planned his attack. Today, paleontologists are uncovering these fighting grounds and are gaining startling new insight into how maneuverability, team coordination, and striking at the exact moment meant survival. Blow by blow, each episode will dissect these battles, revealing a predatory world far more calculated and complex than we originally thought.

Packed new scientific discoveries and state-of-the-art CGI, JURASSIC FIGHT CLUB: THE COMPLETE SEASON ONE include all 12 episodes on 4 DVDs.


Dinosaurs died out 65 million years ago, but Jurassic Fight Club offers ample evidence that our fascination with these mighty creatures is eternal. Sure, there will be those who will object to the various inaccuracies and generally flashy style and tone of the 12 episodes (on four discs) from this first season of the popular History Channel series. But this isn’t science class; it’s entertainment, and taken on its own terms, it’s both engaging and informative. The show’s conceit--namely, that "new discoveries in forensic science bring to life the prehistoric art of war"--reveals itself through episodes focusing on particular dinosaurs, including their environments, their prey, and their adversaries. Thus we get Madagascar’s Majungatholus, the "Cannibal Dinosaur," an "apex predator" that weighed a ton and was thirty feet long; when a male of the species kills a youngster, the baby’s mother exacts her brutal revenge in graphic detail (it’s not for nothing that the show advises viewer discretion). Elsewhere, we meet Nanotyrannus, the "pygmy tyrant" (smaller and stealthier than the notorious T-Rex, this nasty customer feeds on the latter’s young), as well as Allosaurus, the enormous "Terror of the Jurassic," and Ceratosaurus, another huge predator. We see Megalodon, the 50-foot ancestor of the great white shark, attacked by an entire pod of sperm whales from the Miocene era, and the fearsome raptors, who hunted in packs and were smarter and stealthier than other hunters. And "Armageddon," one of the best episodes, chronicles the Mt. Everest-sized asteroid that landed on the Yucatan Peninsula 65 million years ago, bringing the reign of the dinosaurs to a sudden and unimaginably violent end.

All of this is delivered quite convincingly and realistically by way of CGI, computer recreations of the actual "combat" scenes, charts, graphs, tables, maps, film footage of actual paleontologists and other scientists in the field, and interviews with numerous experts (principally the colorful "Dinosaur George" Blasing). The pounding, dramatic music is similar to that used for History productions like Battle 360 and The Universe, as is the macho narration (which favors overheated terminology like "crime scene," "suspect," and "investigators"). Bonus material is limited to some additional footage on one disc. --Sam Graham

Special Features

  • 12 episodes on four discs
  • Additional footage

Product Details

  • Actors: George Blasing
  • Directors: Kreg Lauterbach
  • Format: Box set, Color, NTSC, Closed-captioned
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo)
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 4
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: A&E HOME VIDEO
  • DVD Release Date: January 20, 2009
  • Run Time: 564 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (39 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001DITH8E
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #49,302 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Jurassic Fight Club: Season 1" on IMDb

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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Saganite VINE VOICE on January 26, 2009
One person gave "JFC" a single star, complaining about the accuracy of some of the material in the series. His qualification for doing so, he said, is his passion for dinosaurs, which I do not doubt. I would not presume to match knowledge with even a ten or 12-year-old dinosaur enthusiast...people who love dinosaurs tend to know a lot about them. It's like the one "fantasy" we can indulge, because it's seen as factual fantasy. If you're into World of Warcraft or Middle Earth or comic books, it can be looked down on as nerdy and useless, whereas knowing the name of every Triassic predator...well, you're still a nerd, but the knowledge itself seems less useless, because it's about the real world. Or, a recreation of the real world, more accurately.

And that was our one-starring critic's complaint, that the recreators of this series played fast and loose with these ultimate cold cases (even using the language of crime scene investigation sometimes, to very mixed effect). There is no doubt that the producers and animators have taken some spectacular guesses and have extrapolated far beyond what the often meager evidence would allow. But this is NOT the O.J. Simpson trial. It is, largely, a thin sciency-sounding excuse to put on some fantastic battle scenes. Very few young boys (and many girls) will be immune to the excitement of watching two monsters clash. It's Godzilla versus Mothra, except these fanatically enthusiastic paleontologists adding ringside color are legitimizing the whole thing with fossils and CAT scans and references to living animals.

And that's the series' undeniable strength. The enthusiasm, even passion, for learning that it could engender in some kids formerly only interested in completely imaginary monsters.
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20 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Lin on August 21, 2008
I can't wait for this to come out on DVD! Right now, during the arid summer season, this is one of the best shows on TV. The build-up is fascinating, the experts (I love "Dinosaur George") are eloquent and knowledgeable. The "fight" scenes are exciting to watch but, to me, the background info is what makes them exciting. It's isn't just conjecture, but studying the fossils, the behavior of living animals, etc. Then they put everything they learned on the scene in the finale. I'm on the edge of my seat by the time the end fight is played out.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Lyle Carbutt on March 26, 2009
I haven't watched every single episode that aired on the History Channel but I have seen more than half of them. I take issue with the series in some areas for instance the Nanotyrannus vs T-rex episode. My understanding is that the -Nanotyrannus is a juvinile T-rex or a legitimate genus- issue is still very much unsettled. There are plenty of other examples but I'll leave it at that. Yes, I'm a dinosaur nut and have been for long time so the technical errors tend to upset me. The science is well presented but then liberties are taken with it to produce an "exciting" battle. Tooth marks don't always equal a struggle and Mr. Blasing takes great liberties with the behavior of the animals in the series. Some of the ideas are plausible but that does not make them the only way this animal behaved. I'll give Mr. Blasing points for enthusiasm but as has been said in other reviews he becomes annoying. I understand the appeal it has because of the battles, the danger this series has is that the real science gets pushed aside for the good storyline. I hope that if more episodes are made they stress the importance of the science, Mr. Blasing tones it down some and presents the fight as a possibility of what may have happened and not get caught up in telling a fantastic story.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Feelah the tigress on July 19, 2009
It's really refreshing to see a show about dinosaurs that isn't aimed at children since I'm an adult now but I still find dinosaurs interesting. The premise of Jurassic Fight Club is that a bunch of paleontologists look at dinosaur bones to reconstruct possible fights between two dinosaurs. I think they do this pretty well. Unlike a certain other show (cough, Animal Faceoff, cough) JFC is much more mature and does a better job of actually basing their recreation on evidence. Now, some parts of the scenario are purely based on imagination, but this is to be expected since all they have to go on are fossils. After all, the audience is meant to understand that the combat scenario presented isn't set in stone, but is merely a creative interpretation of evidence left in fossils such as bite marks or shed teeth. I think they did a good job of presenting a healthy dose of facts along with speculation based on living animal relatives. My only complaint concerning this series is that the whole thing is a little bit gimmicky. I mean, just the title is gimmicky. Also, MUST they use crime scene investigator lingo constantly? I kept chuckling whenever they'd use the word "crime" to describe the killing of one dinosaur by another, especially since these animals had no concept of crime or a justice system and this word just sounds ludicrous when applied to them. Other than that, the series is both entertaining and informative, and I would recommend it to those who like dinosaurs.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Clayton B. on June 11, 2009
At first I was really excited about this TV series, it looked very intense and up-to-date. However after watching a few episodes, I realized that Jurassic fight club isn't all it's cracked up to be.
First of all, there is nothing but cgi in it and alot of repeated footage, so it doesn't rely on it's visuals too much. Second is some of the facts are wrong and not based upon any real evidence. Third, is it can be boring at times, where not much is going on except the narrator explaing what has just been happening for the last fifty minutes.
Now, some of the positive things about jurassic fight club:
The cgi is (although not always) quite good and at times very detailed. Many of the facts are correct and there are alot of theories that make sense, most of which I've never even heard of. The fight scenes at the end are pretty brutal and vicious more often than not, and many of them are very violent.
In conclusion, if you don't mind watching scientists talk about dinosaurs and other prehistoric creatures for an hour and then making them fight in recreated battle scenarios, you will most likely enjoy this TV show. And I am hoping for a second season
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