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.
HUNTER BECOMES HUNTED
DEEP SEA KILLERS
ICE AGED MONSTERS
RAPTOR S LAST STAND
RIVER OF DEATH
RAPTOR VS. T-REX
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 isnt science class; its entertainment, and taken on its own terms, its both engaging and
informative. The shows 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 Madagascars 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 babys mother exacts her brutal revenge in graphic detail (its 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 latters 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