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The Land Before Time (Anniversary Edition) (1988)

Helen Shaver , Candace Hutson , Don Bluth  |  G |  DVD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (566 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Helen Shaver, Candace Hutson, Will Ryan, Pat Hingle, Judith Barsi
  • Directors: Don Bluth
  • Writers: Stu Krieger
  • Producers: Don Bluth, Gary Goldman, John Pomeroy, Steven Spielberg, George Lucas
  • Format: Multiple Formats, AC-3, Animated, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, DTS Surround Sound, Dubbed, Full Screen, NTSC, Subtitled
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 5.1), English (DTS ES), French (Unknown), Spanish (Unknown)
  • Subtitles: Spanish, French
  • Dubbed: French, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: G (General Audience)
  • Studio: Universal Studios
  • DVD Release Date: December 2, 2003
  • Run Time: 69 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (566 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0000AOX0O
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #306 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Land Before Time (Anniversary Edition)" on IMDb

Special Features

  • How Do I Find Things?
  • Adventures in The Land Before Time
  • Sing-Along Songs From Your Favorite The Land Before Time Adventures
  • Dino-Stars
  • Dino Activity: Break the Code
  • I Can Put This In My Computer?
  • DVD-ROM Features Including Fun Dinosaur Games and Activities!
  • Jurassic Park Institute

  • Editorial Reviews

    This dazzling Anniversary Edition of The Land Before Time, presented by Steven Spielberg and George Lucas, introduces us to Littlefoot, Cera, Spike, Ducky and Petrie, and follows them on their first journey together - an exciting quest to find the lush, legendary Great Valley. Along the way, the prehistoric pals overcome many challenges and learn the value of teamwork and friendship. This delightful classic is the adventure that started it all, and it continues to capture the hearts of viewers young and old.

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    174 of 184 people found the following review helpful
    3.0 out of 5 stars Great movie - poor DVD! December 24, 2000
    Format:DVD
    This is one of those films that I expected to enjoy much less than many of my family's Disney favorites. As it turned out, both my children and my wife and I like the movie immensely.
    The touching story of Little Foot, the last remaining member of his family of Brontosauruses (Brontosauri?), is a great adventure as well. He joins up with younger members of other dinosaur families as they all journey to the Great Valley in search of food.
    Along the way they encounter hunger, thirst, earthquakes, and, not least of all, the dreaded Sharptooth. The feel of the dinosaur age is well presented and the characters are cute without being saccharine (and they don't sing!).
    The lesson that friends can be friends even though they don't look like you or act just like you is a nice one for kids to see. The idea that working together is important for reaching a goal is also a valuable one.
    Having owned a VHS copy of the movie, I was anxious to see the DVD. The result on this particular version is very dissappointing.
    First, the version is full-screen with no wide-screen option. This seems to be a minor problem since most of the action seems to take place center screen. It would have been nice to have the option for widescreen, however.
    Secondly, the color and brightness varies widely from scene to scene (and, more jarringly, sometimes within a scene). The opening scene, which starts underwater, is actually darker and less sharp than on the VHS version. In several quiet, close-up scenes the picture will be perfectly exposed and then the picture will shift to a darker look and then back. Very annoying. Various nicks and scratches appear throughout the film - it appears that no effort was made to clean up the video master at all.
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    62 of 65 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Not all kids movies have to be happy all the time! March 6, 2006
    By Mel G.
    Format:DVD
    A lot of people are commenting about how negative and depressing this movie is. Well, not all kids are looking for a rainbows-and-cotton-candy kind of film. This was one of my favorite movies as a child. Sure, maybe I was a little aloof to what was really happening, but I found nothing depressing about the film. Yes, it's sad and yes the happy ending isn't a disney-type happy, but I'm sure that doesn't really matter to most kids.
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    33 of 34 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Still Touching. March 30, 2003
    By Tom
    Format:VHS Tape
    I just recently pulled this video out to watch with my three year old daughter and a flood of emotions surged through my veins. What a masterpiece this truly is! Dinosaurs are a species of animals that have always had a dramatic allure and fascination in regard to younger individuals, and what better way to instruct children in the many aspects of life via a movie of this description? Although some scenes are a bit heavy (i.e. the extremely tragic death of Littlefoot's mother-- a scene that still brings tears to my eyes) there are many others that completely compensate. This movie is heart-warming. Children will definitely become attached to the five main characters in this story and identify with them-- the courageous leader Littlefoot, the tempestuous and firey Cera, the innocent and meek Ducky, the comedic and playful Petrie, and the silent and cute Spike. Complete with a gorgeous soundtrack, primarily the beautiful ballad performed by Diana Ross, this is a definitive film pertaining to all aspects of life, one to be enjoyed for eons.
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    27 of 30 people found the following review helpful
    1.0 out of 5 stars The DVD Stinks, what a WASTE on such a GREAT Movie ! August 17, 2006
    Format:DVD
    Don't need to add more that others have already said about the feature itself, but the DVD now that's another story.

    I don't write many reviews, but I felt it my duty to let other buyers know before purchasing this DVD that quality is VERY VERY POOR !!! It's almost unwatchable in my eyes, especially if viewing a LARGE format WS projection system.

    You were warned, buy it only for the content and not the DVD quality or special features, cuz there isn't any !!!!

    Signed,
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    26 of 30 people found the following review helpful
    1.0 out of 5 stars Worst digital transfer I've ever seen. November 25, 2006
    By GG
    Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
    I'm absolutely baffled why any studio would let such a poor digitally transferred movie ever see the light of day on DVD. It's REALLY BAD.

    My advice, don't buy. Force the studio to redo this DVD. Don't settle for such terrible quality.
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    27 of 33 people found the following review helpful
    1.0 out of 5 stars Widescreen Anamorphic? December 1, 2003
    Format:DVD
    One more day 'til it hits the street... God I hope it's in anamorphic widescreen!
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    Edited: It is NOT widescreen anamorphic!!! What a truck load waste of time and energy I spent stretching my neck waiting for this one! Shows very little care went into this DVD release by the studio. Evidently all they did was reprinting the material they already had from the VHS days and made DVDs out of it. Guess it wouldn't be as profitable to actually do some work and restore the original film for theatrical release before selling the DVDs for money. I'd give ZERO star if I could.
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    7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars You just can't beat the original August 12, 2007
    By Matt
    Format:DVD
    Before Littlefoot and company were turned into a shameless commerical cash cow there was the original Land Before Time. The story is simple, the art style unique, and the James Horner score perfect. This is one of the few movies from my childhood that I continue to watch, and though this is partly out of nostalgia it is also because the story is timeless and the execution near-flawless.

    If you are a parent reading this review, this is the film to get, although some of the material may frighten or otherwise affect sensitive children. I still tear up at the infamous "mother" scene, which puts even Bambi to shame.

    It saddens me every time a new Land Before Time sequel is introduced, as none come close to the quality of the original. (The new films are so bad that they need catchy third-rate sing-a-longs to get kids to watch them.) If I could give this movie ten stars, I would. So here they are: *********/10
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