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Legend of Dinosaurs & Monster Birds (Dub Sub)

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A curious geologist and his female photographer explore a remote area near Mt. Fuji. Legend has it that dinosaurs once roamed the area and there are even reports that some large lizards remain. The pair poke around hoping to find something that will bring them wealth. Changes in the weather awaken a plesiosaur in the nearby lake who eats anyone that enter its waters. Meanwhile, a pterosaur is about to hatch high in a mountain ice cave. The explorers get way more than they bargain for when these two prehistoric giants clash in an inevitable battle worthy of their legend.


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  • Actors: Legend of Dinosaurs & Monster Birds
  • Directors: Junji Kurata
  • Format: Color, Dubbed, NTSC, Subtitled
  • Language: Japanese
  • Subtitles: English
  • Dubbed: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Tokyo Shock
  • DVD Release Date: December 18, 2007
  • Run Time: 92 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000W7Y6FQ
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #129,281 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Legend of Dinosaurs & Monster Birds (Dub Sub)" on IMDb

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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Ean R. Mcnamara on January 14, 2008
Format: DVD
Okay. Legend of the Dinosaurs, and Monster Birds. The title says it all really. There's legend, there's at least one dinosaur- and as an after thought, we get a monster bird.

This is a horrible movie- make no mistake, but I love it so much.

"A misogynist geologist who loves his daddy refuses to go to Mexico to study strata- Instead he wants to follow in his Father's footsteps and find a dinosaur egg in a cave near Mount Fuji.

Unfortunately, modern science has concluded that dinosaurs and volcanic eruptions go hand in hand- Leading to our sizzling climax."

Crazy marionettes that stand in for men in suits, and grim grisly deaths abound. A woman graphically bleeds to death after having her leg bit in a lake. A half-eaten horse carcass is stuck in a tree. People blow themselves up (off-screen) with depth charges.

I saw this when I was three and now work in the film industry. Parents, show this to your children and purchase on credit!

The image quality is great and anamorphic. We get a couple trailers, English and Japanese audio, plus subtitles.

Only thing I wish was that the soundtrack came with it too. Did I mention that all our dinosaur attack scenes are accompanied by smooth disco-tech jazz and Japanese crooners? Okay, you got me, there is that one country western number. Not kidding.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Joshua Koppel on March 9, 2008
Format: DVD
The music in this film will bring back memories of Godzilla and a Smog Monster but the action is more along the lines of more classic Toho features. Here we have two giant monsters, a plesiosaur and a pterodactyl, a crazy music score, and a strange premise.
A young scientist is trying to prove that his father's theories are correct and that he was not crazy. The two believe that dinosaurs have managed to survive to modern day. When the giant plesiosaur makes its appearances he looks like he is being proved right. Suddenly a giant pterodactyl also makes an appearance. Both of these creatures (neither one is actually a dinosaur) are far larger than they really were. The film ends when the two monsters run into one another and have a typical monster brawl. Oddly enough this occurs deep in a forest (what's the plesiosaur doing out of water? How does the pterodactyl fit between the trees and under the treetops?).
All in all this is a pretty fun giant monster kaiju film. The monsters are just big, no powers of any sort. The final scene, involving a volcano, may be a bit too long for the action, but otherwise I really enjoyed this one. It was good to see a "new" corny kaiju film (think Godzilla's Revenge) as opposed to the more modern, but wonderful, releases. A bit of a trip down memory lane. Check it out.
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Like several other of the reviewers on this page I too was scarred for life when my parents rented Legend of the Dinosaurs from the Kid's Section at Blockbuster so I could watch what the video box proclaimed was "Just for Kids!" (Good ol' Sandy Frank)
I made it to the infamous raft scene which is certainly not for the kiddies before my parents noticed and took it back to Blockbuster with some serious complaints. After seeing that film I was too terrified to enter a bathtub much less a swimming pool, but on the plus side the film was so terrifiying that when I saw Jaws (which inspired this Japanese film consequently) years later it wasn't even scary.
Years later I saw this film again as a ten year old and loved it! True, the ol' plesiousaur model didn't hold up as well as when I was four, but the film still managed to chalk up some scares and I still say its ten times as scary as Jaws. In watching the film all the way through I was delighted to find it also contained a Rhamphoryncus (the Moster Bird of the title). Unfortunately the end fight between the two monster marionettes nearly ruins the film and the plesiosaur goes from being seriously scary to pretty goofy looking on land. It's still a fun flick to watch as an adult, and the "stalking of the raft" scene is still as creepy as ever.
The DVD is excellent and uncut and comes complete with two trailers which if you watch slowly you can check out some unused SPFX footage. Plus, this is not the Sandy Frank version from your childhood, it has a few brief additional scenes and the opening credits are different since we are treated to the original Japanese print rather than the US one. For those of you who didn't read the DVD specifics you can watch it in English or Japanese with subs.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By George Carabetsos on December 29, 2007
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This is not a bad movie at all. Great gore for a dinosaur flick. I recomend this film, because it's time for dvd companies to release more kaiju films. Seen these kind of movies when I was a kid, never got bored with them.
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The monsters in this movie get a lot less focus than I've seen in other kaiju films. It focuses a lot more atmosphere and such. The central human characters have solid personnalities and the lead man has a decent storyline.

Two completely non-humanoid creatures fighting seems very ambitious by the standards of what I've seen before. Unfortunately, their fight is (understandably, I guess) only a small part of the movie.

As a fan of Toei's Super Sentai series, though, a lot of footage of which was used in "Power Rangers", I ghonestly think Toei did a lot better with that battle than with a lot of the giant monster battles they're making even now.

The Pterosaur isn't even introduced until near the end and because of that I wasn't going to give the movie more than three stars. But after the Pterosaur's debut, I thought what the heck, that is a really awesome Pterosaur, hence the higher rating.

I'm assuming movies like this were common after the end of the Showa Godzilla series; a lot of filmmakers probably saw a void they wanted to fill.
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