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Legend of Dinosaurs & Monster Birds (Dub Sub) (2007)

Legend of Dinosaurs & Monster Birds , Junji Kurata  |  Unrated |  DVD
3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)

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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 (14 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000W7Y6FQ
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #268,633 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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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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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars See it for the Old Lady! 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
4.0 out of 5 stars Giant Monsters and Wacky Music 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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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Dinosaurs horror! December 29, 2007
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
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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4.0 out of 5 stars Ambitious and not what I was expecting February 12, 2008
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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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5.0 out of 5 stars "Legend" is reborn May 19, 2009
By Tom
Format:DVD
I still have a home recording of this movie from when it aired on "Commander USA's Groovie Movies" on tv. Sure it had some bits taken out because of the gore factor. But that did not stop it from being a worthwhile scarefest. How would you react if a pleasiasaur's head popped out of a lake right next to you, with its mouth wide open with sharp teeth? (And I am referring to the raft murder scene with the girl). Bear in mind that I'm not too fond that they had a cute little dog involved in this movie. I mean, it made me think they were going to have it killed or eaten or worse and that really doesn't sit good with me. I urge you all to try it if you are in the mood for a good scare and a trip down memory lane. You'll probably have a little trouble looking at the river the same way again.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fun for the giant monster fan August 25, 2014
By William
Format:DVD
I remember watching this when I was young and loving every minute of it.
Yeah it's corny, it's cheesy, and entirely over the top but its great in that it is just like the great monster movies of its day.
If you like godzilla movies and other giant monster flicks as well as some weird dubbing and a surprisingly fun soundtrack and pretty damn good pacing then check this out.
Frankly if this were redone with modern graphics but keeping the same pacing it would probably be a pretty big hit.
It can't do worse than the most recent Godzilla lol.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
1.0 out of 5 stars This movie sucked beyond belief
This movie sucked beyond belief. As a fan of 'THE LAST DINOSAUR' (another low budget Japanese film), I had hopes for something cheesy but still cool. Not the case.
Published 1 month ago by Jaysen Q. Dunnavant
3.0 out of 5 stars Rubber Monsters And "Hip" Music
Proving that no culture is immune to the allure of cheap, easy money, Japan's giant monster genre is over-flowing with knock-offs and pretenders to Toho's Godzilla. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Steve V.
5.0 out of 5 stars Legend of the Dinosaurs (and one Monster Bird)
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... Read more
Published 19 months ago by Gus in New Mexico
3.0 out of 5 stars Legend of Dinosaurs & Monster Birds
The movie was good , I watched my buddy's watched it and all thought it was cool sometimes you need a good laugh.
Published on September 9, 2012 by shaky
1.0 out of 5 stars What the Hell?!
Can't imagine who the audience must have been for this macabre hybrid of musical/monster movie/surreal journey into Z-grade filmmaking. Read more
Published on May 28, 2008 by R. Gorey
1.0 out of 5 stars Just bad.
This was fairly painful to sit through, and towards the end I resorted to FF in order to make it all the way. I have a high tolerence for bad movies but this offered nothing. Read more
Published on February 23, 2008 by J.S.M.
2.0 out of 5 stars Hands down the worst Kaiju movie I have ever seen.
Being a massively obsessed kaiju fan I of course had to buy this one. However I can assure you that this movie is by far the worst Kaiju movie I have ever seen. Read more
Published on January 23, 2008 by Curtis Whitear
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