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Monsterquest: Complete Season 1 (History Channel) (Steelbook Packaging) (2008)

Monster Quest , The History Channel  |  PG |  DVD
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  • Actors: Monster Quest
  • Directors: The History Channel
  • 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.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 4
  • Rated: PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: A&E HOME VIDEO
  • DVD Release Date: May 27, 2008
  • Run Time: 611 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0012XIGXM
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #113,171 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Monsterquest: Complete Season 1 (History Channel) (Steelbook Packaging)" on IMDb

Special Features

  • 13 episodes on four discs: America's Loch Ness Monster, Sasquatch Attack?, Giant Squid Found, Birdzilla, Bigfoot, Mutant Canines, Lions in the Backyard, Gigantic Killer Fish, Swamp Beast, Russia's Killer Apemen, Unidentified Flying Creatures, The Real Hobbit, American Werewolf
  • Behind-the-scenes featurette

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Product Description

Each episode of MONSTERQUEST is a mini-expedition to a remote, far-flung corner of the world. Science and technology come together to give viewers a greater understanding of these mysterious monsters bones and key pieces of proof are analyzed and submitted to a battery of tests. Instead of relying on the cliché grainy archival footage usually associated with these monsters, the series goes on-location with high-tech gadgetry (special cameras, listening posts, even underwater lures) to further the quest for answers. While the monsters may not necessarily be real, each episode does feature real scientists.

The 13 50-minute episodes cover: Kraken: the Real Leviathon, Night of the Monkey Man, Stalin s Planet of the Apes, Creature of Snellgrove Lake, China s Lake Beast, Werewolf of Bray Road, Jurassic Fish Monsters, Creatures from the Fourth Dimension, America s Loch Ness Monster, Man-Eating Birds, Giganto II, Bigfoot and the Hounds of Baskervilles.

Bonus: Short-Form Featurettes

The History Channel's fun, scary-scientific Monsterquest roams the world in search of real-life monsters. A current inheritor of the style of the memorable Leonard Nimoy series In Search Of…, the show digs up dirt on the best known urban-legends monsters. Or are they…real? Each episode, punched to the hilt with meaningful music and dramatic narration, serves up a well-documented (or at least much-rumored) freaky phenomenon. The titles of individual episodes give the flavor of the show: "America's Loch Ness Monster," "Mutant Canines," and "Birdzilla." This is not a skeptical enterprise, like National Geographic's Is It Real?, but an eager survey, complete with re-created scenes that visualize the beasties for us. One of the fun things about Monsterquest is that it introduces us to a collection of crackpots--er, witnesses--who have glimpsed the elusive monsters, such as the Wisconsin man who spotted a dog-creature and has since filled his home with lupine bric-a-brac. You're never far from some true believer who insists, "It looked like a friggin' werewolf." Naturally, there are also rational approaches: legitimate scientists examining bits of fur and tissue, DNA testing, lie-detector sessions. Snippets of historical monsters lend some pleasing shivers to the modern accounts. Watch a few of these in a row, and you'll feel like you're in the room with the UFO buffs in Close Encounters of the Third Kind ("I saw Bigfoot once!"), but the appeal is undeniable, especially for adolescent monster enthusiasts. And yes, Bigfoot gets not one but two episodes to his hairy self. Bonus wackiness: a 15-minute reel of unused footage and a few strange occurrences that happened to crew members while shooting. --Robert Horton

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24 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars a must-have for monster enthusiasts April 25, 2008
If you are one of those people who often wonders what might be roaming the woods behind your house, what might be lurking beneath the surface of the lake, or what made that bump in the night then I suggest watching one of these thirteen episodes before going to bed. This series is an overview of many of our local cryptozoological mysteries (Bigfoot, Champ, the Skunk Ape, etc). Several details set this series apart from many other such documentaries aired on television. First off, unlike National Geographic's "Is It Real?", this series doesn't try so hard to discredit the evidence. Also, unlike Sci Fi Channel's "Destination Truth", not all rumors and stories are accepted as fact. This series falls nicely in between, with a rational and scientific approach. Second, and more importantly, this series contains startalling new evidence that will make you gasp such as a digitally-enhanced close-up of the face of Roger Patterson's Bigfoot, recordings of sonic clicks coming from Lake Champalin (home of Champ), and the first ever video footage of a live giant squid!!
Each episode contains a computer-animated image of the creature based on eyewitness descriptions, dramatic reinactments of very recent sightings (some occuring in 2004), and equal voice time for believers and skeptics. Also in each episode, you get to follow a team of experts as they set out on their own expedition using old and new research methods to track the legendary beasts and uncover DNA evidence. Overall, I highly recomend this DVD for anyone who might be interested in the unknown, and I also believe those majoring in biology and zoology will get a kick out of it too. But mostly I recommend it to anyone who enjoys seeing the unusual.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Things That Go Bump in the Night--or the Mind? July 26, 2008
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"Monster Quest" is one of life's guilty pleasures. Each episode features high production values, good narration and a spooky story. The series clearly leans toward the "monsters are real!" side of the spectrum, but it presents the views of skeptics as well (albeit in a pretty perfunctory way).

Each hour creates an entertaining atmosphere of mystery, but the show is honest in reporting negative results. The camera traps that are set to take pictures of elusive beasts yield lovely shots of deer, horses, cows, cars and even eagles, but (so far, at least) never a Sasquatch, skunk ape, or dog man. DNA testing shows that the mutant monster dog is not a dire wolf--it's a big feral dog. The footprint of an elusive orang pendek (hypothesized to be a relict specimen of homo floresiensis) turns out to belong to a bear. And a clever experiment with high speed photography does a good job of refuting the theory that "rods" captured on ordinary video cameras are creatures from another dimension.

Whether you think of monsters as real or as folklore, this show will do nicely if you just want to sit back and enjoy a spooky, interesting story for an hour or so.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars a complete season July 14, 2008
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After being gone for nearly a year; I was finally able to see all of the programs episodes. Alot of them deal with the same equipment and the effectiveness is spotty, yet promising. At least someone is taking a professional and scientific approach to trying to find conclusive evidence of these mysterious creatures and happenstances. More or less the series is an updated version of an older TV series. If you're into the strange and spooky, this can help shed some more onfo on those subjects.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not enough variety April 17, 2009
I have always enjoyed watching shows that dealt with cryptozoology and the unexlpained. I purchased two episodes of MonsterQuest season two on PSN (giant killer snakes and giant octopus) and found it enjoyable to watch with good production value. I bought the box set of MonsterQuest season 1&2 and I'm disappointed with season one. The show does a good job of using modern science to prove and/or disprove the "monster" of myth and stories. The show uses CG and reenactments to tell the stories of eye witnesses. Narration and the overall presentation of the shows were good, unfortunately most of the "monsters" from season one were uninteresting. Five of the episodes were about bigfoot from different continents. Two were about mutant dogs and black mountain lions which I didn't find interesting at all. Unlike in the '90s, shows like this are rare in today's TV programming. MonsterQuest season one showed potential but fell short of being entertaining due to the lack quality "monsters".
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Yay ! MonsterQuest ! October 1, 2011
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I don't have to write a long and elaborate review, plenty of people have already done so. I'll be brief: MonsterQuest is one of the most interesting T.V. show ever produced. If you are interested in Cryptozoology or the Paranormal then buy this DVD Set, you won't regret it. In my opinion this show is a must add to any DVD collection.

Episodes of Season 1:
1. America's Loch Ness Monster: An investigation of the plesiosaur-like lake monster nicknamed Champ that supposedly lurks in Lake Champlain, dubbed "America's Loch Ness Monster."
2. Sasquatch Attack: A look into bizarre attacks upon a remote hunting cabin in Northern Ontario by suspected Bigfoot and other reports of aggressive Sasquatch in the United States.
3. Giant Squid Found: A search off Mexico's Sea of Cortez for the capture and study of abnormally large Humbolt Squids.
4. Birdzilla: A look at the legendary Thunderbird and a review of sightings of other giant birds in Illinois, Texas, and Alaska.
5. Bigfoot: The continued investigations of Bigfoot in Washington State and a digital enhancement study of the infamous 1967 Patterson-Gimlin film.
6. Mutant Canines: An investigation into reports of attacks on pets and livestock in Maine and Minnesota by strange hybrid canines.
7. Lions in the Backyard: A hunt for large black cats and jaguar-like creatures that eye-witnesses say are encroaching into human populated areas of Arizona, West Virginia, and New York.
8. Gigantic Killer Fish: The search for massive freshwater fish reported from the Arctic to the Amazon river.
9. Swamp Beast: A trek deep into the swamps of Louisiana and Florida in search of the legendary Skunk Ape.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Excellent series with good sourcing of witnesses and evidence of Monsters.
Published 15 hours ago by DRomo
3.0 out of 5 stars Better than most
This series is better than most in the 'weird happenings' genre. It's certainly better than the 'let's turn out the lights and say every shadow is a ghost' programs or the... Read more
Published 12 days ago by John D. Muir
5.0 out of 5 stars How can you go wrong?
I love monsters of all sorts and this show is a fun and entertaining. I wouldn't call this educational but it is still fun and you may get little bits of information here and... Read more
Published 5 months ago by alaina smith
4.0 out of 5 stars I love Monsterquest
when is season 4 coming out? is there one? is it still on tv because i dont see it on there. i enjoyed this season. I have enjoyed seasons 2 and 3 also.
Published 12 months ago by D
5.0 out of 5 stars I LIKE IT !!!
Published 14 months ago by EDDIE
5.0 out of 5 stars Great
They had it for a Great price . It was well packed. And the shipping was fast. Two thumbs up.
Published 21 months ago by Randolph J. Woodard
2.0 out of 5 stars Swamp gas quest
"MonsterQuest" is an American TV show, aired at the (apparently) grossly misnamed History Channel. This DVD contains all episodes of the first season, except for "Giganto". Read more
Published on October 21, 2012 by Ashtar Command
3.0 out of 5 stars A good starting point...but you should do your own research
I have to say right off the bat that History channels production value for their shows is second to none, Monster Quest is no exception. Read more
Published on September 17, 2012 by Stealthy Steve
3.0 out of 5 stars MQ, Season 1 - A Letdown
I guess after reading the reviews I was expecting a lot more from this but I have to say it was somewhat of a disappointment. Read more
Published on March 8, 2010 by TelegramSam
4.0 out of 5 stars Very entertaining series, with poorly designed packaging
I stumbled across this series on the History Channel and was hooked. The narrator has the perfect voice for this series, and (most of) the science involved is solid. Read more
Published on January 9, 2010 by N. Simon
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