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27 of 30 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Spikes and Horns and Fins, Oh My!!!
National Geographic is finally on board!
For some years now the BBC has dominated the dinosaur documentary market with Walking With Dinosaurs and all of it's spin offs. The Discovery Channel was right on their heels with another line of CGI dinosaurs filling our eyes and ears with all manner of beasts. Happy Happy Joy Joy!
After the hugely disapointing Super...
Published on March 14, 2010 by John Patrick Fischner

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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars good facts, not so great animation
with the exception of the shoddy animation this was very factual. also offers many points of view from several palentologists. just don't expect BBC dinosaur special quality animation
Published on April 29, 2010 by easterniowa


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27 of 30 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Spikes and Horns and Fins, Oh My!!!, March 14, 2010
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John Patrick Fischner (Needville, Texas, USA, Earth, Milky Way Galaxy, MIND Of GOD) - See all my reviews
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National Geographic is finally on board!
For some years now the BBC has dominated the dinosaur documentary market with Walking With Dinosaurs and all of it's spin offs. The Discovery Channel was right on their heels with another line of CGI dinosaurs filling our eyes and ears with all manner of beasts. Happy Happy Joy Joy!
After the hugely disapointing Super Croc it was as if Nat.Geo. was just not well funded enough to present a presold public with new images to go with their ongoing prehistoric research. They did a very good job on fossil mammals some years ago. And now, finally, they have shown us that dinosaurs are in production! In fact, there are probably more differant kinds of dinosaurs in this one hour than in any other dino DVD yet released.
The digital dinosaurs themselves are not quite as life-like as the BBC creatures. They look less leathery, more shiney or slick somehow. Younger viewers probably will not be bothered by this. Theorhetical adults,like myself always want at least Jurrasic Park quality from the start. Honestly, this imagery isn't quite that good. But it will do just fine.
The subject matter, Bizarre Dinosaurs is a visual feast. Anytime I get to see "live" dinosaurs I am happy. But because of the productions over view of the weird and extravagant dinosaur species,almost all of these creatures have never been shown before.
So a fun time is to be had by all.
I almost forgot!!!! The DVD includes an additional 50 minute feature! The Prehistoric Predators series last year included a spectacular episode spotlighting The Terror Birds. As big or bigger than a man,these flightless monsters got as close to replacing the dinosaurs as birds could ever get.
The graphics are fantastic,and the info is amazing. A real treat on an already delightfull DVD.
Concider the title, Bizarre Dinosaurs for a bit.
Is it just me, or aren't all dinosaurs bizarre? I mean, the whole race of animals was half bird and half reptile with more than enough weirdness to go arround. They ranged from the size of crows to the size of rail road cars or buses. The only thing close to them in the human imagination is midevile dragon. If they were alive today they would be the most dangerous, violent, ravenous,gigantic, and dominant creatures in any place they could live. Had it not been for a global catastrophy they would STILL be the most successful animals this planet has ever seen.
What part of that is not bizzare?

'nuff said, John Fischner
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars good facts, not so great animation, April 29, 2010
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with the exception of the shoddy animation this was very factual. also offers many points of view from several palentologists. just don't expect BBC dinosaur special quality animation
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting, April 4, 2010
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As with any documentary on the prehistoric world, you have to use the term documentary a bit loosely as there really are so few
hard facts to go on. Still, they have done a pretty good job of making it both informative and entertaining.
The show presents some of the stranger critters from the prehistoric world along with some ideas (best guess mostly) as to why
they turned out the way they did.
Interesting, entertaining, and your kids will love it.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars It is mostly about love..., August 15, 2010
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Extreme teeth, fins, horns and plates. Is it meant for defense? Attack? Most likely it was all meant for the struggle to gain a mate. Show how healthy you are with bright spines or huge horns or large back fins. All for display, to chase off rivals or draw in a interested mate.
The extra is a whole show about the Terror Birds. Both shows are very detailed but the computer graphics seem outdated and a tad silly. Kids would love it but adults may get pulled out of the flow of knowledge by the weird images.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars DVD, June 19, 2013
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This is a great DVD, national geographic does a great job.my grand son will love it,for his birthday in August.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Bizarre Dinosaurs, June 16, 2013
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This video is truly a great video for the entire family-it's entertaining and fascinating as well-from start to finish it keeps the viewer attentive waiting for the next scene-would definitely recommend this video for anyone who's fascinated by the knowledge of learning more about those fantastic creatures that once ruled the world
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fun Video with a hidden plus, August 24, 2012
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My kids, like all kids LOVE dinosaurs. This video proves that the weirder the better. It won't provide the regular stables of baddies, sure it mentions the GOAT that is T-Rex but it's more about the odd little guys rarely mentioned, and some big baddies that have recently become famous. It is not the best in terms of CGI but only when compared to Hollywood blockbusters, out of that context the CGI is magnificent. The best part is the Terror Birds added feature, I won't go into great detail but it's a good feature and was my introduction into the magnificent creatures that were terror birds. Like the main feature the animation on the terror birds is not Hollywood caliber but we need to remember that these are not Hollywood features and are really good given that Hollywood budgets are not available. All in All a Great video for $15.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting facts; really bad visuals - but a great special feature, April 20, 2012
This review is from: National Geographic: Bizarre Dinosaurs (DVD)
What's interesting about this feature is that it not only presents odd and unusual dinosaurs viewers may not have seen (like Nigersaurus, which has a face like a vacuum cleaner), but also takes several better-known dinosaurs like Tyrannosaurus Rex and Spinosaurus and points out that things we sort of take for granted about them are really quite strange adaptations. Why, for instance, the tiny arms? Why giant fins or sails? And did dinosaurs like Pachycephalosaurus really butt heads, or were their skulls actually too brittle for them to survive any attempt at that kind of mating display? The video shows a vast variety of different dinosaurs in a pretty short program, so it stays lively. Unfortunately, the strangely-toothed dinosaur on the cover does not appear anywhere in the video, so our curiosity about that particular bizarre dinosaur must go unsatisfied.

Now, the bad news: while Bizzare Dinosaurs is scientifically interesting, visually speaking it is absolutely awful. CG animation from 2008 should not look this bad. There is the matter of budget, of course - but I'm not expecting Jurassic Park, despite the fact that Jurassic park was made a decade and a half earlier. What I do expect is something more in terms of backgrounds than muddy, vague renders of barren, lumpy plains - and more importantly, I expect CG dinosaurs in an educational scientific video to actually move like animals. The T-rex model is bizarrely flabby-looking, and all the animals' movements are stiff and awkward. What's more, they use the same handful of animations over and over, even if they don't illustrate what the narrator's currently talking about. For instance, the narrator will be telling you about T-rex's shoulder blade, but it just shows the same animation of the T-rex roaring for the fifth time rather than showing the skeletal structure (even cutting to a still shot of a skeleton in a museum would be better!). At another point, the narrator talks about how Spinosaurus's spines could have supported a muscled structure rather than a sail, but the video just shows a recycled animation of the Spinosaurus walking around, with no attempt to show how it would have looked with the different configuration being talked about. The point of doing a video is to show, not tell, and this video often fails at that. Even if there was no budget for additional animation, they could have shown many of these things with still images and still made the presentation more visually satisfying.

Ironically, the special feature, Prehistoric Predators: Terror Birds - which is actually just as long as the feature video, though it barely gets a mention on the back of the case - is better in almost every conceivable way. It shows the same quality of information, but the animation is much, much, MUCH better than in Bizarre Dinosaurs. Photographic images are used for the backgrounds, as in Walking with Dinosaurs, etc, and it helps a lot in selling the images as a whole even if the animations are not as polished as you would see in a summer blockbuster. The animals themselves are better rendered and better animated, and for the most part move realistically (though it is obvious less time was spent on mammalian run cycles than on those of the terror birds). The animations still get reused multiple times throughout the video, but they are much better matched with the narration, and the theories and principles described are consistently presented visually as well as orally. This is how a video on prehistoric animals should look - so why isn't it the main feature?
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3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Interesting, July 31, 2010
This review is from: National Geographic: Bizarre Dinosaurs (DVD)
Interesting. Not "walking with" by any stretch of the imagination but an interesting look none the less at dinosaurs that are not generally walked with. Worth a look.
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0 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars never knew about that, February 16, 2011
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there was alot of info I didnt know about the Dinosaurs not even the fins were for attracting the opposite sex
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