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Planet Dinosaur (2012)

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4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (78 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Various
  • Directors: Various
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: BBC Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: August 21, 2012
  • Run Time: 180 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (78 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0083VP2KQ
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #15,508 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Planet Dinosaur (DVD)

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23 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing series July 22, 2012
I bought both the Blu Ray and DVD versions of this series. It is one of the best dinosaur shows yet to be produced. The effects were spectacular and the realism is yet another level, as technology allows for increased detail and even the superfluous, background is completely realistic. The chosen dinosaurs are some of the most desirable for a paleo / dino fan. Also this series is fine for younger viewers, as there is not too much extreme violence. While this may be disappointing to many viewers (as full out battle scenes are great), it makes it appropriate for all ages, while not automatically being lame because of this. They have found the perfect balance between the action most of us crave and the interesting and entertaining scenes devoid of violence.
I could not recommend this DVD series more highly.
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22 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Simply the best yet! January 19, 2013
If you loved the original Walking With Dinosaurs series (and I still do!), you must see this. Like WWD, it's almost all dino-animation; very little interruption - and when the flow is broken, it's to explain the scientific reasoning that supports the (sometimes surprising) conclusions. And while WWD's animation was excellent for its time, this show demonstrates the improvements possible with 2012 technology.

If you were disappointed by Jurassic Fight Club (and I was!), this is everything JFC wasn't. No repetition of video sequences, and best of all, no annoying George Blasing (sorry, George).

I see a lot of reviews for dinosaur shows that begin with something like, "My 5-year-old grandson is crazy for dinosaurs, so I bought him this..." Well, maybe you think dinosaurs are a phase that you're supposed to grow out of, but not all of us think like that. And the BBC, with "Walking With Dinosaurs" and this show, Planet Dinosaur, acknowledges this fact. This is NOT a kiddie show. This is aimed at an adult, very sophisticated audience, and it shows.

The visuals here are beautiful, and often stunning. The animation is so lifelike it must be seen to be believed. The effects are amazing - my favorite may be the running raid on a Centrosaur herd by a group of Daspletosaurs, driving them into a flooding river -- in a thunderstorm.

As someone mentioned, many animals make their animated debuts in this series, and they're worth the wait. Don't confuse Planet Dinosaur with "Dinosaur Planet"; that was good, but this is far, far better.

One earlier review complained about the constant "drumbeat" of eating and killing, that dinosaurs are portrayed as mindless eating machines.
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20 of 22 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Dinosaur Update October 13, 2012
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Planet Dinosaur is a very good documentary, in a six episode format a la Walking With Dinosaurs, covering some of the most important finds of the last 20 or so years.

The first episode covers the three superpredators of Mid Cretaceous Africa - Spinosaurus, Carcharodontosaurus and the crocodilian Sarcosuchus (a/k/a SuperCroc), which remarkably coexisted together. The second episode covers some of the more important feathered dinosaurs of Asia which have changed the way we look at dinosaurs. The third episode profiles Daspletosaurus and Majungasaurus as representatives of the two major predator groups that dominated the Late Cretaceous worldwide. Episode four takes a look at two Jurassic predators - the sea monster Predator X and the domination of Allosaurus by it's less prolific but larger relative Saurophaganax (stay tuned for further scientific news regarding whether or not it's actually not a separate species but rather an oversized Allosaurus). Episode 5 profiles the sauropods Argentinosaurus and Paralititan, two contenders for the largest dinosaur ever found. The series wraps up jumping around to examine several lesser known dinosaurs of the Late Cretaceous.

There are a few instances where the CGI seemed evident to me, but all in all there were alot of quite memorable images. A few of the dinosaurs have already been covered in other documentaries, but there are also a few long overdue debuts. Camptosaurus, a mid-sized herbivore which appeared in almost every kid's dino book back in the day but is probably not quite as well known by today's kids, finally shows up after having been inexplicably omitted from Walking With's Jurassic episode and Allosaurus spinoff.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "Nature" with dinos April 24, 2013
By Papa
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Bought this for my two sons (5 and 9), who both really like dinosaurs. They were not disappointed! My wife found it too graphic in the depiction of predators' meal time: a good indication that boys will find it awesome! Very well done, good CGI, good narration. It keeps your interest up for the 30 min it lasts. One can learn from it while being entertained!
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Planet Dinosaur Blu-Ray September 28, 2012
By Noble
For the record, this Blu-Ray will play on American BR players. I played it on a JVC player that is about 2 and 1/2 years old, and it played with no problems. I previously tried playing it in a Samsung player, and it would not play past the main menu. However, when I did a firmware update, it played. And my copy was ordered months before it was available on the American through
As far as the product itself, the quality is great, and it is an enjoyable program. One of the better dino-related "documentaries" out there since it focuses very heavily on more recent scientific discoveries.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
great show
Published 3 hours ago by wade d ashley
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
love dinosaur documentaries and the way they explain the science is really well done.
Published 4 days ago by J. Smith
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
This is a great tv series.
Published 1 month ago by Patrick Duncan
5.0 out of 5 stars Engaging and Exciting Documentary Series
This was an informative and entertaining documentary. The narration is engaging and the pace is kept up so that attention doesn't start to wane. Read more
Published 2 months ago by John Elliott
4.0 out of 5 stars Planet Dinosaur
I'll watch just about any dinosaur DVD. Not really as good as Walking With Dinosaurs but fun. CGI is not as good as it could be.
Published 2 months ago by Thalia Johnson
5.0 out of 5 stars Very entertaining, very educational - well done!
Really well done series. They didn't just show you stories about dinosaurs, they showed the evidence for the stories in the fossils they found. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Greg
5.0 out of 5 stars Planet Dinosaur 3D [2012] [3D Blu-ray] [UK Release]
Planet Dinosaur 3D [2012] [3D Blu-ray] [UK Release] ULTIMATE KILLERS!

Transporting viewers to locations across the globe and back in time through tens of millions of... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Andrew C. Miller
5.0 out of 5 stars Great series!
Can't get enough of those dinosaurs! Great series!
Published 3 months ago by Barbara Wilson
5.0 out of 5 stars Graphically educational
Grandson loves it...
Published 3 months ago by Bonnie Shoffner
5.0 out of 5 stars they love this DVD
Well what can I say my boys are dinosaur buff , they love this DVD.
Published 3 months ago by Leo
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