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Prehistoric Park

4.8 out of 5 stars 123 customer reviews

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In this thrilling new docu-drama series that is at the cutting edge of technology and creativity Nigel Marven heads back to prehistoric times to find some of the most magnificent creatures that have ever been on this Earth. With the aid of award-winning animatronics and computer graphics teams we are sent back to prehistory among some of the most amazing creatures that have ever existed. The creatures are brought back through time to the present day where they are looked after in the Prehistoric Park a place where Nigel and his expert dedicated team care for them alongside animals from the present day world.System Requirements:Running Time: 240 minsFormat: DVD MOVIE Genre: TELEVISION/SERIES & SEQUELS Rating: NR UPC: 787364778393

What if extinction didn't have to be forever? That's the premise of this BCI Eclipse docu-drama by the animatronics and computer graphics teams of Walking With Dinosaurs in which naturalist Nigel Marven rescues now-extinct creatures from the past 300-million years and brings them via time portal to a present-day wildlife sanctuary known as Prehistoric Park to be studied, preserved, and bred. Like a Jurassic Park with much more scientific information and minus the high level of sheer terror, Prehistoric Park deals with the housing of prehistoric creatures in the modern world. Nigel travels through the last 300-million years collecting specimens of everything from the heavily researched tyrannosaurus rex, wooly mammoth, and saber tooth cat to the newly discovered four-winged microraptor and the centipede-like arthropleura. Each episode skillfully blends scientific fact with scientific inference and Nigel's demonstrated knowledge of modern day animals and his ability to extrapolate that knowledge to understand prehistoric animal behavior and their needs is impressive. At Prehistoric Park, the very knowledgeable veterinarian Suzanne is similarly adept at adapting current medical knowledge and practice to help the prehistoric animals under her care and park caretaker Bob is a master improviser, building containment pens and modifying environments, and sometimes animal behavior, to ensure a healthy and safe captivity. An adventure series in the truest sense, each 47-minute episode juxtaposes the modern with the prehistoric and the scientific with the imagined, is full of suspense and drama, and features an amazing combination of very skilled computer animation and realistic animatronics that leave audiences believing that they've just seen genuine footage of prehistoric creatures. Scenic locations are stunning and conjure up localities ranging from the subtropical prehistoric park to the icy tundra, rock formations of Scotland, and ash-strewn volcanic lands of prehistoric China. The talents of Nigel Marven, sometimes compared to the Crocodile Hunter, Suzanne McNabb, Rod Arthur (park keeper Bob), and narrator David Jason are considerable. Bonus features include a great "Stats and Facts" feature which allows viewers to select on-screen facts about specific creatures as they appear within the episodes, storyboards, photo gallery, and a 27-minute making-of featurette that details the entire creative process from imagining the impossible to scouting locations, creating the incredible animatronics with "Crawlie Creatures" and cutting-edge computer animation with "Framestore," and finding talented actors and natural history experts up to the challenge of re-creating 300-million years of history. This six-episode television adventure is at once entertaining and educational and is sure to fascinate and inspire the entire family ages 6 and older. --Tami Horiuchi

Special Features

  • Stats & facts
  • Photo gallery
  • Storyboards
  • The Making of Prehistoric Park

Product Details

  • Actors: Nigel Marven, Rod Arthur, Suzanne McNabb, David Jason
  • Producers: Lareine Shea
  • Format: Color, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo)
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Bci / Eclipse
  • DVD Release Date: June 5, 2007
  • Run Time: 288 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (123 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #48,125 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Prehistoric Park" on IMDb

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I'm 21 and even I loved this DVD. If you liked Jurassic Park, you haven't seen anything yet. An absolutely fascinating watch for anyone, no matter the age, who has ever had even the slightest interest in prehistoric animals. Huge round of applause for Animal Planet successfully bridging the gap between entertainment and education. The cinematography is breath-taking, the acting is surprisingly well done, the facts are not made up by Hollywood, and there's even gory dino battles! I'm speechless. Even the hairs on my arm went up. Yowza. This DVD is worth every penny and will continue to be a captivating DVD even after Season II premieres. ;) If you liked this, check out the "Walking With Dinosaurs" series from the BBC, as well, and keep a sharp eye for Zoo Tycoon II: Exctinct Animals, if you want to take a stab at running your own digital prehistoric zoo. Exciting stuff, my friends, exciting stuff.

**On a side note, if you have really young children (under 10 perhaps?) you may want to watch it with them, but Prehistoric Park presents extinct animals just as any nature show would, so keep in mind it's tasteful.
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This is a fabulous, entertaining little series. My sons LOVE them- its kind of Walking With Dinosaurs meets the Crocodile Hunter. Nigel is wonderful, the dinosaurs are well-done, and the pace keeps right on movin'. Put this with Chased By Dinosaurs, and you have a ton of fun. I hope he does more seasons of this! We want to know what happens next, and what animals Nigel will bring back next, at Prehistoric Park!
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A great six-episode series featuring Chased by Dinosaur's Nigel Marvin. This series combines the Chased by Dinosaurs time-travel premise with the premise of Jurassic Park. Nigel travels back to various points in prehistory to rescue extinct animals and bring them back to the present, to "Prehistoric Park".

Of course, you have to ignore the fact that a few individuals do not constitute a viable breeding population, not to mention the fact that the "time gate" consists of two stick-like instruments which Nigel just turns on and sticks into the ground to create a "doorway". But if you can suspend your disbelief, this show is great fun.

Of all the things my 4 and 6 year old daughters like to watch (over and over and over and over), this is by far one of the most bearable for Mommy. Highly recommended, we watch it almost every night.
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"It's one thing to find a T-Rex," the narrator David Jason tells us. "It's another thing to take one home." Prehistoric Park takes the fascinating idea of a natural history series on dinosaurs and combining it into a fictional documentary with a real wildlife adventurer named Nigel Marven. Nigel uses a time portal to travel back with a small team to capture or trick dinosaurs in order to return with them through the portal to today's Prehistoric Park. This is an idea that is presented with good science, but is engrossingly odd because it's played so straight. It's hard not to keep smiling at what has led us to this since Marlin Perkins and Wild Kingdom.

The series has terrific production values, exciting situations, deadpan delivery and this outstanding, enthusiastic real-life naturalist, Nigel Marven. He's a producer and star of popular British TV natural history programs and was associated with David Attenborough for several years. From the back wearing a bush hat he resembles Andrew Zimern rushing to eat something we don't want to know about. From the front, however, he resembles somewhat a weathered and energetic Rod Taylor, down to his workingman's accent. Nigel Marven is a completely unself-conscious amateur actor in the middle of all the special effects. This integration of live action and impeccable Computer Generated Imagery is what CGI was born to do, not waste its time on comic book movies. The fight between two T-Rexes, one with two babies looking on and Nigel trying to stay out of the way, is far more exciting than the fights between Spidey and Willem Defoe. The CGI visuals with the explanation of the giant meteor strike that most likely led to the disappearance of the dinosaurs is impressive.
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Our family loved this series so much that I HAD to pre-order so I could get it as soon as possible. Quality of DVD etc is excellent (If you take the box apart you will discover a map of Prehistoric Park lining the box set sleeve. An odd touch for a part of the box that would normally never ever be seen, I just happened to be cutting it apart.) Quality of the shows, even better.

The paleontology is all intelligent guesses but they are not bad guesses. The animation puppetry etc are just as fine as in the origional "Walking With Dinosaurs". And then there is the fun with Nigel Marvin! He is a real naturalist who can be seen on Animal Planet, and with every hare-brained capture for the Park, my Mum and I would say, "That is just what Nigel would really do!" He has his 'film crew' with him and some of the footage purports to be of their eye-view adventures, such as a shot of Nigel in a tree talking to whomever is holding the camera, or a shot suddenly going wild as an animal charges and the crewman drops the camera and scrambles for safety. This technique to add authenticity is a bit overdone by the "Walking With" people in their shows but is strangely more realistic where Nigel is involved.

Some of the series involves not the captures but settling in the new inhabitents of the Prehistoric Park. These bits are sometimes the best although the humour involving the beleagured park manager Bob is a little much. But then, in zoos and parks world-wide the keepers find themselves in humourous situations because animals are just like that.

If you like this one, check out it's predecessor, "Chased by Dinosaurs" which is Nigel Marvin visiting the past and trying to study animals without being eaten. Which again is just what he'd do in a heartbeat if given the chance.
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