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The (Very Near) Death of a Childhood Favorite---prevented by Rifftrax
on April 19, 2014
When I was a kid, Planet of Dinosaurs was one of my favorite movies. My, how things have changed! I was a little apprehensive in opening this up to watch with my husband...he can't help but to mock both oldies (but goodies) and "badies" alike.
We first attempted to watch this movie without the Rifftrax commentary. This was a failure--to be perfectly clear, in my opinion, Planet of Dinosaurs has not withstood the test of time. While the dinosaurs are fabulous--the acting is far, far worse than I remembered. Instead of feeling for the people who die horribly on the new, merciless planet, my inner voice spits out a satisfied "Good". The music is just flat out horrible. When we got to a particularly long, arduous hiking scene, I couldn't take it anymore, and we switched to the Rifftrax commentary.
WOW. I have to say, the commentary by the Mystery Science Theater folks really made my experience. I'm not sure I could have stood yet another long hiking scene, or painfully acted sequence. They made me laugh, and feel that much less guilty for my lack of empathy for the onscreen deaths. Other reviewers have stated this is one of their best--they have definitely piqued my interest. Five stars (so to speak) for helping salvage an old favorite B-movie for this thirty-something!
Features: This dvd has both the un-augmented version of the film, and the commentary, which I highly recommend
And lastly: the film: Let's be honest here--it looks bad. It looks like they didn't even bother to clean it up, unreasonably so. If they could manage to re-vamp Gone With the Wind, which is much, much older than this film...they could have done better than this grainy, VHS looking dub.
Overall: this DVD is worth it to take a trip down memory lane, and get a few laughs out of it. Plus, it's more cost effective than buying the movie alone. As long as it remains budget friendly, this dvd is worth an hour or so of your time.