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T-Rex: Back to the Cretaceous (DVD)

Dinosaurs are very much alive - at least in the mind of teenager Ally Hayden. When a museum accident transports Ally on an adverture back in time to explore the terrain and territory of life-size dinosaurs, she is thrust literally nose-to-nose with the largest and most realistic dinosaur ever to appear on a movie screen - the fearsome 20-foot tall, 15-ton Tyrannosaurus Rex.

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Did you ever want to get so close to a mama tyrannosaur that you could pat her scaly reptilian snout? Now you'll know what that's like, thanks to aspiring paleontologist Ally Hayden (Liz Stauber), the teenage heroine of the 1998 IMAX film T-Rex: Back to the Cretaceous. Ally's dino-expert father (Peter Horton) has just returned from his latest dig with a fossilized T. rex egg, and when Ally accidentally cracks the egg in her dad's museum laboratory, a puff of mysterious smoke catapults her back to the Cretaceous period, when dinosaurs-- especially T. rex--ruled the Earth. With her imagination in full flight (along with an astonishingly realistic pterodactyl), Ally confirms the dinosaur theories of her own speculative research, and she also encounters pioneering dinosaur illustrator Charles Knight (Tuck Milligan) and legendary paleontologist Barnum Brown (Laurie Murdoch). Best of all, she comes face to face with a maternal tyrannosaur, earning its respect by protecting one of its incubating eggs.

T-Rex won't be as effective on DVD (where the IMAX 3-D effects are amusingly pointless), but it's guaranteed to please anyone who enjoyed the similarly astounding CGI effects of Walking with Dinosaurs. Stauber is a refreshingly normal teen star, and although much of the dialogue sounds like it was cribbed from a grade-school science text, its educational value is perfectly matched to the wonders of Ally's prehistoric adventure. Director Brett Leonard previously helmed the pioneering FX flick The Lawnmower Man, and here he demonstrates a warmer, more accessible sense of wonder for kids and parents alike. At 45 minutes, this IMAX dazzler never wears out its welcome. --Jeff Shannon

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Special Features

  • Behind-the-scenes documentary (5 min.)

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  • Actors: Kari Coleman, Laurie Murdoch, Liz Stauber, Peter Horton
  • Directors: Brett Leonard
  • Writers: Andrew Gellis, Jeanne Rosenberg
  • Producers: Charis Horton, Antoine Compin, Andrew Gellis
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Subtitled
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 5.1), French (Dolby Digital 5.1), Spanish (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish, French, Portuguese
  • Dubbed: Spanish
  • 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: New Line Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: October 2, 2007
  • Run Time: 45 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 2.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00005J6V3
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #105,366 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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24 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Eric B. Norris on January 3, 2002
Format: DVD
Picture if you will excited little me hunched in front of the TV set playing "T-Rex: Back to the Cretaceous" on my DVD player. The film starts with a boring story of a neglected daughter whose dad is a paleontologist...oops, I nod off here for a while, then the story continues as I watch the time counter on the DVD ticking past 20 minutes, then 25 minutes and I'm thinking, "HEY! WHERE ARE THE FREAKING DINOSAURS, MAN?" Next I pick up a magazine...still waiting for DINOSAURS then HOLD ON! There's a couple of seconds of dino action then...THE CREDITS? This movie is a complete waste of time! There are probably about two minutes of dinosaur action tops among the boring, modern-day boring (did I say that already) incredibly boring story! .... This is really a total [disappointment].
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Gary Vair on July 6, 2001
Format: DVD
I suppose that a young girl's hallucinatory wanderings (after she gets a whiff of petrified dinosaur egg dust) was meant to be entertaining and informative. Her after hours ‘trip’ through a natural history museum trying to justify her T-REX laid eggs theory turns out to be just boring. Wow, look at all these plants. Whoa! Hey! We do actually get to see a couple (five or so) of the critters for a few minutes, and in their original 3D IMAX presentation they might have been quite startling leaping out at you from the screen. I wanted to know more about dinosaurs, not get 3D thrills which were confined to the original IMAX presentation. These dinosaurs don’t have much impact on the home video screen. The lone T-REX even turns out to be friendly enough to get a pat on the nose from our tripped out heroine. And wait! The petrified rock hatches! Now that’s really informative science for the kids, I’ve been around for 6 decades and even I had not known that petrified eggs could actually hatch (and of course the hatchling leaps out at you from the screen). Maybe I should get to the museum more often. I guess that might make 6 dinosaurs in the movie with two T-REXs.....
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Wendy Somerlot Bittel on April 5, 2002
Format: DVD
Stick to the Discovery Channel series on Dinosaurs and Prehistoric beasts. They are much more informational and done much better. This is a story about a girl's desire to please and impress her father rather than about dinosaurs. The actual segments with dinosaurs in them are fleeting. It attempts to make a point about proving and disproving theories but that gets a little lost in the story line and is never really clarified.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Mark Shives on July 17, 2001
Format: VHS Tape
I saw this when it was at the local IMAX. Don't even bother. Poor story line. Too much time on the young girl. Just wasn't worth it.
Better would be to see the Discovery Video series: Walking with Dinosaurs (1,2,3) or When Dinosaurs Walked America.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on January 27, 2002
Format: DVD
This boring IMAX movie scared our 3-year-old so much that we had to leave before it ended. Less plot than a 1950s drive-in monster movie, but the same concept: human vs. monster, accented by dark creepy scenes giving you the feeling that a deadly beast is hiding behind the next tree. We expected interesting visual science, not this movie that may forever distort our son's feelings about nature and the unknown. Bah!
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 20, 2003
Format: DVD
I went to see T-Rex thinking I would gain a little knowledge about dinosaurs, but was completely wrong. Within the first five minutes, and seeing about 10 closeups of the girl's face, I was counting down the time until it was over. I almost started laughing in the theater when the girl ran along side the T-Rex after another egg-stealing dinosaur yelling "Leave that egg alone! Thats not your egg!" Did they think that this senario was realistic?
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful By RonCharles on April 11, 2005
Format: DVD
What a total piece of crap! It's hard to imagine that even the special effects in an IMAX theatre could have redeemed this disaster. For one thing, how would there have been time to have all that many special dinosaur effects when most of the movie revolves around one very uninteresting little girl?

Apparently, someone thought that it would be a great idea to pass off a juvenile feminist tract as a dinosaur adventure. It was not a great idea. Anyone expecting to learn anything about dinosaurs or even see all that many dinosaurs in this production is going to be very disappointed and is going to feel very deceived indeed.

To give this DVD even one star is an insult to movies which do deserve at least one star. This rotten piece of work doesn't even deserve one star.

Save your money and buy one of the truly well-done DVD's out there about dinosaurs and the prehistoric world. "Walking With Dinosaurs," "Walking With Prehistoric Beasts," "When Dinosaurs Roamed America" and "Prehistoric America" are all very good. Don't waste even a penny on "T-Rex - Back to the Cretaceous!"

Ron's Grade: F
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 15, 2004
Format: DVD
This is one of the few IMAX "educational" films to have a storytelling presentation. It's 3-D was well shot for the IMAX format (70mm film). An IMAX 1.44 format is close enough to a standard 1.33 TV video, that it should translate to DVD well. It also comes with a "making of" short featurette.
The film centers around the daughter of a paleontologist, who's induced imagination brings the museum's displays to life. A few (good) educational encounters with historic figures, and realistic (though brief) prehistoric lifeforms, are interwoven by a father/daughter storyline and a contrived, disoriented, hallucinatory run through the museum.
So, why only 2 stars? An attempt to add storytelling to education, without being firmly committed to either (or both), leaves everyone expecting more than this film provides. Little boys will find very little dinosaur sightings here, along with too little action to hold their attention. Little girls might identify with the lead character, but it's not likely to have enough storyline to be their favorite DVD. Adults will find the children's "edu-drama" well under their heads (something you'd like to show your child, but too dull to watch by yourself). This is not at all a bad film, but there's just too little of the good stuff.
Film fans will be disappointed that the well done 3-D isn't presented here...even though the film is only 45 mins long, and the DVD could easily have included a field sequential 3-D "bonus" version, which would've sold the DVD the same way 3-D sold this IMAX film in theaters. This film was written to be shot in 3-D, and technically executed flawlessly for IMAX 3-D presentation. I'd buy a 3-D version of this DVD in a heart-beat!
IMAX is HUGE, so the impressive size is lost on a TV...
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