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T-Rex - Back to the Cretaceous (IMAX) (2001)

Kari Coleman , Laurie Murdoch , Brett Leonard  |  NR |  DVD
2.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Kari Coleman, Laurie Murdoch, Liz Stauber, Peter Horton
  • Directors: Brett Leonard
  • Writers: Andrew Gellis, Jeanne Rosenberg
  • Producers: Charis Horton, Andrew Gellis, Antoine Compin
  • 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: July 3, 2001
  • Run Time: 45 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 2.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00005J6V3
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #211,721 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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  • Behind-the-scenes documentary (5 min.)

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T-Rex: Back to the Cretaceous (DVD)

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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24 of 25 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars DESERVES MINUS 5 STARS! SAVE YOUR MONEY! January 3, 2002
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
1.0 out of 5 stars Where are the Dinosours? July 6, 2001
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
1.0 out of 5 stars Disappointment April 5, 2002
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
1.0 out of 5 stars Saw it in IMAX - Don't bother 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
1.0 out of 5 stars T-Rex - Dumb and Dumber January 27, 2002
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
1.0 out of 5 stars Are they kidding? March 20, 2003
By A Customer
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
1.0 out of 5 stars The Worst Dinosaur Movie Ever--And I Mean Ever April 11, 2005
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!"
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars IMAX 3-D viewed as DVD 2-D July 15, 2004
By A Customer
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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3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
It's okay
Published 16 days ago by William Looft
5.0 out of 5 stars I've seen this movie over 500 times
Serisouly. I worked at the Imax back in 2000 when this movie came out. I can qoute the whole movie and spite all of that I still just bought the movie to watch with old friends who... Read more
Published 16 months ago by Christy G
5.0 out of 5 stars T-Rex - Back to the Cretaceous (IMAX)
I had a good experience with this purchase , It came in a timely manner and the quality was good .Thanks again Bill
Published on September 10, 2011 by Scattman
4.0 out of 5 stars Fun video for the classroom
I use this video in the classroom when I teach my dinosaur unit. Not only is it like watching a movie but it has a lot fo useful information packed into it. Read more
Published on July 22, 2009 by Holly Lauber
1.0 out of 5 stars 3D can't save this boring disaster
This weekend my family and I were duped into seeing this in 3D at IMAX. My children, 3 year old twin boys fascinated with Dinosaurs, caught a glimpse of the advertising and begged... Read more
Published on June 22, 2009 by Nathan Risto
1.0 out of 5 stars not what I thought
When I purchased this, I didn't realize it was more of a teaching video, rather than an actual movie, seeing Peter Hortons name, I thought it was a full scale movie, I was not... Read more
Published on January 6, 2009 by MJ
5.0 out of 5 stars for those of you who didn't see it in 3-D
I saw it in IMAX at Universal Studios Hollywood. I admit it was much better that way because that it is the way it was meant to be seen. Read more
Published on February 2, 2008 by David Johnson
3.0 out of 5 stars Nice see it one time movie
This movie has two things going for it; the last 10 minutes and a wonderful William Ross score. Seeing it on the actual 3-D Imax for the first time was great. Read more
Published on October 21, 2006 by ophidian
3.0 out of 5 stars This film REALLY needs to be seen in IMAX 3D. A blu-ray would be nice...
I am NOT recommending buying the 2D DVD of this film. YOU HONESTLY MUST SEE IT IN 3D on a Very BIG Screen to appreciate it. Read more
Published on April 9, 2006 by Jeff N
3.0 out of 5 stars T-Rex Back to the Cretaceous
The plot is hokey, but my son loves the movie. It was made for kids like him, not me, so if you've got a dinosaur-obsessed child, he or she will probably love it, too.
Published on September 27, 2005 by overseas shopper
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