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Titanoboa: Monster Snake


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  • Actors: Na
  • Directors: Martin Kemp
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Anamorphic, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Surround Sound, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.77:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Smithsonian Channel
  • DVD Release Date: April 3, 2012
  • Run Time: 92 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0070EUH1Q
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #154,823 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Titanoboa: Monster Snake tells the story of a group of intrepid scientists who unearth a priceless paleontological treasure trove deep in the Cerrejon Mine, Colombia. Together with their research teams, Jon Bloch and Carlos Jaramillo found a host of giant fossilized leaves and super-sized amphibians that shed light on a prehistoric black hole, just after the death of the dinosaurs. These fossilized remains reveal that the earth endured a period of ferocious global warming leading to a whole new ecosystem - the birth of the rain forest - in which huge creatures battled it out to become the planet's top predators. Dominating this battle was the Titanoboa, the undisputed biggest snake of all time. Titanoboa's world is fully realized in stunning photo-real CGI.

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I had to buy our own copy.
Amazon Customer
Sure, there are plenty of other snakes on display here, but take it from this guy who's probably just as afraid as you are: it's a pleasant experience!
E. Lee Zimmerman
A very interesting documentary for all people interested in prehistoric life.
Mike

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This is a quite good document about the discovery and analysis of remains of the greatest snake ever found until now. It also tries to reconstruct the life of this unique creature by using CGI, which allows us to have a glimpse into a still quite obscure but passionating time in Earth's history - the Paleocene (65 to 56 mllion years ago).

The remains of this gigantic snake were found in Venezuela, in coal mines of Cerrejon. It soon became clear that this creature, named Titanoboa cerrejonensis, was the longest, largest and heaviest snake ever discovered. It is considered that adult Titanoboa could grow as long as 15 meters (50 feet), had the diameter of 1 meter at the thickest part of the body and weighed as much as 1135 kg (2500 pounds)!

The description of the discovery and analysis of remains is quite interesting, although maybe slightly too long. It is followed by a general lesson about the constrictor snakes in which we can watch one of the scientists being attacked and bitten by a pretty large anaconda... The part about the life and habits of Titanoboa was pretty well done, although you should not expect anything as good as "Walking with dinosaurs". Other than some crocodiles and turtles and a piece of swamp we do not see much about the Paleocene, but it is already more than in any other document about paleonthology (in "Walking with beasts" series this period was entirely bypassed). It was a quite unique moment in Earth's history, very wet and VERY hot, when mammals were still relatively small and so the top of the food chain was occupied by giant flightless birds, oversized snapping turtles, huge crocodiles and absolutely enormous snakes...
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Edouard Paiva on August 1, 2012
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Great video for the person that likes giant snakes, you will also see Anacondas in the great Venezuelan Llanos and can compare some aspects of Titanoboa with them.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Cynthia L. Morehead on April 30, 2013
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For the person interested in Herpetology, fossil finds and true life facts this is the DVD for you... It answers the questions; of is it real, where was it discovered, when it was found and who found it, how many different disciplines contributed to it's completion for exhibit. Excellent presentation..
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Daniel Jolley HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on March 29, 2013
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You just don't get any more badass than the Titanoboa. I'm talking 48 feet long, 2500 pounds - this behemoth ate large crocodiles for breakfast. Go out there and look up an image comparing Titanoboa vertebra to that of a modern day Amazon boa constrictor - there is no comparison. This snake pumped out babies bigger than any fully grown boa constrictor or python on earth today. This excellent documentary takes you all the way from the unexpected discovery of the first giant snake fossils to the awesome reconstruction that brings Titanoboa as close to life as it has been in 60 million years.

So where did this monster live? Well, the fossils of Titanoboa and a plethora of other giant reptiles were hiding underground in the Cerrejón region of La Guajira, Colombia until a coal mining company showed up and started digging. Fortunately, scientists were given access to the site and started finding fossilized leaves and various bones that created the picture of a miniature little rain forest that existed immediately following the extinction event that killed the dinosaurs - an era scientists know relatively little about due to a lack of fossils. In this lush marshy playground, Titanoboa ruled supreme, growing supersized in the abnormally warm climate and constricting the life out of anything that had the misfortune of getting in its way.

Not only do you get to watch graduate students and scientists get excited about this find of a lifetime, you also get to watch a couple of them go wading for anacondas as part of their study of Titanoboa's closest living cousin. Apparently, the best way to find anacondas is to go walking barefoot in the marshy waters they call home. Sometimes, though, as one scientist learns, the snake finds you before you find it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Constance on February 3, 2013
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I thoroughly enjoyed watching this! I was completely jazzed when I heard about the discovery of the Titanoboa and then saw the Smithsonian Channel made a dvd about it, I was even more jazzed. It's definitely intriguing and teaches you a couple different things not just about this snake but Anaconda's and constrictors in general, which I found interesting. Worth the money and watch for sure!
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I really enjoy how the process of comparing Titanoboa to todays large snakes that inhabit our world that we share! If you want a Hollywood this snake ate the USA,then this documentary probably will not please you.I thought the program was very well thought out,and presented very well!! Thank you for all who made this film!!
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Huge snakes, they try to base what size it would have been by comparing the backbone section with other snakes of today. Then they lay it out and build a model.
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I did like the parts about the discovery of the Titanoboa bones and how they figured out just how large it was. I felt the other parts about current anacondas was a bit long and superfluous.
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