When Dinosaurs Roamed America
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Also, as with WWD, be aware that these visuals are all built on THEORIES and may contradict your assumptions and major theories in the effort to provide interesting dinosaurs on-screen.
Secondly, and perhaps more importantly, this presentation has been considerably "dumbed down" -- even at the risk of making the science fuzzy and inaccurate. If you've seen the Discovery Channel presentation of Walking With Dinosaurs vs. the DVD, you'll know just how horrid a job was done in the editing room when moving the presentation to Discovery. This DVD shows the same dead hand at the switch. It displays no faith in the viewers to do more than watch the pretty pictures.
Certainly better than anything we would have seen ten years ago, but not as good as what can be done today. It simply lacks the loving care and interest in the subject shown by the WWD specials.
One other note: John Goodman is really not up the level of either Kenneth Branaugh (British version of Walking with Dinosaurs as well as the DVD version) or Avery Brooks (the version of Walking With Dinosaurs shown on the Discovery Channel). The latter two treat it as a serious nature special. Goodman's narration makes it sound like he's narrating a children's TV special, not a nature special.
The naration is one of the bigger detractors from the film. John Goodman? Come on? Why? Because he was in the Flinstones? Not even close to the standard set in WWD.
There was some re-use of backgrounds and animations of some scenes which made me say, "hey, I saw that already, all they did was mirror the scene."
The pacing was perfect and the few but insightful palentologist comments were well done. The length was good. Another good thing was that there were some new dinosaurs in this DVD that we haven't previously seen.
Overall, the DVD is great, offered new info, showed dinos with feathers, and continued the trend started by WWD. I highly recommend it for any audience. Also the price is right.
But this DVD isn't all bad. It was well paced and still interesting. Some of the interpretations of the dinosaurs themselves were good. T-Rex as a family pack hunter? Interesting. Some of the designs for the dinosaurs were quite cool too. Some of them looked a little cartoonish for my tastes, but I have to admit that the feathered dinosaurs were well done.
Certainly, it isn't nearly as impressive as Walking With Dinosaurs, but it also isn't as expensive as Walking With Dinosaurs. It is a good watch for the price.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Anyone who is interested in nature, this is a must! This DVD takes you from the Late Triassic to the Late Cretaceous. Read morePublished 10 months ago by C.H.
I owned this as a kid on VHS, and I loved it. Now I get to enjoy it again on DVD thanks to your help!Published on January 20, 2014 by Preston
Even among admirers of "When Dinosaurs Roamed America" (hereafter WDRA), there is a reluctant admission that this BBC-production prehistoric animal follow-up is not quite up to the... Read morePublished on May 25, 2012 by John Panagopoulos
Overall, the information was pretty good. Compared to other, more modern, dino-documentaries, the CG is a little rough, especially when it comes to merging the animations with live... Read morePublished on March 11, 2010 by Ashley Lake
I enjoyed this DVD. I also enjoyed John Goodman"s voice. I sometimes watch with sub-titles so I can learn to pronounce names. I see no problems with his pronounciations. Read morePublished on November 19, 2009 by pokey-at-home
Great dvd to buy. Goodman is excellent at telling this story. Would of been 5 stars if some of the graphics looked better, but still fun to watchPublished on November 25, 2008 by S. Barker