109 of 111 people found the following review helpful
on May 29, 2009
This set does not include any of the bonus features from the Rhino release,just a preveiw of the new movie which was bogus. Still,all the episodes are there and the picture quality could not be better,and that's all that really matters. I just found out about this show in 2009 and love it. I'm proof that this is a genuinely good show,not nostalgia. I remember the 1991 version,but this 1970s version is way more fun and colourful. I love the look of old shows shot on video like this one,rather than film. The fake looking sets give it a toy feel,sort of like watching Fraggle Rock,which I also love. This has become one of my top 5 favourite shows.
89 of 95 people found the following review helpful
on November 24, 2006
This will never win any awards for special effects or great acting, but it will forever be one of the best Saturday morning shows ever filmed. The first two seasons, anyway.
Season one was supervised by veteran SF writer David Gerrold (who wrote the Star Trek episode Trouble With Tribbles and the time travel classic The Man Who Folded Himself, among many other fine works) who got some of the best SF names in the business to contribute scripts. The storylines through this season probed the possibilities of what might happen to the family in their "enclosed universe" and introduced some natives such as Chaka, and some dinosaur characters that they kept around as pets and for comic relief. It also addressed themes of peace and integrity that should be instilled into every young person's mind. And what better way to do that than through a format like this... what kid doesn't love dinosaurs? The last episode of this season, written by Gerrold, provided the closest thing to a "satisfying ending" the series ever got.
Season two was much shorter and Gerrold didn't stay with it. I think Ted Sturgeon contributed one script, but most of them were written by studio writers. The series held true to the first season and they explored many of the same themes and kept most of the same characters. At the end of season two, the father was sucked into a time portal. Spencer Milligan didn't want to continue with the series. As a complete series, these episodes should fit into a timeline that took place before the season finale to season one. The first two seasons contained a lot of great writing, some interesting twists, a character named Enid who always seemed to know a little more than he let on and always had something of positive moral value to contribute. There was always the threat of the Sleestaks (which were primitive versions of Enid, whose race had regressed with time), the T-Rex was a constant threat, and of course there had to be a way out... or was there? One problem was that they found a routine and settled in it and spent very little time during this season looking for a way out.
Season three was an embarrassment that violated the rules the show had established for itself. The kids' uncle (played by the guy who was in the short lived Planet of the Apes tv series), while searching for them, got sucked into the Land of the Lost just as the dad got removed. How convenient. Most of the characters disappeared, including Chaka's family (and Chaka looked different) and all of the dinosaurs disappeared except for the ones who kept trying to kill them. They moved into the abandoned city even though it was the place that posed the most danger to the family due to the Sleestaks (who somehow ere able to talk this season, and the Enid character was made to appear weaker than he had before), and the stories grew more and more inane. Human characters appeared without valid explanation, they explored more land (even though the "enclosed universe" had already been established as being a certain small area) and Greek God-like people and the Flying Dutchman and various other "legendary" people kept popping up, and a weird giant kept trying to kill them. Some of the episodes were entertaining, but for camp purposes. The Roddenberryesque life lessons the first two seasons taught were gone. To make matters worst, the last show just ended and there was never any satisfying closure to the series.
I wish the Land of the Lost remake series from the mid-nineties would get released on DVD. It can't be any worse than season three of the original. I would highly recommend seasons one and two to any SF fan who doesn't mind a little camp. Season three and the nineties series I would recommend to completionists only, as some of the episodes weren't really all that bad. And now that you can get all three seasons in one package, why not own them all?
43 of 46 people found the following review helpful
on July 12, 2011
First off, I know I don't have to tell ya that "LotL" is an icon in my favorite era of television homage, the late-ish seventies/very early eighties (I caught the reruns). I will go to my grave frustrated with unfulfilled wishes of having blonde braids and doin' cave chores with Cha-Ka, while also reminiscing being slightly terrorized by Sleestak hissings. I have now passed on the tradition of worshipping this series down to my daughters, hence my composing this review. For the last several months, I had been wrestling with the choice of either purchasing the Rhino released DVDs of seasons two and three, which cost big bucks, or purchasing the Universal Studios released DVDs of the same seasons (see above pic/product info), which cost very little (I am still wrestling with the fact that I am lacking funds). As you can probably figure out, we already own season one, and it is the Rhino version (we got it at Target years ago). Now we are at the point at which my brain wondered if the quality of the Universal DVDs were as good as the Rhino ones, because let me tell you- the Rhino DVDs are incredible...I cannot profess to being cultured in the world of cinematography restoration, but when I watch the Rhino DVDs, I'm back in my living room on a Saturday morning eating Boo Berry. Now here comes the crappy part: I relied on a "helpful" review right here on Amazon in order to make my purchasing choice. The creator of the "helpful" review stated that the quality of these Universal discs were exactly the same as the Rhino ones. Please place negative, wrong answer game show buzzer noise here...NOT TRUE-A*! This is the first time I have ever used caps in a review; I want to be dramatic here because I want people to know that a difference does exist between the Rhino DVDs and the Universal DVDs. I was very disappointed to find that the Universal DVDs have terrible color (in some scenes it is too dull; in others, too garish), non-clarity, poor "lighting" (some cave/night scenes left me squinting); even the credits lack finesse. It's actually pretty depressing...I should have gone with my gut instinct. Plus, if I had just researched the DVD releases a little more, I would have realized that the Universal version was/is just a quickly hashed-out marketing ploy to encourage the masses to watch Will Ferrell embarrass himself in the 2009 full feature length film of the same name. Please do not make the same mistake I made...you might go into debt, but please purchase the Rhino version. I now have to fight off the urge to have a mildly alcoholic beverage while watching these Universal DVDs with my kids for the next circa two weeks, as I feel that they do not contain nor celebrate the spirit of the series. May Ta and Sa poke the producers with sticks, and may Enik just harangue them in general while using expressive body language!
*Please note: This word is the Pakuni rendering of the English word "true".
62 of 71 people found the following review helpful
on April 11, 2009
Growing up in the 70,s was a great time for watching Saturday morning cartoons. I remember waking up every Saturday morning to watch " The Land Of The Lost. " In the beginning when the life raft goes over the waterfall was so exciting and fun it was just like watching it yesterday, If you buy the complete series, anyone who knows or likes this 70's great piece of history will love to have this in their movie library like our family, It gives me a chance to share with my boys a little piece of my life, They love watching these little short stories about what it might be like to be in another time when giant lizards and funny looking creatures walked the planet. Have Fun Watching With Your Boys, It really hits home, Sean B.
42 of 47 people found the following review helpful
...that the limited edition boxed set comes in a lunch box. (If memory serves, I had a similar lunch box 35 years ago).
The series is great - totally cheesy Sid & Marty Krofft, but with a disturbing "dark" twist very unusual for mid-1970s kids fare. The mom is dead, the Marshalls are forever getting injured (Spencer Milligan's near-electrocution jolts me to this day), pseudo cosmic nonsense, and everyone is put into life-and-death peril in a fashion completely inappropriate for little kids.
Some examples of disturbing nightmare-generating images in this series:
- the Marshalls half-materialized in a rock wall
- looking through binoculars and seeing their own backs.
- Holly nearly disintegrated while orbiting a red rock with an apatosaurus and a picnic basket (gotta see it to believe it)
- Holly, AGAIN in peril, nearly exits a pylon into an explosive jungle
- Various ghostly images of alternate-universe Holly and dead Moms.
In short - it's great! One of those kids shows that adults will need to explain to the little ones.
10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
on May 27, 2009
My older brother and I were remembering the old Saturday morning "Land of the Lost" show after seeing the trailor for Will Farrell's comedic version coming out soon. I went to good ol' Amazon, knowing if it was purchasable, they'd have it. My two daughters ages 7 & 9 absolutely love it!! I only purchased the first season. I'm now ordering the full series at their request. They pretend they are Holly and our puppy is Grumpy and they race from the couch to the bed to safety with her hot on their trails. Thank you Amazon!
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on July 16, 2006
I was 8 when this came out - the perfect age to be fascinated with the story and scared of the dinosaurs and the whole "separated from my mom" aspect. The Sleestack actually gave me nightmares (but then I got them from Scooby Doo sometimes - too active an imagination!).
I got the 4 episode DVD (with Kathy Coleman on the cover) for my son when he was about 8 and totally into dinosaurs but it's my daughter who is the one who watches it over and over at age 6. I think my son is too jaded by the hi-tech 21st century. Still the stories are really neat and as a mom, it has good family values. I think the acting is over the top, but in the situations are good moral lessons, like the value of family, honesty, trying your hardest, dealing with failure, etc. Also keep in mind, the special effects were very mindblowing for 1974. Giant carrots - COOL! Pakuni - WOW! Glowing crystals - AWESOME!!!
I was over the show by the time season three rolled around so I am looking forward to watching it on the DVD, which I just purchased, and am also going to purchase a copy for my older brother. It's a total classic.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on June 8, 2009
Sweet! I thought the lunchbox was going to be plastic but is not... The pictures don't show how detailed this thing is. Now I get to watch all the episodes I missed growing up in order...
Update: No special features as other reviewers mentioned... Only a sneak peak at the movie... Interesting for the show to just end like that, it would be cool for a new series to come along and pick up where they left off, SciFi could do it.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on June 20, 2006
Saturday mornings of my youth brings back several vivid
memories- NOT having to get up and go to school, eating
FREAKIES cereal and watching LAND OF THE LOST!
I was never a big cartoon person (except for The Archies)
and I was always all about the live action Saturday
morning shows. I loved all of the Sid and Marty Krofft
productions but LAND OF THE LOST was by far the best-
at least seasons one and two!
At that time it was something new and really cool
for a saturday morning show. The storylines were very
smart and some great science fiction!
Season One was of course the best-cool storylines-as good
as any of your prime-time science fiction shows! Sure the
special effects were not "Steven Spielberg" but come-on
for a saturday morning children's program, they were great!
Season two had some of my favorite storylines including
several that included the "ZARN" character. Was this
character creepy or what? The whole marsh scenery spooked
Then came season (thankfully the last) Three-WHAT HAPPENED?
The storylines became plain-out STUPID! The "Medusa" episode,
"The Abominable Snowman" episode and "Hot Air Artist" episode
are by far the very worst! Wesley Eure breaking into song at
the end of three episodes didn't help the series either!
I can only imagine what would have become of the series if it
had continued for a fourth season!
I won't even discuss the remake and will NEVER talk about
the upcoming movie version (Will Ferrell as Rick Marshall)
Hopefully they've scrapped that!
The DVD set is a nice set however. I do like the interviews
with some of the series stars. I wish they had more special
features but am just happy that the series is available!
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on June 6, 2009
I was delighted to find that this series was finally being released in an affordable set, so I bought it the second it was available -- and am I glad! It's nice for a chance that a show I loved as a child is still as good as it was to me then (not always the case!), and now, watching it, I can see -- yes, the effects are appallingly bad; yes, the acting leaves a lot to be desired; and, yes, it's for kids. But oh, man, the writing!
I was shocked to see names like D.C. Fontana, Ben Bova, David Gerrold, and even LARRY NIVEN cross the screen -- real, solid Science Fiction writers writing serious science fiction for children, making for a grand overall storyline broken into fairly tidy and interesting chapters that do a terrific job of holding my attention as an adult. Of course,now I find the Zarn more annoying (patronizing) than frightening, but the eerie quality of the alien is unmistakable.
I cannot believe, though, this is being pushed along with passes to the movie and some of the extras include behind-the-scenes footage on the movie rather than more on the series; the film appears to be a slapstick comedy vehicle for Will Ferrell having little to nothing to do with the original; fans of the hard SF/Fantasy of this series won't be happy with the movie (at least, it looks appalling to me). Changing the solid and practical Patriarch of the Marshall clan into a bumbling idiot and Will & Holly from his children into a sidekick and love interest, respectively, doesn't really seem to have much to do with the show.
So if you loved this show, stick with these originals. And enjoy. They're still just as good as they were. Even with the claymation dinosaurs.