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Dinosaur Discoveries

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Dinosaur Discoveries

This 4-DVD Box-Set Includes:

Dinosaur Giants: Found!
T. Rex Walks Again
Dinosaur! The tale of a Bone hosted by Walter Cronkite
Dinosaur! The tale of an Egg hosted by Walter Cronkite

4½+ hours of the most amazing animals to ever walk the earth

From eggs to extinction, what was the world really like when dinosaurs walked the earth? Go on a dangerous dig in the Sahara Desert in Dinosaur Giants: Found! And, have you ever wondered how a cute little baby dino grows up to be a massive meat-eating machine? Find out in T. Rex Walks Again. Then, legendary journalist Walter Cronkite takes you on a Jurassic journey more than 150 million years in the making, from the first skeleton discoveries in Dinosaurs! The Tale of a Bone, to the rarely discussed behaviors of the world s largest animals in Dinosaurs! The Tale of an Egg.

DVD 1: Dinosaur Giants: Found!
Discover some of largest animals to ever walk the planet. Travel to Niger s desolate Sahara Desert on a massive expedition led by renowned paleontologist Paul Sereno. Be there to find the first Jobaria, a 135 million-year-old plant eater that stretched 70 feet long! Accompany a photographer on a quest around the world to capture images of dinosaur eggs and babies. Then, meet Sue, the world s largest and most complete Tyrannosaurus Rex found in the United States in Dinosaur Giants: Found!
Approximately 95 minutes

DVD 2: T. Rex Walks Again
How does a Tyrannosaurus rex grow from the size of a house cat into a six-ton super carnivore? Dinosaur builder Hall Train and renowned paleoarist Jason Brougham team up with top scientists to uncover the truth about this fascinating creature. And, to learn more, they create the world s most accurate mechanical replica of a walking juvenile T. rex skin and all! Go along on an epic journey as the hidden secrets of this colossal killer are revealed in T. Rex Walks Again.
Approximately 45 minutes

DVD 3: Dinosaur! The Tale of a Bone
Walter Cronkite, the distinguished journalist with the legendary voice, takes you on a tour of some of the world s most amazing dinosaur discoveries, from the early Dino Detectives of the late 1800s to today s pioneers of paleontology. Find out who the largest dinosaurs were and meet Gertie. Then, go behind the scenes to see how models and sculptures of these massive creatures are created, and learn how they are used for movies and museums in Dinosaur! The Tale of a Bone.
Approximately 60 minutes

DVD 4: Dinosaur! The Tale of an Egg
Join legendary newsman Walter Cronkite on a journey through dinosaur evolution. See the first group of dinosaur eggs ever discovered and get a rare look at the maternal behaviors of this ancient animal. Plus, were dino babies actually cute and cuddly? Learn why amateur dinosaur hunters are so important to science and find out how to tell bone and rock apart. Then, hear from one of the paleontologists that helped unearth Sue, the world s largest and most complete T. Rex in Dinosaur! The Tale of an Egg.
Approximately 60 minutes


Special Features

None.

Product Details

  • Actors: Walter Cronkite, Paul Sereno, Hall Train, Jason Brougham
  • Directors: Various
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Box set, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Special Edition
  • Language: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Number of discs: 4
  • Rated:
    NR
    Not Rated
  • Studio: TOPICS Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: August 11, 2009
  • Run Time: 260 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B002C8PG2K
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #152,308 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

Customer Reviews

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This set is peculiar. It contains several videos from National Geographics about dinosaurs. These are somewhat old but otherwise OK. What is really odd is the packaging of only TWO of the four dinosaur documentaries made for A&E back in the early 1990's that were presented and narrated by Walter Cronkite. The original series had four episodes, but this set merely contains two of them (A Tale of a Bone and A Tale of an Egg). What is missing are A Tale of a Tooth and A Tale of a Feather. Why? Are they planning the release of another set with these other two parts on it? Again, some of this stuff is dated, but it still comes off rather well consdering their age.

The set has no menus or any frills what so ever and play much like the DVD-R stuff sold by the History Channel from their website. Again, why?

Because of the two missing episodes as well as the "no-frills" presentation on the DVD, I gave it 3 stars out of five.
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With regard to this 4-dvd set, this reviewer must separate content from packaging. As to the former, the reader is referred to Amazon's editorial review, which is exhaustive and extremely useful. I'd gladly give this excellent set 5 stars on the basis of content.

But there's still that pesky issue of packaging. Let's start with the time-to-disc ratio. There's about 4 hours and 20 minutes of material in the set, total. With today's DVD technology, in which a good 3 hours or more of film and extras can easily be put on a single DVD. So we would naturally expect that we would have 2 DVDs in the set. Right? WRONG! We've got 4.

One note: the first disc, the longest at 95 minutes, contains 3 half-hour episodes. This isn't entirely clear from the unduly brief blurb on the box. On this DVD, as with the others there are NO extras, NO subtitles, nothing that would have required the slightest minimum of extra effort on the part of the producers.

Aside from the fatter storage container required, the use of 4 discs is certainly reflected in the $25 retail price or the $22 ½ Amazon price. The profligate use of plastic is, any way you look at it, a big disadvantage ... to the consumer, that is. You'd better believe the advantage, profit-wise, belongs to the set's producer.

Fear not ... there's more. What sort of box do these DVDs get stuffed into? It's one with a single spindle on which the discs are crammed. It's such fun to get them all off, too. Have you ever seen a box like that? Probably not. But since I also buy bootleg DVDs of items that seem unlikely to see commercial production, I've seen them. The most amateurish of bootleg producers use these things for up to 8 DVDs at a time.
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By Lydia on December 2, 2014
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Good for learning
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By fuzzy on August 21, 2016
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Some of it was good and some where not. Its good if you want to here some good information
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great
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