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Dinosaurus 1960

On the ocean floor off a Caribbean island, an American engineer building a new harbor sets off a blast that uncovers the frozen bodies of a Brontosaurus, a Tyrannosaurus Rex and a Neanderthal man. The dinosaurs are hauled ashore by the construction crew, who are unaware that the giants are actually alive, in a state of suspended animation. Struck by lightning during a fierce tropical storm, the monsters awaken and prowl the island jungles. Also restored to life is the cave man, an amiable brute who joins an island boy in a series of wacky misadventures. A merry grab bag of sci-fi, action and comedy, "Dinosaurus!" features stop-motion dinosaur animation by the legendary Projects Unlimited effects team (The Time Machine, "The Outer Limits").

Starring:
Ward Ramsey, Paul Lukather
Runtime:
1 hour, 23 minutes

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Product Details

Genres Fantasy, Comedy
Director Irvin S. Yeaworth Jr.
Starring Ward Ramsey, Paul Lukather
Supporting actors Kristina Hanson, Alan Roberts, Fred Engelberg, Wayne C. Treadway, Lucita Blain, Howard Dayton, Jack Younger, James Logan, Wilhelm Samuel, Gregg Martell, Jack H. Harris
Studio Egami Media
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Format Amazon Video (streaming online video)

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By R. Gorey on January 12, 2007
Format: DVD
Who'd have thought "Dinosaurus!" would ever be restored in widescreen on DVD? Who'd have believed the print would be this ravishing? Stanley Cortez, the brilliant cinematographer who filmed "Citizen Kane" may have been slumming here, but his images are splendid, the color is rich and saturated, and the action wild! Most fans know the story, but for the uninitiated: two dinosaurs and a caveman (played by the disturbingly convincing Greg Martell) are unearthed on a tropical island, and revived by a lightning storm. The inhabitants of the island, a stumblebum but appealing crew of semi-recognizable faces, must fend for themselves over the next several hours until the supply boat gets in. Nice stop motion animation by Tim Barr, Wah Chang, and Marcel Delgado (of "King Kong" fame) and a great score by underrated Ronald Stein make this a must-have for completists. The perfect movie for ten-year old boys and girls, it's a fan favorite, and has been for years. Bless you, Image entertainment, for delivering such a grand print of this neglected gem. Nice widescreen transfer from Cinemascope elements, some pleasant extras (photo gallery, trailer, etc.) round out this attractive package. "Dinosaurus!" fans, buy this. Where, where are Greg Martell, Alan Roberts, Kristina Hanson, and the rest of the gang? This movie screams for an actor's commentary.
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Stop-Motion fans should check this out for it's stop-mo dinosaurs. It was made in 1960 and was double-billed with The Blob. Producer Jack H. Harris went on to produce Equinox ( 1971 ), The Blob ( 1988 remake ) and several others. The brontosaurus model later apeared in a TWILIGHT ZONE episode.
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Hey, I know it's no Jurassic Park, but it was 1960, what do you expect? This movie has a LOT to offer, pretty cool dinosaurs by that day's standard (at least they aren't lizards or crocs with fins glued on them!), and it also has another important element: comedy. The Caveman is simply there for comic relief, and he fills those shoes (or should I say furry little slippers) nicely. And don't forget all the typecast characters: the beautiful blonde femme fetale, the handsome dark haired hero, his forgetable dark haired buddy, the little goofy kid, the fat man, the drunk Irish guy (dinofood...), and don't forget the evil guy and his two stupid flunkies. Drop them on a Carribean Isle with a bunch of "natives"/extras and a pair of dinos and a caveman, stir, and serve. Get the picture? But hey, it works. I saw this on TV as a child, stayed up all night to watch it on Horror Incorporated (the Twin Cities Saturday nite midnight movie show), and the DVD version blows the TV versions away. For a 1960 movie, the picture is great, and the sound isn't too bad. Plus it's enhanced for widescreen TVs! What else do you want? It has a trailer and stills too! GET THIS MOVIE! And then put it next to Jurassic Park on your shelf, you'll be glad you did!
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"Dinosaurus" is one of the great, cheap kiddy-matinee movies that were plentiful in the 1950's. It featured action scenes no 50's kid could resist: a face-off between a T-Rex and a power shovel, the T-Rex destroying a bus... It must have made enough of an impact on Steven Spielberg that he paid homage to this film (along with several other oldies) in his "Jurassic Park" movies.

As noted in the other reviews on this page, the print of "Dinosaurus" on this dvd is outstanding. Here are some other reasons to watch this film:

First, it's hilarious. Second, it's entertaining. Third, it's hilarious. It's populated with the kind of cardboard heroes and villains that were typical of 50's television. "Senor Bart" is the main man here. He's a developer on an anonymous Caribbean island, and he's going to build a harbor which will bring tourists and trade to its poor inhabitants. Among his crew is a heavy equipment operator named "Dumpy", who shambles around like a typical western sidekick.

"Senor Bart's" girlfriend is Betty, who arrives on the scene in a motorboat in the beginning of the movie, in order to do some reef-diving--(shades of James Bond). Bart's crew has set some underwater explosions, and Betty blunders into a frozen T-Rex. Thereby begins the tale.

The equipment operators pull the T-Rex and a Brontosaurus ashore. Unbeknownst to them, a frozen caveman has also been blasted to the surface and drifted to another part of the beach.

Later that night, another colorful character--an Irish drunk--is watching the beachfront digs when a storm arises and a bolt of lightning strikes both dinosaurs.

Freudians would have a picnic with this scene, and indeed with the whole movie.
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Dinosaurus is a fun movie that helped cap off the 1950's giant- monster-mania. Although it doesn't have Harryhausen-quality ffects, it still does a lot better than some of its predecessors. This is a nice movie for a rainy saturday afternoon, unless of course you're a member of the new brain-dead generation that thrives on computer-generated graphics and are unable to follow any type of a story line.
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This movie is about two dinosaurs (a Brontosaurus and an T-Rex that are found in suspended animation by a construction crew on a beautiful tropical island. A cave men is also found by a bad guy (the island manager). I thunder storm electrifies the air and brings these prehistoric buddies to life. The storm created a blackout and isolates the island from outside help. A young boy befriends the caveman and gets a ride on Dino. The T-Rex is hungry and starts eating anyone in sight. The two dinosaurs then duke it out and the caveman saves the day. The T-Rex then does battle against The Man in an all out battle for survival at an old Spanish fort.. Who will prevail? Good movie for the family. Dinosaur violence but nothing gross. Great sound and visual quakity. Very nostalgic. Good stop animation. Acting is good. A little romance here and there. The Caveman should have been nominated for an Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Caveman.
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