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T-Rex - Back to the Cretaceous (IMAX)
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Dinosaurs are very much alive - at least in the mind of teenager Ally Hayden. When a museum accident transports Ally on an adverture back in time to explore the terrain and territory of life-size dinosaurs, she is thrust literally nose-to-nose with the largest and most realistic dinosaur ever to appear on a movie screen - the fearsome 20-foot tall, 15-ton Tyrannosaurus Rex.]]>
T-Rex won't be as effective on DVD (where the IMAX 3-D effects are amusingly pointless), but it's guaranteed to please anyone who enjoyed the similarly astounding CGI effects of Walking with Dinosaurs. Stauber is a refreshingly normal teen star, and although much of the dialogue sounds like it was cribbed from a grade-school science text, its educational value is perfectly matched to the wonders of Ally's prehistoric adventure. Director Brett Leonard previously helmed the pioneering FX flick The Lawnmower Man, and here he demonstrates a warmer, more accessible sense of wonder for kids and parents alike. At 45 minutes, this IMAX dazzler never wears out its welcome. --Jeff Shannon
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Top Customer Reviews
The film centers around the daughter of a paleontologist, who's induced imagination brings the museum's displays to life. A few (good) educational encounters with historic figures, and realistic (though brief) prehistoric lifeforms, are interwoven by a father/daughter storyline and a contrived, disoriented, hallucinatory run through the museum.
So, why only 2 stars? An attempt to add storytelling to education, without being firmly committed to either (or both), leaves everyone expecting more than this film provides. Little boys will find very little dinosaur sightings here, along with too little action to hold their attention. Little girls might identify with the lead character, but it's not likely to have enough storyline to be their favorite DVD. Adults will find the children's "edu-drama" well under their heads (something you'd like to show your child, but too dull to watch by yourself). This is not at all a bad film, but there's just too little of the good stuff.
Film fans will be disappointed that the well done 3-D isn't presented here...even though the film is only 45 mins long, and the DVD could easily have included a field sequential 3-D "bonus" version, which would've sold the DVD the same way 3-D sold this IMAX film in theaters. This film was written to be shot in 3-D, and technically executed flawlessly for IMAX 3-D presentation. I'd buy a 3-D version of this DVD in a heart-beat!
IMAX is HUGE, so the impressive size is lost on a TV...Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
DVD arrived quickly and was in great condition. One of my favourite movies I just had to have. Thank you very much!Published 6 months ago by Bryan Divers
Serisouly. I worked at the Imax back in 2000 when this movie came out. I can qoute the whole movie and spite all of that I still just bought the movie to watch with old friends who... Read morePublished on June 25, 2013 by Christy G
I had a good experience with this purchase , It came in a timely manner and the quality was good .Thanks again BillPublished on September 10, 2011 by Scattman
I use this video in the classroom when I teach my dinosaur unit. Not only is it like watching a movie but it has a lot fo useful information packed into it. Read morePublished on July 22, 2009 by Holly Lauber
This weekend my family and I were duped into seeing this in 3D at IMAX. My children, 3 year old twin boys fascinated with Dinosaurs, caught a glimpse of the advertising and begged... Read morePublished on June 22, 2009 by Nathan Risto
When I purchased this, I didn't realize it was more of a teaching video, rather than an actual movie, seeing Peter Hortons name, I thought it was a full scale movie, I was not... Read morePublished on January 6, 2009 by MJ
I saw it in IMAX at Universal Studios Hollywood. I admit it was much better that way because that it is the way it was meant to be seen. Read morePublished on February 2, 2008 by David Johnson