Walking With Dinosaurs
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- Includes 24 minutes of footage not seen in the American TV broadcast
- 50 Minute Documentary
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I sat in awe as I watched these six wonderful segments on the natural history of dinosaurs produced by the BBC. I was particularly impressed by the segment on marine reptiles -- a group that receives relatively little press, since they're not dinos, and since they don't interact with most peoples' favorites, like T. rex, Allosaurus, or Stegosaurus, etc.
Never had I seen recreations of dinosaurs that were as life-like and convincing (except for the occasional animatronic effect) as the ones in this video.
Watching these segments about different time periods, places, and groups of dinosaurs I was once again reminded and impressed by the long reign of these animals on the earth. I also thought that many aspects of their biology and ecology were interestingly presented. No one was, of course, around to see what these animals actually did, so the way dinos are presented in the video are unavoidably informed guesses about how we think that these now extinct animals lived. I applaud the author and producer for their fine efforts!
Viewers should be aware, however, that there is a large and convincing alternative body of information (backed by a significant number of paleontologists) that suggests that carnivorous dinosaurs like Allosaurus, T. rex, and even Utahraptor did not run down their prey, bring them down, and kill them like a giant lion would -- i.e.Read more ›
The sounds and imagry are simply wondrous. Whereas Spielberg's Jurassic Park used only a minimal of well-lit outdoor scenes and kept primarily to controlled indoor locations or night shots (which helps the special FX considerably), Walking with Dinosaurs is almost entirely bright outdoor shots and creates scene after scene of wonder at dinosaurs moving and living out their lives and the anamorphic widescreen puts them right in your living room. Only the close-up animatronic shots look artificial on occasion.
This version is somewhat different from the US Discovery Channel version. Both are 3 hours in length, but without commercials this version has included all the little "sub plots" that were omitted for time constraints and is uncensored (though only a couple of shots were cut for content). Though listed as 230 minutes, 50 of those are the "making of" documentary included on the second disc - which is equally worthwhile. Also, this version splits the 6 segments with opening and ending credits whereas the Discover Channel used commercial breaks to mark the intermissions. Also clearly marked is the Kenneth Branagh narration.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Best of the best so cool that you're going to watch it over and over againPublished 12 months ago by lemanphilpot
Bought this to watch with out two daughters (6 and 8). We all loved it and learnt a lot too. Very high quality tv.Published 17 months ago by Filmmonkey
I liked the dvd but its not the one I wanted which isn't their fault .I thought it was pretty good but not that realistic .Published 17 months ago by Darla
This is a great video if you have someone that is really all about dinosaurs.Published 19 months ago by Maggie
I enjoyed the series as a kid when I had it on VHS, and I knew it was time to get the DVD.Published on January 20, 2014 by Preston
Very educational. Will keep kids attention and interest in dinosaurs. To realize that they were real and walked the earth.Published on January 17, 2014 by shewhe
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