Walking With Dinosaurs
DVD | Box Set
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New Blood, Time of the Titans, Cruel Sea, Giant of the Skies, Spirits of the Ice Forest, Death of a Dynasty. Ride the ultimate time machine from the beginning of dinosaurs to their spectacular end! Using the latest in computer animation, this series puts you in the middle of Jurassic stampedes and T Rex battles, through 155 million years of pre-history.
- Includes 24 minutes of footage not seen in the American TV broadcast
- 50 Minute Documentary
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* Presented in story style of real animal documentaries: Each of the six episodes follows a small number of dinosaurs for a period of time; we learn about their relationships with each other and their environmental struggles
* "Making of" bonus DVD is a treat for older viewers interested in seeing how the episodes were made. THERE WAS A LOT OF INTERACTION WITH PALEONTOLOGISTS DURING THE DEVELOPMENT PROCESS THAT ADDS TONS OF CREDIBILITY AND REALISM TO THE END PRODUCT.
* Animations as real (or better) than Jurassic Park
* Comprehensive focus on different periods (Triassic, Jurassic, and Cretaceous) of the dinosaurs and wonderful background on the different climates and geology of these periods
Anyone, young or old, with an interest in dinosaurs should get this. There may be some parts that frighten young viewers, so parents should screen it first and be with kids during the kids' first viewing. BUT THIS IS PHENOMENALLY ENTERTAINING AND EDUCATIONAL FOR EVERYONE.
The genre of the nature film is an odd one, anyway. Even expert observers of wildlife seldom see much, so it is normally a bit of gentle deception that we are watching a connected narrative: the story is mostly words; the bits of film - of different animals, on different occasions - lend it immediacy and reality, though they are but flashes and glimpses of hidden and conjectured lives. Here, in the distant past, conjecture has even freer reign. I suspect many of the behaviors we see brought to life here were finally decided upon from a wide range of possibilities, but there is no hesitation or qualification in the presentation: this is the way it was. Thus we see ichthyosaurs acting like dolphins, and herbivorous dinosaurs acting like herbivorous grazing mammals, and so on. This is proper to a project of this sort: imaginary plausible facts are much better than tentative waffling when the purpose is primarily inspirational.
And here, in the fully-domesticated distant past, the creatures are without stage fright, so the visuals are all they need to be to tell a story in leisurely detail. We follow an aging pterosaur hundreds and thousands of weary miles to its traditional breeding grounds for yet another season, and see it to its sad end among its own kind, worn out and defenseless. A tyrannosaurus mother is killed in a freak accident at the end of the Cretaceous, leaving her tiny offspring to their fates. And as she dies, we feel, too, that we are watching the death of a whole world.
Perhaps that is the supreme virtue of this series: that world is dead and gone, but something of the tragedy of its dying has been put across to us, so many millions of years later. Maybe it will help us love our own world better.