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Dinotasia 2012

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3.8 out of 5 stars (41) IMDb 5.5/10

One of our favorite natural history subjects, the dinosaur, gets a makeover and then some in this fantastically ambitious and groundbreaking documentary that presents a series of vignettes about dinosaurs.

Starring:
Werner Herzog, Lorànt Deutsch
Runtime:
1 hour, 22 minutes

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Product Details

Genres Documentary
Director David Krentz, Erik Nelson, David E. Duncan
Starring Werner Herzog, Lorànt Deutsch
Studio Flatiron Films
MPAA rating NR (Not Rated)
Captions and subtitles English Details
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Format Amazon Video (streaming online video)

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Format: DVD
This DVD is still worth getting, no doubt. Compared to Dinosaur Revolution, it leaves out quite a bit and jumbles up the story lines, often placing scenes out of context (where they made sense and followed a clear narrative in Dinosaur Revolution).
The scenes not included are : The Cryolophosaurus, the Mosasaur, the Gigantoraptor and the Eoraptor. The one bonus is you get a brief scene at the beginning where an Acrocathosaurus is brought to life from a skeleton and wanders out of the museum into a modern day city. My recommendation is buy it if you cannot get dinosaur revolution on DVD or Blu-Ray, or if you simply are willing to spend whatever it takes even for a brief glimpse of Acrocanthosaurus. For those of you already owning Dinosaur Revolution, this reshuffled and edited version will not add to what you already have witnessed (Acro aside). Overall, I thought Dinosaur Revolution was a better production.
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Grabbed this at a Barnes & Noble near my house. I'll be honest: I didn't expect to get what basically amounts to the original vision of "Dinosaur Revolution" - as in little if any narration, in this case provided by legendary filmmaker Werner Herzog - check the show's page on tvtropes.org if you doubt my word.

In the same manner as DR, Dinotasia combines the latest scientific evidence - including the small feathered theropods - with stories crafted in a purely visual style that hasn't been seen since the classic era of silent cinema - again, as the show was originally intended, before the Discovery Channel's executives changed it.

And to any parents reading this review and intending to buy this DVD for your kid(s), a little advance warning - and maamaakrystal, I'm looking at you - : If you were expecting something like "The Land Before Time", what you need to understand is that the dinosaurs in this movie (and their predecessors, contemporaries and successors) were fighting for survival in a world every bit as violent and unforgiving as ours is today - the broken jaw suffered by the male Allosaurus europaeus in the Late Jurassic Portugal segment is proof enough because it was based on a real specimen.

Just like the Walking With... series, the animals are modeled and animated in a computer then dropped into a real-life backdrop that reflects what the world looked like when the creatures in each segment were alive - although in the complete Late Jurassic Portugal segment (included as a bonus extended scene) I distinctly remember seeing a palmetto tree.

The scientific accuracy - nothing short of astounding: the theropod hands aren't pronated (a.k.a.
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Format: Blu-ray
I like Dinotasia only as a means to own SOME of the glorious footage of Dinosaur Revolution. This is a very stripped down, and in my opinion, dumbed down version of Dinosaur Revolution. What I fail to understand is... Why, oh Why, has the full Dinosaur Revolution not been released on DVD or Blu Ray in the USA? According to it's own promotional material, IT'S an American production! So why is it NOT available in America?

Instead, here in America, we get the extremely shortened, and far less interesting, Dinotasia!

QUIT STATING THAT "DINOTASIA" iIS THE SAME AS "DINOSAUR REVOLUTION"!

I have been waiting over 3 years now for Dinosaur Revolution to be able to be purchased!

For those who have not seen Dinosaur Revolution, you have no means of comparison, and you will probably enjoy Dinotasia. But for those of you who have seen Dinosaur Revolution, don't be fooled by this scaled down, watered down version.
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I found this movie on Netflix last night, and, being a dinosaur fanatic, I decided to watch it. I was very impressed, and very disappointed. I will give discovery channel credit, the CGI is the best out of any of their documentaries. Way better than When Dinosaurs Roamed America, and even better than Walking With Dinosaurs. I will also give them credit for showing dinosaurs probably never showed on screen before. The first segment in West Portugal showed a Lourinhanosaurus and a Dinheirisaurus. Other interesting dinosaurs were Shunosaurus, Rapetosaurus, Variraptor, Mirigaia, or Efrassia. That being said, the movie was a major letdown. first of all, the movie was the goriest dinosaur feature I have ever seen. The opening scene summed it up with two Gorgonops fighting over a carcass in a volcanic wasteland. I half expected Frodo and Gollum to come up and throw the One Ring in Mount Doom. The movie had one violent scene after another, from a horrible scene where a Dinheriosaurus slams its tail into a baby Lourinhanosaur, and cracks its face open. It survives however with a deformed jaw. a Tyrannosaurus dies when its neck gets speared by a Triceratops horn, blood goes absolutely everywhere. If you are watching with a small child, expect him or her to run to your bed the night after watching crying after terrifying nightmares. The dinosaurs are also never given animalistic traits. They all act like humans in dinosaur bodies as one reviewer put it. In Walking With Dinosaurs, we see an Allosaurus chasing a Diplodocus not for revenge, or for the heck of it, but because its animal instinct told it "You're hungry. Eat something." In Dinotasia a pair of Velociraptor bring down a Protoceratops female.Read more ›
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