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When Dinosaurs Roamed America (2001)

The life of American dinosaurs is seen in amazing detail. The Feathered Dromeosaurs (Raptors) debut on this film along with the bizarre Therizinosaur. Each story is compelling and ... See full summary »

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The life of American dinosaurs is seen in amazing detail. The Feathered Dromeosaurs (Raptors) debut on this film along with the bizarre Therizinosaur. Each story is compelling and well-written. From a Coelophysis exploring the world around him to a teenage Tyrannosaurus learning from his mother how to hunt and even a love story between two Stegosaurus. This film also shows audiences real fossil finds and museum displays to show the researcher's work. This is educational, thrilling, and is a well-executed Discovery Channel response to BBC's ground-breaking "Walking with Dinosaurs" miniseries. Written by Preston Michael Simpson

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After 65 million years... they're back.


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One of the most notable aspects of this documentary is that it pictures the raptor dinosaurs with feathers, even though their distribution has been proven incorrect since the show's creation. They are also more hairlike than feather-like, but this has its justification in that the available CGI technology at the time couldn't render realistic looking feathers. See more »

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When the crocodile-like Rutiodon blasts out of the water at the Coelophysis, the tip of its tail rises above the surface for a couple of frames, but there are no splashes or anything else that would indicate that it really breaks the surface. See more »

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Referenced in Before We Ruled the Earth: Hunt or Be Hunted (2003) See more »

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One of the very best of the Discovery Channel movies
16 September 2001 | by (North Carolina) – See all my reviews

Perhaps the best effort to date of dinosaur documentaries... "When Dinosaurs Roamed America" takes us back in time and presents the most well known of American dinosaurs in their day to day trials and fight for survival.

My daughter and I loved this movie and watch it again and again. The special effects are not quite up to Jurassic Park but they are the best yet in any documentary I've seen. My only criticism is that the movie is too short, just as it starts to pull you in, it's off to another timeline and new dinosaurs.

Overall a great movie for youngsters, though it will leave serious dinosaur fans wanting more, much more.


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