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I do not expect anyone to believe the story that I am about to relate. It even seems incredible to me that all that I have passed through, all those weird and terrifying experiences, should have been encompassed within as short a span as three brief months. It must have been a little after 3 o'clock in the afternoon that it began - the afternoon of June 3rd, 1916.
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... I went and saw this with the family at a theatre which has since been transformed into dental center run by local Koreans. I can't say I remembered too much of the film, until today when I purchased a DVD reissue of this piece of 1975 nostalgia.
The marionette-dinos were some of the worst prehistoric SFX ever put on screen, but the film still holds together after a fashion. There's essentially no plot, but a loosely tied together story of survival and cooperation between two at-odds factions.
Burrough's source material is lifted out of Victorian England and pushed forward into the time of "The Great War". Whether that's good or bad is up to the viewer. As a kid I really didn't understand the relevance of it, and, as an adult, ... well ... I still don't :-) If you're expecting Jurassic Park like hi-jinx, then look elsewhere. This is 70s B-grade dino-schlock, and an "Oscar" for SFX (much less anything else) is the last thing on the minds of the film makers. McClure's acting is what it is, there, but not much else. The best thesping is done by the U-Boat skipper who adds a bit of intellectual dash to this flick.
If you remember seeing this thing in 1975 like I do, then grab a cheap copy and take a stroll down memory lane.
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