On a unique underwater voyage spanning millions of years in prehistory, our dauntless presenter explores seven different seas, encountering an extraordinary variety of underwater life from ... See full summary »
This two-part series, a sequel to Walking with Dinosaurs featured Nigel and his "team of fellow explorers" encountering prehistoric life over a large range of time, and seeing creatures not featured in the original series.
Nigel Marven travels back in time to rescue exotic creatures on the brink of extinction. CGI is used to create animals no longer seen on earth, from woolly mammoths, and T Rex, to dinosaur-eating crocodiles.
An astonishing six-part series that brings to life the most incredible creatures that ever existed. From Spinosaurus, the biggest killer to ever walk the Earth, to the immense sea-monster ... See full summary »
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 »
Brings to life some of the most bizarre, ferocious and fascinating creatures to ever inhabit the ocean. Combines animation with recreations in a prehistoric adventure. A journey to the ... See full summary »
Sean MacLeod Phillips
Using the latest technology the amazing lost world of the Cretaceous, Triassic and Jurassic periods of Earth's history, when the dinosaurs reigned supreme, is brought stunningly back to life. The series provides insights into how these mammoth creatures appeared, how they survived for millions of years and probes the mysteries of their sudden disappearance leaving only a fossil record to show they had ever existed!Written by
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To reduce costs, some CGI models were recycled, tweaked slightly to create multiple dinosaur genera that were similar in appearance. For instance, the Allosaurus model in the second episode, "Time of the Titans", is reused in the third episode ("Cruel Sea") to represent an Eustreptospondylus, and again in the fifth episode ("Spirits of the Ice Forest") as a polar allosaur. Similarly, the Ornithocheirus model from the 4th episode ("Giant of the Skies") is reused in the 6th and final episode ("Death of a Dynasty") for Quetzalcoatlus, with a different color scheme and altered head crests (it also appears briefly in "Spirits of the Ice Forest" as an unnamed pterosaur). Further, the Leaellynasaura model from "Spirits of the Ice Forest" reappears in "Time of the Titans" and "Death of a Dynasty" as other genera of small ornithopods, and the Utahraptor model from "Giant of the Skies' returns in "Death of a Dynasty" as a Dromaeosaurus. See more »
Dromaeosaurids (commonly known as "raptors") like Utahraptor and Dromaeosaurus were featured with no feathers, however when this show was made, the theory that they might have been feathered had already been crafted, and even confirmed by actual fossil evidence. See more »
Excellent viewing, and extra effort in the "little things"
We bought the DVD of "Walking with Dinosaurs" and have been nearly ecstatic over the things that are done so very well on it.
Many DVDs today offer the bare minimum ... the feature itself, and maybe one other language (which doesn't help the viewer at all, but makes it easier for the company to see the DVD in multiple markets).
Not so in the case of WWD. There are so many wonderful extras and well-thought-out vignettes that watching even the *navigation menu* is interesting. The intros to each chapter in "The Making Of" DVD are laugh-out-loud funny. The quality of the sound and video is terrific. And of course the story and content ... what more could a dinosaur lover ask for?
I did watch most of the version broadcast on TDC (narrated by Avery Brooks) then watched about half of the DVD (narrated by Kenneth Branaugh). As near as I can tell, the broadcast version slipped in a number of mostly American slang terms in the narration (i.e. in a section about T. Rex mating, Branugh says "the female is tiring of the male's attention" and Brooks says, "The honeymoon is over")and cut out some of the closer-in puppet work. I prefer the Branugh version simply because it is more complete.
Overall, a great value and wonderful production. many kudos to the BBC and the crew that made this gem.
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