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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According to paleontologists like Darren Naish, the reason behind the show's many inexplicable scientific errors (wrong proportions on certain animals, wrong integument, muscles being misplaced or missing, ears being in the wrong place, animals appearing on the wrong continent, etc.) is that the creators talked to the wrong scientists. In many cases, outdated or simply incorrect animal reconstructions were approved because the scientific consultants either didn't know better or didn't care enough to ask for corrections. In other cases, the creators deliberately pushed improbable ideas or based the dinosaurs' behavior on modern day animals in order to make them feel more familiar to viewers. 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 »
The DVD release features the UK version, as well as the Making Of documentary. See more »
If you haven't seen this yet, you really should, on DVD. I can't believe how much I enjoyed it! It is amazingly realistic and believable. True, much of it is speculated, and I would have liked to have known more about what was speculative and what were proven facts (there aren't many of them), but it handles everything quite well with a "Cruel Mother Nature" theme. It will remind you of the nature programs that you've seen on Animal Planet and the Discovery Channel, only the animals here are Dinosaurs. They act natural; they eat, kill, mate, play, and fight for survival. You will actually find yourself rooting for some of them and against others.
For the most part, the effects are excellent. At times they will look a little too much like CGI's, but then you will see them in a different angle that makes them look more realistic. In some cases, you will actually be convinced that you've seen a dinosaur. My favorites were the Coelophysis, the raptors, the diplodocus, the iguanadons, the allosaurus and the arctic bipeds. I was most disappointed with the T-Rex, however, which looked a little too computer generated at times.
In any case, you should definitely see this production. It is educational, well made, and very entertaining. For what it is, its an A!
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