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Witness how three very different, yet very dangerous, kinds of carnivorous dinosaurs hunted and killed their prey, or in some cases, their own fellow species.

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Nigel Paterson

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Nigel Paterson

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John Hurt
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Witness how three very different, yet very dangerous, kinds of carnivorous dinosaurs hunted and killed their prey, or in some cases, their own fellow species.

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28 September 2011 (UK) See more »

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The animation model of Rahonavis is the same as the one Sinornithosaurus used, only it has a different color scheme. Unfortunately, this also means that just like in the case of Sinornithosaurus, Ranovahis' wing feathers also attach incorrectly to the third, as opposed to the second hand finger. See more »

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The giant troodontids are depicted with sparse feathers, almost as if they were hairy rather than feathered, even though fossil evidence clear shows that not only did they have small wings with long primary feathers, they also had lines of long feathers running down their tail. See more »

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Dangerous carnivores
30 May 2018 | by TheLittleSongbirdSee all my reviews

Have always been fascinated by dinosaurs, whether reading about them or seeing documentaries and films on them. Love documentaries, especially those of the national treasure that is David Attenborough, and admire to love a lot of the late John Hurt's filmography. So my expectations for 'Planet Dinosaur' were quite big and that's an understatement.

Expectations that were actually mostly lived up to, a good thing for me having seen my fair share of wastes of potential recently. 'Planet Dinosaur' is not one of the best documentaries personally seen (far from it), and there are better ones on the subject of dinosaurs. It is also not as ground-breaking as 'Walking with Dinosaurs', as far as dinosaur documentaries go, still a big achievement to this day. Standing on its own without comparing it to anything, 'Planet Dinosaur' was very interesting and mostly very well done.

The series started off well with "Lost World". The flawed but very good standard continues in "Last Killers" like it did with the previous instalment "Feathered Dragons".

By all means, "Last Killers" isn't perfect. The dinosaur effects are stiff, hasty-looking and lack finesse, though there are some grand ones. At times, it gets a bit repetitive which was something that was seen throughout 'Planet Dinosaur'.

It sometimes is on the biased side, rather than a multi-dimensional picture of the dinosaurs they can be described in a certain way and viewpoint and one is not offered another, there is more to the carnivores than what is sometimes said about them here.

However, when it comes to how it's written, "Last Killers" does just as good a job entertaining and teaching, it's all very sincerely done and it never feels like a sermon. There are things here that are common sense and knowledge but one is taught a huge deal as well.

John Hurt's (RIP) narration delivery is similarly spot-on, very sensitively delivered and very dignified in a distinctively John Hurt way. Bias aside, the narration is comprehensive and sincere, with a good balance of things known to me and things new to me (really like it when documentaries do that), as well as compelling.

Visually, "Last Killers" may lack the awe-inspiring, almost cinematic quality one anticipates. With that being said, it is beautifully shot, shot in a fluid and non-static way. The sceneries and landscapes can be beautiful but also they can be at other times they can be rendered a bit flatly, would have been better with the real settings.

"Last Killers" is appropriately scored, never intrusive or too low-key. There is fun, tension and pathos throughout and the dinosaurs, prey and predator, are like characters that one cares for in the same way they do a human. The fossil evidence, very well researched and grounded rather than speculative, and the science, which in no way sounds like gibberish or like it was made up as they went along (a lot of homework was done in this regard) are also notable assets. 'Planet Dinosaur' is not immune to goofs or lapses in facts and, as noted, "Last Killers" is not immune from this too, regarding feathers.

Overall, very good though with flaws that stop it from being great. 8/10 Bethany Cox


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