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Planet Dinosaur DVD Review

“Planet Dinosaur” is a visually dazzling BBC documentary series

“Planet Dinosaur” is a 6 episode BBC documentary series (narrated by John Hurt) that explores different time periods (namely Late Jurassic and Early, Middle, and Late Cretaceous) as well as a variety of regions in this period (Asia, Mongolia, Madagascar, Europe, North America, South and North Africa, and Romania).

Using high tech CGI recreations, we see an enormous amount of dinosaurs such as the Spinosaurus (which are bigger than a T-Rex), Onchopristis (giant fish), Ouranosaurus, Epidexipteryx, Carcharodontosaurus, Sauromithoides, Gigantoraptor, Microraptor, Xianglong, Sinomithosaurus, Jeholosaurus, Daspletosaurus, Chasmosaurus, Majungasaurus, Kimmerosaurus, Stegosaurus, Camptosaurus, Predator X, Allosaurus, Argentinosaurus, Skorpiovenator, Mapusaurus, Megyarosaurus, Hatzegopteryx, and more. The series provides us with hunting, history, extinction, maing habits, and food chain information on the above listed dinosaurs as well.

When it comes to BBC history/documentary/nature productions, you know they are always going to be high quality and “Planet Dinosaur” is no exception. Instead of featuring bland interviews and or dopey recreations like we see with many TV documentaries, the crew of “Planet Dinosaur” goes all out here to make the series as informative and visually exciting as possible. As an added bonus, the series covers a lot of Dinosaurs people may not be familiar with which gives the series a fresh perspective. It’s always refreshing to see a documentary that doesn’t recycle old material.

Summary: Whether seeing the dinosaurs in the land, air, or sea or learning about their possible evolution into birds, “Planet Dinosaur” is bound to capture your interest. Check it out.


While the widescreen picture quality contains sharp looking CGI, I can’t help but wonder how much better the Blu-ray edition looks. The CGI was really meant for hi-def.

The Dolby Digital Stereo does a fine job handling the narration and sound f/x. No complaints here.

* Trailer for “Frozen Planet.”
* “How To Build A Dinosaur”- Alice Roberts hosts this documentary about the creation of a dinosaur bone exhibit and how scientists accurately re-create the look of a dinosaur.

September 20, 2012 - Posted by | DVD review | ,

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