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Walking with Monsters: Before the Dinosaurs

Kenneth Branagh , Tim Haines    NR (Not Rated)   DVD
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
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Many people think of the dinosaurs as the first inhabitants of the earth, but this prequel to Walking With Dinosaurs puts viewers in the midst of a host of strange creatures that inhabited the earth millions of years before the dinosaurs ever existed. With the help of complex computer animation and the research of hundreds of paleontologists, the BBC presents an extremely realistic picture of the earth's earliest, most primitive aquatic inhabitants and chronicles their evolution to the precursors of man himself and the mighty dinosaurs. The first Walking With Monsters episode begins in the Cambrian period 530 million years ago, showcasing how a simple jellyfish-like sea creature evolved over 200 million years into new creatures with eyes and protective external and internal skeletal systems. These adaptations resulted in the world's first fish, arthropods, amphibians, and land-loving reptiles. The second episode details the giant insects of the Carboniferous period 300 million years ago and demonstrates how evolution empowered amphibians and reptiles by creating mechanisms to regulate their own body temperature and developing specialized teeth. The final episode begins in the late Permian period 250 million years ago when the earth was essentially one large desert full of volcanic activity. While much of earth's life was extinguished during this period, adaptation and evolution continued, bringing the development of a specialized hip in a tiny reptile called the Euparkeria that would prove to be the forerunner of mammals and evolve into the dinosaurs in the Triassic period. While some criticize this project as a somewhat overly dramatic presentation of speculative paleontology as fact, this program utilizes scientific inference to bring pre-history to life and highlight the amazing adaptations and evolution of the earth's earliest inhabitants. The bonus "Trilogy of Life" feature details the research, vision and hard work inherent in the creation of the Walking With Monsters, Walking With Dinosaurs and Walking With Prehistoric Beasts. (Ages 6 and older) --Tami Horiuchi

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
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The whole Walking With series is just wonderful! It began with the dinosaurs, but then expanded to the less well known, but far more interesting life forms that have inhabited this planet. Walking With Monsters goes back to the earliest life on Earth and progresses through the ages right up to the time when dinosaurs begin to appear. You will be amazed by the diversity of creatures that have inhabited this planet. Walking With Monsters has a neat little subplot: the evolution of humans. In each episode we learn of another adaptation that has evolved and then has been maintained through countless generations. This show is good for anyone interested in animals, biology, geology, and evolution. Don't worry though, all the science is presented in a "you are there witnessing the action" fashion, so you are learning without even realizing it!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Walking with Monsters: Before the Dinosaurs March 26 2007
Format:DVD
I must say BBC has done it again, I like the special effects on this program and I find this program is worth watching and add to my collection.

I also give this program 2 thumbs up.

BBC is the best.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Oh Yeah ! lots of monsters here............ April 1 2009
Format:DVD
Im a fan of the new BBC show Primeval that has a new monster in every
episode, and once i knew that they used the same software to create their
creatures to make walking with Dinosaurs and other shows...i was hooked.
Walking with Monsters is great. Great scenery with incredible
monsters added is very nicely done...they sure look real. Boy, technology has really advance... its incredible eye candy.
If you are into monsters and dinosaurs...you should enjoy it.,
A keeper for sure.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars EXCELLENT Sept. 27 2010
Format:DVD
Excellent, I watched it with my 8yrs old grandson and we both loved it..will be buying him more of this series.
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