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Walking with Monsters: Before the Dinosaurs


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  • Actors: Kenneth Branagh
  • Directors: Tim Haines
  • Format: Closed-captioned, Color, DVD-Video, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada This DVD will probably NOT be viewable in other countries. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • MPAA Rating: NR
  • Studio: Warner Bros. Home Video
  • Release Date: Jan. 17 2006
  • Run Time: 90 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000BNI9EU
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #40,236 in DVD (See Top 100 in DVD)

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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 By Matthew West on May 1 2008
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Andre Villemaire on April 1 2009
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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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Antym Pryshlakivsky on 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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By A. Volk #1 REVIEWER#1 HALL OF FAME on May 10 2009
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This video series is really one long show split into three parts. They're not very long individually, maybe 45 minutes or so. They are shot in the same style as the Walking With Dinosaurs series. Generally speaking, the images are superb and well worth watching. I love the period of life before the dinosaurs, because Earth, and the animals on it, were quite different than they are now. Almost alien-like! For example, oxygen levels 20% lower, or 40% higher, or temperatures 60% higher, can all make dramatic differences in the kinds, number, and variety of life and landscapes on Earth. That was really interesting to see, and it's a subject that you don't often hear/learn about, making it well worth watching. On the negative side:

1- Some of the animals are again, acting too smart. This is a problem with all dinosaur shows. They were mental midgets (other than a very few at the end of the cretaceous), resembling fish more than mammals in their capacity for behavior.

2- The run time for the huge range of animals was quite short. This show spans a period almost as long as the reign of the dinosaurs, so three episodes only give you a glimpse of a small number of animals. Especially the Cambrian period, there were many fascinating kinds of animals never seen before or since. More about them would have been nice.

3- There aren't any extras to this DVD. No making-of, and no science-of. I find the latter especially disappointing, given how little is generally known about this area.

So with those limitations in mind, I'd probably give this a 3/5 if it weren't for the fact that it covers a period of Earth's history that you won't see anywhere else. That makes it well worth watching. Plus children are going to love the huge, strange animals that are so different from what they've ever seen before. Overall then, I recommend this DVD for parents, children, and anyone interesting in prehistoric life.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By grandpapippo on Sept. 27 2010
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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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