T-Rex: Back to the Cretaceous [IMAX]
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T-Rex: Back to the Cretaceous (DVD)
Did you ever want to get so close to a mama tyrannosaur that you could pat her scaly reptilian snout? Now you'll know what that's like, thanks to aspiring paleontologist Ally Hayden (Liz Stauber), the teenage heroine of the 1998 IMAX film T-Rex: Back to the Cretaceous. Ally's dino-expert father (Peter Horton) has just returned from his latest dig with a fossilized T. rex egg, and when Ally accidentally cracks the egg in her dad's museum laboratory, a puff of mysterious smoke catapults her back to the Cretaceous period, when dinosaurs-- especially T. rex--ruled the Earth. With her imagination in full flight (along with an astonishingly realistic pterodactyl), Ally confirms the dinosaur theories of her own speculative research, and she also encounters pioneering dinosaur illustrator Charles Knight (Tuck Milligan) and legendary paleontologist Barnum Brown (Laurie Murdoch). Best of all, she comes face to face with a maternal tyrannosaur, earning its respect by protecting one of its incubating eggs.
T-Rex won't be as effective on DVD (where the IMAX 3-D effects are amusingly pointless), but it's guaranteed to please anyone who enjoyed the similarly astounding CGI effects of Walking with Dinosaurs. Stauber is a refreshingly normal teen star, and although much of the dialogue sounds like it was cribbed from a grade-school science text, its educational value is perfectly matched to the wonders of Ally's prehistoric adventure. Director Brett Leonard previously helmed the pioneering FX flick The Lawnmower Man, and here he demonstrates a warmer, more accessible sense of wonder for kids and parents alike. At 45 minutes, this IMAX dazzler never wears out its welcome. --Jeff ShannonSee all Product Description
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Ally is a girl in her late teens and her father is a paleontologist that works at a museum as well as in the field. When an item is brought in that may be a dinosaur egg, it falls off a desk in the museum and emits some kind of gas. This puts Ally in some form of semi-trancelike state where her presence moves from the museum to out in the field with the early explorers extracting fossils to back to the Cretaceous time where she interacts with living dinosaurs.
This shifting between three spaces deletes some of the structure of the story and means that the real significance is diluted by the museum wandering. Had the story spent more time on the interviews with the pioneers with more descriptions of what the Cretaceous creatures were like, it would have been much more interesting. I found Ally facing off with a T-Rex to be a cheap imitation of the scene in the movie Jurassic Park.
Developed in IMAX form, this video is designed to be educational. Ally wandering through a museum is boring, far less interesting than learning about what dinosaurs were like.
The film centers around the daughter of a paleontologist, who's induced imagination brings the museum's displays to life. A few (good) educational encounters with historic figures, and realistic (though brief) prehistoric lifeforms, are interwoven by a father/daughter storyline and a contrived, disoriented, hallucinatory run through the museum.
So, why only 2 stars? An attempt to add storytelling to education, without being firmly committed to either (or both), leaves everyone expecting more than this film provides. Little boys will find very little dinosaur sightings here, along with too little action to hold their attention. Little girls might identify with the lead character, but it's not likely to have enough storyline to be their favorite DVD. Adults will find the children's "edu-drama" well under their heads (something you'd like to show your child, but too dull to watch by yourself). This is not at all a bad film, but there's just too little of the good stuff.
Film fans will be disappointed that the well done 3-D isn't presented here...even though the film is only 45 mins long, and the DVD could easily have included a field sequential 3-D "bonus" version, which would've sold the DVD the same way 3-D sold this IMAX film in theaters. This film was written to be shot in 3-D, and technically executed flawlessly for IMAX 3-D presentation. I'd buy a 3-D version of this DVD in a heart-beat!
IMAX is HUGE, so the impressive size is lost on a TV...Read more ›
It came out in 1998 and when I was at the Trocadero IMAX-3D cinema in London I had to choose between this movie and another called Across the Sea of Time. I chose the latter. Which is a shame coz the dinosaurs and huge shots of this movie would have looked better in 3D.
T-Rex begins with an impressive opening shot of the camera swooping over the Arizona desert, which still looks great even on a widescreen TV instead of the huge IMAX screen. There's a hefty narration from the lead actress conveying relevant information about dinosaurs. In this respect the film feels a bit like a 10-year-old's educational program. But being familiar with IMAX movies I was expecting this. I think too many people were expecting a Jurassic Park variant.
Tho I would have expected a few more dinosaurs. In the 45 minute running time there wasn't much dinosaur action. Though there was a good amount of story that I did get into. Plus the movie has a great score by William Ross. He released a promo CD of this score but it's impossible to find.
Hey, I was entertained and I thot the brief story was quite okay. The horribly slanderous reviews on this site really baffle me. The IMAX format does not work well on DVD, you have to see these movies in the cinema.Read more ›
Most recent customer reviews
My children can't stop watching it! I know the entire movie word for word because my children love it so much!Published on Oct. 12 2013 by S. E. Stewart
un film style documentaire intéressant quand même malgré que ce film ne dure pas longtemps vendeur a +++ et livraison a +++Published on Dec 11 2012 by koskys
I saw this at an Imax theatre, I was thinking what awesome potential seeing dinosaurs in 3D would provide. Read morePublished on Jan. 9 2004 by chris
I saw this in the Smithsonian with my kids, and even with the novelty of seeing a movie in 3D it was *boring*. It was a complete waste of time and money. Read morePublished on Dec 31 2003 by Teresa Linton
Clean and decent entertainment. Saw it on the IMAX screen with a 10 year old boy who loves the dino's. Read morePublished on Aug. 21 2003
I went to see T-Rex thinking I would gain a little knowledge about dinosaurs, but was completely wrong. Read morePublished on March 20 2003
Stick to the Discovery Channel series on Dinosaurs and Prehistoric beasts. They are much more informational and done much better. Read morePublished on April 5 2002 by Wendy Bittel
This boring IMAX movie scared our 3-year-old so much that we had to leave before it ended. Less plot than a 1950s drive-in monster movie, but the same concept: human vs. Read morePublished on Jan. 27 2002 by Amazon Customer
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