The Complete 'Walking with...' Collection

 

(5 discs Including "Walking With Dinosaurs", "The Making of "Walking With Dinosaurs", "Allosaurus / Big Al Uncovered", "Walking With Prehistoric Beats" and  "The Making of 'Walking With Prehistoric Beasts"

 

directed by Tim Haines, Jasper James, Kate Bartlett , Michael Olmert, Nigel Paterson
UK / Germany 1999

 

This may be my favorite Boxset and the highest pinnacle that TV has ever reached. It contains all three programs of the the Emmy Award-winning Walking with... series--Walking with Dinosaurs, Allosaurus: A Walking with Dinosaurs Special, and Walking with Prehistoric Beasts as well as the interesting "Making of.." documentaries. We are taken back 220 million years ago (Late Triassic) to a virtual lost world recreated with state-of-the-art digital effects and animatronics and using modern theory for movement, mating, food-foraging, habitats etc. . The series continues as we follow the life and death struggles of "Big Al," the most complete allosaurus skeleton ever found. And finally, we explore our planet after the reign of the dinosaur and the succession of extraordinary creatures that came and went over the following millennia. We see that the end of the dinosaur was only the beginning and some of the most spectacular and unusual beasts were roaming this planet as recent as 30,000 years ago. It is more than fascinating, it is the roots of life on this planet and steadfastly narrated by Kenneth Branagh to become a prize possession of any family household. This is a fantastic set of documentaries with engrossing special effects (for each sequence it took 75,000 times longer to create it than to watch it). It is the origins of life on this planet! I give it my highest rating. out of

 

Walking With Dinosaurs     The Making of "Walking With Dinosaurs     Allosaurus / Big Al Uncovered    

Walking With Prehistoric Beats     The Making of 'Walking With Prehistoric Beats"


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DVD Review: BBC Video -  Region 1 - NTSC

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NOTE: Amazon may improperly identify this as a 3-disc set. It is 5 !

NOTE: Walking With Collection (5 discs Including "Walking With Dinosaurs", "The Making of "Walking With Dinosaurs", "Allosaurus / Big Al Uncovered", "Walking With Prehistoric Beats" and  "The Making of 'Walking With Prehistoric Beasts"

  

    

   

       

   

    

 

      

Distribution BBC Video -  Region 1 - NTSC
Audio English (Dolby Digital 2.0)
Subtitles Optional English (hearing impaired), Spanish (No Spanish on "Allosaurus" and "Prehistoric Beasts")

(All DVDs but 'Allosaurus' and the "Making of's.." have English subtitles but they can't be changed 'on the fly - not on my Malata anyway)

Features Release Information:
Studio: BBC Video

Aspect Ratio:
Anamorphic - 1.78:1

Edition Details:
• Contains three shows on five discs of the original BBC series narrated by Kenneth Branagh
• Walking With Dinosaurs 1999
• Allosaurus: A Walking With Dinosaurs Special 2000
• Walking With Prehistoric Beasts 2001
• 29 minutes of picture-in-picture footage show the making of Walking With Dinosaurs
• 3 50-minute behind-the-scenes featurettes
• Interviews with the filmmakers
• Fact files, photo galleries, storyboards and more
• Number of discs: 5

DVD Release Date: October 5th, 2004 (re-issue)

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Comments:

The image quality is far above normal television standard, but the CGI effects are slightly below that of multi-million dollar "Jurassic Park" - but this is by far the most educational set of documentaries I have ever seen on dinosaurs. It was made 16X9 - colors are vibrant - Branagh's Shakespearian timbre is clear and defined. Animated menus are made for easy navigation. The extras are stupendous. I really can't say enough. I tend to watch this with my son over and over - always seeing something new and interesting. It's like a graphic encyclopedia. A must-own DVD set!out of  

Gary W. Tooze


(aka ""Dinosaurier - Im Reich der Giganten"")

 

directed by Tim Haines, Jasper James

UK 1999

Television premiere: October 4th, 1999 - UK (television)

When the first episode of the six-part BBC series Walking with Dinosaurs originally aired, an estimated one out of every four Britons tuned in. What they witnessed was dinosaurs brought to life, not in the modern world as in Jurassic Park, but in their original habitats millions of years ago. Revived using computer-generated effects that cost close to $5 million and sophisticated animatronic models, the dinosaurs look barely a day over 150 million years old. The creators present the series in classic nature-documentary style, complete with an authoritative narrator (Kenneth Branagh) to guide the viewer through the footage of dinosaurs mating, fighting, raising their young, grazing, or, in the case of carnivores, hunting. Each episode focuses on a theme, whether it is a particular era, such as the Mesozoic, or a particular type of dinosaur, like those that ruled the oceans. Each part also focuses in on the life of an individual dinosaur or family of dinosaurs. The result is a series of short dramas that both inform and entertain.


The show is so realistic that some scientists and viewers have criticized its seamless blending of fact and speculation. Those who wish to maintain a healthy skepticism about the theories set forth should watch the exclusive footage from The Making of Walking with Dinosaurs included on the DVD and available via mail-in on the VHS. In it, the scientists freely admit that some educated guesswork was involved and explain how they arrived at the dinosaurs' appearances and behavior. Regardless of whether one agrees or disagrees with every detail of the re-creation, it is difficult to deny that Walking with Dinosaurs succeeds in providing dinosaur lovers with an experience that can't be matched by mere images of paleontologists and fossils.

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(aka "Allosaurus: A 'Walking with Dinosaurs' Special ")

 

directed by Kate Bartlett , Michael Olmert

UK 2001

Television premiere:  March 28th, 2001 - UK (Television premiere)

Nominated for three Emmy Awards, this is the moving story of the life and death struggle of Big Al, the most complete Allosaurus skeleton ever found. This program also brings you behind the scenes with an additional 30-minute feature that explores how scientists have been able to trace this incredible life story.

Personally this was the least enthralling DVD of the set for me, but its educational value is extremely high.

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Runtime Approx.. 1:05:00
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directed by Nigel Paterson

UK 2001

(aka "Walking With Beasts")

Television premiere:  November 15th, 2001

Imagine a National Geographic survey of a natural world that hasn't existed for millions of years. The sequel to the mesmerizing Walking with Dinosaurs, one of the most imaginative explorations of the prehistoric world ever made, once again uses the technology of the Jurassic Park fantasies to re-create the "menagerie of weird and wonderful creatures" that roamed the globe after the dinosaurs. Designed as a series of survival dramas, each of the six episodes plays like a speculative Disney True Life Adventure (with appropriately resolute narration by Kenneth Branagh) centered around a day in the life of a creature or the seasonal cycle of a species: a pride of saber tooth cats, a herd of woolly mammoths, a tribe of hominids. It's all supposition, of course, but it's supposition based on the best research available. The BBC production, which does not shy away from this violent world, includes computer-animated footage of mating and hunting techniques. However, any prehistory fan 7 or older should enjoy this series. --Sean Axmaker

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Runtime 2:52:12
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Average Bitrate: 4.58 mb/s
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Chapters : 6 sections of  6 chapters = 36 in total

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(aka "Walking With Prehistoric Beasts 2" or "The Making of Walking With Prehistoric Beasts")

 

 

Don't get hung up on the "Making of" appellation branded onto the documentaries Triumph of the Beasts and The Beasts Within. These 50-minute productions are less about getting it made than getting it right; they explain the science and speculation behind the production. Scientists share their discoveries, offer their theories, and show off fossils in an effort to explain what we know of the distant past and how we know it. A supplemental "fact file" provides thumbnail profiles on every creature featured in the series, and a photo gallery offers a second look at the beasties. For those viewers more interested in the how than the why, there are six animated storyboard galleries and 23 minutes of interviews with the producers and animators. It's a perfect companion for the program, serious enough to tackle the issues of scientific speculation and spiked with a little humor just to keep it fun. --Sean Axmaker

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NOTE: Walking With Collection (5 discs Including "Walking With Dinosaurs", "The Making of "Walking With Dinosaurs", "Allosaurus / Big Al Uncovered", "Walking With Prehistoric Beats" and  "The Making of 'Walking With Prehistoric Beasts"

  

    

   

       

   

    

 

      

 



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