As usual, the adaptation adds a woman--orphaned jungle girl Elaine Cassidy--to the expedition, and an interesting villain (religious fanatic Peter Falk) beefs up the travelogue by marooning Challenger's gang on the South American plateau where dinosaurs, cavemen and Indians coexist eventfully. The Walking with Dinosaurs-style effects work well for the TV frame, but the real success is in integrating the Boys' Own adventuring with subtle eco-awareness, complex character interplay and the reliable wonder of soaring Pteranodons and Carnosaur attacks. --Kim Newman
The DVD picture quality is crystal clear, as is the sound, and though the extras (a 30 minute documentary) are a little thin on the ground, the film itself is well worth the price. The story zips along at a cracking pace, and is beautifully structured, with some great shock moments coming at regular intervals. The scene where the travellers cross a tree trunk over a sheer drop (my own favourite) is packed to the brim with tension, and it is good to see how subtle digital effects can be when they are used well. The CGI dinosaurs themselves are never less than convincing, with the Allosaurs' attack on the native village standing up as a classic of its kind.
I honestly can't recommend this highly enough! Go out and buy it now - you won't regret it I promise!