The Dino King 2012

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(24) IMDb 5.4/10
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In a time before man, when Dinosaurs ruled the earth, a young Tarbosaurus fights a desperate battle to survive after becoming separated from his family.

Starring:
Goo Ja-Hyeong, Lee Hyung Suk
Runtime:
1 hour 24 minutes

Available in HD on supported devices

The Dino King

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Product Details

Genres Children & Family, Animated, Action & Adventure
Director Han Sang-ho
Starring Goo Ja-Hyeong, Lee Hyung Suk
Studio Studiocanal
BBFC rating Parental Guidance
Rental rights 48 hour viewing period. Details
Purchase rights Stream instantly and download to 2 locations Details
Format Amazon Instant Video (streaming online video and digital download)

Customer Reviews

3.5 out of 5 stars

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Steve Catterson on 9 Feb 2013
Format: DVD
My wee boy loves this movie, I've been forced to watch it many, many times.

Reasonably nice to look at, the CGI is pretty effective.

The story is awful, but I'll let that one go if it's intended for a younger audience. Perhaps my only problem with this aspect is that it's more than a little depressing! I won't spoil it for you, but it kindof labours the old "mommy mommy, don't die" bit!

However, more than anything I must wann you about the painful, excruciatingly awful dialog, narrative, voice-over, acting (???). Just bad. Very, very bad. So bad I felt I must write my first ever online review of anything, ever. And that's coming from somebody who's normally forced to watch CBeebies or the Disney Channel.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Purplenatti on 10 Oct 2012
Format: DVD
We were expecting an "Ice Age"-esque animated movie and were pleasantly surprised at what we got instead. It was interesting, educational, tense in places and even a little sad in others!! I'll admit the script was a little puerile, but after this is aimed at children is it not? I liked it (38), my 6 year old liked it and so did my Mom (58).
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Beedo Sookcool on 5 Sep 2012
Format: DVD
This film is also known as "Tarbosaurus: The Duel Begins" and "Speckles The Tarbosaurus." You read that right. A befanged multi-ton merciless killing machine of bone, sinew, and armour. Named Speckles.

Well, if you've looked at the impressive lenticular DVD slipcover and case and are expecting a "Walking with Dinosaurs"-style film, get ready for a bit of disappointment. What you get with this film is a beautifully shot but cloyingly saccharine Korean "Lion King" with giant reptiles. Before I get into the good parts of this film (yes, there are good parts, but it's almost all eye-candy), let me just warn you what to expect: "Pterosaur mommies guard their nests all day." "This is the swamp where the scary monster lives." Yeah. You've been warned. The early parts, narrated by a child actor, are almost unbearable for an adult to listen to. It's not the child actor that's nauseatingly bad, it's the dialogue itself. Have sick-bags on standby.

Unbearably twee narration aside (by the main Tarbosaurus character at various stages of his life), this film boasts some spectacularly beautiful scenery, some pretty darned good archosaur reconstructions (though not always in line with current theories, the detail on some of the creatures is phenomenal, including patches of iridescent scales, ruffling feathers, scar tissue, etc). The movie looks jaw-droppingly amazing (probably even moreso in Blu-Ray and/or 3D, neither of which I have), and one could almost forgive some anachronisms (like grass, which didn't evolve until the dinosaurs had been extinct for millions of years, but would be a pain to digitally remove from the film) and inaccuracies (like saying the marine reptile Tylosaurus grows to 100 feet long). But there's that dreadful narration.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Brenda Jeal on 3 Dec 2012
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
my son is into dinosaurs, in a big way and this DVD gave him several hours of enjoyment
he studies the content and tells me all about it
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Format: DVD
My son saw this in the (frankly very poor) Prime Instant list of kid's films, and forced me to watch it. I only survived by making snide comments about how bad it is. Luckily, they went over his head.

The some the film up, At one point, the baddie reappears for the 7th or 8th time to ruin things. This happens hundreds of miles away, and years after he was defeated by the (extremely irritating) protagonist,and the narration goes "One-Eye! How did he get here!". Indeed, how did he get there? Needless to say, that question is left unanswered. Sadly it was all too annoying to fall into the unintentionally funny category.

Anyway, this film fails at all levels, really. it tries to be educational -it's only redeeming feature, but it falls flat. The story is not only ridiculous, but also full of action film clichés, is extremely violent, and terribly inconsistent - the 'goodie's' family is great hunters, but all the other predators are monsters or outlaws or something like that.. And oh, my god, that narration! Flat, monotonous,uninterested, too loud, and badly timed!

My advice -avoid at all costs if you can help it! Steer your dinosaur-obsessed toddlers towards something else, for your own sanity. If all fails, you have my permission to give them icecream to tempt them away from this travesty!
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By velociraptor on 1 Aug 2014
Format: DVD
anazing little film her loved it
its about a tarbosaurus named speckels who doesnt have mutch luck it shows hes life from then on
a great little dinosaur film to add to your collection if you collect dinosaur films like me

only things that could be better:
less use of a certain little sound effect
a bit more realism
the second voice actor (the younger one) was kinda annoying
i cant get to grips with wether this is a film for kids or adults (if anyone knows plz tell me)
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Format: Amazon Instant Video
I loved it. The story was strong, if a little sad. The CGI was better than expected and the voice acting was done really well. I didn't expect much going into this movie, but honestly I was surprised how good it was. Best advice is don't go into the movie thinking it's some super multi-million box office hit, as you'll be underwhelmed. However, don't think it will be a bad movie, it simply is what it is, and because of that I loved it.
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