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Planet Dinosaur 1 Season 2011

Season 1
4.4 out of 5 stars (250) IMDb 8.2/10

BBC documentary series which combines hi-tech computer graphics with the latest scientific findings to provide a new perspective on the lives of dinosaurs. The documentary focuses, in particular, on dinosaurs whose existence was only discovered in the past decade - a few of whom make T-Rex seem positively friendly.

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1. Lost World

For decades the dinosaurs of Africa were lost to us. But recent discoveries have now revealed some of the most spectacular dinosaurs ever found. Two giant killers, both bigger than T.rex; one of these has captured our imaginations; Spinosaurus, the biggest killer known to have walked the earth. Only now has evidence been unearthed that reveals just how two giants managed to survive side by side.

PARENTAL-GUIDANCE 1 January 2011 28 minutes
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2. Feathered Dragons

This episode reveals the bizarre and extraordinary feathered dinosaurs that have only just been discovered; dinosaurs like Microraptor, Sinornithosaurus and Epidexipteryx; dinosaurs that have revolutionized our understanding of life on earth and blur the boundaries between dinosaurs and birds.

PARENTAL-GUIDANCE 1 January 2011 29 minutes
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3. Last Killers

This episode explores the last generation of killer dinosaurs. At the end of the Cretaceous period these hunter killers had spread throughout the globe. In the southern continents it was the powerful and muscular abelisaurs, like Majungasaurus, that reigned supreme. Whereas in the north it was the famous tyrannosaurs, like Daspletosaurus, that dominated.

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4. Fight for Life

This episode journeys to the Jurassic period. This was a time when the first giant killers stalked the earth. But these giants weren't confined to the land, recent discoveries have revealed an astonishing new hunter in the oceans; Predator X. From the oceans to the land these new giant killers posed the greatest of threats with the smallest advantage tipping the balance between life and death.

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5. New Giants

This episode focuses on the new giants, the heavyweights of the dinosaur world. It's only in recent years that we've unearthed the biggest dinosaurs that ever lived. One monster eclipsing all others was the immense Argentinosaurus - a single backbone was bigger than a human. For years these giants were considered immune to attack from any predator until the discovery of Mapusaurus.

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6. The Great Survivors

This final episode explores the dinosaurs' extraordinary ability to survive. From the Magyarsaurus, which showed an amazing adaptation to island life, to the Nothronychus, a carnivore that gave up meat eating. This astonishing capacity to evolve meant that dinosaurs not only spread throughout the world, but also, dominated life upon it for more than 160 million years.

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Product Details

Genres Documentary
Director Nigel Paterson
Season year 2011
Network BBC Worldwide
Purchase rights Stream instantly and download to 2 locations Details
Format Amazon Video (streaming online video and digital download)

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While I thoroughly enjoyed Walking With Dinosaurs & its various spin-offs, I personally felt it was slightly too orientated towards family entertainment & that there was some scope for a bit more scientific content. In Planet Dinosaur, the balance is perfect - once again, we see CGI monsters hunting & fighting but this time, get brief explanations of where such species roamed, their size compared to humans, etc. Also, many scenes have been directly correlated back to actual fossils - for instance, if we see a predator bite its prey in the neck, we are then told that a fossil with such an injury was actually found. Thus we are reassured that such scenes are plausible & not merely thrown in to entertain.

As the introduction says, "we're living through the golden age of dinosaur discoveries. All over the world, a whole new generation of dinosaurs has been revealed." As such, the focus is on newly discovered dinosaurs which laymen like myself may never have heard of before. These include predators even larger than Tyrannosaurus Rex, the gargantuan Argentinosaurus (wonder where they found that one?!) & recently discovered feathered dinosaurs, including a massive ostrich-like creature which was "like finding a mouse the size of an elephant."

Compared to Walking With Dinosaurs, there's more content, more new material, the CGI is better quality & it's still presented in a package which is entertaining for the whole family. John Hurt's narration is also superb. It's a fine example of the BBC doing what it does best.
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I am a huge fan of 3D films and documentaries and have only a few at the moment, with also a passion and a very huge interest in Dinosaurs, I had a lot of expectations for this film, and I was indeed very impressed, even though I have not watched the original Planet Dinosaur series.

The information given in this documentary is easily explained and the way it has been presented with CGI was brilliant and after watching it I have learnt quite a lot about prehistoric life. John Hurt makes an excellent narrator especially for something like this documentary. So overall I recommend this film for anybody who has an interest in Dinosaurs.

The 3D side of this documentary was outstanding and breathtaking. Being a huge fan of 3D this film ticked all the right boxes for me. The depth is perfect and seeing those creatures come out at you in 3D was fantastic, not just things coming out but beautiful CGI landscapes was perfectly set in the back of the screen, watching this in the dark felt like I was there.

Overall, very pleased with what the BBC have accomplished and I do hope in the near future they produce more like this.

Just to let you know this is not the series of Planet Dinosaur, this is just a 50-55 minute spin-off.
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I pre-ordered this as soon as I saw it was on the Amazon books (12-4-2012) as we have a 3D system & our son loves dinosaurs - and we all loved the Planet Dinosaur broadcasts, and had already bought the series on ONE standard Blu-Ray disc (with a second disc with a bonus feature in standard definition).
So, after waiting more than 4 months for this 3D version, we were keen to see it when it arrived the other day.
It IS good from the 3D viewpoint.
BUT
This isn't a 3D version of the series.
The original series had 6 episodes, total 174 minutes, ie 29 mins each
(Lost World,Feathered Dragons,Last Killers,Fight For Life,New Giants & The Great Survivors)
This 3D disc has ONE 53 min feature, "Ultimate Killers", which, on one viewing, seems to be an amalgam of series bits/narration, albeit in 3D.

Both Blu-Ray discs packages are called "Planet Dinosaur", this one has the addition of "3D" (OK, a different background picture) - so when I ordered this I was expecting it would be the same 6 episodes with the same soundtrack and video footage replaced with 3D-rendered output from original CGI computer runs.

I'll forgive not getting the original "How To Build A Dinosaur" 59 min extra feature not being here, but I got less than a third of the Planet Dinosaur footage (what I thought I was paying for) - which is LESS than the bonus feature on the standard 2D Blu-Ray.

I feel cheated, especially as BOTH version are summed up as follows :
"Presenting a brand-new global perspective on the prehistoric era, the series recreates the creatures, their habitats and how they lived, from analysing their bones to watching them fight to the death."

Note that they both say "the series". For the 3D edition, that is a LIE.

I'm toying with sending this back, as I wouldn't be surprised if, later, there will appear another version - "Full original series in 3D" - which I what I thought I'd pre-ordered!
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I probably watched this 7 times already. It is very good. New Dinosaurs, new information and in glorious Blu-ray. The information is shared well and the CGI is gripping. This will add considerably to your knowledge of prehistoric life. What I also enjoyed was that less impressive species were covered in addition to the mega ones like Spinosaurus. Complex information like how two mega predators existed in Africa at the same time is also shared, and another awesome feature is how they came about said information. Truly well done hopefulle a season two will appear at some stage.
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