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Carnosaur 1 [DVD] [1993] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]

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  • Format: NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Studio: New Horizons
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00004OCXU
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 172,204 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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By I. R. Kerr TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 8 July 2006
Format: DVD
Could this be the worst movie ever made? No, Ed Wood made sure of that but damn Adam Simon went pretty close.

This low budget Jurassic Park clone, uses chicken DNA and even Laura Dern's mother and the odd throwaway line "would make a great theme park". This imitation is the cheapest form of flattery.

Our evil female scientist is using eggs laced with dinosaur DNA to impregnate women to give birth to dinosaurs to help them take over the world. A suitably mad plan that is not out of kilter with this movie as a whole.

The dinosaurs are only one step up the evolutionary scale from those used in Dr. Who's "Invasion of the Dinosaurs". Some scenes even use hand puppets, Sooty, Sweep & Dino?

The only time the creatures look half-way decent is at the end when they go on a rampage through the town.

This is one of those so bad they are good films.

One redeeming feature is the downbeat ending and the military using the same solution as in "The Crazies" and "Night of the Living Dead".

It is certainly worth a look if you like low budget movies like I do. If only they would release the Carnosaur trilogy set on Region 2 discs.
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Chicken eggs are suddenly hatching into little dinosaurs, and before you know it a scaly beast is stalking the wilds looking for prey. A bulldozer driver and an environmentalist are unwittingly entangled in a mad scientist's plan to wipe out the human race and give the Earth to a new generation of dinosaurs.

I'll say this now. If you're looking for realistic dinosaurs then watch Jurassic Park. The creatures in Carnosaur are quite obviously low-budget. But what makes Carnosaur such an enjoyable film is its touches of humour, its genuinely dark moments and its interesting storyline which includes musings on 'dinosaur highways' and the future of the planet. The rockland locations also make an atmospheric backdrop. This is certainly one of the better low-budget monster movies out there.
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well, It was a while ago that I saw this but I don't think I have ever seen a film that is worse.
The special effects are your standard horror fair with a really bad puppet T-Rex at the end.
The plot is what lets this film down the most. It makes no sense at all. Basically they were jumping on the Jurassic Park bandwagon. At least it's original.....
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4.0 out of 5 stars BITING FUN 31 Dec. 2003
By Michael Butts - Published on
Format: DVD
Coming on the overwhelming reception for JURASSIC PARK, hence came CARNOSAUR. Long-time b-horror maven Bert I. Gordon got a bigger budget and has delivered a bloody but diverting monster movie.
Brilliant geneticist Diane Ladd has created a virus which she is putting in chickens, so that when they hatch their eggs, they are being sold and unwary citizens are eating the eggs and getting sick, and even worse...won't spoil the plot. Ladd's performance is so coldy calculating that she comes across as one of the most intriguing villainesses in some time.
Raphael Sbarge is a construction maintenance worker who guards the equipment from a group of protesters, wherein he meets Jennifer Runyon (a strong Mariel Hemingway lookalike) and they inevitably fall in love after being saved from the evil Carnosaur.
The dinosaur effects are nowhere near as brilliant as Jurassic's, but they are convincing enough---even when they're munching on someone's arms or legs. Harrison Page as the stalwart sheriff meets his fate in a rather ouch way...
I haven't seen the sequels yet, but this is an above average thrillfest.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Carnosaur (1993) 22 Jun. 2002
A Kid's Review - Published on
This is probably the most bizarre and dark movie ever to be made. The plot is pretty weird, and the special effects are terrible. The plot: A mad scientist, Dr. Jane Tiptree (Diane Ladd, mother of Laura Dern, who was in the other dino film of the year, JURASSIC PARK) uses chicken eggs to make an army of Velociraptors and T-rexes, and she sets them loose in a quiet town. There is a lot of gore, so it's no wonder why it's rated R. The acting and music is pretty good, and the dino vision is cool. Their vision is how it looks like when you have night vision goggles on; it's a greenish color. This is overall an okay movie, watch it more than once. CARNOSAUR 2 (1995), CARNOSAUR 3: PRIMAL SPECIES (1996) and RAPTOR (2001) are it's sequels.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars cashing in on jurassic park 13 Jun. 2000
By A Customer - Published on
Format: DVD
when this movie was released in the summer of 1993, same summer as 'the other dinosaur movie', I was very curious to see it. but I never acted up on it and instead saw Jurassic Park six times.
so when it was released on video, I decided to check it out. and I'm sure glad I avoided it at the theaters.
I have never read the novel it was based off, but I'm interested to see what changes were made.. the acting is credible, characters somewhat developed... but the effects; if you can call them that, are unconvincing at best.
that is the main reason I watch a dinosaur movie. the special effects. and this movie did not deliver in that field.
the dinosaurs were hand puppets, rod controlled puppets, and a close to full size tyrannosaur animatronic robot. and yes, I could tell when which technique was used and when another was not. the tyrannosaur robot provided the best performance but it was severly underused.
for those who are interested in seeing a gory version of jurassic park, check this one out. just don't expect the same feeling of awe and wonder of spielberg's epic.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Now here's a Dinosaur movie! 5 May 2000
By gunther - Published on
This is a favorite movie of mine simply because (A) it's entertaining and (B) there is nothing else like it. Take a vicious pack of phony-but-awesome dinosaurs, morbid black humor, loads and loads of gory violence, creepiness in every shape and form, and a completely outrageous and very original plot, and you would get Carnosaur. I absolutely love this movie. The acting is excellent, the directing is excellent, everything is excellent with the exception of the special effects, which are still very entertaining if not entirely convincing. In the end, the only complaint I had about this movie was that it had almost nothing to do with the original novel by Harry Adam Knight (which I also read and loved). In fact, the only things this movie has to do with the book is that the movie took the basic premise of a mad scientist trying to give the world back to the dinosaurs by mixing fossil dino DNA with chicken DNA to create the beasts and then sick them on humanity. It also borrowed a few of the kill scenes from the novel. That's it. Everything else is changed. This doesn't detract from the enjoyment and thrill factor though, and this movie still is well worth seeing for those who aren't stupid enough to expect Jurrasic Park-like special effects in every dino flick they see, which was, last time I checked, about 90% of the United States population. If you liked this, you might also enjoy the two sequels which are just as much fun, but not as good, original, or dark.
9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Disjointed Mess 31 Mar. 2002
By Blahblahblah - Published on
Format: DVD
To give you a quick idea of how bad this film is: the best thing about it is that Clint Howard has a small role.
The basic plot of this film is that the biowarfare division of a corporation has genetically modified chickens so that they lay eggs which hatch dinosaurs. Despite the fact that the company knows these eggs are dangerous (they already have a full-grown dinosaur locked up in their basement), the modified chickens are not only kept in a minimum security warehouse, they are also sometimes shipped out to be sold commercially as food!!! (Yes, the insane scientist in charge of the project has kept its purpose secret from most, but there are others who know about it). Also, for reasons not clearly explained, a surpisingly large number of pregnant women in the film give birth to dinosaurs (I guess they ate some of the slimy green eggs!). Now, if the movie were fun I'd be willing to suspend my disbelief about all this, but the movie is a complete mess.
This film was obviously rushed out to cash in on the simultaneous release of Jurassic Park. It appears that in order to meet this deadline, Roger Corman took an incomplete film and re-edited it chronologically into something competely lacking continuity. For example, what should be a continuous ten-minute sequence near the end of the movie (the hero confronting the mad scientist) is spliced up so that the scene apparently takes place over the space of two or more days! Scenes keep shifting from day to night and back to day again. Characters suddenly pop up in completely different locations from where they were seconds before and engage in acts that do not logically follow what they were doing before, and appear to pick up new information clairvoyantly (when they are not completely forgetting other important events). Various plot threads also go absolutely nowhere. Even the meaningless captions about "Contaminated Cells Per Million" occassionally flashed on the screen (it does not actually appear to refer to anything!), instead of continuously climbing, jumps up and down (20%...35%...12%).
In films like Plan 9 From Outer Space where there was no budget or talent to work with, this sort of thing is excusable and the results can be entertaining. However, I found Carnosaur to just be frustrating and insulting. It is too bad this had to happen considering the script does make some interesting points about uncontrolled research into genetically modified food, etc., and has a more interesting premise than Jurrasic Park regarding the origins of its dinosaurs. But instead what resulted is a shameful cash-grab which should only appeal to those who care more about gore than story. And the dinosaurs look silly!
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