The Truth About Killer Dinosaurs (2005)

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Released 17-Aug-2006

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Details At A Glance

General Extras
Category Documentary Main Menu Audio
Featurette-Tail Trail, "Beware Of The Bull" Trail
Featurette-Visual Effects Comparison
Rating Rated PG
Year Of Production 2005
Running Time 117:40 (Case: 120)
RSDL / Flipper RSDL (58:56) Cast & Crew
Start Up Menu
Region Coding 2,4 Directed By Peter Leonard
Nigel Paterson
Studio
Distributor

Roadshow Home Entertainment
Starring Bill Oddie
Case Amaray-Transparent-Secure Clip
RPI $19.95 Music None Given


Video Audio
Pan & Scan/Full Frame None English Dolby Digital 2.0 (192Kb/s)
Widescreen Aspect Ratio 1.78:1
16x9 Enhancement
16x9 Enhanced
Video Format 576i (PAL)
Original Aspect Ratio 1.78:1 Miscellaneous
Jacket Pictures No
Subtitles English Smoking No
Annoying Product Placement No
Action In or After Credits Yes

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Plot Synopsis

    Dinosaurs have been a subject of fascination for small (and big) boys the world over for many years and there have been many attempts to capture them onscreen, from Jurassic Park to Godzilla to Walking with Dinosaurs. This latest go at it was made last year in 2005 by the BBC in conjunction with Discovery Channel and is hosted by Bill Oddie, known to many from his days in The Goodies. He is, of course, much older now but still just as scruffy. Here he leads us in the discovery of what the result would be in death matches amongst the dinosaurs. Although at first glance that might just sound like a light entertainment idea gone wrong, this show uses scientific research to reconstruct the dinosaurs on the basis of fossil finds, both in high quality computer animation and in mechanical reconstructions of parts of the dinosaurs' anatomies such as T-Rex's jaws. Obviously, this is not all straight science with a lot of guesswork and artistic license taken, however, it certainly seems to be strongly rooted in up to date research on the dinosaurs and many scientists appear. Their reactions to the mechanical reconstructions are priceless. If you didn't think scientists knew how to have fun, you'll see them doing it in this show. This disc includes two episodes (just under an hour each), which I assume is all there is.

    The episodes are:

  1. Tyrannosaurus Vs Triceratops (58:56) - They compare these two in terms of skills such as eyesight, cunning, agility, aggression, speed, weapons and intelligence to try to determine who would win a fight between them. A highlight is getting an ostrich to run on a jogging machine to simulate a T-Rex.
  2. Velociraptor Vs Ankylosaur (58:44) - This show focuses mostly on the velociraptor to show that it was quite different to the image portrayed in films such as Jurassic Park. They then pit a group of hungry velociraptors against an Ankylosaur who can protect himself with his massive tail club.

     This is a well made show with a lot of thought and research in the reconstructions and a stylish and interesting approach to the subject. My only word of warning would be that it might be a little gory for the smallest dinosaur fans. I quickly decided it would be too much for my 3.5 year old despite him having a healthy interest in dinosaurs. Recommended.

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Transfer Quality

Video

    The video quality is very good.

    The feature is presented in a 1.78:1 aspect ratio 16x9 enhanced which is the original aspect ratio.

    The picture was very sharp and clear and was encoded at a quite high bitrate. There was no evidence of low level noise.

    The colour was very good with only a little colour bleeding from light colours to complain about.

    The only noticeable artefact was aliasing which could be seen on the grilles on the main set and on Bill's shirt in episode 2.

    There are subtitles in English which were clear and easy to read.

    The layer change is between episodes.
    

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Audio

    The audio quality is very good.

    This DVD contains an English Dolby Digital 2.0 stereo soundtrack encoded at 192 Kb/s.

    Dialogue was clear and easy to understand and there was no problem with audio sync.

    The music by Ty Unwin is dramatic and adds excitement to the show.

    The surround speakers added a bit of atmosphere when the disc was played using ProLogic II.

    The subwoofer added bass to the music and the dinosaur footsteps. This was due to my amp's bass management.

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Extras

Menu

    The menu included music and the ability to select scenes, episodes and subtitles.

'Tail' Trail (0:19)

    A short TV trailer for the show.

'Beware of the Bull' Trail (0:28)

    A short Goodies inspired TV trailer for the show.

Visual Effects Comparison (1:51)

    A silent run down on the stages of the computer animation for two scenes in the show.

R4 vs R1

NOTE: To view non-R4 releases, your equipment needs to be multi-zone compatible and usually also NTSC compatible.

     This show does not seem to have been released in Region 1 at this time and is available in the same format in Region 2.

Summary

    An interesting and entertaining take on Dinosaurs focusing on which one would win a fight.

    The video quality is very good.

    The audio quality is very good.

    The set has a a few very minor extras.

Ratings (out of 5)

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© Daniel Bruce (Do you need a bio break?)
Monday, October 09, 2006
Review Equipment
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DisplaySony FD Trinitron Wega KV-AR34M36 80cm. Calibrated with Digital Video Essentials (PAL). This display device is 16x9 capable. This display device has a maximum native resolution of 576i (PAL)/480i (NTSC).
Audio DecoderBuilt in to amplifier/receiver. Calibrated with Video Essentials.
AmplificationPioneer VSX-511
SpeakersMonitor Audio Bronze 2 (Front), Bronze Centre & Bronze FX (Rears) + Yamaha YST SW90 subwoofer

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