Subject: I have found a DVD that I think you would enjoy
|Jurassic Fight Club Season One|
Actor: George Blasing
Director: Kreg Lauterbach
Genres: Special Interests, Television, Educational, Documentary
For over a century, historians and scientists have been piecing together a history of the prehistoric world. This series examines the ultimate fighters of this unique period gigantic beasts that stalked the earth millions ... more »
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Too long, overly speculative, but battle scenes make up for
Greg | Brooklyn Park, Mongolia | 01/26/2009
(4 out of 5 stars)
"One person gave "JFC" a single star, complaining about the accuracy of some of the material in the series. His qualification for doing so, he said, is his passion for dinosaurs, which I do not doubt. I would not presume to match knowledge with even a ten or 12-year-old dinosaur enthusiast...people who love dinosaurs tend to know a lot about them. It's like the one "fantasy" we can indulge, because it's seen as factual fantasy. If you're into World of Warcraft or Middle Earth or comic books, it can be looked down on as nerdy and useless, whereas knowing the name of every Triassic predator...well, you're still a nerd, but the knowledge itself seems less useless, because it's about the real world. Or, a recreation of the real world, more accurately.
And that was our one-starring critic's complaint, that the recreators of this series played fast and loose with these ultimate cold cases (even using the language of crime scene investigation sometimes, to very mixed effect). There is no doubt that the producers and animators have taken some spectacular guesses and have extrapolated far beyond what the often meager evidence would allow. But this is NOT the O.J. Simpson trial. It is, largely, a thin sciency-sounding excuse to put on some fantastic battle scenes. Very few young boys (and many girls) will be immune to the excitement of watching two monsters clash. It's Godzilla versus Mothra, except these fanatically enthusiastic paleontologists adding ringside color are legitimizing the whole thing with fossils and CAT scans and references to living animals.
And that's the series' undeniable strength. The enthusiasm, even passion, for learning that it could engender in some kids formerly only interested in completely imaginary monsters. Not that there's anything wrong with imaginary monsters--I happen to like several. But to harness that imagination in the service of educated speculation in pursuit of more facts about our planet's fascinating history seems an even more noble pursuit. This series has the capacity to ignite a passion for learning about dinosaurs.
My more substantive criticism of the "JFC" (I can't write that without thinking of Jersey Fried Chicken) shows is that the battle scenes are too slight to merit their build-up. Working with usually sparse and fragmentary evidence and making gigantic hypothetical leaps takes up about 75 percent of the show, with the actual battle taking up only a quarter or so. The easy fix here would be to make it a half-hour show, which would put the science speculation in proper balance with the battle scenes.
I also think the paleontologists could provide a lot more warning about the nature of the guesses they are making without damaging their enthusiasm or the excitement of the show. There's nothing wrong with saying, "We don't have enough information to know, but we think something a little like this might have happened." If anything, that might inspire a generation of budding paleontologists to work on creating techniques that would enable us to speculate with more and more plausibility."
Good, bad, and sometimes annoying
Lyle Carbutt | Alamosa,Co | 03/27/2009
(3 out of 5 stars)
"I haven't watched every single episode that aired on the History Channel but I have seen more than half of them. I take issue with the series in some areas for instance the Nanotyrannus vs T-rex episode. My understanding is that the -Nanotyrannus is a juvinile T-rex or a legitimate genus- issue is still very much unsettled. There are plenty of other examples but I'll leave it at that. Yes, I'm a dinosaur nut and have been for long time so the technical errors tend to upset me. The science is well presented but then liberties are taken with it to produce an "exciting" battle. Tooth marks don't always equal a struggle and Mr. Blasing takes great liberties with the behavior of the animals in the series. Some of the ideas are plausible but that does not make them the only way this animal behaved. I'll give Mr. Blasing points for enthusiasm but as has been said in other reviews he becomes annoying. I understand the appeal it has because of the battles, the danger this series has is that the real science gets pushed aside for the good storyline. I hope that if more episodes are made they stress the importance of the science, Mr. Blasing tones it down some and presents the fight as a possibility of what may have happened and not get caught up in telling a fantastic story."
Best Dinosaur show on TV
Metatron | Brookline, MA USA | 10/21/2008
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I instantly pre-ordered this DVD set. I get the episodes on iTunes now, but this is such an incredible show, I feel I must have it on DVD as well. I am friends with some of the paleontologists featured in Jurassic Fight Club and they have gathered the most respected and credible minds in the field of Paleontology for this phenomenal series. The animation is outstanding and the communication regarding the findings from various dig sites is well done and spoken in a way that the average viewer will easily comprehend. This is an absolute must if you are at all interested in dinosaurs or prehistoric life. I hope this show airs for years. I plan to purchase the episodes as long as they are available down the road."
Kinda cool, but not really...
Clayton Bambrough | 06/12/2009
(3 out of 5 stars)
"At first I was really excited about this TV series, it looked very intense and up-to-date. However after watching a few episodes, I realized that Jurassic fight club isn't all it's cracked up to be.
First of all, there is nothing but cgi in it and alot of repeated footage, so it doesn't rely on it's visuals too much. Second is some of the facts are wrong and not based upon any real evidence. Third, is it can be boring at times, where not much is going on except the narrator explaing what has just been happening for the last fifty minutes.
Now, some of the positive things about jurassic fight club:
The cgi is (although not always) quite good and at times very detailed. Many of the facts are correct and there are alot of theories that make sense, most of which I've never even heard of. The fight scenes at the end are pretty brutal and vicious more often than not, and many of them are very violent.
In conclusion, if you don't mind watching scientists talk about dinosaurs and other prehistoric creatures for an hour and then making them fight in recreated battle scenarios, you will most likely enjoy this TV show. And I am hoping for a second season"