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|Planet of Dinosaurs |
20th Anniversary Widescreen Edition
Actors: James Whitworth, Pamela Bottaro, Louie Lawless, Harvey Shain, Charlotte Speer
Director: James K. Shea
Genres: Drama, Kids & Family, Science Fiction & Fantasy
Studio: Infinity Resources Inc Release Date: 09/25/2007
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Jax M. (Destructa) from SAN JOSE, CA
Reviewed on 2/1/2008...
In many ways, this movie is terrible...in an awe-inspiring DIY kind of way. The dinosaur animations do come off very well, and the later part of the plot has some parallels to Reign of Fire. What would you do? Hide, and keep finding new places to hide, or face the monster in pitched battle? It's this crucial decision that divides the small band of survivors.
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Perfect Dinosaur and Spaceship Genre Film
Robert I. Hedges | 04/17/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)
"'Planet of the Dinosaurs' is a typical sci-fi cheapie from 1979 starring nobody of any note. A spaceship explodes (in a visually amusing 'special' effect) and the survivors end up on a hostile planet ruled by dinosaurs, hence the title. The acting is fairly awful (particularly among male cast members) and the spaceship effects are fairly laughable, but the dinosaurs are done with stop motion (by Douglas Beswick), and are actually amazingly well done. In fact, they are about as good as stop motion dinosaurs can be done. For that alone the movie is worth seeing, but the interplay with the humans is priceless (wait till you see some of the human vs. dinosaur battle scenes.) In fact the humans are as bad as the dinosaurs are good. Interestingly everyone is wearing hideous 1970s one piece disco survival ensemble uniforms, which make the downright homely cast appear even dowdier. The only remotely attractive human in the film is the gorgeous Mary Appleseth, who is, unfortunately, eaten by creatures early on. This film is also a favorite of mine for a totally different reason. Footage of the spaceship and dinosaurs was bought for $500 and used in the appallingly hilarious 'Galaxy of the Dinosaurs' in 1992, with additional footage shot on location in Mogadore, Ohio (behind the producer's parents house, if memory serves me correctly.) It is available in the "Bad Movie Police" series on DVD from Amazon, and it is highly recommended as well as this, the original.This is a type of movie not seen anymore. Bad acting and varying quality scenery and effects combine to make this a quintessential low budget sci-fi film from the 1970s. It's good in its own unique way, so go ahead and check it out."
This movie is PERFECT!
lektrotek | La Mesa, CA United States | 09/21/2003
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Sometimes production companies try to make a b-movie, and it's no secret that it's supposed to be funny. Those moves are lame. Planet of the Dinosaurs, however, is AWESOME. Each line of the horrible dialog is delivered with all the intensity of a Knight Rider-era Hasselhoff. You actually get the impression that they were trying to make a decent movie, and that makes it even more hilarious. I first saw this on tv when I was a kid. I was excited to see that it was out on DVD! The dinosaurs are most likely totally innacurate and out of scale if you asked a paleontolgist, but see, these are SPACE dinosaurs! ROCK! The best part is the plot. They crash, some of them die, and then they never find a way off the planet! It just ends with a scene of them washing their clothes in a pond! Their space suits are rad, and the dude's beard is sweet! Easily worth 5 stars."
Not so special after all. . .
Kevin R. Pyrtle | NC | 09/29/2007
(1 out of 5 stars)
"I've loved this film ever since I was a kid and, after some good press, was really looking forward to this DVD. Retromedia drops the ball again, however, in providing an artifacty interlaced transfer crudely blown up to fit the extra resolution of a 16:9 enhanced frame.
Even worse, new digital special effects have been added in at random and for no discernible purpose. The audio commentary is a wonderful asset, but it isn't worth paying $13 - stick to the old Goodtimes DVD. It was sub-par, sure, but at least it kept the film intact."