Finally all three programs from the Emmy Award- winning Walking With...series -- Walking with Dinosaurs, Allosaurus: A Walking with Dinosaurs Specialand Walking with Prehistoric Beasts-- are available for the first time as... more » a collector's set on DVD and VHS. The epic begins with a journey back 65 million years ago to a virtual lost world which has been recreated with spectacular digital effects and animatronics. The series continues as we follow the life and death struggles of 'Big Al,' the most complete allosaurus skeleton ever found. And finally, we explore our planet after the reign of the dinosaur and the succession of extraordinary creatures that came and went over the following millennia. The end of the dinosaur was only the beginning!« less
""The Complete Walking with... Collection", is a compilation of "Walking with Dinosaurs", "Allosaurus - A Walking with Dinosaurs Special", and "Walking with Prehistoric Beasts". All the discs in this fold-out cardboard case are exactly the same as the original individual DVD releases.
No one has gone into much detail about the DVD itself, so I'll do so here...
"Walking with Dinosaurs"
Walking with Dinosaurs Program Description:
The Journey begins 220 million years ago with a trip back in time to the reign of the dinosaurs!
Using the latest scientific findings, Walking with Dinosaurs examines the 155-million-year history of these great creatures, from the aggressive Coelophysis, the first animal to hunt in a pack, to Tyrannosaurus Rex, the most terrifying carnivore on the planet. Feel the ground tremble as dueling Triceratops (that's a mistake, they're actually Torosaurus) lock horns, and soar with Ornithocheirus, who could travel over 300 miles on a single flap of his powerful wings.
1. NEW BLOOD
2. TIME OF THE TITANS
3. CRUEL SEA
4. GIANT OF THE SKIES
5. SPIRITS OF THE ICE FOREST
6. DEATH OF A DYNASTY
- 29 minutes of behind-the-scenes picture-in-picture footage
- 50 minute "making of" documentary
- Promotional trailers
This is an excellent program, and definitely my personal favorite of the three. Everything is incredibly realistic, to the CGI models, animatronics, locations, and even the story-lines. I must have watched it at least 10 times by now. (and I'm only talking about this DVD collection; I must have watched this series 50 times on our VHS recording)
The features are very good, and filled with plenty of jokes with the dinosaurs not doing what they're supposed to and the like. It's really neat to see them on location filming nothing or creating the animatronics and what-not. All the other features are excellent too.
"Allosaurus - A Walking with Dinosaurs Special"
Allosaurus - A Walking with Dinosaurs Special and Big Al Uncovered Program Descriptions:
In 1991, the most complete allosaurus skeleton ever found was discovered in Wyoming and fondly nicknamed "Big Al". Through careful excavation and restoration, scientists have pieced together a detailed biography of this one dinosaur. Using the same computer graphics and animatronics techniques that amazed viewers all over the world in "Walking with Dinosaurs", this program vividly recreates the 15 years from Al's birth to his untimely demise.
In Big Al Uncovered, Al haunts modern-day museums and dig sites as scientists explain how they picked up clues and traced the evidence of one dinosaur's life story.
- Picture-in-picture sequence with over 40 storyboards
- Photo gallery
- CD-ROM sampler of screensavers, video clips, wallpaper and more
Just as good as "Walking with Dinosaurs" and very interesting to see more of Allosaurus from the second program from "Dinosaurs".
Big Al Uncovered was also very interesting and, again quite amusing. The rest of the features were also very good.
"Walking with Prehistoric Beasts"
Walking with Prehistoric Beasts Program Description:
When the dinosaurs disappeared from the Earth, they did not leave an empty planet behind them. A succession of extraordinary creatures came and went over the following millennia. The award-winning team behind "Walking with Dinosaurs" and "Allosaurus" invites you to take a trip to this amazing new world. Here, flightless birds as tall as a man kill with a single snap of their powerful beaks, early ancestors of man struggle for power and territory as they try to defend themselves from the famous saber-toothed tiger. And even the saber-tooth cannot take on the Glyptodon - the massive two-ton armadillo that is the most heavily armored mammal ever.
It's an extraordinary trip through history and evolution (nope) that begins with the end of the dinosaurs and ends with the rise of even more mysterious creatures... the first humans.
1. NEW DAWN
2. WHALE KILLER
3. LAND OF GIANTS
4. NEXT OF KIN
5. SABRE TOOTH
6. MAMMOTH JOURNEY
- Two 50 minute behind-the-scenes featurettes
- Interviews with the creators
- Fact files
- Photo gallery
I felt, although this was almost as good as the first two, it was a little off its mark. Some camera shots could not really be filmed realistically, (like a Basilosaurus engulfing the camera with its mouth, effectively eating the cameraman) which took a little away from the realism, but this didn't happen very often. And, I personally could have lived without the slow-motion scenes. I also thought they focused a little too much on the hunting aspect, but again they didn't overdo it. Still a great program, and really neat to see some prehistoric mammals which are often overlooked.
The features are also quite good, and the interviews with the creators were very interesting.
The video transfer for all three are perfect as well as the sound, and all the features are very interesting and pretty funny too.
All in all, this collection is top-notch and quality entertainment, highly recommended!"
Incredible, fun, and educational...but not for everyone.
gunngirl | Chicago, Illinois USA | 12/02/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I was throughly entertained by this series. Being a dinosaur fan, I loved this. I haven't seen it in a while, but from what I remember it walked through each phase of the the dinosaurs life on the planet from Triassic, Jurrassic, Cretaceous, going through dinosaurs that you may never heard of, how they lived, died, survived, preyed on each other, etc.
It's not for everyone. I can see someone with a slight passing interest in dinosaurs and the period enjoying fifteen minutes or so then becoming bored, so I say rent it first through Netflix because I haven't seen reruns of it in a while.
Dinosaur fans should very much enjoy, and even kids should like it because there are computerize images with the voice overs and while it is educational they should learn something about each species and each period, not just Jurassic because of "Jurassic Park" Very well done, I recommend."
The title is a misnomer - 2 specials in the series aren't he
Devin Melancon | 09/27/2009
(3 out of 5 stars)
"This review is only to point out that this product is not in fact "The Complete Walking With... Collection." It has only 3 of the 5 "walking with" TV specials - "Dinosaurs," "Allosaurus," and "Prehistoric Beasts." It does not have "Cavemen" and "Life Before Dinosaurs - Walking with Monsters." To get all 5, you'll need to buy Prehistoric Earth: A Natural History (Before the Dinosaurs: Walking With Monsters / Walking With Dinosaurs / Allosaurus / Walking With Prehistoric Beasts / Walking With Cavemen)."
Journey Through Time
Dr. Dolittle | Lodi, CA USA | 06/06/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Imagine that you could move back in time. With "The Complete Walking With... Collection", you can! The Journey starts with the first dinosaurs in a struggle to survive a brutal desert. Then you travel ahead to the Jurassic, where you follow the life of a baby sauropod, or "longneck" for fans of "The Land Before Time" movies, and explore the vast ancient seas. Then, it's on ahead to the Cretaceous, where you with fly with pterosaurs, or "flyers", survive a harsh winter in the South Pole forests, and see the dinosaurs go extinct when a comet hits the Earth. But the journey is far from over. Now you follow the lives of the creatures that lived after the dinosaurs. You will see a forest ruled by a giant killer bird, a giant whale try to survive pregnancy, a baby giraffe-like rhino survive his first few years, the apes that will evolve into humans try to survive in the savannah, a saber-tooth cat fight for his home, and a herd of Woolly Mammoths travel to greener pastures for the winter. If you love dinosaurs and other prehistoric creatures, then this series can't be beat! Buy now and enjoy it for years to come! NOTE: Creationists SHOULD NOT watch! Also, the title is misleading. There is "Walking With Monsters", the story of life before the dinosaurs. This is another good one and you should buy it to truly have the COMPLETE Walking With... Collection."
pax 2u | the other Washington | 11/21/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)
"The BBC has produced a quality, educational set of DVD's. The computer generation is magnificent; the narration low key and informative. Interjected with occasional bits of humor the set is a favorite at our house."