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Dinotopia (TV Miniseries)
TV Miniseries
Actors: Katie Carr, Jim Carter, Lee Evans, Terry Jones, Alice Krige
Genres: Action & Adventure, Kids & Family, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Television
NR     2002     4hr 10min

A fantastic marriage of state-of-the-art computer technology, thrilling live action, and breathtaking ingenuity, " Dinotopia" emerges as one of the most ambitious and technically advanced projects in the history of televis...  more »

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Actors: Katie Carr, Jim Carter, Lee Evans, Terry Jones, Alice Krige
Creators: Howard Ellis, James Gurney, Michael Stone, Robert Halmi Jr., Robert Halmi Sr., Scott Usher, Seth Siegel, William P. Cartlidge
Genres: Action & Adventure, Kids & Family, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Television
Sub-Genres: Action & Adventure, Family Films, Science Fiction, Miniseries
Studio: Lions Gate
Format: DVD - Color - Closed-captioned,Miniseries
DVD Release Date: 07/30/2002
Original Release Date: 05/12/2002
Theatrical Release Date: 05/12/2002
Release Year: 2002
Run Time: 4hr 10min
Screens: Color
Number of Discs: 2
SwapaDVD Credits: 2
Total Copies: 1
Members Wishing: 0
MPAA Rating: NR (Not Rated)
Languages: English
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Member Movie Reviews

Jessica V. from SARATOGA SPGS, UT
Reviewed on 3/6/2013...
All of my children, 10 and under, boys and girls, love this miniseries! I do too! There is so much that could come after we have to get into the books now.
1 of 1 member(s) found this review helpful.
Edna H. (tessiss) from FRANKLINVILLE, NC
Reviewed on 1/4/2012...
i love this series
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Movie Reviews

A wonderful 'fantasy world' miniseries
Another Movie FAN | Rohnert Park, Ca. United States | 09/20/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)

"This is a GREAT 4 hour fantasy miniseries, with beautiful sets and production artwork, terrific special effects, and a pretty decent story line. Having said this, I have to admit that the plot was targeted at adolescents and young teens, and for an adult to fully enjoy the story requires that you slip your mind out of `critical gear' for a few hours.

Every time I watch Dinotopia, I am blown away by the unexpectedly high production values in this relatively unknown miniseries. Some of the reviews posted here lean in the direction that Dinotopia's effects are `almost as good' as movies like "Jurassic Park", and "Walking with Dinosaurs" but I actually think, in fairness, I would have to say that the effects in Dinotopia are better, or at least, at a minimum, more ambitious. The reason I say this is that Dinotopia takes on the MUCH more difficult challenge of turning some of the dinosaurs into full time, walking, talking, supporting characters, (and pulls this off remarkably well). Also, in this miniseries, a much higher percentage of the scenes are special effects shots involving a dinosaur character, and under these circumstances, you would think that there are bound to be a few shots that just don't quite hold up, but I'll be darned if I can pick out a single scene to cite as an example.

Given the fact that we are talking about maybe ten times the number of effects shots involving dinosaurs as there were in the first "Jurassic Park" movie, and given that the dinosaurs are interacting with the human characters in much more complex ways (in one scene, a man sized dinosaur named `Zippo' plays ping-pong with one of the human characters), I think they did an absolutely remarkable job on the effects in this miniseries.

Even minor characters like the `postal bird' are executed beautifully, and aside from the dinosaur effects, the quality of the sets and production artwork in many of the scenes is absolutely stunning, making this miniseries a real visual treat.

As far as the story line goes, I have to admit that I had to chuckle at times over the `psycho-babble', `granola-flake' perfection of the Dinotopian society, but this is, after all, a fantasy. Given the quantity and quality of the material, and the low cost of this DVD set, I think this miniseries was quite a bargain, and I can't think of another recent DVD purchase that has pleased me more."
2nd best movie after Harry Potter
Another Movie FAN | 03/25/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)

"I am 10 years old. I loved this movie SO MUCH! It was so exciting and I imagined myself riding a Skybax. Even though the movie is long, I watched over and over. Wouldn't it be so cool to live with the dinosaurs!"
Serious problem with "Dinotopia" (TV Miniseries) discs
E. Anderson | New York, NY | 03/21/2008
(1 out of 5 stars)

"The TV miniseries "Dinotopia" is a wonderful show but there's a serious problem trying to get the right DVD from Amazon. And, it isn't Amazon's fault. I've ordered and had to return the DVD twice this month because I've received the following discs in the sealed package - Disc #1 Dinotopia- The Series (2004) and Disc #2 Dinotopia - TV Miniseries (2002). The packaging and labeling on the discs is correct for the TV miniseries (2002) which is what I've ordered but there's Disc #1 with the TV series that ran briefly in 2004. It's clear the mistake comes directly from the manufacturer or distributor. In frustration, I've just ordered a used version of the DVD from one of Amazon's secondary sellers, and hopefully, that copy will be correct."