Science (Dinosaurs/Prehistoric Animals) Movies on DVD
Afraid that Earth can't survive a global natural Armageddon? It has before. This insightful Animal Planet program explores the phenomenon of mass extinction and planetary catastrophes, employing cutting-edge computer technology to re-create the prehistoric world and the animal species wiped out by gamma rays, asteroids, and other devastating events that rendered about 99.9 percent of all animal life that has ever existed utterly extinct. 168 min. Standard; Soundtrack: English.
They may have ruled the planet 70 million years ago, but were the dinosaurs able to survive in the frigid cold and darkness of the world's polar regions? This "Nova" documentary follows paleontologists on a global quest--including a perilous trek to Alaska's North Slope--to gather evidence that shines light on how dinosaurs made their home in a sub-freezing environment. 56 min. Standard; Soundtrack: English.
In 2004, gold miners in Siberia unearthed an unbelievable find: a perfectly intact, frozen baby mammoth. This riveting Discovery Channel documentary follows a team of paleo-detectives as they attempt to unravel the mystery of the creature's life and death, and determine whether or not these Ice Age animals could ever exist again. 143 min. Widescreen; Soundtrack: English Dolby Digital stereo. Includes the bonus feature "Raising The Mammoth" (2000).
Many a dinosaur fan knows all about the T. rex, brontosaurus, and triceratops--but how many are familiar with the long-necked mamenchisaurus, the horned chasmosaurus, or the parasaurolophus, whose tube-like head was a primary mating asset? This incredible National Geographic program offers fascinating profiles of these and other unique creatures of a distant age. Widescreen; Soundtrack: English.
Among the intriguing beasts that roamed Australia during the Ice Age, the giant, meat-eating marsupial known as the Thylacoleo is examined in this remarkable "Nova" documentary. As scientists pore over an intact skeleton of the extinct beast, the stories of other local creatures are discussed and clues are sought as to why the Pleistocene epoch's many giant animals vanished from existence. 56 min. Soundtracks: English, DVS.
Walk in the footsteps of the "terrible lizard" with these three BBC One documentary programs, two from 2002's "Chased by Dinosaurs" and a 1999 episode from "Walking with Dinosaurs." First, zoologist Nigel Marvin goes back in time in search of "The Giant Claw." Next, Marvin reveals how the world's largest predator attempts to vanquish an even larger prey, in the "Land of Giants." Finally, you'll follow the life story of an "Allosaurus," once the predator king of the Jurassic Period, and witness the excavation and restoration of "Big Al," the most complete skeleton of the species yet discovered. Narrated by Avery Brooks. 90 min. total. Widescreen (Enhanced); Soundtrack: English; bonus program "Big Al Uncovered."
The mysteries of how dinosaurs reproduced and cared for their young are explored in this fascinating and informative program. Through inventive animation and interviews with such experts as Robert Bakker, Philip Currie, and Mark Norell, you'll learn about the parenting techniques of the prehistoric creatures. 57 min. Standard; Soundtrack: English.
Follow a team of paleontologists as they visit Mongolia's Gobi Desert, site of the 1920s expedition that found the first dinosaur egg fossils, and follow in the footsteps of famed fossil hunter Roy Chapman Andrews. 60 min. Standard; Soundtrack: English Dolby Digital stereo; bonus program.
The late 19th century was a boom period for fossil discoveries in the American West. It was also when the search for new finds drew two pioneering paleontologists--Edward Cope of Philadelphia's Academy of Natural Sciences and Yale University's O.C. Marsh--into a bitter rivalry. See what drove the former colleagues to bribery, theft, and sabotage in this "American Experience" program. 60 min. Widescreen; Soundtrack: English Dolby Digital 5.1; Subtitles: English (SDH).
Two-disc set includes "Dinosaurs Alive!" and "Dinosaurs: Giants Of Patagonia."
Originally created for exhibition in IMAX theaters, this fantastic documentary narrated by Michael Douglas attempts to unravel the truth about dinosaurs. Along with jaw-dropping computer-generated footage, you'll see some of the world's greatest paleontologists travel to the Gobi Desert and tour along the sandstone buttes of New Mexico in an attempt to learn more about the amazing prehistoric creatures. 40 min. Widescreen (Enhanced); Soundtracks: English Dolby Digital 5.1, French Dolby Digital 5.1, Spanish Dolby Digital 5.1; "making of" documentary; featurette; quiz; theatrical trailers.
What was early life on Earth like? Find out in this collection of educational and theatrical short subjects that examine such topics as dinosaurs, the origins of man, the evolution of our planet, and many more. Includes footage from the 1925 version of "The Lost World" and highlights from Winsor McCay's 1914 cartoon "Gertie the Dinosaur." 108 min. total. Standard; Soundtrack: English. Plays All Regions.
How many different kinds of dinosaur actually existed? This provocative National Geographic documentary reviews startling new theories advanced by paleontologists that cast some doubts on previously established research, suggesting that there may be fewer distinctive variations of prehistoric creatures. 50 min. Widescreen (Enhanced); Soundtrack: English Dolby Digital 5.1.
Get an inside look at the prehistoric world of Tyrannosaurus Rex, Triceratops, and company, and see how paleontologists study their remains, in this collection of four dino-riffic Discovery Channel documentaries. Included are "Renaissance of the Dinosaurs," "Land of the Giants," "The Killer Elite," and "And Then There Were None." 4 hrs. total. Standard; Soundtrack: English.
It's a dinosaur double bill of fascinating National Geographic specials. First, see how an amazingly intact "dinosaur mummy" of a 70 million-year-old duckbill is unearthed in the Northern U.S. and brought in for study in "Dino Autopsy." Next, journey to the Gobi Desert in China, where an amazing collection of Jurassic species was found, and learn how the region may have become a "Dino Death Trap." 100 min. total. Widescreen; Soundtrack: English Dolby Digital stereo.
Sure, they're extinct now, but dinosaurs and their aquatic and airborne relatives ruled the planet for millions of years. Learn about their evolution and the anatomical secrets that allowed them to survive and thrive, in this collection of Discovery Channel documentaries. Included are "Clash of the Dinosaurs: Extreme Survivors," "Last Day of the Dinosaurs," and "Dino Gangs." 189 min. total. Soundtrack: English.
The southern regions of Argentina and Chile were home to some of the largest dinosaurs to ever roam the planet. This IMAX documentary introduces you to such South American behemoths as the plant-eating Argentinosaurus and its enemy, the predatory Giganotosaurus (which was bigger than a T. rex!), through computer-animated sequences. Paleontologist Rodolfo Coria, the animals' co-discoverer, discusses how they lived and why they died out. Donald Sutherland narrates. 40 min. Widescreen; Soundtracks: English Dolby Digital 5.1, French Dolby Digital 5.1.
Dino experts Dr. Michael Brett Surman and Dr. David Norman separate fact from legend in this fun and educational documentary on dinosaurs. The age of these mighty prehistoric titans is chronicled in a program that reveals truth to be sometimes stranger than fiction! 60 min. Soundtrack: English.
"Eden does not exist here. We have now returned to a world where life and death are locked in a merciless struggle." Werner Herzog (who better?) narrates this spectacular computer-animated documentary about the age of dinosaurs, evoking the savagery and fascination of prehistoric times while enlightening viewers on the most recent fossil findings and cutting-edge research. 83 min. Widescreen; Soundtrack: English.
Here's a dino-sized, two-disc collection of the Discovery Channel's best programs on the venerated vertebrates! Accompany paleontologist Jack Horner to the Montana badlands, where the "Valley Of The T. Rex" reveals its amazing secrets; discover new facts about the imposing Tyrannosaurus Rex, in "T. Rex: New Science, New Beast"; "When Dinosaurs Roamed America," the country looked mighty different, as seen through this program's amazing special effects; "Utah's Dino Graveyard" is the site where an incredible feathered dinosaur is found; visit "Dinosaur Planet" with this four-part re-creation of the ancient world; meet "The Mystery Dinosaur" scientists named Jane; and see if "Dinosaurs: Return To Life?" is really as outlandish a proposition as it sounds. 8 hrs. total. Widescreen (Enhanced); Soundtrack: English Dolby Digital stereo.
Two provocative programs exploring the prehistoric era shed new light on the mammoth creatures that stalked the Earth before man. From the long-running British series "Horizon" comes "Extreme Dinosaurs" (2000), which follows a paleontologist's surprising theories about a possible six-ton beast never before acknowledged by history, and "T. Rex: Warrior or Wimp?" (2004), which offers a controversial rethinking of the T. rex's infamous reputation. 100 min. total. Widescreen (Enhanced); Soundtrack: English Dolby Digital stereo; Subtitles: English (SDH).
Who had the most ferocious moves--a T. rex, a raptor, or a ceratosaurus? Learn which of prehistory's toughest predators came out on top with this spectacular History Channel series, originally broadcast as "Jurassic Fight Club." Amazing computer animation and wealth of exhaustive research provides illuminating glimpses into a long-ago age when dinosaurs battled to the death! <
When builders at a Colorado ski resort unearthed 100,000-year-old fossils, scientists investigated and found a prehistoric treasure trove filled with the remains of mastodons, saber-toothed cats, giant bison and ground sloths, and other long-extinct Ice Age mammals. This "Nova" documentary follows their discoveries, which included the earliest evidence of humans in the region. 60 min. Widescreen; Soundtrack: English Dolby Digital stereo; Subtitles: English (SDH).
Where have all the mammoths gone? This fascinating "Nova" program explores the sudden death of these enormous creatures at the end of the Ice Age, nearly 13,000 years ago. Scientists and scholars discuss a controversial new theory that a massive impact from space is responsible for their demise and consider other intriguing theories of extinction. 56 min. Widescreen (Enhanced); Soundtrack: Dolby Digital stereo.
Take a new look at the prehistoric world's most infamous predator, as CGI animation brings it back to life, in "T. Rex Walks Again" (2007). Five-disc set also includes "Bizarre Dinosaurs," "Dino Autopsy," "Dinosaurs Decoded," and "Sea Monsters: A Prehistoric Adventure." 4 hrs. total. Widescreen (Enhanced); Soundtrack: English Dolby Digital 5.1; featurettes.
Man and dinosaur may have never met in real life, but viewers can come closer than ever before with this terrific six-part British documentary program! As amazing effects bring the prehistoric world to vivid life, you'll see creatures like the Spinosaurus, Majungasaurus, and the fearsome sea beast known as Predator X living (and fighting!) in their natural habitats. Episodes include "Lost World," "Feathered Dragons," "Last Killers," "Fight for Life," "New Giants," and "The Great Survivors." 174 min. total. Widescreen (Enhanced); Soundtrack: English Dolby Digital stereo; Subtitles: English (SDH); featurette.
For dinosaur aficionados who believed the Tyrannosaurus rex to be the most frightening and formidable of all such prehistoric behemoths...prepare to be astonished! In this BBC program, the discovery of a 50-foot-long sea beast in the Polar Arctic is chronicled--a massive and unprecedented creature from the Jurassic era. Named "Predator X," this four-flippered monster with four times the bite strength of the T. rex is revealed in all its mysterious splendor. 118 min. Widescreen (Enhanced); Soundtrack: English Dolby Digital stereo; Subtitles: English (SDH).
It may be hard to imagine dinosaurs, woolly mammoths, and saber-toothed tigers prowling the streets of New York, Chicago, Los Angeles, and other American cities, but they did...long before there were any streets, of course! This fascinating five-part Discovery Channel series employs amazing special effects to draw viewers back in time millions of years to witness these prehistoric creatures roaming across pre-civilized terrain. 4 1/3 hrs. total. Widescreen (Enhanced); Soundtrack: English Dolby Digital stereo; Subtitles: English.
"Oh, give me a home, where the...mastodons, sabretooth tigers and giant ground sloths roam!?" Learn about the strange beasts that called North America home 14,000 years ago, when the first people were arriving on the continent, and how evolution, climate and other factors changed them, in this fascinating program. 5 hrs. on two discs. Standard; Soundtrack: English; bonus programs; fact files; photo gallery.
In this four-part documentary from Discovery Channel, the natural calamities that transformed life on Earth over the course of billions of years are examined for their effects on the world's prehistoric beasts. See how once-dominant species were rendered extinct while new and evolved creatures took their place--from single-celled beings to the most gigantic of dinosaurs--and learn how this journey through global catastrophe gave rise to humanity. 3 2/3 hrs. total. Widescreen (Enhanced); Soundtrack: English Dolby Digital stereo; Subtitles: English (SDH); bonus footage.
Get ready to go back 65 million years and come face to face with the largest creatures ever to roam the landscape, in "Walking With Dinosaurs" (1999). Amazing computer graphics and the latest scientific data tell the story of how the dinosaurs lived, thrived, and perished. Kenneth Branagh narrates. Then, he was the predator king of the Jurassic Period, and in "Allosaurus: A Walking With Dinosaurs Special," (2000) you'll follow the life story of "Big Al" and witness the excavation and restoration of the most complete skeleton of the species yet discovered. See how the Age of Mammals gave rise to some of the most unique creatures to ever roam the planet, in "Walking With Prehistoric Beasts" (2001). "Walking With Cavemen" (2003) explores how mankind's ancestors climbed down from the trees and learned to create tools, language, and the rudiments of society. And, the unusual creatures who ruled the land and seas millions of years before the Jurassic Period are the subjects of "Before The Dinosaurs: Walking With Monsters" (2005). 9 1/2 hrs. total on six discs. Widescreen (Enhanced); Soundtrack: English Dolby Digital stereo; Subtitles: English (SDH); featurettes; storyboards; interviews; photo gallery; more.
Join renowned British wildlife expert/TV personality Nigel Marven as he hosts this incredible series that uses stunning computer-generated animation to bring dinosaurs back from extinction. Speculating on what would happen if the creatures lived in a special "Prehistoric Park" along with present-day animals, the program gives new insight into the frequently misunderstood beasts. <
What happened to the sabretooth cats, short-faced bears, and dire wolves that once roamed--and ruled--North America's prehistoric landscape? This fascinating National Geographic documentary utilizes thrilling computer animation to explore the fates of these giant, ferocious beasts in an effort to find out what caused their extinction. 150 min. Standard; Soundtrack: English Dolby Digital stereo.
Sorry, "Jurassic Park," but T. Rexes and Velociraptors weren't the only meat-eating monsters on the prehistoric horizon. Three Discovery Channel programs bring you up close to some of the fastest, fiercest, and hungriest denizens of the ancient land, seas, and skies. Included are "What Killed the Mega-Beasts?," "Rise of the Feathered Dragon," and the "Prehistoric Assassins" episode "Blood in the Water." 172 min. total. Widescreen; Soundtrack: English.
One hundred million years ago, the central United States was an ocean that was home to some of the largest--and deadliest--aquatic creatures to ever prowl the seas. This National Geographic program takes you on the hunt for these monsters' fossil remains, while computer animation brings long-necked plesiosaurs, giant sea turtles, the 40-foot-long predator tylosaurus, and other amazing beasts to life. Liev Schreiber narrates. 40 min. Widescreen; Soundtracks: English Dolby Digital stereo, Spanish Dolby Digital stereo.
One hundred million years ago, the central United States was an ocean that was home to some of the largest--and deadliest--aquatic creatures to ever prowl the seas. This National Geographic program takes you on the hunt for these monsters' fossil remains, while computer animation brings long-necked plesiosaurs, giant sea turtles, the 40-foot-long predator tylosaurus, and other amazing beasts to life. Liev Schreiber narrates. Presented in 2-D and 3-D; includes glasses. 40 min. Widescreen (Enhanced); Soundtracks: English Dolby Digital stereo, Spanish Dolby Digital stereo; timeline.
In the Mesozoic Era, dinosaurs may have ruled the earth, but the skies belonged to flying reptiles, ranging from sparrow-sized creatures to behemoths with 35-foot wingspans, known as pterosaurs. Explore their aerial realm in this National Geographic program that uses computer graphics to show how these predators lived and hunted, and watch engineers create a mechanical pterosaur to learn how they flew. 90 min. Widescreen; Soundtrack: English Dolby Digital stereo; photo gallery.
Even though--or perhaps because--the Tyrannosaurus rex has been extinct for millions and millions of years, its image has undergone evolution over time. From its discovery by paleontologist Barnum T. Brown to its various depictions in Hollywood blockbusters, this innovative Discovery Channel program reviews the cultural history of the infamous dinosaur with fascinating insights from experts and amusing fictitious archival footage. 86 min. Standard; Soundtrack: English.
Sporting wings on its legs as well as its arms, the prehistoric creature known as the Microraptor is the focus of this fascinating documentary from the "Nova" series. With fossilized skeletons first discovered in China, the world's smallest adult dinosaur discovered to date is an object of curiosity and speculation amongst scientists eager to conduct experiments probing the origins of winged flight. 56 min. Soundtracks: English, DVS.
It's not the creation of some screenwriter for an overblown creature feature, it is--or was--quite real. In this startling documentary from the Smithsonian Channel, you get to meet the Titanoboa, the 48-foot-long, one-and-a-half-ton snake found in fossil form by paleontologists working in Colombia. Combining this amazing find with trips to the Florida Everglades and the grasslands of Venezuela, the program fuses facts with cutting-edge special effects to tell the story of this giant predator. 92 min. Widescreen (Enhanced); Soundtrack: English Dolby Digital 5.1.
In this groundbreaking National Geographic documentary, secrets of the Ice Age are revealed through an analysis of the life and death of Lyuba--a 6-month-old baby mammoth whose body was found preserved in the Russian arctic. Along with insights on the discovery from a nomad, a scientist, and a mammoth hunter, the program also features a look at what forensics can teach us about the prehistoric creature. 50 min. Widescreen (Enhanced); Soundtrack: English Dolby Digital stereo; Subtitles: English (SDH); photo gallery.
Enter the exotic world of the distant past to meet incredible species of dinosaurs--some varieties only recently discovered--in this mesmerizing nature series. Thriving in North and South American locations, as well as in Australia, Antarctica, and other sections of Europe, the fascinating creatures revealed in "Ground Zero," "The Real Jurassic Park," "The Land That Time Forgot," "At the End of the Earth," and "Birth of the Giants" once ruled a more primitive planet. 3 1/3 hrs. total. Standard; Soundtrack: English Dolby Digital stereo; Subtitles: English (SDH).