Plot: What’s it about?
Tony Markham (Jeff Rector) is having some strange visions, within which he sees a lush tropical world, complete with lovelies in revealing loincloths. He soon manages to acquire a magic stone gem and before he knows what hit him, he has been sent back in time, to that prehistoric world he’s seen in those visions. This realm is overrun with green plant-life, prehistoric beasts of all kinds, unevolved cavemen, and of course, those gorgeous honeys in their skimpy little outfits. Tony has crossed paths with a clan of primitive females and soon enough, they want to get down to business and have some wild love, to say the least. These women are as primal as you can imagine and while Tony gets seduced by each one, he starts to notice Hea-Thor (Denise Ames) and quicker than licorice, he’s fallen head over heels for her. Now he has to avoid the carnivorous creatures, romance his newfound love, and in the end, decide whether to return home or live forever within this jungle paradise. Sounds like a tough choice to me…
A cool premise, a cast of luscious ladies, and the promise of much nudity, how could Dinosaur Valley Girls go wrong? It had a lot of potential, but I think this movie faltered in the end, as it lacks the fun and sheer volume of naked women I had expected. Yes, you’ll see a few ladies shed their loincloths, but I wanted more and of course, additional humor would have been welcome also. The babes and the laughs are the two reasons I love Seduction Cinema and here, both areas seem to be lacking overall, which is a let down. I suppose the beauties do make this worthwhile, but I had a different line of expectations and as such, I wasn’t too taken with this one. I feel like Dinosaur Valley Girls promised a lot and failed to deliver, at least on some counts. I will say the downright hilarious special effects spruce up the fun, as these have to be the worst animated effects of the modern era, hands down. Although the film doesn’t quite fulfill all the promises, it does have some good moments and as such, I think a rental is more than justified. Seduction Cinema has loaded the disc down with extras also, which makes the choice even easier, at least I think so.
Video: How does it look?
Dinosaur Valley Girls is presented in a full frame transfer, as intended. This image looks better than I’ve seen before, but as I had expected, a lot of grain is present here. This film was made in 1996, but I assume the grain is due to limited resources and in the end, it doesn’t distract too much, though it is obvious. The colors and contrast are somewhat lessen by the grain, but not much and the elements are decent enough, if you ask me. I didn’t expect a pristine transfer here and while it is flawed, I don’t think fans will be let down.
Audio: How does it sound?
The included Dolby Digital stereo track won’t test your home theater system, but the basics are more than covered, so no real complaints. This is a solid track and while it has some small issues, but given the film’s nature, I don’t think anyone will be disappointed. The music and sound effects are well presented, though the stereo format does limit the presence somewhat, but not too much. The dialogue is clean and never hard to understand, which is about all you can ask for, since this movie isn’t dependent on dynamic audio, not by any means.
Supplements: What are the extras?
This disc has been packed with extras, such as an audio commentary track with writer/director Donald F. Glut. I was quite taken with this track, as he really reveals a lot about the production, much more insightful than I’d expected. Glut talks about on set experiences, his budget limits, various elements removed from the final cut, and all sorts of other topics, an excellent session to be sure. You can also view seventeen deleted scenes, which include some humorous special effects sequences, as well as normal excised moments. A very informative behind the scenes featurette is also included, which has interviews, on set footage, and general looks inside the production. I was pleased to find this was a substantial piece also, as opposed to some promotional fluff featurette. Some hilarious screen tests have also been tacked on here, as well as some bonus trailers, though no trailer for this flick is to be found.