Planet Dinosaur

August 27, 2012 4 Min Read

Review by: Fusion3600

Plot: What’s it about?

As time passes, we’re able to get a clearer picture of what life could have been like hundreds of millions of years in the past. In recent years, new discoveries have unlocked clues about new life that was unknown to that point. In Planet Dinosaur, we’re taken deep into the distant past and taken all over the globe, so see some of these newly uncovered species up close and personal. Based on extensive, real life studies, this tour of the past’s monsters is both educational and a blast to watch. In addition to in depth facts about the dinosaurs, you’ll watch them in action and given their violent natures, that ensures ample conflict. The past is brought to life via computer animation, as with some of the BBC’s other CGI dinosaurs productions, so the visuals really shine. If you’re after a trip into the land of the dinosaurs, Planet Dinosaur offers a prime ticket.

I’m a big fan of these CGI dinosaur specials, as above all else, they’re just fun to watch. The world of the dinosaurs is brought to life in vivid fashion in this program, with a feast of sights to soak in. The range of creatures showcased is impressive as well, especially since most of them are newly discovered. The animation isn’t going to challenge Pixar of course, but it looks terrific and the attention to detail is remarkable. As fun as it is to watch dinosaurs run around, Planet Dinosaur also aims to educate and it succeeds in that venue as well. The program is loaded with information about the dinosaurs and the world they lived in, presented in a way that manages to add to the entertainment value. But the real draw is of course being able to watch dinosaurs in the wild, even if it is via computer animation. Planet Dinosaur has some terrific visuals that showcase some exciting moments of dinosaur fun, so for dinosaur devotees, it is well recommended.

Video: How does it look?

Planet Dinosaur is presented in 1.78:1 anamorphic widescreen. The episodes looks terrific, though I am sure it would be much more remarkable in HD. The visuals here still look good though, with a well detailed image and no real issues to contend with. The depth is good and fine detail is great, down the scales on the giant dinosaurs. The colors are often lush, but also skew toward earth tones, while contrast is stark and consistent. In the end, a more than capable visual treatment.

Audio: How does it sound?

The soundtrack here is passable, but doesn’t offer the kind of expansive presence you’d expect from dinosaur battles. Even so, the audio is clean and sounds fine, with no errors I could detect. The elements come across well enough, but there isn’t that kick you’d want to hear from the roars and howls of the beasts. The narration and music sound good, but otherwise, this track could have used a surround boost, to be sure. This disc also includes English subtitles.

Supplements: What are the extras?

This disc includes a behind the scenes featurette, How to Build a Dinosaur.

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