Dinosaur

Dinosaur

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Director: Eric Leighton

Cast: Eric Leighton, D.B. Sweeney, Alfre Woodard, Ossie Davis

     
 

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Disney's animated Dinosaur gets a superb deluxe DVD release with this two-disc package. The film is presented in a widescreen anamorphic transfer that preserves the original theatrical aspect ratio of 1.85:1. Closed-captioned English soundtracks are rendered in both Dolby Digital 5.1 and DTS 5.1, while a French soundtrack has been recorded in Dolby DigitalSee more details below

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Disney's animated Dinosaur gets a superb deluxe DVD release with this two-disc package. The film is presented in a widescreen anamorphic transfer that preserves the original theatrical aspect ratio of 1.85:1. Closed-captioned English soundtracks are rendered in both Dolby Digital 5.1 and DTS 5.1, while a French soundtrack has been recorded in Dolby Digital Stereo. The remarkably extensive extra features include a pair of commentary tracks (one featuring the director and the special effects supervisors, the other by the producers), dinosaur facts and games, and an audio track that allows the visually impaired to experience the film. The second disc includes featurettes concerning the development of the film, the various stages of animation, the special effects, and the music and sound design, as well as sequences deleted during production, a demonstration of the film's complicated audio mix, and a handful of hidden "easter eggs." This is a fantastic DVD because it provides information that will appeal to both those with an interest in dinosaurs and film enthusiasts who want a more detailed explanation of the work that goes into state-of-the-art animation.

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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Donald Liebenson
A fittingly oversized box-office hit from 2000, Dinosaur is the computer-animated tale of an orphaned dinosaur, adopted by lemurs, who eventually joins a migrating dino herd in search of nesting grounds. As veteran Disney fans will recognize, this is not a giddy ride like the Robin Williams-fueled Aladdin. Rather, the film is more of a Homeward Bound-styled odyssey, with a voice cast (including D. B. Sweeney and Julianna Marguilies) that plays it straight. What truly widens eyes here, though, are the undeniably awesome computer-generated images, depicting dinosaurs romping and stomping in photo-realistic backgrounds. There are two DVD editions of this artistic milestone. The single-disc edition contains four segments that chronicle the painstaking production process, as well as two games, a "Dinopedia" of dinosaur facts, and DVD-ROM links to the Web. The Collector's Edition boasts two discs. The first includes audio commentaries by the directors and effects supervisors as well as other members of the creative team. Some of the tidbits here are especially fun, such as the revelation that Zini, the misfit lemur, was inspired in part by the Michael Richards Seinfeld character, Kramer. There are abandoned and deleted sequences, hidden "Easter Eggs," an isolated sound-effects-only track and a treasure trove of supplemental features -- nearly three hours worth -- that chart the film's evolution in sketches and animation tests. Young Dino-maniacs will eat this up.
All Movie Guide - Karl Williams
A landmark achievement in computer animation, Dinosaur (2000) is one of the most expensive films ever made by Disney and a visual tour de force, although it suffers from a by-the-numbers plot line reminiscent of a Screenwriting 101 class. After a powerful opening sequence featuring the dizzying flight of a pterodactyl and a meteor shower probably too intense for the film's intended audience of young children, Dinosaur lumbers into familiar territory with a programmed story in which every beat is telegraphed far in advance. Mindless villains that don't exactly ramp up the tension and less than inspired vocal performances from leads Julianna Margulies and D.B. Sweeney, neither of whom has a particularly memorable or unique voice, add little to the proceedings. Regardless of the film's script problems, however, Dinosaur is a feast for the eyes; it represents, along with its equally successful box office competitor Chicken Run (2000), a year of major advances in the overall quality of film animation.

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Product Details

Release Date:
01/30/2001
UPC:
0786936147728
Original Release:
2000
Rating:
PG
Source:
Walt Disney Video
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Sound:
[Dolby Digital, stereo]
Time:
1:22:00

Special Features

Created directly from the digital source; Widescreen [1.85:1] enhanced for 16x9 televisions; DTS 5.1 Digital Surround Sound; Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround Sound; THX-certified; French-language track; Audio commentary with directors, effects supervisors, producer, and production team; Film facts fossil dig: Go behind the scenes during the film; "Dinopedia" animated dinosaur fun facts; "DinoSearch" search and assemble game; "Aladar's Adventure" virtual reality game; TheatreVision: descriptive audio track for the visually impaired; Isolated sound effects track; DVD-ROM and weblinks; The development of "Dinosaur"; Computer animation tests; Dinosaur design featurettes; Concept art; Character design; Creating a prehistoric world; Special effects featurette; Story reel; 3-D workbook; Progression reels; Music and sound design; Audio mix demonstration; Abandoned sequences; Publicity materials [trailers/tv spots]; Hidden Easter Eggs

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
D.B. Sweeney Aladar
Alfre Woodard Plio
Ossie Davis Yar
Max Casella Zini
Hayden Panettiere Suri
Samuel E. Wright Kron
Julianna Margulies Neera
Peter Siragusa Bruton
Joan Plowright Baylene
Della Reese Eema

Technical Credits
Eric Leighton Director
Baker Bloodworth Co-producer
Christopher Boyes Sound/Sound Designer
Dave Hardberger Cinematographer
John Kent Harrison Screenwriter
Mary Hidalgo Casting
James Newton Howard Score Composer
Robert Nelson Jacobs Screenwriter
Ruth Lambert Casting
Cristy Maltese Art Director
Pam Marsden Producer
Walter Paul Martishius Production Designer
H. Lee Peterson Editor
S. Douglas Smith Cinematographer

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Scene Index

Disc #1- Feature
0. Chapter Selection
1. Main Title/Attack! [:01]
2. The Egg's Journey [:16]
3. Aladar Hatches [:03]
4. Aladar Grows Up [:08]
5. The Ritual [3:54]
6. The Meteor Strikes [2:39]
7. Aftermat [:03]
8. Dangerous Encounter [:00]
9. Meeting The Herd [:03]
10. New Friends? [:02]
11. Breaking The Ice [:09]
12. The Crossing [:03]
13. Reaching The Lake [:03]
14. Water! [:02]
15. Bruton Is Trapped [:03]
16. One Down [3:11]
17. Left Behind [2:21]
18. The Fate Of Bruton [:01]
19. Carnotaurs! [:05]
20. A Dead End? [:05]
21. The Nesting Grounds [:02]
22. Blocked Passage [:03]
23. A New Leader [:04]
24. Standing Together [:00]
25. The Final Conflict [:04]
26. Welcome Home [:03]
27. End Credits [3:20]

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