Walking with Monsters: Before the Dinosaurs

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Theorizing that the dinosaurs may not have been the Earth's first inhabitants, paleontologist Peter Ward spent over ten years in the Karoo Desert of South Africa and devised a conception of a hideous and fantastic creature called the Gorgon, the dinosaur's ancestor -- theories projected in Ward's bestselling books. Yet Ward's was only the first notion in a rapidly expanding subfield of paleontology, conjecturing that hundreds of such creatures may have existed and thrived prior to the dinosaurs, some 300 million ...
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Theorizing that the dinosaurs may not have been the Earth's first inhabitants, paleontologist Peter Ward spent over ten years in the Karoo Desert of South Africa and devised a conception of a hideous and fantastic creature called the Gorgon, the dinosaur's ancestor -- theories projected in Ward's bestselling books. Yet Ward's was only the first notion in a rapidly expanding subfield of paleontology, conjecturing that hundreds of such creatures may have existed and thrived prior to the dinosaurs, some 300 million years ago, until a global cataclysm brought them to a sad and helpless end. In Walking with Monsters, the prequel to its later Walking with Dinosaurs, the BBC uses cutting-edge CG technology to sculpt an animated onscreen world where these terrifying beasts hunt, swim, rest, and vie with each other for survival. Children ages six and up will be enthralled by the beasts of the Cambrian period, with a jellyfish-like ancestor believed to have preceded everything and everyone; the later Carboniferous period, where scientists theorize that evolution enabled amphibians to thrive; and the final Permian period, a volcanic era that gave birth to the Euparkeria, a more recent reptilian ancestor of all mammals. Computer-generated graphics are used here to bring evolutionary ideas to vivid life, exploring how the evolution and adaptation of species occurred -- entertaining young viewers while encouraging them to think about prehistory.
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Special Features

Closed Caption; Trilogy of Life: The Making of Walking With Dinosaurs, Beasts and Monsters (30 minute documentary)
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Barnes & Noble - Donald Liebenson
The BBC's landmark, award-winning Walking with... paleo-trilogy concludes with this revelatory three-part prequel that tells "life’s forgotten story," beginning with the origins of life hundreds of millions of years before the advent of dinosaurs. As in Walking with Dinosaurs and Walking with Prehistoric Beasts, state-of-the-art digital technology brings you face to face with bizarre and unknown creatures engaged in mortal combat for control of the earth, among them, the Anomalocaris, earth’s first super-predator; Haikouichthys, the first-ever fish; giant swamp insects; the Siberian Scrutosaurus, a distant ancestor of the turtle; and the Gorgonapsid, the most fearsome pre-dinosaur predator. Walking with Monsters spans the Cambrian, the Carboniferous, and Permian periods, during which life forms emerged from the seas and continued their development on land. In the final episode, harsh climatic events devastate up to 90 percent of all living creatures, leaving a tiny reptile, the Euparkeria, as the spawn seed for the monsters yet to come -- dinosaurs. Naturally (or perhaps spiritually), those inclined to dispute Darwinism will dismiss the program’s evolutionary bias. But there’s no denying the imaginative lure of the presentation. Kenneth Branagh’s narration makes this formidable subject accessible, while the fantastic creatures will engage the imaginations of budding paleontologists.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 1/17/2006
  • UPC: 794051241825
  • Original Release: 2005
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  • Source: Bbc Warner
  • Region Code: 1
  • Time: 1:30:00
  • Format: DVD

Cast & Crew

Technical Credits
Tim Haines Executive Producer
Adam Kemp Executive Producer
Chloe Leland Producer
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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Walking with Monsters: Before the Dinosaurs
1. Life's Forgotten Story [6:09]
2. The First Vertebrate [2:15]
3. Sea Scorpions [3:50]
4. Moving Inland [5:44]
5. Prototype Land-Dwellers [7:29]
6. Hyneria Attack [3:32]
1. Giant Insects [5:05]
2. Clash of the Titans [4:34]
3. A Storm [2:17]
4. Edaphosaurus [7:29]
5. A Long Vigil [5:43]
6. Adult Cannibals [3:50]
1. The Siberian Scutosaurus [5:26]
2. Diictodon [3:43]
3. Global Drought [7:12]
4. The Triassic Era [2:57]
5. A Poisonous Bite [8:05]
6. Early Dinosaurs [1:31]
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Disc #1 -- Walking with Monsters: Before the Dinosaurs
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   Program One
   Program Two
   Program Three
   Trilogy of Life
   Subtitles: On
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    I Also Recommend:

    Another Great Walking With Adventure!

    I'm a huge fan of the Walking With... Series and this is just another addition to the wonderful collection. I've checked many of the facts with Wikipedia and most turn out true. This program shows what life back then would have been like. I don't think it was as good as Walking with Dinosaurs or Walking with Prehistoric Beasts, but is was still spectacular.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    verry good

    this is all true this movie is the best in the series if you love the walking with series this dvd is for you

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Very Troubling Indeed

    I write this review with reluctance as I am a HUGE fan of the "Walking with..." series. Unfortunately in "Walking with Monsters", the writers take a giant step away from reality and the fossil record, and dive headlong into the realm of fantasy and science fiction. Most of the creatures introduced are purely based on speculation and wildly incredible theorizing. For those of you like me who enjoy their prehistory with a touch of truth, this film is not for you. It is a pity.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    THE BEST IN THE SERIES.

    It was great because it showed what came BEFORE the dinosaurs.Animals like the fish Haikouicthys: the very first vertabrate,and fish like cephalaspis that were hunted by arthropods like the sea scorpions brontoscorpio and pterrygotus,amphibians like hynerpeton that were preyed apon by fish like sharks,the hyneria,and dunkleosteus. Later in the carboniferous period reptiles like petrolacosaurus lived in a world ruled by arthropods like measothelae: the giant 2 foot spider,meganeura: the eagle sized dragonfly, and arthropleura a 10 foot long millipede. There were also giant amphibians like proterygorinus(who kills an arthropleura), and eyrops. In the early permian period, the famous reptile always thoght to be a dinosaur,the sail backed killer dimetrodon hunts the smaller edaphosaurus. In the late permian, a global drought and a mass extintion is making it hard for giant mammal-like reptile predators such as the gorganopsid to hunt. Living among them are little creatures like dictadon that try to make a living in the global desert. Finaly in the triassic period lumering reptiles like lystrosaurus fear the giant crocodile- like chasmatosaurs.Meanwhile deep in the forest one little creature is evolving that will change the face of life on earth: euparkeria. His decendants will be the biggest and most notorius killers of them all.......the dinosaurs. the mammal's time would come, but they will have to survive in a land rulled by giants. oh by the way, I'm 11 years old.

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