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Sunday, August 30

DVD Review: Jurassic Adventures: 4-Movie Collection



Jurassic Adventures: 4-Movie Collection
Directors: T.J. Scott, Marco Brambilla, Timothy Bond
Starring: John Rhys-Davies, Wentworth Miller, Ricky Schroder
Studio: Mill Creek Entertainment
Release Date: June 2, 2015
Retail: $9.98
ASIN: B00VX21V34
Running Time: 7 hours 58 minutes
Rating: Not Rated
Buy Link: Amazon.com

If you're not already aware, Jurassic World is the biggest film of the year with over $1.6 billion in box-office sales so far. The previous three films have played on cable channels dozens of times over the summer to tie-in with the new movie and there have been a slew of ripoffs that were released to DVD, including Mill Creek Entertainment's Jurassic Adventures: 4-Movie Collection, which includes The Lost World, Return to the Lost World, Adventures in Dinotopia and Journey to the Center of the Earth. Now I wouldn't exactly call this a remake as two of the films featured here were released a year before the original Jurassic Park arrived in theaters in 1993. Plus, these four titles are loosely based on books.

Directed by Timothy Bond, The Lost World centers on Professor George Edward Challenger (played by John Rhys-Davies) who leads a scientific team to the strange lands deep in the African jungle where dinosaurs are believed to still exist. While the journey is fascinating, it is also extremely dangerous for them.


Released the same year (1992) is the direct-to-video sequel Return to the Lost World. With the same director and cast, the sequel centers on Professor Challenger and his team returning to the lost world to protect it from evil men that have ventured there to drill for oil.


Adventures in Dinotopia is based on the children book series by James Gurney and is a watered down version of the 2002 miniseries, which is about an hour shorter than what originally aired. The plot involves two brothers, Kari (played by Tyron Leitso) and David (played by Wentworth Miller), being stranded on an unknown island after their plane crashed into the water with their father. The island happens to be Dinotopia, a land where dinosaurs still exist.


Journey to the Center of the Earth has had many different adaptions, some great and some really bad. The 2008 version that starred Ricky Schroder and Peter Fonda falls in the middle.


None of these films are never going to win any awards with their low-budget effects and campy acting, but there's something about it that is fun watch. The only special feature on the two-disc set is the documentary Dinosaur Eggs & Babies. While there's no comparison to Jurassic World, I'm sure younger viewers will enjoy watching these dinosauric adventures.



*Disclaimer - I received a complimentary copy in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are my own.
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