Monday, 9 May 2016

Popcorn & Coffee: Dinotopia: The Series

Not Rated; 5555 minutes; $14.98; Amazon
Now available to own on DVD from Mill Creek Entertainment is Dinotopia: The Series, featuring all 13 episodes from the short-lived 2002. There are no special features or extras on the 3-disc set.

Based on the book series by James Gurney, Dinotopia debuted as a 3-part mini-series on ABC in the spring of 2002. It was ratings hit and received an Emmy Award for Outstanding Special Visual Effects for a Miniseries, Movie or a Special. Prior the mini-series, ABC had greenlit a television series that would debut later in the year, but sadly none of the cast would return.

Premiering on Thanksgiving 2002, Dinotopia: The Series debuted to low rating and was quickly canceled. Only six episodes aired on ABC, but the entire series did air in Europe.

The series centers on half-brothers, Karl & David Scott (played by Erik von Detten and Shiloh Strong) and their father, Frank (played by Michael Brandon) being stuck on the forgotten world of Dinotopia, a land where humans co-exist with dinosaurs. When the brothers aren't fighting for the attention of Marion Waldo (played by Georgina Rylance), they are always saving Dinotopia from some kind of a potential disaster.

Final Thoughts: If you can get over the cast changes and the lower special effects budget, Dinotopia: The Series is actually entertaining. Don't get me wrong, the actions scenes are nowhere as good as last summer's blockbuster Jurassic World, but the episodes are fun in a cheesy kind of way. Overall, I enjoyed watching Dinotopia: The Series and I recommend the DVD set to others.

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

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