Before saying anything about the extras on these two Dinosaur movie offerings (there are two versions: this double-disc set, and a single-disc version with some different extras), I want to make it very clear what the Walt Disney Home Video company thinks of us as consumers. The more money we have, or are willing to part with, the less crassly they will treat us. Here
The anamorphically enhanced 1.85:1 DVD picture, derived from an all-digital source, is absolutely stunning. Images are sharply defined into the fine details of the grasses, scales on the dinosaurs and their facial expressions. Tremendous detail is given to individual hairs on the monkeys. Colors are rich and well defined, with the vegetation appearing very natural and lush. Contrast and
After installing the PCFriendly compatible components for this title, you are brought to the great DVD-ROM main menu. From this menu, you are given links to three different areas of this disc: Dinopedia, Aladar's Adventure, and Dinosearch. There is also a link to send you online to the movie's Web site. One thing I should mention about each of the links here is, they all go to the DVD-Video portion of the disc. Also, each section does work a little better using a DVD player instead of going through DVD-ROM, as each is designed to use the arrow keys on your remote. The Dinopedia is an Encyclopedia on Dinosaurs (those guys at Disney sure are clever). There are pictures of nine of the different dinosaurs here, and when you click on the picture you see clips from the film, as well as a narration of different facts about each dinosaur species. Aladar's Adventure is visually stunning, but lacks in the fun factor. You walk around through a cave looking for three of your friends, water, and a way back to the nesting ground. This section is designed to use the arrow buttons on your DVD player remote, but works the same using the direction keys on your keyboard. There is also another game included on this disc, called Dinosearch. Here you are given a background image with parts of dinosaurs hidden around it. You must find the part that matches the one highlighted in the whole dinosaur picture located at the bottom of each screen. To select the each part, you can use your mouse or directional keys to select the part of your choice, and then press the enter key. If you Go On-Line, you are brought to Dinosaur's Web site, which is very well done. At this site, you can find information on the story, making of the movie, dinosaur biographies (similar to cast biographies), D-Cards (which are postcards you can send over the Internet), and a downloadable trailer to the movie. When playing Dinosaur from PCFriendly, it loads to the DVD-Video main menu. The rating Dinosaur has received may be very misleading, since this title has some great features, which are excellent for children to play around with. The reason I gave it such a low score is because there is nothing available only for the DVD-ROM users. DVD-Video users can access all of the features in the DVD-ROM section, and each is designed for those users specifically. I am very disappointed with the lack of effort the creators of this title's DVD-ROM components have shown. (Danny Richelieu)
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