Featured In Issue 114, November 2006

WSR Score3
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Ralph Zondag & Eric Leighton
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If you read anything about Disney's live action/animated spectacle, Dinosaur, I can just about guarantee that there won't be much written about the story. That's because there isn't much of one there, and what's even more amazing about that is the number of people it took to write it! A dinosaur egg is carried far away from its mother and finally lands in a forest with a family of funky-looking lemurs. They raise the little dinosaur, called Aladar, as their own, and all is well until a meteor shower destroys the family's home. The lemurs climb aboard Aladar and they take off for safer accommodations. Along the way, Aladar is faced, for the first time, with his own kind. One thing that should always be remembered: no matter how amazing, or lovely a film is, it's just simply got to tell a good story as well. There are two options for purchasing Dinosaur: a single disc with a nice selection of extras, or a double disc set that offers a second disc with tons and tons of extras that focus, of course, on the amazing and intricate art of digital animation. (Laurie Sevano)

Special features include audio commentary, the Blu-Scape Origins film, a movie showcase, The Monster Cloud featurette, and up-front ads.

While the MPEG-2-encoded 1.85:1 Blu-ray Disc picture does look very good, being derived from an all-digital source, the image still looks slightly smeared when viewing with the Samsung BD-P1000. (Danny Richelieu)

The linear PCM 5.1-channel encoding features noticeably better fidelity than both the DTS® Digital Surround™ and Dolby® Digital encodings that are also included on the disc, with more natural voices and a smoother presentation. (Danny Richelieu)