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Reviewed in the United States on December 30, 2018
This is a rather humorous scientific special on everything from geology to paleontology. Instead of proceeding in a linear way, for instance from one epoch to the next, it looks at the history of six American cities, over time periods ranging from the last ice age to the Cambrian, some 450 million years ago. Scenes of fauna ranging from ancient mammals to dinosaurs and even early arthropods are interspersed with pictures of the cities, and sometimes even superimposed on them, creating surreal images – mastodons walking the streets of New York, and dinosaurs patrolling the White House lawn. As a result, although the science is quite accurate, the narration is a bit incoherent at times. But what this series lacks in continuity, it makes up for in entertainment value.
A unique perspective of how the environment has changed over geologic time. The graphics of animal behavior and interaction are generally pretty good. Much of the information is redundant and some scenes are questionable. Personally I liked the NYC episode but it is intense, rapid, jumping back and forth through time. The detail was awesome. I also liked the Chicago and LA episodes, and the DC wasn't that bad. The Denver episode unfortunately was slow and sluggish and a big disappointment; 11 min. focused on the Ice Age to Eocene, wasting time on how stone tools break bones. The Denver episode mostly focused on the Cretaceous and Jurassic, over 20 minutes of dinos, dinos, dinos, and then only 2 mins of the Paleozoic and nothing on the Precambrian rock in the background. The Paleozoic of Denver is fascinating and mostly ignored.
4.0 out of 5 starsLots of dino bang for the dollar
Reviewed in Canada on May 10, 2018
An excellent selection of six 45-minute videos, each one describing the various animals that lived in specific U. S. areas during the various supposed eras of prehistory: New York, Chicago, Washington D. C., Denver, Dallas and Los Angeles. They are not chronological, so, if you buy into the various alleged eras of prehistory, there is some jumping around in time to show what animals lived in each city based on fossil evidence. It's quite impressive. The writing is very good. The animation is not so very good. If you look at the Jurassic Park movies as the very best, then the animation here is at the 75% to 85% area. There's only one DVD, so it's a great investment.