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With blockbusters like Jurassic Park, it's easy to see that filmmakers and audiences alike are interested in seeing dinosaurs on screen. This comprehensive filmography, arranged alphabetically, gives for each film the basic facts (year of release, country of origin, studio, running time), a plot summary, the author's critical commentary, and (except for minor works) a section on people and production, and information on the special effects. One appendix gives capsule entries for films that deal only briefly with dinosaurs; another lists films never made or never completed; a third covers Toho Studio's quasi-dinosaurs.
To be included, a movie must depict one or more prehistoric, reptilian, and non-humanoid creatures. Inaccurate portrayals are included, so long as the intent is to represent a dinosaur. Excluded are films with only prehistoric mammals, those with prehistoric humans but lacking primordial reptiles, and those with mythical creatures.
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Mark F. Berry is a senior technical writer. He lives in Glasgow, Kentucky.Review:
Berry, who is knowledgeable both about dinosaurs and film history, ventures far beyond the basics ... much insightful and humorous commentary. -- C&RL News, February 2003
Concise and thoughtful reviews ... also tracks the progress of special effects over the past 70 years ... a comprehensive history. -- Rue Morgue, March/April 2003
Dino heaven ... I doubt anyone could improve on this incredibly researched volume ... the definitive book on dinosaur movies. -- Classic Images, February 2003
Research is first-rate, well documented, alive with the quoted comments of the people involved, and written in an engaging style. -- Big Reel, May 2003
Wonderfully engaging new reference book ... the only one of its kind ... [grade] A. -- Sci-Fi (Sci-Fi Channel Magazine), April 2003
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Book Description McFarland & Company, 2002. Hardcover. Condition: New. Seller Inventory # DADAX0786410280
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