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Box Front Original Release Year: 1990
Running Time: 73 minutes

DVD Released By: GoodTimes Entertainment
Video: Fullscreen and widescreen
Audio: English mono
Extras: None
Subtitles: None
Closed Captions: None
Region: 0
Format: NTSC
Chapters: 12
Packaging: Keepcase
MSRP: $7.49
UPC #: 018713812209
Catalog #: 05-81220
Status: Available (individually; was also available as part of the Dinosaur Mania Box Set)


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Reviewed by:
Zillamon51
The Film: This is a compilation of trailers for many dinosaur and monster movies.  It includes a featurette on Ray Harryhausen and trailers for several of his movies; trailers for classics like King Kong (1933), Gorgo, and several Godzilla movies, as well as low-rent titles like King Dinosaur and The Giant Gila Monster.

Here's the full list:

-  Intro, featuring scenes from
Gertie the Dinosaur (1914, d. Winsor McCay) and The Lost World (1925, d. Harry O. Hoyt)
Ray Harryhausen featurette
Journey to the Beginning of Time (1966, Karel Zeman and Fred Ladd)
The Lost World (1960, d. Irwin Allen, spfx Willis O’Brien)
King Dinosaur (1955, d. Bert I. Gordon)
The Giant Behemoth (1959, d. Eugene Lourie, spfx Willis O’Brien)
The Spider (aka Earth vs. the Spider) (1958, d. Bert I. Gordon)
The Giant Gila Monster (1959, d. Ray Kellogg)
The Loch Ness Horror (1981, d. Larry Buchanan)
The Land That Time Forgot (1975, d. Kevin Connor)
Jack the Giant-Killer (1962, d. Nathan Juran)
It Came from Beneath the Sea (1955, d. Robert Gordon, spfx Ray Harryhausen)
Them! (1954, d. Gordon Douglas)
Valley of the Dragons (1961, d. Edward Bernds)
Godzilla:  King of the Monsters (1956, d. Ishiro Honda and Terry Morse, spfx Eiji Tsuburaya).  American version with Raymond Burr.
Tarantula (1955, d. Jack Arnold)
20 Million Miles to Earth (1957, d. Nathan Juran, spfx Ray Harryhausen)
Godzilla vs. the Thing (aka Mothra vs. Godzilla) (1964, d. Ishiro Honda, spfx Eiji Tsuburaya)
Journey to the Center of the Earth (1959, d. Henry Levin)
The Crater Lake Monster (1977, d. William R. Stromberg)
The 7th Voyage of Sinbad (1958, d. Nathan Juran, spfx Ray Harryhausen)
Rodan (1956, d. Ishiro Honda, spfx Eiji Tsuburaya)
The Beast from 20,000 Fathoms (1953, d. Eugene Lourie, spfx Ray Harryhausen)
Reptilicus (1961, d. Sidney Pink)
The Land Unknown (1957, Virgil W. Vogel)
Jason and the Argonauts (1963, d. Don Chaffey, spfx Ray Harryhausen)
Ghidrah:  The Three-Headed Monster (1964, d. Ishiro Honda, spfx Eiji Tsuburaya)
At the Earth's Core (1976, d. Kevin Connor)
The Valley of Gwangi (1969, d. Jim O'Connolly, spfx Ray Harryhausen)
Gorgo (1961, d. Eugene Lourie)
King Kong (1933, d. Merian C. Cooper and Ernest B. Schoedsack, spfx Willis O’Brien)
Son of Kong (1933, d. Ernest B. Schoedsack spfx Willis O’Brien)
King Kong vs. Godzilla (1962, d. Ishiro Honda, spfx Eiji Tsuburaya)
One Million Years B.C. (1967, d. Don Chaffey, spfx Ray Harryhausen)
When Dinosaurs Ruled the Earth (1970, d. Val Guest, spfx David Allen and Jim Danforth)

As you can see, this program runs the gamut from some of the greatest monster movies ever made (
Godzilla vs. the Thing, The 7th Voyage of Sinbad) to hilariously inept films crammed full of wooden actors, stock footage, and lizards wearing dinosaur fins (King Dinosaur, Valley of the Dragons).  Grade:  A

Video: The show begins with a disclaimer:  "This vintage material has been preserved on DVD in its original form, using the best available elements."  As can be expected, video quality varies from clip to clip.  Some of the trailers look decent; many are marred with speckles and lines.  Most of the trailers are presented in fullscreen; a few are in non-anamorphic widescreen.

GoodTimes has watermarked the image with a small "GT" in the lower right corner of the screen.  Presumably, this is to prevent other low-budget video companies from copying their material.  Since it's not very intrusive (it's nowhere near as bad as what TV stations do nowadays), it's forgivable. 
Grade:  C

Audio: Again, this is a collection of vintage material, so quality varies.  The sound is flat mono.  Some of the trailers sound clear.  Others are muffled.  For the most part, the dialogue remains understandable throughout.  There is surprisingly little hissing and popping.  Grade:  B

Extras / Menus: There are no extras.  However, since this entire program is basically one big "extra," I can't hold that against it.  The menus, which are still images with no music or sound, are very simple and easy to navigate.  There are 12 chapter stops.  The option to jump to individual trailers would have been nice.  Let's just call it even.  Grade:  C

Final Analysis: A great show; very entertaining.  Kudos to GoodTimes for assembling this material and making it available at a low price.  Final Grade:  A-
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