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Denver The Last Dinosaur - The Complete Series (1988 - 1990/Cinedigm/VCI Entertainment)

Picture: B Sound: B- Extras: C+ Episodes: B

Like the dinosaurs themselves, the animated series Denver the Last Dinosaur has been dead, buried, and forgotten about for some time now. Fortunately for long time fans (like this reviewer) like paleontologists of the home video world, VCI Entertainment has dug up the series to FINALLY premiere on DVD.

Denver the Last Dinosaur lasted a mere two seasons, 1988 to 1990, before being canceled. The animated series (oddly) followed a group of California teens who unearthed and hatched the last dinosaur egg. In this egg was Denver, a friendly Corythosaurus who befriended the teens (Casey, Mario, Shades, Wally, Heather, and Jeremy) while they taught him how to be cool; this included rocking out to music, skateboarding, and much more. Denver was discovered close to the La Brea Tar Pits by the teens, who decided it was in Denver's best interest to remain a secret.

At first, they hide him in a pool house, before moving him to the school's old gym. Not before long, however, a concert promoter named Morton Fizback steals Denver and forces him to perform as stage act. Scared that people may discover Denver is a real dinosaur, Morton takes no chances and sells Denver to a scientist (named Professor Funt) who plans on experimenting on the dinosaur. Luckily, Denver is saved by the children just in the nick of time and a bond is formed.

From here the series embarks on a host of odd adventures as the dinosaur inexplicably understands English, seems very human-like, and can even transport the gang back in time with a piece of the shell from his egg. And even with these odd occurrences the series is surprisingly fun and entertaining; often focusing on friendship, ecology, conservationism while making it relatable to children.

So needless to say the series was ridiculously out there... but that's what made it great! Ignore the fact that the dinosaur exists. Ignore the fact that a concert promoter's first thought is to put a dinosaur on stage. Ignore essentially EVERYTHING! Just know the series is so insanely '80s and self-aware that it retains an appeal to children of all ages.

This wonderful set from VCI includes all 50 episodes from the series on a 6 disc set.

The technical features are MORE THAN adequate, as the episodes have been fully restored from the original masters, looking better than they have in years. The picture is a 1.33 X 1 full screen presentation that boasts of bright colors, crisp/clean images, and nice black levels. The transfers are still of DVD quality and have issues here and there (some debris), but overall are very nice; especially for such a unique, cult series. The sound is a simple, lossy Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo that comes heavily from the front, but again is crisp, clean and clear with distortion.

Extras are not too plentiful (housed completely on Disc-6) but does contain a couple nice features, including:

  • Three Interviews with Cast/Crew

  • Character Art Gallery

  • 7 Bonus Cartoons from VCI

- Michael P. Dougherty II


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