Picture Quality - 7
Audio Quality - 6.5
Packaging - 5
Summary : It may not be everyone's cup of tea, but Dinotopia is a pretty interesting series.
Dinotopia is not a good series by any stretch of the imagination, but it is a fairly interesting curiosity from an otherwise dull era of television. Although there are many issues with the show, it still manages to tell an interesting story while showing off some pretty good CGI effects and set design.
Unfortunately, there were a lot of issues that combined to overshadow anything good about this series. The editing is horrendous, the cinematography is lazy, the dialogue is almost pathetic and the acting is questionable at best. Let’s just say that this isn’t exactly a hidden gem, even if it is somewhat enjoyable.
Whether or not you agree with my assessment of Dinotopia, I’m not just here to talk about the quality of the show, I’m also here to discuss the quality of the set that Mill Creek has put out. Thankfully, there aren’t nearly as many issues with this DVD set as there are with the show itself. The video quality is actually quite good, even if it is readily apparent that the show was originally shot at a much wider aspect ratio (more than likely 16:9). The audio quality is also pretty good, but that is to be expected.
The packaging for the Dinotopia DVD set is also quite nice, although the case itself isn’t exactly fantastic. Mill Creek Entertainment has made a habit of putting these sets out in cheap cases that stack the DVDs on top of each other. For a 3-disc set, this isn’t exactly a problem, but it’s also not good for the discs to be stacked on a spindle. Although this form of packaging bothers me, the plastic is sturdy and the artwork is nice enough that most people probably won’t care.
As per usual, there are no special features to speak of on the Dinotopia set. That being said, it’s worth noting that any additional features might have taken valuable room off the disc for the episodes themselves, which look pretty good for DVD. With a pre-order price of $8.99 for the entire series, it’s hard to deny the value of this DVD set, even if there are a few glaring issues here and there. If Dinotopia is your kind of show, then this Mill Creek set will more than likely do the trick.
Considering that you’re getting 13 episodes of a sci-fi series featuring talking dinosaurs and humans living together, even if the concept is a little goofy, you’re still getting a lot of cheesetastic entertainment for less than ten bucks. Say what you will, but I still love me some cheapo Mill Creek DVD sets, and this Dinotopia set offers over 9 hours of entertainment for roughly a buck per hour. That aint bad!