ONG: Dinos, mummies unwrapped on Blu-ray

October 29, 2009 – 1:14 pm

The Osceola News Gazette reviews two new Giant Screen films released on Blu-ray, Dinosaurs Alive! and Mummies: Secrets of the Pharaohs:

Dinosaurs Alive! is sort of like look what dinosaurs are up to now (and how far technology has gone), after you have seen Jurassic Park.

While Jurassic Park was all about the awe of seeing “real life” dinosaurs in an adventure-packed film, Dinosaurs Alive! takes you on a paleontologist dig, but along the way there are lots of dinosaurs to view in this 40-minute film.

Narrated by Michael Douglas, Dinosaurs Alive! features a back story of the behaviors of the long extinct thunder lizards using computer generated imagery and 1920s documentary archaeological expedition footage at the same time.

Plus, there are scenes of current ongoing expeditions as experts try to dig up more information and fossils buried under ground.

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It’s the truth and nothing but the truth about mummies in Mummies: Secrets of the Pharaohs.

The film takes a look at mummies from several aspects, including their place in society and the uproar the discovery of the great king Rameses caused when his mummified body was discovered in a tomb in the late 19th century.

But maybe even more importantly, the film takes a look at the possibilities of what the DNA in bodies that have been preserved for 3,000 years can mean to modern health and science.

Using recreations with life actors and digital effects to show what some of these Egyptian tombs looked like in all of their ancient splendor, the tale begins with how scholars of the 1870s were first able to piece together and decipher the hieroglyphs. It was through those ancient markings that some of the embalming secrets of the past were revealed, as well as what the purpose was in preserving the bodies of ancient royalty.

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