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T-REX: BACK TO THE CRETACEOUS

SYNOPSIS:
When Ally (Liz Stauber), the daughter of Paleontologist Dr. Donald Hayden (Peter Horton) accidentally disturbs a fossil egg, she is magically transported back 65 million years to the Cretaceous Period, where she witnesses giant flying reptiles like Pteranodon with 20 foot wingspans and Hadrosaurs as large as elephants. As she wanders in the corridor of a natural history museum through history, Ally meets some fascinating characters, including dinosaur artist, Charles Knight and dinosaur bone hunter, Barnum Brown. At journey's end, Alley comes face to face with a 20 foot tall, 15 ton, Tyrannosaurus Rex.

"Educational, entertaining, intriguing and spectacular, T Rex merges worlds from the past, present and the imagination to bring an In-Your-Face dinosaur 3D experience. With images seemingly suspended in glassy mid-air and close enough to touch, Imax offers the armchair adventurer an experience beyond normal cinema to enjoy a different view of the world. T Rex blends a human story of discovery with the extraordinary journey into a world long gone, when the dinosaurs reigned supreme. The plot doesn't aspire to be more than a vehicle for the effects and experience, and the cast does a terrific job in the context. It can be quite disconcerting when a huge beast of a dinosaur heads towards you, and a cascade of rocks hurtles right towards your seat. I found myself ducking a couple of times, just in case. The special effects enjoyed through the special 3D glasses are quite mind blowing, while William Ross' moody score resonates and enlarges this already larger than life phenomenon."
Louise Keller

"No kid should miss it, nor adult scoff at it. This is a mammoth little experience (45 minutes back in the cretaceous period, 65 million years ago) both cinematically and as a novelty, but the best part is that it has a dramatic skeleton (pardon the pun). The technical sophistication is truly awesome, and by the time you remove your visor and return to the real world, you feel as though you have shared in the journey to a world of misty forests, savage dinosaurs and a curious young girl. Itís a maxi-movie well worth a visit."
Andrew L. Urban

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CRITICAL COUNT
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Unfavourable: 0
Mixed: 0

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T-REX BACK TO THE CRETACEOUS (G)
(US)

CAST: Peter Horton, Liz Stauber, Kari Coleman, Laurie Murdoch, Tuck Milligan

DIRECTOR: Brett Leonard

PRODUCER: Antoine Compin, Charis Horton,

SCRIPT: Andrew Gellis, Jeanne Rosenberg

CINEMATOGRAPHER: Andrew Kitzanuk

EDITOR: Jonathan P. Shaw

MUSIC: William Ross

VISUAL EFFECTS EDITOR: Linda Renaud

RUNNING TIME: 45 minutes

AUSTRALIAN DISTRIBUTOR: Imax

AUSTRALIAN RELEASE: Sydney & Melbourne December 3, 1998; Adelaide December 5







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