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 The Last Dinosaur (1977) 
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Daimajinbob wrote:
Actually it was an Allosaurus


Thanks for the clarification Daimajinbob. I was going to say that the dino in "Gwangi" wasn't a T-Rex, but at the same time I couldn't remember exactly what it was.

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Thu Jun 12, 2008 12:33 pm
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Daimajinbob wrote:
I remember when the first Jurassic Park came out. It seemed like every store was pulling out all of the old dinosaur films from the 50's 60's and 70's. I have this one on DVD with Japanese subtitles.




I just picked up a copy of "The Last Dinosaur" on DVD last week. It has the Japanese subtitles, so I'm assuming it came from the same source material as Daimajinbob's copy. Funny that the only (or best available) copy of the movie is from a Japanese source--considering it's an American made-for-TV flick.
Haven't watched it yet (besides making sure it worked in my DVD player and showing a couple of dino scenes to me daughter), but I can't wait!

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Tue Oct 21, 2008 7:31 am
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 Re: The Last Dinosaur (1977)
I saw this on eBay for $10 and it is the Japanese theatrical version as well. I think I'll buy it since it appears this is only version.


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it was co american/japanese production i read somewhere.

it is a hoot for sure.

the title song is pretty funny as i recall. :lol:

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 Re: The Last Dinosaur (1977)
Okay, I'm a little confused. Granted, this is only a cheap-o dinosaur movie from the 70s--but then again, that's pretty much like "Citizen Kane"-territory to a kid who grew up on CDF. Anyway, I know that this movie was shown on TV here in the States (which is where I saw it) and it was released theatrically in Japan (as the subtitles on my DVD attest). The question I have is what was it originally supposed to be? On page one Daimajinbob mentioned that it got a theatrical release even though it was originally a made-for-TV flick. IMDB states that it was originally meant to be theatrically released, but was edited down to a TV movie--and this version became the "official" U.S. version for TV and video releases. This makes sense, as the Japanese theatrical version is longer. If it was originally meant to be the shorter TV version where did the extra footage for the Japanese version come from? Then again, I suppose there's always unused material (see all the deleted/extended scenes included with most DVDs these days) and the Japanese version may simply have been padded with some of this material.

It would be nice to see an official DVD release of this movie with BOTH versions and a featurette explaining its origins among the extras.

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Col. Manning wrote:
Okay, I'm a little confused. Granted, this is only a cheap-o dinosaur movie from the 70s--but then again, that's pretty much like "Citizen Zane"-territory to a kid who grew up on CDF. Anyway, I know that this movie was shown on TV here in the States (which is where I saw it) and it was released theatrically in Japan (as the subtitles on my DVD attest). The question I have is what was it originally supposed to be? On page one Daimajinbob mentioned that it got a theatrical release even though it was originally a made-for-TV flick. IMDB states that it was originally meant to be theatrically released, but was edited down to a TV movie--and this version became the "official" U.S. version for TV and video releases. This makes sense, as the Japanese theatrical version is longer. If it was originally meant to be the shorter TV version where did the extra footage for the Japanese version come from? Then again, I suppose there's always unused material (see all the deleted/extended scenes included with most DVDs these days) and the Japanese version may simply have been padded with some of this material.

It would be nice to see an official DVD release of this movie with BOTH versions and a featurette explaining its origins among the extras.


I just remember seeing it in the theater, didnt last long though

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i remember seeing it on tv. not in the theater. would have loved to have seen it there. 8)

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I'll tell you what, February 11-12, 1977 had all the makings of a great weekend for CDF fans. If you were allowed to stay up until 11:00 on Friday the 11th, you could watch the premiere of "The Last Dinosaur". Then on Saturday you could sit down to an afternoon of "Rodan" and "Monster Zero", courtesty of Creature Double Feature!

And you STILL had the rest of the Saturday and all of Sunday to find even more entertainment! Even without VCRs, DVRs, cable and all the rest of the distractions of today it was still possible to be very entertained by TV in the 70s :wink: .

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 Re: The Last Dinosaur (1977)
Here's a user comment from IMDB that is actually a pretty good and informative review of the movie. This person sounds like someone who'd feel right at home here at the board. And, I keep forgetting how amusing it is that "The Last Dinosaur" was a Rankin-Bass production. I certainly never thought of Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer while watching "The Last Dinosaur" as a kid! :wink:


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The Last Dinosaur was one of those "out of nowhere" movie-of-the-week films in the 1970's that was pretty exciting for the time especially to fans of Japanese Tokusatsu films. Originally slated for a theatrical release (around when the Dino King Kong was out in the previous December) it was suddenly pulled and made into a Friday Night ABC Movie of The Week. Rankin Bass-who were no strangers to Japanese co-productions were the guns behind this production, co-produced with Tsuburaya Productions of Japan-the people who brought us Ultraman in various forms. Starring mostly an American cast including the late Richard Boone, Joan Van Ark and the late Steven Keats, it told the tale of a prehistoric pocket of time in what was a superheated volcanic caldera somewhere at the frozen arctic circle, containing dinosaurs. It plays a lot like the films The Land Unknown(1956) and The Land That Time Forgot(1975) in feel and pace. Sure the dinosaurs were guys in suits(A Triceratops with front knees!) but they were filmed in such a way, the music and score was so well done, and the cast did a fine job that this didn't matter much to many of us brought up on Godzilla. The film has a lot of class to it, from the opening score by Nancy Wilson "The Last Dinosaur" to the overall "big" feeling of the film-the locations at hot springs in Northern Japan were excellent and lush- and the undeniable feeling of Kaiju Eiga to it. There are some amazing set pieces-the T-Rex's "bone yard" and a tracking shot that takes us deep into the jungle to see the T-Rex eat a giant fish from a stream. Tsuburaya's FX people did their job in style here and aside from a few dodgy matte shots, they do their job well. This film is considered the best 1970's "kaiju" film from Japan, even over the five Godzilla films made during that decade. Rankin Bass did several other co-productions with Tsuburaya providing the creatures or miniatures- The Bermuda Depths(1978) and The Ivory Ape(1980)-but neither measured up to the epic look of this film.
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thanks for posting this. never heard of the ivory ape. i'll have to start looking for it.

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Col. Manning wrote:
I'll tell you what, February 11-12, 1977 had all the makings of a great weekend for CDF fans. If you were allowed to stay up until 11:00 on Friday the 11th, you could watch the premiere of "The Last Dinosaur". Then on Saturday you could sit down to an afternoon of "Rodan" and "Monster Zero", courtesty of Creature Double Feature!

And you STILL had the rest of the Saturday and all of Sunday to find even more entertainment! Even without VCRs, DVRs, cable and all the rest of the distractions of today it was still possible to be very entertained by TV in the 70s :wink: .


Thanks for the info on the date it aired Col Manning.
I posted the TV Guide scan in this thread but when I scanned it I forgot to note the date, mystery solved!

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I did see that the pic of the TV Guide pages was labeled ?-?-77 and was going to send you a message with the information...but obviously that's not necessary now!

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I updated the picture, thanks again. 8)

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I still haven't watched the DVD of "The Last Dinosaur" that I picked up at Rock and Shock in Worcester in October, but last week I was talking to a friend of mine on the phone. We were discussing (as usual) old monster/horror/sci-fi movie stuff. He mentioned that he wanted to put "The Last Dinosaur" in his Netflix Queue as he hadn't seen it since he was a kid. What an opening! I said "Well, don't bother putting it in your queue...because it doesn't exist on a real DVD...but...if you come over some time we can watch that very same movie because I just picked up a copy of it last month!"

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i looked up the ivory ape. looks dull.

but now i've got to get me a copy of the last dinosaur!

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