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Land of Giants 

Mongolia, 25 million years B.C. This episode follows a young Indricotherium. After a dramatic birth, he must survive in a world of rhino-sized predators like Hyaenodon and pig-like monsters such as Entelodon.
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Kenneth Branagh ... Narrator (voice)
Stockard Channing ... Narrator (U.S.A Version) (voice)
Larry Agenbroad Larry Agenbroad ... Himself - of University of Northern Arizona
Frank Fish Frank Fish ... Himself - of West Chester University
Larry Witmer Larry Witmer ... Himself - of Ohio University
Maureen O'Leary Maureen O'Leary ... Herself - of State University of New York at Stony Brook
Mark Uhen Mark Uhen ... Himself - of Cranbrook Institute of Science
Scott E. Foss Scott E. Foss ... Himself - of John Day Fossil Beds National Park
Kent Sundell Kent Sundell ... Himself - of Casper College, Wyoming
Japeth Boyce Japeth Boyce ... Himself - of Rapid City, South Dakota
Donald Prothero Donald Prothero ... Himself - of Occidental College
Leslie Aiello Leslie Aiello ... Herself - of University College, London
Bob Brain Bob Brain ... Himself - of Transvaal Museum, Pretoria
Blaire Van Valkenburgh Blaire Van Valkenburgh ... Herself - of University of California (as Blair Van Valkenburgh)
Alan Turner Alan Turner ... Himself - of Liverpool John Moores University
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Mongolia, 25 million years B.C. This episode follows a young Indricotherium. After a dramatic birth, he must survive in a world of rhino-sized predators like Hyaenodon and pig-like monsters such as Entelodon.

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29 November 2001 (UK) See more »

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This episode features perhaps the most extreme case of prehistoric animals interacting with the camera: the indricothere calf charges at the camera-man, knocks the camera over, and walks away from the scene that has been flipped 90° to the side as a result of the collision. See more »

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After chasing away the Entelodont, a little bush appears next to the young Indricothere between shots. See more »

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Kenneth Branagh: Out of the darkness emerges a twelve ton giant. She is an Indricothere, and she is about to give birth.
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Giant dinosaurs
7 June 2018 | by TheLittleSongbirdSee all my reviews

Have always been fascinated by dinosaurs, whether reading about them or seeing documentaries and films on them. Love documentaries, especially those of the national treasure that is David Attenborough, and admire Kenneth Branagh a good deal. So my expectations for 'Walking with Beasts' were quite big and that's an understatement.

Expectations that were actually mostly lived up to, a good thing for me having seen my fair share of wastes of potential recently. 'Walking with Beasts' is not one of the best documentaries personally seen (far from it), and there are better ones on the subject of dinosaurs. It is also not as ground-breaking as 'Walking with Dinosaurs', as far as dinosaur documentaries go, still a big achievement to this day. Standing on its own without comparing it to anything, 'Walking with Beasts' was very interesting and mostly very well done.

Once again the third episode "Land of Giants" is very good.

Sure "Land of Giants" isn't perfect. Sometimes the dinosaur effects are on the stiff side in movement.

Did actually appreciate the storytelling approach "Land of Giants", and 'Walking with Beasts' in general, took and it made it entertaining and emotionally investable and it was never less than compelling. It did get in the way at times though too much of the documentary aspect, which interested and compelled throughout but there could have been more focus on the evidence and such to stop things from being too speculative.

However, when it comes to how it's written, "Land of Giants" does just as good a job entertaining and teaching, it's all very sincerely done and it never feels like a sermon. There are things here that are common sense and knowledge but one is taught a huge deal as wel (didn't know anything about the Indricothere for examplel.

Kenneth Branagh's narration delivery is similarly spot-on, very sensitively delivered and very dignified, his expertise in Shakespeare helps the delivery. The narration is comprehensive and sincere, with a good balance of things known to me and things new to me (really like it when documentaries do that), as well as compelling.

Visually, "Land of Giants" may lack the awe-inspiring, almost cinematic quality one anticipates. With that being said, it is beautifully shot, shot in a fluid and non-static way. The sceneries and landscapes are handsomely rendered and mostly the dinosaur effects are impressive.

"Land of Giants" is appropriately scored, never intrusive or too low-key. There is fun, tension and pathos throughout and the dinosaurs, prey and predator, are like characters that one cares for in the same way they do a human. The documentary aspect is grounded and well researched, coming over as if there was evidence to corroborate what was said.

Overall, very good though could have been great. 8/10 Bethany Cox


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