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6 Degrees Entertainment

'Prehysteria! Special Edition' [Blu-ray+DVD]
(Austin O' Brien, Colleen Morrs, Samantha Mills, Brett Cullen, Stephen Lee, et al / Blu-ray+DVD / PG / (1993) 2018 / Full Moon Direct)

Overview: Anticipating the success of 'Jurassic Park,' this VHS-era favorite follows the misadventures of Jerry Taylor (Austin O'Brien, 'The Last Action Hero'), a 12 year old Elvis-loving kid and his sister Monica (Samantha Mills), whose raisin farmer dad Frank (Brett Cullen, 'Ghost Rider') accidentally brings home a bundle of rare eggs unearthed in the rainforest by Rico Sarno (Stephen Lee, 'Dolls'), an sinister museum curator.

Blu-ray Verdict: An under-rated movie from the early '90s, 'Prehysteria!' is, perhaps, one of the best known of the Charles Band-produced B-movies that came out during the 1980s and 1990s.

Most certainly it's a film that used to do the rounds in the video stores back in the day, cashing in on the success of all things dinosaur with 'Jurassic Park' having coming out at the very same time.

Lead actor Austin O'Brien, the kid from the brilliant, and highly under-rated also 'Last Action Hero,' stars, playing the usual brattish character who comes into possession of some dinosaur eggs which hatch some miniature dinosaurs!

The stand-out thing about this easy-viewing film is the quality of the stop-motion effects used to animate said dinosaurs; they look great, often seamless, and better than you'd think.

Funnily enough, the two main kids involved here name them after various music icons, like Elvis, Paula, Jagger, Hammer, and Madonna! Now doesn't that alone timestamp the era we're talking about rather nicely.

But it's not until the sleazy museum curator, Rico Sarno (played by Stephen Lee from 'Dolls', 'The Pit and the Pendulum', 'Ghoulies III', 'Robocop 2' et al) wants them back that the "action/adventure" aspect here truly starts to ignite.

Truth be told though, the rest is rather lacklustre, with an ineffectual human villain and cheesy romance scenes; but it's the dinosaurs you'll remember here, trust me! This is a Full Screen Presentation (1.33:1) enhanced for 16x9 TVs and comes with the Special Features of:

The Moonbeam Videozone
Audio Commentary by Austin O'Brien & Charles Band