Prehysteria! (1993) (BLU-RAY/DVD REVIEW)
DIRECTED BY: Albert Band, Charles Band
STARRING: Brett Cullen, Austin O’Brien, Colleen Morris
RATED: PG/REGION O/1:78/1080P/NUMBER OF DISCS 2
AVAILABLE FROM Full Moon Features
Rico Sarno, a museum curator, enters a forbidden temple in South America and discovers a nest of five eggs. He steals them and brings them back to his museum. Frank Taylor, a farmer, sells fossils to Rico and in a mix-up, the Taylor’s dog takes a cooler, which has the eggs. The kids, Monica and Jerry discover the dinosaurs when they hatch and try to keep it a secret until their father finds out. Rico finds out the Taylors have them and hires two robbers to help him get the dinosaurs back.
The movie that started off Full Moon’s kid film section Moon Beam seems to be the one kicking off those same movies getting Blu-rays now as Prehysteria is finally in HD. These movies in the line are all harmless and in a lot of cases like this, actually pretty good! Piggybacking a bit off the popularity of Jurassic Park and using one of the things Full Moon does best, making small creatures come to life on the screen. Prehysteria is a pretty solid movie and I know for a fact that a lot of my friends grew up really enjoying what this movie was. So, yes, it is a “kids” movie but it is good enough to not only trigger those nostalgic memories as it does in people my age, I think it’s fun enough to even pull in new fans today when a whole new generation of kids get to see it. And it won’t be too bad for the older folks too.
The movie has a lot of stuff going on for it, like hitting on some heavy issues from time to time. The only real issue the movie seems to have is the overuse of the fact that our leading kid loves Elvis. So, we see a whole lot of Elvis stuff long before one of our little dinosaur friends gets named after the King. Some of the rest might be your typical run of the mill kids story for the 1990s but I think it all comes together really well and is a fun watch regardless. I also think Full Moon did a great job on the Blu-ray bringing it to life here in a solid transfer that pops often. I know a lot of people are happy to give that VHS a rest and finally got to Blu!
– The Moonbeam VideoZone
– Audio Commentary by Brian O’Brien & Charles Band
Quality of Transfer: 95%