Land of the Lost - The Complete Third Season

Director: Rick Bennewitz, Gordon Wiles (II)
Encoding: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only)
Number of discs: 2

Street Date: April 26, 2005
Total Running Time: 350 minutes
U.S. Rating: NR
Canadian Rating: NR
Closed Captioned: No



Land of the Lost is a children's TV show dating from the mid-1970s in case you've never heard of it (it shouldn't be confused however with a rehash - also made for TV - in later decades).

It's about a family - father, son and daughter - who during a canoeing trip in the mountains fall through some kind of dimensional portal and ends up in a typical lost world a la Edgar Rice Burrows style world, replete with irate dinosaurs, a hostile reptilian race which only comes out at night and so forth.

The special effects were by some of the people who worked on George Pal's original movie adaptation of H.G. Wells' Time Machine and quite cheesy by today's standards (though it's better than 'Sixties Star Trek probably). Even cheesier is the theme song, a huge cornball ditty sung by one of the stars that will have you either slack jawed in bemusement or grinning in post-modern irony. In fact, after a while I got used to the show's poor special effects, mediocre acting and plot inconstancies, but not that theme song! Man, is it one goofball tune! All together now: The . . . Land . . . of . . . the . . . Loooosssst!!!

A minor cult has grown around Land of the Lost, which means only one thing. Yup, there's going to a big screen Hollywood version starring Will Ferrell.

Now, minor cults have grown around L. Ron Hubbard and Chizuo Matsumoto, and it is a bit difficult to see why a fellow critic would call Land of the Lost what science fiction is all about. Did he mean sci-fi is all about cheap-looking, stop-motion dinosaurs?

THE DISCS: Little in the line of extras. An audio commentary here and there and a compilation of songs from the series itself, which is just goofy fun.

WORTH IT? To be fair, the third (and final) season obviously isn't the place for a newbie such as myself to start. Besides, it is generally considered to be the weakest season of the series. Still, there is something to be said for that goofball theme song and the show's general endearing goofiness, so it is difficult to actually dislike Land of the Lost.

RECOMMENDATION: One can see only imagine ageing it's so bad, it's good Generation X'ers who watched this show as kids and small children (after all, the intended audience) liking it. They should check it out. (I must mention here that those reptilian creatures scared the heebie jeebies out of my little girl, so we stopped the player and put on some tried and tested Looney Tunes instead . . .)


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