Friday, February 27, 2009

When Dinosaurs Ruled the Earth DVD

We recently picked up the 2008 release of the Hammer double bill Moon Zero Two (1969) and When Dinosaurs Ruled the Earth (1970).

Amber Dean Smith

Moon Zero Two, Hammer's highest budget film, was an oddity; an early attempt to make a SF Western (see also Outland, The Adventures of Pluto Nash and Firefly). It is outside the scope of this blog but did feature one of the few film performances of Amber Dean Smith, the first ever Penthouse Pet of the Year (1966).

When Dinosaurs Ruled the Earth, however, is the second greatest Cavegirls in Fur Bikinis film ever! The film starred former Playboy Playmate of the Year (1968), Victoria Vetri, meaning that the double bill features one each of the yearly choices for the two great men's magazines.

We see a lot more of Victoria because the DVD we bought was the one released last year in the US which erroneously included the original, uncut version of WDRTE, but with the wrong rating on the box. As a result the DVD was withdrawn and the prices of those still in circulation has shot up. This is the first time the uncut film has been available, albeit briefly, on DVD. We would imagine it would be a lot cheaper to re-package the DVD than cut it but then there are usually cost issues with submitting films for certification (in order to be able to change the cover) so they may not bother.

There will be several forthcoming entries on WDRTE, therefore. I will look at the movie itself and of course the trio of splendid cavegirls: Victoria Vetri, Magda Konopka and Imogen Hassall.


  1. Can't wait!

    These particular cave girls are the reason I have my fascination.

    Thanks again, Legatus!

  2. Great blog, Legatus. I can't help but notice though, that you're missing Zienna Merton of "Space 1999" fame. The episode "The Full Circle" had the lovely Ms. Merton lose her space age Alphan uniform and end up in a skimpy leopard skin-- in a cave no less!

  3. Crikey. missed that one. So many cavegirls, so little time!

  4. Here's a link to images from the episode in question:

    I love the whole concept of cave girls in fur bikini's. However, I greatly prefer it when the cave girl starts out as a "modern" girl who ultimately ends up running around in cave girl togs.

    Offhand, you might say there are plenty of examples of this in films and television. In actuality, there are precious few.

    In film, I can think of two major examples of this scenario: Beth Rogan in "Mysterious Island" and Maureen Sullivan in the Tarzan flicks.

    For television, I can only think of two: Lois Lane in the old Superman series ("Through the Time Barrier" and Zienna Merton from the Space 199 episode "The Full Circle".

  5. the world is in short supply of cavegirls - dont keep us waiting , hope you post soon

  6. Thanks for your comments. There will be many more posts from now on..

  7. I went and downloaded this last night, thanks to this review!

    I was gonna buy it, but the dvd was 70 used on Amazon. A bit too rich for my blood.