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Journey to 10,000 B.C.

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2008

This feature-length History Channel documentary is everything Roland Emmerich's recent "10,000 B.C." was not: low-budget, interesting, informative, entertaining and occasionally exciting. Unless you were lucky enough to not see it, you know in Emmerich's movie how laughable the effects were when people were running from prehistoric beasts? Well, "Journey" manages to do more with less.

Archaeologists do some digging "? which they compare to "detective work" "? and uncover fossils from primitive civilizations long ago, and then the doc switches to computer-animated segments to depict what these creatures might have looked like and how they may have acted, be it a woolly mammoth or saber-toothed tiger.

"Journey" is still a little long for this sort of thing, but viewers who thrilled to the acclaimed "Walking with Dinosaurs," which is similar in scope and presentation, will gladly eat this up like a caveman gnawing on a hunk of meat.

 "?Rod Lott

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