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The People


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  • Actors: Kim Darby, WILLIAM SHATNER, DIANE VARSI, DAN OHERLIHY
  • Directors: John Korty
  • Format: NTSC
  • Region: All Regions
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Studio: American Zoetrope
  • DVD Release Date: September 19, 2008
  • Run Time: 74 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 2.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (58 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001GE2CFA
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #84,511 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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COLOR. KIM DARBY, WILLIAM SHATNER, DIANE VARSI, DAN OHERLIHY. Executive Producer: FRANCIS FORD COPPOLA. This at once sensitive and subtly chilling science fiction fantasy tells the story of Melodye Amerson, an idealistic young woman who comes to a rural village to teach school. Melodye is not a by-the-book educator. She believes in giving children enough freedom to explore the world around them and within them. At the same time, Melodye is looking for her place in the world. She has abandoned her previous life because, as she explains, "Ill have time to figure me out" and "I can use a little peace and quiet." What she is destined to find in this hamlet is something else altogether. To begin with, the townsfolk all are more than a bit strange. They seem curiously spiritless and are offended by the fact that Melodye is pretty. They never smile. Nor do they ever travel out of the valley in which they live. They dress unappealingly. Playing sports and singing songs, reading a fashion magazine and watching television are taboo. Whats more, they are immune to many diseases. As Melodye spends time among them she begins observing the most unusual and otherworldly gravity-defying sights, none of which can be logically explained. Who exactly are these people? Where do they come from? What are they doing in the valley? What strange gifts do they have? Finally, what effect will Melodye have on them and how will they change her? 74 minutes. NOTE: This DVD is published under license from Video Yesteryear - Plain Case - NO ARTWORK

PLEASE NOTE: The quality of this DVD title is not up to our usual standards. There are a few areas where the color is washed out and/or pixalated. During the last 12 minutes the audio track is very slightly out of sync with the video. We continue to offer this title as, to the best of our knowledge, it is the only one commercially available - It can be viewed and enjoyed. We are doing our best to preserve close to 1,000 ancient & obscure videos

Customer Reviews

It's as bad as others have said.
E. Peckham
The quality of this DVD makes me wonder if the makers are selling a pirated copy as new.
Gary Stephanic
The picture quality and sound were poor from the beginning.
Kilgore Trout

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

28 of 28 people found the following review helpful By David Lee-Smith on February 9, 2009
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
Just plain terrible is the only way I could describe this dvd. I suspected I was in trouble when I opened my Amazon package and saw a plain plastic dvd container without any any printed cover. The dvd was obviously copied directly from old film without any attempt to upgrade the images, which were washed out, grainy and slightly out of focus. The sound track was out of sync for the second half of the drama. I couldn't decide if the tempo of the drama was too slow because of the direction or because of the poor transcription. I couldn't comment on the acting - that wouldn't be fair to the actors given the quality of the dvd. The story was a mixing of several of Zenna Henderson's charming People stories. I didn't mind that the stories were mixed up - I thought the script showed respect for Henderson's intentions in her stories. I really think the manufacturers of this appalling dvd should be ashamed of themselves for offering it on the market. I don't recommend it to any fans of Zenna Henderson - instead read her stories, now collected together in one volume, and available through Amazon. David Lee-Smith in New Zealand
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32 of 33 people found the following review helpful By Paper Painter on December 16, 2008
Format: DVD
I loved this show many years ago and this is the only DVD copy I could find to buy. So, I love the story, BUT, whoever made this apparently has an old reel projector that they are taking a video from. The color is often bleached out and after a pause to change reels some of the sound is wavery and out of sync. I returned the first copy hoping the problem was a single bad copy. No such luck. I'm keeping the second copy because I like the story. Definitely NOT because of the quality of the product.
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28 of 29 people found the following review helpful By Johanna on February 15, 2008
Format: VHS Tape
here is a made for TV movie that so far I have been unable to find on DVD. I hope some one reads this and get it out again. Not just because William Shatner plays in it (and shows his intense acting skills), but also it is after a little known (I hope I am wrong with this statement) Zenna Henderson, who wrote a series of stories about "the People". The Ingathering (available here) is a summarized collection of her ideas about an alien race that stranded on earth after their space ship was wrecked in earth orbit. (Battle Star Galactica, eat your heart out)....she weaves (note the phrase) the story in a tapestry of emotions, events and insights seldom accomplished by "just a science fiction" writer. Recommend you view this and tell me in your review where I am wrong. However if I am right in my views, go out and get some more of her writings and get your local library to start stocking them for a generation growing up that can benefit from her insights. By the way, Francis Ford Coppola helped make this flick, which I belief might help, since he is not exactly a light weight in his later movies. A short synopsis: A young school teacher is hired by a community to teach their children in a one room school house. She notes immediately that they dont behave as ordinary kids (the way they walk, dragging their feet across the ground would be an indicator), slowly she finds other signs that.......and now watch it !!!!! Qrazydutch from Oak Harbor
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Gary Stephanic on March 26, 2009
Format: DVD
The quality of this DVD makes me wonder if the makers are selling a pirated copy as new. The video and audio quality are terrible and they actually left in the message to wait while they changed reels. After the change the quality actually dropped further, being greatly out of synch.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By J. Zak on July 24, 2009
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THE PEOPLE is a television film produced in the early 1970's by Francis Ford Coppola's company. The quirky, charming story revolves around a young school teacher, played by Kim Darby, who is assigned to a remote mountain area to teach in a one room schoolhouse. Through the events of the story, she learns that her youthful charges possess remarkable talents and that their ancestors share an extraordinary history.

It was so refreshing to see Darby's work in this film and it reminded me of all the reasons I like her as an actress. She has that wonderful knack of playing, such that her lines emerge as completely spontaneous thoughts. Even when she recites Thoreau to one of the students, she has to think it through, remembering each phrase as it comes to mind. Very good work.

Sadly, the quality of the print sold here is atrocious. It seems to be copied from a VHS and the second half of the film is out of synch between picture and sound. This all but ruins Carmen Coppola's score and the entire dramatic climax is severely diminished due to this technical glitch. As a film maker, I cannot believe that the creators of this haunting piece of work would wish to see it screened in this fashion, and we, as customers, deserve better, too. Most of us bought this film, I believe, because it somehow touched us as young people, and we wanted to relive the experience. As much as I wanted to laugh and cry again over the story, I only found myself crying over this desecration of Zenna Henderson's simple, touching work.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on December 5, 2009
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A number of years ago I saw this show on TV and enjoyed it enough that I tracked down the book that inspired it and enjoyed reading it to get additional details and stories associated with "The People". After reading all the Amazon reviews of the DVD, I decided to purchase it in spite of the obvious quality control issues that everyone described just so that I could see the movie again. I was not dissipointed. The movie story line was still what I remembered, but after reading the book, the movie made even more sense than when I saw it on TV the first time. I was, however, very glad I had read the reviews on the poor quality of the DVD itself and been prepared in advance because everything said previously was true. The packaging is a cheap clear plastic container and the DVD looks like it was labled on someone's home inkjet printer. The movie is grainy and so soft in places you can't see the expressions on the actor's faces. Also, the 2nd part of the movie, after the "reel" is changed, is out of sync, similar to old martial art films. It is a little distracting if you are focused and watching the movie but not bad if you like to have the TV on in the background and only periodically look up to watch certain scenes.

I don't regret getting the movie but glad I purchased it knowing what to expect or I would have been VERY disappointed!
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