Childhood's End [Blu-ray]
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March 1, 2016
Blu-ray + Digital HD
|Genre||Science Fiction & Fantasy, Television, DVD Movie, Blu-ray Movie|
|Format||Digital_copy, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen|
|Contributor||Julian McMahon, Charles Dance, Mike Vogel|
|Runtime||4 hours and 7 minutes|
Omnipotent aliens arrive to save humanity from self-destruction. Under their benign gaze, war, famine and injustice become things of the past. But a small group of people are beginning to question whether this "Golden Age of Man" comes at a secret and terrible price. And when the Supervisor for Earth, Karellen, finally reveals his true form to the world, the sight is as profound as it is disturbing.
Disc 1 - Childhood's End:
- “The Overlords” Deleted Scenes
- “The Deceivers” Deleted Scenes
- “The Children” Deleted Scenes
- Aspect Ratio : 1.78:1
- Is Discontinued By Manufacturer : No
- MPAA rating : NR (Not Rated)
- Product Dimensions : 7.25 x 5.75 x 0.5 inches; 2.93 Ounces
- Media Format : Digital_copy, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
- Run time : 4 hours and 7 minutes
- Release date : March 1, 2016
- Actors : Charles Dance, Mike Vogel, Julian McMahon
- Language : English (DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1)
- Studio : Universal Pictures Home Entertainment
- ASIN : B019329VF0
- Number of discs : 2
- Best Sellers Rank: #83,065 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
- #1,561 in Kids & Family Blu-ray Discs
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The story is of mankind's first contact with extra-terrestrials. Massive ships appear over the biggest cities of the world, which impose a gentle control on humanity that begins what appears to be a golden age. There is plenty of opposition, dealt with handily and without violence. There is also an interesting relationship between a spokesman and the alien chief, Karrelan, whose shocking appearance remains hidden until the end of the first segment. All the while, what is really happening remains a delicious and threatening mystery, revealed at the end as an awe-inspiring development.
Thinking back to my experience with the novel, I believe that this version makes explicit many fundamental details that remained unexplained in the book. The series interprets them for the viewer and it strips it of some subtlety and nuance, which I regret. But overall, this is very fun and thought provoking.
Then I read the book. So much better (which is to be expected from Arthur C. Clarke). My biggest complaint with the movie is that some of the most noticeable changes did not enhance the storytelling. If the writers were going to digress from the book, it should have been to make things more clear, not less. They confused things and muddled what exactly was going on throughout the entire tale. I'm tempted to give this three stars based on that, but it didn't detract from the movie so greatly that I'll do that. I will say that if you've read the book, you may not like what I see as the predominant changes in the story.
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Or is it all a big con - Overlords determined to dominate, exploit and plunder?
A thought provoking series split into three episodes of around one hour twenty minutes. (Plenty of deleted scenes for those who wish more). Over twenty three years are covered, a key figure Milo (first seen as a boy in a wheelchair). Increasingly important are newly born children, exceptional skills in evidence.
Much impresses, especially Charles Dance in a role that may surprise. Arguably impact could be greater with certain characters more firmly established. Curiously a particularly moving moment came from someone only briefly on screen. He told of his beloved daughter who impressed so many despite dying so young - "Tilly left the stage - to applause."
Childhood's End is a six part mini-series of approximately 40 - 42 minutes for each part. On the Blu-ray the six episodes have been combined into three but it's easy to tell where the breaks are if you want to watch it in bite-sized chunks (as I did).
Predictably enough the early sections deal with the reactions of the people of earth with some people accepting while a resistance is also being built. This section is done in the first two episodes and the story moves into one of general acceptance. Only towards the ending of the fourth episode do the actual intentions of the aliens become clear. The last two episodes extend these ideas and draw them to a logical conclusion.
There is clever use of biblical themes used and I was afraid this would tip over into a full-on pro-religion production but that was not the case. However the filmmakers trod a fine line here and it actually works to great effect.
There are good production values to experience for a made for TV SyFy Channel series. On Blu-ray this is a lovely glossy digital experience with a lot of decent digital special effects and great practical effects used for the aliens. Towards the end some of the digital effects did soften up substantially but all up this is great quality television.
The story is all wrapped up by the end and there is no opening left for a sequel, which does make a nice change.
For anyone who enjoys science fiction themes, Childhood's End is certainly likely to provide a few hours of great entertainment.