The Last Man on Earth
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Genre: Science Fiction
Release Date: 4-DEC-2007
Media Type: DVD
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PANIC IN YEAR ZERO (1962)
This post-nuke survival story features Ray Milland (he also directed) as an average middle-class American father who fights to protect his family from pillagers, rapists, and murderers. Forced into brutal resourcefulness and often required to make snap moral decisions, the real challenge that Milland and family face is the struggle to maintain their traditional values in the face of chaos. Yes, it's one of many SF-ish cold-war dramas, but what sets this one apart from others is Jay Simms and John Morton's intelligent script, which is gritty and relentlessly unsentimental. Unfortunately, it is somewhat hindered by Milland's mediocre direction and often stilted performance, but it's still a better-than-average flick. And it's refreshing to see Frankie Avalon--who here does a fine job playing Milland's son--in a setting other than a beach.
THE LAST MAN ON EARTH (1964)
This first cinematic incarnation of Richard Matheson's novel I AM LEGEND--the second was the 1971 Charlton Heston vehicle THE OMEGA MAN--features Vincent Price as the sole survivor of a global pandemic that has transformed the rest of mankind into vampire-like zombies. While more loyal to the novel than the Heston film, the pace is often excruciatingly slow. Still, Price's performance is as entertaining as ever, and the scenes that flashback to the origin of the plague are very well done and chockfull of grim imagery. Worth a look if for no other reason than to see why George Romero's NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD (1968) is often compared to it.
The two-sided disc from MGM offers both movies their original 2.Read more ›
I have both of the MGM DVD's, and just got in the Legend Film one to do a comparison, seeing as no one else had done one, and I was stupidly enticed by the, "includes restored original black & white version" that was written on the top of the rather badly done DVD cover (the MGM, The Last Man on Earth movie only edition, has a better cover, still not the greatest, but better than this cover),
Here's the lowdown, it looks like the exact same print was used for all three DVD's, with the exception that the Legend Films picture has a couple of incidental dirt specs removed at the very beginning of the film (like 3 or 4 in a 5 minute span) but in return, the picture is just a touch softer then the MGM image (where as the MGM image quality is very crisp over all) and a slightly tighter frame around the widescreen.
Yes, and erroneously, the DVD cover states the film is full screen, but it's actually the widescreen version in both the B/W and colour versions.
Another problem with the Legend version, is that even though they seem to make a big stink on the cover about the B/W version, in actuality, the B/W movie has a play only option, with no chapter stop menu (although you can skip forward using your remote, at what looks to be around 5 minute increments) and I was unable to use the, "goto" feature on my remote to jump to a specific time point in the B/W film (the scene select in the DVD menu, only allow you to jump to scenes in the colorized version).Read more ›
Obviously, Vincent Price carries this movie on his own back, given the fact that the vast majority of the action takes place around him and no one else. He plays things rather subtly for the most part, which I found quite effective. His memories make him laugh sometimes, but Price's signature laugh evolves quite effectively into sobs of anger and frustration.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Morgan (Vincent Price) believes he is the last man on earth after a virus creates zombies who act like vampires, hating crosses, garlic, and mirrors. Go figure on the crosses. Read morePublished 1 month ago by The Movie Guy
This movie last man on earth has had a clean up of the print.It looks great in color now. I will buy again from Legend films.Published 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
Not Vinnie's best. Of course, great story by Richard Matheson, but this slow, plodding version could really use some of the updates in The Omega Man version. Read morePublished 3 months ago by SFAM
I like a lot of films. Older films seemed to have more of an intelligence vibe to them and less computer effects. This is one I'm happy I added to my collection.Published 6 months ago by Jason
Vincent Price stars as Robert Morgan as a biologist scientist. A unknown virus spreads around the world by wind and people start dying world wide. Read morePublished 6 months ago by michael finelli
Not exactly the book (Legend) but follows the book much more closely than I am Legend did. Really more of a good look into the mind of someone left in a world full of people turned... Read morePublished 8 months ago by Wayne A. Holmes
This was the First Movie from which "Omega Man " got the Story, watch it and you will see the similarities. Also It was Remade as "I Am Legend "by Will Smith. Read morePublished 8 months ago by David A. Bird
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