The Quiet Earth
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Beautifully restored in HD, this classic film is now released for the first time in North America!
In this sci-fi cult classic, Zac Hobson, a mid-level scientist working on a global energy project, wakes up to a nightmare. After his project malfunctions, Zac discovers that he may be the last man on Earth. As he searches empty cities for other survivors, Zac's mental state begins to deteriorate - culminating in the film's iconic and hotly debated ending.
Bonus Features, include: Commentary by acclaimed astrophysicist, Neil deGrasse Tyson, and film critic, Odie Henderson.
Package includes: Collector's Booklet with film essay by academic/film critic, Teresa Heffernan; cast and crew credits; chapter breaks; stills.
OFFICIAL SELECTION - Toronto International Film Festival ---
The Quiet Earth is a textbook example of how to make an effective science fiction movie without a Hollywood-sized budget. --Horror News
It's difficult to point out highlights in the movie, as every scene works without flaws... --Cult Reviews
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*Note the blu-ray does not have any subtitles*.
I liked this film, I like the story, I like the possibilities it presented, and I like the ending. It seemed to represent a possible real outcome to a hypothetical reality we can only guess at. I found this film to be interesting, thoughtful, with characters I cared about. The acting is good and the scenery of New Zealand inviting. Like any good film it leaves you thinking about the ending, asking questions, and thinking about the possibilities. Even days after watching this film I found myself at times standing there on the shore with the main character and......wondering.
A plain man wakes up and finds himself mysteriously alone. After looking around, he begins to give vent to his fantasies, which is at time hilarious and sad. All the time, he is seeking to solve the mystery of what happened to everyone. As it turns out, he is a scientist, so can ask the right questions and apparently was involved in some experiments that have a direct bearing what happened. He discovers that many scientific constants appear out of whack, such as the precise electrical charge of an electron, which he observes is oscillating unstably. These are ominous portents that play in the background, adding to the tension of scifi what-ifs.
He is not completely alone, when a delightful young woman finds him and they begin a relationship while looking for others. When they meet another man, their chemistry is disrupted, revealing more about the lonely scientist. It adds a great deal to the story and advances the plot. The ending is splendidly ambiguous, leaving a lot to the imagination.