The Quiet Earth

The Quiet Earth

Downloadable Video - 1985
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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.
Publisher: [United States] : Film Movement : Made available through hoopla, 1985.
Branch Call Number: eVideo hoopla
Characteristics: 1 online resource (1 video file (ca. 91 min.)) : sd., col.

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RobertPomroy
Jul 27, 2017

I really enjoyed "The Quiet Earth." While it is of the "last man on Earth" genre, its tone and plot are totally different from the "I am Legend/Omega Man/Last Man on Earth" movies. It is much more similar to "The Man, the Flesh, and the Devil" (Harry Belefonte, Inger Stevens, Mel Ferrer - highly recommended). It is not a fast-paced movie, and definitely cerebral, but it has an engaging plot with some nice twists. It is definitely a stand-out in this genre. It definitely has drama, humor, and pathos. Good camera work, but the special effects are what you'd expect from a mid 1980's low-budget movie.

My only negative comment is that the dialog is somewhat soft; I sometimes had a hard time hearing it.

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Todd66
May 06, 2017

Not worth watching, and I'm sorry I even sat through this movie. They seriously could have made this a half hour episode of The Twilight Zone and done a better job. I'm surprised so many people have a hold on this DVD, and if you're one of them, you might as well cancel it.

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papa_chitatel
Mar 30, 2017

Waste of time!

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Derringer
Mar 20, 2017

The way I see it - All that "The Quiet Earth" comes down to being is just a poor man's version of "I Am Legend".

Even though the release dates between these 2 films is 22 years apart, with The Quiet Earth coming out way back in 1985, long before I Am Legend, it's still impossible not to compare these 2 films, right down the their very last details.

Yes, "Earth" and "Legend" certainly do contain a lot of similarities in their plot-lines, etc., but, just the same, there are definitely some notable differences between these 2 films, as well. For instance, The Quiet Earth's story takes place in New Zealand, while I Am Legend's location is NYC.

Note: The remainder of this review may contain spoilers.

It's at The Quiet Earth's big, climatic finale where this film loses significant points, all due to a technical problem that was quite visibly evident when it came to the presentation of the particular scene.

Whoever it was that set up this final, all-important shot certainly wasn't paying very close attention to what they were doing when it came to keeping all of the imagery as still as possible. And so, as a result of this neglect, the dramatic background matte-images of the planet Saturn as it slowly rises up over Earth's ocean horizon fluctuates rapidly at an alarming rate, which is quite easily noticeable to the naked-eye.

This whole faulty technical blooper was not only incredibly annoying, but it completely ruined the otherwise awesome effect of this scene, reducing what was basically a fairly good film to the level of something quite disappointing and extremely amateurish.

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dthomas6
Jan 28, 2017

For its time (the 1980s) and before CGI, this was good film making. Still holds up pretty well. Good story. NZ and Aussie films are usually fun. Amazing final image.

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LauraSteinert
Jan 26, 2017

Highlights of The Quiet Earth:
1. Full-frontal male nudity.
2. Analog clocks and 60's wallpaper
3. No subtitles (and thick Aussie accent)
4. CGI came in under their $35.79 budget
5. Bad remake of a bad remake of Vincent Price's LMoE or Heston's Omega Man.
6. One Black, one bald, one red-head.
Instead watch one of these
http://www.denofgeek.com/us/movies/the-last-man-on-earth/244143/20-best-last-man-on-earth-movies

clroger Mar 04, 2013

interesting, too long but good

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papa_chitatel
Mar 30, 2017

papa_chitatel thinks this title is suitable for 18 years and over

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