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The Quiet Earth (1985/Umbrella Entertainment/Region Zero/0/PAL)


Picture: C+     Sound: C     Extras: C+     Episodes: C+



PLEASE NOTE: This DVD can only be operated on machines capable of playing back DVDs that can handle Region Zero/0 PAL format software and can be ordered from our friends at Umbrella Entertainment at the website address provided at the end of the review.



Less a Science Fiction film than a drama with some action, Geoff Murphy’s The Quiet Earth (1985) has a man (Bruno Lawrence in a decent performance) wake up one morning and find the world empty and wrecked.  He is a scientist who expected this would happen and walks around trying to disprove his scientific theory.  Things become more complicated, but the moments he is alone are early and the best in the film.


As it moves on, it becomes mixed and even sometimes contrived, trying to say things and not know how.  Also, as compared to The Omega Man (1971, reviewed elsewhere on this site) is not as good, but is on par with the Will Smith I Am Legend (also on the site) for better and worse.  I ultimately did not by the conclusion either, but the acting is good and New Zealand locations a plus.  The Quiet Earth is not totally successful, but is worth a look.


The anamorphically enhanced 1.85 x 1 image is not bad, but not as detailed and clean as it could be for even a film its age.  Still, it has a unique look and some good cinematography by Director of Photography James Bartle.  The Dolby Digital 2.0 sound is weak, compressed sound that was likely once stereo.  Extras include a theatrical trailer and audio commentary by Writer/Producer Sam Pillsbury that is very informative about the film and country it was made in.



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