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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful
The first post-nuclear film March 2 2009
By Robert C. Cumbow - Published on Amazon.com
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
This DVD transfer looks worlds better than previous VHS versions, but is still marred by problems that go back to the condition of the master print. But it's an excellent reminder that Arch Oboler was ahead of the pack in so many respects. Here he is, creating the first film about the survivors of a world-devastating nuclear exchange, establishing the language and tone--and setting the bar--for many films that followed. For all its apparent simplicity, FIVE contains complex characterizations and uncompromising moments of confrontation and narrative development, as well as some unforgettable images.
16 of 19 people found the following review helpful
First post nuke film Feb. 5 2009
By D. Lockin - Published on Amazon.com
Format: DVD
The official review about this film is correct it is the first post nuke film that i know of. I do not have this copy of the movie but I do have a bad copy made from an old film.

The movie is exactly how I remember it from the first time I say it on TV over 30 years ago maybe close to 40 years. It is about a group of 5 people who gather in Arch Oboler's house (yes it was filmed in his Frank Loyld Wright house).

This movie will disappoint all of the five year old's out there because it is a slow moving introspective picture about the 5 who try and to some degree fail to live together in this house. The movie was made at a time when action was not the only prerequisite for a movie. There are no explosions and no real scenes of mass destruction and of course it is in black and white, so there is another reason for the 5 year old's to not like it. There are 4 men and one pregnant woman at the beginning and at the end it is more of and Adam and Eve beginning.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
One of the first films to tackle this subject Jan. 2 2010
By calvinnme - Published on Amazon.com
Format: DVD
The subject of this film may seem commonplace - the world destroyed by nuclear holocaust, one woman and several men the only survivors, - but it was the first to tackle this subject matter, and it does it very well. This one does have one interesting catch - the woman survivor is pregnant.

I'm usually on top of new classic releases, but this one escaped my attention until DVD Savant named it the top disc of 2009. I hadn't seen it since the third grade - Thanskgiving 1966 - and it made quite an impression on me at the time, so I thought I'd purchase it and see if it lived up to my memories. It did and then some. I can't really share any details of the story without giving anything away, except perhaps the character of the survivors. The woman is understandably obsessed with returning to the city and finding out for sure if her husband is dead or alive. Of the four men one is disqualified as a suitor because of his age, and another is disqualified because, after all, this is 1951 and he is African American and the woman is white. Of the two actually eligible suitors by 1951 standards, one is a brutish slob and the other is thoughtful and forward thinking, setting up a Cain and Abel dynamic between the two.

The film audio and video quality are excellent. From 2000 - 2005 Sony put out some of the more technically challenged classic film discs I've seen, but in the last three or four years they've really turned things around. Highly recommended for fans of 1950's sci-fi.
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
a sleeper to watch! March 25 2012
By Amazon Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
I accidentally ran across this film on one of the Roku channels. I had never heard of it and thought I would give it a shot. I was not disappointed. It's an apocalyptic film without the zombies and gore--just the struggles of five people thrown together. It deals with the good and evil of mankind and focuses upon the relationships built by these five individuals. If you're into zombies and plagues, then stay away! But if you like solid drama based upon character development, then this is a movies you should see. I liked it enough to purchase my own copy!Five
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
great film mistaken for cheese! Jan. 11 2010
By Thomas E. Stazer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: DVD
A low budget marvel that is worth sticking through for some truly terrifying, brave scenes. More radio play than movie, it IS talky - really, what are you GONNA do after the end of the world BUT talk? Unless you're battling mutants or some other cliche, talk is what the survivors would do, so - DUH! It's worth noting that this film is probably the first to deal with an apocalypse that is not a flight of fancy; it is only since the creation of the Atom bomb that the end of the world seems TRULY possible, even likely, and it's profound impact on the American psyche is showcased here... Shameful that this striking, original film is being treated like Plan 9 From Outer Space, marketed as So Bad It's Good If You're Drunk. So a film landmark is kicked to the curb while truly awful films are hailed as cinematic triumphs and given deluxe 3 disc special editions. Five accomplishes more, with almost no budget budget, than Michael Bay has with all his billions.