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Last Man on Earth

Vincent Price , Franca Bettoia , Sidney Salkow , Ubaldo Ragona    Unrated   DVD
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Vincent Price gives an atypically restrained performance as the sole survivor of a worldwide plague that revives its victims as bloodthirsty vampires. During the day, he canvasses his abandoned hometown, tracking down and stalking his former friends and neighbors, always making sure to return before nightfall, when the dead rise to assault his fortified house. Hope arrives in the form of an apparently normal young woman (Franca Bettoia), but her agenda proves to be even more sinister than that of the vampires.

Based on the 1954 novel by coscripter Matheson (whose displeasure with the final product spurred the use of a pseudonym), this Italian-made production is best known for its influence on George Romero's Night of the Living Dead. The similarities between the two films go beyond the presence of shuffling zombies and housebound heroes; both feature taboo-breaking scenes of interfamilial murder, and both end on bleak, dystopian notes. While The Last Man on Earth lacks the political and darkly satirical shadings (and graphic gore) that make Night of the Living Dead a more memorable experience, the combination of Bava-esque Gothic atmosphere and bleak, documentary-style camerawork by directors Ragona and Salkow (the brother of Price's agent Lester Salkow) lend themselves to moments of pure frisson that compare laudably to Romero's film. Matheson's novel also provided the source material for the awkward 1971 Charlton Heston vehicle The Omega Man. A planned third version, helmed by Ridley Scott and starring Arnold Schwarzenegger, was shut down in its earliest stages due to skyrocketing budget costs. --Paul Gaita


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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars MIDNITE MOVIES DOES IT AGAIN ! June 23 2006
By The Critic TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
Kudos to MGM's Midnite Movie collection. MGM Studios have done it once again and fans will be thrilled with their effort. You get two great movies for the price of one with this DVD release. This double sided disc includes each movie in its 2.35:1 widescreen format with their theatrical trailers. I'm definitely not a fan of dual sided discs but because of the amazing picture quality, you won't hear me complain. The video transfers of this MGM release are absolutely incredible. "Panic in the Year Zero" with Ray Milland is worth the money all by itself, but "The Last Man on Earth" starring the one and only Vincent Price is the reason why I bought this DVD. The video transfer is just spectacular, definitely better than any version of this movie I've ever seen on DVD. The question is can two black & white movies made in the 1960's with limited budgets and no CGI special effects be any good? The answer is yes and thanks to Midnite Movies I came away with both of them.

DVD Features Include:
Disc #1, Side A -- Panic in Year Zero
Disc #1, Side B -- The Last Man on Earth
"Richard Matheson Storyteller: The Last Man on Earth" featurette
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars THE quintessential Post-Apocalyptic horror film! July 7 2003
Format:DVD
Based on Richard Matheson's novel I AM LEGEND; LAST MAN ON EARTH is a sci-fi/horror/morality play starring the inimitable Vincent Price.
Price plays Dr. Robert Morgan; who as you'd guess by the title becomes the last man on Earth after the remainder of the World's population is wiped out by a virus he helped create. Wait, did I say last man? I actually mean last NORMAL man, because Morgan is hiding in isolation with "vampires" outside pining for his blood, because Morgan's own blood contains a special antibody that makes him immune to the virus. To keep from going mad; Morgan lives the past through his home movies and lives with the guilt that among the victims claimed by the virus were his wife and daughter.
This low budget US/Italian co-production predates George Romero's NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD by four years, but doesn't get the full respect it deserves. In fact; I think LAST MAN ON EARTH is far superior, more intelligent and scarier than NOTLD. Bet you won't guess the twist in the tale.
This was later remade as THE OMEGA MAN with Charlton Heston (which I haven't seen yet) and several years back Arnie Schwarzenegger was to have starred in a remake which never saw the light of day. Despite being made four decades ago, LAST MAN ON EARTH can stand alongside other SF/horror classics like INVASION OF THE BODY SNATCHERS and THE DAY THE EARTH STOOD STILL as one of the best genre movies of its era.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A Thought-Provoking Horror Classic! March 31 2006
Format:DVD
This movie, based on the Richard Matheson novel "I am Legend", concerns scientist, Robert Morgan (Vincent Price) who, while trying to find a cure for a deadly airborne virus, becomes the last living man on Earth. Unfortunately for him, some of the dead have come back as vampires, and he makes it his mission to hunt and kill every one he finds. The vampires surround his house at dawn and torment him by night. Surprising events unfold which culminate in a revelation that could destroy him....
The film is a Digitally Remastered Widescreen version of the film, letting you see the film in it's original Aspect Ratio. Madacy did a great job remastering this film. The picture is excellent, with not a flaw to be seen anywhere. The audio, in Dolby Digital, was very good too, but there is no Closed Captioning in English available, which would have been nice. Vincent Price gives a good performance as the title character and most of the cast is good, although I found the performances by the actors playing the vampires somewhat "lifeless" (no pun intended). One thing I didn't care for was the montage scenes of Vincent killing the vampires -- they had a rushed feeling. Had the film been longer, it would have allowed the director to film more graphic scenes, which would have increased the impact. Also, Price seems awkward in the film's action scenes, especially the vampire attack scenes.
The menu of the DVD is very simple and straightforward, offering easy access to the movie and all it's features. These include a biography of Vincent Price, the original lobby poster for the film, direct access to individual scenes, an interactive trivia quiz, and finally, original horror movie trailers from the 1950's.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Format:DVD
For $...- this film is an absolute steal for horror fans - and also for those who are fond of film symbolism.
The Bad
Obvious budget problems, some hooky dubbing voices, continuity errors such as having night and day appear in the same scene and some questionable acting. - But not by Vincent! Due to the flaws the film might elicit laughs by indiscriminate viewers. Just avoid watching the film with these types - we all know who they are.
The Good
The film has many noire elements: the despairing, unstable, confused loner, deserted streets, a voice over narration describing the inner world of the protagonist and a fem-fatale. The film takes place in a modern post apocatalypitc Las Angeles but there are abundant elusions to the dark ages of medieval Europe: spears as weapons, paranoia, fear of the supernatural, plague victims, wrong headed crusaders, and vehicles carrying the dead to be consumed by fiery pits. The story has all the plot points of a religious allegory and on top of all this it's a horror movie. There is an outstanding - one man show - performance by Price - Price plays his character as if he were a 120 year old man in a forty year old body- tired worn out frustrated, angry, depressed, moping, hunched shouldered and dug deeply into the worst nightmarish rut imaginable. His only activities are to go out by day and destroy former victims of the plague now turned into goulash vampires - By night he boards up his house and drinks himself into a stupor. The original story by "I am Legend" Richard Matheson was very good to begin with but the Last Man on Earth screenplay adds more symbolism, which gives the film additional depth. Much of the film is told in flash backs which reveal all the hero's errors in judgment.
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1.0 out of 5 stars All wrong from the start
Did order and received a false tracking number, the website of the sellers is not existing, tried to contact them many times, never responses. Read more
Published 11 months ago by roger luc chayer
4.0 out of 5 stars A very decent double bill
This is another in the series of Midnite Madness DVDs put out by MGM some years ago.This set contains,on a dreaded double sided disc,Panic in Year Zero(released July/62)and The... Read more
Published on June 16 2012 by Robert Badgley
5.0 out of 5 stars "Vincent Price Series ... The Last Man on Earth (1964) ... Legend...
Legend Films presents "THE LAST MAN ON EARTH" (8 March 1964) (86 mins) (Fully Restored/Dolby Digitally Remastered) --- now in COLOR and Glorious Black and White --- This is a great... Read more
Published on Dec 7 2008 by J. Lovins
5.0 out of 5 stars way better version than the recently released I am Legend
this is the 1st filmed version of Richard Matheson's novel entitled I
am legend.the 2nd film version(which i have yet to see)is called The
Omega men,starring Charlton... Read more
Published on Nov. 2 2008 by falcon
3.0 out of 5 stars NOT THE VERSION TO BUY IF YOU ONLY WANT THE B/W MOVIE
If you're looking for the best B/W version of this film on DVD, then either of the two MGM DVD's, is the way to go, but if you want it in colour, then the Legend Films disc is... Read more
Published on Oct. 31 2008 by stryper
2.0 out of 5 stars Missy's Review of The Last Man On Earth
The movie "The Last Man on Earth" is one of those movies that at this point in time people may laugh at or leave the theater. Read more
Published on April 29 2004 by Missy
4.0 out of 5 stars Religious analysis...
I watched this movie in my composition II class at USF and I really enjoyed. I wrote the following paper regarding the underlying religious symbolism throughout the movie. Read more
Published on April 28 2004 by Dustin Price
2.0 out of 5 stars Horror Films of the 1960s
The film The Last Man on Earth and its contemporaries, Brides of Dracula, Blood and Roses, Black Sunday, and Dracula, Prince of Darkness, each portray vampires in a slightly... Read more
Published on April 28 2004 by Courtney Kanar
5.0 out of 5 stars HORROR AT ITS BEST
So great, an "OWN IT" rating. The scenes, the mood, the story, the living dead..younger fans-dont let the name Vincent Price steer you clear from this movie, he is... Read more
Published on Nov. 15 2003 by D. Simpson
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