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can't take my eyes off the screen but slow moving at times. Some viewers may not love the personality of the subject as much as others, but the observational approach to trying to debunk some paranormal stuff is most interesting.
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EDUCATIONAL, ENLIGHTENING AND HEARTWARMINGJuly 29 2013
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Scientists, academics, skeptics have long cried out to metaphysical people, "Show us contact with spirits in the afterlife that can be repeated." Paul Davids "The Life After Death Project" shows it being performed in a university laboratory--and it is repeated. It blows away all those so-called ghost-busting hunts around haunted prisons, hotels and castles that never seem to come up with any full blown evidence on film. The Life After Death Project should tickle the heart of movie-goers, skeptics and ardent believers alike. When he was alive Forrest J. Ackerman became a legend for his Famous Monsters magazine that followed luminaries such as Boris Karloff, Bela Lugosi, George Pal and that host of space movies such as The Day the Earth Stood Still, War of the Worlds, etc. Ackerman, a constant wit coined the phrase "Sci-Fi" and became known as "Mister Sci-fi." An artist once did a portrait of him with a clock behind that showed three minutes to twelve. That's the exact time Ackerman died on December 4th 2008. If Ackerman became a Hollywood legend in his physical life he is sure starting to create legendary status as an active spirit. A self-proclaimed non-believer in the afterlife his spirit comes back with a light hearted and provable vengeance. When Paul Davids started the Project four years ago extraordinary events started happening while the camera was recording. A clock that had not worked for ten years sounded the hour. In a professional science lab a computer mysteriously switches itself on. A line on a business document is deliberately inked out in exactly the precise style used by Ackerman. A College of New Jersey specialist in forensic ink analysis says the ink is a mystery substance. While Davids was filming an internationally known researcher in electronic spirit communication with two independently operated cameras, both suddenly recorded severe electronic interference. The film rolls like an intriguing well-plotted detective story in fact the last thirty minutes is a "must see" for any believer or non-believer in the afterlife. At the University of Arizona during a scientifically controlled experiment Spirit not only answers simple questions but the experiment is repeated again and again. The Life After Death Project movie is fast moving, well edited with great photography and clear unrefutable evidence that life exists after death. There is a second movie in the DVD package called "Personal Encounters" This is a collection by Davids of fascinating interviews with many people from all walks of life who have experienced life after death firsthand. Surely a valuable documentary both for students of the Afterlife and Paranormal and also those doubters who need re-affirming that some form of active life exists after their final moments on Earth. It's educational, enlightening and heartwarming.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
A Serious Subject, Treated SeriouslyJuly 23 2013
Deborah R. Painter
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The Life After Death Project really piqued my interest due to its unusual approach. Does all psychic investigation have to take place in a moldering cemetery or a former battlefield, as most of the ghost hunting TV programs appear to suggest? I think not!
In fact, so many variables are present in a cemetery (temperature changes, barometric pressure changes, light changes, etc.) that I should think that data gathered there is of marginal scientific value in the end. That could be why the scientists are not putting much emphasis on cemeteries or battlefields, nor are they publishing many papers on cemetery investigations in peer-reviewed journals! But they are carrying out other sorts of studies, and some of the best research is being shown in The Life After Death Project. The documentary shows laboratory experiments in which communication with "hypothesized deceased co-investigators" is being conducted by U. of Arizona research psychologist Gary Schwartz.
Dr. Schwartz talks about how he measures minute amounts of light in boxes using silicon photomultiplier systems manufactured for the purpose of bioimagery in the medical field. Combining the silicon photomultiplier systems with light-tight chambers in a controlled laboratory setting, Dr. Schwartz measures light emissions in the tens of protons which are generated from an unknown source within the light-tight boxes when questions are asked of the "hypothesized deceased co-investigators" invited to join the experiments. Forrest J Ackerman, or, his spirit, if you will, was one of those invited. It is very interesting, even thrilling, to see this happening in real time!
In March 2009, Mr. Davids was one of the celebrity speakers at a tribute held in Hollywood to honor Mr. Ackerman, the focus of the documentary. Just weeks after the tribute, Mr. Davids was alone in his and his wife's second residence in New Mexico where he printed out a listing of business contacts. It looked fine when he tossed it on his bed and left to take a break. But when he returned there was a strange blot of ink obscuring the line "Spoke to Joe Amodei". Joe Amodei was a producer whom Mr. Davids only met once... so what did all this mean? The connection with the late founding father of science fiction fandom, Forrest J Ackerman, came when Paul Davids spoke to a close friend of Forrest Ackerman a week after the incident in New Mexico. The close friend, Joe Moe, described a vivid dream in which Mr. Ackerman told him he liked the tribute to him. It then occurred to Mr. Davids that "Spoke to Joe Amodei" was a way of communicating "spoke to Joe Moe" and it was solid empirical evidence. Mr. Moe did not know about the inkblot when he told Paul Davids about the dream.
I liked the scene in which Paul Davids flew to Indianapolis, Indiana and hand delivered the sheet of paper to a prominent chemist at Indiana University. By the end of 2010 the ink blot had been analyzed by two forensic chemists. You cannot help but notice the peculiar way in which the ink evenly covered the words "Joe Amodei". The chemists and several graduate students have attempted to replicate the way the ink covered all the words and have gone on record in this documentary as saying they cannot, even three years later.
In the documentary the producers interview other close friends of Forrest J Ackerman and learn of odd things that happened to them as well.
The two DVD set has many good extras pertaining to Forrest J Ackerman on Disk 1. The second DVD disk, Personal Encounters, consists of interviews with hospice doctors and nurses who have in the course of their careers witnessed occurrences which they cannot explain, as well as interviews with New Mexico saloon/hotel owners who have seen and felt some peculiar phenomena, like doors that open on their own. Updates on the ink blot analysis are also included in Part Two.
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Pioneering Research With More To ComeJune 10 2013
Dr. Joseph S. Maresca
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The Life After Death Project-What Comes After Death? by Richard Matheson, Whitley Strieber and Dannion Brinkley is a DVD set with a series of interviews of best-selling authors, top science professors, well respected mediums and actual witnesses who provide testimony on their research and personal experiences with persons who have died.
The story begins with a brief synopsis of the life and death of Forrest J. Ackerman who was a founding father of Hollywood science-fiction. Apparently, he refuses to die as evidenced by mysterious communications with the living by computer, on ink blots and a home clock which ceased to tick at the exact time of his death. Scientists tested the ink blots under an electron microscope and could not pinpoint the materials science of the ink markings.
Dr.Gary Schwartz PhD explained that the subject of energy and consciousness after death is a continuing research puzzle similar to the behavior of stars which continue to emanate light long after their light extinguishes.
The authors point to various objects of scientific interest. For instance, a Zimbabwe mask gives off a huge electric charge. In addition, some scientists believe that the soul exists on a quantum physical level after death. There is credible testimony from nurses that dying patients have a white light emanating from the mouth. Others have seen a golden orb rise from the body at the time of death. The International Association For Near Death Studies found that people who've had near death experiences develop tremendous insight and unusual psychic abilities not present before.
The Life After Death Project brings scientists closer to establishing life after death. Much of the evidence is testimonial. Some evidence consists of readings on scientific instruments.
More needs to be done in order to capture pictures of the human aura/chakras present during life and at the time of death. Specific physics experiments need to be set up and conducted on mysterious golden orbs and light present at or near the time of death. For sure, the scientific evidence is evolving as the test instruments become more sophisticated. Only time and additional research will provide conclusive answers on what happens after death. Note that Jesus Christ stated: "I will be with you-always".
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
FantasticMay 16 2013
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Wow truly an incredible piece of filmmaking which will become historical literally breaking the bridge between life and death! - Ben Potter
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Ultimately compelling.Jan. 1 2014
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This is a fascinating, and ultimately, compelling piece of work. I’ve seen mixed reviews of it, and with most things like this, I went in skeptical. By about halfway through, however, I was starting to soften up on the whole thing, and by the end, I think what Paul Davids has here, is rather significant. At the heart of this, is the life and death of Forrest J Ackerman, a huge name in Sci-Fi circles. Ackerman was an Atheist, but said if there was something more beyond death, he would try and communicate back. Forest is not the first to make such claims, Harry Houdini being the most famous, but in that case, the relevant attempt at contact seemed to be primarily a séances at the anniversary of his death. This happened far more spontaneously. One of the things that has been coming up more and more in this type of research is the role of synchronicity. For those that are not familiar, a synchronicity is a meaningful coincidence. A lot, but by no means all, of the evidence here are synchronicities. To some, that is reason to dismiss this. I think, though, that maybe this is just how it works. Not in some grandiose fashion, with a spectral form screaming out your name, but in the subtle workings of reality. Coincidences happen. But the sheer number of coincidences that would need to be accommodated here to dismiss it is absurd. And these synchronicities revolve around many people, not just Paul Davids. Beyond that, you have mediums, who communicate very accurate information about Forest without knowing anything at all. You have a fascinating scientific experiment involving light photons and chemical analysis on a mysterious block of ink, which is really where the whole story starts. Then there is a second DVD, which talks to various people about life after death, not directly related to Forest for the most part, although there are some updates. All in all, if you are looking for some mind blowing, in your face proof of life after death, you will not find that here. If, however, you look at this with an open mind, and with no preconceptions, there does seem to be something significant here. Maybe we have been looking at the Life after Death issue in the wrong way. Maybe it’s the subtle flux’s that we should be paying attention to. In the end, I suppose, it’s personal. The people who these events happened to, know they happened. They present their stories and evidence clearly and concisely. A hardcore materialist will just chock it all up to coincidence or deception, but that is not an honest view of this. An honest view says something odd is happening to these people, and it may very well be explained by Forest J Ackerman communicating with them in his own way.