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Man From Earth, The

4.3 out of 5 stars 17 customer reviews

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  • Actors: David Lee Smith, Tony Todd, John Billingsley, Alexis Thorpe, Richard Riehle
  • Directors: Richard Schenkman
  • Format: Color, DVD-Video, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada This DVD will probably NOT be viewable in other countries. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • MPAA Rating: NR
  • Studio: ANCHOR BAY
  • Release Date: Nov. 13 2007
  • Run Time: 90 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars 17 customer reviews
  • ASIN: B000UYX4Q8
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #34,172 in DVD (See Top 100 in DVD)
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MAN FROM EARTH

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Format: Blu-ray Verified Purchase
** contains spoilers **
The Man from Earth is very simple. John Oldman decides to tell his friends that he is 14,000 years old and they go along, not knowing whether he is crazy or joking. We hear an hour of recounting this long life as everyone supplies their thoughts. It's fairly entertaining as the characters struggle with this bizarre tale.

Slowly, the movie drifts to questions of belief and I'm already sensing an agenda. And then the name Jesus pops into the conversation. Uh-oh, here we go. Then the film drops its pretense and latches on to the only subject that it ever really wanted to address. The remaining dialog centers on Jesus and disputing the Bible. It turns out this guy actually WAS Jesus, but not really - something about sharing the teachings of Buddha and being mistaken for a prophet. The resurrection is about his immortality and inability to scar, and so on. The group of mainly scientists start adding their two cents about fairy tale scriptures. The lone "Christian literalist" is sobbing because her dreams have been crushed. Yada yada yada. Blech!

The Blu-Ray looks grainier than an old VHS tape. No special features. Currently not rated in USA but it's mainly talk with no profanity, maybe one tense scene involving a gun (not fired).
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I watched The Man from Earth yesterday because of the flood of positive comments I had seen. The premise seemed a little weird but I gave it a shot and it blew me away! It's rare for a movie to get you so involved that you forget where you are, what time it is and even that your thirsty.

The premise is simple by itself, a man who was born 12 000 years ago is still alive to this day and tells a group of friend. It is the way it's brought to us, and how clever the conversations are that sucks you in.

Although it's a low budget film and only use one location to film in, it doesn't feel cheap. The acting is also pretty decent.

I'm usually not a fan of independant films but this one shouldn't be missed. Especially if your tired of the dumbing down of hollywood to appeal to the masses.
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By Bernie TOP 100 REVIEWER on Aug. 6 2010
Format: DVD
Professor John Oldman (David Lee Smith) is packing, as it is time for him to move on. All his friends and co-scientists from the university come to see him off. They have an afternoon and a bottle to kill so John poses a question. Base of a few trinkets found in John is packing possessions. The portcullises what if he were actually a cave man that survived to this day. As his friends are grilling him, he feeds off their input to weave a tail that sucks us in as viewers.

The whole movie takes place in a small room of a simple house. However, it is anything but a simple tale.
A little added plus was having `Moonlight Sonata" (Beethoven, 7th Symphony, 2nd Movement) in the background until someone tells John to turn it off.

This was the last work from Screenwriter Jerome Bixby.

I saw the Blu-ray DVD however it is a very poor transfer it is vary grainy and I am sure it was not for art's sake.
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After watching the Blu-Ray for a few times, I was curious to find out why the standard DVD costs almost twice as much.

I played them back to back in the same player and they are exactly the same on the main feature on a 46" screen. There is not even the hint of better resolution or sound.

The standard DVD comes with some coming attractions but lets you know that you can go directly to the main menu if you like

There is an audio setup Dolby Surround 5.1 or 2.0. Two different voice-over commentaries.

Star Trek: Jerome Bixby's Sci Fi Legacy
On the Set
The Story of the Story
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A dialogue driven, well paced, remarkable movie. I 've seen it three times and still get goose bumps. No blood, no chase scenes, just a great script from the one time Twilight Zone writer, well acted and very thought provoking. A four star "hidden gem"
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I just saw this and was riveted from beginning to end. No special effects, no action, no rush... just a group of friends in a room listening to the incredible revelation of someone close to them. At first they entertain it as a joke, or the plot line for a new book, so they just go with it and challenge him in an effort to keep the game going... but their skepticism soon turns to hope (well, some of them) that what he's saying may be true. Any acting shortcomings are soon forgotten as the story slowly sucks you in. Oh... you don't want to miss the ending (sorry, no spoilers).
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Format: Blu-ray Verified Purchase
This is one of my favourite films and it never fails to hold the viewer's attention. My only disappointment is the awful picture quality of the blu ray transfer - which has the same quality as my pirated copy. It also has zero extra content. It would've been nice to see some interviews with the actors.

movie = 5/5
blu ray = 1/5
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I am a science fiction fan, both in writings and movies. Based on the reviews that I read on the amazon page I consider this movie to be a science fiction and therefore took a chance and bought the Blue-ray version of the film. The story is about a man who reveals to his colleagues that he has lived for the past 14000 years. The whole story happens in one room that makes is difficult for a movie to be entertaining. So the movie makers are not at fault at all. It is more like a theatrical play. l was bored to death to find out what would eventually develop at the end of the protagonist's incredible claim and story. NOTHING. As other review writers on this page wrote before me, the quality of the Blue-ray movie is very poor and grainy. I was very disappointed with this purchase.

Reza Mojtabavi
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