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"The Quiet Earth" arrives on dvd!


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#1 of 28 Greg_D_R

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Posted August 27 2003 - 01:25 PM

Granted, it's a PAL disc, and non-OAR, but better than what we had before (i.e. nothing):

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Judging from the 'obscure sci-fi' thread, I know there are a few of you who'll be as excited about this as I am. Who knows? It might even recieve an un-butchered R1 release in the near future. Miracles can happen...Posted Image

#2 of 28 Walter Kittel

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Posted August 27 2003 - 03:25 PM

Oh great. 1.33:1. Posted Image

I haven't seen this film since a theatrical showing in the '80s but my memories of some of the scenes are such that the compositional aspects of some of the shots really need to be preserved. Like all apocalyptic films it derives much of its power from the abandoned cityscapes ( think 28 Days Later ) and I really believe that an open matte transfer, with its implicit side cropping due to zooming, would really damage the presentation of this film.

Glad to see the title finally being released, despite the above, but let's hope that Fox ( I believe they have the rights ) does justice to this obscure little gem and releases a nice O.A.R. transfer in Region 1. (crosses fingers)

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#3 of 28 Werner Heimmer

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Posted August 28 2003 - 08:20 AM

It may be open matte and not pan and scan.

I'll be glad to see it again no matter.

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Posted August 28 2003 - 09:53 AM

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#5 of 28 Jay E

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Posted March 15 2006 - 12:22 AM

The Quiet Earth is up for pre-order at DVDEMPIRE for June 13th release from Anchor Bay. The retail price is $26.98 so I'm hoping it will have extras.

#6 of 28 JohnRice

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Posted May 08 2006 - 03:26 PM

The list price now shows as $24.95. I haven't seen anything saying if there are any extras, but at least it is 1.85:1 anamorphic where the current R2 version is full screen and has only moderate image quality. Even the video clips available on Amazon look better than the current DVD.

I'm surprised there hasn't been more said about this release here.

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#7 of 28 Aaron Silverman

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Posted May 09 2006 - 07:19 AM

Nice to see it available finally! This one's up there with Miracle Mile as a forgotten sci-fi gem of the '80s. Posted Image
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#8 of 28 JohnRice

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Posted May 09 2006 - 07:23 AM

I saw Miracle Mile years ago. I need to give it a spin. It was actually on TV a few months ago.

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#9 of 28 David_Blackwell

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Posted May 09 2006 - 05:25 PM

I love this movie and Miracle Mile. The Quiet Earth is one hell of a gem from New Zealand.
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#10 of 28 Sean Campbell

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Posted May 11 2006 - 10:41 AM

At least one print of this film has Api dubbed over with a bland, accentless voice ( Api is the tough Maori guy ). The region 2 DVD and tv screenings here have his original voice intact, but an old US videotape I've seen ( CBS Fox I think ) had the substituted voice. I assume this was done for the same reason that 'Mad Max' was dubbed in the late 70s ie. a silly assumption that the audience wouldn't be able to understand his accent. Although I'm keen for a better edition of this film than is currently available, I'll hold off on ordering it until I hear which version is included.

#11 of 28 JohnRice

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Posted May 11 2006 - 11:25 AM

I have both the R2 DVD and a US VHS. I may have to check Api's voice to see if it is dubbed.

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#12 of 28 Mark_TS

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Posted May 14 2006 - 02:19 PM

Speaking of New Zealand gems, Madman has released Vincent Wards THE NAVIGATOR in OZ, and its a fairly good 16:9 transfer-Why Henpecked bothered to release such a cheapie 4:3 version here is beyond me-never heard of them before-never heard of them again.

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#13 of 28 Greg_D_R

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Posted May 18 2006 - 12:21 PM

Wow, talk about about a blast from the past. I never thought to be notified that The Quiet Earth was out in R1 by a thread I started almost 3 years ago. And some helpful forum members, of course. Posted Image Thanks.

#14 of 28 Sean Richardson

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Posted May 18 2006 - 01:12 PM

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I saw Miracle Mile years ago. I need to give it a spin. It was actually on TV a few months ago.

One of the few DVDs I ever bought willingly knowing that it was fullscreen. Couldn't help myself.

#15 of 28 Greg_D_R

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Posted May 19 2006 - 12:55 AM

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One of the few DVDs I ever bought willingly knowing that it was fullscreen. Couldn't help myself.

Same here. Underappreciated little film that will probably never get its due.

#16 of 28 Chad E

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Posted June 13 2006 - 06:02 PM

Picked up The Quiet Earth today at Best Buy. I didn't realize it was going to be released in one of those "metal keepcases" a la Dune: Extended Edition. Classy! Posted Image

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Posted June 13 2006 - 06:36 PM

Quiet Earth Review: http://www.dvdtalk.c.../s2033quie.html
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#18 of 28 JohnRice

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Posted June 14 2006 - 12:54 AM

I have to say, it seems a sad result of so many internet "critics" that more and more reviews are nothing but spoilers. It's lazy, poor writing. That "review" is nothing but a Reader's Digest condensation of the entire movie. To follow it with "The Quiet Earth is one of those movies best seen without too many spoilers" is particularly sloppy. I mean, calling Joanne a blonde, when she has brilliant red hair? Sheesh.

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#19 of 28 Aaron Silverman

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Posted June 14 2006 - 05:58 AM

Well, at least he warns about the spoilers.
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Posted June 14 2006 - 06:02 AM

I do give him that. Most don't.

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