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S E A R C H    D V D B e a v e r

(aka "L' ultimo uomo della terra" )

 

directed by Sidney Salkow
Italy / USA 1964

A mysterious bacterium has swept over the world and left everyone dead except for epidemiologist Morgan (Price), who picked up an immunity to the germ years before while working in South America. Unfortunately for him, the dead rise at night to become shuffling vampire/zombies bent on eating him alive. By day, his routine involves shopping for garlic and mirrors to repel the undead and grid-searching the town block by block to exterminate them with the dependable wooden-stake method. He piles the corpses in his station wagon and takes them to the local landfill where he makes a bonfire out of them; by night, he returns home to play old records and ignore the ghoulish goons outside his door. He keeps a generator running in his house for electricity (as well as at the local grocery) as he goes half-mad from loneliness and boredom ("Another day to live through; might as well get on with it."). His situation would be improved greatly by stealing a few guns and several cases of ammo, but no matter. Eventually he finds the Last Poodle on Earth and chases the dog through the streets until the mutt turns up on his doorstep. Morgan discovers, though, that the pooch is a zombie/vampire dog, so it's stake time for man's best friend. While zombie-hunting one day, though, he runs across the Last Babe on Earth and takes her home; alas, she is infected as well, but is the vanguard of a whole community of survivors. They've been able to stave off the vampire syndrome with a crude chemical injection; Morgan killed off many of their cohorts during his campaign, and they're not too happy with him about it. Based on a story by Richard Matheson ("I Am Legend," later remade into the rather limp Omega Man with Charlton Heston), The Last Man on Earth shows its low-budget seams at times; Morgan cruises around in his '56 Chevy wagon on narrow Italian streets filled with bulbous Fiats.


Excerpt from Jerry Renshaw's review on the Austin Chronicle located HERE

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Theatrical Release: 8 March 1964 - USA

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Comparison:

Diamond Entertainment - Region 0 - NTSC vs. MGM (stand alone) - Region 1 - NTSC vs. MGM (Midnite Movies with Panic in the Year Zero) - Region 1 - NTSC vs. Savoy Film (Germany) - Region FREE - Blu-ray

 Big thanks to Ole Kofoed for the PAL DVD Screen Caps!

1) Diamond Entertainment - Region 0 - NTSC - LEFT

2) MGM (the 2 MGM editions have duplicate transfers) - Region 1 - NTSC - MIDDLE

3) Savoy Film - Region FREE - Blu-ray - RIGHT

 

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Diamond Entertainment

Region 0 - NTSC

MGM
Region 1 - NTSC
MGM
Region 1 - NTSC
Savoy Film - Region FREE - Blu-ray
Runtime 1:26:20 1:26:51 1:26:51 1:26:44.240
Video

1.42:1 Aspect Ratio
Average Bitrate: 3.50 mb/s
NTSC 720x480 29.97 f/s

2.30:1 Original Aspect Ratio

16X9 enhanced
Average Bitrate: 5.37 mb/s
NTSC 720x480 29.97 f/s
 

2.30:1 Original Aspect Ratio

16X9 enhanced
Average Bitrate: 5.37 mb/s
NTSC 720x480 29.97 f/s

1080P Single-layered Blu-ray

Disc Size: 16,424,091,022 bytes

Feature: 15,751,723,008 bytes

Codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video

Total Video Bitrate: 19.51 Mbps

NOTE: The Vertical axis represents the bits transferred per second. The Horizontal is the time in minutes.

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Diamond Entertainment

 

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MGM

 

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MGM - Midnite Movies

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Blu-ray

Audio English Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono. English Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono

English Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono.

DTS-HD Master Audio English 1577 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1577 kbps / 16-bit (DTS Core: 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1509 kbps / 16-bit)
DTS-HD Master Audio German 1571 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1571 kbps / 16-bit (DTS Core: 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1509 kbps / 16-bit)
Subtitles None. English, Spanish, French or None. English, Spanish, French or None. None
Features Release Information:
Studio: Diamond Entertainment

Aspect Ratio:
Fullscreen - 1.42:1

Edition Details:
• Small bio of Vincent Price (Text).

DVD Release Date: October 3, 2000
Keep Case

Chapters 2
 

Release Information:
Studio: MGM

Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen anamorphic - 2.30:1

Edition Details:
• Interview with Richard Matheson (6:25).

 

DVD Release Date: December 4th, 2007
Keep Case

Chapters 16

Release Information:
Studio: MGM

Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen anamorphic - 2.30:1

Edition Details:
• Interview with Richard Matheson (6:25).

• Panic in the Year Zero on opposite side of disc
 

DVD Release Date: March 22, 2005
Keep Case

Chapters 16

Release Information:
Studio:
Savoy Film

 

1080P Single-layered Blu-ray

Disc Size: 16,424,091,022 bytes

Feature: 15,751,723,008 bytes

Codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video

Total Video Bitrate: 19.51 Mbps

 

Edition Details:
• Italian
Trailer (3:56 in 1080P)
 

Blu-ray Release Date: July 29th, 2011
Standard (thick) Blu-ray Case

Chapters 12

 

Comments:

NOTE: The below Blu-ray captures were taken directly from the Blu-ray disc.

ADDITION: Savoy Film - Region FREE - Blu-ray - August 11': The best thing I can say about this 1080P video transfer is that it is, slightly, better than DVD. It is a letdown. It is riddled with artifacts, edge-enhancements and noise. The Savoy Film rendering is housed on a single-layered disc with a puny film size and modest bitrate. I was hoping it would look much better. Detail may give the perception of having advanced - but it is not overwhelming when you look closely. There is little grain or texture and is flat and often glossy. On a positive note it is fairly clean with only minor speckles.

The most disappointing feature though is the English audio - it is lossless but there are serious sync issues that are very distracting. It's way off and almost laughable. Luckily there is little face-to-face dialogue in the film - it is a lot of narration, but I'd still consider this a major flaw. There is an untested German DUB and there are no subtitles offered and my Oppo has identified it as being a region FREE disc playable on Blu-ray machines worldwide.

The only extra is the long Italian trailer in 1080P. The only positive to this Blu-ray release is the price - thankfully they aren't gouging for this flawed transfer.

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NOTE: Peter Smith told us in email about the Legend colorized version available HERE "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 color, then the Legend Films disc is sufficiently colorized for your viewing pleasure.

I have both of the MGM DVD's, and just got in the Legend Film one to do a comparison, seeing as no one else had done one, and I was stupidly enticed by the, "includes restored original black & white version" that was written on the top of the rather badly done DVD cover (the MGM, The Last Man on Earth movie only edition, has a better cover, still not the greatest, but better than this cover),

Here's the lowdown, it looks like the exact same print was used for all three DVD's, with the exception that the Legend Films picture has a couple of incidental dirt specs removed at the very beginning of the film (like 3 or 4 in a 5 minute span) but in return, the picture is just a touch softer then the MGM image (where as the MGM image quality is very crisp over all) and a slightly tighter frame around the widescreen.

Yes, and erroneously, the DVD cover states the film is full screen, but it's actually the widescreen version in both the B/W and color versions.

Another problem with the Legend version, is that even though they seem to make a big stink on the cover about the B/W version, in actuality, the B/W movie has a play only option, with no chapter stop menu (although you can skip forward using your remote, at what looks to be around 5 minute increments) and I was unable to use the, "goto" feature on my remote to jump to a specific time point in the B/W film (the scene select in the DVD menu, only allow you to jump to scenes in the colorized version).

As for the colorized version, the colors are dark pastels, as per most colorized drivel, kind of reminding me of the early 2 strip Technicolor process, used before the 3 strip process was invented, which gave skin tones a tanned, orange/brown look, and muted all of the other colors.

So, the MGM DVD is the way to go for serious lovers of this film, but for novices who might want the novelty of the colorized version, then the Legend DVD is an okay second choice.
" (Thanks Peter!)

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ADDITION: November 07: Just hold on a minute! Well, we appear to have caught MGM in another quasi-swindle. The single edition of The Last Man on Earth being released Dec 3rd, 2007 is exactly the same (menus, bitrate, single-layered transfer, disc size etc.) as the March 2005 Midnite Movies edition... but minus Panic in the Year Zero.  Supporting our contention it also has the 2004 VOB files. BUT, the aggravating thing here is, they are asking almost the exact same purchase price for the Midnite Movies edition (actually only $1.40 more) - yes, the one that includes a better film; Panic in the Year Zero !!!

NOTE: Both have the 6 minute Richard Matheson interview.

So they want us to pay essentially the same money... for less content - with absolutely no improvements. Hummmfff.

Don't get hoodwinked by MGM! If you are interested in buying (and I do recommend at less than $13) then go for the Midnite Movies edition and have an apocalyptic doomsday festival night incorporating The Omega Man as well. What fun!

I have one thing to say to MGM - 'Not on my watch pal'.

On the MGM vs. the Diamond: I'm sure we don't have to say too much here. The MGM is infinitely superior in every area. It really looks like a decent DVD - sharp and clean - correct ratio, nice grays - optional subtitles - all good. It is bundled with Panic in the Year Zero reviewed HERE.

There is 30 seconds difference in the running times, 10 seconds is 2XMGM logo's, we haven't looked for the missing 20 seconds on the Diamond release but they appear in the last 20 minutes of the movie.

 - Gary Tooze

 



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1) Diamond Entertainment - Region 0 - NTSC - TOP

2) MGM (the 2 MGM editions have duplicate transfers) - Region 1 - NTSC - MIDDLE

3) Savoy Film - Region FREE - Blu-ray - BOTTOM

 

 


1) Diamond Entertainment - Region 0 - NTSC - TOP

2) MGM (the 2 MGM editions have duplicate transfers) - Region 1 - NTSC - MIDDLE

3) Savoy Film - Region FREE - Blu-ray - BOTTOM

 

 


1) Diamond Entertainment - Region 0 - NTSC - TOP

2) MGM (the 2 MGM editions have duplicate transfers) - Region 1 - NTSC - MIDDLE

3) Savoy Film - Region FREE - Blu-ray - BOTTOM

 

 


1) Diamond Entertainment - Region 0 - NTSC - TOP

2) MGM (the 2 MGM editions have duplicate transfers) - Region 1 - NTSC - MIDDLE

3) Savoy Film - Region FREE - Blu-ray - BOTTOM

 

 

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