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Panic in Year Zero / The Last Man on Earth (Midnite Movies Double Feature)

 

(aka 'End of the World')

directed by Ray Milland
USA 1962

 Panic in Year Zero is quite compelling - a nuclear attack leaves Los Angeles in chaos and ignites survival fear and hording throughout the city and suburbs. Trying to escape the disaster, a family is luckily heading for their usual vacation spot only to encounter moral and ethical decisions of their own enroute. Exhaustive star Ray Milland both directs and stars in a fairly low budget 'cold-war-panic' film that poses some heavy questions. It's hard not to get caught up in the ensuing battle for existence, envisioning yourself in the family's shoes. One heck of a fun night at the films... bring the popcorn! out of    

Gary W. Tooze

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Theatrical Release: July 5th, 1962

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Distribution MGM Home Video - Region 1 - NTSC
Runtime 1:32:09 
Video 2.32:1 Aspect Ratio
Average Bitrate: 5.74 mb/s
NTSC 720x480 29.97 f/s

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

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Audio English (Dolby Digital 2.0) 
Subtitles English, French, Spanish, None
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Release Information:
Studio: MGM Home Video

Aspect Ratio:
 2.32:1

Edition Details:

• trailer (2:23)

DVD Release Date: March 22nd, 2005

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Chapters: 16

 

 

Comments:

Well, there are two schools of thought - transfer great films to DVD properly, add competent extra features and sell for a healthy price OR slap it onto to DVD - tabled with another minor film of similar genre and charge peanuts. MGM have opted for choice #2 for their Midnite Madness series.

Yes, like the second feature The Last Man on Earth, this is not progressive (see last capture), and no extras for 'Panic.." to speak of, but for enjoyment ratio over $'s - you really can't beat this and we love the anamorphic widescreen although the image has some softness. We still endorse whole heartedly.

Gary W. Tooze

 





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Distribution MGM Home Video - Region 1 - NTSC

 

(aka 'Naked Terror" or "Night People" or "The Night Creatures" or "L'Ultimo uomo della terra" or "Vento di morte" or Wind of Death')

directed by Sidney Salkow + Ubaldo Ragona
USA / Italy 19
64

Based on Richard Matheson's SF thriller I AM LEGEND, THE LAST MAN ON EARTH is about a man who survives a global plague only to be stalked nightly by zombielike victims who call out his name. Vincent Price stars as Robert Morgan, a scientist who tried desperately to come up with a cure for an airborne virus that was killing people around the globe. Although he could not develop a serum in time to save his family, he himself seems to be immune from the disease. Thus, he is left to wander the streets by day, staking zombies, then barricading himself in his house each night as the zombies try to break in and kill him. Price is excellent in the role, going about his horrible business as if it were just another day: waking up and eating breakfast, putting on a suit, calmly staking the zombies, making dinner, listening to records at night. But when he suddenly sees what looks like another living soul out in the daylight, his world is suddenly turned inside out.

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Theatrical Release: March 8th, 1964

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DVD Review: MGM - Region 1 - NTSC

Runtime 1:26:51 
Video 2.29:1 Aspect Ratio
Average Bitrate: 5.37 mb/s
NTSC 720x480 29.97 f/s

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

Bitrate:

Audio English (Dolby Digital 2.0) 
Subtitles English, French, Spanish, None
Features Release Information:
Studio: MGM Home Video

Aspect Ratio:
2.29:1

Edition Details:

• Featurette "Richard Matheson Storyteller" (6:24)

DVD Release Date:
March 22nd, 2005
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Chapters: 16

 

 

Comments:

Previously compared on DVDBeaver HERE , we can afford to be more critical of the image - its is fraught with bad combing in motion instances (see last capture) and definitely not progressively transferred. It has about the same level of sharpness/softness as Panic in the Year Zero on the opposite side. The Matheson interview is a great little bonus that one doesn't expect from these Midnite Madness specials. To be honest I had a lot of fun watching this and I think any DVD fan is crazy not to nab one in their next order. I loved it!

Gary W. Tooze

 





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Bad combing throughout

 

 
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Distribution MGM Home Video - Region 1 - NTSC

 





 

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