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(aka "The End of the World" )


directed by Ranald MacDougall
USA 1959


Millions Flee from Cities! End of the World!” From a Manhattan skyscraper, Ralph Burton (Harry Belafonte) surveys the emptiness announced by that chilling newspaper headline. Nuclear doomsday has come. Ralph is sure he is the last person alive. Then a woman (Inger Stevens) appears and the two form a cautious friendship that’s threatened when a third survivor (Mel Ferrer) arrives. Unlike other post-apocalyptic thrillers from The Time Machine to I Am Legend, there are no external monsters to battle here. Instead, the monsters – fear, intolerance, jealousy – lurk inside the all-too-human human beings. And heightening the intensity of writer/director Ranald MacDougall’s suspenseful and unsettling movie are stunning vistas of an unpopulated New York: vast, empty and soulless.


Theatrical Release: 20 May 1959 (USA)

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DVD Review: Warner Home Video (Warner Archive Collection) - Region 0 - NTSC

Big thanks to Gregory Meshman for the Review!

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Region 0 - NTSC

Runtime 1:34:33

2.35:1 Original Aspect Ratio

16X9 enhanced
Average Bitrate: 5.73 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.


Audio Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo (English)
Subtitles None
Features Release Information:
Studio: Warner Home Video

Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen anamorphic - 2.35:1

Edition Details:
• Theatrical Trailer (2:10)

DVD Release Date: December 14th, 2010
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Chapters 29



The World, the Flesh and the Devil is an excellent end of the world drama with just 3 characters. You can see its influence as recent as this year's pilot episode of zombie series The Walking Dead. The CinemaScope black-and-white feature would have looked excellent in restored high definition, but this remastered release from Warner Archive Collection is more than acceptable. The single-layered progressive transfer looks crisp and detailed (see Harry Belafonte's reflection in the third capture). There are some instances of dirt and marks, like in the last capture, but they are very rare.

The film is presented with Stereo Surround soundtrack, but, per usual for these made-on-demand discs, there are no subtitles. The disc has 29 chapters and a trailer (I used the title for the film from the trailer since the film itself only has one word at a time). There is also a Spanish disc released this December, but with didn't have a chance to compare it to this release.

  - Gregory Meshman


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slight damage on the frame


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