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The Earth Dies Screaming [Blu-ray]
(Terence Fisher, 1964)
Review by Gary Tooze
Theatrical: Lippert Films
Video: Kino Lorber
Region: 'A' (as verified by the Oppo Blu-ray player)
Disc Size: 16,053,166,918 bytes
Feature Size: 14,225,805,312 bytes
Video Bitrate: 26.92 Mbps
Case: Standard Blu-ray case
Release date: October 4th, 2016
Aspect ratio: 1.66:1
Resolution: 1080p / 23.976 fps
Video codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video
DDTS-HD Master Audio English 1555 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1555 kbps / 16-bit (DTS Core: 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1509 kbps / 16-bit)
Dolby Digital Audio English 256 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 256 kbps
• Audio Commentary by Film Historian Richard Harland Smith
Description:Their target: Humanity. Their mission: Total Annihilation! The world has just been decimated by an unstoppable, merciless army of killer robots, and millions of innocent souls have been wiped out! Only a handful of survivors have managed to escape the deadly alien apocalypse, and they must endure a non-stop struggle to save themselves from destruction, and somehow find a way to defeat the marauding death machines... before the entire human race becomes extinct! Legendary Hammer director Terence Fisher (Horror of Dracula) directed this Sci-Fi thriller written by Harry Spalding (Chosen Survivors) under the pseudonym Henry Cross and starring Willard Parker, Virginia Field, Dennis Price and Thorley Walters.
After a mysterious gas attack which kills off most of the Earth's population, a few survivors gather at a country inn to figure out a plan for survival. However, the gas attack is only the first step in an alien invasion, in which groups of bullet proof killer robots stalk the streets, able to kill anyone with the a mere touch of their hands. The group's members find additional weaponry in a nearby drill hall, but the robots continue their campaign of terror, which only increases when their victims rise from the dead as zombies, eager to kill anyone who might try to stop them. Yet despite frictions within the group -- and the birth of a baby, which further complicates matters -- most of the members survive. After discovering that the robots in the area are being controlled from a local transmitting tower, the survivors blow it up and head to a nearby airport, where they commandeer a plane and fly south, towards an unknown destination, hoping additional survivors see their plane and join them.
The Earth Dies Screaming is only one of a handful of films
Terence Fisher (Horror
Island of Terror) directed outside of Englandís Hammer Studios.
Fisher was uncanny in the way he could construct richly atmospheric
films on shoestring budgets. Unfortunately, even Fisherís skills could
not save this movie from looking incredibly cheap.
Image : NOTE: The below Blu-ray captures were taken directly from the Blu-ray disc.
The single-layered Kino Lorber Blu-ray of The Earth Dies Screaming looks decent and consistent in 1080P. Contrast is quite strong with some pleasing layering. The film's many outdoor sequences can tend to look quite impressive. The source is very clean, there is plenty of depth and I noticed no noise. This Blu-ray gave me a very watchable presentation in the original 1.66:1 aspect ratio. No complaints.
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Kino Lorber use a DTS-HD Master 2.0 channel track at 155 kbps (16-bit) in the original English language. There are effects in the film but the depth is mostly notable in the Elisabeth Lutyens' (The Skull, The Terrornauts, Paranoiac, Never Take Sweets from a Stranger) score that certainly benefits from the lossless - sounding explosive and dramatic heightening the film's tension. There are no subtitles offered and my Oppo has identified it as being a region 'A'-locked.
Kino include another delightful audio commentary by film historian Richard Harland Smith - light and filled with detail. There is also an animated photo montage of stills and trailers for this and similar apocalyptic films; Invisible Invaders, Chosen Survivors, Panic in Year Zero and The Satan Bug.
September 25th, 2016
About the Reviewer: Hello, fellow Beavers! I have been interested in film since I viewed a Chaplin festival on PBS when I was around 9 years old. I credit DVD with expanding my horizons to fill an almost ravenous desire to seek out new film experiences. I currently own approximately 9500 DVDs and have reviewed over 5000 myself. I appreciate my discussion Listserv for furthering my film education and inspiring me to continue running DVDBeaver. Plus a healthy thanks to those who donate and use our Amazon links.
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