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Epoch [DVD]

David Keith , Ryan O'Neal , Matt Codd    Suitable for 15 years and over   DVD
3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: David Keith, Ryan O'Neal, Stephanie Niznik, Raul Julia-Levy, Brian Thompson
  • Directors: Matt Codd
  • Producers: Jeffery Beach, Ken Olandt, Phillip J. Roth
  • Format: PAL
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Unipix Films
  • DVD Release Date: 19 Nov 2007
  • Run Time: 92 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000XEMDU8
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 156,223 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Made for TV sci-fi movie. Across the planet, sudden increases in earthquake activity are causing massive damage and worldwide panic. Mason Rand (David Keith), a young nuclear weapons expert, is recruited by the President's science advisor to investigate some additional strange activity over the giant Himalayan mountains. With the Earth's life support system in the balance, Rand and his team fly to Bhutan to join a top secret US task force. What they discover will change man's view of history forever...

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5.0 out of 5 stars Old Film 18 Sep 2013
By Len
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
This is an old film that I can't remember it being on TV, but good story-line & special effects for the time.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Epoch Fail 23 Dec 2010
By Daniel Jolley HALL OF FAME TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:DVD
Like the mysterious object at the center of the story, this movie doesn't lend itself to easy interpretation. In many cases, that is a good thing - but in the case of Epoch, I think it's just a natural byproduct of a weak and insufficient storyline. The whole movie disappoints on multiple levels. The scientific research angle is not credible, the military angle leaves much to be desired, and the governmental and international diplomacy angle is laughable. With the exception of David Keith, the acting is acceptable at best, and the impressive special effects scenes are outnumbered by patently fake and poor CGI shots. I love science fiction films like this, but Epoch just doesn't make the grade.

Epoch's story revolves around a remarkable and wholly mysterious object that suddenly rises out of the earth in the Asian country of Bhutan. The gigantic monolith just hangs there like a tornado flash-frozen in carbonite. Locals attach a religious significance to it, claiming that its appearance has healed the sick and brought the recently dead back to life. The United States government, as represented by a room full of unidentified diplomats and military leaders, sends a team to investigate the site. That team consists of Dr. K.C. Czaban (Stephanie Niznik), a National Security advisor we know nothing about (we don't even know what her specialty is supposed to be) and Mason Rand (David Keith), a civilian engineer with a skunk works past. Two people with hazy backgrounds - that's it. They are accompanied by a team of elite soldiers. The Washington talking heads insist that the military presence be as low key as possible, yet the military sets up a base camp and takes over the whole area with a visible presence.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Good Sci-fi movie 2 Jun 2010
Format:DVD
Good sci-fi movie with reasonable production values with a good story and actors. Good entertainment and I enjoyed the sequel too.
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4.0 out of 5 stars good sci-fi movie 12 July 2009
By JM
Format:DVD
The starting history of the movie is really interesting but the end is a bit of a disappointment. But for a low cost sci-fi movie it is really not bad and in my opinion much better than several "sci-fi" big production blockbusters
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Amazon.com: 3.0 out of 5 stars  152 reviews
32 of 39 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars DECENT SCI-FI FLICK... 21 Jun 2006
By Lawyeraau - Published on Amazon.com
Format:DVD
I caught this film on the Sci-Fi Channel, and I found it to be quite enjoyable. It is certainly better than some big budget science fiction films that I have seen ("Battlefield Earth" or "Solaris", anyone?). The cast of actors does an admirable job with the script, and the special effects are more than adequate.

The story line is pretty basic. A giant monolithic structure suddenly appears out of nowhere in Bhutan. The United States government immediately sends military personnel and scientists to Bhutan at the request of the local government. Meanwhile, China, the adjacent country wishes to do likewise, causing a conflict that will have a surprising outcome.

The monolithic structure appears to contain an alien force with technological capabilities far beyond that of anyone on earth. Mason (David Keith), an engineer suffering from an incurable terminal illness, has been taken under duress to Bhutan in order to try and ascertain the physical properties of the monolith, investigate its structure, and gain entry. Ryan O'Neal has a small part in which he plays the role of Mason's superior and appears to be a liaison with the military that wishes to take a more strident, aggressive role in the matter.

Mason, as do the others, eventually discovers that the alien force within the monolith appears to have healing powers far beyond anyone's imagination. This discovery does not prevent the United States government from making a knuckle-headed decision as to what to do with the monolith. Mason and a female scientist then try to right what went wrong. An intriguing outcome provides some food for thought, although much of what is touched upon in this film has been covered in other films.

For those who enjoy science fiction, it is certainly worth a rental.
20 of 25 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Solid for a DTV... 29 April 2003
By L. Varnau - Published on Amazon.com
UFO LLC is not the film company to go to when you're looking for solid filmmaking or great writing. They're a company that thrives only on its special-effects rather than anything else. Yet for what it's worth, I found "Epoch" to be a very enjoyable movie where I didn't need to think for a bit. Compare it to "Sphere" and it seems like a sci-fi masterpiece! The story is not the usual large-monster horror film like UFO usually does. It's about an alien artifact that is found in Bhutan. The army is sent to investigate it. Many theories rise up and there are a few neat effects sequences. The movie never tries to rise above its own intelligence. It never once insults the intelligence of the viewer, and it never stretches anything out to a ridiculous length. The special effects are extraordinary, the best UFO has ever done. The story is simple enough, but not stupid. True, when you get right to it, it's another direct-to-video movie. But not once does it try to pretend its anything more. I liked it.
8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars It's not that bad a film. 14 Nov 2002
By Kali - Published on Amazon.com
Format:DVD
This isn't as bad a film as some critics make out. I have seen a lot worse and they had a bigger budget than this made for TV movie had. Does anyone remember "Battlefield Earth"? Now that was a film that stank and sank! EPOCH on the other hand is an easy to watch, easy to understand movie that touches on areas that we all know and love.
The plot follows a group of investigators as they struggle to find out the truth behind a strange monolith that has appeared in the middle of nowhere in Bhutan. David Keith is a dying scientist who finds himself cured of a terminal illness after he enters the Monolith. Ryan O'Neil doesn't do too badly as his equally confused colleague trying to keep the Military under control whilst at the same time trying to understand what is happening. The much loved James Avery (from the Fresh Prince of Bel Air) gives a good performance as a military Doctor and the excellent James Hong is cuttingly sarcastic as Chinese Ambassador Po. Add to this a Colonel with a power complex, a Captain whose belief in God comes into conflict with his orders and you have a pretty good film.
The film's overall storyline is that the Monolith intends to "wipe the slate clean and start all over again," because in a nutshell earth and its destructive human population isn't worthy of existing anymore. The Monolith is able to resequence DNA, hence David Keith's miraculous cure and the resurrection of two dead Chinese pilots and a Scientist.
Okay so the special effects aren't all that and a bag of chips, but even with a couple million dollars worth of special effects, "Battlefield Earth" still managed to honk louder than a gaggle geese in a farmyard!
It's not a terribly suspenseful film but it is watchable and not as bad as some people are making out. It certainly isn't cinema quality that is for sure then neither are a lot of movies that make it to the cinema and I don't see them getting panned in the same way. Make your own mind up about this movie, don't expect much other than a nice little movie that you can rent out when there is nothing else available. Like I said, it's not that bad.
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I surely recommend it! 25 Mar 2006
By John Doe - Published on Amazon.com
I wasn't going to write anything so I'll just make two brief commentaries.

-I loved this movie as much the first reviewers did.

-The last reviewer said it was nonsense that the alien thing from this movie heals at the same it wipes entire world lifeout. I guess that guy is confused about something. This movie is "Epoch" and it's about an alien weird thing that comes to check what's been going on since the world life started billions of years ago. The alien thing was attacked several times by military wackos who didn't care at all that several people had been healed and even brought back to life from death. What would you do if after doing so much good you get this reply? Anyway, the alien thing finally forgave the world.
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Rock of Ages 10 Mar 2006
By Joshua Koppel - Published on Amazon.com
A large rock-like construct has risen in an Asian desert. The object defies gravity and looks like a sculpture of a tornado. The US Military has been invited to investigate. A top problem solver has been brought in. The object seems o be impossibly old and its appearance is rumored to have brought a dead boy back to life.

Tempers flare as the Chinese government tries to send in its own troops. While the diplomatic and military arms of the governments clash it becomes evident that there is some sort of healing power associated with the object. Access to the object's interior is gained and the revelations begin. This object's place in our planets history is undeniable as are its immediate plans.

A rather interesting story. The plot ties in nicely to some theories of evolution and the development of Earth. The special effect were pretty good although the typical problem of scale is apparent. At one point we are told the size of the object while other scenes at a distance don't seem to match (nowhere near as bad as when Spider-Man was three stories tall). But all in all the story is character driven and not effects driven (that is usually a good thing). If you like science fiction that makes you think then this is one for you.
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