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on 12 December 2011
For the love of God, DO NOT BY ANY DVDS THAT HAVE ANYTHING TO DO WITH ELSTREE HILL ENTERTAINMENT!!! The film prints are obviously from the cheapest source possible and are fit for nothing other than the bin. No attempt has been made to restore the picture or sound quaity or even to correct the aspect ratio.
As for the film itself, I would love to be able to review it but I couldn't even stand 10 minutes of a film of this quality, its like torture!
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on 21 October 2012
Sadly i was dissapointed with the quality of this dvd,as other people have written also,i thought at first it was my dvd player,but sadly it was not..they could have at least cleaned up the picture as it can be done & should have been done,the film is a little lack lustre & although i appreciate that it only cost me a few pounds i will be giving this to a charity shop because i will not watch this one again,so sad as vincent price is/was a legend in my mind to be put straight to a dvd in such poor quality like they have,shame on you.He deserves better than this release.YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED
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on 4 August 2012
Never ever buy any movies from elstree hill studios , its the worst quality picture and sound you will experience (ever) totally unwatchable and fit for one thing and thats the bin , ive made that mistake and bought a few dvds from elstree studios which went in the bin not fit for any thing else (trust me)
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on 29 December 2012
For god's sake don't buy the "Elstree Hill Entertainment" edition of the film. The picture quality on this disc is absolutely horrible. I've been wanting to see this film for so long, but I couldn't bear to spoil the fun by watching it the way presented here.
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NB: As usual, Amazon have bundled all the reviews for various editions of the Last Man On Earth together. This review refers to MGM/UA's Region 1 NTSC DVD that double-bills it with Panic in the Year Zero.

Despite the author's well-known dislike of it, The Last Man On Earth is surprisingly good version of Richard Matheson's I Am Legend, and makes a fascinating comparison with Chuck's insanely enjoyable version The Omega Man. It may have less action, a much lower budget, a score considerably less funky than Ron Grainer's, and what looks like the suburbs around Rome's Cinecitta Studios standing in for the USA, but it offers a much more disturbing account of civilisation gradually breaking down around its powerless hero (a restrained and very convincing Vincent Price). And for anyone familiar with the remake, the even bleaker ending here is a real surprise. Recommended - it's not an all-time great, but it's well worth a look.

MGM/UA's Region 1 NTSC DVD's 2.35:1 widescreen black and white transfer is superb - easily the best on the market of this much-issued title - with a six-minute interview with Richard Matheson as the only extra.

So too is Ray Milland's forgotten post-Apocalyptic directorial effort Panic in Year Zero!, which takes a surprisingly sober and convincing look at the possible effects of an unexpected nuclear attack on the survivors. Confusion and denial gradually give way to a determination to survive at any price, as Milland's family everyman, so busy looking for the darkness in others he doesn't see it in himself, takes charge with a coldly logical determination to put his family first that naturally leads to cold-blooded murder. Yet he's not a maniacal stereotype: he genuinely thinks he's helping society survive by separating himself from it and keeping any other survivors at gunpoint, insisting "The law will be back. I just want us to survive until it does" as he moves further from it and what's left of civilization.

Being a low-budget AIP movie, the action is confined to the hills and mountain roads, but it's an effective and fairly unsensationalized look at the All-American post-nuclear family. Curiously the film's original trailer shows it may have been darker still, with deleted footage of one of the film's female victims all too eager to kill her tormentors, one of whom is seen sniffing her clothing while impassively watching an attack - the film itself is rather more subtle! The only extra on MGM/UA's Region 1 NTSC DVD is the trailer, but once again the 2.35:1 widescreen black and white transfer is superb.
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on 1 January 2008
It is a constant source of amazement to me that Last Man On Earth has not enjoyed a renaissance amongst the horror community, as one is greatly over due!
This film, pure and simple, is a classic! Now you won't get many reviewers, either professional or amataur, putting their name to such a claim. This, possibly, is because people don't want to look unknowledgable: to go against the status quo in either direction (eg, to claim 2001 was cack [no I don't think it is, incidentally], or to say LMOE is great) ivites derision from a staid and unyielding mind set.
It may be said that the lack of budget shows through, or other similar trifles may be focussed on, but in the end LMOE is a pioneering example of the genre, from it's european style of filming, which lends to the film a refreshing 'otherness' and not a little grace, to the lack of any romantic counterpart for the title character, to the unrelenting emotional rawness and downbeat finale.
A few years later another film came out, one that was eventually hailed as a classic despite its minor faults. Upon viewing that film and LMOE one could easily draw the conclusion that LMOE pre-empted most of the points that granted the later flick classic status. The newer film was Night Of The Living Dead. Go watch them side by side and you'll see what I mean.
Perhaps with the Will Smith version of this tale doing well at the box office LMOE will finally recieve the attention it so richly deserves.
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on 11 November 2009
im not usually a giant fan of colorised films - but they have done a really good job here
this has been remastered and looks good
the quality is nice and the colors look authentic for the time and the atmosphere of the film
i have seen several versions of this film and this is way the best - not just for the general colorisation but of overall quality
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TOP 1000 REVIEWERon 7 December 2008
Legend Films presents "THE LAST MAN ON EARTH" (8 March 1964) (86 mins) (Fully Restored/Dolby Digitally Remastered) --- now in COLOR and Glorious Black and White --- This is a great film to watch alone --- Horror veteran Vincent Price plays Dr. Robert Morgan, a desperate and lonely man who's left alone in an apocalyptic world; A world ruled by zombie-like vampires as a result of a widespread plague --- These vampire zombies are highly reminiscent of George Romero's walking dead in "Night of the Living Dead" ---. Price does a remarkable job interacting with practically nothing --- He's alone throughout the majority of the film --- His performance largely carries this low budget film from director Ubaldo Ragona --- When you watch the movie alone, you really feel where his character is coming from and a sense of hopelessness is established --- The Last Man on Earth is really a thought provoking classic --- I recommend it be watched with Charlton Heston's The Omega Man to see another take on the same story (both were based on Richard Matheson's "I Am Legend").

Under the production staff of:
Ubaldo Ragona - Director
Sidney Salkow - Director
Robert L. Lippert - Producer
William Leicester - Screenwriter
Richard Matheson - Screenwriter / Book Author
Franco Delli Colli - Cinematographer
Paul Sawtell - Composer (Music Score)
Bert Shefter - Composer (Music Score)
Gene Ruggiero - Editor
Giorgio Giovannini - Art Director
Harold E. Knox - Associate Producer
Pier Antonio Mecacci - Makeup
Jane Huizenga - Production Director
David D. Martin - Technical Director

Story line and plot, Dr. Robert Morgan (Vincent Price) as the sole and devastated survivor of a deadly plague that exterminated the entire human race, including his own wife and daughter --- Price due to his immunity to the lethal germs, he's the only one to fight victims who return in the shape of vampire/zombie like creatures --- Even though it has already been 3 years, Morgan desperately continues his search for other survivor --- This is one of the most impressive performances Price ever brought to the screen, and a lot more difficult than his usual roles of villains and madmen --- Judging by today's standards, I guess the film looks very dated and you can't really refer to the tame 'vamp zombies' as threatening anymore --- But the empty streets and depressing cities still are the ultimate in eeriness! --- this also was an immensely influential film --- You can't watch 'Last man on Earth' without being reminded of George A. Romero's milestone genre film 'Night of the Living Dead'. If you then realize this movie was made 4 years before Romero's classic, you can't but reckon the underrated brilliance of this film --- The same hopelessness aspect that made Romero's film so tense features HERE first, in 'Last Man on Earth'! --- This production offers an ideal proportion of frights and sentiments, luckily without too many tedious scientific speeches or faked drama. 'Last Man on Earth' has to be seen by every SF/horror fan on this planet --- For some reason this is one of the most underrated genre efforts ever, and that urgently has to change --- Legend Films has made that change.

the cast includes:
Vincent Price ... Dr. Robert Morgan
Franca Bettoia ... Ruth Collins
Emma Danieli ... Virginia Morgan
Giacomo Rossi-Stuart ... Ben Cortman
Umberto Raho ... Dr. Mercer
Christi Courtland ... Kathy Morgan
Antonio Corevi ... Governor (as Tony Corevi)
Ettore Ribotta ... TV Reporter (as Hector Ribotta)
Rolando De Rossi

BIOS
1. Vincent Price
Date of Birth: 27 May 1911 - St. Louis, Missouri
Date of Death: 25 October 1993 - Los Angeles, California

SPECIAL FEATURES:
1. It Happened in Hollywood (hosted by Vincent Price)
2. Legend Films Trailers

The complete print was restored and colorized by Legend Films, using the latest technology --- Although the Legend Films release was advertised under its reissue title, both the color and black and white prints featured the original title and opening credits --- Legend Films can restore, colorize and release many of the classic earliest black and white films --- a patented coloring and remastering process makes each film picture perfect plus more vivd than ever --- no one can resist collecting every title that Legend Films releases.

Hats off and thanks to Barry B. Sandrew Ph.D. (Founder, COO & CTO) and his Legend Films Staff --- looking forward to more high quality releases from the vintage era of the '20s, '30s & '40s --- order your copy now from Amazon where there are plenty of copies available on DVD --- if you enjoyed this title, why not check out Legend Films where they are experts in releasing long forgotten films and treasures to the collector.

Total Time: 86 mins on DVD ~ Legend Films. ~ (10/21/2008)
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on 27 April 2008
This is a welcome Region 2 DVD release for this previously hard-to-get film. Like Charlton Heston's "The Omega Man" and Will Smith's recent version, this film is an adaptation of Richard Matheson's 1954 classic novel "I Am Legend."

For some reason, the lead character's name has been changed from Robert Neville in the book to Robert Morgan, but otherwise this is the most faithful film adaptation of Matheson's book. The disease that wipes out humanity is Matheson's wind-borne spore unlike the germ warfare of "The Omega Man" and the mutated cure for cancer of Will Smith's "I Am Legend." Unlike the other versions, the creatures in this film are actual vampires who hate garlic, stakes and crucifixes. We also have the former friend and neighbour of the hero, Ben Cortman, who is now the leader of the vampires (this character is not in any other film version).

Sadly, after some excellent early scenes that build up tension and character, the appearance of the vampires is terribly handled and is unintentionally hilarious. They are portrayed as being laughable fools and the fright factor quickly disappears and the film never recovers. Vincent Price's performance occasionally strays into hamminess, but, for the most part, he does well in the role. It was made in Italy as the Mediterranean-looking trees, cars and Italian surnames on the credits confirm.

Director George A. Romero has admitted that this film was a big influence on his 1968 classic "Night Of The Living Dead." Both films are shot in black-and-white, have a similar music score and use television news bulletins to heighten the realism of their end-of-the-world scenario. Both films also feature people trapped in houses by marauding undead monsters. Oddly enough, Michael Jackson's "Thriller" video was heavily-influenced by "Night of the Living Dead" and Vincent Price, the star of this film, did the creepy voice-over on Jackson's track! So the whole thing came full circle in the end.

You should see it for yourself and make up your mind. Chances are, you've never seen this before. Enjoy.
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on 8 March 2013
I saw this at a midnight movie in Bayswater in 1970 and also on recently obtaining this DVD. When I first saw it and after, 'Morgan' became a synonym for fright. The time may have tempered the horror but memory overides this. It was an X-rated film, now probably shown on Sunday afternoons. Vincent Price is sinister as Dr Morgan. The formula is there for horror films (and the walking dead).
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