Bixby was also responsible for the stories or scripts for sci-fi films such as Fantastic Voyage , and It! The Terror from Beyond Space Sci-fi for the mind. Over the ensuing years, Schenkman and Emerson apparently received many requests from fans of the original work to make a sequel.
The idea was resisted until the concept of a TV series was floated. Thus, The Man from Earth: Holocene was made as a backdoor pilot to a series, was an official selection at the Dances with Films Festival, and it is now available on home video. One of the students, Isabel Look , contacts Art William Katt , the primary antagonist from the first film. Art had been a professor, like John, who wrote a non-fiction book about the Man from Earth, exposing his tale, and was roundly pilloried by the academic world and shunned for it.
Thus, he has an axe to grind with John. Revealing any more about the story would spoil what is a very decent continuation of the original picture. It does retain, however, the intellectual and dialogue-heavy aspects, keeping it in tune with the original and what will, hopefully, indeed become a series.
This reviewer has fingers crossed! The Man from Earth: Holocene is once again a low-budget but thoughtful treatise on the nature humanity. The acting, especially of Smith as John, and of Look as Isabel, is top-notch. The main feature comes with an audio commentary by Schenkman and co-producer Eric D. A Behind-the-Scenes Documentary features most of the crew and cast and takes the viewer through the history of the first film and production of Holocene.
Click here for review. Holocene may not have the impact of the first movie, but it is indeed a worthwhile follow-up. He was the first to get the really cool gadgets, mostly because he had the disposable income to spend on them.
Where did all of these electronic gadgets come from? The Commodore Wars is an entertaining and informative documentary that attempts to answer that question. However, it really feels geared towards those like myself who are in the know. The film, which was shot between and , primarily focuses on Jack Tramiel, an Auschwitz survivor who saw the darkest side of humanity but was lucky enough to come out of it.
His success as a business man following his liberation from the camp is a testament to his human spirit, business acumen and tenacity. He went from selling reconstructed typewriters to calculators to personal computers. Through interviews with Mr. I never owned any of these computers, but the story behind their inception, rousing and unprecedented success and ultimate failure is very intriguing.
In addition to Mr. The fact that this film about hi-tech is available only DVD and not Blu-ray is not lost on me and is quite ironic. DVD is now looked upon by some as a legacy technology despite being around for 21 years, not unlike the very systems depicted and discussed in the film itself. If you are interested in seeing it, you would do well to read this next bit of info very carefully prior to making a decision.
The film is available in three different varieties: Kino Lorber has put together a very professional package for this release. Obviously the source material proved to be palatable enough to audiences to warrant adaptations in both the aural and visual spectrums. Ashton changed from Ashurst in the short story arrives at a farm in the summer of with his wife who goes off to look for a view to paint. A slow dissolve takes us to a period nearly twenty years earlier when Frank and a friend stumble upon the very same gate and farm.
Frank meets up with Megan at a sheep-shearing festival. The film benefits enormously from the exceptional acting by all of those involved as it tells the story of people who behave in an orchestrated and proper manner, only to have their human emotions boil over when their true wants and desires are threatened.
The set design is quaint and colorful, with Lyncombe Farm in Exmoor National Park in Dulverton, Somerset, England being where the bulk of the action takes place. Now available from the fine folks at Kino Lorber, this new Blu-ray release mercifully reinstates the late Mr. The soundtrack album from , long out of print, is now available again in a significantly expanded edition from Music Box Records that can be ordered here from Screen Archives.
Curiously, the trailer for A Summer Story is not included. However, it can be seen here on Youtube. The long-gone Carnegie Hall Cinema in New York showed A Summer Story, and even featured a classy diorama in one of the windows, depicting a scene from the film. The plot, if you can even call it such, is really rather silly.
Gemser stars as Eva, an exotic nightclub dancer in Hong Kong whose seductive and topless moves with a Python catch the eye of Judas Carmichael Jack Palance who is with his brother and businessman Julius Gabriele Tinti, Ms.
He attempts to intrigue her by introducing her to his love of reptiles, specifically snakes Fellini jump-cut anyone? Following a brief lunch the next day, Judas invites Eva to his home to see his snake collection, which she initially refuses to do.
Eva likes ladies, too, and she meets Candy Ziggy Zanger. Another woman, Gerri Michele Starck , takes her to a club frequented by lesbians.
Meanwhile, Julius is up to no good. Like many other exploitation films of the era, Emmanuelle and the Deadly Black Cobra has been released under various other titles: The target audience of this flick is young men and the women on display are a sight to behold despite their unorthodox stage names: The character of Julius is a curiosity as we never really know what his deal is. She, in turn, is pursued by an Asian man who is shattered when his attempts to possess her ultimately fail.
Piero Umiliani provides a musical score that is pleasant to the action onscreen, especially in the dance-with-the-snake and girl-on-girl sequences that passed for high eroticism over forty years ago. The interiors were shot in the old Elios Studios in Rome and exteriors were shot in Hong Kong and the city is featured prominently, roughly twenty years before the British government would transfer the sovereignty of Hong Kong over to China in The film has recently made its way to Blu-ray via of Code Red and Kino Lorber and the results are spectacular.
Presented in its original aspect ratio of 1.