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The Last Man

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Overview

Love blossoms even in the apocalyptic age in the romantic comedy The Last Man. Lion's Gate has done an only passable job on this 1.85:1 non-anamorphic widescreen transfer. While the image appears to include solid colors and dark black levels, there is also a consistent amount of edge enhancement in the image along with some softness and grain. Overall, this is an only mediocre effort by the studio. The soundtrack is presented in Dolby Digital Stereo and sports many limitations including non-distinct directional ...
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Overview

Love blossoms even in the apocalyptic age in the romantic comedy The Last Man. Lion's Gate has done an only passable job on this 1.85:1 non-anamorphic widescreen transfer. While the image appears to include solid colors and dark black levels, there is also a consistent amount of edge enhancement in the image along with some softness and grain. Overall, this is an only mediocre effort by the studio. The soundtrack is presented in Dolby Digital Stereo and sports many limitations including non-distinct directional effects and a flatness in the mix. While the bulk of the track is free of excessive hiss or distortion, this is generally a very dull sound mix. Also included on this disc are English and Spanish subtitles. The extra features on this disc are fairly ample -- included on this DVD are two very funny commentary tracks by the cast and crew of the film, some rough behind-the-scenes footage from the making of the film, a few storyboard comparisons that are short but interesting, some audition footage featuring actress Jeri Ryan, and some bonus trailers for other Lion's Gate movies.
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Special Features

Closed Caption; 4x3 letterbox (1.85:1); Stereo; Interactive menus; Scene access; Trailer; English & Spanish subtitles; Storyboard comparisons; Behind-the-scenes footage; Audition tapes with Jeri Ryan; Full cast commentary; Production commentary with director Harry Ralston and exec-producer Roger Avary
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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide
The Last Man is a low-budget labor of love that boasts a clever premise, a witty script, and a cast that seizes the opportunity to shine. Director and writer Harry Ralston is clearly influenced by Albert Brooks and Woody Allen, and he does right by them in this modest battle of the sexes, a battle that takes a few unexpected twists to keep things interesting. The natural course of human relationships is played out in full view as Alan tells his story in a daily diary to a subjective video camera. The events are amusingly edited by setting up the jokes, turning off the camera when Alan is self-satisfied that things are going his way, only to have the punchlines delivered when the camera is turned on again later in the day and things have gone terribly wrong. Ralston's insights are as penetrating as they are comical, and the story is given dramatic momentum by the deterioration -- and restoration -- of the relationships. The ending is not pat by any means. The low-budget keeps production values at a minimum, but the cunning camera prevents the limitations from being distractions. Good date material, as men and women will find lots to like, if they're prepared for the modest presentation.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 7/9/2002
  • UPC: 658149800724
  • Original Release: 1999
  • Rating:

  • Source: Lions Gate
  • Region Code: 1
  • Aspect Ratio: Theatre Wide-Screen (1.85.1)
  • Presentation: Letterbox / Stereo
  • Sound: stereo
  • Language: English
  • Time: 1:33:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 61,321

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
David Arnott Alan
Jeri Ryan Sarah
Dan Montgomery Raphael
Technical Credits
Harry Ralston Director, Producer, Screenwriter
Roger Avary Executive Producer
C.T. DeNelli Costumes/Costume Designer
Michael Grady Cinematographer
John Grant Production Designer
Tamara Hernandez Producer
Woody Jackson Score Composer
Michael Dunky Jacobs Sound/Sound Designer
Walter Jenkins Sound/Sound Designer
Ivan Knight Score Composer
Tony Miller Editor
Jessica Rains Producer
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Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Breaking and Entering [2:26]
2. Explanations [4:13]
3. Last Man Lounge [4:19]
4. Surprise [2:23]
5. One Plus One [4:10]
6. Meant to Be [3:30]
7. Into the City [3:55]
8. Not Right With Sarah [3:02]
9. Getting Comfortable [4:09]
10. Raphael [3:20]
11. Three's Company [3:02]
12. Work Detail [3:59]
13. Sarah's Problem [2:34]
14. Conflict Resolution [5:23]
15. Not Quite a Picnic [3:02]
16. Can't Compete [4:13]
17. Snake Bites Own Tail [4:29]
18. Plan With Purpose [5:16]
19. Down to Two [4:12]
20. Paradise [4:35]
21. Trouble in Paradise [4:28]
22. Hello, Trouble [4:14]
23. Outsiders in the Tribe [4:30]
24. End Credits [4:13]
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Menu

Side #1 --
   Play Movie
   Scene Index
   Subtitles
      English: On/Off
      Spanish: On/Off
   Special Features
      Storyboard Comparisons
      Behind-the-Scenes Footage
      Audition Footage
      Production Commentary
         Commentary 1: On/Off
         Commentary 2: On/Off
   Lions Gate Home Entertainment
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Not even campy

    If you can get past the high improbability of anyone living as these people do (Where does all the power/fuel come from? Do processing plants run on autopilot?) you'll likely trip up on the main character's stupdity. Even though it has a few good moments, excessive emphasis on character faults and tribal customs instead of coming to terms with their future make this production a real dud.

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