The Man from Earth

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Overview

In the tradition of such psychologically-charged sci-fi outings as The Next One (1982) and K-PAX (2001) comes the cerebral science fiction opus The Man From Earth (2007). The story concerns Professor John Oldman, a scientist who summons a group of associates to a cabin one freezing night, and strikes them with a fantastic revelation: he is not a traditional human, but a 14,000 year-old immortal, who has survived centuries of evolution from the Cro-Magnon Era to the present. In the hours to follow, Professor ...
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Overview

In the tradition of such psychologically-charged sci-fi outings as The Next One (1982) and K-PAX (2001) comes the cerebral science fiction opus The Man From Earth (2007). The story concerns Professor John Oldman, a scientist who summons a group of associates to a cabin one freezing night, and strikes them with a fantastic revelation: he is not a traditional human, but a 14,000 year-old immortal, who has survived centuries of evolution from the Cro-Magnon Era to the present. In the hours to follow, Professor Oldman's earth-shaking assertion about himself challenges the men on spiritual, scientific and historical levels. But the most incredible is yet to come - an even more astonishing truth in which the men's discussions culminate.
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Special Features

Audio commentary with producer/director Emerson Bixby and author /Sci Fi scholar Gary Westfahl; Contains four original behind the scenes featurettes: From Script To Screen/Star Trek: Jerome Bixby's Sci Fi Legacy/On the Set/The Story of the Story
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/13/2007
  • UPC: 013131546699
  • Original Release: 2007
  • Rating:

  • Source: Starz / Anchor Bay
  • Region Code: 1
  • Presentation: Wide Screen
  • Time: 1:27:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 25,753

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
David Lee Smith John, Professor John Oldman
Richard Riehle Gruber
John Billingsley Harry
William Katt Art
Tony Todd Dan
Alexis Thorpe Linda
Ellen Crawford Edith
Annika Peterson Sandy
Technical Credits
Richard Schenkman Director, Producer
Emerson Bixby Executive Producer
Jerome Bixby Screenwriter
Priscilla Elliot Production Designer
Neil Grieve Editor
Mark Pellington Executive Producer
Afshin A. Shahidi Cinematographer
Mark Hinton Stewart Score Composer
Eric D. Wilkinson Producer
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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- The Man From Earth
1. The Gathering (Main Title) [6:41]
2. Paleolithic Man [5:12]
3. John the Cro-Magnon [5:38]
4. Every Ten Years [7:08]
5. Toward the Rising Sun [5:17]
6. Innate Nature [3:29]
7. Moving Through Time [3:52]
8. The Birth-Death Cycle [3:15]
9. Memories Of Family [4:54]
10. Religious Beliefs [6:02]
11. New Testament In 100 Words [7:49]
12. The Caveman Who Would Be Jesus [6:16]
13. Concepts Of Science & Faith [4:35]
14. Giving Closure [5:57]
15. Anything Is Possible [6:40]
16. End Credits [4:10]
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Menu

Disc #1 -- The Man From Earth
   Chapters
   Extras
      Commentaries
         Commentary With Producer/Director Richard Schenkman and Actor John Billingsley
         Commentary With Executive Producer Emerson Bixby and Author Gary Westfahl
      From Script To Screen
      Star Trek: Jerome Bixby's Sci Fi Legacy
      On The Set
      The Story Of the Story
   Audio Setup
      Dolby Surround 5.1
      Dolby Surround 2.0
      Commentary With Producer/Director Richard Schenkman and Actor John Billingsley
      Commentary With Executive Producer Emerson Bixby and Author Gary Westfahl
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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    Reality Vs Dogma

    This film / video, though a human creation, is well done and closer to the real world, day to day experiences, than the currently expressed dogma of any religion, however old they may be.

    There is, a Force for Life, in the Universe, but it has nothing to do with Man. We are a very small part of the process of this evolution. We are currently experimenting with ways to cause our extinction, and destroy, in a few hundred years, what Nature has made possible, over billions of orbits of this ( particular ) planet.

    How then does anyone ( think ? ), we are special ? It takes a deranged mind to believe there is a God, in the image of a man, anywhere in the Cosmos.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    Great movie

    k FOR THE RECORD, this movie isn't about "evolution from the cro-magnon era to the present". Nathan Southern obviously had no idea what he was talking about when he wrote the editorial review. We are living IN the cro-magnon era. We ARE cro-magnons.

    So this story is about a fictional cro-magnon who happened to survive from waaaay back when cro-magnons had been around for about 4,000 years (14,000 years ago) to the present, and watched his species (or our species - same thing) grow from tribes to city states to countries etc. This movie is a fascinating account of his long life.

    If you're big into special effects and don't like using your imagination, go away.

    Also for the record I am a math major. I'm not a geologist. Everyone should know their basic science. Nathan Southern is a god awful writer. He should retake high school.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    man from eart

    amazing movie, i really recommend it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    AMAZING SCI-FI FILM!!!

    Written by acclaimed sci-fi author Jerome Bixby (who apparently finished this on his death bed), who also wrote "Mirror Mirror" for Star Trek, "It's A Good Life" for the Twilight Zone & the film Fantastic Voyage, "The Man From Earth" is an thoughtful & entertaining character study not like any movie I have seen in decades. What it lacks in locations and special effects MORE than makes up in tension and smart dialouge that I haven't seen on film since "12 Angry Men". If you are fan of Star Trek, Twilight Zone or Sci-Fi in general, you should BUY THIS MOVIE. You won't be disapointed.

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