Childhood's End

Childhood's End

DVD - 2016
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Omnipotent aliens arrive to save humanity from self-destruction. Under their benign gaze, war, famine and injustice become things of the past. But a small group of people are beginning to question whether this "Golden Age of Man" comes at a secret and terrible price. And when the Supervisor for Earth, Karellen, finally reveals his true form to the world, the sight is as profound as it is disturbing.
Publisher: [Universal City, California] :, Universal Studios Home Entertainment,, [2016]
Edition: Widescreen
Description: 3 videodiscs (246 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in
Branch Call Number: DVD Chil

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franna
Aug 07, 2017

it took a little while to get into this, but once i did i actually really liked it. there's a lot of "stuff" below the surface of the story that make you think about the meaning of life and humanity i think, so that's what kept me hooked. if you don't want to bother about the deeper meaning, though, i think it's still a good series and worth seeing.

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miaone
May 26, 2017

Dull, boring, unimaginative old, old theme: aliens come to our planet, solve all our problems, then, oops! it's not so great after all. Ho hum. It got unbearably awful early in the second disc by going off on some weird semi-Christian mess. The first disc holds out a promise that something really interesting is about to happen. As far as I got into the second disc, it never does. The characters are wooden and predictable even for a grade school kid; the plot is predictable and tired.

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claxtonlewis
May 15, 2017

Excellent philisophical crescendo as the mysteries of this movie slowly unravel. Gives a little hint at human myths/religion and their relation to the inner workings of the universe, Kudos!

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P58Jackson
Apr 14, 2017

Slow; too far out there to have any validity. Not believable or rational. Some kind of anti-religion in natureā€¦ Not at all well-paced. Just plain super lame.

Wait! Plug in your toaster, microwave and possibly blender; you can ask the devil to fix your family difficulties. Certainly nothing wrong with that premise.

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ScorchingSun
Mar 18, 2017

A disturbing, sombre perspective on alien-in-giant-spaceships invasions.
Multilayered with mystery and heartache. Makes humans seem small in the scheme of the universe.

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EvanSchoenfeld
Mar 05, 2017

Anyone who is a fan of Clarke's book--there are probably a few--should see this. I can see how watchers otherwise might either be entertained or bored. Clarke had a poor grasp of characters and dialog, but was good at imagining odd, incomprehensible events and describing them vividly. You might say some of the acting here is tepid, but considering the source it's pretty good! As a caring interpretation of a book, it's brilliant. . .Nice use of Williams' 'The Lark Ascending' at the end (the bit where Earth goes poof).

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Byond
Jan 08, 2017

I suppose it was in my junior high school years that an uncle of mine who went on to a very decent career waxed enthusiastic about the book. If I read it, it has left no discernible impression on me. These comments refer to the DVD, which I stayed with, over a period of two days, to the end. I was reminded of soap opera in the sense of a choppy development with a lot of reaction shots soaked in sometimes bombastic music. The candy part is Dance as supervising overlord. I might be more impressed with his appearance than others that have spent more time watching similar fare. Still, I think that character will stay with people; 'it has some depth'. The other actors do their best, but we are not in the company of people who are expressing themselves freely, but are reactors to what might be an existential threat. The roots of our Christian tradition picture a creator God who will bring about a new heaven and earth, while at the same time allowing for free will. That could be characterized as a conjecture, so one can compare it to the notion unspooling here. In doing so one might find oneself reflecting on what the piper costs.
I suspect the film was padded out in hopes of recouping it's cost which for Syfy was probably high. So, diluted product. Sci-fi genre fans might be more supportive. I sought this out and stayed with it to the end; give the dealer credit.

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maxmvs
Sep 22, 2016

Halfway thru this I would have given it 5 stars, it totally had my interest. But then the last third of it just fell to pieces, couldn't hardly keep awake for how dull it got!

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rpadler
Aug 19, 2016

A fair adaptation of Clark's classic novel of alien contact with earthlings. One big change between the book and the series which diminished its impact for me: in the novel, the human chosen to be the sole direct contact with the new alien overlord was the head of the UN and a distinguished and sophisticated representative of our species. In the TV version, the chosen contact was an "ordinary guy" living on a farm who was picked for no discernible reason and who was mainly caught up with his own personal family drama rather than dealing with an unprecedented challenge to humanity.

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BritCrimeDramaFan
Aug 17, 2016

I read the book this film is based on in high school, and what I remember of it, the movie adaptation is pretty faithful. Arthur C. Clarke, a giant in science fiction is known for his speculative sci-fi, not necessarily creating memorable characters or solutions to future issues. In other words, he's good at asking the questions, but not answering them. He makes you think, but unlike most of today's sci-fi, allows the reader (or viewer, in this case) come to his own conclusions. Like most books adapted into film, one's own imagination almost always wins out, rather than seeing it on a screen in one's living room.

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