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Wednesday, November 30, 2016

'Homo Sapiens' DVD Life After Man


Icarus Films awesomely goes full-out art-house flick regarding the November 22, 2016 DVD release of the 2016 film "Homo Sapiens" by Austrian filmmaker Nikolaus Geyrhalter. This beautifully shot silent film shows us the world of tomorrow when the titular bipeds are a things of the past. The only criticism is that the cinematography screams for a Blu-ray release.

The following YouTube clip of the "Sapiens" trailer offers a look at the style and the theme of the film.


The roughly 90 minutes of global (in both senses of the word) images are well-organized footage of the decay that will result aftrer all of us are rotting six feet under. A series of urban scenes include cracked asphalt with copious vegetation, McDonalds and offices that lack outer walls and have piles of debris and distressed furnishing, and apartment buildings that are not faring any better.

We also see rotting abandoned vehicles galore; the most striking example is large ships rusting away in shallow waters.

Icarus perfectly sums up the message of this work of art in describing it as "a film about the finiteness and fragility of human existence and the end of the industrial age." In other words, people will not always be here and are much more vulnerable than many folks realize.

Geyrhalter allowing the images to speak for themselves and not having a creature stirring (not even a mouse) gets his message across far more than a bleak soundtrack of scenes of feral dogs and cats ever could.

Icarus shows great respect for the message of "Sapiens" in not including any DVD extras.

Anyone with questions or comments regarding "Sapiens" is strongly encouraged to email me; you can also connect on Twitter via @tvdvdguy.