Story of Mankind (MOD)

The most far-out courtroom thriller you'll ever see. Set in outer space, the defendant is all of us and the issue is whether we should be allowed to survive. Defending counsel, the Spirit of Man, says yes. Prosecuting counsel, the Devil, says no.


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Story of Mankind (MOD)
 
3.2

(based on 9 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (2)

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  • 3 Stars

     

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  • 2 Stars

     

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  • 1 Stars

     

    (1)

67%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Epic cast (4)
  • Broad appeal (3)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • At home (3)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Movie buff (6)

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2.0

No wide screen

By Scott

from Newport MI

About Me Movie Buff

Pros

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Entertainment

      Comments about Story of Mankind (MOD):

      Why is this in full screen I am very disappointed in the quality of this transfer.

      • Was this a gift?:
      • No
       
      3.0

      movie was barred

      By oldtimer

      from reddinbg, ca

      About Me Movie Buff

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Great Story

      Cons

      • Disliked Blk Bars On Side

      Best Uses

      • Adult Viewers
      • At Home

      Comments about Story of Mankind (MOD):

      movie was presented in a box format with large black areas on both sides. why not make dvd picture fill a widescreen tv.

       
      5.0

      Great movie, thanks Warner Brothers!

      By FLSun

      from Florida

      About Me Casual Viewer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Broad Appeal
      • Epic Cast

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • At Home

        Comments about Story of Mankind (MOD):

        I happened to catch part of this movie on TV and Warner Brothers is the best place to purchase. I am happy to own this classic at a competitive price, the DVD worked perfectly.

        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        2.0

        Incredible Cast !

        By J.Gabin

        from Pasadena, CA

        About Me Movie Buff

        Verified Reviewer

        Pros

        • Epic Cast

        Cons

        • Limited Appeal

        Best Uses

          Comments about Story of Mankind (MOD):

          Watchable print, technicolor is rarely very good on DVD: Contrast acceptable,good Sound, but the Transfer looked a little faded,decent Sharpness.
          Anyway average quality for a "weird Film".
          Strange as that might seem is a fun Movie to watch mostly because of his amazing cast, but not that good enough to be "Cult Movie"

          Service and delivery comments:

          Fast Shipping, Very Well Pack, Thanks!

          (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

           
          3.0

          Kitshce-en sink approach to history

          By Elmo

          from Los Angeles CA

          About Me Movie Buff

          Verified Reviewer

          Pros

          • Broad Appeal
          • Epic Cast

          Cons

          • Addlepated research
          • Sophmoric humor

          Best Uses

          • At Home

          Comments about Story of Mankind (MOD):

          Irwin Allen moved into directing feature films with this "Hellzapoppin" type approach to the history of the world. Did Mel Brooks take his inspiration from this? The assumption is there was some tongue in cheek style applied here.
          Vincent Price seems to be the actor most in sync with this approach.

          Having only seen it on TV in the 1960s and 1970s, I had no idea it was in color! Thank you WB Archives for releasing this obscurity. Not very good, but quite entertaining.

          The Marx Brothers (I think Groucho and Irwin Allen were professional friends) are shoehorned into unfunny vignettes. Where were the Three Stooges??

          (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

           
          1.0

          Camp, Yes. Good Film, No!

          By Jim

          from Blairsden, CA

          Pros

            Cons

            • Great Cast Wasted
            • Limited Appeal
            • Not Interesting

            Best Uses

              Comments about Story of Mankind (MOD):

              Classic film lovers already know this is a bomb.

              What you need to know is:

              1. Watchable print, technicolor is rarely very good on DVD. Good contrast, acceptable for a direct transfer DVD.

              2. Good audio

              3. Low quality DVD-R product worth purchasing during sale events only

              (1 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

               
              4.0

              they dont make 'em like this anymore

              By philiperic

              from zion, il.

              About Me Movie Buff

              Verified Reviewer

              Comments about Story of Mankind (MOD):

              This is an amazing artifact of the 50s - an all star cast - many miscast - doing their "best" to bring a multitude of historic characters and incidents to life. All the guest stars are really very entertaining - Dennis Hopper as Napoleon, Marie Wilson as Marie Antoinette, Virginia Mayo as Cleopatra,etc. - were they in on the joke? In his last movie role, Ronald Colman as the Spirit of Man tries admirably to take the material seriously.
              The DVD has an excellent wide screen picture and clear sound -- recommended for all film fans of bad cinema.

              (1 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              So Bad It's Not To Be Missed

              By Cynical Bill

              from NYC

              About Me Movie Buff

              Pros

              • Broad Appeal
              • Emotionally Engaging
              • Engaging Characters
              • Epic Cast
              • Great Cinematography
              • Great Story

              Cons

                Best Uses

                  Comments about Story of Mankind (MOD):

                  I have always heard that this is a bad movie that deservedly flopped. But what I was not prepared for was a film so inept in every area that it was a comic delight. An all star cast must have been playing this tounge in cheek - if they thought this was a serious film, I have lost respect for them. One of the best bad moviesever made.

                  (3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  4.0

                  Rarely Seen Camp Classic Dud

                  By Chicojorge

                  from Santa Fe, NM

                  Verified Reviewer

                  Comments about Story of Mankind (MOD):

                  An early all-star disaster from Irwin Allen--yet with not one natural disaster to be seen. Stock footage from myriad other films are comically mismatched to horrid effect. Agnes Moorehead as Queen Liz I? Hedy Lamarr as Joan of Arc? Harpo Marx as Isaac Newton? Doesn't get much worse--or more fun--than this train wreck. A cringe-inducing hoot.

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