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Who's Out There? (1975)

| Documentary, Short
This 1975 NASA documentary narrated by the great Orson Welles delves into the possibilities of extraterrestrial life as gleaned from the results of planetary probes, interstellar discoveries and findings about the nature of life itself.
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Orson Welles ... Host
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Ashley Montagu ... Himself
Carl Sagan
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This 1975 NASA documentary narrated by the great Orson Welles delves into the possibilities of extraterrestrial life as gleaned from the results of planetary probes, interstellar discoveries and findings about the nature of life itself.

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It would appear that there are at least two versions of this film available on VHS: A 28 minute version which is usually paired with another short feature and a slightly longer 35 minute version which is usually sold separately. See more »

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From the film score to "Lieutenant Kije"
by Sergei Prokofiev
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nice video with pre-Cosmos Carl Sagan
21 February 2003 | by BWozniakSee all my reviews

The video I got has the "Who's Out There" short, which has clips of Carl Sagan and others, and is then followed by the more interesting (to me) 25-minute film called "Life Beyond Earth", which the clips were taken from. "Life Beyond Earth" is a discussion of (mostly) scientists about how life may evolve in the universe, civilizations more advanced than ours, etc. Even though we have learned a lot since this was made, it doesn't really seem dated and is inspiring to watch.

I got this mainly because Carl Sagan is in it, but all the other speakers were interesting too. Carl is as usual casual, charming, funny, completely interested in the topic. I wish his lectures would have been recorded more often like Richard Feynman's were, for its great to see/hear him speak.

This is a great video, and if you want to see Sagan especially look for the release which includes "Life Beyond Earth", because he is only briefly in "Who's Out There". Still, "Who's Out There" is good too. Lots of interesting historical stuff, some great spaced-out visuals and interesting thoughts.


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