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A Boy And His Dog [1975] [DVD]

Don Johnson , Susanne Benton , Michael Hershman    Suitable for 15 years and over   DVD
3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Don Johnson, Susanne Benton, Helene Winston, Charles McGraw, Jason Robards Jr
  • Directors: Michael Hershman
  • Producers: Tim McIntyre
  • Format: PAL
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Arrow
  • DVD Release Date: 7 Feb 2005
  • Run Time: 90 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0006SJ3J0
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 31,985 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


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This cult sci-fi comedy, based on the novella by Harlan Ellison, was used as source material for the 1979 film 'Mad Max'. Set in a post-apolcalyptic future, the film tells the wry tale of Vic (Don Johnson), a good-for-nothing young man with a talking dog called Blood, through whom he communicates telepathically in order to procure himself food and sex with nubile young women.

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Classic 70's sci fi!!! 3 Oct 2010
By jman jr
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I've met many people who love sci fi ...

Talk will usually lead to rollerball, westworld & logans run.

Suprisingly most have not seen or heard of A boy and his dog -
Which is a shame.

It's a post apocalyptic movie set after world war 4 ...
the vision is not disimilar to that of Mad Max ,Arid barren landscape.

It follows the boy & The dog who are an unlikely pair - this is brilliant the dog is telepathic and we hear dialogue between the two.

The dog (blood) Is a sorta world weary cynical charactor which I always find amusing.

The film has a brilliant ending as well.

Based on a Hugo award winning short story by the brilliant Harlan Ellison - it's a suprisingly faithful adaption.

The print is great/sharp - some scratches here and there - something I like as I watch through a projector - It adds to the cinematic vibe, you understand.

No extras.

To conclude ...
If you like films like Solvent green, Silent running and the above mentioned.

I would strongly recommend this modest little gem to you.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Sci-Fi 4 Nov 2010
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The seventies threw up some really quirky sci-fi movies and this is a great example.
A young Don Johnson travels a post nuclear war wasteland with his telepathic and highly articulate side kick, a dog called "Blood".
Together they forage the ruins of society for tins of food and female companionship.
Using a beautiful young woman as bait Don Johnson is lured down into a very strange underground society who are desperate to replenish their gene pool.
The trap is set and you are in for a very funny black comedy.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing Film. . . 1 April 2011
By DannyK
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A Charming film about a young adult and his dog "Blood", the story takes place in the not to distant future 2024. After several wars the world is nothing more than a crumbling wasteland with no rules all except one under ground city. This film is essentially about Vic (Don Johnson) getting laid, so this isnt your ordinary Mad Max Survival action film. all in all 10/10 for a truly timeless classic
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Cropped 24 Sep 2010
By Shugg
Please note that this dvd is cropped to 1.78:1 from 2.35:1. The Region 1 editions are orginal ratio.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
By Mr. Stuart Bruce TOP 1000 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
There were a lot of post-nuclear-apocalypse type movies in the 1970s, not surprising considering the politics of the time, but "A Boy And His Dog" is quite different. In a crazy way, this film tries to be both a sex comedy and a bleak "Mad Max"-style action film at the same time, as Don Johnson and his telepathic dog search the post-World War IV desert in search of women.

It's strangely captivating, and for a 1974 film it is *incredibly* dark. It is very thought-provoking in terms of mysogyny, and human attitudes towards women and breeding. It is a very bold film that will definitely give you food for thought, especially in the final scenes. If you're a woman you may find some scenes extremely uncomfortable, even by today's standards.

There are plenty of twists and turns. Halfway through the movie you suddenly find yourself in an underground community strangely similar to the TV series "The Prisoner" or some of the absurd 60s movies like "Head".

It is NOT a high-budget movie- some of the explosions do look a little on the cheap side, but it doesn't really matter. It is NOT a horror movie, though there is some gore. It is DEFINITELY NOT an erotic movie, although there is some nudity. The original story is the key.

Yes it may have dated a little and it may look a bit thin in places, but if you can put up with that, it's really very good.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Kept my attention 28 Oct 2013
I wasn't quite sure what to expect with this tbh, quite a few folk said it was a good film, & Harlan Ellison tends to provoke with his writing so I reckoned it was worth a punt.

Set some years after a nuclear war, it's basically a boy & his telepathic dog trying to get by, & that's pretty much it as it follows a basic storyline, so if you're looking for FX & ray guns, go elsewhere. Alternatively, if you like slower paced, thought provoking sci-fi the likes of 'Silent Running', 'Soylent Green', or more recently 'Moon', then I think you'd enjoy this.

And yes, it is a good ending, brought a smile to my face. :)
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A neglected classic 14 Jun 2004
By A Customer
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Allright, post-apocalyptic America... A young Don Johnson and his telepathic dog roam the world looking for food and easy women. If you are confused about your feelings on this one, it's o.k. I was fearful as well. But, get this, I would rate this movie in the same caliber as Road Warrior and Mad Max.. and that's as good as it gets for me.
In fact.. the movie and people even look like Road Warrior. They also keep the convention going of cool names for different kinds of gangs and junk. (i.e. Screamers, Solos, and Rovers) It's just great. The plot is the kid and his dog roaming about and then hooking up with this chick who is trying to lure Don underground (where the "normal" folk live) to impregnate all their women. C'mon. Tell me that doesn't sound like a great movie. Underground is creepy as hell, and apparently the good guys in the future will listen to recipes, Almanac reports and Paul Harvey-types.
It's another one of those Stand deals, where, if that is gonna be the future, then I hope I'm right at Ground Zero. But I'll prolly still hold out and maybe I can hook up with the cool future cliques, like in Future Kill. (I'm sure DEVO will be there).
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
Having withstood the test of time this film is a genuine cult classic. While many think this is a post-apocalyptic movie, it is in reality a satire of society and what drives us. Read more
Published 7 months ago by The Movie Guy
5.0 out of 5 stars The Dawg Wags Not Only His Tail, but the Boy's Behavour, Too!
This film is wonderfully goofy, strange, and sexy; the DVVD edition that I have is on the Slingshot label (release number SDVD-9818, as available in the Dominion of Canada and in... Read more
Published 14 months ago by Gerald Parker
5.0 out of 5 stars a little slice of post-apocalyptia
I was born in '75 - I remember watching this as a teenager and even then, thinking it was excellent. Read more
Published 23 months ago by Emmster
2.0 out of 5 stars I know I'm being unfair but I can't help feeling betrayed
This might have been 3 or 4 stars if my expectations hadn't been so high due to reading the grossly misleading user reviews on the website. Read more
Published on 1 Feb 2011 by Printul Noptilor
1.0 out of 5 stars A Boy & His Dog
Give this a miss. The story is ok but the production is very out of date and the acting is aweful. I struggled to get into this- get 'Threads' instead!.
Published on 22 July 2010 by Comedy K
2.0 out of 5 stars Poor quality, dated and irrelevant
Based on a short story, this film follows a young man looking for love with his faithful and telepathic dog. Read more
Published on 2 Sep 2009 by Steven M. Ward
4.0 out of 5 stars A little dark humour
It is a fun film that I first saw years ago, but don't buy it if you are looking for an action flick. Read more
Published on 13 April 2009 by Helpless
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