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The Final Programme [DVD]

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  • Actors: Jon Finch, Harry Andrews, Jenny Runacre, Julie Ege, Hugh Griffith
  • Directors: Robert Fuest
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.75:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Network
  • DVD Release Date: 7 Oct. 2013
  • Run Time: 86 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00E3S636K
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 12,189 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Jon Finch heads an impressive cast as the flamboyant anti-hero of this dystopian, darkly humorous sci-fi thriller from cult director Robert Fuest - best-known for the stylishly cult Dr Phibes horror films starring Vincent Price. Based on Michael Moorcock's acclaimed 1968 novel, The Final Programme is presented here in a brand-new transfer from the original film elements, in its as-exhibited theatrical aspect ratio.

In a far-off future, mankind is in a state of decay. But a group of scientists believe they have found the means to move humanity on to its next level in the creation of an ideal, self-replicating - and thus immortal - human being. Jerry Cornelius, Nobel Prize-winning physicist and playboy adventurer, is vital to the project's success: his recently deceased father devised the formula of this 'final programme'. However, the formula is captured on a microfilm hidden in the vaults of the family's mansion, and jealously guarded by Jerry's drug-addicted, psychopathic brother, Frank...

SPECIAL FEATURES:
[] Full frame as-filmed version of main feature
[] Original theatrical trailers
[] Image Gallery
[] Promotional material PDFs

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4.1 out of 5 stars

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Trevor Willsmer HALL OF FAMETOP 100 REVIEWER on 19 Jun. 2014
Format: DVD
Famously disliked by author Michael Moorcock, in its uncut form Robert Fuest's The Final Programme may gut its source novel partially for budgetary reasons and partially because the director seems more interested in how things look and sound than the plot or ideas, but it's still one of the more enjoyable pop art-inspired films if you're willing to just go with the flow. Like his Doctor Phibes films it's strikingly designed (no surprise that Fuest cut his teeth as an art director on TV's The Avengers) with an ambition that belies its modest funding and with its tongue firmly in its cheek as Jon Finch's ruffle-shirted, painted black fingernailed chocolate biscuit munching Nobel Prize winner Jerry Cornelius, "a legend in his own time," finds himself in the midst of his late father's last great experiment as the last days of the dark age of man begin in a world that's falling to pieces, but where the rich can at least watch it crumble with style. First, however, he has to secure a microfilm containing the crucial final part of the equation from his paranoid drug-addicted brother Derrick O'Connor who has turned the family estate into part funhouse, part death trap, assisted by the dubiously motivated Jenny Runacre, who has her own way of getting the best out of people...

Aside from Graham Crowden and George Coulouris' scientists who have literally assembled the finest brains in the world, most of the more familiar names in the cast - Hugh Griffith, Patrick Magee, Julie Ege, Harry Andrews and Sterling Hayden doing John Huston as a general who sells jet planes from his pad at the National Gallery - are one-scene wonders who only worked a single day, with Finch carrying most of the film with seemingly effortless style.
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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful By D. Turner on 23 Nov. 2005
Format: VHS Tape
If you love 60's/70's kitch then you'll love this film, they just don't make them like this anymore and they never made them any more freekier than this. A Clockwork Orange has now been labeled a classic, I think this one deserves the title too!
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Rhys Edwards on 4 Oct. 2004
Format: VHS Tape
Needle guns at dawn indeed, I'll accept the challege any day. A film to get drilled down into your very soul, the phrase "smooth stuff professor" will stay with you for life, I guarantee it. This is a deeply flawed film - but hey, what do you expect from Moorcockian roots, it was never going to be easy. I just love the fact that anyone would ever attempt it and more, that its scarred me so deeply that I'm still obsessed with it 20 years on. Dig that car coat baby!
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By troggi on 28 Dec. 2013
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
I first saw this film as a teenager way back in the 1970s, the coolest decade so far (no, you are NOT allowed to argue about that statement)! This film was the first attempt to bring a Michael Moorcock hero to the big screen and, as far as I know, the last attempt to bring a Michael Moorcock hero to the big screen! Sad but true! I'll be blunt, Jerry Cornelius was not my favourite character from the Multiverse of Moorcock's imagination and would not have been my first choice for a film adaptation but it was easier to visualise than say Elric of Melnibone or Duke Dorian Hawkmoon von Koln. Guns and cars are easier to deal with than ornithopters, dragons and soul-sucking swords!

"The Final Programme" is a delight for anyone who has read "The English Assassin" series of books, grew up with that "hippy vibe" or likes the style and look of the Moloko Bar in "A Clockwork Orange"! There are some weird shenanigans going on in this film, mainly around the distractingly alluring Jenny Runacre as "Miss Bruner"! Fans of gun battles will be disappointed by the efforts of Jerry and his brother Frank and fans of fisticuffs (or anyone else really) will find the final fight between Jerry and Miss Bruner's "pash", Dimitri, hilariously camp!

I have a soft nostalgic spot for "The Final Programme" and so I am biased in my assessment of the film's merits. I love everything about it except for the score which is inescapable and reminiscent of the circus or "The Benny Hill Show"!

If, like me, you loved the '70s then you'll enjoy "The Final Programme". Buy it and enjoy!
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16 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Simon Fluendy on 9 July 2004
Format: VHS Tape
Good in parts.
I love this film. For its style. For its source. For a truly great performance by the woman who went on to be Ali's wife off EastEnders.
And most of all for the scene in the Kensington Roof Gardens.
If you like the Jerry Cornelius novels, you'll like this, even if you will wish it was a tiny bit better done.
If you don't know who Jerry Cornelius is, meet me at the corner of Ladbrooke Grove. Bring a needle gun. You'll need it.
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21 of 27 people found the following review helpful By Euromancer TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 26 Aug. 2013
Format: DVD
The film, for me, is a 4-5 star. The new Network region 2 DVD (2013) is, however, terrible.

'The Final Programme' is based on the first novel in Michael Moorcock's Jerry Cornelius series (which to date comprises some 7 novels, a short story collection that has been revised twice and a novella, plus a book of stories about the central character by other hands). Jerry Cornelius (played by an extremely cool Jon Finch) is a man of many parts: a Nobel-prize winning physicist, rock musician, former Jesuit priest, swinging 60s scene-maker, assassin and agent of chaos. Depending upon the circumstances prevailing at the time, Jerry acts for either law or chaos, trying to keep society in balance. In the novel and film 'The Final Programme', Jerry is facing the end of a long dark age, in which things are going to get worse - society is collapsing - before a new age dawns and everything gets better. For a new messiah is coming...

Jerry, however, is concerned with more domestic issues. Banished from the family home years before by his father (an expert in arcane sciences) for having an unhealthy relationship with his sister Catherine, Jerry learns of his old man's death just as he is recruited by a cabal of scientists who are preparing for the dark times that will engulf the world. Prominent amongst these is Miss Brunner (Jenny Runacre) who is a computer programmer and arch-conservative, who is both attracted by Jerry's potential and repelled by his outsider ambivalence.
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