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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Nice follow up to Westworld
Several years after the disastrous events at the Delos resorts (Westworld, Medievalworld and Romanworld) where robots ran amok slaughtering guests and employees, the resort entices two reporters (Peter Fonda, Blythe Danner) to the resort in the hopes that the publicity will inspire public confidence. However, the real motives behind the resort's invitation is much darker...
Published on 28 Mar 2012 by The CinemaScope Cat

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2.0 out of 5 stars A wasted opportunity.
Well having seen the excellent Westworld, I took the plunge and purchased the sequel - Futureworld.

Cynically, I could have guessed that this film has little to do with the original, and I would be right.

Futureworld features out of control robots as does Westworld, but here the comparison ends.

The film itself takes a good twenty minutes...
Published on 26 July 2009 by Thomas Smith


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18 of 21 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars A wasted opportunity., 26 July 2009
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Well having seen the excellent Westworld, I took the plunge and purchased the sequel - Futureworld.

Cynically, I could have guessed that this film has little to do with the original, and I would be right.

Futureworld features out of control robots as does Westworld, but here the comparison ends.

The film itself takes a good twenty minutes to get going, and once it does there is some plot to keep you watching.

The main characters are not a patch on those in Westworld however, and really this is one of it's main problems. They appear to be acting, and are not natural. Some of the lines are cringe making and as the other reviewer has pointed out here, Yul Brynner does not star in the movie at all - hence the box image of the DVD is misleading.

Now there is a good 'twist' at the end which I shall let you find out about yourself, however it is wasted due the very last scene - it being so bad, I thought it was a joke! It's as if the director packed his/her bangs and left the set, worn out - which to be honest is how you will feel after watching.

Only buy the movie if you appreciate it is not going to match Westworld in any way. There is little action, and the plot is going nowhere fast in terms of being dynamic and challenging.

The ideas are fine, some indeed are quite original - yet the execution of the idea, is a nightmare.

A great shame.
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49 of 63 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars I am in it!, 29 Aug 2003
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You can see from my title, why I like this movie. I was one of the extras. I can be seen sitting at a console as Blythe Danner (Gwyneth Paltrow's mother) enters the dream machine. Several closeups of hands turning dials are also me.
Being part of the film's making, it was interesting to see how they created storylines that they did not use. I actually had a line in the movie, which was cut out when they dropped that plotline.
Most of the movie was shot at NASA'a Johnson Space Center in Houston. I worked there during the Apollo moon missions, so I was familiar with some of the equipment. The very large building where they do weightless walking (not real) was done in the extremely large vacumn chamber. It is an impressive sight in real life.
Just getting a chance to look behind the scenes at NASA is not a good reason to watch this movie. Futureworld is the sequel to Westworld. It's one line summary is: "Futureworld - where you can't tell the robots from the machines - even when you look in the mirror!" If you enjoyed Westworld, you will probably like Futureworld. However, one need not have seen Westworld to enjoy Futureworld, or to follow its plot.
The basic plot takes over from where Westworld left off. Several years have passed since the disaster of Westworld, when the robots malfunctions and began killing the guests. Now, the owners have decided to engage in a great conspiracy. They will replace world leaders and business execs with look alike robots. This time the robots are more lifelike and will have real memories from the people the mimic. When all of the replacements are in place, the Futureworld owners will slowly take over the world.
Two reporters (Peter Fonda & Blythe Danner) have heard some rumors of "something amiss" from another reporter who has disappeared. Most of the movie is how they try to discover what is really going on at Futureworld.
The special effects were good for the time. The acting is good. The overall movie makes for an interesting break from reality. Yul Brenner is back for a small part in the movie, but he is not a main character. The movie will be more appealing to Sci-fi fans. There is also some romance in the movie.
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9 of 12 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Shockingly Bad!!, 22 July 2009
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Like most people who end up watching this film,I am a huge fan of Westworld and wondered how the story could continue into another film.
Well let me put your mind at rest.This film has very little(if anything)to do with Westworld and must be one of the worst sequels in history.
Don't be fooled by Yul Bryner's appearance on the dvd sleeve,he's in it for about a minute when some woman is having a romantic dream about him(HOW RIDICULOUS!!)Westworld is a classic film and should have been left alone.Death must be more interesting than this!
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Avoid the Spanish release, 10 May 2009
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I would advise people not to pick up the Spanish DVD release of Futureworld (aka Mundo Futuro) as it is cut down by about 2 1/2 minutes. The cover states a running time of 104 minutes but it is in reality only 100:38 while the UK runs 103:02. The game show opening is completely lost and a few other trims are made throughout the film.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Nice follow up to Westworld, 28 Mar 2012
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Several years after the disastrous events at the Delos resorts (Westworld, Medievalworld and Romanworld) where robots ran amok slaughtering guests and employees, the resort entices two reporters (Peter Fonda, Blythe Danner) to the resort in the hopes that the publicity will inspire public confidence. However, the real motives behind the resort's invitation is much darker and dangerous. I found this sequel to 1973's WESTWORLD much more satisfying than its predecessor. Its protagonists are stronger and more interesting, its villains more realistic and its premise (borrowed from INVASION OF THE BODY SNATCHERS) more disturbing than robots run amok. This sequel, directed by Richard T. Heffron, works as an action thriller as much as a science fiction film. The screenplay also allows for more character development, something sorely lacking in WESTWORLD, notably in the poignant relationship between an anti social employee (Stuart Margolin) and a dilapidated robot (James M. Connor). Even the underscore by Fred Karlin is better this time around. With Arthur Hill, John P. Ryan, Allen Ludden and briefly reprising his role from the first film, Yul Brynner.

The Optimum DVD is a decent anamorphic wide screen (1.85) transfer.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Futureworld [1976] [Blu-ray] [US Import], 15 July 2014
Futureworld [1976] [Blu-ray] [US Import] Do you remember that disaster at Delos a few years ago, when the Westworld robots went out of control and killed a few guests? Well, the entire resort has now been rebuilt and redesigned to be completely fail-safe.

To combat the lingering adverse publicity, Duffy, the Delos representative, has offered the IMC Communication Network exclusive rights to the new Delos story. Tracy Ballard [Blythe Danner], the network’s top commentator, has been assigned the story with Chuck Browning [Peter Fonda], the newspaper reporter who broke the original Westworld disaster story.

But as Tracy and Chuck’s private tour starts, they get the feeling the entire resort might not be as safe as Delos thinks...

Cast: Peter Fonda, Blythe Danner, Arthur Hill, Yul Brynner, John Ryan, Stuart Margolin, James M. Connor, Allen Ludden, Robert Cornthwaite, Angela Greene, Darrell Larson, Nancy Bell, Bert Conroy and Dorothy Konrad

Director: Richard T. Heffron

Producers: James T. Aubrey, Paul N. Lazarus III, Richard T. Heffron and Samuel Z. Arkoff

Screenwriter: George Schenck and Mayo Simon

Composer: Fred Karlin

Cinematography: Gene Polito and Howard Schwartz

Resolution: 1080p

Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1

Audio: English: 2.0 DTS-HD Stereo Master Audio

Subtitles: English

Running Time: 104 minutes

Region: Region A/1

Number of discs: 1

Studio: Shout! Factory

Andrew’s Blu-ray review – Following the success of Westworld, MGM started to develop a sequel, although without the participation of writer/director Michael Crichton. However, MGM soon found itself focusing on the release of another science fiction project, Logan's Run, and the sequel found itself in "turnaround" (where the rights to a project are sold to another interested studio), and American International Pictures wound up making 'Futureworld.'

The film stars Peter Fonda and Blythe Danner as a pair of reporters invited to review the re-opening of the Delos adult-themed parks, one of which was the 'Westworld' of the original movie. 'Westworld' has been closed down, although 'Medieval World' and 'Roman World' are reopening. New to the Delos theme parks this time around are 'Spa World' and the namesake of the movie, 'Futureworld.' Reporters Chuck Browning [Peter Fonda] and Tracy "Socks" Ballard [Blythe Danner] are asked by Delos to come and check things out, so the public at large can be assured that Delos is no longer dangerous (we learn early in the film that over 50 people had been killed by robots as a result of the events of Westworld.)

Chuck is already suspicious about the parks before leaving for the trip, as he has witnessed the death of an informant who was attempting to provide him with information about Delos. Browning and Ballard aren't at Futureworld very long before they discover one of the main reasons why things are different. In the original movie, the robots were being controlled by a group of scientists in a large control room…this time; the men in the control room are robots too! But that's just the tip of the iceberg, as the investigative pair will soon unravel an even darker purpose for the re-opening of the parks.

One of the advantages 'Futureworld' has over its predecessor is with its lead actors. Fonda and Danner have good chemistry together and make strong leads. That, however, is pretty much the only aspect of the movie that proves to be better than the original film. Because the viewer already has an idea of what the Delos parks are like, there's no sense of fun and discovery like there was in the first movie. Also, while this film also concludes with an extended chase sequence between a pair of characters, it can't compete with the hunting of the Richard Benjamin character by the evil Gunslinger [Yul Brynner] from the original.

Speaking of Yul Brynner, his character returns in 'Futureworld' in one of the most pointless and senseless cameos ever captured on film. He appears in the movie for about a minute, utters no dialogue and his only purpose seems to be so that the filmmakers could advertise the return of his character in the attempt to sell a few more tickets.

There's little doubt that 'Futureworld' is a slightly inferior film to Westworld, but it deserves credit for at least trying to do something a little different instead of giving audiences a by-the-numbers sequel that follows the same notes of the original. Even with Fonda and Danner as the leads, the movie looks and feels more like something made for the small screen than the silver screen, which means it might play a little better on home video today than the way it did in theatres back in the 1970s (where it was considered a flop).

Blu-ray Video Quality – While this is no doubt the best 'Futureworld' has ever looked on home video, there are still some issues with the picture – the primary problem being the age of the print. There are evident scratches, dirt, and other defects in the presentation that are evident throughout the entire movie. Some scenes look better in HD than others, but most have a "washed out" look to them and lack the kind of detail, sharpness, and overall "pop" one expects in 1080p. Black levels are also an issue throughout most of the movie, with details often being lost in some of the darker scenes (of which there are many).

Although there are issues with the picture, for the most part colours and skin tones are well balanced and the movie retains a film-like look throughout, with a healthy dose of grain that is always present but never obtrusive. The presentation pales in comparison to the work Warner Bros. did on the Westworld Blu-ray, but there's nothing too serious here that would deter one's viewing enjoyment, it's just a very average transfer by high-definition standards.

Blu-ray Video Quality – The only track on this release is a 2.0 DTS-HD Stereo Master Audio that (obviously) doesn't provide much in terms of activity or immersion, but is certainly solid nevertheless. Both the dialogue and musical soundtrack (which I actually prefer to 'Westworld's') are clear and well-balanced. When reviewing Westworld recently, I noted that the spoken word and music soundtrack almost seemed separate from one another, with the score overbearing when compared to the dialogue of the actors. No such problems here, as everything is properly balanced, with no noticeable issues one often hears from older films, like popping or hissing in the track. Subtitles are also available, but only in English.

Blu-ray Special Features and Extras:

Theatrical Trailer [3:00] The original theatrical trailer for 'Futureworld.' Like a lot of trailers, this one gives away major plot points, so be sure to avoid it until you have watched the movie.

Radio Spots [1:00] Two 30-second radio spots for the movie.

Still Gallery [1:00] A 60-second slide show that consists of preproduction artwork and movie posters for the film. It's a video slide show, meaning you don't need to use your remote to advance from one picture to the next, but will need to use your remote to pause on any one still.

Finally, Westworld was a fun throwback to the kind of fairly low rent sci-fi fare that used to populate drive-ins in the late fifties, albeit gussied up in a lot of techno-speak and proto-futuristic trappings. Ironically, Futureworld hasn't aged half as well as Westworld has, looking decidedly dowdy and old fashioned, perhaps due to its relatively meager budget and American-International production roots. Performances here are okay, though one gets the distinct impression most of the major players were wishing they were in some other world, like an A-list film, when they were shooting this escapade. This Blu-ray has some fairly problematic video, though the audio is quite good. Fans of Danner, who never really got her due as a leading actress in films, may want to check this out one way or the other. But for Crichton fans who are aching for a film about technology running amok in an amusement facility, the much better bet would of course be Jurassic Park. Despite this slight flaw compared to the original film, I am still glad I have added it to my Blu-ray Collection and if you are a fan of this sci-fi genre, then you will not go wrong, but sadly with the way films are made today, this now looks very dated.

Andrew C. Miller – Your Ultimate No.1 Film Fan
Le Cinema Paradiso
WARE, United Kingdom
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3.0 out of 5 stars Future world DVD, 31 May 2014
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It was Okay ish.
Not a patch on the original West World film.
Unless you are mad on sci-fi I would not bother with this one.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A Passable Sequel, 30 April 2014
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Two years after the events of the first Westworld, Delos have reopened the theme park. In a bid to regain public approval newspaper reporter Chuck Browning and TV reporter Tracy Ballard are invited to review the park. In amongst all the new world & robots, they uncover the darker side of Futureworld & attempt to escape before it's too late.
Like many, I came to this after watching & really enjoying Westworld. I was very nearly put off by the negative reviews but I decided to give it a go & was glad I did. It's not as good as Westwood but honestly? How many sequels actually are? However, it's perfectly watchable & there's a good storyline & a few suspense moments thrown in amongst great sets & some quite creepy robots.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Quality old school film, 13 Mar 2014
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A good old classic, saw about 10 years ago, recenly watched & still enjoy the early sci fi films with their originality
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5.0 out of 5 stars westworld but better, 9 Jan 2014
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This is a better story than westworld i would highly recommend you watch it . it was great cheap and fun
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