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This Region 1 release will play on a Region 2 DVD player
on 28 June 2012
EDIT: Have just noticed on 7/8/14 that the reviews for the Region I release have been placed under the R2 copy (and vice-versa) which only serves to confuse the issue - nice one Amazon!
It's been a long time coming, but at last it's finally available on DVD. Not sure how much (if any) remastering has been performed, the picture and sound quality while certainly not great, is for the most part still OK/acceptable. The soundtrack is in English only, with English and French subtitles. There are no extras. The added bonus is the fact that this Region 1 release will play on a R2 DVD player.
Adapted from the movie of the same name from the previous year & broadcast from 1977/78, LOGAN'S RUN was brought to TV audiences by Ivan Goff & Ben Roberts, (Charlie's Angels) and features some colourful costumes & sets, along with some cheerfully cheesy 70's dialogue. The scripts provide some interesting and entertaining storylines in this enjoyable sci-fi adventure series. Set in the year 2319 & following a nuclear holocaust, the Earth's population has been decimated & only small communities survive. The 73-minute pilot opens in one such community - the "City of Domes" with one of the city's "Sandmen" - Logan 5 (played by Gregory Harrison) and Jessica 6 (Heather Menzies - coiffered a la Farrah Fawcett) fleeing the closed city to avoid "renewal" (death).... a fate facing every citizen on reaching the age of 30.
Pursued by the determined Sandman, Francis 7 (Randy Powell) the fugitive "Runners" eventually discover a hovercraft and escape into the desert landscape with their enemy hot on the trail. For me, the addition to the series of the friendly and helpful android, Rem (Donald Moffat) is a welcome one, the character brings extra warmth and humour to the series, as he joins the two fugitives in their search for the mythical "Sanctuary". The series also benefits from a sizeable collection of guest stars who along with the regular cast, all contribute to this bright & cheerful slice of 70's retro TV with good performances.
Along with the pilot, another thirteen, 50-minute episodes were produced. The included 2-page leaflet features an episode synopsis which I have included below (a full episode synopsis can also be found on the IMDb).
*LOGAN'S RUN (PILOT)....Logan 5 and Jessica 6 escape the City of Domes. With Francis 7 in hot pursuit, the pair revive a solar-powered vehicle and discover a peace-loving clan, a city of robot slaves and an android named Rem.
*THE COLLECTORS....Logan and Jessica are abducted by aliens who have the ability to make the Runners believe that their wishes have come true - along with all the other misled Runners who believe they've found Sanctuary.
*CAPTURE....Francis and his Sandman team capture Logan, Jessica and Rem, who in turn become targets for a weapon-collecting couple with a taste for human trophies. Can Logan and Francis join forces to save them all?
*THE INNOCENT....A young woman, Lisa, is the sole human inhabitant of a strange, computerized complex in which the Runners find temporary safety. But when Lisa develops a crush on Logan, Jessica's life is in danger.
*MAN OUT OF TIME....Logan, Jessica and Rem encounter a scientist who has travelled 200 years into the future in order to find Sanctuary and prevent the nuclear apocalypse...which means none of the Runners would ever even exist.
*HALF LIFE....When the primitive, warlike Castouts capture Logan, Jessica and Rem, the Positives - their peaceful counterparts - intercede, only to "process" Jessica by creating two perfect selves: one good, one evil.
*CRYPT....Six cryogenically frozen geniuses of pre-holocaust civilization are awakened by the Runners, who must decide which of them should receive the life-giving serum, of which only three doses are left.
*FEAR FACTOR....The Runners are lured into a mansion by scientists who plan to use them in their experiments to create a docile race by eliminating all independant thoughts and emotions - of which Jessica has far too much!
*THE JUDAS GOAT....A Sandman disguised as a Runner is assigned to convince Logan and Jessica that they should return to the City of Domes to help others fight for freedom. But then they encounter Matthew 12, the original Runner.
*FUTUREPAST....D is for dreams...and death. Rem's circuits spark for Adriana, a female android who performs dream analysis on Logan and Jessica. While the Runners sleep, the Sandmen arrive to apprehend their prey.
*CAROUSEL....When Logan is shot with an amnesia dart, he remembers nothing of being a Runner and returns to the City of Domes to testify that there is no Sanctuary. How can Jessica and Rem save him if he can't remember who they are...or who he is?
*NIGHT VISITORS....A storm causes Logan, Jessica and Rem to take refuge in an eerie, mysterious house, where strange events convince them that spirits abound. And the homeowners have a deadly way of extending their hospitality.
*TURNABOUT....When the Runners stop to help a woman, they are captured by the horsemen of Zidor and sentenced to death. Now Francis must rescue them to ensure they will face justice - and probable death - in the City of Domes.
*STARGATE....Beware the fallout of global warming! When aliens from a sizzling planet become stranded on Earth, they realise the only way to repair their spacecraft is to dismantle Rem for spare parts.