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Brilliant, unique, classic 70's film,
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This review is from: The Omega Man [VHS]  (VHS Tape)
Most of the published reviews of this film have been written by people who have clearly never seen it.
The story is simple. Charlton Heston plays a USAF Doctor who, when an un-named enemy launches a biowar strike on the US, labours to produce a vaccine. He makes a breakthrough, but on the way to a city centre hospital to test it both he and his pilot catch the disease and crash.
Cut to some time later. By day Heston roams the streets, becoming more and more affected by the solitude, even to the point of watching "Woodstock - The Movie" over and over again. By night he retires to his fortified apartment, while people who have been driven mad by the disease but not killed lay siege to him.
The victims come out only at night because they have been made super photo-sensitive by the disease. Insane enough already, they are organised by the clearly barking Matthias, recognisable as the sanctimonious newsreader from the films opening sequences. His mission is to destroy all technology and learning, which is lucky for Heston as it prevents him going after him with a tank.
When Heston discovers some sane, apparently uninfected people scavenging in the city, he gets another chance to save humanity by using his blood as a serum.
This film has everything. Great "empty city" settings, fantastic 70s music, a brilliant story and plenty of action. An underrated masterpiece. Never let anyone tell you it's about vampires.
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Initial post: 18 Feb 2013 17:40:20 GMT
Mr. J. Pizzey says:
hi is the bluray much better than the dvd i may purchase it if its good
In reply to an earlier post on 18 Feb 2013 17:47:16 GMT
Martin Barrett says:
Hmm, this is a difficult one. I am a fan and would have had to buy the Blu-Ray anyway, out of a sort of Omega Man OCD. If the Blu-Ray is a reasonably low price I would say get it, but in all honesty they have not put any effort into print restoration like the latest amazing re-releases of Zulu, Tora Tora Tora and The Longest Day on blu-ray. If I am brutally honest, I think the higher definition shows up shortcomings on segments of the original print that were not so obvious on the DVD.
Personally I think that the Omega Man went into the editing suite a significantly longer movie, and that somewhere out there someone might be able to restore a sort of post-director's cut version. That will keep me buying the reissues. Otherwise, you are probably going to be happy to stick with the DVD.
It's still a great movie that I watch three or four times a year.
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