- Actors: Charlton Heston, Anthony Zerbe, Rosalind Cash, Paul Koslo, Eric Laneuville
- Directors: Boris Sagal
- Writers: John William Corrington, Joyce Hooper Corrington, Richard Matheson, William Peter Blatty
- Producers: Walter Seltzer
- Format: PAL, Subtitled
- Language: English
- Subtitles: English, French, Italian, Arabic, Romanian, Dutch
- Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.78:1
- Number of discs: 1
- Classification: PG
- Studio: Warner Home Video
- DVD Release Date: 29 Sept. 2003
- Run Time: 94 minutes
- Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars See all reviews (93 customer reviews)
- ASIN: B0000AISJU
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,863 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)
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Charlton Heston stars in this American sci-fi action feature. In 1977, the world's population has been virtually wiped out by a plague caused by biological warfare. The lone survivor in the deserted city of Los Angeles is scientist Dr. Robert Neville (Heston) who believes it is his duty to fight off the bloodthirsty mutants, calling themselves The Family, who roam the city's streets. However, this all changes when he is saved from The Family by a group of normal, young people, and begins to find himself attracted to their leader, Lisa (Rosalind Cash). Together, they try to develop a cure to the disease by duplicating Neville's original vaccine but find themselves in a constant battle with infected members of The Family.
With its opening long shots of a car driving through the canyons of empty streets stirring up clouds of waste paper, Charlton Heston's 1971 film The Omega Man is an interesting precursor of more recent last-person-on-earth films such as 28 Days Later. Heston is surprisingly good at conveying the terror of being completely on your own, with sanity that wanders into long conversations with the inanimate. Rather less good are the film's antagonists, victims of bacterial warfare left as albino psychotics determined to destroy Heston as a representative of the old dead world of science and technology and a small group of the infected, but not yet changed, who live virtuous pastoral lives in the hills. The film's racial politics are interestingly dated: the heroine, Lisa, is black and has some wince-worthy moments of blaxploitation movie chic; the moment when she changes is nonetheless chilling for being eminently predictable. Loosely based on Richard Matheson's classic genre novel I Am Legend, perhaps the best thing about the film is that it comes from an era when science-fiction blockbusters could be relentlessly downbeat.
On the DVD: The Omega Mancomes to disc with some interesting special features. There's a television "making of" that was shown at the time, as well as the trailer and an interesting short retrospective documentary containing interviews with the surviving screenwriter Joyce Corrington and a couple of the younger actors. The anamorphic widescreen picture is fine, as is the digitally remastered mono sound. --Roz KaveneySee all Product description
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It's based on the last man on earth, and tells the story of a survivor of a biological catastrophe which has killed the majority of the planets population, and mutated a few more, our hero is of course Immune.
Charlton Heston plays the role in a similar way to his role in Planet of the Apes, and much better in my opinion than Will Smith in I am legend.
Watching the Omega Man, I fell a real sense of foreboding and danger to the stories main character and its very pessimistic plot line was reminiscent of many movies of its type in the 1970's when happy endings in movies were not popular.
Well the picture quality is looking a little dated, and were used to over the top special effects, but the Omega man shines in my opinion as its character centered, and story driven and so engaging.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Watching The Omega Man (1971) is a glorious guilty pleasure, made even more sublime by Ron Grainer's rare gem of a soundtrack score. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Elwyn Roberts
I like watching films from the year i was born but this is A bit dated Now ... but still a brilliant film ... i remember being scared as a kidPublished 4 months ago by Lee
I wanted the dvd film walt disneys Snow White and the seven dwarfs NOT disny film postePublished 8 months ago by ron gould