Zardoz [DVD]  [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC] 
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Zardoz is simply unlike most other sci-fi. It's set in a sterile future, but this future is in lush countryside, not a grim rainy city or lots of white corridors. Some future inhabitants of Earth live in an apparent idyllic paradise, but to do so they manipulate the rest of the world into barbaric warfare - they give guns to a warrior class who murder, rape and enslave the general population. The upper class see themselves as peaceful hippies, but what they do to others and their own dissenters is unspeakable.
John Boorman's direction is fascinating. Some of the visuals are still stunning - the iconic flying stone head (which really ought to be on the DVD's front cover), the projecting ring, the colourful costumes - and there is actually a lot of humour in this film. It's also funny to see sci-fi featuring a world full of well spoken RP accents! Connery is a fascinating leading man - is he a curious hero? A rampaging threat to society?Read more ›
The Blu-ray is ok but I have seen better 3/5 plus you get a great little booklet with loads of information about the film.
You also get a nice revisable cover, plus loads of bonus features.
Super sci fi from the 70s, with Sean Connery running around with a pony tail, in a nappy, trying to look tough. The British cast are really good. The effects are all kaliedoscopic and trippy and although its a bit pretentious, the story is solid enough, with enough cool ideas and twists to keep the viewer interested up to the climax. Charlotte Rampling is always a joy and theres more two faced mad men, wearing nappies in this than your average tory after dark soho party..!
It has been said that this is a love/hate movie, all i would say, is that if you like science fantasy films, then you'll find a lot in this of merit, as its probably never received the credit it really deserves.
4.5/5 stars, as always, rounded up.
The UK dvd is lacking in extras. A nice bluray anyone?
Any movie which begins with a tacked-on prologue in which a floating-head man, with felt-pen facial hair, insults the film's audience and smirkingly enquires: "is God in showbusiness too..?", is fine with me. - Especially when, moments later, we're faced(!) with another floating head, this time a granite Zeus, giving a satirical, quasi-political speech to cheering, treacherous, murderous warrior-types, before puking guns and ammunition into their craven grasps (It's so good to see that even in wild futuristic fantasy, modern suicidal political values are still being upheld).
Control is the key. An eternal, intellectual society, the Vortex, sectioned off behind a psychic force-field, rules absolutely the naive destructive forces that exist in the Outlands beyond it. - by means of stone-god Zeus and certifiable geneticist Arthur Frayn - old felt-pen face himself.
The Outlands consists of exterminators; a barbarous security firm without portfolio; and brutals; oppressed slaves exploited for manual work - when they're not being hunted down, shot and stabbed by the exterminators. This whole societal facade exists solely to provide food and minerals for the Vortex.
Into this Utopian but morally-ugly, faux-perfection swans vulpine police-man Sean Connery; resplendent in crimson nappy, pony-tail and thigh-high boots, who proceeds to merrily deconstruct the whole facade with harsh sexuality, cruel animosity, and even cruder violence. He says things like: "Stay close to me; stay within my aura.." and it reeks - but fits 'Zardoz' unstable allegorical cohesion like latex.Read more ›
I saw it years ago as a kid and didn't really understand it, but for some reason it stuck with me.
Years later something sparked the memory of the giant rock head ( no idea what ). Curiosity kicked in and as the movie is quite cheap I thought there's noting to loose.
Glad I bought it. It's sort of strange in places, but at the same time works.
Captures the idea of a brutal society living outside the bubble of a smaller society of the rich, the powerful and the clever. Outside the bubble it's about survival, inside the bubble they have reached the pinnacle of science and achieved immortality, but then they became stagnated, apathetic and bored of life itself.
Then Zed( brutal from the outside ) got inside and that's when it all kicks off.
Won't tell you any more as it will ruin it for you.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This is a film I caught the beginning of a couple of times on late night TV and always turned off finding it nonsensical. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Lee Cooper
Unfortunately this DVDs was formatted in such away not to play on my Mac or my Dell. Very disappointing to say the least.Published 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
If you've seen this film you either despise it or have seen it nine times and are constantly finding new things to love about it. Read morePublished 2 months ago by christopher holt
Brilliant movie. Underrated. Visually stunning and at times ridiculously silly. And that's a good thing. Zardoz was way ahead of its time. Read morePublished 3 months ago by RobCentury
story on this found hard to keep up to effects very cheap not Sean connnery at his bestPublished 3 months ago by ian g wickens
Sean Connery (007) in a sci fi film.
A unique, unusual, interestingly complex film about the problems of immortality set in the year 2293 AD. Read more