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My old VHS tape can now rest in peace, at last we have a widescreen DVD version of Logan's Run with remastered sound.
It's one of my favourite movies of all time. It has a great fast moving story, lots of beautiful people intent on living their alloted 30 years to the full but living alongside a darker underclass, the cubs, and an underground movement that helps "runners" try and find Sanctuary. The special effects are great and won a Special Achievement Award at the 1977 Oscar's and Jerry Goldsmith's music, a mix of orchestral and electronic is superb, I have the OST on vinyl' and to top all that off it has Jenny Agutter.
I agree that the effects do look dated now but bear in mind that at the time their use of lasers was ground breaking. I saw it when it first came out and have watched it countless times since and it has never lost its appeal to me.
On the extras front the commentary by Michael York (Logan), director Michael Anderson and Bill Thomas the costume designer is very informative, the costumes played an important role in portraying a society where pleasure appears to be the sole purpose. The featurette on the making of the movie has a quite grainy quality to it but still gives a reasonable deal of information and is a nice addition.
Now how about someone releasing the Logan's Run TV series with Heather Menzies?
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on 19 July 2011
This Blu-ray is a US import. It is region-free. The extras are standard definition, from what I can tell, but also play fine in the UK.

The picture transfer is quite good. It's variable throughout but the colours are vibrant and there's some good sharpness here and there. In fact, you can tell the opening shots are models more so than before - and can spot some of the special features (like during the Carousel) with actors on wires. As has been said in other reviews, the sets themselves are quite plain which hampers the overall effect a bit. The overall effect is solid and faithful rather than outstanding.

The sound is quite good - although there's a lot of directionality applied to the voices (if someone's speaking from one side, the sound follows them rather heavily). This does not affect things too badly, but is noticeably.

The film itself is a classic. I must say it drags a little bit towards the end upon repeat viewings though. Still well worth seeing and a good one for the collection.

Lastly, there's a nice period documentary about the film. It's a bit OTT but informative and amusing nonetheless. There's also a commentary track - with lead actor, Michael York. I've not had time to listen to it yet but it's good to know it's there for future viewings.
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More inspired than based on the novel of the same name by William F Nolan and George Clayton Johnson, if you have read the book before but not seen the film (although I think it is more likely to be the other way round) there are some noticeable differences, which I won’t go into except the main one which will instantly be recognised. In the novel the life of the inhabitants is curtailed when they reach 21, however here in the film it is on age 30 that this happens.

Logan is a Sandman whose job it is is to make sure no one manages to escape death when they reach 30, but he is given a mission by the super-computer that runs the whole cityscape to locate Sanctuary, a place it is believed people can escape to if they manage to evade the Sandmen. But where is Sanctuary, and does it even really exist?

With the help of Jessica, Logan sets out to find the truth, but whether there is a real Sanctuary or not, will Logan complete his mission, or will other desires and motivations emerge? With a supposed utopia in the place where every person lives, is this really so or in fact a dystopia where after all you are only given a set life expectancy, although those years are spent in idle and hedonistic pleasure instead of hard work and graft.

There are some really good special effects, some of them cutting edge at the time, and the visual display such as the city, and the world created outside is really wonderful to behold. The musical score to this is slightly dated now with regards to the music in the city which has some electronic music added to it, and some of the lighting effects, such as in the pleasure area also show their age, but then for when this was made these are what you would expect.

This film doesn’t go into the details, the whys and wherefores of the novel but this is still a fun film to watch, with romance and action, and this has definitely earned its reputation as being a cult classic.

This DVD does include subtitles, an audio commentary, and a documentary that was made at the time which goes behind the scenes. One thing about the documentary is that it was obviously made for TV and for an American channel, so the picture quality isn’t as good as the film or what we would expect nowadays.
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on 14 December 2000
Pos-Apocolyptic thriller.Superb Film, brought back memories of the TV series on BBC (Which I can't find video's or dvd's of anywhere).
The story set in the future where once you hit age 30 it's time for the Carosel (sic) - Renewal is promised but only electrocution awaits. Based on this concept some people take offence and decide to "Run". Enter the Sandman (No metallica pun intended ;-) ) who's job it is to track down and eliminate the runners. A story then surfaces about "Santuary" where all may live until old age and natural death. York , converted into somewhat of a spy by the powers that be, has to infiltrate those who support and provide help to the runners, effectively becoming a runner himself.
York is in outstanding form as the Sandman turned Runner. Agutter is ample as his fellow runner. The special effects while obviously dated are not cheesy and one is not offended by them.
In the end this was a very tidy film, way ahead of it's time and still very enjoyable to watch to this day. Now if only I could get my hands on the videos of the origional TV series :-((
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on 29 September 2008
According to the packaging and the trailer on Amazon, the widescreen ratio is 1:85. If so, it's not the full widescreen version and material is missing from each frame.

The film was shot in 2.35 widescreen, and that's the width of frame that was used in the vhs release.

If the picture has been cropped to 1:85 for this dvd release, then viewers are not getting the full impact of the impressive set designs which are so much a part of this film's success.

Great sci-fi movie, and well worth a look, but fans are being shortchanged with the picture.
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on 17 April 2016
AGAIN!!!!

4 minutes has been missing from the original film..

You can compare with the USA version.

Am very annoyed as usual.

Will never buy an American movie from UK again.
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on 28 December 2015
I had the good fortune to see Logan's Run in an Art House Cinema many years ago, and it made a massive impression upon me and blew me away. In particular the acting of Michael York and Jenny Agutter was truly marvelous and highly engaging, and of course the very brilliant screen directing one of Britain’s very finest film directors in Michael Anderson– making the film very breathtaking and stunning. If you’re like me and you love Art House Cinema films or films which aren’t popular, then Logan's Run with Michael York and Jenny Agutter, and you especially like me like great visually arresting Sci-Fi films this could be for you. Well recommended as superb Cinema at it very best
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on 17 December 2002
This previously much-maligned movie was made in the very last days of Time Machine style visual effects. They are quite crude but nice to look at, and the film is now more popular. The plot is never forgotten, and now that people are used to visual perfection, the obvious flaws are more welcome.
I own the Region 1 DVD which is a vast improvement on VHS but still not a very good transfer, although the commentary is interesting.
A good new Region 2 DVD would be great. The cast and director were almost all British!? Possibly it looks too dated to bring out with a fanfare, or else would make no money being sneaked out quietly.
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on 29 April 2004
Although this movie was filmed before I was born, I thoroughly enjoy itand recommend it to anyone, sci fi lover or not. It makes you realise howdifferent our world could be if there were but a few changes. Not everknowing your parents nor living past 30 seems almost alien to us, but tothem it is normal, and the natural order of things. The inclusion of T.S.Elliott's Old Possum Book Of Practical Cats made this film for me.Excellent!
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on 1 March 2015
A great classic with a real sci fi story line which is not hard to imagine in the future.

I have always liked this film ever since I first saw it many years ago and I am very happy to have it in my collection.
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