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The Omega Man [Blu-ray] (Bilingual) [Import]

Charlton Heston , Anthony Zerbe , Boris Sagal    PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)   Blu-ray
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Science fiction took a grim turn in the 1970s--the heyday of Agent Orange, nuclear peril, and Watergate. Suddenly, most of our possible futures took on a "last man on Earth" flavor, with The Omega Man topping the doom-struck heap.

Charlton Heston plays the government researcher behind the ultimate biological weapon, a deadly plague that has ravaged humanity. There are two groups of survivors: a dwindling band of immune humans and an infected, psychopathic mob of light-hating quasi-vampires. The infected are led by Mathias, a clever, charismatic man set on destroying the last remnants of the civilization that produced the plague. Heston has a vaccine--but he and the few remaining normals are outnumbered and outgunned. By day, he builds a makeshift version of the nuclear family (with Rosalind Cash as his afro-wearing, gun-toting little lady). They plan for the future while roaming freely through an empty urban landscape, taking what few pleasures life has left. By night, they defend themselves against the growing horde of plague victims. Both a bittersweet romance and a gothic cautionary tale, The Omega Man paints a convincing portrait of hope and despair. It ain't pretty, but it's a great movie. --Grant Balfour

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4.0 out of 5 stars Future of Man or can we hope not? Aug. 4 2013
By P B
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
Charlton Heston portrays the violence of man and the ever continuing hope that society will survive in spite of itself. Lots of gun play and violence, but at least no blood until the symbolic crucifixion scene at the end. Food for thought on how stupid humanity is and what they think the solutions are to a failing society.
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4.0 out of 5 stars just what I wanted April 22 2013
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
no problem. I had been looking for movie a while then decided to go this way. fine. Would order again from reseller.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Eat or be Eaten! Dec 30 2007
This movie is one of the best in this genre. I imagine that the newest addition to the group, "I Am Legend," will outdo it in terms of special effects, but this is the original for me.

I watched "Omega Man" many years ago on TV and it was great! I'm quite the lover of horror and thriller-type movies. This pushed both buttons for me.

Before you go and see "I Am Legend," take a moment to view "Omega Man!" It's well worth it.
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3.0 out of 5 stars A walk down memory lane March 13 2011
I hadn't seen this movie in about thirty years but I had vague, fond memories. As long as you make allowances for movie making standards of the day, this is a fun stroll down memory lane. I had forgotten that the villains were simply sick and diseased plague survivors. I remembered them as some kind of slow moving zombies for some reason. They are actually members of an anti-technology cult.

Omega Man is one of many movies of the era that casts a pessimistic light on technology and the advances of 20th century civilization. It is nothing like the book ("I am Legend"; Richard Matheson); no vampires here.

It actually makes me appreciate the new Will Smith movie a bit more.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
By falcon TOP 1000 REVIEWER
this is the second filmed version of Richard Matheson's novel,I am
Legend,the first being The Last Man on Earth,starring Vincent price,and
the third bearing the same title as the novel and,starring Will Smith.i
really enjoyed the first version,and pretty much hated the third
version.this version is,much closer to the third version,in terms of my
opinion of it.i found a lot of this movie lame,lacking in any real
excitement.the acting was pretty poor(though Heston wasn't too bad).i
also felt the movie was a bit too talky at times,and there is no real
air of mystery to the story.having said that,there was one good thing
about it.this one had a plot,(as slow as it was)which i felt the third
one didn't.it was just this side of boring,for the most
part,occasionally slipping over into the area of boredom.i was able to
get through it.but i wouldn't care if i never saw it again.it just
really didn't anything for me.my vote for The Omega Man is a 2/5
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5.0 out of 5 stars True Gonzo Classic Aug. 10 2006
Anyone who saw this growing up has a soft spot in their hearts for it; I've encountered enough people over the course of my 37 yrs who perk up at the mention of it to be aware of its place in a lot of our memories. This has been satirized on the Simpsons, which proves it has embedded itself in the national pop culture consciousness. Anyone who has read the book its based on, the incredible "I am Legend" by Richard Matheson, knows that this film has very little in common with it beyond its initial premise--and even that is not followed too closely. All of the criticisms of THE OMEGA MAN are valid: It is very dated and not at all scary or intense and some of the stunts and special effects are laughably, ludicrously cheesy; the villains--who should have been more terrifying than even Romero's zombies--are just crazed albino hippie Luddites and the last half of the film, once Chuck hooks up with Rosalind Cash and the kiddies, is really a let down. But the scenes that open the film of Heston hefting a cool-looking machine gun while decked out in Austin Powers-style finery (!) staring in angst at an old calendar or losing his mind for a moment hallucinating the sound of telephones ringing in the deserted city still pack a punch. This was the second movie, after 1959's THE WORLD,THE FLESH, AND THE DEVIL, to successfully pull off the eerie effect of being the last living human being in a huge empty city. Both films established the visual motif of streets filled with blowing waves of newspapers and swirling trash. Read more ›
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5.0 out of 5 stars chuck heston battles zombie cultists!! July 5 2004
By francis
why are you still reading this?! chuck heston battles zombie cultists!! it don't get no better than that! order this NOW!
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4.0 out of 5 stars "the conclusion of all our yesterdays" July 3 2004
Based on Richard Matheson's "I Am Legend", which was recommended to Charlton Heston by Orson Welles, and one that Heston was inspired to make into a film, is a truly creepy sci-fi/horror classic. Heston is marvelous as Colonel Robert Neville, a scientist who is immune to the plague that resulted from biological warfare, due to an experimental vaccine he injected himself with.
The survivors infected with the plague are hooded mutants that cannot see in the daylight, and are bent in destroying all the attributes of civilization that remain on earth, crying "burn, burn, burn !" as they pile books in a fiery heap. Their leader is a former news anchor played to the hilt by Anthony Zerbe, who warns the zombie "Family" of the evil created by the "users of the wheel".
It is all quite thought-provoking, and has several connotations to terrorism today, and also has symbolism relating to Christianity; at one point Heston is tied up in a crucifixion pose, and his blood, turned into a serum, can save the remnant of humanity. There are a few reminders from the Book of Revelation, where of course, Jesus said "I am the Alpha and Omega".
Rosalind Cash is lovely as Lisa, one of the remnant hiding in the hills, and her relationship with Heston is a rare instance of an interracial love affair from that era. Films from the 1970s fascinate me, with the hair and fashion styles, and 8-track tapes in the cars.
This film has fabulous cinematography by Russell Metty of a deserted, devastated Los Angeles, a good score by Ron Granier, and fast-paced, disquieting direction by Boris Segal that will occasionally make your heart skip a beat with fright.
Total running time is 98 minutes.
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