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4.0 out of 5 stars "Have We Got a Vacation for You...."
Welcome to Delos, an adult amusement park where, for a mere $1000 per day, guests can experience the excitement of life in America's Old West, Medieval Europe, or Ancient Rome. Lifelike costumed androids populate the park and interact with guests, and said machines are programmed to fulfill all human desires, be those yearnings romantic, heroic, violent, or whatever...
Published on July 14 2004 by Michael R Gates

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3.0 out of 5 stars Great movie, but how does it hold up?
Not so well. I seemed to be more interested in the technology and times of the movie, what it would be like to live there, how I would act, etc. After SPOILER The Gunslinger shoots that guy, the stakes got a little higher, but only so I could be disappointed by the ending. Had a lot of potential, a lot of which was realized in later movies like Terminator and Jurassic...
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4.0 out of 5 stars "Have We Got a Vacation for You....", July 14 2004
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Michael R Gates (Nampa, ID United States) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Westworld (Widescreen) (DVD)
Welcome to Delos, an adult amusement park where, for a mere $1000 per day, guests can experience the excitement of life in America's Old West, Medieval Europe, or Ancient Rome. Lifelike costumed androids populate the park and interact with guests, and said machines are programmed to fulfill all human desires, be those yearnings romantic, heroic, violent, or whatever. But the robots have also been programmed with a fail-safe that prevents them from harming the guests in any way. Think of Delos as a high-tech Disneyland for wealthy grown-ups.
Businessmen Peter Martin (Richard Benjamin) and John Blane (James Brolin) are looking for a few days of excitement and relaxation, and the Old West section of Delos, designated WestWorld, seems like just the ticket. But it turns out there's an unexplained glitch in the main computer that controls the park's network of androids, and unfortunately for Martin and Blane, the error just happens to manifest itself while the two are visiting the park. The robots are suddenly able to exercise free will--which includes the ability to override the directive that prevents them from harming guests--and it's not long before Martin and Blane find themselves pursued by a ruthless android gunslinger (Yul Brynner).
This minor opus from Michael Crichton marks his first directorial effort and is also the first theatrical flick based on an original Crichton screenplay rather than an adaptation of one of his novels. While the special FX in 1973's WESTWORLD are decidedly cheesy and low-tech by contemporary standards, this sci-fi thriller still stands up today due to the tight, well-paced script and the solid performances from principals Benjamin, Brolin, and especially Brynner (here playing a robotic version of his character from 1960's THE MAGNIFICENT SEVEN). WESTWORLD is a bit too earnest to have yet become a CULT classic--a status it is likely to achieve as technology continues to grow leaps and bounds beyond that which the film depicts--but it continues to be held in high regard by the majority of SF fans.
Though Crichton was connected (as a writer) with a few films and TV shows prior to WESTWORLD, it is really this film that brought him widespread notice and launched his high-profile Hollywood career. WESTWORLD did well enough at the box office, in fact, that it even spawned a sequel--a lesser film entitled FUTUREWORLD (1976).
Warner's edition of WESTWORLD on DVD is a no-frills disc that offers the film in both anamorphic widescreen and pan-and-scan, with the only bonus being the original theatrical trailer. The digital transfer is pretty good, but there was obviously no effort to clean up the dust and other filmic artifacts that are visible from time to time. Digital artifacts, if any, are minor, though there is some occasional color drift. (To be fair, color drift could be on the source rather than a result of the digitization.) All in all, it's an acceptable DVD of a film that most longtime SF fans will want to have in their collections.
(Rating breakdown: Film gets 5 stars; DVD gets 3. Average rating is therefore 4 stars.)
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3.0 out of 5 stars Great movie, but how does it hold up?, Aug. 18 2012
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Not so well. I seemed to be more interested in the technology and times of the movie, what it would be like to live there, how I would act, etc. After SPOILER The Gunslinger shoots that guy, the stakes got a little higher, but only so I could be disappointed by the ending. Had a lot of potential, a lot of which was realized in later movies like Terminator and Jurassic Park. It still sits on my shelf with pride though, if only for the spirit of what the movie could have delivered.
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4.0 out of 5 stars 3 1/2-4 stars for Crichton's take on Paradise Lost, June 30 2012
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Robert Badgley (St Thomas,Ontario,Canada) - See all my reviews
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Westworld(released Nov/73)has a good cast of actors of which to draw on and the lead belongs to Yul Brynner,as the steely robotic gunslinger who pursues his prey relentlessly during the last 1/2 hour of the picture.Before that he is seen only sporadically.As far as screen time goes his is relatively small compared to his fellow actors James Brolin(playing John Blane-boy does his son Josh look like his Dad),Richard Benjamin(Peter Martin)and Dick Van Patten who plays a meek banker.Benjamin had had a prematurely(I think)cancelled winner of a TV show with He & She,Brolin was already starring in Marcus Welby,M.D.and Dick Van Patton would in a short time be tagged for the starring role in the hit TV show Eight is Enough.
Westworld is,as the plot goes,one of three worlds set in a theme park area,the others being Medieval World and Roman World.Your price is $1,000 a day to experience life in these various true to life environments,with absolutely no risk to yourself at all.Everything is computer controlled,and to populate this world are robots,each one imbued with their own role to play and,if need be,such as sex robots,be at the disposal of its human companion.Nothing has been left to chance and every little detail down to the lowliest snake,mimics real life.The variables,and as a result the experiences,are limitless.
Into this world comes John Blane,an experienced Westworld customer,a new comer to Westworld by the name of Peter Martin,and a meek banker,name unknown.Blane coaches Martin as they first enter the park but soon Martin is getting along as good as Blane ever did.The banker takes on the exact opposite of his meek persona by becoming a sheriff.All is going well even as Martin and Blane run into a gunslinger and dispatch him with no problem,after he had provoked a confrontation in the bar.The gunslinger strangely re-enters the scene later,confronting Blane in his room(as if seeking vengeance which is "impossible")and Martin is forced to break in the door and shoot him "dead".
The incident gets Martin jailed and Blane has to come to his rescue,and the two officially become"outlaws".While sitting out in the desert contemplating their next move Blane is attacked and bitten by a robotic snake.The snake is eventually dispatched but it has left a couple of puncture wounds on Blanes arm,who isn't too impressed.Unbeknownst to the pair the technicians running the park are noticing more and more abnormal behaviour coming from robots throughout the complex.They suspect a kind of "virus" infecting the sub routines of their programming,but one they cannot put their fingers on,nor stop.The culmination of their worries comes to a head when a customer in Medieval World gets run through and killed during a sword fight.They try and shut the park down to no avail.
Martin and Blane decide eventually to return to town,tired and hungry,but are confronted by the gunslinger.Blane asks to let him take care of him this time.He draws his gun but the gunslinger is faster and more accurate and shoots him once,then twice....dead.Martin is gobsmacked and immediately runs for his life,but the gunslinger follows him...without let up.When Martin rides out of town,the gunslinger obtains a horse and does the same.Martin runs into a park worker out in the desert fixing his vehicle,who tells him there is no escape.Martin disagrees and rides off,soon after to hear two gunshots which kill the attendant.Martin makes it into Medieval World and down into a large vent.Down below he has found the central area from which the park is run and robots repaired.He discovers the park technicians presumably dead in a sealed room from which they could not escape after they shut down all power,in vain.He hides in the repair room and when the gunslinger comes in he throws acid on his face which diminishes how much he can see and detect.In another room Martin hides beneath a flaming rod on the wall and when the gunslinger locates him Martin sets him on fire.In yet another room Martin rescues a lady in distress from some chains,sits her down and gives her water,which instantly short circuits her.He is a-gasp as it was a robot.Just then the gunslinger comes in and falls to the floor,finally at its end.The film fades out as Martin sits reminiscing about the ads that prompted him to come to Westworld in the first place.
It is an intriguing plot,no doubt.To those thespians who think the more on screen time the better,think again.Yul Brynner had relatively fewer moments on the screen than his co stars,yet who do we remember to this day? Brynner of course.He played the steely eyed,emotionless gunslinger/robot to a tee.Just a glance from him could send chills and his demeanour(stiff back and walk)all added to his menace.Brolin and Benjamin play well their out-of-their-league characters.Watch for one of Star Trek's major players from TOS as Majel Barett plays a saloon madame.There are some "what was that's?" in this film,but one that baffles me is this:if the teckys are trying to restore power,cut off across the board,how is it that the computers are still running in the background and their consoles?
Technically speaking the film is in its w/s a/r of 2:35:1.The picture is clear and crisp but it does show its age at times and some parts are grainy.A new print should be struck and remastered,all being equal;but what ever is in Hollywood? There are no extras.
All in all a neat Sci-Fi film from the early 70s.It has a decent plot,a few holes but the kudos have to go to the screen and stage veteran who we recall the most;the mostest with the menace,Yul Brynner.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Chilling, Dec 18 2010
This review is from: Westworld [Import] (DVD)
Yul Brenner no doubt one of the best actors of modern times. This movie well shows a reality of the modern life, the danger of the commercial world that has completely run amuck with scientific knowledge providing for the appetites of a morally bankrupt society. Brenner chillingly shows how out of control things really in the real world.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Yul never be the same, Aug. 13 2006
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bernie "xyzzy" (Arlington, Texas) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Westworld (VHS Tape)
Theme parks get more sophisticated. Now instead of faking it with actors, the people at Delos have come up with the ultimate getaway; they have created several theme parks of which one is called "Westworld" and use robots instead. They can take real bullets and be repaired. As a side interest they also have other realistic body parts.

To this theme park comes Peter Martin (Richard Benjamin) for a little R&R. At first he is a little shy then he actually gets into things. Everyone is having a great time.

Unknown to the guests Delos is experiencing an anomaly with its system. It seems that in spite off all the fail safes a guest gets shot. Then everything snowballs out of control. The most out of controlest is a robot gun slinger that looks an awful lot like Yul Brynner.

You feel that you are there. So what can you do?
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5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful take on the Western, April 16 2014
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This is a fabulous film and I really recommend it, particularly if you enjoy 1970s Sci Fi. The film is presented in widescreen format, 2.35:1, and includes the official trailer. There are English and French language and subtitle options.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Way Ahead Of Its Time, Oct. 20 2013
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You have to remember, this was made in the early seventies. Already at that time, Crichton was addressing the modern day thing known as computer viruses, plus the Gunslingers point of view pixelated vision. Does it hold up? Does it matter? Does Casablanca hold up? A true product of its time, Westworld was the first film to address the phenomena of machines controlling everything in our daily lives, and what happens when they fail, which we are seeing today. This was Chrichton's first ever film, and for a beginning effort I say, well done. I guess you had to be alive at the time this came out, which I was, to truly understand how literate this film is. My only complaint is the cinematography is a bit static, almost of a made for tv nature. Other than that, give this film a chance and be cognizant of its timing. It deserves credit for really trying to bring serious, thought provoking and literate science fiction to the big screen.
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5.0 out of 5 stars DVD Purchase, Jan. 30 2012
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Great campy movie!! Yul Brenner is the first terminator. Spooky and fun. As for the seller... I got my DVD on time and all service was great. No complaints!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Western with a twist, July 1 2004
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"Westworld" remains as fresh today as it did when it first came out. What a great movie. Yul Brynner looks liked he just got off the set of "The Magnificent Seven" but this time he is the bad guy. Brynner makes this a wonderful outing. I mean who else could pull this one off? Good scripting helped too.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Yul never be the same, June 28 2004
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bernie "xyzzy" (Arlington, Texas) - See all my reviews
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Theme parks get more sophisticated. Now instead of faking it with actors, the people at Delos have come up with the ultimate getaway; they have created several theme parks of which one is called "Westworld" and use robots instead. They can take real bullets and be repaired. As a side interest they also have other realistic body parts.
To this theme park comes Peter Martin (Richard Benjamin) for a little R&R. At first he is a little shy then he actually gets into things. Everyone is having a great time.
Unknown to the guests Delos is experiencing an anomaly with its system. It seems that in spite off all the fail safes a guest gets shot. Then everything snowballs out of control. The most out of controlest is a robot gun slinger that looks an awful lot like Yul Brynner.
You feel that you are there. So what can you do?
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