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  • Actors: Charlton Heston, Anthony Zerbe, Rosalind Cash
  • Directors: Boris Sagal
  • Format: NTSC
  • Language: English, French
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.40:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • MPAA Rating: PG
  • Studio: Warner Bros. Home Video
  • Release Date: Nov. 27 2007
  • Run Time: 98 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars 95 customer reviews
  • ASIN: B000XT0MX8
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #41,621 in DVD (See Top 100 in DVD)
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OMEGA MAN, THE (BIL) BD Omega Man, The

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 --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Format: VHS Tape
The Omega Man is not a very good film, but there are scenes of great power, as well scenes of great cheesiness. Chuck Heston, in slightly toned-down "Planet of the Apes" form, is humankind's savior yet, as usual with Chuck's film alter-egos, the viewer's reaction to him is, at best, ambivalent. Nevill has been part and parcel of the destruction of the human race, is arrogant and reactionary, yet he is also a redeemer and a man of accelerating conscience. The movie revolves around his bleak, yet self-imposed state of existence. Nevill's mercenary clashes with his decrepit enemies, much of the dialogue, Nevill's relationship with Lisa (a neat pairing), and the classic Christ-like final scene are interesting and speak to larger moral and social issues eloquently (if a bit hammily, at times), but the film fails to capture the viewer. There are a number of dramatic lapses in the movie, the editing is poor, and the "zombie" enemy is a hackneyed, and, in the end, silly antagonist. The movie also has the same dingy, low-energy atmosphere that characterized "Soylent Green". This atmosphere helps the film at times, yet also stamps the movie irreversibly as a product of the early 1970s' ambitious yet generally unsuccessful "pessimistic future" genre of films. Finally, the score is truly horrendous. It is funny for a while, but then begins to really get on the viewer's nerves, and it does nothing to help in already dull, poorly directed scenes. In short, the movie is dated and directed with minimal energy and skill, but it is worth a look if you want to see a period piece of a jaded time in the "sci-fi" genre, a fun Chuck Heston performance, and flawed ambition.
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Format: DVD
As sentimentally overwrought and violent as this film is, I still think it's one of the most enjoyable versions stemming from the original book. Of course, far from the original story ala Kubrick's The Shining. But for entertainment purposes and food for thought, this film delivers more than other versions still. A war that gets out of hand with Russia annexing Europe, and China getting involved, and America sitting on the sidelines till the last minute. And not the all out nuclear Armageddon one would think, but a bio-chemical threat that spreads and kills a large majority of the worlds population. And for Chuck Heston, he's a good balance of emotion and action. Pitying 'The Family' of mutant humans, which are lead by a leader who wants humanity to begin anew sans the machinery, material, and politics that eradicated humanity as they knew it beforehand. Chuck wants to live out his life in peace at home, but is forever the stain on 'The Family's' cleansing methods. Caught, and nearly ceremonially killed by The Family, he's saved by the last minute by outsiders that aren't quite as infected as The Family. And from there, Chuck helps save one of their young boys from 'going over' to the sickness, develops a romance with Rosalind Cash (the first interracial kiss on screen), and plans to set out for a new life far from the city and The Family. But innocent reasoning, and the sickness soon thwarts a easy escape. I think this version will forever be timeless, even with it's 70's style - as it's the human element, both good and bad that stays on point. Especially now with ISIS and all. Religion, intimidation, cleansing, and what exactly is 'the better way' is the key topics. Other portrayals of slow, ravenous, animal like zombies just don't have the lasting quality as this movie does.Read more ›
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Format: DVD
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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